Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai did a 48-minute deep dive on the game’s new character, SNK’s Terry Bogard, and his new stage on Wednesday. The stage, King of Fighters stadium, has many of the franchise favorite characters like Geese Howard, King, Blue Mary, Athena, and Iori bouncing around in the background. However, there is one SNK character that isn’t in there and will never be added.
Sakurai put his hands together during the video, faced the camera, and noted that Mai Shiranui will not have a cameo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, because the game is for “good boys and girls of many different ages.”
One look at Mai and everyone will immediately realize why she’s not included in this family-friendly game. She’s a massively popular character, one of the main female mascots for the SNK franchise, but her outfit is just too skimpy! While Sakurai didn’t explicitly explain why Mai wasn’t included, we can probably guess that it has something to do with her lack of clothing.
Naturally, Twitter went to work in making memes about how Mai’s bodacious bod is what’s preventing her from getting a sweet Smash cameo.
[Warning: The images below teeter on the line of being not safe for work, but you saw the headline and you probably know what you’re getting into already, honestly.]
November 6, 2019
this gif is not made for good boys and girls pic.twitter.com/2C87JJE7XO— Jacob (@Alpharad) November 6, 2019
Mai Shiranui fans seeing Sakurai talk about how she's not a guest character because of the kids #SuperSmashBrosUltimate pic.twitter.com/p3wzSJ49tA— 21 Bridges (@burritotoad) November 6, 2019
Bless Sakurai for keeping us safe pic.twitter.com/MGohkDwmIP— Bad Man (@BobbyWasabiSN) November 6, 2019
November 6, 2019
Who would have guessed that it wasn't Ridley who was too big for Smash, it was Mai pic.twitter.com/2nyltSZKq6— Walt (@_watsu) November 6, 2019
I don't understand how anyone could say that Mai Shiranui character design is too horny for smash bros. I mean look, her feet are 100% covered. pic.twitter.com/2pxe7XtZVG— The Nanny Named FranXX (@mintyfreshlife) November 6, 2019
Dead or Alive developer Team Ninja joined the fun on Twitter by noting that you can play as Mai in Dead or Alive 6, though. The company welcomed players to “the world of adults” while dropping a link to buy Mai’s DLC.
そんな不知火舞さんをプレアブルで楽しめる格闘ゲーム『DEAD OR ALIVE 6』(CERO D区分) https://t.co/IHGM0Jzv95— Team NINJA (@TeamNINJAStudio) November 7, 2019
こちらをご購入頂くだけで— Team NINJA (@TeamNINJAStudio) November 7, 2019
『DEAD OR ALIVE 6』で不知火舞さんをプレアブルキャラクターとして遊んで頂く事ができます。