In the age of social media, creators, authors, and performers have more contact with their fans than ever, and those who are unhappy are quick to vent their grievances.
The first gameplay footage for the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Nintendo Switch premiered at the 2018 E3 gaming expo last week.
Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai announced that the new game will include an unprecedented amount of characters, containing every playable Smash character to ever appear in the franchise along with a few newcomers. From early series staples like Mario and Link to newer guests like Cloud from Final Fantasy and Bayonetta to even those that appeared and were discarded like the Ice Climbers, Solid Snake, and Pichu.
Ridley from Metroid and the Inklings from Splatoon received great fanfare as new additions.
With at least 66 characters as of the most recent trailer, the game promises to have unparalleled scale as a crossover fighter game.
Unfortunately, plenty of fans could not let go the exclusion of their favorite. While Princess Peach counterpart Daisy was also added to the game as an “echo character,” Luigi’s villainous counterpart Waluigi was apparently snubbed, appearing in footage as an Assist Trophy–a character who can be summoned by an item to aid a fighter for a limited amount of time.
Memes and jokes , including one by streaming site Netflix appeared everywhere.
is this where we pitch show ideas? pic.twitter.com/U6PKb22SuI
— Netflix US (@netflix) June 13, 2018
Waluigi is about to get blocked pic.twitter.com/z2LwWrWJ9y
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) June 18, 2018
Everyone over here crying about Waluigi in smash when the greatest villain in the Nintendo universe, Tom Nook, is still absent from the roster.
— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) June 20, 2018
Twitter user @WonderHavoc observed that Waluigi fans are demonstrating extremely toxic behavior and going as far as to troll and harass Sakurai with inappropriate harassment.
Certain Waluigi fans have been targeting Sakurai's social media account, spamming him with highly inappropriate content. Sakurai has begun blocking these accounts.
You are not funny, you're doing NOTHING constructive to promote your cause, and you are HARASSING this man. STOP IT
— Wonder Havoc (@wonderhavoc) June 18, 2018
@WonderHavoc’s tweet condemned the trolls and spoke out in Sakurai’s defense.
The following meme meant to evoke the World Trade Center Attacks on 9/11 is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to offensive trolling.
They going waaaaaaaaaay too far pic.twitter.com/RIpSdwAS7b
— J.K.N (@JolanKamD) June 18, 2018
Many more fans have chimed in, coming to Sakurai’s defense, and adding that harassment is NEVER a good or helpful way to get what you want.
As much as I love Waluigi and want him in Smash, people harassing Sakurai about it are fucking idiots who should fuck off.
— Jim Sterling (@JimSterling) June 20, 2018
Are people seriously harassing Sakurai about Waluigi not being playable to the point where he's blocking people?
Wow fuck those people. That's just immature and scummy.
He's probably stressed out everyday and this doesn't help him at all.
Don't harass my father. pic.twitter.com/Rs45cex9pH
— Sam (@Trudermark) June 19, 2018
Via Nintendo Life