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.
"Waht about me?"
You're an assist trophy in Ultimate.
GET. OVER. IT.
You're just going to have to wait until the next Smash game.
It's time to stop, good lord.
Please never forget my Waluigi cosplay. https://imgur.com/a/zOFmUuM
I want to laugh, but I have this sinking feeling they aren't joking.
Everyday we stray further from God and humanity was a mistake.
Guys,please don't refer to it as drama. It's clearly a joke. The apparent "fans" who harassed Sakurai clearly weren't genuine in their intentions and were merely trolls. I'd appreciate if people would stop treating guys like these as if they were the worst on the planet when it's just some guys having fun.
If they were legit harassing people non-stop then fair enough but if you can't assume this is a joke at first glance then you likely have zero ability to detect sarcasm.
This is good use of time.
This is getting ridiculous
I HATE WALUIGI, his voice, his look. It's just a bad character and i don't understand anyones facination with him.
Wario I understand, turn the M upside down in Mario and yes, works.
Put a Wa in front of Luigi, no, Just No
Holy crap they added a thumbs down button
Becky, you want c-stick? Lemme smash.
@MH4 Wow just noticed that too, And I already got one!!!
"Waluigi doesn't deserve to be in Smash, he isn't relevant enough; he only appears in Mario spinoff games!"
[fans vigorously vote for Geno, that one guy from that one spinoff Mario RPG title from 20 years ago who also had one cameo in another spinoff Mario RPG title in 2003]
Introducing your character of choice as a "meme icon" in the very first sentence of your manifesto is the absolute best way to ensure that they will never be anything else.
As long they were just as respectful as someone who wasn’t interested, then it’s funny. Their flyer is a bit cute, since no one said every Nintendo character
@MH4 Oh wow, thanks for bringing that to my attention. To commemorate, I gave you my very first thumbs-down on Nintendo Life. You're welcome!
@Not_Soos I used mine in the UK Charts article gotta love new features
@Not_Soos I’m honored! 😃
Nintendo: Waluigi was a mistake.
Toad deserves to be the next Mario rep that gets into Smash. Not Geno or Waluigi.
I don't understand how a character who has been playable in three main-series Mario games(Super Mario Bros 2, New Super Mario Bros Wii, New Super Mario Bros U), is a fixture of every Mario spin-off, and has even gotten his own games(Wario's Woods, Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker) still is not even in Smash, and is even below Geno who made only one appearance in a Mario RPG twenty years ago, and Waluigi who is nothing more then a filler character in Mario Spin-offs.
Toad or Captain Toad should be the next Mario Rep that gets in! I'll give Daisy a pass since she's an echo fighter and really popular herself.
But Toad deserves better then to be a freaking counter in Peach's moveset. Toad not being a playable rep in Smash is the real injustice here, not some filler character who is more famous for memes then he is the games he shows up.
There, I said it. Toad in some form deserves to be in Smash over Waluigi or Geno.
Sakurai doesn't deserve this
Also as they are called the "Kakariko Krew" why are they wasting time on this character and not trying to get Skull Kid in there??
@MH4 But just noticed, you can't see the thumbs down on your posts, well unless you log out I suppose
@MH4 And with that, your comment became a testing ground for the button. Thanks for your service, good man.
Christ, let Nintendo have a comic relief character without dweebs taking it too seriously.
The fact that there are people here who are ANGRY/ANNOYED about this tells me that people take this [removed] way too seriously.
It's all in good fun.
Get over it yourselves.
Mind your language - Octane
Has anyone ever considered Waluigi's wants and desires?
What if he's perfectly content to perfect his tennis skills, but everyone else is like a helicopter parent pushing their child to compete in a different sport? Won't someone think of Waluigi?
@MH4: First I noticed it too! Hopefully nobody abuses it....
@Bunkerneath It is a meme character. The people that act like their "fans" are just there for the memes and, IMO, feel like they are part of something.
