In a recent interview conducted by Okay Cool, Nintendo of Canada’s Andrew Collins answered a few questions on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
One of the questions Collins answered was about what he thought about the fan reception to Waluigi’s exclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Collins said he felt it was “brilliant” because you can’t buy something that “goes viral”.
When asked about what he thought about the King K. Rool thank you letter sent to Masahiro Sakurai, Collins said it was sweet and satisfying to see people send emails and letters to developers.
Check out Collins’ full comments below:
Riley: *laughs* Okay, okay. What did you think of the reception to Waluigi being excluded? Because it took me by surprise and I’m a big Smash fan. I mean, obviously the Washington Post article was satire, it was comical…
Andrew: I think it’s great when something builds naturally because, you know, as a marketer, when you have something that goes viral like that it’s brilliant. You can’t buy that. You can’t create it. And when the fans do something like that, it’s amazing. But it’s so good to see from a passionate side of things. And let’s face it, it’s funny.
Riley: Okay! Did you see the fan-made thank you letter to Sakurai for including King K. Rool?
Andrew: I did, yeah.
Riley: What did you think of that?
Andrew: I thought it was sweet. It’s nice when… every developer gets letters and emails and I think that as a developer – back when I was a developer and working now – we work long hours. And this isn’t supposed to be about us, but when you see something from fans saying about how much they love what you do… it’s brilliant. You know, I love to go to a game store on the day that they’re out and watch people pick it up and buy it. It’s really satisfying. I’ve loved that since I made magazines, and it justifies all those hard hours and the long hours that you put in to know that you’ve created or helped do something which gives people that special moment.