With more Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC in production, who are we hoping to see join the game's roster next?

EventHubs staff band together to detail two picks each that they think would enrich the game even further

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • September 19, 2019 at 7:41 p.m. PDT

At the Nintendo Direct earlier this month, not only did we get the extremely welcome announcement that Terry Bogard will be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster via downloadable content as part of the Fighter's Pass in November of this year, we also got the very exciting news that more post-launch characters are being developed outside of the Fighter's Pass' originally promised five (of which only one currently remains unannounced).

Although we have no idea how many more characters this means, the very fact that more content is being developed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate makes the mind wander to any amount of different exciting places. Of course, we here at EventHubs had to do our duty and band together to talk about which characters we're hoping will make the cut as part of this future group of additional fighters. Justin "AdaptiveTrigger" Gordon, Dakota "DarkHorse" Hills, Nico "SuperQue" Smith and of course myself — Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor — grouped up and picked two characters each that we're hoping will be joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate family before all is said and done.

Before we made our picks, we didn't have any universal rules, but both Dakota and I decided to try and shy away from picks we'd made in previous articles of a similar nature, which meant him looking beyond his past requests of Devil May Cry's Dante and Monster Hunter's avatar character and seeing what else he'd find exciting.

As for myself, I've already spoken at length in the past, in several different pieces no less, about how much I'd love to have a character from the Tales of franchise (preferrably Yuri Lowell or Lloyd Irving) join the fray, but I decided to forego talking your head off about the very same subject yet again, and instead opted for looking at other possibilities that would excite me.

Also, while this wasn't an explicit rule for anyone participating, I am absolutely convinced by Sakurai's own words that Nintendo won't be giving us any of their own characters through this additional content, instead only focusing on 3rd party characters from franchises new to the series, much like the Fighter's Pass has been so far.

So, even though I'd vastly prefer a few Nintendo picks that I still feel are missing (Dixie Kong and a Rex & Pyra duo, anyone?), I'm going to operate under the assumption that any and all Nintendo properties are simply off the table and that 3rd parties are where it's at.

Now, without further ado, let's move on to our personal picks.

Nick's Pick: Shantae (Shantae)

A much-discussed pick when indie games are mentioned has always been Shantae, the half-genie hero and protector of Scuttle Town.

Though most of the attention aimed at this video game franchise has been in recent years, and undoubtedly bolstered both by digital distribution and the popularization of streaming, allowing the game to reach more eyes via speedrunning marathons and similar events, it's actually a series that's almost 20 years old at this point, originally beginning on the Game Boy Color in 2002.

Since then, there have been three more titles featuring this feisty hair-whipping magic wielder in 2010's Shantae: Risky's Revenge, 2014's Shantae and the Pirate's Curse and most recently 2016's Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. There's also another sequel currently in development which keeps the gorgeous hand-drawn sprite work seen in Half-Genie Hero, set for release sometime later this year as Shantae and the Seven Sirens.

These games are just filled to the brim with charm, and one of the greatest aspects of them is the vast amount of powers and abilities that are at Shantae's disposal the further you get in the game. As a half-genie, she has various transformation powers which allow her to take the form of different animals to help her advance through levels, including taking the shape of a monkey, an elephant, a spider or even a mermaid.

As alluded to earlier, her main weapon is her ponytail, which she whips forward at her opponent (Hmm, isn't there a Nintendo character who also does this... ? Oh yeah, but they refuse to add this famous hair-twirling monkey some reason...), though she's also capable of using a variety of magical items, is proficient in martial arts giving her uppercut kicks and can learn acrobatic maneuvers like backdashes and air recoveries.

If you factor in the third game in the series, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (in which Shantae was stripped of her magical powers), she also has a bunch of different pirate weapons at her disposal like a flintlock pistol, a pirate hat that allows her to float through the air and even a cannon which she will carry around.

In short, the moveset potential for this little heroine is practically limitless — it's at the point where you could give her three entirely different movesets and they'd likely all be extremely faithful to the source material.

The games themselves are overflowing with wacky characters, memorable locations and a heavy dose of charm, so having a stage (preferrably Scuttle Town, the hometown of Shantae and her friends) and an assortment of her allies, enemies and everything in-between show up on said level would be a great treat for anyone who's played one of her games.

