Three days ago, Nintendo announced plans to open character suggestions for Super Smash Bros. DLC to the public with the official “Fighter Ballot.” Naturally, characters owned by Nintendo have the highest chance of making it into the game, as they wouldn’t require Nintendo to negotiate any external licensing agreements with other companies—but a recent post by the official Super Smash Bros. Facebook page led some people to believe that third-party characters aren’t eligible for DLC at all.

It turns out those inferences were false. A Nintendo of America representative received an email from a fan and replied with the following, according to My Nintendo News.

“I can certainly understand your interest in if third-party characters are eligible for the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot. I want to assure you that you are able to submit any video-game character for this ballot. While we are unable to guarantee your suggested character will become a Super Smash Bros. Fighter, rest assured, we do take all feedback into consideration.”
Representative for Nintendo of America

Fans of Rayman, Snake, Banjo-Kazooie, Shovel Knight, or any host of other characters can rest easy.

Source: My Nintendo News; “Smashified” artwork of Rayman and Shovel Knight courtesy of Artsy Omni

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.


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