Which characters are EventHubs staff hoping to see in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Pass Vol. 2?

We picked two characters each between myself, DreamKing, AdaptiveTrigger and DarkHorse, and here are our choices

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • March 2, 2020 at 12:02 p.m. PST | Comments: 19

It was announced back in autumn of 2019 alongside Terry Bogard's reveal that we'd be getting additional DLC coming up for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after the initial Fighter's Pass wrapped up, and the full details of how much we're getting and the timeframe we'll be seeing it became clear a few months later with the reveal of Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Byleth as the final character of the first pass.

Although their reveal was quite controversial, Byleth proved that we aren't relegated to just 3rd party characters in the DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, something most of us here at EventHubs took great joy in. We've decided to compile a list with two of our most wanted choices each for this Vol. 2 Fighter's Pass, and although there's some repitition from previous articles about characters we want to see, we've made sure to keep it fresh with some new faces and our reasoning for why they might have a good shot this time around.

We endeavored to make sure no two people picked the same characters (though honestly, there seemed to be no risk of that happening anyway), so please check out the characters we're looking forward between myself — Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor — as well as Steven "DreamKing" Chavez, Justin "AdaptiveTrigger" Gordon and Dakota "DarkHorse" Hills.

Steven's Pick: The Glee Club/Chorus Kids (Rhythm Heaven)

An easy pick for me here as the Chorus Kids have been on my want list for a very long time now. Rhythm Heaven is a series that is definitely no stranger to the world of Super Smash Bros., but we have yet to see actual playable representation.

In Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS, several of the series' characters appeared as collectible trophies. With the release of Smash Ultimate, we have also seen Karate Joe, the Chorus Kids themselves, Wrestler and Reporter, and more added to the game as Spirits.

Not only is Glee Club my favorite Rhythm Heaven mini-game (and my least favorite being Lockstep, of course), but I think having the trio could make for a unique playstyle and a fresh mechanic centered around timing-based button presses.

Dakota's Pick: Main Character/Akira Howard + Legion (Astral Chain)

This time around I'm going for some more recent Switch exclusives, and it's also no secret that I tend to love Platinum Games' titles. That's why it should come as little surprise I'd like to see the main character(s) of Astral Chain to make the cut for Fighter Pass 2.

Even though we already have a handful of characters who control / interact with partners like Rosalina, Ice Climbers, Pokemon Trainer, Olimar and Joker in a sesnse, I feel as though AC's protagonist could gives us potentially the most unique moveset we've ever seen in the Smash Ultimate.

I'm not sure I would make the character work like Rosalina and Luma because of how powerful the Legions are compared to the human player. Balancing may prove quite difficult, but I think it'd be interesting to see some experimentation where say the Sword Legion is the main damage dealer.

To compensate for this powerful puppet master ability, Legions could have limited life / energy per stock like they do in Astral Chain and force the player to fight solo with their more limited options until they recharge.

Nick's Pick: Dixie Kong (Donkey Kong series)

I've written about the potential inclusion of Dixie Kong in Super Smash Bros many times before, as far back as during the Super Smash Bros. 4 days... twice... and even more in the hype train leading up to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's release so I'm fully aware I'm at risk of sounding very repetitive at this point, but someone has to stand up for this little monkey.

Dixie Kong is by all accounts one of Nintendo's biggest and most famous icons who still doesn't have a spot in the Super Smash Bros. roster, being part of the immensely popular Donkey Kong Country franchise and even headlining Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie's Double Trouble and Donkey Kong Land 3, making her the second most prominent female main protagonist from Nintendo after Samus Aran from the Metroid series.

Now, admittedly Dixie is more often in a supporting role than she's a headliner, but that doesn't change the fact that millions of copies have been sold with her as the main character and many many more millions when she's just a supporting cast member.

As one of the most prominent and popular characters in one of Nintendo's biggest juggernaut series (the Donkey Kong series dwarfs many of Nintendo's other big properties such as Kirby, Yoshi and Fire Emblem when it comes to sales — look it up) it's really a headscratcher how Dixie Kong has continued to be overlook for Smash Bros. inclusion.

You can't make the argument that she lacks the potential for a fun moveset either since she engages foes mainly using her prized ponytail and there's no other fighter in all of Smash who battles using their own hair. Dixie Kong is a slam dunk in popularity, relevance with the resurgence of the Donkey Kong Country franchise courtesy of Retro Studios and for creativity in how she fights.