Smash Fans: "Waluigi is bad and irrelevant, therefore he can't be in Smash!"
Also Smash Fans: "Geno DESERVES to be in Smash despite being in one game where he wasn't even the star and is not known by the majority!"
I love Geno and Waluigi, but to say the latter can't be in Smash because he's "irrelevant" is completely stupid.
I still want a knock off of Mario 2 where the four characters are wario, waluigi, Captain syrup, and Nabbit. That’d be my desired waluigi appearance. Or Waluigi’s Repo Depot.
Obviously a good humoured joke. “People were visibly affected” Is this also a joke??? Honestly modern life is rubbish. I am not and do not like the daily mail or anything they stand for but this article makes me believe maybe people have become snowflakes. This whole thing is ridiculous. The guys did a funny topical cosplay. No one was hurt or suffered mental damage. Except maybe us reading this nonsense.... Honestly.... waluigi cosplay caused an impact on someone’s mental health/how their day went. Lmao. The mere suggestion undermines those that are actually dealing with real issues. Please no more ridiculous over blowing of non events.
@Pandaman IT'S TIME TO STOP SAKURAI DESERVES THIS MOMENT OVER THE GREATER CESSPOOL OF UNGRATEFUL SMASH FANS
@Tyranexx awww so delusional that you think that, but you realize this is the internet right.
Geno is irrelevant (one hit wonder from 20 years ago) and third-party, but at least he’s important to the plot of Mario RPG and has good move set potential (also, Sakurai likes him). He could also be a stalking horse for a sequel to Mario RPG (okay, probably not, but we can always dream lol).
Not sure how I feel seeing the response to actual Waluigi fans as equal to the two or three people who trolled Sakurai with spam for a day that got them ignored. Like every Waluigi request is a hate crime and every cosplay is a nazi garb. Literally anyone who likes Waluigi openly seems to get dog piled as one of the legion that is apparently still attacking Sakurai.
Jeebus Creebus. Does EVERYTHING have to have an obnoxious "protest" movement (serious or otherwise) behind it now?
He’s a worthless filler character, literally invented to pad out the roster in spinoff Mario titles. Why in the world anybody thinks he deserves a spot in Smash is beyond me.
So many injustices in this world, so many unfairnesses, so many terrible people and governments corrupted, but people remain silent, yet so much fervor and passion over a missing character from a game........
Regardless if this was good fun or not, can the internet please just shut the f*ck about Waluigi already? While it was funny(?) at first, having every discussion about Smash eventually turning to Waluigi has gotten extremely irritating and is exactly why some people are so against him being in the game. Let me repeat this one more time for all the idiots in the back
HE. IS. AN. ASSIST. TROPHY!
HE. WILL. NEVER. BE. IN. THE. GAME!
He might get into the inevitable Smash 6 but as for Ultimate, please for the love of god just deal with the reality that he will not be in it.
@edgedino: Yes. Yes I do. I fully expect it to be abused by some. I haven't completely lost my hope for humanity yet though.
@Devlind I’m here for the community! 😃 Also, did you know that if you heart someone’s comment, it automatically un-dislikes it, and vice versa?
@Bunkerneath Aw that stinks.
Edit: Here’s everything I’ve noticed about thumbs down, or “dislike,” as I’m calling it:
1.) You must choose between liking and disliking; you cannot do both.
2.) If a comment has more than 5 dislikes, it will show up as 5+ instead of the real number. (Example: Say 6 people dislike my comment. The number will show up as 5+ instead.)
3.) A user cannot see how many dislikes their post has or dislike their own post, but they can still like their own posts.
4.) The number of dislikes a comment has will not appear unless you tap on the comment (for mobile users).
That’s all I’ve gathered! I’d say it’s a pretty useful function; it lets you disagree with someone anonymously and without major repercussion. Good on the NL team for adding it.
"...it was announced that 'every single Nintendo character' would be appearing in the new Super Smash Bros. game..."
