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. He’s not associated with Nintendo consoles in any significant way, and he certainly wasn’t a popular choice among the fans as far as we can tell—two major factors that people have considered essential for a character to join Smash.

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 what doors Cloud might open for Smash, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Alex points out that Cloud breaks the final “rule” that fans have believed game characters must fit in order to join
Smash: that they have to be associated with Nintendo. The public shock when Cloud was announced is evidence enough that he’s never been considered a likely candidate, despite the extremely strong legacy of Final Fantasy games on Nintendo consoles, because of his early (and to some extent, continued) PlayStation exclusivity.

While Cloud’s inclusion could suggest any game character is possible, it doesn’t necessarily mean Nintendo outsiders are terribly likely. After all, Nintendo and Square Enix have a great relationship. And though Cloud himself is tied to Nintendo by the loosest of threads,
Final Fantasy has had a profound connection to Nintendo in their early years, and it’s stayed decently strong on Nintendo handhelds as well… And really, if we’re being perfectly honest, Cloud is the only reasonable choice to represent the Final Fantasy series.

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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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