I don't understand all the Snake hate here. He is a great character and also legendary, his franchise started in 1987 and is still going strong today. He definitely deserves his spot back among the other all-stars.
Anyone that doesn't think he belongs in smash bros or thinks that he is from a generic series needs to play a metal gear game, as a matter of fact get snake eater 3d on 3ds its fantastic.
You can argue that he is not relevant to Nintendo as I have seen many times, and I can bring up the counterargument that I have also seen many times that 3 main entries have been ported to nintendo systems (Snake Eater 3ds being pretty recent), but these arguments do not matter because the fact is that he is a veteran, and the first 3rd party veteran on top of that, which makes him pretty relevant to smash bros/nintendo history.
The other possible Konami reps (Simon and Bomberman) are also worthy characters in their own right, but what chances do they have against a veteran?
thats pretty much the argument right there he isnt really relevant to Ninty systems. And as much as i love the character, that isnt an untrue statement. You got a buthchred version of the original MG that was popular but was released way the hell years ago on NES, didnt see anything until a spinoff in Ghost Babel for GBC, that nobody really bought. Got a remake, which did get positive reviews but nobody bought and the 3ds game which again nobody bought. BUT with that being said im confident that the people who are greiving are just being sour for reasons i already said.