Congratulations! This is blatantly false information, even disregarding Waluigi.
@Bunkerneath Well that is actually more based on the japanese names. putting Wa in front of Mario and Luigi meant "Bad Mario" and "Bad Luigi" so there is a reason to the name.
I think this is funny. It's stupid (like Bowsette) but it's funny.
Good for them having fun with this!
Personally, I don't need this character in Smash. I would rather have more unique characters then clones or whatever they're called by Nintendo.
How virtuously unique they must feel by supporting this incredibly generic filler character.
Oh to have that much free time.
So... How bout that Waluigi Strike of 2018?
Sakurai: He will always be an Assist Trophy.
The video game world needs Waluigi for Smash not just some freaks. It's essential because what was the point to put Daisy as echo?? Nintendo just want to please their fans at the last minute. They gonna reveal it soon.
This year is the warmest year on record and the oceans are full of trash, and this is what the internet is concerned about
Can I just take a moment to say how absolutely stupid and insane some people can be? As if harassing, being annoying, and sending out death threats isn't enough, they had to resort to this? All for a character whose existence is merely to give Wario a partner in crime? One who is already established to be an Assist Trophy? How would he even fight anyway, especially with his Final Smash in mind? Frankly, if he somehow does make it in, he might as well be a joke character, a la Pichu.
I... is this a joke? Are you joking right now? There's so many things wrong with this. If you're trying to make a joke like these cosplayers were, you need to step up your game.
As much as I want my man Waluigi in Smash(been my Mario Spinoff main since Tennis on the N64) I’m more content seeing him as an assist trophy for the time being.
That being said I just hope these guys are just taking the piss instead of actually being rude about this. It is just a game after all
Okay, it was funny at the start. Time to stop now.
"Lemme smash". LMAO
WAHt is with all the WAHful debates about WAHluigi. He's a WAHnderful character and a hardWAHrking man. Even as an assist trophy he will alWAHs be a Smasher.
(I wonder how many downvotes I'll get)
The irrational hatred towards Waluigi and his fans is both amusing and disturbing.
Fans of other characters petitioned hard for them, and some succeeded (Ridley? K Rool?)
Waluigi fans are trying to do the same. No need for ridicule and scorn.
So what did they do wrong? A bunch of people cosplay there and they did something different. Unless they were harassing people it seems like good fun.
This is more like Milhouse Is Not A Meme. It gets funnier the more it becomes clear that it'll never happen.
@Caryslan That's a very funny way of saying Tails...
NintendoLife themselves are largely to blame here. The headline and byline are just disgusting.
@ObeseCity Et volia.
This hasn't been funny for a while. Let it go. I'm embarrassed for these guys.
Waluigi is a character, that I have no strong feelings about.
Please never stop doing this Waluigi fans! Gotta cosplay Waluigi for Halloween.
Not a fan - Waluigi is ok as an assist trophy.
The opposite of M=W... Mario = Wario
The opposite of L=T?... Luigi = Tuigi
Where's the petition to make Toad a playable character, he would be much better!!
@0muros why do you Waluigi fans always have to bring Daisy down when you mention him? Echoes doesn't need a reason to get in, they are extra characters, and yeah Daisy can be an echo of a character unlike Waluigi... and appears in main games.
The direct said every fighter in Smash history, NOT every single Nintendo character. Geez.
I just noticed there’s a dislike button on the comment section. Wow.
@Unapologetic Don't get me wrong or don't twist my idea or words. Why Marth and Lucina? Why Peach and Daisy? If Mario Luigi Wario Peach and Daisy are in why the Purple Bro can't be in? There's no argue to put Daisy without putting Reverse L.
The question is not: Why putting Waluigi in Smash?
The question is: Why to not put Waluigi in Smash?
And don't talk to me about the mistake they made with his assist trophy...
