During the last Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct, fans were given a dark look at the brawler’s upcoming single-player mode, which will wipe out all of the characters and leave Kirby as the lone survivor. Since then, there have been many theories about why Kirby was the chosen one to survive Galeem’s attack, but the game’s creator has finally explained the real reason.
In a recent interview with Japanese publication Famitsu (via Source Gaming), Masahiro Sakurai addressed the confusion over Kirby being the only fighter to outlast Galeem’s attack in the World of Light trailer. According to Sakurai, “Kirby was the obvious choice” based on game design and process of elimination.
“We needed a solid, convincing reason for why said character could outrun Galeem. All fighters possessing ‘normal’ abilities were immediately disqualified,” Sakurai said. “Given that its assault enveloped the ends of the galaxy, only a vehicle that could defy the laws of physics would work. Even short-distance teleportation wouldn’t be enough.”
In other words, Kirby was the logical choice because of his warp star. Since the adorable pink puff always could “defy the laws of physics” with his warp star, he would be the only character with the means to outrun an assault that could wipe out anything in its path. Of course, Sakurai also explained that other characters were considered, notably Bayonetta and Palutena, but they didn’t make the cut due to their limited warping abilities.
The other significant reason Kirby was the standout came down to gameplay. As the game director explained, “the first character players try has to be simple and easy to use,” which made Kirby a better choice than the more technical fighters Bayonetta and Palutena.
In World of Light, players will start as Kirby and make their way across a desolate landscape to rescue fellow Ultimate combatants and earn Spirits. Thankfully, it will only be in this solo story mode that players will have to start with just one character choice. In the brawler mode, players will have access to a large number of fighters, and once all the characters are unlocked, there will be 74 to use.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch for Nintendo Switch on December 7th.
Source: Source Gaming