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Big-bodied DLC characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have been non-existent but there's a really good candidate waiting from the Earthbound series

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • November 17, 2020 at 8:23 p.m. PST • Comments: 26

Following the release of Min Min from ARMS and Steve from Minecraft as DLC fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there are now only four characters remaining in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. It is believed by Masahiro Sakurai that the ongoing development that's happened since Super Smash Bros. 4 will come to an end following the completion of these four challengers.

Although Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduced Ridley and King K. Rool as the newcomer big-bodied characters into the base roster, there hasn't been any newcomer big-bodied characters released as DLC. Notably, there's an interesting candidate that could fulfill this void.

Back in 2008, Super Smash Bros. Brawl was released with a unique story mode known as the Subspace Emissary. During this adventure, players would fight against bosses in addition to a variety of different enemies.

One of the bosses encountered was Samus Aran's archenemy, Ridley. At the time, his inclusion in this form seemingly cemented Ridley's status of being "too big" to be playable in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Similarly, one of the main antagonists of the Earthbound series was fought against during the Subspace Emissary. Manning the "Bed Mecha," Porky Minch attempted to take on Ness and Lucas.

Though Porky was old and frail due to his abuse of time travel, he was quite the opponent thanks to his monstrous spider tank. Porky himself could still be seen as he was contained inside of a seemingly indestructible glass capsule.

This boss was able to attack with lasers, explosives and a flurry of strikes with his spider leg. The machine enemy was even able to generate mechanical copies of Porky himself that proceeded to attack Ness and Lucas.

To make Porky into a playable challenger in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he'd obviously have to be scaled down like Ridley was. For Porky Minch's play style to feel accurate to the source material, he'd still have to be a rather big-bodied fighter — like Bowser, Ridley, King K. Rool and so on.

While there isn't any definitive evidence to suggest that Porky could be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there are some oddities that seem favorable for his chances.

One of the bosses that returned from Brawl into Ultimate is an enemy known as Galleom. It's actually very strange that Porky didn't receive this treatment instead.

In fact, among the 1,438 Spirits currently in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Porky Minch is completely absent.

The Spirits from the Earthbound series right now are Ness, Lucas, Ninten, Ana, Lloyd, Teddy, EVE, Flying Man, Starman, Paula, Jeff, Poo, Buzz Buzz, Ness's Father, Mr. Saturn, Dungeon Man, Ramblin' Evil Mushroom, Master Belch, Flint, Hinawa, Boney, Duster, Kumatora, Salsa, Ultimate Chimaera, Absolutely Safe Capsule, Masked Man and Claus... but there's no Porky Minch.

What's funny is that the "Absolutely Safe Capsule" is a direct reference to Porky, but the character himself can't be seen. Again, it's really strange that a major antagonist in both Earthbound and Mother 3 doesn't even have a Spirit despite Ness and Lucas' representation as playable fighters.

Porky even had a trophy in Super Smash Bros. 4. The developers could've easily reused the asset for this trophy to make Porky a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For whatever reason, this hasn't happened.

With all that said, there is a major strike against Porky's chances. Masahiro Sakurai and the developers appear to be trying to represent as many gaming worlds as possible with DLC additions. Since Porky comes from Earthbound/Mother, a series already represented in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster, the addition of this former boss wouldn't add any sort of crossover to the game.

It would certainly be interesting to see Porky Minch become a playable character along with his Bed Mecha and mechanical clones via the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Of course, it's a waiting game to find out who the remaining four challengers are.

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