If I want any confirmed assist trophy to somehow get the promotion, it's Bomberman. After he gets in, then we can talk about Waluigi. But since that's not gonna happen, you can probably guess how interested I am about talking about having Waluigi make such an upgrade.
All of you need to stop white knighting Lord Sakurai. Three insignificant humans sent him edgy memes on Twitter and a few more decide to dress as Waluigi and you all act like he is contemplating suicide as a result. He is the lord of the Smashverse who has dealt with the Subspace Crisis and the up and coming Spirits Crisis of which I cannot divulge. I am certain he was unaffected by all of these events. Furthermore, the Smash Tournament needs villains, and Wario will not stop crying about his brother’s exclusion from the roster. So do not sully Waluigi’s chances of appearing at a later date. I need another thrall to easily manipulate.
Yeah, let's not take them seriously. This is obvious trolling at its finest. The "Becky let him smash, why can't Nintendo?" phrase had me laughing after a stressful semester.
So if Waluigi does/did become playable in Smash, who would be the next character people will demand for Smash?
@Not_Soos While you're right, the Geno campaign started way before Brawl was launched, people are asking for him for more than one decade, the Waluigi campaign is much bigger, but too recent, only became big this year.
Waluigi will likely join Smash one day, but you have to wait.
Still less ridiculous people than a lot of protesters nowadays.
Sakurai should make a spin-off Smash game... "Smashing Mario Bros.," where the Koopalings have separate movesets, and you can play as a bunch of Mario characters, no matter how weird, like Spike, Metal Mario, Pink-Gold Peach, Gooigi, Pauline, Pianta, Goomba, Toad, Toadette, Bowsette, Biddle Bug, Wiggler, Shy Guy, Birdo and Wart. And Waluigi is still not playable.
God's light shines on us all, even Waluigi.
I still think he would be a welcome addition to the Smash roster.
DK and Samus got their foils, why not Luigi?? This Smash seems to be all about evil counterparts. Might as well go full-on Laffolympics with this game. 😄
And I'm glad to see some people having fun with this. There's grief enough to go around in the world.
I want to play as Princess Tomato in Smash, but you don’t see me whining in public in a vegetable suit.
They're just doing it as a meme at this point and it's getting pretty dumb
meme status can only take you so far. I remember another meme spilling over the internet and reaching cult status that it seeped through MTV. Remember rickroll? That meme was so common back then that memers actually voted for Rick Astley and his song to the actual awards. To MTV's credit, they never even considered it. This is the same thing happening with Waluigi.
Just looks like good-natured fun. No need to get any panties in a twist over it.
Waluigi: "That's right my Loyal fans! Show those idiots at Nintendo that Waluigi deserves to be a playable character in the new Smash Bros. game! Wahahahaha!
I wish I had somewhere to go on Halloween so I could dress as Waluigi.
I really do like Waluigi and wish Nintendo would do something more substantial with him. He’s a funny character. They should at least have him in the next Warioware with Wario + gang.
I hope he never makes it. Ever.
I can’t believe people care this much about a second rate tennis character.
I hope Nintendo sees this and decides to act... In disgust. If I were them I'd release a patch that completely removes Waluigi from all Switch games and then post a Direct that tells these dweebs to get a life.
Oke these things i hate. Now i really want waluigi to stay out and dont give them their way. Let them cry in a corner throw them a tissue and wipe those baby bubbles of snot.
And yet not a peep for Birdo. That is unacceptable!
Cancer as f**k
At this point, i want them to take Waluigi OUT
@Kyranosaurus amen brother!
People need to relax, there seems to be a huge dose of satire involved in this. Look how nice and friendly they look in those pictures, come on! People are acting like these people are dispicable degenerate low-life’s or something but the whole thing appears to me to be a farce! Clearly they are being sarcastic! People need to lighten up, for real it’s not healthy to go through life with sticks shoved so far up your asses!
@ryancraddock what is with this malicious journalism? The headline and subtitle paint quite the vivid picture over a chill cosplay protest which went on peacefully and without drama whatsoever.
