GamesRadar put together a respectable list of the characters their staff and readers would most like to see in the next Super Smash Bros., which will release for both Wii U and 3DS… eventually. As one might expected, their dream roster includes characters from games like Golden Sun, Punch-Out!!, and the recent Kid Icarus: Uprising.
I’ve set myself to the task of supplementing their suggestions with some of my own. I’m focusing mostly on characters that I think have a serious shot at being included, although there are a couple vanity wishes tossed into the mix. Hop inside to compare both wishlists with your own.
Mii is the totally official mascot of Wii, and has managed to weasel his (or her!) way into most major multiplayer Nintendo games since the system launched in 2006. Naturally, I think Mii would fit right in within Super Smash Bros.. The question is: what moveset would Mii have? Attacks based on Wii Sports, perhaps? A customizable set of specials based on the games its account-holder plays most?
Ridley has been a big fan request since he made a cameo appearance in the intro cutscene for Super Smash Bros. Melee. Naturally he’d be a combination of heavy fighter and flight recovery, smashing through foes with his massive bulk while using his wings to return to the stage in a pinch. His flame breath attacks would be sure to pack a wallop as well. As Samus’s arch-nemesis, he’s also a prime choice to represent the Metroid series alongside the Hunter. (See what I did there?)
Since Kid Icarus: Uprising front man Masahiro Sakurai is once again heading up Smash Bros., you can bet that he’s going to draw heavily on his own games for new content. Kid Icarus: Uprising showcased lots of classic characters in new ways, and Lady Palutena was probably the most famous example. As a fighter, she’d gracefully summon Centurions and the powers of light to aid her.
The villains’ team has needed more representation in Smash Bros. from the beginning. Medusa was given a facelift in Kid Icarus: Uprising, and with it a more appropriate form for a game like Smash Bros.. She’d serve as a kind of anti-Palutena, with the powers of darkness on her side, and a super transformation to serve as a suitable Final Smash attack.
A lot of people have asked for Golden Sun characters like Isaac or Matthew, and I totally agree. I think that Alex would serve as a prime choice to appear alongside the hero. With his water-based attacks and power of manipulation, he’d make an interesting choice to balance out the roster with moves that revolve more around messing with your opponents instead of outright destroying them.
Xenoblade Chronicles didn’t exactly turn out to be a smashing commercial success, but after the long and hard fight fans undertook to convince Nintendo to localize it, it’d be a shame if the game didn’t get some kind of recognition in the next Smash. Shulk’s the obvious choice to represent the series, and his Monado Arts could easily be adapted into Smash-style Special Attacks.
Here’s my pipe dream suggestion – the ability to import your “create-a-character” hero from the recent 3DS Fire Emblem entry. Obviously the character’s look wouldn’t have any impact on the gameplay for the sake of maintaining game balance, but it’d still be a cool way to implement 3DS connectivity features. Your My Unit character could be imported and saved to your Wii U version save data; otherwise you’d see a default character design.
Epic Mickey gave the legendary Disney mascot a second life in the gaming world, so what better time to give him his own spot in one of the most well-known crossover fighters? Mickey could fight using Paint and Thinner and his other toon-inspired abilities. The only question is whether Oswald would feel left out…
Sora may be the most recognizable face in Kingdom Hearts, but Riku is a fan favorite, and honestly has a more interesting fighting style and more potential for an innovative combat style due to his darkness-based skill set. He could fight with his trademark Way to the Dawn Keyblade and his new Flowmotion abilities from the upcoming Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance.
Moogle is one of the unofficial mascots of the Final Fantasy, and the character who’d probably represent the series best in a fighting game like Smash Bros. There are a lot of directions in which Moogle could go as a character: he could inherit abilities from basically any conceivable job or class in the series, Black Mages to Monks to Summoners. Whatever would balance the game best.
That’s it for my suggestions. Here’s the original list from GamesRadar:
- Tanooki Mario (Super Mario)
- Starfy (The Legendary Starfy)
- Dark Pit (Kid Icarus: Uprising)
- Matthew (Golden Sun)
- Birdo (Super Mario Bros. 2)
- Andy (Advance Wars)
- Sami (Advance Wars)
- Max (Advance Wars)
- Vaati (Zelda: The Minish Cap)
- King Hippo (Punch-Out!!)
- Wolf Link & Midna (Zelda: Twilight Princess)
- Mii w/ Balance Board (Wii Fit)
- Tom Nook (Animal Crossing)
- Paper Mario
- Zoroark (Pokemon Black/White)
- Pokemon Trailer w/ 5th gen starters
- Yarn Kirby (Kirby’s Epic Yarn)
- Kazuya Mishima (Tekken)
- Dragon Quest Hero
- Slime (Dragon Quest)
- Mega Man
- Nobunaga Oda (Nobunaga’s Ambition)
- Raiden (Metal Gear)
- Travis Touchdown (No More Heroes)
- Knuckles (Sonic the Hedgehog)
- Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney)
- Earthworm Jim
- Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
- Viewtiful Joe
- Groose (Zelda: Skyward Sword)
- Geno (Super Mario RPG)
- Jack (MadWorld)
- Son Goku (Dragon Ball)