The fake video leak featuring Rayman in Super Smash Bros. Wii U is now a confirmed hoax. Freelance graphic designer Omni Jacala is the perpetrator whose convincing artistry trickery had Smash fans across the globe believing Ubisoft’s limbless wonder just might enter the fray to slap fellow gaming icons silly with his floating appendages.
Jacala, known as “Artsy Omni” on YouTube, owned up to his fabrication by posting a video revealing how the Smash Bros. hoax was made. He gives step-by-step instructions on how he “smashified” Rayman and encourages viewers to sound off on who they would like him to “smashify,” or draw characters in the style of Super Smash Bros. Wii U, next.
In a separate, time lapse painting video (available with or without commentary), Jacala shows how he created the character art of Rayman for the fake DLC leak.
So, why did he do it? GameInformer interviewed Jacala about why he decided to punk the world.
“I guess it’s a prank no matter what I call it, but overall, I just wanted to get my channel in front of the eyes of the Smash community so that I could have an open dialogue for suggestions for future art I do. I had no idea it would spread this far.”
As it turns out, Rayman is not even the character Jacala would like to see most in Smash. He mentions later in the interview that honor goes to Klonoa.
“If I could add literally anyone I want, it’d have to be Klonoa, just because he’s a favorite of mine. But he’s certainly not the most deserving. Rayman seemed believable because he already has a trophy on which to base my art.”
Now that Nintendo and Ubisoft have seen firsthand just how excited the Smash Bros. community is about Rayman joining the battle, fans are wondering how soon or likely he might appear as DLC in the future. In a statement sent to and published by GameSpot, Nintendo confirmed in November of 2014 that they have no additional DLC plans post-Mewtwo.
“Mewtwo will be made available to purchase as add-on content in the future, and is also available as part of the Super Smash Bros. Club Nintendo promotion, which offers consumers different ways to obtain this content. There are no other plans regarding paid add-on content at this stage.”
Unfortunately, there has been no additional, official comments from Nintendo on the subject since the Rayman leak. Their efforts seem to be placed elsewhere with marketing the New Nintendo 3DS, pushing upcoming releases like Codename S.T.E.A.M. and keeping up with amiibo demand. With the financial success Super Smash Bros. is enjoying on Wii U and 3DS without any additional DLC plans, the addition of Rayman does not seem likely in the immediate future.
[Image Source: Omni Jacala on DeviantArt]