Which characters are we hoping to see in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game? EventHubs staff share our picks for the upcoming brawler

Smash Bros. has the biggest gathering of iconic characters of any franchise, yet we still find ourselves always wanting more

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • April 21, 2018 at 11:54 a.m. PDT | Comments: 36

Although we don't know much about it yet, we do know that there's a new Super Smash Bros. game coming for the Nintendo Switch.

As always when it comes to the Super Smash Bros. series, the part that's on everyone's mind is roster decisions. With such a grand crossover between beloved Nintendo franchises, and lately big gaming franchises in general, everyone wants to see their favorites make the cut.

There are already so many Nintendo All-Stars embedded in to the franchise that you might think there are barely room for any more, but in fact, there are some old flames that still haven't made it in

More importantly though, as Nintendo has been having a pretty good run with new games for the last few years as well, as evidenced by the announcement trailer showing the Inklings from Splatoon joining the fray.

So, with limitless options available, me and two of my colleagues - Steven "DreamKing" Chavez and Justin "AdaptiveTrigger" Gordon - decided to put our heads together for this collaboration article, where we pick two characters each that we're hoping to see in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game.

We employed a ground rule of no returning characters (so I won't be going on about Wolf again this time) as well as trying to keep our choices aimed at Nintendo characters, because although 3rd parties have become a big part of Smash Bros., the core is still centered heavily on Nintendo icons duking it out, so it felt like that's where our focus should lie.

Before moving in to the list itself, I'd like to highlight two previous posts we've made on this subject back during the Super Smash Bros. 4 days, one from 2015 and one from 2016, which you can check out and compare to our current ones.

I'm not going to be making any repeat performances today, because I'm not a one-trick pony (looking at you, Steven), but I need it on the record that I still really want Dixie Kong in the roster and I still really want Wolf O'Donnell to return. I just think that Nintendo have had such a stellar output of games lately, there are some new faces I wanted to focus on.

Justin's Pick: Geno

My first choice would have to be Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Masahiro Sakurai has apparently been wanting to include this possessed doll since Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

I don't know what it is about this character that's just so interesting. He's only been playable in one game, but he's insanely popular among fans.

It'd be really awesome if he had a "timed hits" mechanic. Like Super Mario RPG, this could make it so that his attacks would deal additional damage or have other effects if a button press is timed before hitting an opposing fighter.

Steven's Pick: King K. Rool

Asking me who I want to see in the Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros., I think my first choice is pretty obvious. Donkey Kong's big bad guy King K. Rool should absolutely be a playable character in the next game.

I recently wrote an article detaling why I believe K. Rool deserves to be in the new Smash Bros. (which I recommend reading). But, to reiterate some important points, the leader of the Kremlings is among the most highly requested characters for the Smash series.

Despite his sometimes goofy demeanor, King K. Rool is suprisingly resilient -- always coming back for another fight. Spanning across different Donkey Kong titles, K. Rool has assumed various roles which have given him access to a bevy of interesting combat tools.

Many of his attacks would transfer over to Super Smash Bros. perfectly, in my opinion, and it's about time we got a main villain from the Donkey Kong series in on the action. We also need an evil representative from the Metroid franchise, but that's a discussion for another time...

Nick's Pick: Min Min (or ARMS in general)

Although not nearly reaching the same heights as Splatoon did, ARMS has been a big success for Nintendo since releasing on the Nintendo Switch shortly after the console's launch, reaching over one million copies sold and getting several free post-launch updates as well.

Obviously, the big draw with bringing the game into Smash is how unique the fighters in ARMS are, and while it'd definitely be a challenge to make them fit in Smash Bros. without basically breaking the game, it feels like crazier additions have been made in the past without ruining anything.

Another thing that separates ARMS from many other franchises that have joined the ranks of Super Smash Bros. is that it doesn't have a specific protagonist, being a fighting game and all, so you could theoretically add any fighter from the roster without it feeling out of place.

That said, I'm not going to deny the mascot status that Spring Man and Ribbon Girl have, and while I'd welcome either, if I got to choose all by my own, I'd want Min Min to be the representative of ARMS if we only got one.

While all the fighters in ARMS are similar in the fact that they have stretchy arms they use to do battle, there are many unique quirks besides that which separate them from eachother.

In Min Min's case, she has the ability to deflect incoming attacks (and we all know how much Sakurai loves his parry and counter moves), as well as being able to transform her left arm into a dragon, which gives you a ton of fun things to do with her moveset. You could basically have her be a stance change character between Dragon Arm form and regular form.

