Nintendo Fans Are Confused Right Now, But Not Over Yet graphics downgrades or Pokedex renewed† No, this time it’s more than a shunned character in an upcoming game, and not even an A-lister: Princess Daisy isn’t in Mario Strikers: Battle League†
Mario Strikers: Battle League† announced during a showcase in February and scheduled for a Switch release next month, the next entry is in Nintendo’s Mario Strikers series of football matches. Sure, soccer sims are a dime a dozen, courtesy of a certain decades-old series that recently lost his naming rights† But who cares about things like “offside” or “yellow cards” when you can turn a soccer ball into a meteor?
Fans of Mario Strikers (hello) have been over the moon ever since battle league‘s announcement, as it heralds the revival of a long-dormant, albeit relatively niche, series. The gameplay looks true to its ancestors, filled with all the “Hey, that move isn’t FIFA approved” hip the series is known for. However, after the February announcement, some fans expressed concern that Daisy was not shown based on it was due to an innocent reason like, say, her character model that didn’t get completed.
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Earlier this month, Nintendo Europe’s Twitter account confirmed those concerns with a tweet running the “squad” of playable characters in a series of 10 (unnecessarily intense, IMO) sketches. Daisy wasn’t there. For the past week, social media has been abuzz with players either complaining about her exclusion or requesting her inclusion.
Fan backlash to games that aren’t out yet is often premature and misguided, but the response here makes sense. After all, Daisy has been a mainstay in both previous iterations, Super Mario Strikers for the GameCube and Mario Strikers charged for the Wii. Plus, as a representative of the We Are Daisy fan wiki (WAD) told Kotakuthe attackers series “is where Daisy’s personality is best expressed.” (Yes, Daisy is so popular she has her own fan wiki.) Not to mention how she’s become a staple in other Nintendo sports games, including Mario Tennis and Mario Golf: Super Rush† leave her outside battle league is erasing.
Before the fires could go out, Nintendo poured gasoline on it by releasing a gameplay overview video for Mario Strikers: Battle League† In addition to showing about five minutes of moment-to-moment action, the clip offered a glimpse of battle leaguethe grid. Among other stalwarts of the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, his infinitely more friendly brother Luigi, plays their tax evasive friend Yoshi, and the terminally neglected Waluigi. Even Rosalina, a relative newcomer to Nintendo’s royal class, was introduced in 2007 Super Mario Galaxy, is part of the crowd. But Daisy – who, for the record, has been around since the ’80s – is still nowhere to be seen.
The responses so far have ranged from, and I’m paraphrasing, “wtffff” to “WTFFFFFFF!!!!!!!” The tamest have taken to to create fan art† †This steampunk inspired sketch by Canadian comic book artist Yves Bourgelas is my favorite.) On the other hand, you have people who say it’s “really awful” and “a bummer” and “bullshit” and other choice words. Some to have even though said they no longer intend to pick up the game.
“If Nintendo didn’t include her… would essentially be shooting itself in the foot,” said the WAD representative.
Of course, like some observers to have orphan out, there are plenty of other reasons why fans should keep Nintendo’s feet against the fire. Last month, employees at Nintendo of America filed a report with the National Labor Relations Board alleged surveillance, retaliation and other unfair employment practices. Speak with KotakuJoy-Con repair center employees shared details of terms of employment leaving them overworked and understaffed.
It is unclear whether Daisy will be added to battle league in a post-release update, either as a free update (à la Mario Golf Super Rush) or via paid DLC (à la… basically everything else in Nintendo’s oeuvre). Nintendo has not made any plans public after release for: Mario Strikers: Battle League† But the WAD rep pointed out that, yes, it’s a good bet that most Daisy stans would show up for Daisy DLC, although of course that would be a messy situation for a developer failing to include content that’s been in previous games. been only to sell it at a premium for a vibrant sequel.
Nintendo did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
“Not only should Daisy be included in [Battle League], but there are a few people who think Daisy should be included in more main Mario games as well,” the WAD representative said. “Some even lobby for her to have her own game, but that’s another topic.”