In response to years of fan comments about too many sword characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, series creator Masahiro Sakurai released a Smash Bros. Live special this week.
Sakurai began the stream by stating that fan complaints had “deeply affected” him emotionally, and he solemnly vowed never to add another sword user.
“You all politely yelled at me for a while to stop adding sword characters to Smash,” Sakurai explained, her eyes trembling. “I realize that actions speak louder than words, so I thought it best to show you how determined I am to please you all.
He pulled out a photo of Crono, the hero of Chrono Trigger and a fighter from Smash Bros. “Ah yes, Crono. I had big plans for this one, but I realize that he’s both a sword bearer and an anime man. You’ve all made it clear that you don’t want any part of him in Smash for this reason, so consider your wish granted. Sakurai then held the photo in front of the camera and slowly tore it up in the middle.
Sakurai didn’t stop there. He then opened a small safe containing a sketch of Halo’s Master Chief fighting Mario, remarking, “It took years to pull this one off. Oh wait, doesn’t he use a laser sword? He then crumpled up the drawing and threw it out of his corner office window.
It lasted a surprising 57 minutes. At one point, Sakurai ordered his secretary to feed a sheet of move lists for Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa to a nearby shredder. Around the 32-minute mark, he brandished a real sword and sliced a large “X” in Zagreus of Hades. “It’s strange how some of the coolest characters use sword weapons. Too bad! “Sakurai laughed as he rubbed his heel into a picture of Sora from Kingdom Hearts while” Simple And Clean “played in the background.
Sakurai ended the video in a dramatic fashion: by setting fire to a photo of Waluigi holding what appeared to be a crudely photoshopped image of Excalibur.