Another point in her favor is that we've seen some very heavy Rare love going on in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with the inclusion of the Donkey Kong Country series' main antagonist King K. Rool — who hadn't even been in a game for over 10 years at that point — as well as the main characters from the classic Nintendo 64 3D platformer, the eponymous duo of Banjo-Kazooie.

We've even seen Steve Mayles, the character designer who used to work at Rare and is currently at Playtonic Games who designed all three (or four, I suppose) of Dixie Kong, King K. Rool, Banjo and Kazooie tweet out his support publicly saying "Just Dixie left now".

The biggest obstacle Dixie Kong faces as far as a DLC addition goes is probably based on whether a new Donkey Kong game is in the works or not. While Nintendo go a bit off the wall with their 3rd party character choices, it's clear from the 1st party choices we've had so far in both this and previous games that they like to market current or upcoming games (like Fire Emblem: Three Houses).

Because of this, it feels like it would largely depend on whether or not Nintendo have big plans for Donkey Kong coming up or not. It's been a few years since Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was originally released, but it did quite well in sales both in its original release and the enhanced Switch port from 2018, with reports from Nintendo saying the latter sold over 2.25 million copies despite essentially being a port of a 4-year old game at that point.

With Byleth proving that first party characters are indeed on the table for Super Smash Bros. DLC — something I personally doubted after all the hyping up of 3rd party additions — Dixie Kong feels like one of the most glaring omissions that can still be rectified in post-launch.

Since Nintendo has been increasingly paying their dues to the Donkey Kong series, a historically quite neglected franchise in Super Smash Bros., it seems like Dixie might have a very real shot to be added this time around. I know that not just me, but numerous fans all across the world are waiting with bated breath.

Justin's Pick: Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney series)

Being that Ryu, Ken, and Mega Man are already part of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster, the addition of yet another Capcom rep seems fairly unlikely. Even still, one would probably imagine that Capcom and Nintendo would push for characters like Leon Kennedy, Dante, or Monster Hunter over someone like Phoenix Wright of the Ace Attorney series.

Regardless, I'd have to raise an objection against any argument that suggests that the "Turnabout Terror" of the courtrooms has no chance of joining the cast. Indeed, Phoenix Wright can potentially represent a genre in gaming that currently sees no representation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — a text-adventure game or visual novel.

Seeing how Wright is solving murders and pointing out the true culprits in the courtrooms, the man isn't exactly renowned for his abilities in combat. Despite this, Wright has already made an appearance in a fighting game with his inclusion in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

During Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 gameplay, Wright spends a lot of time stalling (with Maya's help) so that he can obtain the evidence he needs to effectively clash with the opponent. Gameplay like this would be very interesting to see in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate if Wright transitioned similarly.

At this moment, Phoenix Wright is currently my most desired challenger simply because I think he would offer a lot in terms of both gameplay and characteristics.

Dakota's Pick: Twintelle (ARMS)

ARMS already has a little representation within Smash Ultimate with Spring Man's Assist Trophy, but boy does that game deserve a full spot on the roster. I mean hell it's a first-party Nintendo fighting game if you view it as such.

Spring Man's design, however, is pretty bland, so I'd like to see one of the ladies like Twintelle (or even Min Min) get the Smash invitation.

Twintelle is the only character in her game to have her ARMS powers attached to her hair which allows her to freely strike some poses and sit back a bit while her opponent is getting beat down.

She also has great air mobility and the power to slow down incoming attacks, so it'd be really cool to see what the designers could come up with to make a fighter with stretchy arms like Twintelle work well in Smash.

Steven's Pick: Geno (Super Mario RPG)

One of the highly requested characters that still hasn't joined the fight, wanting Geno in Smash is a hill I'm definitely willing to die on.

He's a major fan-favorite, and Sakurai himself has wanted the Super Mario RPG Star Road warrior on the playable roster since as far back as Brawl. While it might seem like Geno will never be added, it's Sakurai's desire to bring him into the fold that makes me feel like there's a chance this time around.

For the first Fighters Pass and initial five characters, I can see how Nintendo might pass on Geno. But with six more characters inbound, Sakurai has the opportunity to work his magic and do the impossible once again. Ridley was never going to happen... remember?

Justin's Pick: Captain Toad (Super Mario series)

You can never truly have too many characters from the Super Mario Bros. series in Super Smash Bros. It's no wonder why it's one of Nintendo's best-selling franchises.

And while Waluigi might seem like a tempting choice, my personal pick from this series would have to be Captain Toad.

