After an interview with Japanese game magazine Nintendo Dream, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director, Masahiro Sakurai, had mentioned that the grass/ghost starter Pokémon Decidueye had almost made the roster but ultimately the spot went to fan favorite fire starter Pokémon Incineroar.

It’s quite a good thing that Sakurai and Co chose Incineroar in the end, as many people have favored using the flaming wrestle boy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and he’s believed to be quite a hit with the series fans. At least in terms of usability and skill.

Sakurai also made comment on the lack of first-party characters from franchises that were recently released. He stated that this was due to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate being in development way before any of these more recent games had been worked on and a roster that had already been decided on in advance.

Decidueye screenshot

The new characters added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster stemmed from multiple sources of inspiration. Fan requests were rampant since the announcement of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and after a previous ballot that Nintendo released asking fans what characters the wanted as DLC for Super Smash Bros. on the WiiU, it was only a matter of time before we’d see the likes of Ridley, Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and… Isabelle?

Interested in what we thought of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Be sure to check out our review of it here.

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