Nintendo has announced that it’ll announce stuff about the Wii U/3DS Smash Bros. games in the near future – I’m sure not sure if the date corresponds to E3 or not, but either way, it’ll be soon. In light of this, I thought I’d list some of the characters I’d like to see to see in the game. I think a few of these are plausible, if not outright likely. A few are just wistful thinking on my part.
1. Ghirahim – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
I’ve made it no secret since I first played Skyward Sword that I absolutely freaking love Ghirahim. He’s one of my favourite villains ever, one of my favourite boss fights ever and I would love to play as him in Smash Bros.
It would make some degree of sense to have him play like a faster, weaker Ganondorf given that he’s sort of designed as the anti-Ganondorf (svelte and effeminate to Ganondorf’s power and virility). On the other hand, it would also make sense for him to make use of a sword, given that he fights with/is a sword. It’s also established in Skyward Sword that he can shoot waves of magic, so incorporating that into his moveset would be in character and give him more range than most of the other sword-wielding characters in Smash Bros. (who are either from Fire Emblem or are Link)
2. Chrom and/or Lucina – Fire Emblem: Awakening
Honestly, given how popular Chrom and Lucina are, I think this one is actually pretty plausible. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next Smash Bros. replaced Ike with either or both of the main/most popular characters from Awakening, given that Awakening is the most recent game in the series; I can’t see them getting rid of Marth, since he’s from the first game in the series (I think) and has seniority in Smash Bros itself over Ike.
The way I see it, Chrom would work like a midpoint between Marth and Ike, being stronger and more durable than Marth, but less of a truck with legs than Ike. Marth and Ike, and presumably Chrom in the event of his inclusion, pretty much have the same move set and gameplay style (though Marth and Ike have different side-B attacks and Marth does extra damage if you hit with the point, rather than edge of his sword). One of two of Chrom’s attacks might be notably different, but he’d almost certainly carry on the tradition (which isn’t entirely surprising, given that his sword originally belonged to Marth). Or they could give him his Great Lord outfit to open a few more possibilities (likely rising from the fact that as a Great Lord, he has a shield and spear).
As more Lucina, she’d almost certainly be a faster, weaker Marth and is probably more likely than Chrom of having a (mostly) cloned move set (but apparently Nintendo has been working for less cloned move sets since Brawl, so maybe not). If both make it into the game, what I think would make the most sense if having Chrom as a Great Lord and having a more distinct moveset than the other Fire Emblem characters and having Lucina as a female Marth. I’d also get rid of Ike, not because I don’t like Ike, but because I like Chrom and Lucina more than I like him.
I’ll actually be pretty surprised if at least one Awakening character doesn’t make it into the next Smash Bros.
3. Riki – Xenoblade Chronicles
Riki is not, in fact, my favourite Xenoblade character (that honour belongs to Dunban, whom I’ve taken to lovingly referring to as “The Ban Hammer”), but given that he’s an adorable, yet strangely badass, ball of fur, I think he’s the one who would most unironically fit into a game as off-the-wall as Smash Bros. Having one of the human characters (like Dunban), I think, would lead to a pretty jarring situation with a fairly seriously character for a fairly serious game surrounded by magic robots (which, actually, kind of already happened in Xenoblade itself). It’s the same issue I had with Snake in Brawl (but, of course, that Snake was so out of place made any fight with him in it hilariously awesome)
I’ve actually heard rumours that at least Shulk (the main character) is going to make it into Smash Bros, but I have nothing to lead me to believe that the rumours are at all true, though I think it’s definitely a possibility. Hoping for Riki is an extension of that, as I would be entirely satisfied with Shulk and his magic God Sword, but I would absolutely love Riki in Smash Bros. I would love watching him spit poison at and/or eat Pikachu.
4. Yuri Lowell – Tales of Vesperia
In case you haven’t heard, Namco is helping to develop the new Smash Bros, and are the owners of the Tales games. It’s been confirmed, or at least implied, that third party (which probably means Namco) characters will be included. This, of course, has precedent with Sonic and Snake in Brawl. However, even so, this one is mostly wistful thinking on my part. Vesperia was, for one thing, an Xbox game (though mostly being in PlayStation games didn’t stop Snake), so I’m not sure how likely it would be for Yuri to get into Smash Bros. Especially if the game is going to feature Namco characters, I think it’s pretty inevitable that there’s going to be some Tales character in the game. And I would love it to be Yuri, because he is awesome. He has, in fact, one several Namco popularity polls and I vastly prefer him to either of the main characters of the Wii and Gamecube Tales games.
5. Princess Daisy – Super Mario, um … Land, I think?
Daisy is actually my favourite Mario character, so I’m kinda bummed she hasn’t been in Smash Bros. yet. Essentially, I see her playing like a more aggressive, in-your-face version of Peach, ’cause that’s pretty much she is. Even if her moveset was just directly cloned from Peach, I think she could still be set apart in how those moves look and in nuisances like the damage they deliver.