I love how every time that Brendan has been redesigned, the artist has made more and more of an effort to ensure that we know he is indeed wearing a hat and we are in fact not allowed to play as a white haired anime boy
There’s so many jokes about Valve never being able to reach the third installment in their franchises, that when they finally manage to do it, I think they should just go ahead and title it “Portal 4” or “Half Life 4” or whatever franchise they get to first
And, just. Keep doing it. Whenever they manage to release a third game in a franchise, just keep pretending that the number 3 doesn’t even exist.
Look, all I’m saying is that we have three player representing characters in Sm4sh Bros. that are playable. And that while all of them can have their gender changed, all of them are represented as being male by default.
Okay, so Robin and Kamui only partially represent the player, but they’re still gender selectable, they still at least PARTIALLY represent the player, and they’re still defaulting to male.
ANYWAY. Nintendo doesn’t bother to release amiibo of the female versions, they don’t put the character models for the female versions in the player icon, introductory trailers always exclusively focus on the male version while either not revealing the female version (villager) or revealing it only towards/at the end (Robin and Kamui).
The only other gender selectable character (Wii Fit Trainer) IS presented as female by default, but she doesn’t represent the player AND represents an activity stereotypically associated with women to boot.
And the point is, everything I just explained above sends out a very clear message to female players that I shouldn’t have to spell out.