At the end of Thursday’s Nintendo Direct, the company Mario built dropped a bombshell on it’s fans: Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Switch. Fans, myself included, have been waiting for a sequel on the handheld console to the greatest party-brawler ever made. The new trailer confirmed the Splatoon Inklings, Link from Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Mario would be playable characters, but that’s barely the tip of the iceberg. There’s a limitless possibility of video game franchises to tap and add to Smash, like Ready Player One but with less internet backlash.
Here are the five characters I hope Nintendo adds to the next Super Smash Bros.
Wario’s taller, more attractive sibling has never had a starring role in a Super Smash Bros . title. He’s shown up to play; being a usable assist trophy in Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4 , but that’s not nearly enough for the moustached debonair. He deserves a starring role in a Smash game, punting his pudgy brother into space with a well-timed hammer thwack or kick. Sure, being a member of the starring roster of Mario Tennis: Aces is nice, but being a Smash contender is a real accolade.
First appearing on American shores as a villain in Super Mario Bros 2, Birdo has only grown in popularity. Like Waluigi, she’s shown up in Smash before as an Assist Trophy and I think it’s time for her/him to get the spotlight. Shooting eggs might sound like a boring gimmick after a while, but Nintendo could spice things up, adding special stasis effects to each of Birdo’s attacks. I’m thinking of a cross between Captain Olimar from Pikmin and Yoshi.
ARMS is an amazing game that never really caught on. Mastering throwing punches, charging up elemental attacks and bouncing around a stadium is just too difficult to pull of with Joy Cons, at least for me. Still, I keep coming back to the game because I love the atmosphere and zany characters like Ninjara, Ribbon Girl and Dr. Coyle. It would be an absolute shame to omit this piece of Nintendo’s world from Super Smash Bros. Spring Man might not be my favorite fighter, but he’s the face on the box and deserves his spot among Nintendo royalty.
Goku from Dragon Ball Z
Super Smash has a long history of allowing third-party characters a spot in the ring. From Solid Snake to Sonic The Hedgehog, some of gaming’s oddest characters have shown up. Now that Dragon Ball FighterZ has proven that a DBZ fighter makes sense, it only seems fair to allow the Super Saiyan his chance to throw Kamekamehas at Pokemon Stadium. I know it’s a long shot and a pipe dream at best, but seven-year-old me had dreams about Donkey Kong and Goku throwing punches. I want to make little Stevie’s dream a reality.
An NES Zapper With Legs
ROB the Robot was a forgotten peripheral sold alongside the original Nintendo Entertainment System until he was brought back to the public consciousness as a fighter in Super Smash Bros Brawl. I believe the grey NES Zapper deserves the same treatment and a shot at redemption. Since a gun can’t grab people without arms and legs, I volunteer Mr. Game & Watch as tribute. Nobody wants that 8-bit beeper coming back anytime soon, so why not use his limbs for something useful?
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