Here's why Sakurai doesn't want KOF's iconic female fighter in Smash - Dexerto

Here’s why Sakurai doesn’t want KOF’s iconic female fighter in Smash

Published: 6/Nov/2019 20:24 Updated: 7/Nov/2019 1:08

by Virginia Glaze


Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard was given a passionate showcase by Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai in November 6’s Nintendo Direct, but fans are divided at one of Fatal Fury’s best-known female fighters being left out of the proceedings.

While other Fatal Fury and King of Fighters characters make an appearance in Terry’s personal background stage (taken from KOF XIV), Sakurai explained that one female fighter would not be included in the mix.

The character in question? Fatal Fury’s Mai Shiranui, known for her fiery move set, deadly fans, and exaggerated decolletage.

SNK PlaymoreMai Shiranui’s iconic design was apparently too risque to be included in Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As a fan-favorite character, Mai’s absence in the stage came as a surprise to fighting game enthusiasts – but more notable was Sakurai’s reasoning for her omission.

“You may have noticed that a very important character from the Fatal Fury series was not included,” Sakurai explained. “Yes, Mai Shiranui. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is for good boys and girls of many different ages, so we decided not to feature her. Please forgive us.”

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Much of the internet found humor in Sakurai’s statement, with artists across the net creating drawings of a tearful Mai pleading with the creator in light of his comments, while others included Street Fighter’s Chun-Li similarly tearing up over the situation.

However, others are confused and outraged over Mai’s absence from the background, with some arguing that Sakurai’s statement perpetuates a popular narrative of women’s bodies being seen as “overly sexual” or “immoral.”

More fans noted the apparent hypocrisy in leaving out Mai as a mere background character over her cleavage when characters like Bayonetta are playable in the game (albeit being heavily censored in comparison to her usual antics).

This wouldn’t be the first time a Smash title has taken a careful approach due such matters, though: Sakurai admitted that Smash Bros. for Wii U didn’t meet its initial release date due to “ratings issues,” explaining that developers had to revise Palutena and Wonder Pink’s models due to the characters being “sexually provocative.”

“Underwear is just a piece of fabric,” Sakura explained in an interview in“Thoughts about Making the Video Games 2. “If you’re more worried about something trivial like whether you can see some cloth than whether a game includes firearms, you clearly ought to get your priorities in order.”

NintendoAccording to Sakurai, Smash Bros. for Wii U’s release was delayed due to ratings issues surrounding Palutena and Wonder Pink’s “provocative” designs.

Considering Sakurai’s previous thoughts on sexual censorship, it doesn’t seem like Mai’s exclusion from the game was exclusively his idea, but more likely the behest of groups like the Computer Entertainment Rating Organization – a premise backed up by the original Japanese audio from the Direct, in which Sakurai makes specific mention of CERO.

No matter the intent, Mai isn’t getting a cameo in Smash Ultimate – even as a background character with limited movement, thanks to her endowments.


How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

Joker holds smash invitation
The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

physical smash ultimate cards
The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.