12 characters that need to appear in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS.
01/04/12 10:25 Filed in: Article
During the reveal for the upcoming Nintendo console, the Wii U, it was revealed that Masahiro Sakurai (the lead designer of Project Sora) would be working on two new Super Smash Bros. games after Kid Icarus: Uprising was completed. Kid Icarus: Uprising has now been released and the time for speculation about the new Super Smash Bros. games has come.
These new games will be a perfect way for the series to reinvigorate itself, but in order to succeed at this, some radicle roster changes will be needed. Nintendo has introduced some very interesting new characters into the Nintendo world since the release of Brawl and the inclusion of some of the most interesting new (and old) Nintendo faces will be one of the deciding factors on how well the upcoming games will be received. It’s important to mention that if Nintendo’s Wii U has a much better online presence than the Nintendo Wii it could lead to the introduction of downloadable characters as well.
Without further ado, here is a list of characters that need to appear in one or both of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for the Wii U and 3DS.
Mii (Wii U and 3DS)
If the Wii U reveal trailer is any indication, Miis are here to stay. If any character on this list was almost guaranteed to be added, it would have to be this one. With the release of Mario Kart Wii, as well as Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS, the ability to control your Mii as the driver was given. Miis were also included in Pilotwings 3D, as well as a number of other Nintendo games that have been released in the past few years.
Need a third jump? Soar high with the jet pack from Pilotwings 3D. What about a weapon? The sword from Streetpass Quest or the baseball bat from Wii Sports would suffice. There are many possibilities for the Mii character and the best part of having this character present would be the ability to literally create the appearance of your Super Smash Bros. character.
Perhaps a stage designed around some of the well known Mii locations would be a viable option. A stage that incorporates either the Streepass Quest, Mii Maker or Mii Plaza Locations in some sort of way would provide an interesting atmosphere for a Super Smash Bros. battle.
Ghirahim (Wii U)
Series: The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo EAD)
One of the most, if not, most interesting and quirkiest characters to come out of the Legend of Zelda in the past decade. Ghirahim was featured in the latest game in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and has a certain style to him that would fit so well in the next Super Smash Bros.
Who should he replace?
Possibly a little controversial, but he could replace Ganondorf in the next entry. Ganondorf is an iconic character in The Legend of Zelda, but he’s omission from Skyward Sword could be a factor that affects the decision to remove him. Also, Ganondorf’s character is considered a ‘Clone Character’ in the Super Smash Bros. world. He’s moves and movement is heavily based on C.Falcon, which provides less variety in the game and this would be an interesting way for the development team to remove most of the ‘Clone Characters’ that have plagued the Super Smash Bros. series.
Ghirahim has a sword that could be used as one of he’s main weapons. He also has projectiles that could be assigned as Special Moves. Top that off with an ability to transform into a different form for he’s Final Smash and you have yourself a fine addition to the games roster.
It’s most likely that the character model of Link from Skyward Sword will be present in the next Super Smash Bros. With the inclusion of him, as well Ghirahim, it would be interesting, and fitting, to see Skyloft as one of the new stages introduced.
Krystal (Wii U and 3DS)
Series: Star Fox (Nintendo EAD)
Krystal made her first appearance in Star Fox Adventure as a love interest for Fox McCloud. She has telepathic abilities that are utilised by the Star Fox team during Star Fox Adventures.
Who should she replace?
Wolf. Not only was there Falco who was a clone of Fox, but there was Wolf who was pretty much the same as both of them. Remove Wolf and add Krystal in place of him. This increases the small number of female characters in Super Smash Bros. and allows the inclusion of another character from the Star Fox universe that can surely play differently enough to warrant the addition.
She has a Staff in Star Fox Adventures. To differentiate her from Fox and Falco, she could use the Staff for Regular Attacks and/or Smash Attacks. Also, in Star Fox: Assault there were items known as Grenades. Krystal could have these as one of her Special Moves. This would create enough of a gap between her and Fox/Falco to make her a worthy addition.
