Masahiro Sakurai, the director of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and his team recently announced the release of SNK mascot Terry Bogard, a special King of Fighters stage, and about 20 SNK character cameos like Ryo Sakazaki, Kyo Kusanagi, and Iori Yagami. What was missing was a cameo of a particular bouncy ninja: Mai Shiranui from the Fatal Fury and KOF series.
Sakurai’s reply on the matter? “SSBU is for good boys and girls of many different ages”. What that means is that Mai’s default outfit might be too spicy for a G-rated game like Super Smash Bros.
Exhibits A, B, and C below, in case you need to “cuci mata sedikit”:
The internet, of course, is quick to point out this inclusion and respond to Sakurai. And also remind folks that characters like Bayonetta and Zero Suit Samus get a pass, because of double standards, right?
— 21 Bridges (@burritotoad) November 6, 2019
>Mai Shiranui not being added because of tiddy
Sakurai is really just an ass man confirmed pic.twitter.com/BZ59Xg4dwS
— Mr. Pasquale (@TheMrPasquale) November 6, 2019
Sakurai: “We didn’t include Mai Shiranui because Super Smash Bros Ultimate is for good boys and girls from many different ages” pic.twitter.com/KTas35fAO6
— MisAnthro Pony (@MisAnthroPony) November 6, 2019
— Alex Ventrella (@indigorush101) November 6, 2019
Mai Shiranui waiting for everyone outside the Smash tournament after being barred entry pic.twitter.com/ay3QHxQ96V
— KB (@KaiserBeamz) November 6, 2019
— Brian Bear’s turkey neck (@BeaPeaBear) November 6, 2019
Sakurai: "We didn't include Mai Shiranui because this game is for good boys and girls of all ages"
Seems like a strange reason to not include an iconic char- pic.twitter.com/gC0Jd6e7Yx
— The Sauce Locator (@SourceLocator) November 6, 2019
Sakurai: "We have decided not to include mai shiranui"
*Googles Mai Shiranui*
— AceStar 🏳️🌈🌟 (@AceStarThe3rd) November 6, 2019
Smash zoomers when they google Mai Shiranui to find out why she's not a stage cameo pic.twitter.com/YSZKWKBhAI
— Chariot (@ChariotDaGawd) November 6, 2019
honestly the most depressing part about sakurai saying mai shiranui was too sexy for smash is seeing all the people go "I had no idea who that was and had to look her up" pic.twitter.com/4uves0BnhL
— Royal Prism (@DocHobo) November 6, 2019
Sakurai explaining why Mai Shiranui isn't a cameo pic.twitter.com/F03W4pBBrC
— Lily (@Totally_Jazzed) November 6, 2019
*Rumor of an SNK character coming to Smash*
Nintendo fans: Mai Shiranui?!
— No Jarion November 🥜 (@JarionXP) November 6, 2019
"Mai Shiranui can't be in Smash because it's for good boys and girls."
*stares at Bayonetta doing splits in the corner* pic.twitter.com/pZvq3KPEkQ
— TazariB 🏳️🌈 Marry me, Keigo ❤️ (@TazB_Leoncillo) November 6, 2019
Sakurai is afraid this would happen if Mai Shiranui appears in Smash pic.twitter.com/gmP30AfLtH
— WPC Mahouko @ANYC (@Mahouko) November 6, 2019
Bayonetta, doing sexy poses:
Namco: you’re in.
Namco: electric chair.
— Hero @ FFXIV (@turnaboutlies) November 6, 2019
Bayonetta: E rated character, completely fine
Mai Shiranui: pic.twitter.com/ZjKCC6zCQn
— MerryNanners (@MultiNanners) November 6, 2019
How the fuck is THIS fine and Mai Shiranui isn't? pic.twitter.com/NHMn5WpcAh
— Sólo habla en inglés Neko (@SolNekoVS) November 6, 2019
Sakurai won't add Mai Shiranui in because Smash Bros is for "good boys and good girls" but then he still puts a character in like this? What a hypocrite pic.twitter.com/IB4gOMqbVt
Nintendo claims Mai Shiranui isn’t in Smash because it’s for all ages. But I think we know the real reason: It makes Luigi uncomfortable. pic.twitter.com/QqU8jHeKnC
— Brett Medlock (@brettnll) November 6, 2019