Despite Toad already appearing in Peach and Daisy's movesets, I feel like Captain Toad is visually different enough from the original look of Toad to warrant him a spot on the roster. It's also been proven that this really doesn't make much of a difference considering that Chrom of the Fire Emblem series exists both as a playable character and as an attack in Robin's Final Smash.

There's a lot of leeway when it comes to designing a moveset for Captain Toad considering all the shenanigans he gets into over the course of games like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Super Mario Odyssey, and many other mainline games in the Mario universe. For example, I'm sure there are plenty of tools that can be pulled out of that oversized backpack of his.

It'd be interesting to see if the developers went the route of designing a character that couldn't normally jump. While this sounds like a crippling weakness, I imagine moves within Captain Toad's arsenal could make him go airborne in unique ways to compensate.

Nick's Pick: Rex & Pyra (Xenoblade 2)

This is another pick I've spoken about in the past but now that first-party characters are back on the table I'm going to do all I can to plead their case and hope that Sakurai and Nintendo, in their benevolence, consider how good of an addition they would be.

Xenoblade is the little franchise that could — a bit of a gamble on a RPG series from Nintendo which had fairly low expectations but exceeded them greatly and even got added to Super Smash Bros. 4 despite only having a single game out in the series at the time is a feat that no other franchise, barring retro additions like Ice Climbers, has managed.

Since then, the franchise stumbled a little bit with Wii U's Xenoblade Chronicles X though it regained its footing on the Nintendo Switch when Xenoblade Chronicles 2 came out and greatly surpassed the sales of its predecessors with Monolith Soft announcing it had hit 1.7 million copies sold by June of 2019, the franchise is now likely to become something of a mainstay in Nintendo's gigantic house of successful video game properties.

Of course, the posterchildren of this game that brought the franchise to new heights are the main character Rex and his "Blade" Pyra, basically a humanoid weapon you battle together with through a strong connection with each other. This is something that'd be fantastic to use in a gameplay sense as well, since Xenoblade 2 emphasizes that your attacks will be more effective the closer you stand to your Blade during battle.

You could have something similar to the Ice Climbers, but instead of them simply repeating each other attacks, the scenario would be that Pyra would move along with Rex and his attacks would be less powerful if she were launched away. This wouldn't make Rex as helpless as Popo of the Ice Climbers duo if Pyra is far away, but simply make him stronger when she's close, making it a dynamic where you try and keep her by your side while fighting but it isn't the end of the world if she ends up getting knocked far from you.

It also needs to be said that even Sakurai himself acknowledged that Rex got slightly shafted for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate when the first DLC Fighter's Pass was announced alongside a Mii Costume featuring the fighter — he said that due to the game releasing too late for them to include the character in their initial roster planning, Rex unfortunately wasn't part of the main roster... but that he would have been if the timing had been better.

Sakurai went in to further detail about the woes of designing characters when you don't have much material to draw from yet after they decided to include Byleth as the final character of their first Fighter's Pass despite Fire Emblem: Three Houses not even being released to the public at the time they were meant to start designing the character for Smash.

Now that Xenoblade 2 has been out for quite some time and has continued to sell well, it's the perfect opportunity to remedy their previous happenstance of unfortunate timing which left Rex & Pyra out of the initial roster. After all, when a developer basically says "this character should've been in, but the timing made it not happen" that sure sounds like a perfect time for DLC to work its magic to me.

The amount of unique things you could do with a fighter like this just screams perfect DLC candidate since most of our new additions have had some really interesting gimmicks brand new for Super Smash Bros., so hopefully Sakurai and Nintendo see what I'm seeing and decide to leave this dynamic duo overlooked no longer.

As you might have noticed, the vast majority of our picks are first-party characters from Nintendo rather than 3rd parties, with 6 out of 8 being Nintendo characters — and even Geno is effectively part of the Super Mario series but just happens to not be owned by Nintendo. Not that any of us hate 3rd parties — Hero, Terry Bogard and Joker are all characters I love to have in Smash and was over the moon to see announced — but at least to me it still feels like some key Nintendo characters are missing.

While 3rd parties are always cool additions to the Super Smash Bros. family, these are Nintendo crossover games at the core and at least on our team we're definitely mainly looking at cool Nintendo characters we want to see join the biggest crossover in gaming and be part of that special experience, and now that we know this is actually something Nintendo would consider in their DLC that definitely brings new hope.

Do you agree with any of our choices? Disagree? Are there any particular characters you're hoping to see join the roster from this new fighter's pass? Are you also hoping for some tragically overlooked Nintendo all-stars, or are you much more about the 3rd party buffet we've been treated to? Let us know in the comments.

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