Is Sakurai deliberately trolling Ridley fans?

#1rindainPosted 1/17/2014 12:25:04 AM
Is Sakurai willfully trolling Ridley fans? - Results (194 votes)
Yes - Sakurai is toying with Ridley fans to generate controversy/talk about SSB4
64.95% (126 votes)
126
No - Sakurai is just unaware of how many fans would be upset if Ridley were eventually revealed to be a stage hazard
35.05% (68 votes)
68
This poll is now closed.
I've often heard the argument that Sakurai has been trolling Ridley supporters by showing Pyrosphere so many times without showing Ridley as a stage hazard (after hinting at Ridley's appearance in Pyrosphere in a pic of the day).

Many people think it's a cruel, dickish move to dangle the carrot of hope in front of Ridley fans who want him playable, just to eventually show him as a stage hazard.

But perhaps Sakurai is generally unaware of Western sentiment regarding Ridley. He may very well genuinely believe that Ridley fans will be super pleased and excited by an eventual reveal of Ridley as a stage hazard.

So, is Sakurai trolling Ridley fans, or is he just unaware of how much he's wanted as a playable character in the West?
#2NoJobBobPosted 1/17/2014 12:31:00 AM
Umm, Sakurai is well aware of the Ridley requests and has been for years. He has said that he knows it is one of the most requested characters since melee but would not really be a good fit
#3HoundoomedPosted 1/17/2014 12:32:10 AM
NoJobBob posted...
Umm, Sakurai is well aware of the Ridley requests and has been for years. He has said that he knows it is one of the most requested characters since melee but would not really be a good fit


And he also said he could make him work if he really bothered to.

That alone proves that he's trolling. Like always.
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#4Fierce_Deity777Posted 1/17/2014 12:34:39 AM
Perhaps they are working on Ridley but it's still in development. I know Sakurai imagined that he would move awkwardly. I could see them still working on that and trying to decide the best approach regarding movement and animations, and they wouldn't really be able to reveal a character that's that incomplete.
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#5rindain(Topic Creator)Posted 1/17/2014 12:34:47 AM
NoJobBob posted...
Umm, Sakurai is well aware of the Ridley requests and has been for years. He has said that he knows it is one of the most requested characters since melee but would not really be a good fit


Has he ever mentioned the possibility of Ridley as playable, other than in that Nintendo Power interview?
#6NoJobBobPosted 1/17/2014 12:35:33 AM
Houndoomed posted...
NoJobBob posted...
Umm, Sakurai is well aware of the Ridley requests and has been for years. He has said that he knows it is one of the most requested characters since melee but would not really be a good fit


And he also said he could make him work if he really bothered to.

That alone proves that he's trolling. Like always.


True

but the poll is pointless. Sakurai has already stated he knows that Ridley is in very high demand and he has known this for years
#7rindain(Topic Creator)Posted 1/17/2014 12:37:25 AM
NoJobBob posted...
Houndoomed posted...
NoJobBob posted...
Umm, Sakurai is well aware of the Ridley requests and has been for years. He has said that he knows it is one of the most requested characters since melee but would not really be a good fit


And he also said he could make him work if he really bothered to.

That alone proves that he's trolling. Like always.


True

but the poll is pointless. Sakurai has already stated he knows that Ridley is in very high demand and he has known this for years


I'd really like to see where he states this. In the Nintendo Power interview he doesn't indicate that he knows Ridley is popular.
#8UberPyro64Posted 1/17/2014 12:38:11 AM
He probably knows some fans want him (specifically NA) but he's not a popular request in Japan. So he probably isn't aware that this is annoying people a lot.
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#9NoJobBobPosted 1/17/2014 12:41:13 AM
rindain posted...
NoJobBob posted...
Houndoomed posted...
NoJobBob posted...
Umm, Sakurai is well aware of the Ridley requests and has been for years. He has said that he knows it is one of the most requested characters since melee but would not really be a good fit


And he also said he could make him work if he really bothered to.

That alone proves that he's trolling. Like always.


True

but the poll is pointless. Sakurai has already stated he knows that Ridley is in very high demand and he has known this for years


I'd really like to see where he states this. In the Nintendo Power interview he doesn't indicate that he knows Ridley is popular.


I really don't feel like digging around, but there's an interview from awhile ago where he states that he has known Ridley has been in very high demand since melee but he did not think it really made sense(though he did admit they could probably make it work)
#10rindain(Topic Creator)Posted 1/17/2014 12:43:20 AM
UberPyro64 posted...
He probably knows some fans want him (specifically NA) but he's not a popular request in Japan. So he probably isn't aware that this is annoying people a lot.


Has the possibility of doing some kind of campaign to make him aware been brought up?

Something like ordering Ridley-shaped cupcakes and sending them to Sakurai's office (lol).