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What Characters Would We Most Like to See in the Next Smash Bros?

And bring back Jigglypuff!

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There may never be another Earthbound sequel. We may have seen the last of Captain Falcon's racing heroics, and there's little hope that the Wrecking Crew will reassemble for a new adventure. Our most beloved franchises may have gone away, but they will never die. Super Smash Bros. is an interactive museum of Nintendo's incredible history. It's a place for those games we grew up with to momentarily come back to life, if only for a few rounds, as we punch Mario right in his plumber schnoz. After Nintendo announced Charizard and Greninja in today's Nintendo Direct, we got to thinking. Who are our most-wanted entrants in the next Smash Bros? Sure, they won't actually make the cut, but we can dream.

The Judge from Phoenix Wright - Randolph Ramsay

Given the close ties the Phoenix Wright series has to Nintendo, having a character from that world appear as a playable pugilist in the next Smash Bros. seems like a good fit. Phoenix Wright himself would be an obvious choice--he is, after all, no stranger to fighting games, having previously appeared in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. But I think it would be more interesting for another character to step up, one whose fighting abilities have never been previously imagined. And who better than the Judge, that grey-bearded dispenser of courtroom decisions? The Judge is a powerful, if somewhat addled, figure in the Phoenix Wright games, and that combination of gavel-slamming authority and old-man doddering should make for a unique and interesting fighter.

Wart from Super Mario Bros. 2 - Tom Mc Shea

Wart was a kindred spirit to me growing up. I, too, was force fed vegetables by plumbers, and surrounded myself with eerie-looking masks while in my barren household. So though the nostalgic tingle I receive from the myriad characters in Smash Bros. warms my heart, I've yet to see my digital doppelganger showered with the love he deserves. What better way to honor this misunderstood miscreant than to put him in the next Smash Bros. game? And he would make an incredible addition to this fighting roster. The reptilian king from Super Mario Bros. 2 draws his powers from a dream machine, so not only can he conjure subordinates such as mouser and snifit, but whatever vision lies in his head could become real. Maybe he could force his enemies to eat vegetables in a stunning reversal, so they can understand the pain he goes through.

Reggie Fils-Aime from Nintendo of America - Maxwell McGee

This is not as crazy as it sounds. The Super Smash Bros. series has always had an outlier, be it Jigglypuff, Mr. Game & Watch, or R.O.B. With the exception of Jigglypuff, these fighters represent Nintendo as a company rather than any individual brand. Reggie Fils-Aime is the next logical step in this trend. Nintendo has been working hard to put a more relatable face on their company through their Nintendo Direct broadcasts. What better way to endear themselves to their fans than by showing some self-awareness and having fun with Fils-Aime’s growing internet popularity?

I’m not alone in this belief. Last year, GameSpot reported on a Change.org petition to get Reggie into Smash Bros. At the time of reporting, the petition had only 7,000 signatures, but has since grown to just over 50,000. Fils-Aime has even commented, via a segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, that he would be willing to join the roster if Smash Bros. producer Masahiro Sakurai was OK with the idea. And, speaking personally, if you’ve ever seen Fils-Aime in person you’ll find that he is a very tall, very powerful-looking man. He could definitely hold his own against bounty hunters, knights, and even a fat little plumber any day of the week.

Psyduck from Pokemon - Shaun McInnis

Isn't it weird that Nintendo has released three Smash Bros. games, and not a single one of them has included the greatest video game character of all time? I am referring, of course, to Psyduck. This classic water-type Pokemon simply has it all. On the one hand, he's a bipedal platypus thing that suffers from crippling neuroses. That's the type of character we can all identify with. But when the going gets tough, Psyduck isn't afraid to just completely flip out and start shouting until all his problems go away. I mean, is there a better metaphor for Smash Bros., and also life as a whole? No. And that's why I urge you to vote Psyduck for President.

The Apple Kid from Earthbound - Justin Haywald

Nintendo finally released Earthbound for the Wii Virtual Console last year and Ness has been a long-time mainstay of the Smash Bros. series. But rather than bringing Lucas back, why not bring in someone completely new? Someone you wouldn't expect: The Apple Kid.

His ingenious inventions help you get through some tight spots in your adventure and they'd also make for interesting and unique attacks. Throw down some zombie sticky paper to freeze your foes in place. Call in a Mach Pizza delivery to knock foes out of the way and serve up some life-restoring snacks. And use the eraser to eliminate obstacles and get rid of other characters' weapons with a well-timed counter.