It's worth noting that both Shantae and her nemesis Risky Boots appear in the game already as Spirits, meaning that the series is at least on some level on Nintendo's radar — not all too surprising giving it had its origin on Nintendo hardware, and every game has been available on Nintendo machines, sometimes exclusively so.

While this shows that Shantae was not considered for playable status at launch, we already know that the DLC plans were not laid at this time, meaning that this Spirit inclusion may actually help her chances, if anything.

Dakota's Pick: Travis Touchdown (No More Heroes)

I still stand by my previous choices in Devil May Cry's Dante and a Monster Hunter representative since I feel like they'd both make great and fitting choices, but today I'm going to go in a bit of a different direction.

The first No More Heroes game was one of the early games that made the Wii feel like a true console gaming experience beyond the motion control gimmicks, and I think the series protagonist Travis Touchdown himself could be a fun addition to Smash Ultimate as well.

I know we've already got a wealth of sword-wielding fighters in Smash already, but there's an easy way to differentiate the crownless king from the likes of Marth, Cloud and Hero.

Give Travis his Rose Nasty beam katanas from No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle to turn him into a dual-wielder — something we surprisingly don't really have on the roster aside from Pit and Dark Pit.

His trusty motorcycle could also be incorporated into his move set / recovery similarly to Wario's though it would be nice to see it used in different functions.

Being a big wrestling fan, it also feels fitting to give him at least one command grab special though I would settle for his suplexes and other special techniques to be represented by his throws.

Travis is also scheduled to make his big return in No More Heroes 3 next year on the Switch, so it'd be the perfect opportunity to tie him into the Smash DLC even if they need to censor his potty mouth a bit... or probably a lot. I'd honestly find it humorous if the just bleeped out his expletives though I doubt they would.

Nico's Pick: Rayman (Rayman)

When Sakurai announced that there will be more DLC characters added after the initial fighters' pass, I was smug. I predicted this because the success other fighting games have had using that model. Now we can sit back and speculate the new additions.

The next one I believe will be added is Rayman. Rayman is absolutely made for this type of game. He hails from a traditional platforming game, is beloved and has a nice moveset that would fit Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is part of Ubisoft, but is loved world wide. His trademark limbless look and helicopter power fit perfectly in Smash.

Justin's Pick: Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has thus far done a great job at representing characters and game worlds from a variety of genres. Having said that, we still don't have a rep from the point-and-click adventure games.

Personally, I think Phoenix Wright from Capcom's Ace Attorney series would fit in with the rest of the cast quite well. The Ace Attorney series is likely part of the reason why these point-and-click games have been seeing a resurgence as of late.

Although Phoenix Wright was initially passed over in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom due to difficulties in moveset design, it was eventually proven that the concept could work in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Perhaps it's time for him to join yet another "ultimate" crossover fighting game.

Having said that, I'd be very interested to see what twists Masahiro Sakurai and the rest of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate development team could come up with for Phoenix Wright. How would Phoenix Wright function in the Super Smash Bros. series? This is a question I'd personally like to see answered.

I do think it'd be pretty hilarious to see Phoenix Wright with some mechanic that allows him to gather evidence that incriminates Mario. Although I'm not the type to play with Final Smashes turned on, this likely means that the lawyer would be able to take classic gaming icons to court and have them proven guilty of murder.

Nico's Pick: Sora (Kingdom Hearts)

I think Sora will get in just because the amount of fans behind him get included. They can get creative with his moveset, and already have a Square-Enix fighter in the cast, so the relationship is already there. Imagine his skins being different forms he took in worlds from Kingdom Hearts 3. His special could involve the X-blade. He’s just made for this.

Justin's Pick: Cuphead (Cuphead)

Cuphead didn't occur to me as being very likely until after Banjo-Kazooie joined the roster. Hearing Masahiro Sakurai promote the series on the Xbox One really cements how cozy Microsoft and Nintendo have gotten recently.

It appears that even the creator of Cuphead would like to see this happen someday. After all, he's even gone so far to say that Cuphead belongs in Super Smash Bros.

There are plenty of attacks to choose from. In his own game, Cuphead has access to a number of different projectile and movement options. As a result, it really does feel as though Cuphead would mesh really well with the rest of the roster.

Obviously this means that Mugman would probably have to be an alternate costume too. Maybe Ms. Chalice could also work.

