Get your Master Hands (or arthritic Crazy Hands) ready! You’re going to need all the dexterity you can muster when Super Smash Bros. is released next year for the Wii U and 3DS. Nintendo’s iconic free-for-all series is garnering a lot of attention in the “New Challenger” department after showcasing 3 new faces at E3. Fans responses so far to the newly announced characters have been mixed with many praising the addition of Mega Man to the roster but questioning the decision to add the Villager from Animal Crossing and Wii Fit Trainer. Masahiro Sakurai, producer of the series has made many comments regarding the character selection in the upcoming game saying:
We’re going to put in as many characters as we can, we really want to do that, because it’s good for the fans and good for all of us. But in the event that we do have to cut some characters, I’d like to apologize in advance to those fans.
The Villager and Trainer were not choices we made for the sake of cheap novelty. Each has their own unique attacks and battle strategies, and they make the game more interesting.
What has the fans concerned in my opinion, is the fact that 2 of the 3 announced characters aren’t from games that have been considered iconic. Whenever you meet someone who is brave (or crazy) enough to openly admit they’ve never played a Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, or Starfox title your immediate thought is to push them into traffic and end their miserable life. Well don’t because that’s bad (and because you can just download the games from the e-store for them to play). Animal Crossing and Wii Fit just don’t have enough history or pivotal stories behind them to excite the fans the way other games included in the series have.
The question of what characters would be in the next Super Smash Bros. game is actually one I’ve had even before the game was announced. It’s tough to think back on all the Nintendo games ever made and come up with creative ways to introduce characters with no fighting game background at all, characters like the Ice Climbers and Captain Olimar, and create moves and special abilities that will keep fans entertained on the level Super Smash is known to deliver. I decided to take a shot at it and see what characters I would add if Masahiro Sakurai ever came to me for ideas. (Fingers crossed)
Banjo and Kazooie (Banjo-Kazooie) – This weird combination of feathers and fur was a household name back in the day. Their games were littered with power-ups that gave you new abilities and who can forget the tremendous amounts of lore offered up by characters as you ventured to different worlds hunting witches, collecting puzzle pieces, and getting turned into appliances while trying to make the world a safer place for your sister. Tell me you wouldn’t have fun performing a “Beak Barge” on a group of fighters to send them flying off screen?
Bowser Jr. (Super Mario Sunshine)- Daddy’s little koopa made his baddie debut in 2002 as the identity stealing, name sullying, protagonist of Super Mario Sunshine. Armed with a magic paintbrush and stylish blue form-altering bandana this kid ran all around Isle Delfino leaving graffiti and slime on everything in sight. I would love to see Bowser Jr. take out some of his anger and mommy issues on Mario in a Super Smash game using his magic paintbrush, brute strength, and mechanical skill.
Issac and Garret (Golden Sun) - These 2 heroes set of on a journey to reunite families and save the world from chaos in Golden Sun. Using psyenergy, a special mix of powers fueled by the different elements (earth, fire, water, and wind), along with special abilities given to them by creatures called Djinn, these guys would make a great addition to the game. I’m not sure what skills they would have but they definitely deserve an honorable mention.
Dixie Kong (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest) - Dixie has appeared in more than her fair share of games since her debut to save the big guy himself (DK) in Donkey Kong Country 2. Most primates use their prehensile thumbs to do their heavy lifting but not this hot mama. Dixie takes care of business using her blonde ponytail that has allowed her to spin like a helicopter for longer jumps and fight off baddies for so many years. In order for her to have a complete list of skills she would have to be reimagined a little like Diddy Kong was when they gave him a peanut gun and barrel jet-pack in Donkey Kong Country Returns but hey, I wouldn’t mind a Donkey Kong Country 2 Returns to see how they’d do it.
Knuckles (Sonic the Hedgehog 3) – Being the sole guardian of the Master Emerald is enough to make anyone wanna throw down from time to time. Knuckles, named after the fact that his hands are always balled into fists, is one character I can’t believe wasn’t included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a secondary unlockable character to compliment Sonic the Hedgehog. I don’t know how Nintendo didn’t find a fit for a character with spiked fists and bad attitude in a fighting game. The Master Emerald stage in Sonic and Knuckles would make a great level in Super Smash because of the emerald platforms.
Shadow (Sonic Adventure 2) – Having Shadow as a playable character would take a few key elements from different characters and combine them into one versatile fighter. He would be able to utilize spin dashes and homing attacks like Sonic, teleport across short distances like Sheik or Zelda using his “chaos control” ability, and use one of his god awful guns like Fox and Falco for attacking from a distance. Shadow has gone through a lot in the Sonic universe even though he’s still a fairly new character and because of that there’s so many directions you can take him in.
Who would you like to see in a Super Smash Bros. game?
Bass (Mega Man 7) – Don’t know how I forgot to add Dr.Wily’s rebellious robot-son to the list but with the inclusion of Mega Man into the fold we can’t forget Bass. He and his robo-hound partner, Treble, have on many occasions walked the line of good and evil with only one goal in mind, to be the strongest robot to ever live. This would be an awesome opportunity for Nintendo to show off the contrast between Mega’s abilities and those of his anti-hero counterpart. It also wouldn’t hurt to see a power-up where he fuses with Treble in some way.