The Orange Kid may be neater (and maybe he could be an alternate costume?) but the Apple kid knows how to take care of himself in a pinch. And like several of Smash Bros. fighters, he looks deceptively weak. Plus, I really want to stoke the fire of bringing even more Earthbound content (officially) to the West.

Discussion

106 comments
rockdmyk
rockdmyk

Goemon, Ebisumaru, Sasuke (Mystical Ninja) and Yae would be fine!

flashn00b
flashn00b

Soma Cruz


Up until the Lords of Shadow trilogy, the Castlevania franchise has been a very big deal on Nintendo handhelds, and perhaps the most interesting main characters in the franchise is Soma Cruz, with his ability to weaponize monster souls while also utilizing a wide array of regular weapons such as spears, swords, axes, and even handguns.

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

The characters I would love to see in the next Smash Bros. are:

Wolf Link (w/ Midna), Ridley, Meowth, Roy, Dixie Kong, King K. Rool, Mewtwo, Lyn, Micaiah, Tom Nook, Paper Mario, Isaac, Samurai Goroh, Vaati, Geno, Masked Man, Daisy, Starfy, Mona, Ashley, Sukapon, Takamaru, Deoxys, Lip, Black Knight, Bowser Jr./Shadow Mario, Waluigi, Sylux, KK Slider, Black Shadow, Chibi-Robo, Saki, Gardevoir, Balloon Fighter, Louie, Krystal, Taj, Wizpig, Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, Joanna Dark, Battletoads, Orchid, Jago, Sabrewulf, Fulgore

Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Shadow, Rouge, Silver, Blaze, Dr. Eggman

NiGHTS

Earthworm Jim

Gray Fox, Meryl

Alucard, Simon Belmont, Sonia Belmont, Juste Belmont, Hector

Bomberman

Zero

Viewtiful Joe

Phoenix Wright

Sora, Riku, Roxas, Axel

Crono, Frog, Robo, Ayla, Magus

Rayman

Pac-Man

Klonoa

Cress, Lloyd, Kratos, Colette

zero_trigger_x
zero_trigger_x

We have enough choices to make a Tales protag playable and the awesomeness of Travis Touchdown and his lightsaber swordsmanship earns him a spot for both a playable character or assist trophy status.

PyreofKoL
PyreofKoL

Still wanna see a Sega/Nintendo Smash Bros crossover. Kind of a nod to the original console war. The only stipulation is that Sega couldn't pick any characters from games that came out after the DreamCast. I distrust their roster picking abilities after the atrocity that was their character list in Project X Zone. But yeah, still holding out for something from Namco. I'd particularly like to see either Cless from Tales of Phantasia or Llyod or Kratos from Tales of Symphonia. Or something from Soul Calibur since Nintendo let Namco use Link as a guest character in Soul Calibur II on the GameCube. 

TheRedTree
TheRedTree

I have always wanted to see Knuckles in Smash Brothers. Well, maybe one day!

93BlackHawk93
93BlackHawk93

I want everyone from Brawl plus Shulk (Xenoblade Chronicles), Isaac (Golden Sun), Ninten (Mother), Masked Man (Mother), Galacta Knight (Kirby), Bandana Waddle Dee (Kirby), Palutena (Kid Icarus), Krystal (Star Fox), Black Shadow (F-Zero), Rundas (Metroid), Ghirahim (The Legend of Zelda), Dixie Kong (Donkey Kong), Kiddy Kong (Donkey Kong), King K. Rool (Donkey Kong) Kat & Ana (WarioWare), Chrom (Fire Emblem), Roy (Fire Emblem), Mewtwo (Pokemon) Dr. Mario as a costume (Super Mario) Dr. Luigi as a costume (Super Mario) Mr. L as a costume (Super Mario) and Female Villager as a costume (Animal Crossing).


If they'd be willing to add more 3rd party characters and more of their franchises then Shadow (Sonic), Gray Fox or Raiden (Metal Gear), Proto Man (Mega Man) and Pac-Man (Pac-Man).

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

Big Boss (Snake) and Reiko Hinomoto in the next Super Smash Bros. 


el_marto2003
el_marto2003

pacman, bomberman, waluigi.... and It would be a dream if nintendo could somehow buy the rights of banjo-kazooie and conker and put them on smash bros.

zero_trigger_x
zero_trigger_x

Nothing personal but Reggie never had a chance on being playable and neither do Psyduck and Apple Kid.

