So I'm sure most of you know about the Smash Bros. Ballot.
It seems every third party wants their mascot in Smash. Banjo, Shantae, Shovel Knight. Even Quote has had a Twitter campaign from Nicalis to get votes for Smash.
Who did I vote for? Uhh...
I... haven't actually voted yet.
I just can't decide! It's too hard. This is a pretty big deal.
...Shut up! It is. Smash characters are immensely important.
So in the hope of being able to make a decision after a week, I'm gonna list the characters I'm struggling to choose from and list some pros and cons I believe they have. Maybe you could give some impressions of your own or make a case for one I put down.
It's seriously keeping me up at night! Geez, that sounds sad...
I'm gonna leave out non-Nintendo characters. Don't get me wrong, if any of those 4 up there got in, I'd be chuffed! (Especially if it's Banjo) But it's hard enough to choose one without 3rd parties getting involved!
Without further ado...Wart
Series - Mario Series
Appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2 (1987)
OK, I saw this suggested by someone else and now I'm seriously considering it.
For those of you who don't know, Wart was the main villain in the utterly bizarre western sequel to Super Mario Bros. This giant frog (Yeah, yeah, Glen likes frogs, I've heard it all before) tries to take over the dream land of Subcon before being having vegetables forced down his throat by Luigi, Peach and Toad, because no-one ever picked Mario.
Strangely absent from Mario 3D World, despite it being heavily based off of the game he came from. But he does cameo in Link's Awakening and is a decent singer, at least in Link's dreams...
...Where am I?PROS
- Extremely obscure character that is long overdue a comeback.
- As far as Mario characters go, he's pretty unique and could make for an interesting character with a bit of imagination.
- Smash could always do with more villains.
- You may know of him, but I guarantee the average Mario fan doesn't.
- Kinda limited in terms of material to use for moves. He stood there and spouted bubbles of death at you. Perhaps some moves from the other SMB 2 bosses would have to be used.
- There are no less than 7 characters from the Mario series in Smash, do we really need another?
KoopsSeries - MarioAppeared in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
A lot of people want Paper Mario in Smash. I can understand that, but another Mario would be kinda lame. So why not have a breakdancing, hoodie-wearing Koopa Troopa instead?
Koops helps Mario out after he saved his dad from the stomach of a giant papery dragon, he puts his shell to great use for attacking and looking slick while doing so.PROS
- Being made out of paper can definitely add some cool ideas to a moveset.
- Smash could use some dancing fighters in there.
- He's a breakdancing Koopa who wears a hoodie. How could anyone not like that?
- Just like Wart, being the 8th Mario character is too much.
- I get the feeling I'm the only one who could possibly want this.
GhirahimSeries - The Legend of ZeldaAppeared in: Skyward Sword (2011) Hyrule Warriors (2014)
I imagine Ghirahim was FURIOUS, OUTRAGED, SICK WITH ANGER
at being only an Assist Trophy in Smash. Perhaps that should be fixed so he can beat everyone to within an inch of their life?
Ghirahim is the main antagonist to Link in Skyward Sword and causes all sorts of problems. But damn, doesn't he look fabulous while doing so? Notable for not being Ganondorf and being the hardest first boss in the history of Zelda games.PROS
- Link is still sporting the Twilight Princess look, so it'd be nice to have some Skyward Sword lookers in the Smash roster.
- He's a villain, that's a plus!
- Smash needs more flamboyant male characters. This is fact.
- He's already an Assist Trophy, so some of the work is done already.
- There's no denying there are a lot of sword wielders in Smash.
- There are also 5 Zelda characters, one more might be pushing it a bit...
- The Assist Trophy would have to be removed.
GrovyleSeries - PokemonAppeared in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (2009)
OK, let me explain. I only listed the one game because it's a very specific Grovyle I'm talking about.
This Grovyle appears in the second Mystery Dungeon game and goes around stealing Time Gears, in an attempt to stop time completely. Although, things might not be quite what they seem.
I won't go too much into it, but he's the fan favourite in the Mystery Dungeon series for a good reason.PROS
- The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series seriously needs some more representation in Smash, not one piece of music, artwork or stage shows up in Brawl or the latest Smash. Which really does make me sad, because the soundtrack and locations are fantastic!
- 3rd Generation (Along with 5th Gen) were gipped when it comes to playable characters. 1st gen has had 6 total, 4 of them in this Smash (Including Mewtwo)
- While Greninja filled the water-type void left by Squirtle's departure, no-one did so for Ivysaur.
- Mewtwo brings the Pokemon total to 6. Even I have to say making it 7 is a bit much.
- This spin-off series is niche! So niche in fact, that Sakurai refuses to acknowledge it's existence.
- They'd probably have to find that dude who voiced Grovyle in the anime version. That's a lot of work for the sake of accuracy.
Ice ClimbersSeries - Ice Climber (1985)Appeared in: Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
Controversially dropped from this Smash, the Ice Climbers were one of the most unique characters in this series. Thanks to the power of teamwork, they could really put the competition on ice. (Sorry...)
This unique trait was their unfortunate downfall though, as the 3DS version just couldn't cope with a possible 8 characters on one stage if everyone chose Ice Climbers. They took the plunge so that we could get that glorious 3DS version!PROS
- They've appeared in Brawl, the moveset is there already.