Unova Trainer (Wii U and 3DS)
Series: Pokémon (Game Freak)
Easily one of the most unique additions to Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Pokémon Trainer was very much well-received. Expanding on that, and the huge success of Pokémon Black and White, why not include the Unova Trainer? Featuring the three starters from Black and White at different evolution stages.
Who should he/she replace?
The original Pokémon Trainer should be omitted in place of the Unova Trainer. The original 151 Pokémon will always have a special place in the hearts of those who enjoyed the original Pokémon games when they first appeared, but times have changed and the new era of Pokémon features some of the most interesting Pokémon ever.
The character could play very similar to the Pokémon Trainer in Brawl, but each Pokémon’s Special Attacks could focus on the new Pokémon moves introduced in Pokémon Black and White. Oshawott could utilise the move ‘Razor Shell,’ Servine could do damage with ‘Leaf Blade’ and Emboar could use its signature move ‘Heat Crash.’
Pokémon Black and White featured some really great locations. The most memorable city though would have to be the bustling Castelia City. With a boat dock and huge buildings (which could easily be utilised as platforms), Castelia City would be a perfect stage for the next Super Smash Bros.
Series: Pullblox/Pushmo (Nintendo EAD)
The highly enjoyable puzzle game by Nintendo, Pullblox (Also known as Pushmo), was received very well by 3DS users when it was released in late 2011. Cute and charming characters have a way of becoming great additions in a Super Smash Bros. setting. Look at Kirby? Or Jigglypuff? Mallo would fit right in as one of those unique characters.
The obvious move that Mallo could have would be a Special Attack that creates different shaped blocks in front of Mallo, which are then pushed by him, sliding across the ground and damaging anyone in its way. Mallo could also utilise the flag from the game in some way, possibly as a third jump that allows him to float in a similar manner to Peach’s parasol.
One of the new stage additions in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game could have a background of blocks that are pulled towards the screen and pushed away (by NPC characters), creating platforms. This would create a unique stage design that not only would have a practical effect but also utilise the 3DS's 3D capabilities. The stage could also include ‘Manholes’ which appear in Pullblox. When stepping on them, the character would be transported to another location on the map. By looking at the picture below, it should be easy enough to get an understanding of what the stage would be like.
Magnus (Wii U and 3DS)
Series: Kid Icarus (Project Sora)
There are a number of well designed characters in the recent Kid Icarus: Uprising. Palutena and Medusa are both very interesting, but they are too big to be featured as playable characters in the upcoming Smash Bros. Magnus however, is a human that fights alongside Pit during the adventure of Uprising. Magnus would be a great addition to the game that would allow for some reference of Project Sora’s first game. Uprising is the only game released under the new development company Project Sora and it is the very same company developing the next Super Smash Bros. game. It’s highly probably that another character, or another couple of characters, from Kid Icarus: Uprising will be included in the new Super Smash Bros.
Look at that sword. It’s huge. The main focus of Magnus’ attacks would centre around the use of he’s sword. Huge Smash Attacks, wide damaging swings and defensive moves could all be ways in which to utilise he’s sword. He’s a bulky character that would most likely play a little slower, but he’s attacks would have a lot of force behind them.
Kid Icarus: Uprising introduces an item to the series known as ‘Grenades’. In Uprising, these items can be found in treasure chests and then thrown to cause heavy and wide damage to enemies near its blast. Sounds like a perfect new item for the next Super Smash Bros.
Prince Fluff (Wii U)
Series: Kirby (Good-Feel, HAL Laboratory
Let’s keep Kirby pink and original. But what about Kirby’s Epic Yarn? Prince Fluff was featured as a new character in Kirby’s Epic Yarn and resembles Kirby to a degree. When a second player joined in on the Epic Yarn fun, they would play as this new and fun character.
Who should he replace?
It’s unlikely, but perhaps King Dedede or Meta Knight. Meta Knight was a huge favourite in Brawl, mostly because he was considered to be one of the high tier characters, and King Dedede is such an integral character in the Kirby franchise. The omission of characters though should never be seen as a bad thing, but rather a necessary undertaking to ensure the Super Smash Bros. series remains fresh.
