For those who missed it, Nintendo announced around the time of the release date of their Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS that there would be a special DLC character in early 2015.
The character that was revealed was a great surprise for a lot of fans considering that he had only one Smash appearance and that was in Melee (yes, they skipped him in Brawl) and that character is none other than: MEWTWO!
Wow, isn't that awesome?!
Well, I thought that was a neat way to please fans of the character (especially my older brother) but from what I understood, that was just going to be a one-time thing for Masahiro Sakurai to put out DLC characters due to this quote:
"I understand that DLC could add a lot to the appeal of Smash Bros.," Sakurai said, "and I appreciate that a major part of the excitement for these games come from which characters will appear in the roster, so I think fans could really enjoy DLC that could keep this excitement going. However, I think there might be criticism that we are cutting up content to sell characters one by one, or that we are adding things later that should have been there from the start.
"Creating a single fighter involves a huge investment, and we've already been giving it our all and investing a lot of work in the characters currently available in the game and, I think it’s an incredible package in terms of the sheer amount of content in the game. But it might be that people may not understand and may think that I am not offering enough by just looking at DLC itself.
"In light of this, we always need to weigh up both sides of this topic and carefully consider whether it really is best to have DLC or not.
"However, what I can say now about paid DLC is that we aren't working on anything at the moment," he continued. "We’ve put all our efforts into making the actual game. Creating DLC would involve large additional costs and require the involvement of a lot of people. I can't yet give you an answer about whether the price would justify the costs and criticisms mentioned above."
Well, that sucked, considering that Smash Bros. would be the perfect place to really put out DLC as die-hard fans would surely put out the money for it if the options were available.
But I was please with just Mewtwo and knew that I should expect to get my hopes up for any more characters...until last week's Nintendo Direct came out which showcased not only the awesome Mewtwo video above, but a video for another Smash veteran who didn't make an appearance in the Wii U version, LUCAS!
I can't say that I'm totally excited about this choice specifically; I never played Earthbound, I never played Ness in any Smash game cause he was just not my preferred style of fighter (and his voice annoyed me), and to me, Lucas is just a blonde Ness.
However, I'm glad, since there were so many fans who wanted the return of this character, that Sakurai listened to the fans and placed the character back into the game, that means, Sakurai really did "weigh both sides" of the idea of DLC and he and Nintendo realized the benefit it would have monetarily to the company as well as to the enjoyment of the gamers and fans.
When you look at the official Smash Bros. website, click on Mewtwo's link, and scroll all the way to the bottom, you'll find all the characters are set side-by-side with each other and you can scroll through and see them all, this is what was seen in that roster:
Do you see what I see? If you're paying close attention you'll notice that there are five empty slots for additional character to make an appearance. It's safe to assume that since Lucas isn't on the sliding roster that he'll take up one of these slots.
So who do gets the other four slots?
Here's the really fun part, Nintendo has left that up to us, the fans, to decide (I think) by allowing us to put in a ballot for the character that we want to see make an appearance in the Smash Bros. franchise!
So, I wanted to take a moment to talk about some characters that I, personally, would like to see make an appearance in the game (this is all my own personal opinion, it's okay that I have one) and I'm not narrowing it down to only four, I'm just mentioning all of the characters that would make me happy to see included.
1. Krystal (Star Fox franchise)
I think that the Star Fox franchise is very under-represented in the Smash Bros. series and yet, it's a legendary game that deserves more recognition. Yes, there have been less-than-average Star Fox games in the last several years and yes, Star Fox Adventures (where Krystal makes her first appearance) was not well received, however, they have a great new character here that could help represent the Star Fox franchise along with Fox and Falco, especially since Wolf is no longer in the game.
Also, Krystal adds the female element to the game, not that I'm underwhelmed by the female characters we have already, it would be nice if we had more than a majority of princesses.
I mean, yeah, you could argue that Sheik is Zelda when she's not being a princess, but really, we all know who she is underneath the mask. Then there's probably the arguments made characters like Wii Fit Trainer, female Robin, female Villager, and Wendy Koopa, but they're all alternates (except for Wii Fit Trainer) for other male characters. And I don't even know what the heck Jigglypuff is...
Anyways, getting back on topic...
If Krystal could be represented in the form of her appearance in Star Fox Adventures, she could provide a very unique form of fighting to the game that we've not seen before in the Smash series.
2. Wolf (Star Fox franchise/Smash veteran)
Speaking of Star Fox characters, I'm going to go ahead and stand up for Wolf for a moment. I would be thrilled to have Wolf returned to the Smash family even though I never used him. I like the idea of having villains and/or rivals featured in the game to counter the hero of whatever franchise.
I also think Wolf offered unique gameplay despite what many trolls have stated on other websites. He is NOT a Fox clone. Falco, as much as he's one of my mains, is more of a Fox clone than Wolf ever was.
Wolf has a lot of character, he was such a cool addition to the Smash franchise and I think that this is one veteran that deserves a second chance, definitely more than Lucas ever did.
3. K. Rool (Donkey Kong franchise)
The Donkey Kong franchise is one of the best franchises ever put out by Nintendo, specifically Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest. But one thing that's been missing in the Smash Bros. franchise is the big baddie for Donkey Kong, K. Rool.
K. Rool is to Donkey Kong what Bowser is to Mario, in my opinion, I know that he hasn't been featured in a game for over a decade it seems (last thing I remember seeing him in was Donkey Kong 64) and I know Nintendo has tried to give some fun villains for DK in other games since, but none of them hold a candle the villainous K. Rool.
