2017’s Nier: Automata finally came to Switch last month, but director Yoko Taro wishes it happened years ago. Taro seems to think that if Automata had been released on his Nintendo platform sooner, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would have a better chance of incorporating characters from the game.
in an interview with Nintendo Life Regarding Nier: Automata’s port to Nintendo Switch, Taro hints at missing out on 2B and 9S in Smash Bros., saying, “I’m very disappointed that I didn’t make it into Smash Bros. in time…” .
NieR Automata – The End of YoRHa Edition screen [Nintendo Direct, June 2022]
Smash Ultimate’s roster includes third-party crossovers from franchises like Persona, Minecraft, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Tekken, so imagine Nier’s 2B and 9S as part of the roster It’s not an easy thing to do.
Even Taro’s claim that the Nier port’s late arrival was at least partly responsible doesn’t quite hold up. 5 Royale came to Nintendo Switch last month. Other third-party ultimates His character has little to do with the Nintendo platform. I’m not sure if Automata’s lack of an appearance on his Switch was a big factor in the franchise missing out on Smash, or if there were other reasons that led to the decision.
Taro and Nier: Unfortunately for Automata fans, 2B won’t be joining the fray anytime soon. Development on Ultimate ended last year, including Kingdom Hearts’ Sora, and Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai is now a YouTuber. Sakurai also states that there are “no plans” for a sequel to Smash Bros. Ultimate, but given that Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best-selling fighting game of all time, Nintendo may have other ideas.
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