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So I was talking to a couple friends about this after today's Nintendo Direct, and I was wondering, was Cloud Strife a good choice to appear in Smash?

Now first off, don't get me wrong, I am pretty excited that he is going to be a newcomer, and I am definitely planning to buy him day 1, but of all the newcomers Sakurai could've chosen to add, why was Cloud chosen of all characters?

While Cloud has appeared in a good handful of games and spinoffs on Nintendo platforms, Cloud's origin game, Final Fantasy VII, never appeared on a Nintendo platform in any capacity.  At least with Snake, the first MGS game was remade for the Gamecube, but FFVII was never rereleased on a Nintendo platform or anything.

It should also be worth noting that Cloud doesn't seem to be the character from the Smash Ballot, as I don't know a single person who ever mentioned wanting Cloud in Smash, and when you think of the top candidates of the ballot, you usually think of King K Rool, Shovel Knight, and Inklings.

So what do you think, was Cloud a good pick?