A quick breakdown of character genders in the upcoming Smash Bros.,* which has been doing a really good job of being unusually inclusive of women for a video game.
- Male: 24
- Female: 10
- Neither/Unknown: 3
So just to be clear on the situation we’re talking about, the fighting game doing unusually well at including women has them as just over 1/4 of the characters.
*Counting characters of unknown gender (e.g., Pokémon) as neither, characters where you can choose the gender as both, and alternate versions of characters that the game treats as separate characters (e.g. Link and Toon Link, Samus and Zero Suit Samus) as two separate characters. Also it’s kind of the whole point of Sheik that he has a masculine gender presentation (with some ambiguity as to whether the transformation alters him physiologically or cosmetically, but either way, it’s masculine presentation), so I’m counting him as male.
ETA: Corrected a math error. 10/37 is a bit over 1/4, not a bit over 1/3.