Borderlands' Claptrap might actually work really well as a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character

Grenades, guns, assists from other characters, elemental attacks, and terrible one-liners

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 10, 2019 at 12:55 p.m. PDT

Crossover and guest characters have become one of the hottest practices in the fighting genre. The Walking Dead's Negan is now in Tekken 7, Spawn and the Terminator are en-route to Mortal Kombat 11, and it seems there's an SNK character in just about every fighting game out right now.

As cool as the aforementioned additions have proven to be, the absolute king of crossovers has to be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at this point in time. The franchise has evolved from a celebration of Nintendo to a celebration of gaming in general, and with additions like Solid Snake, Ryu and Ken, Mega-Man, Terry Bogard, Banjo-Kazooie, and so many others, it's become evident that the sky is the limit for Smash in the guest appearance avenue. I have yet another suggestion from a major series that's about to drop a brand new installment: Borderlands.

As we draw ever nearer to the September 13 launch of Borderlands 3, I've found my thoughts more and more filled with the first person shoot and loot extravaganza. Gearbox has been wonderfully consistent with their efficient pairing of fun and satisfying gameplay with the entertaining personalities and storylines of the characters that inhabit Pandora.

Naturally I've been mixing and meshing Borderlands characters into fantasy Smash appearances, but such imaginative explorations have almost all ended with a "Nah, that's dumb" conclusion.

The vault hunters that you play as have some fairly interesting attacks that could easily make the transition into Smash. Perhaps Gaige the Mechromancer from BL2 could shoot up stages while Deathtrap simultaneously zaps and explodes foes, but as fun as those two were to use, they really don't have enough general recognition.

Even the more charismatic vault hunters like Mordecai or the various sirens, psychos, or berzerkers still fall into that same lack of general reach trap. I found myself questioning who the most memorable character in the series has been, and for me, that's certainly been the (usually) villainous Handsome Jack, but his arena is much more that of smack-talking and planning than it is combat.

The answer to the question of whether a Borderlands/Smash Bros. marriage could be at all possible had actually been blatantly standing front and center the whole time. It's Claptrap, the franchise's go-to mascot and most common character seen throughout all of the games.

The loose-lipped robot is already of relatively appropriate size and statue for a Smash fight as he isn't much different from R.O.B. (I can already imagine some hilarious Claptrap/R.O.B. interaction dialogue).

As far as moves go, you have a robot with a Bender-belly (meaning you can have him pull just about anything you want from his storage cavity) and the bajillions of various gun and grenade weapons the Borderlands series has produced. His short robo arms could serve quick and stubby normal attacks, but may also extend out for further-reaching pokes.

You might have him call upon some of those aforementioned vault hunters to assist in the battle with an iconic move or two, and there's plenty to play with when it comes to Borderland's various elemental weapon effects.

Light foes on fire, throw down some corrosive acid for DOT, stun them with electricity, augment damage output with slag... there's a lot developers could do here.

Perhaps there are a few other characters from notable franchises (LIKE MASTER CHIEF) who might better fit the bill, but with how massive Borderlands has become, an in with a character like Claptrap wouldn't be the worst call Nintendo could make here.

We do know that more Smash DLC is coming, and it seems part of the initiative is to grow Smash's influence out into more and more gaming circles. If Borderlands 3 winds up being as good as early reports are claiming, Pandora might be a top choice for future Smash roster additions.

For those of you who haven't experienced the magic of Claptrap and his motor mouth, get acquainted with this quick "Best of" video from Vhosythe.

The glaring issue here is that Borderlands has yet to appear on a Nintendo console, though we've seen countless articles over the last few years asking "When's Borderlands for Switch?"

Gearbox co-founder, Randy Pitchford, chimed in himself on this matter recently, stating that he'd actually love to see it happen.

Alas, for the time being, the hurdle remains as BL3 will be releasing in three days to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and then Google Stadia at a later date... the Nintendo Switch conspicuously absent from the list.

Even if Clap isn't the first potential fighter to come to mind, do you think he'd be a good call? Feel free to share any reactions or suggestions in the comments below.

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