JoInfo
JoInfo

Wart was only a dream...

Takeno456
Takeno456

Vote for Reggie, HIS BODY IS READY!

Gajan-K
Gajan-K moderator staff

Geno from Super Mario RPG! That's the only character I want added!

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

I'll second The Judge from Phoenix Wright.  I imagine him to be like the general from Bleach.  Looks old, but watch out for his limit breaks!

I'll also second Reggie.  I can only imagine what a PR-based combat style would look like (seriously, I can only image it, and it doesn't make sense).

Cellpwn
Cellpwn

Justin is a Fuzzy Pickler/Earthbound dweeb and I love it. King K. Rool is still my #1 choice for a character spot though.

grin89
grin89

i have a feeling its gonna be reggie, if it is i will buy a wii u just for the game.

tiopuit
tiopuit

I know it's a bit out there, but I'd LOVE to see professor layton as a playable character or an assist trophy at least.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Someone needs to tell McShea that his Super Mario USA fetish is starting to look kind of bad.

mariokarthero
mariokarthero

My choices would be:


Chrom (Fire Emblem: Awakening)

Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic)

Cassandra Alexandra (Soul Calibur)

Bowser Jr (Mario)

Bass (Mega Man)

Nina Williams (Tekken)

Mii (Mii Channel)

Eirika (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)

Bomberman (Bomberman)

zero_trigger_x
zero_trigger_x

I want a Tales characher in my Smash.Soul Calibur Legends,the last non-Tales game of Lloyd Irving sucked so this is a chance for redemption.

Also Isaac/Matthew and Travis Touchdown would be sweet too.

alaannn
alaannn

id like to see a mario first person shooter

digishah
digishah

James Bond - in his Pierce Brosnan 64-bit glory

ssj-makuch
ssj-makuch

Yeah, give us a Golden Sun character.

Kungfu_Kenobi
Kungfu_Kenobi

If they were going to add Zero Suit Samus, they might as well have added Bayonetta.

devilwing86
devilwing86

Anyone from X or Xenoblade has my vote. 

holidaysins
holidaysins

Psyduck, bomberman, and a street fighter PUZZLE character

DarkChyld
DarkChyld

Simon Belmont, Alucard, X and Zero, Bionic Commando, Bomberman,

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

Skull kid with majora's mask, kiki the monkey, Ravio, Billy Lee or Jimmy Lee, Bill Rizer or his associates, definitely Reggie.

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

Oh yeah they should be willing to add more 3rd party characters and more of their franchises (as long as it's from a game released on a Nintendo console), but anyways I'm gonna talk about the 3rd party characters you've mentioned:

Shadow: Hell yes, don't forget Rouge, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Silver, Blaze and Dr. Eggman.

Gray Fox or Raiden: Don't forget Meryl, also go for Gray Fox instead of Raiden because Raiden is already in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, also he's never appeared in a Metal Gear game released on a Nintendo console.

Proto Man: Maybe, because I would love to see Zero as an unlockable character.

Pac-Man: ABSOLUTELY, but I don't want his modern design though.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

And Travis Touchdown seems like a good one.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

Seems like a smart move considering the sequel. They'd want the innuendo turned way down though since kids play smash bros too.

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

It would a dream if Nintendo could somehow buy the rights of Banjo-Kazooie and Conker? You mean buy Rare and it's franchises back, seriously they should do that and put Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, Joanna Dark, Battletoads, Orchid, Jago, Sabrewulf and Fulgore on Smash Bros. along with Waluigi, Pac-Man and Bomberman.

mariokarthero
mariokarthero

@alaannn  Wouldn't the game get panned by everyone? It would severely damage Nintendo's reputation and the game would be the Shadow the Hedgehog of 2014!

faizanhd
faizanhd

@HowlPendragon  

She isn't an official nintendo character yet though.

Bayonetta 2 isn't out yet.

klebers
klebers

@OHGFawx  not that hard to remove he innuendo. Just make her FS one of her demon  finishers but just with the portals and we are set

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@sanchango And Nintendo helped pay for Bayonetta 2 to happen

So they obviously have Platinum Games in their favor if they should want to put her in the game

sanchango
sanchango

@HowlPendragon @faizanhd  you provided evidence as to why mega man had a chance, because he was ORIGINALLY on a Nintendo Platform. Bayonetta has not even entered the fray yet and has never been part of Nintendo in the past, so faizanhd's argument stands.

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