One of the most memorable things to come out of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been the “Everyone is Here!” mural – a lush, painterly panorama featuring every single fighter on the Ultimate roster. Now, the illustrator behind the mural, Yusuke Nakano (who provided main character designs for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and has been working as far back as Ocarina of Time) has provided some details on the mural’s creation, courtesy of Nintendo Dream Web (as provided by Siliconera).
The original idea came from Director Sakurai himself, who wanted a fancy piece of promotional artwork to create impact at events like E3. Nakano was chosen once it was decided the piece would be hand-drawn and realistically proportioned, and he offered Mario and Link as sample offerings before getting the go-ahead to work on the entire piece.
With regards to how it all fit together, Nakano averaged the characters out evenly across the plane rather than have them center around one point, so that no matter what part of the canvas someone looked at they would see something going on. This also make piecing the various characters together possible, though he had some trouble deciding where to add additional characters. Nakano consulted original character creators when deciding poses and how to convey them to the best of their ability.
— 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ【スマブラ公式】 (@SmashBrosJP) June 11, 2019
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The mural is really one of the most remarkable artworks in all of Nintendo’s history, and it’s interesting to catch just a glimpse of the process behind its creation. It’s not even finished – there are two fighters yet to be added, and I for one can’t wait to see them emblazoned on the battlefield alongside everyone else.