I really want Min Min to be the girl to make the cut, but to be completely honest, I'd be happy just to see ARMS get any sort of representation. There are a lot of unique abilities in the game that would translate very well to Super Smash Bros., like Ribbon Girl's quadruple jump and Twintelle's ability to charge moves in mid-air.

In short, despite being as new as it is, ARMS has deserved its spot at the Smash table, and it's really hard to go wrong no matter what character you choose.

Justin's Pick: Impa

The next fighter I'd like to see hails from the Legend of Zelda series. There are a number of humanoid characters that have had multiple appearances throughout the franchise.

At this point, I think Impa deserves to have a spot on the roster. Wouldn't it be interesting to see another take on how the Sheikah fight?

There should definitely be some similarities to Sheik's play style, but also some differences too. It wouldn't be very interesting if she were just a straight up clone.

My honorable mentions are Captain Toad and Toon Zelda/Toon Tetra.

Steven's Pick: Chorus Kids

Rhythm Heaven on the Nintendo DS remains one of my all-time favorite games. The timing based mini-games are not only fun and feature great music, but are pretty great for practicing strict execution (especially if you're going for Perfects) -- which translates over quite well to combos in fighting games. (Except Lockstep. Never Lockstep).

Of all the games in Rhythm Heaven, the one I enjoy most is the Glee Club. The three sharp-toothed kids stand side-by-side wearing small bowties and attempt to sing their song in harmony. It's the best track in the game (again, in my opinion), and though they are limited to singing a standard note or screaming out, I think they'd be awesome in Super Smash Bros.

Back in Super Smash Bros. 4, it was discovered that unused Rhythm Heaven character data exists in the game. Rumors claim it could have been the Chorus Kids, though I'd imagine they didn't make it in due to similar limitations that the Ice Climbers faced on 3DS.

I would love to see the Glee Club join the fight, and they will be a day 1 main for me if they actually make the cut!

Nick's Pick: Rex & Pyra

Xenoblade has been a real dark horse franchise for Nintendo, starting back in 2010 on the Wii, but it's become a true fan favorite, and Sakurai explicitly said he fought hard to be allowed to bring the first game's protagonist, Shulk, into the fray for Super Smash Bros. 4.

Since then, Xenoblade has received two more games - the kind-of-a-sequel-but-also-kind-of-not Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U in 2015, and the more straight up sequel, though also quite different, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the Nintendo Switch at the end of last year.

Xenoblade 2 has been a massive success, especially from the franchises' historical point of view, and has already outperformed both of the previous titles as far as single-platform sales go, and has an expansive DLC plan that Nintendo are continuously putting out.

Considering Shulk has already made the cut, though we don't know if he's coming back or not, it'd be a grand treat for fans of Nintendo's latest RPG success to bring in the main character from the sequel, Rex, and his trusted Blade companion Pyra.

A great thing about this duo is that there's really no reason they'd play anything like Shulk does, and Rex doesn't even look like him, so there's zero risk of the blue-haired swordsman memes that have plagued Fire Emblem in Smash since its inclusion.

Rex & Pyra would, in my mind, fight as a duo, but with only Rex being controllable. Considering Ice Climbers have already proven that a duo fighter could work, and the only reason they were left out of the last game was because of the hardware limitations of the 3DS, bringing in a new duo fighter that has a different gimmick would be great.

In the source game, Rex basically needs Pyra to fight properly, and another aspect to it is that he's stronger the closer she is to him. Considering she's his blade, I was thinking of a gimmick where she doesn't do attacks, but she can be hit by the opponent, and sending her flying would make Rex's attacks less effective.

I don't think Pyra should be able to get KO'd by her own, but the further she is sent flying, the longer it takes for her to return to Rex and let him fight at full power together with her again, though obviously this is just my basic concept I have in my head.

Another great thing is that Rex has a hookshot available to him in the game, so you'd already have his up+b recovery move sorted out.

I personally think that Rex & Pyra would be a very creative duo to implement in Super Smash Bros., and we know the Smash team have been looking at more duo-based fighters after the Ice Climbers in the past - in fact, Diddy and Dixie were meant to be a duo back in Super Smash Bros. Brawl before they reworked Diddy into his own character instead.

While Rosalina & Luma aren't quite a duo character, their inclusion in Super Smash Bros. 4 had shades of that kind of gameplay as well.

This is a perfect chance to bring a new duo character to the game, with an entirely different gimmick from the Ice Climbers. There's no hardware to limit you, you've got a highly successful game out and they've got unique and interesting character designs to boot. This is a home run if I ever saw one.

What characters are you hoping to see in the new Smash Bros. game? Do you agree with our choices? Do you agree with our reasoning? Share your own thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

Load comments (36)