Nintendo dropped a bombshell on us last Thursday when they announced that Cloud Strife of Final Fantasy fame is coming to Super Smash Bros. as a DLC newcomer, as expected by absolutely nobody. But one thing they remained silent on is the Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot, which let fans submit their own choices for newcomers and influence who would appear as DLC. Because of that silence, fans have been wondering whether Cloud was included because of the Fighter Ballot, or if Nintendo and Square Enix are working on something behind the scenes.

This was one of our talking points on
this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts on why Cloud of all characters is coming to Smash, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Ben points out the possibility that Square Enix is bringing
Final Fantasy VII to Nintendo’s next home console, seeing as they’ve expressed interest in the NX in the past, and then goes on to say it’s also possible Cloud was chosen as a result of the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot. Alex reminds us that, although we have representative data suggesting Cloud stands no chance against more Nintendo-centric choices like King K. Rool or Shovel Knight, we can’t always trust sample polls from Smash communities when the entire gaming fandom is welcome to vote in the ballot, and many people who don’t participate in Nintendo-centric communities may well be voting for a character like Cloud, who’s popular with the wider gaming audience.

I don’t trust that all too many people who aren’t invested in Nintendo voted in the
Smash Ballot, so I think it’s more likely that Nintendo is trying to bring people from that wider gaming audience into the Nintendo ecosystem by representing a character more recognizable as a gaming icon, rather than a Nintendo icon. While Ben thinks that’s unlikely, seeing as the gameplay of Final Fantasy isn’t as likely to convert fans to Smash, Alex points out that they made this announcement very soon after announcing several deals on Nintendo hardware, many of which include a free copy of Super Smash Bros., which suggests that his inclusion is indeed taking sales into account.

I guess we’ll find out next month whether Cloud really is the character (or one of the characters) that Nintendo is drawing from the Fighter Ballot, as
Nintendo is hosting a “special broadcast” dedicated to Smash.

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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: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein 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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