It’s a safe bet that Super Smash Bros. is a huge hit for Nintendo and the Wii U. An exclusive title for them, it was able to capture the Game of the Year for the Wii U platform, and even made a run at the overall GOTY title. But the series isn’t a flash in the pan. It’s actually the fourth installment in a long series of fighting games by Nintendo, all of which have been extremely popular.
We even devoted an entire GiN Lounge to trying to figure out what made the game, and the series, so appealing to so many players. There are quite a lot of answers to that question, and we won’t rehash it here. Instead, we asked our editors what character they would like to see added to the game. We didn’t place any restrictions on the choices, so non-Nintendo or even non-videogame characters are fair game. Here are the picks that we came up with. If you have other suggestions, let us know in the comments box below the editorial. Okay, let’s get smashing!
James Churchill chooses Issac.
Golden Sun was one of Camelot’s great unsung RPGs, providing one of the best experiences on the Gameboy Advance (and later Nintendo DS). With main character Issac’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an assist trophy and the inclusion of Golden Sun music, it’s a logical next step to make him playable. And with his access to melee weapons, summons and the game’s patented “psynergy” moves, there’d be no shortage of inspiration for a unique move set. His inclusion would also continue the Smash Bros. tradition of including characters from niche IPs such as Xenoblade Chronicles and Fire Emblem.
Neal Sayatovich chooses Conker.
I am going to go retro with my selection. I’d personally love to see the infamous squirrel Conker make his first reappearance since 2005 on the Xbox for Live and Reloaded. Now I doubt that we would have the foul mouthed Conker from Conker’s Bad Fur Day jumping into Super Smash Bros. (though it would be hilarious), but I think bringing back little squirrel would be a huge treat for older gamers playing Smash Brothers. In addition, his re-appearance might be the boost Nintendo needs to start making Conker games here and there once again.
Vincent Mahoney Chooses Aeron.
A lot of people want Isaac, Ridley, and King K Rool as playable characters in Super Smash Bros, but with Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles being included in the latest iteration it would be interesting to see if characters from similarly unknown Nintendo-published titles could make the cut. My personal choice? Aeron from Pandora’s Tower, an action-adventure game for the Wii. There’s already quite a few swordfighters in Smash Bros, but what makes Aeron unique is that he not only utilizes a great sword, but a scythe, explosive stake, twin blades, and the Oraclos Chain that players will make great use of throughout the game. The chain, by itself, could make for a very interesting moveset if used for more than the character’s grab, as a character with powerful, short ranged Smashes via sword/scythe/whatever but decently ranged tilts and jabs with the chain could actually be a lot of fun.
John Breeden II Chooses Agent 47.
I realize that Agent 47 isn’t a Nintendo character, although Hitman 2: Silent Assassin did come out for the Gamecube. Talk of bringing Hitman Absolution to the Wii U seems to have faded away for now, though I think the hardware could have probably handled it. Agent 47 has always been one of my favorite, surprisingly complex, game characters. He’s been portrayed in a whole series of games and one movie (which was kind of bad) with another one named Agent 47 in the works (which I have high hopes for). I think bringing him into Smash Bros. would be more funny than anything, especially if he is kind of drawn like a cartoon, perhaps with a big bobble head. Anyway, he certainly is a master of hand-to-hand combat, but I think his custom Silverballer .45s with laser sights would look pretty darn cool too, especially when filling Kirby full of lead.
Michael Blaker Chooses Yuri Lowell.
Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia is a snarky ex-knight who left the knights to follow his own sense of justice even if it’s not always necessarily legal. Yuri is the perfect fit for Super Smash Bros with a wide range of moves to use from Tales of Vesperia including his Mystic Arte Savage Wolf Fury, which is perfect for a Final Smash attack in the latest game.
Billy White Chooses Optimus Prime.
“Why Optimus Prime?” Because there is a serious lack of transforming robots in Super Smash Bros. I’d specifically request G1 Optimus Prime. You can’t tell me it wouldn’t be cool to transform into a truck, drive across a battlefield mowing down anyone in your way and then transform back into a robot and blast opponents with his signature rifle. Plus, the Matrix of Leadership is just begging to be used as a Final Smash in some way and I trust Nintendo to get it right. There’s also a lot of potential for fun Assists Trophies that could be added with his character, such as Megatron, Starscream and Hot Rod.
Todd Hargosh Chooses Billy and Jimmy Lee as a Tag Team.
Yeah we’ve all seen lots of crossover characters in Smash. Sonic, Pac-Man, and Solid Snake to name a few, but as far as I’m concerned, why couldn’t we have characters that were designed for fighting to begin with? Why not Billy and Jimmy Lee from the Double Dragon series? We’ve already seen them cross over with the Battletoads, so why not? Even better, I propose we include the 80s-centric Lee brothers from the awesome Double Dragon Neon? Think about it, their Final Smash could have them do a high five, followed by all their tape attacks (cyclone kick, fireball, and Dragon Fury to cap it off,) all set to an amazing Virt soundtrack! While at it, can we also include Skullmageddon as an assist trophy? Please?