I don't know what version of K. Rool would feature in the game, probably King K. Rool if I were to guess as that was his first appearance, but I'd definitely think they could have some fun with the alternate colors and give him costumes for his Kaptain K. Rool costume from Donkey Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest and his Baron K. Roolenstein costume from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble.
4. Dixie Kong (Donkey Kong franchise)
Speaking of great Donkey Kong characters, Dixie Kong is definitely a character that I could see becoming very welcomed into the Smash Bros. franchise.
Once again, this would give us a very different kind of female character to play as and judging by her unique characteristics as explored in games like Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, you can imagine that fun playstyle that she would have to offer to the game.
Her uniqueness would help her avoid being labeled a Diddy Kong clone, an accusation that I could easily see being made due to her frame being nearly identical. Her moves could include her hair spinning, propeller like pony-tail (which is easily an a UP+B special recovery).
5. Impa (The Legend of Zelda franchise)
We aren't really short on any representatives from The Legend of Zelda franchise considering that we have five characters already...
...however, I feel that the franchise is full of so many potentials as far as characters worthy of appearing in the Smash Bros. franchise, one of those characters being Impa.
Impa is a great character who is still remaining relevant even after her first appearance as Princess Zelda's body-guard/attendant in 1998's Ocarina of Time game.
She most recently has had an appearance in the popular action game, Hyrule Warriors. With this fresh update on the character, i think it would be a shame not explore who she is and for once, put some focus off the traditional three (Link, Zelda, and Ganon) and give some other Zelda characters a chance to shine.
6. Midna/Wolf Link (The Legend of Zelda franchise)
One more character(s) I'd like to add from the Zelda franchise would be Midna and Wolf Link. I know, I know! They're already an assist trophy, but all that means to me is that they have something that they can work with already.
Midna is also present in the Hyrule Warriors game along with some form of a wolf companion (not sure if it's supposed to be Link or not, I haven't played the game yet). This goes to show you that Midna is also remaining relevant, just as Impa did. She's a fun character and brought a lot of life to the Twilight Princess game with her snarky quips yet epic storyline.
Personally, I think this totally doable especially considering that Smash already has Duck Hunt Dog in the game, the hit frames would practically be the same, although the moves would be extravagantly different.
7. Captain Toad (Mario franchise)
Now, just as I said there is no shortage of Zelda characters in Smash, there is DEFINITELY no shortage of Mario characters in the franchise.
Now, if you wanted to get technical, Yoshi and Wario kind of go off and do their own things nowadays, but both of them started out in Mario games, I mean, for crying out loud, Wario is just an bad Mario who flipped the "M" in his name to a "W".
But ultimately, there are 6 characters belonging to the Mario franchise if you don't count Wario and 5 if you don't count Yoshi, which is just as much or less than the amount of Pokemon characters which have a total of 6 (that's counting Mewtwo).
But nevertheless, Toad is one of the characters that a lot of fans have been dying to see enter into the Smash franchise as something more than just a move...
But the move did leave you to think, how can you justify Toad being in the game if he's a move too? Well, that's why using Captain Toad is the perfect loop hole, it makes him unique and different from other Toads we've seen throughout the years. He's his own character with his own game.
8. Medusa (Kid Icarus franchise)
It's great that Nintendo is starting to revamp some of their IPs such as Kid Icarus. Pit, the protagonist of each Kid Icarus game, was adopted into the Smash family when Smash Bros. Brawl came out, since then, he's had more game appearances and we've got to see two more Kid Icarus characters included in Smash Bros. for Wii U.
I think it would be cool to expand on this some more and provide a more villainous character from the series which would also add more of a female presence as I've mentioned with Krystal and Dixie Kong.
Judging by her appearance and her power, her move set would provide something unique for players to enjoy.
9. Wonder Red (Wonderful 101 franchise)
But since the Smash Bros. Brawl, Nintendo has put out some more fun stuff with new characters and more importantly, new exclusives, one of which was their Wonderful 101 series (developed by Platinum). This game has received generally positive reviews and looks like a very bright, very colorful, very good time.
So, I think one way to show off and bring some more recognition to Wonderful 101 would be to have the game's poster boy make an appearance as an actual, playable character and not just an assist trophy.
Plus, I'm always prone to more superhero side of things and adding the fun, cheesy superhero element to Smash Bros. just seems like a good idea to me. Who knows, maybe they could do like they did Baby Bowser who had so many different characters for skins and do the same for Wonder Red by adding Wonder Pink, Wonder Blue, etc. (even though I mean to play Wonderful 101 at some point, I haven't yet so I'm not sure how well all that would work).
10. Inklings (Splatoon franchise)
I know this game isn't even out yet, but there is so much hyped centered around this game that it would almost feel like a great opportunity to market Splatoon (Nintendo's newest IP) and include the inklings from the game.
What would be cool is that you could have each skin of these characters be a different variation of the Inklings just like Villager never has just a simple color palette swap, but different Villagers altogether.
I know I'm excited to try this game, it's being called the "Mario Kart of shooters" which just seems appealing to me.
So why did I choose Inklings beyond the fact that it would be great marketing for the game? Short answer is: they look fun and look as though they could provide an exceptional style of gameplay to Smash Bros.
Well, there you have it (I feel like I say that a lot), these are 10 characters (out of too many to list) that I'd like to see get a shot at the four open slots. Obviously there are so many more characters that I'd like to see get adopted into Smash Bros. but that would take several articles to do.
Did you like my list? Which characters do you want to see? Feel free to share your thoughts and personal opinions in the comments section below and don't forget to vote in the poll!