So we went to something as trivial as a new Pokémon getting revealed for Pokémon X/Y to a SUPER SMASH BROS. 4 character being revealed. And once again, Masahiro Sakurai SMASHES expectations. After all, the conventional wisdom was that thanks to a certain screenshot, Toon Link had no chance.
|Link staring at a terrible-looking conductor Toon Link.|
|Link staring at a wonderful-looking midget Toon Link.|
|The screenshot that started it all.|
(Anyone notice that Tom Nook has gotten less relevant with every new Animal Crossing game?)
...Guess we all know now which side was right, six years later. Being in the background doesn't disqualify you. Toon Link from Wind Waker can stare at his Spirit Tracks counterpart despite them being in the same timeline and everything. I guess this really means Baby Mario can be in this game, despite my objections. This also means Toad can be in the game as a playable character, despite being Peach's B-move for over a decade now. Some half-hearted Super Mario 3D World promotion?
Perhaps Ridley could still even be playable, even if he's going to be a stage obstacle in the Metroid: Other M stage!
Ludwig didn't actually participate in the Nook Wars over at NSider, but he never wanted Tom Nook playable anyway. He preferred Mr. Resetti.