We already have Sans from Undertale as a character... sort of. More specifically, the Mii Gunner can dress up as Sans. Shovel Knight also exists in the game as an Assist Trophy.

Maybe the timing is just right for an indie character to finally get promoted to character status in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Who better than Cuphead?

Dakota's Pick: Waluigi (Super Mario)

I know Waluigi is a meme character by this point, but I do believe he deserves a spot in Smash and could make for a fun addition.

We're mainly focused and prepared to see only third party characters join Smash Ultimate via DLC, but the Mario series still has two prominent holes to fill with Waluigi and Toad / Captain Toad.

Waluigi is generally reserved for games like Mario Party and Mario Kart, but I think that could be used to flesh out his move set a bit.

Give the lanky boy his tennis racket like he has in his Assist Trophy form but also maybe reference some of the more iconic mini games or something from the Mario Party titles.

He could also have access to his purple kart like his brother's bike which could then toss out an item like a green shell or a banana to keep people on their toes though that'd need to be very carefully balanced to be functional yet not too annoying.

I think his body proportions also lend themselves to make a potentially interesting bare-handed fighter, and I have faith that Sakurai's teams can find fun and interesting ways to actually make Waluigi viable and worth it.

Nick's Pick: Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

Quite frankly, this may be the most famous video game character who isn't already part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. With multiple hollywood movies to her name and being a massive part of gaming history dating back to her origin in 1996, most old school gamers would likely see her as more of a Sony icon, though she has never been owned by said company in any way, shape or form.

When created, the Tomb Raider franchise belonged to Eidos Interactive, who kept the intellectual property alive until they were bought out in 2009 by Square-Enix, which means that if Lara Croft were to be included, she would be the third Square-Enix character after Final Fantasy's Cloud and Dragon Quest's Hero, but perhaps more notably the first western-created character of the bunch.

After Square-Enix's acquisition of the Tomb Raider series, it has seen reinvigorated interest after about a decade of relative stagnation with the reboot series which started in 2013's Tomb Raider and later became a trilogy, continuing in 2015's Rise of the Tomb Raider and possibly ending with 2018's Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

The reboot series put a heavy emphasis on survivalist elements, but still kept the gunplay present in the original games, giving her a vast variety of weapons and tools she could use in battle if she were added to the Smash family. You could make her a gun-toter if you were so inclined, but there's also plenty of potential with just her bow and arrow, grappling hook and general close combat skills.

Although we already have some form of bow and arrow play present in the various incarnations of The Legend of Zelda's Link, it's just relegated to one of his special moves. I'd envision Lara being more centered around bow use, and having many versatile options she could use from it, perhaps even incorporating the line arrow to give her a tether recovery to climb up from.

As for a battle locale from the franchise, it's hard to imagine any choice that would fit better than, well... a tomb. A big part of the franchise is the exploration aspect, and puzzle-solving that is coupled with the various tombs that are found while progressing through the game, and having an underground stage filled various wily death traps (though obviously kept a bit more child-friendly than in the source material) would be a riveting callback to the series' origins, and offer a different flare than most areas in the game currently do.

The biggest thing holding her back is probably the fact that she is indeed a western-developed character, something only four characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are (Diddy Kong, King K. Rool, Dark Samus and Banjo-Kazooie, if you're curious), which probably means she isn't as highly requested in Nintendo and Sakurai's native Japan.

This isn't to suggest there's an inherent bias towards Japanese-developed characters, but more that it's much easier to hear the requests from those who are in close proximity to you (and speak the same language, for that matter), rather than fanbases on the other side of the world.

Whatever the case, it seems that the main goal with the Fighter's Pack downloadable content — which also is presumably why they're shying away entirely from adding any Nintendo-owned characters — is to bring in new audiences who might not be trying Super Smash Bros. Ultimate out otherwise.

In that sense, Lara Croft is an amazingly smart pick, because she's a highly recognizable name even to people who generally don't play games, and may well be the most famous female main protagonist in all of gaming, which would be guaranteed to cause a large amount of buzz for the product... Not that it really needs it, with Nintendo's latest reports stating that the game has sold almost 15 million copies to date.

Thank you for taking the time to read our writeups, and hopefully you saw the charm and potential in at least some of our picks.

Who are you hoping to see join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate next? How many more characters do you think we'll be getting? Let us know in the comments.

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