- It's nice to have more series in Smash.
- It would shut up the Melee whiners for about 5 minutes.
- Yeah, good luck trying to get them working on the 3DS. Perhaps the New 3DS could pull it off...
- They technically wouldn't be new. Brand new characters will always be more exciting than veterans.
Jimmy T.Series - Warioware (2003)Appeared in every single one
Jimmy T. is a dancing fanatic who helps Wario extort money out of people by making microgames. Like everyone in WarioWare, he's a bit eccentric. Known to dance with cats, his family and even while skiing.
He also has a fantastic hairdo!PROS
- I'm telling you, we need someone who fights by dancing.
- A definite "WTF?" character, and that's always a good thing. (See Wii Fit Trainer)
- Trust me, one character and stage is not enough to fully encompass how crazy WarioWare is. We've gotta start somewhere.
- I've chosen Jimmy, but someone could easily make a case for Ashley, Mona, Young Cricket, etc. There's a lot of competition in the WarioWare series.
- One could easily argue that if you want to represent WarioWare, there are better choices out there, and I'd have to agree. Constant dancing is pretty normal compared to some of the mad stuff you see in there.
ReynSeries - Xenoblade Chronicles (2010)
Reyn is Shulk's childhood friend and accompanies him on his quest to get revenge on the Mechon.
Sporting a massive... Shield sword? Yeah, I'm gonna say shield sword. Reyn recommends focusing on guarding when you're taking on those bunch of jokers in Smash.
It's Reyn Time, baby! And you don't mess with the best!PROS
- Personally, I was astonished that he wasn't an Assist Trophy, it would be interesting to see how a very defensive style of fighting works in Smash.
- The guy became a walking meme factory, possibly the most quoted character in Xenoblade. Even Pit and Shulk himself couldn't resist!
- Has the potential to have the greatest victory quote in Smash history. (This game's winner is... "Man, what a bunch of jokers!" REYN!)
- British accent. You can never have too many good British accents.
- If you put some effort in, you could have special victory quotes when Reyn beats Shulk or the other way around, those are always cool. (Lucina, Robin and Palutena do this)
- Some could say that Shulk does the Xenoblade representation job just fine.
- He probably would fit the Assist Trophy role better. (It pains me to say that)
- Americans would have trouble understanding him. (OOOOOOOOHHH! Sick burn!)
IsaacSeries - Golden Sun (2001)Appeared in all three of the games
Isaac is the main character in Golden Sun and a party member in it's sequel, The Lost Age. After the Elemental Stars are stolen from Sol Sanctum, he embarks on a journey to reclaim them and discovers more than he was ever supposed to learn.
Wielding the mysterious power of Psynergy, Isaac was an Assist Trophy in Brawl, where he... moved things... It was surprisingly deadly to be caught in this!
Notable for suddenly learning to talk in the sequel for no apparent reason what-so-ever.PROS
- Golden Sun is one very much well-loved game and Isaac being playable would make more than a few people happy.
- He might use a sword, but much like Robin, Isaac could stand out thanks to his Psynergy abilities.
- New series representation in Smash is always a good thing
- You need a Final Smash? You have 30 spectacular summons to choose from! There is more than enough source material to choose from.
- Isaac hasn't been very relevant for quite a while now...
- He was dropped as an Assist Trophy for the latest Smash, it doesn't really bode well for him.
- Suffers from Fire Emblem character syndrome. (Looks like a normal dude with a sword to the ill-informed, hard to distinguish yourself when you blend in with Fire Emblem characters)
- So do you make him mute like in the first game, or have him talk like he does in the sequel?
DillonSeries - Dillon's Rolling Western (2012)
Appeared in both of those gamesOI!
I'm not finished! Don't you groan at me! So what if you saw that coming a mile off? That's beside the point!
Ahem... So anyway, you may have noticed that I'm a bit of a fan of one of Ninty's newer characters. Shut up! I know "a bit" is an extreme understatement. Oh, you are getting so sarky lately!
Dillon is the main character of the two Dillon's Rolling Western games available on 3DS eShop, they're action orientated tower defense game which involves Dillon protecting various towns from rock creatures known as "Grocks" using funds, quick strategy and just a little bit of brute force.PROS
- He's from a fresh Nintendo IP. Even fresher than Xenoblade! You have to admit, those are pretty rare these days.
- He's already an Assist Trophy in Smash, so the model is there. It would just need some fleshing out.
- There's more than enough material from the two games to base his moves on. Add the claw, digging and grind attacks and Russ's mini helicopter and you've got his special moveset right there!
- You have to concede that that the character designs those games have are sublime. I think they look better then the Splatoon characters, and that's saying something.
- Rolling Western is still a pretty niche series. Not everyone is going to be chuffed if he got in. (Philistines...)
- Obviously, his Assist Trophy would have to be removed. Perhaps it could be replaced by one of the partners from Last Ranger (I'd go with Gallo, duh)
- Uhhh... Sonic might feel like he's being replaced? (I dunno... I literally can't think of anything else)
So there you have it, the 9 Nintendo characters I would love to see make it into Smash. The 9 characters that are ruining my sleep pattern.
I'd love to hear your input on this, who would you choose out of those 9? Who did you vote for? Why?
Got any more Pros and Cons you think I missed out on?
Go right ahead and comment!