By ALEX IRISH
Super Smash Bros.: the Nintendo fighter that lets us play out our fantastical matches between some of gaming's biggest stars. Since 1999, the series has grown not only in popularity, but in size and scope, too. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS alone has a roster over 50 fighters strong. Once more, the last few games have opened the door to third party creations outside of Nintendo's stars. We've had the likes of popular fan-demands including SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog, Capcom's Mega Man, and Square Enix's Cloud Strife, but in the future, perhaps we can expect more?
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There's no ETA on when the inevitable future installment of Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch, so that leaves us plenty of freedom to afford a dream roster of sorts. Logistically speaking, third party characters are complicated to add to a game like this, so let's take whatever pains necessary to recommend the perfect six characters that should be added to the future of Super Smash Bros.
Bomberman (Hudson Soft)
Born of publisher Hudson, Bomberman began as a programming exercise for the MSX computer and has since become one of gaming's most iconic stars. The cutesy white bomber has appeared on many Nintendo platforms throughout the decades, and as the headliner of over 70 games; he's really earned his wings.
It's not hard to imagine why fans would want him to join Super Smash Bros. His gameplay revolves around planting bombs on unsuspecting prey in multiplayer games that have gone down as some of the most addictive in the medium. There is precedent: Bomberman appeared in a Japan-only Smash Bros.-alike for PlayStation 2 and GameCube called DreamMix TV World. It's not nearly as good as the Smash series, so making a leap to Nintendo's brawler would better do him justice.
Another popular, iconic mascot, this one from Ubisoft and with a legacy going back to 1995. Rayman is so desired in fact, one fan faked an impressive Rayman leak for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. His trophy is in the game already, so Nintendo would seem gladly ready to wrangle him in any old time, as they and Ubisoft have an incredibly friendly publishing relationship. Rayman is tailor-made for a Smash Bros. joint. He can use his disembodied fists and feet to pummel foes, maybe even make use of some special skills seen in games like Rayman Origins and its sequel Legends. With the sister series' Rabbids firmly in Nintendo's court with the Mario & Rabbids crossover, Rayman is just begging for the full Smash treatment.
Shovel Knight (Yatch Club Games)
Belying his deceptive appearance, Shovel Knight doesn't originate from the Famicom/NES days, but from the 2014 indie platformer of the same name. Since its release, Shovel Knight has fast become a fan favorite, and developer Yatch Club Games has made no secret of their ambitious plans to make Shovel Knight a major star. He's already made crossover appearances in other games like Yooka Yaylee, Runbow, and Blaster Master Zero. As you'd imagine, Shovel Knight is also a popular pick to appear in Super Smash Bros. He not only is a perfect homage to the 8-bit era while bringing his own flair and style, he has a mighty wealth of attacks he can draw from to use in Smash Bros. The very thing that may have held him back from Smash Bros. was his relativity, as Shovel Knight wasn't familiar to Japanese players at the time. Nintendo has since helped published the game in Japan for Wii U and 3DS, giving players the time to become familiarized. We can only hope that his stature has grown by the time of the next installment.
Inkling Boy & Inkling Girl (Splatoon series, Nintendo)
From the moment Nintendo's inktacular shooter Splatoon launched in 2015, it was clear that they had unleashed a wave of new stars in their stable. The first (popular) original creations of Nintendo's since Pikmin in 2001, fans took to the colorful, hip personality of Splatoon's cast of characters. No more is this certain than with the playable mascots, the Inklings (in boy and girl form). It should be a mathematical certainty that they will show up as playable characters in the next Smash Bros.- they can utilize a cache of weapons from the game to shoot up ink, use specials to decimate, and swim around like squids. May we suggest using a devastating Ink Cyclone as their Final Smash? We already had their costumes in Smash 4 for Mii Fighter. If anything, a reveal trailer with these two attached would do no less than blow up the interwebs.
Twintelle (ARMS, Nintendo)
Following in the footsteps of Splatoon, Nintendo's newest IP ARMS launched this year with its own brand of fan-favorite characters, ready to put up their dukes. Of the playable fighters so far, there's been no one quite as explosively popular as Twintelle. Besides the amount of fan art that quickly cropped up the minute she was revealed, Twintelle would pack a mean punch in Smash Bros. and look good while doing it. From a game where boxing is the name of the game and is already filled with iconic figures, the famed movie starlet is the clear favorite.
Waluigi (Mario series, Nintendo)
Behold the meme-iest character in the Mario universe. Waluigi's lineage dates back to Mario Tennis on Nintendo 64, whereafter he's been a character select option in multiplayer games with nary a lead role. If the successful Mario-alike Wario can be in Smash, why not the wackadoo counterpart Waluigi? Far too long has the evil version of Luigi been relegated to Assist Trophy status, and plenty of fans are crying for him to get a roster slot in Smash Bros. There's plenty of opportunity for Waluigi to make use of his gangly figure and arsenal of sporty instruments to hasten the demise of other Smash Bros. He may have achieved meme status, but Waluigi makes the most sense as another outlandish “clone” character. Let it be Waluigi Time next time, Nintendo.
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