Mortal Kombat creator would ‘love’ Scorpion in Smash – will it happen?

Published: 24/Feb/2020 17:35

by Michael Gwilliam


Mortal Kombat’s co-creator Ed Boon opened up about the idea of either Scorpion or Sub-Zero appearing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and gave fans some hope.

In an interview with Shacknews, Boon was asked how he would feel about potentially celebrating Mortal Kombat in Smash Bros with Scorpion joining the fray with Sub-Zero as an echo fighter.

“From my perspective, for me personally, I can’t speak for all of Warner Bros or anything, but it would be kind of like a stamp of approval,” the 55-year-old replied. “It’d be like being part of the gang and all that stuff.”

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“I would love to see something like that,” he added. “Again, I’m not speaking for everybody, but for me personally, that would be a really cool thing to see.”

Boon isn’t the only major video game creator to speak out about wanting to see their creation in Smash.

As Dexerto has previously reported, Doom Eternal’s director Marty Stratton said his team had reached out to Nintendo about adding Doom Slayer to Ultimate, but the conversations never turned into anything serious.

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Additionally, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan went as far as telling Nintendo that could add any of the game’s heroes to Smash, but he would personally like to see Tracer blink into battle.

Could Scorpion and Sub-Zero come to Smash?

Smash Ultimate already has a few representatives from fighting games in its roster including Ryu and Ken from Street Fight and Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard. Mortal Kombat would be the first western-developed fighting game to have characters join the roster.

While it’s unlikely we’d be able to see any brutal fatalities in the world – even as Final Smashes – due to Smash’s E10 rating, it’s not like this hasn’t happened before.

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Mortal Kombat wouldn’t be the first M-rated game with a fighter in Smash.

Mortal Kombat vs DC toned down the violence to keep a T rating, so the same could happen in the event its fighters entered the fray.

Neither Scorpion or Sub-Zero would be the first fighters from a Mature-rated franchise to join the roster. Bayonetta and Solid Snake both come from M titles. It’s not just fighters either. Resident Evil had a Spirit Board event and Assassin’s Creed got some love with a Mii Fighter outfit, so it’s clear that nothing is off-limits as far as subject matter goes.

With six characters still yet to come as part of Fighters Pass Volume 2, the speculation is high. Only time will tell if Boon gets his wish and Nintendo lets Mario duke it out with Scorpion.


Smash Ultimate leaker explains why Nintendo won’t make Geno a fighter

Published: 18/Jan/2021 19:33

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Mario RPG’s Geno has been a Smash Ultimate fighter candidate for many years, and a Japanese leak gaining traction online may reveal why Nintendo hasn’t upgraded the puppet to a full character.

While Geno became a Mii Fighter starting with Smash 4 on Wii U and then again in Ultimate, fans have wanted the character to be something more. Numerous fan groups dedicated to getting the RPG character in Smash have sprung up, and it seems like Nintendo is aware of his popularity.

The question then, of course, is why isn’t Geno in Smash Ultimate if the fan support is so high? After all, favorites such as Banjo, Ridley, and King K Rool were added to Ultimate, so why not Geno?

Well, according to a Japanese leaker who correctly stated that Steve from Minecraft and Dragon Quest’s Hero were coming to the game, Nintendo is confused about where his support is coming from.

Steve in Smash Ultimate
The leaker correctly said Steve was coming to Smash.

In a 2018 post on the 5ch site, the leaker claimed that all Nintendo is hearing is “put him in Smash” with little to no support for a remake or new Super Mario RPG title.

“Developers are confused about this whole Smash fever situation,” the leaker claimed. “Especially from the third party side, they don’t want their characters to be established as ‘Smash’ characters, and the occasional requests for a new game are always associated with Smash representation.”

This is an interesting point and it’s easy to see why developers would look at Geno – a character from a one-off Square Enix RPG – and not want him viewed as anything more than a Smash fighter.

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Geno is nothing more than a Mii fighter.

“This kind of attitude from fans are making the devs unsure of their real intentions,” the leak continued, noting how the internet demographic is loud and there’s no indication if fans really want the series revived.

“They just couldn’t take a chance on developing a whole new game by having Smash come in first,” it states.

If this leak is true, then it doesn’t bode well for Geno ever being added to a Smash game as anything other than a Mii fighter or Spirit.

Of course, as always, take these posts with a grain of salt, but given the leaker’s track record, there could very well be some truth to it.