King K. Rool Creators Give Origin Details After ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Reveal

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct revealed new characters and gameplay information, but the inclusion of Donkey Kong villain King K. Rool was such an unexpected (and hilarious) surprise that now even the character’s creators are getting in on the fun.

Gregg and Steve Mayles are brothers from the U.K. who worked for Rare on classic games like Donkey Kong Country, the Banjo Kazooie titles, and for Playtonic Games on Yooka Laylee. They took to Twitter after the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal to give fans some insight about bringing the villain to life.

king k rool super smash bros ultimate model King K. Rool will bring his special brand of brawn and weapons to 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' Nintendo

Gregg designed the character’s actions and named him, saying on Twitter that he wished he spent more than five minutes coming up with the name. Followers replied asking what the name meant and what the K stood for. Like many thought, the name was a pun of the word “cruel” but, apparently, the initial doesn’t stand for anything in particular.

“It was just a way of making him seem more important, that he'd added it to inflate his ego,” Gregg Mayles said posted on Twitter. “In hindsight, it could have been something tonal like 'Kremling,' or something deliberately out of character, like Keith.”

Gregg later posted an old naming list that the Rare team used while developing Donkey Kong Country, revealing King K. Rool was originally going to be named “Kommander” K. Rool. Check it out below.

Steve, on the other hand, was the visual designer of King K. Rool and had some interesting tidbits on his own. He revealed the powers that be told him King K. Rool “was too big” and took up too much memory, so Steve had to remove frames.

King K. Rool joins the Inklings from Splatoon , Ridley from the Metroid series, and Simon Belmont from Castlevania as the newest additions to the Smash roster.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch.

Are you excited for King K. Rool’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ? What was your favorite reveal from the character’s creators? Let us know in the comments section below.

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