Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai recently accepted the Tokyo Game Show's Grand Award for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He used part of his acceptance speech to reaffirm Goku is not coming to Smash as DLC, but that probably won't be enough to divert Dragon Ball Z fans from their eternal begging. Only the heat of the death of the universe will accomplish that.
Writer and translator "PushDustin" translated Sakurai's speech, singling out his remark about Goku. "I get all these kinds of requests from abroad like, 'Where is my believed [sic] Iron Man?' or 'where is my beloved Goku?'" Sakurai says. "However, basically (Smash) will only have content from video games in it."
Some of the third party DLC characters for Smash are strange and unexpected, like Joker from Persona 5 or Banjo and Kazooie from their titular game. But as Sakurai points out, they're still game characters. Goku is in games galore, but he started life as a manga and anime character, not a game character.
Also, I had no idea people are asking for Iron Man in Smash, but now that I know, I'm not the least bit surprised.
Sakurai didn't use his speech exclusively to ask Smash beggars to stop hounding him. He also threw out a touching tribute to late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, who died in 2015 of complications from bile duct cancer.
"I'm sorry for bringing up this personal story at a time like this... but making Smash Bros. on the Switch was the last mission the late Satoru Iwata gave to me," Sakurai says. "I've put my all into the game, and with more DLC I will continue to work hard."
Sakurai will be working hard for a little bit longer. Five new DLC fighters were initially planned, but after Terry Bogard was revealed as DLC character number four, Nintendo announced more DLC fighters are coming. Check out our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate guides to stay up to date on news and theories about new fighters, but don't waste your time hoping for Goku. We've already established he's not a thing.