Curious about how Ridley’s going to perform in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Tried him out at a show, but looking forward to sinking some more time into the character when the game drops? You’re not alone. Nintendo’s own Reggie Fils-Aime is really feeling Ridley too.
As you may have heard, a little game called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is coming to Nintendo Switch in the next couple of weeks (December 7th). There’s really no understating the importance of this one, and the role it’s going to play in the Switch’s holiday season. There’s a huge amount of expectation on this one, among players and Nintendo execs alike.
Like the Pokémon franchise (which is also making its debut on the console with Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee), Smash Bros is not a series to reinvent the wheel with each new iteration. Fans know what they’re getting themselves into, they love it, and they just want bigger and better.
Ultimate is certainly taking that direction. As the latest trailer demonstrates, this is the frantic Smash Bros. action we know and love, dialed up to… about 13,000. There are some very interesting newcomers joining the roster this time around, with the likes of King K. Rool and Simon Belmont of Castlevania fame hitting the chaotic battlefield for the first time.
And, of course, there’s Ridley. Space Pirate extraordinaire and Samus’s mortal enemy, fans have been clamoring for Ridley to join Smash Bros. for some time now, and a heaping helping of hype met the news that he would join the cast at last.
Not many have had time to get much hands-on experience with Ridley yet, but one who’s feverish trying to accrue as much play time with the dastardly dragon as possible is Reggie himself. Why? Because he wants to be the very best like no-one ever has. For the briefest moment.
As Mashable reports, in a recent interview, the NOA president was discussing the crucial holiday period and the games that would be pivotal to it. When asked which character he was going to main in the upcoming Ultimate, he replied:
"I'm focused right now on playing Ridley. My strategy is simple. It is a well-known fact that I am not a very good Super Smash Bros. player, and so my focus is I'm going to keep practicing as Ridley so that at 12:01, the morning of the 7th, I can be the very best Ridley player for a very short period of time. That's my strategy."
There you go, friends. Those are the kind of smarts you need to rise to become a company COO. Heck, with the competitive and ever-changing nature of online leaderboards, why not?