Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – the Nintendo Switch fighting game which is now being targeted as the best-selling fighting game of all time is in the midst of controversy, especially about the latest content update – Terry Bogard. Together with the presence of the iconic fighter from Fatal Fury, Nintendo in the hands of Masahari Sakurai did inject a lot of other supporting content that departed from the same franchise. Some characters end up being costumes for the Mii Avatar characters while others end up as “cameo characters” who simply appear and encourage you when fighting at Terry Bogard’s level. Unfortunately, there is no Mai Shiranui there.
Sakurai openly mentions that the reason for the absence of the Mai Shiranui character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is rooted in the character design that is considered too sensual. Considering that Ultimate is a fighting game of all ages, they decided not to bring Mai at all. But as can be predicted, this Sakurai step actually triggered a new wave of protests from recalcitrant gamers. Several steps were taken to “bring” Mai Shiranui to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from presenting as many Mii characters as possible with Mai’s costume design to racic level that makes the fighter’s figure the focus, complete with its iconic disproportionate body size.
Nintendo itself has not yet spoken or gave any response related to the birth of several stages of this Mai Shiranui theme.