There are many different types of transformations that Prince Fluff (as well as the Epic Yarn Kirby) changes into during the adventure in Kirby’s Epic Yarn. For one, when he jumps, he’s feet become springs. This could be used as a third jump. When he runs, he turns into a car. This could be used as a Special Attack of some sort. And not to mention the huge tank that both Prince Fluff and Epic Yarn Kirby turn into, being a viable option for a Final Smash Attack. For Prince Fluff’s basic attacks, he could use the yarn whip, which is one of he’s essential moves in Kirby’s Epic Yarn.
Each stage in Kirby’s Epic Yarn is so unique in not only its design, but also its visual presentation. It would be disappointing for the development team of Super Smash Bros. to not include a stage from Epic Yarn. It would be a very fun level and if they don’t include Prince Fluff (or Epic Yarn Kirby) in the next game, at least a stage would be interesting enough to see.
Zoroark (Wii U and 3DS)
Series: Pokémon (Game Freak)
First there was Mewtwo, then there was Lucario. The next natural progression would be Zoroark. Some of the most unique and interesting characters that have appeared in past Super Smash Bros. games are the few Pokémon who have had the honour of being placed amongst some of Nintendo’s greatest (let’s count them all - Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Pichu, Mewtwo, Lucario and the three used by Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard).
Who should he/she replace?
Take Lucario out. That generation of Pokémon games have finished and with the upcoming release of Pokémon Black and White: Version 2, it only makes sense to include many elements from the current generation of Pokémon games. Zoroark being one of those.
Zoroark is famous for it’s ability to impersonate other Pokémon and people. This could be used in some way as a Special Move. Zoroark can also fend for itself physically, as well as being able to create illusions that seem very real. Perhaps a move the makes the target change visually, creating an illusion to the real life human controlling that character.
Paper Mario (Wii U and 3DS)
Series: Paper Mario (Intelligent Systems)
We have a brand new Paper Mario game being released for the 3DS sometime soon. What better way to celebrate that release, as well as the history of Paper Mario, with the inclusion of another form of Nintendo’s most well known character. When we first saw Dr Mario appear in Melee it was interesting to see a different form for Nintendo’s most iconic superstar. Dr. Mario was removed from Brawl and now would be a perfect time to introduce a new style of Mario. Though Dr. Mario played very similar to the regular Mario, Paper Mario would most definitely play drastically different.
We know a few of the items and attacks that will be present in Paper Mario 3D and can try and piece together a type of move set that he may have. The Frog Suit from past Mario games will be featured in the new Paper Mario and could be utilised as a type of attack or possibly a third jump. Paper Mario has also heavily featured the Hammer item in past games and that could be assigned to a Special Attack. It would be important (and more likely) that the type of moves that Paper Mario has access to would be those moves that are featured in the upcoming 3DS version of Paper Mario. In other words, the character design of Paper Mario should relate to the Paper Mario from the upcoming 3DS game.
Another stage that could utilise the 3DS’s capabilities would be one from the Paper Mario universe. Paper Mario has a 2D paper style to it that would be a rather unique addition as a stage in the next Super Smash Bros. A stage from Paper Mario could be a smaller, more refined stage and include many of the famous Mario staples such as pipes and blocks. Maybe something like this from the upcoming Paper Mario 3DS game.
Series: Golden Sun (Camelot Software Planning)
Almost identical, Matthew is in fact the son of Issac from the first two Golden Sun games. He appeared as the main protagonist in the most recent game in the series titled Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. Golden Sun has been a fairly popular franchise, as well as a much loved series.
Matthew generally uses swords to attack physically, but he also has access to a wide variety of magical attacks in the form of ‘Psynergy’. Matthew is an ‘Earth Adept’ which means he’s magic is predominately Earth based. A Special Move could involve a pillar of stone emerging from the ground underneath an opposing character. Also, in Golden Sun there are collectable monsters known as Djinn. These Djinn can be used to attack, defend and cast multiple different effects during battle in Golden Sun. A Final Smash Attack in which a number of Venus Djinn (the Earth Djinn) fly out on to the screen, damaging everyone they come into contact with, could be rather interesting.
