Full disclosure: I didn’t see the recent Nintendo Direct live, so I heard about the biggest headline indirectly thanks to my brother and his phone. He had me guess who the new Smash Bros. character was, and my first (and only) guess was Shantae thanks to some rumblings I’d heard. He didn’t even know who that was, so he did me a solid and said it was Cloud. My delayed response? “That’s impossible.” And for minutes after, “But why?” repeated with an increasingly desperate and confused tone.
In all honesty, though? I’m not all that hung up on Cloud coming to Smash Bros. Sure, I can think of other characters who deserve a spot first, but that’s what the big Smash Ballot was for (wherein I voted for Wonder Red, because of course I did). I don’t intend to play as Cloud, since I already have a stable of characters that’s bursting at the seams; still, his inclusion has made plenty of people happy. That’s something worth celebrating -- and indeed, plenty of people have already started celebrating. Seeing Maximillian goberserk over the reveal was an experience more emotional than all of the David Cage games put together. Not that that's very difficult.