A group of cosplayers calling themselves the Kakariko Krew held a protest at PAX Aus this weekend, campaigning for fan-favourite Waluigi to be included in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Holding banners displaying messages such as 'Lemme Smash', 'Waluigi For Smash 2018', and '#WahtAboutMe', the group walked around the event together wearing Waluigi cosplay materials, some complete with caps, shoes, and moustaches. A parade reportedly took place near the Nintendo booth shortly after a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament, with the group posing in front of the well-known - and Waluigi-less - mural.
It didn't stop there, however, as the group were also seen handing out their campaign manifesto to passersby, pushing their cause onto unsuspecting attendees. One part of the manifesto states that “it is now abundantly clear that Nintendo is not simply ambivalent towards Waluigi, but actively malicious," and asks those who believe in the cause to use social media to spread the message.
Of course, we've seen a frankly incredible amount of support for the character over the last few months, with fans taking to their social media account of choice (or even our very own comments sections) to have their say, but sometimes things can go a little too far; the game's creator Masahiro Sakurai recently faced harassment online from some users seemingly unaware of the consequences of their actions.
We imagine - and hope - that this protest was all crafted in good spirits with no harm intended but, according to Vooks.net, some attendees and Nintendo staff members "were visibly affected" by the events taking place. Naturally, this seems like as good a time as any to remind everyone to be respectful of others, both face-to-face and online, and enjoy your video game passion and discussion safely.
Nintendo's Reggie has previously said that Sakurai-san knows about fans' desire for Waluigi, but do you think it'll actually happen? Let us know with a comment below.