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Greninja vs. Mewtwo is a popular debate topic among fans of Nintendo’s upcoming Super Smash Bros. crossover fighting game, similar to Ridley is Too Big. After a trailer for the game was released revealed Greninja, and not Mewtwo would be included in the game, some fans became upset with the character choice.
On April 8, 2014, Nintendo released their newest trailer for the new Smash Bros, unveiling the Pokemon characters Charizard and Greninja.
Although Charizard was revealed early in the video, Greninja was shown as a mysterious silhouette for a large portion, which bore an uncanny similarity to another Pokemon character, Mewtwo. Mewtwo had been a popular character in Super Smash Bros. Melee, an earlier game in the series, and many fans had been clamoring for his return.
Upon seeing the silhouette, many viewers immediately assumed it was Mewtwo, an assumption bolstered by the blue energy the mysterious figure produced. Upon the reveal of the figure as the newcomer Greninja, many fans were disappointed.
Viewers were quick to share their reactions about the reveal, with many videos relating to Greninja’s reveal appearing on YouTube the same day the trailer was released. Also on April 8th, YouTuber cobanermani456 uploaded the trailer with his real time reactions recorded over it. He expresses excitement when he believes the shadowed character will be Mewtwo, and disappointment, but not anger, when it’s revealed to be Greninja. The video quickly became one of the most popular reaction videos, gaining over 260,000 views within two months.
Other popular reaction videos uploaded the same day include TheCartoonGamer8000’s video (below, left) which gained over 60,000 views as of June 2014, and The Chongo Show’s video (below, left) which gained over 21,000 views as of June 2014.
Also on April 8th, a poll was posted on Smashboards which asked:
“Did Greninja steal Mewtwo’s thunder?
As of June 2014, over 50% of respondents answered, “Why can’t both co exist?”
On April 9th, Kotaku published an article titled “The Internet Reacts To New Smash Bros. Reveals,” which highlighted the negative reactions to Greninja’s inclusion, including tweets fans sent out expressing their disapointment.
Not all fans were disappointed by Greninja’s inclusion. On April 10th, redditor samsparta21 started a thread on the /r/smashbros subreddit titled “Greninja’s reveal makes perfect sense.” Their post explained:
“Pokemon is too popular a series to not get a newcomer. If the only new character was Mewtwo, it would be just bringing back a character from Melee. There is a strong chance that Mewtwo will still be coming later.”
On May 12th, Tumblr blog fyeahcontroversialcharacters also published a post titled “DEFENSE OF GRENINJA (SUPER SMASH BROS./POKEMON),” where it addressed all claims fans had against the inclusion of Greninja.