Mai Shiranui not in Smash because the game is for good boys and girls

Fatal Fury fans are undoubtedly excited, as Terry Bogard finally made his Super Smash Bros. debut today. But some might be asking, “Where’s Mai Shiranui?” Plenty of gamers wanted to see her incredible personality fully realized in the realm of Smash. But alas, Masahiro Sakurai predicted this would be requested and explained this morning to the fans that she’s simply too big for Smash.

More specifically, Sakurai said that “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is for good boys and girls of many different ages, so we decided not to feature her.” It’s a shame that fans of Mai will have to forever live with the disappointment of never seeing her in a Smash Bros. game. But we must protect the children.

Of course, at the end of the day, I think everybody understands why Mai Shiranui couldn’t be in the game. The rating for Smash Bros. Ultimate would almost certainly go up, and Nintendo probably wants to keep their family-friendly ratings for the best-selling game in the franchise.

With that being said, the fan response to Sakurai’s quote has been incredible. Sakurai truly is a Nintendo icon, much like Miyamoto, Iwata, and Reggie have been for so long.

What do you guys think of this? Are you disappointed by the lack of Mai’s big personality in Smash? Let us know what you think in the comments!


Adam Sherrill
I love all kinds of video games. I personally find the most enjoyment in JRPGs, Visual Novels, and pretty much anything Nintendo makes. I'm always open to discovering new types of games, so I'll be happy to check out anything someone suggests.


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