Nintendo Life reported on the recent reaction from King K. Rool’s creator, Steve Mayles, regarding his introduction into the Super Smash Bros. arena. The villainous King K. Rool first appeared as the final villain of Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo. The announcement of his inclusion in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate surprised countless fans, not the least of which was the character’s own creator.
The former Rare designer stated that he “had no idea he was going to be included.” Mayles understood that there was a contingent of Donkey Kong Country fans who had desired to see the plump crocodile king make a return in some capacity. However, he learned of King K. Rool’s Smash debut at the same time as everyone else. In his exclusive commentary with Nintendo Life, Mayles stated the following regarding his reaction to the debut trailer:
“He looks really great, a perfect modern interpretation. I couldn’t have done a better job myself! They’ve obviously paid close attention to his original design and updated him sympathetically; that really pleases me. Even the shade of green is correct and the gold armour, something that had been changed in other recent versions of K. Rool. The whole Nintendo Direct reveal was superb, the quality of the rendered sequences top-notch. K. Rool couldn’t have come back with a bigger bang! It was the whole package, even down to the incredible remix the King is getting of his famous Gangplank Galleon theme.”
Recently, avid fans of Donkey Kong Country and proponents for King K. Rool’s inclusion in the Smash roster have thanked the game’s creators for bringing him into the fold. A statement from Twitter account @BringBackKRool was posted to support the announcement.
— Kremling Kampaigner (@KRoolKountry) August 26, 2018
Mayles is currently positioned at Playtonic Games as one of its founders. Yooka-Laylee was the studio’s debut title and is currently available on the Nintendo Switch. Yooka-Laylee was designed to be a love letter to the Banjo-Kazooie era of 3D platformers. As one could guess, Playtonic Games primarily consists of former Rare employees. Be sure to check out the rest of Mayles comments on King K. Rool’s Smash inclusion here.
While Rare is currently owned by Microsoft, Nintendo retains the rights to characters originating from Donkey Kong games developed by the studio. Smash creator, Masahiro Sakurai, has noted that there is still more to unveil regarding Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. And with the advent of echo fighters in the upcoming installment, the potential for more familiar faces from the Donkey Kong Country world to join Smash still remains. Internet buzz suggests that Dixie Kong might make a great echo fighter for Diddy Kong. Are there any other Donkey Kong characters you’d like to see enter the ring in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Let us know in the comments below!