Well, it was bound to happen. I got Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. It’s kind of weird because I was never a fan of the franchise. I even totally ignore it during major fighting game tournaments because I never really got it. But that’s probably because I never got to play any of the games since I’m a “Sony fangirl.” I have been playing it for a good number of days and, while I don’t think I’ve gotten super good at it, I do have a grasp of the game and why it’s so fun.
The thing that really grabbed me about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the almost inconceivably large roster of characters it has playable! The roster in already massive as it has a whopping 70 characters! But what makes it even more astonishing is that some characters don’t come from established Nintendo franchises. The game has Ryu and Ken from the Street Fighter series, Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid games and even Pac-Man and Megaman!
In the near future, the game is going to new characters available as DLC and the first character they announced shocked me. Nintendo managed to make a deal with Atlus to get Joker from Persona 5!
Rather than question how Nintendo is getting all these characters to appear in their giant brawl-for-all, I’d rather look at the potential of some characters appearing in it! I have a few ideas…
There are a few rules. First, they have to be “realistic” choices. There’s no way guys like Nathan Drake from the Uncharted games will ever appear since he’s a Sony property. Second, they have to be video game characters. I wouldn’t put it past Nintendo to throw us a curve ball and announce someone like Neo from The Matrix… but that would just be ridiculous
Anyway, on with the list!
Crash Bandicoot from the Crash Bandicoot series
The former Sony mascot is a free agent now!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has gotten some of characters you would have never thought to join the game’s roster. It has Pac-Man, Megaman, Solid Snake and, the most shocking of all, Sonic the Hedgehog. The last one is just amazing as he was Sega’s mascot and Mario’s rival for so many years! With that in mind, wouldn’t be a pleasant surprise to see Sony’s former informal mascot to join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cast of characters?
Crash Bandicoot would be a great fit, too! He’s got a cartoony look that would work well with the overall look of the game. He’s even got some moves, such as the spin attack, that would be effective in a game where the goal is to knock your opponent off platforms. Also, since each new DLC character will be getting their own stages, wouldn’t the Crash Bandicoot stage aesthetic fit perfectly in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?
Scrooge McDuck from Ducktales
Get ready to get that song stuck back in your head for several days!
I really like the new Ducktales animated series and I also enjoyed the remastered version of the original 8-bit game. I do think it’s amazing that a old codger like Scrooge McDuck is still incredibly spry and can bounce around on his cane like a pogo stick like it was nothing!
But based on the game, I think Scrooge McDuck would be a perfect fit for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He already has fantastic attack animations if you based them on the game. Who wouldn’t want to bop an opponent on the head with a cane or whap them across the field using the said cane like a golf club?
Oh, and if they include Scrooge McDuck in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, they can add probably what would be the greatest stage ever: Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin! It’ll be perfect and amazing!
Tracer from Overwatch
“I wanna be Tracer. I’m already Tracer.”
Even though it’s lost a lot of steam thanks to other games like PUBG and the monstrous Fortnite, there’s no doubt that Overwatch is still a big deal today. It’s incredibly fun and the heroes and villains can be called iconic in their own right. But there’s definitely no one more recognizable in Overwatch than Tracer, the bubbly, dual pistol wielding Brit with the ability to teleport short distances.
I’m not totally sure how well Tracer would translate to the world of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as she has guns and can teleport. I’m pretty sure she’d feel too powerful because of those two aspects. Still, I’m pretty sure the folks who made Overwatch can brainstorm with Nintendo to find a nice way to make her balanced.
Ahri from League of Legends
Speaking of super popular games, have you heard of League of Legends? Of course you have!
While I’m not a not a fan of MOBAs in general, I will concede that League of Legends is a phenomenon that just can’t be stopped. This is pretty much the reason why porting over one of their characters to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would be a coup in marketing. I mean, I can see some League of Legends players just wanting to get the Nintendo exclusive just because one of its champions is in the game! In that regard, I would have to say Ahri would be an excellent choice. Why? Purely aesthetic reasons and based on this music video.
Like I said, I don’t know a whole lot about League of Legends nor how strong the heroes are. But, seeing that Ahri, the nine-tailed foxy lady, is featured prominently in the official music video, I’m guessing she has a solid fanbase. And while Evelynn, Kai’sa and Akali look great in the video, there’s just something about Ahri’s overall look that’s intriguing yet still fits with the style of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Of course, I know this is just a skin and I’m also fine with her “normal” look showing up in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Shovel Knight from… Shovel Knight
Hey, he already has an amiibo! Why not make him an official Nintendo character already?
Besides that, Shovel Knight already has the retro short and stubby look that would make him fit well in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His attacks would also be incredibly easy to translate into Nintendo’s flagship free-for-all fighter. I also hope that he still collects gems when he hits his opponents!
But the biggest reason I would like to see Shovel Knight in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the endless possibilities that come with his stage. Shovel Knight has one of the best looking stage designs I’ve seen so I would love to see what Nintendo can do with them!
BONUS: Waluigi from… Super Smash Bros.
Come on, Nintendo! The fans have been begging and pleading with you to include Waluigi in the game!
To be fair, I’m not familiar with the outcry as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is my first time playing the series. But I do find it odd that Waluigi, who I know has been in other “crossover” games like Mario Kart and Mario Tennis, isn’t part of the roster immediately. So make the fans happy, Nintendo!
Who else do you think should join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s roster? Let me know in the comments below!