Nintendo has revealed that Ridley will appear as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch, the news having been revealed in today’s Nintendo Direct: E3 2018 presentation.
The high-ranking Space Pirate is responsible for the massacre of the colony K-2L, and, as a recurring character in the Metroid series, is the arch nemesis of Samus Aran.
Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai had once, famously, indicated his belief that Ridley was too large a character to appear as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
“I definitely know that Ridley’s a much-anticipated name for fans, but if we made Ridley as a fighter, it wouldn’t be Ridley any longer,” Sakurai explained to IGN in 2014. “It’d have to be shrunk down, or its wings reduced in size, or be unable to fly around freely.”
“Providing accurate portrayals of characters is something I want to pay ample attention to,” he continued. “If I don’t stick to that thought, then we’d have to lower the quality or break the balance of the game. Something that goes way off spec could break the entire game.”
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide on December 7th.