Oil Drop was a common item featured in all three Golden Sun games. The item was used during battle to perform the Psynergy move ‘Flare Storm,’ a move which damaged multiple enemies with the power of fire. The player could pick up an ‘Oil Drop’ and throw it at an enemy causing ridiculous damage in a wide radius.
Series: Fire Emblem (Nintendo EAD)
Fire Emblem: Awakening will be released in April of 2012 in Japan and sometime in 2012 for Europe. Alongside a user customised character, Krom will be one of the main characters in the upcoming Fire Emblem game. Some of Super Smash Bros. most well loved characters come from the Fire Emblem universe, such as Marth and Roy.
Who should he replace?
Remove Ike from Brawl and introduce Krom as he’s replacement. With a Fire Emblem game releasing roughly a year before Super Smash Bros., it seems like the perfect choice to introduce a character from Fire Emblem that will be relatively fresh on players minds.
Since the game has yet to be released, its unknown the type of personality that Krom will have, as well as the defining weapons that he uses in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Solely based on he’s looks however, we can gather that he will most likely be faster than Ike and more akin to being fast and speedy like Marth.
Fire Emblem: Awakening hasn’t been released as of yet, so the main locations in the game are unknown. However, if past Fire Emblem games are anything to go by, we can be assured that there will be a number of memorable and interesting locations that could be developed into an exciting new Super Smash Bros. stage.
Shulk (Wii U)
Series: Xenoblade Chronicles (Monolith Soft)
Xenoblade Chronicles, arguably the most popular RPG game for the Wii in the past year, was recently released in the U.S after gaining outstanding reviews across the board in Japan and Europe. The game was developed by Monolith Soft, which also did some contractual work on Super Smash Bros. Brawl and is mostly owned by Nintendo. The lead character, Shulk, is likeable and fits the criteria perfectly to be a brand new addition to the upcoming Super Smash Bros.
Most of Shulk’s moves in Xenoblade Chronicles centre around the use of his sword, named The Monado. He’s Super Smash Bros. counterpart could also utilise the sword quite heavily and could feature a number of the moves that are present in Xenoblade Chronicles.
The Gaur Plain is one of the most memorable, expansive locations in Xenoblade Chronicles. This stage could be huge, much like Temple from Melee or New Pork City from Brawl and feature a number of roaming beasts that can ram into players, damaging them.
What about some wild cards?
Bomberman would fit so well in Super Smash Bros. that it’s a surprise he hasn’t been featured yet. Sure Bomberman is not a Nintendo character, but he has appeared on many of Nintendo’s consoles in the past. He could use the different types of bombs that are in a number of past Bomberman games, as well as using the Boxing Glove or Bomb Kicking Boot in some way.
Final Fantasy Characters
With Final Fantasy having a more predominate pressence on Nintendo systems then it did when Melee and Brawl were released, as well as the release of many recent Final Fantasy games on Nintendo’s portables (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy Theatrhythm), it increases the chances that a Final Fantasy character may appear. If the Nintendo DS title Mario Hoops 3-on-3 is any indication, Nintendo’s characters can easily be featured alongside some of Final Fantasy’s greatest personalities. Mario Hoops 3-on-3 featured Moogle, Ninja, White Mage, Black Mage and Catuar. All ‘character-types’ who are well-known in the Final Fantasy series. Why not go crazy and introduce someone like Cecil or Terra? They did appear on the Super Nintendo after all.
The purple dragon has been featured in a brand new, and rather successful game recently. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure was released for all major platforms last year, including a release for the Nintendo Wii and 3DS. The problem with adding Spyro as a character in Smash Bros. though, is that he is often associated with PlayStation.
Who do you think should be included in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS?
Written by Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.