Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Won't Have Mai Shiranui

Mai Shiranui from Fatal Fury series is too sexy for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and won't be making an appearance.

With a 48-minute lengthy stream, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game director Masahiro Sakurai introduced Terry Bogard from SNK fighting game series Fatal Fury and King of Fighters as latest DLC fighter for his largely popular title.

There were renowned characters like Andy Bogard, Blue Mary, Geese Howard and noticeable many other around his new stage during entire presentation except Mai Shiranui, who apparently is too sexy for Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Won't Have Mai Shiranui

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It's not like she was mistakenly left out but excluding her from SSBU was a conscious choice. At midpoint, Sakurai paused to clear out that "Smash Bros. Ultimate is for good boys and girls of many different ages" and so they decided not to add her.

Viewed often as a sex symbol of SNK fighting games, Mai is often considered as one of the hottest babes in video game. Even her official nickname was "The Alluring Ninja Girl" and would be featured in most promotional art.

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If you are not familiar with her character at all then have a look at her idle animation from King of Fighters XIII to get the idea.


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Looking at her, anyone surely can guess why but that is also a reason for her not to be a part of a family-friendly game. No one clearly needed an explanation from Sakurai over this matter since it is obviously because of her clothing.

Despite being a master of ninjitsu and Koppo-ken combat style, her skimpy outfit and bouncy features has always got the attraction of fans other than her fighting prowess, which has now cost her an appearance in Smash Ultimate.

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Eventually, this announcement on her Smash cameo has "Mai Shiranui" trending on Twitter and here are some good ones.







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Since Mai is not age appropriate for Smash Bros. audience in general, they couldn't feature her without putting her into a less revealing outfit but that sort of censorship may invoke a huge backlash from her fans, so there is no winning over this.

Then there is a question about how come other prominent characters like Bayonetta and Zero Suit Samus appear in SSBU for not just mere cameos but as fighters with their more mature designs and Mai couldn't even show up as a guest?

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Although her overall outlook may seem overly objectified and a bit too sexualized even for too many adult players these days, originally her design meant to represent traditional and ideal feminine beauty of Japanese woman.

Nevertheless, keeping Mai out of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might be a well-thought decision from developer Bandai Namco Studios and publisher Nintendo to get a clear pass from rating board reviews for their crossover fighting game.