If you're gonna angle something, at least make it less noticeable.
This is satire. Slap a humor tag on this article and remake it, geez.
I appreciate these "protestors" because they are obviously not angry. They are just running with the joke. Waluigi would cease being himself if he suddenly caught a break like they are "demanding". He would become just one of the Nintendo characters, except one completely without personality or reason for existence.
@Deadlyblack I wonder if Sakurai would cave in to the pressure tho'
@shonenjump86 Finally giving the staff a way to express their dislike for comments without the risk of writing something that digs their hole even deeper in whatever lovely piece of clickbait they've cooked up
This has gone TOO FAR! When will these crybabies realize Waluigi will never be in Smash!?
Oh dear lord... I can understand this, but this is getting out of hand.
Wow, people hating Waluigi and a bunch of peaceful cosplayers... This is the unbelievable thing to me. I bet anything that these Waluigi haters will change their minds the second Nintendo change theirs, as always.
Let them have their fun... I could care less who all is in Smash, but Waluigi does seem like an odd omission at this point.
Nintendo should have a public hanging of Waluigi. That guy deserves all that he gets, and more. He is basically a parasite on society. I hope he rots
This has gone too far! Now, Waluigi will never be in Smash! When will they realize Waluigi is just a meme who doesn't deserve to be in Smash!
now THESE are my kind of people, asking for Waluigi to join smash, because he is the ONLY main character from the Super Mario series, not yet playable (i count Peach & Daisy's Toads as sorta playable)
@RedMageLanakyn lol, I see.
'Lemme smash' as a far dirtier meaning where I live.
Their parents must be proud .
@PtM Ha! You’d be surprised how far people will go. Trust me, Waluigi wouldn’t be the end of it.
@PtM oh? and Toadette is? the one who was made as Toad's partner in Double Dash?, sorry but Waluigi is by far a much more intresting character then Toadette, because Waluigi is a cheating, rival for Luigi, Mario has Bowser & Wario, Luigi has King Boo & Waluigi, and what is Toadette? a female looking Toad, because Toads are genderless & Toad and Toadette are not a couple, and yet that shroom showed up in a main title & Mario+Rabbids
@PtM yes he can, Waluigi (to me & many others) is the funniest and wackiest Mario character out there + again Toadette she is even more of a shoe-in, Waluig at least looks unique, he is a cheater, he should represent the spin-off titles, up special = air swimming, down special = mario kart item box, side special = party dice block, standart special = ground stomp, smash attacks = sports equipment, final smash = dance dance revolution
@PtM Waluigi deservs the love & Wario is less of a cheater, he is a greedy lazy Komodo tongue piercing, Waluigi is a sports loving cheater
the ONLY reason Waluigi is not as ''important'' as Toadette, is because Nintendo gave him no chance to shine
think about when Toadette was first shown, what was she? a female toad & NOTHING else, in fact she still is!
@PtM yes it is, if Dr. Mario can make it in, the face of a SPIN-OFF title, then can Waluigi
@PtM i am done with you, #JusticeforWaluigi !!!
@PtM sorry but even YOU have to admit that Piranha Plant over Waluigi is a WTF moment
@PtM just shut up
@Bunkerneath I know, right?
@Bunkerneath This is rather late to respond but I just wanted to say part of the appeal of the character is lost in translation.
His Japanese name is a portmanteau or combination of "warui" (bad) and Ruiji (Luigi's Japanese name as Ls do not exist in the language). "Warui" can also mean poor, hateful, abominable, and inferior and his name is a anagram of "ijiwaru" which can mean ill-tempered or mean-spirited although I not sure if that was intentional or a coincidence.
I'm not condoning these guys who probably want in as a joke, I'm just letting you know there is more meaning to the character but I don't blame you. I used to think the naming for him was forced as well.
Hey man remember Mario Party 3? Is a signal that he will came and figth with his friend.
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