Pac Man and Super Smash Brothers fans have a lot in common. Both spend most of their time in the dark, consuming vast quantities of pills. Both spend time watching for apparitions that they think have some sort of significance when they are most likely figments of their pill-induced imaginations. But Masahiro Sakurai, the director of SSB, knows better than to follow the fans' example. Here's why Pac Man can't, shouldn't, and won't be in this game.
The first reason why Pac Man can't be playable is because he has no fanbase. People on a message board do not show interest in Pac Man. And a message board accurately represents the market for Mr. Sakurai's games. Mr. Sakurai cares deeply about message boards and posters on one message board do not like Pac Man. Nobody outside the message boards likes Pac Man either, especially not anybody who would have grown up with the massively successful Pac Man arcade games. Mr. Sakurai has no interest in Pac Man when he could add an overwhelmingly popular character like Lloyd Irving, who had a system-seller only in Japan.
Another reason why Pac Man will never be added is because he cannot fight. I cannot think of a good moveset for Pac Man. Therefore Mr. Sakurai cannot do it either. Mr. Sakurai will not choose Pac Man when he could choose a shining paragon of uniqueness. After all, Mr. Sakurai added Kid Chameleon instead of Sonic as a Sega representative. He did this because Sonic would have had a boring moveset and Kid Chameleon would have been able to fight as a samurai and a berserker. Lloyd Irving is a very special Namco character because he is the only Namco character who has material that could be used in a moveset for this game. Lloyd is also very special as a character because he is the only possible candidate for this game who uses two swords.
Another reason Pac Man can never be playable is because he means nothing to Nintendo. Shigeru Miyamoto once said that his most hated character is Pac Man, and Masahiro Sakurai has repeatedly shown us that he despises characters with origins in retro games. Also, while Pac Man earned a reputation as a punching bag for Nintendo designers, Lloyd Irving appeared as a playable character in a few Mario Kart arcade games, including a new MK arcade game in development. It helps immensely that the director of the Tales game series mentioned Lloyd as a potential character Mr. Sakurai could use in this game. This provides decisive evidence that Mr. Sakurai will not consider any other Namco character.
I am happy that Mr. Sakurai will never add Pac Man to this game because Pac Man is boring, obscure, and irrelevant to Nintendo. You are happy too because nobody could rationally want such an obscure, boring, irrelevant character.
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