Smash Bros Character Checklist: The Kirby Series

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I owe a lot to the Smash Bros series. It introduced me to so many Nintendo franchises and games beyond my little world filled with Mario and Pokemon. I had no idea who the likes of Samus, Fox, Ness, and Captain Falcon were until I played Smash Bros. And I might not have expanded my gaming experiences if not for seeing these characters in Nintendo’s all-star brawl. It’s the main reason I consider Smash Bros to be my favorite game series of all time.

And of all the Nintendo heroes that Smash Bros introduced me too, I think I’m most thankful for it introducing me to Kirby. I mentioned briefly in my Character Checklist’s Yoshi Series post that I was obsessed with playing as Kirby in he original Smash Bros. My playtime with the character absolutely dwarfed everyone else’s. I loved that he could fly, I loved that he could dive-bomb people by turning into a rock, and I loved that he could copy other fighter’s powers and turn them into his own. I couldn’t get enough of Kirby!

So when I saw that a Kirby game was coming to my beloved Nintendo 64, I knew I had to own it. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards became my first Kirby game, and it’s remained my absolute favorite in the series ever since. Kirby games are pretty special to me, and I jump at the chance to play them whenever possible. And of course, I’m always excited to see what new Kirby characters and stages will arrive in Smash Bros.

Kirby remained the solo representative of his games for the first two Smash Bros titles, until he was joined by Meta Knight and King Dedede in Smash Bros Brawl. No new Kirby characters were added to Smash 4, however. And in all honesty, finding characters TO add can prove to be a little difficult.

The Kirby series as a whole doesn’t exactly have a huge cast of main characters to choose from to go on the Smash Bros roster. Each game has its own villains and its own side characters, and very rarely will they end up in another entry in the series (until the recent release of Kirby Star Allies and its Dream Friends feature). The only truly consistent characters in the series are the three that are already in Smash Bros.

However, a lot of Smash and Kirby fans will point to Bandana Waddle Dee as being the perfect potential fourth-entrant in Smash from the Kirby Games. Since becoming a playable character in Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, Bandana Dee has become a regular cast member for the series alongside the main Kirby lineup. And if they DID pick Bandana Dee to be playable in Smash, I would be totally okay with it. He fights with a spear, so he could easily fill the same role I would like Mipha to fill on the Smash Roster. He’d make a great addition to the Smash cast… but I thought of someone who could be a much better choice, far more unique than the standard melee fighter Bandana Dee would most likely end up being.

I’m referring to the manipulative menace with a desire to rule Popstar, the devious boss from Kirby Superstar known as Marx!

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Of all of the one-off Kirby baddies that have shown up over the course of the series, Marx to me is one of the best, and possibly the most memorable. Under his cute exterior lies the heart of a villain who coerced the Sun and Moon into fighting (it sounds strange, but just roll with it), and used Kirby as a means to an end to get his wish to take over the planet granted. He’ll use whatever underhanded tactic he wants to get his way… which is a bit odd, because HE HAS NO HANDS!

Just think of it: a Smash Bros fighter without any kind of arms, hand, fists, or claws to speak of! Imagine all the creative ways they could make a fighter like that work! Would he primarily attack with kicks? Maybe he could smack people around with his little jester hat? He could do all kinds of flips and acrobatic moves to get his damage in, and just thinking about the possibilities he could hold gets me excited!

And even though he has no arms, Marx still has plenty of special attacks in his arsenal that can be translated into a Smash Bros move-set. For his Neutral B, he could summon in his ball and begin rolling around on it. He could move left or right, dealing damage as he rolls the ball into opponents. And he could stop the move in various ways, either jumping off it to gain extra height, or kicking the ball to attack, with the attack changing depending on what button you press or what direction you hold the control stick. His Up-B would let him sprout his wings and let him fly briefly to recover, and his Down B could be some variation on his teleportation or warping techniques. Alternatively, his Down-B could also be one of the moves where he summons ice balls or thorny vines.

His Side-B I imagine as a three-stage chargeable move, allowing him to rotate between his different projectile attacks. For a light charge, Marx would use his crescent shaped blades, acting as short-range boomerangs. For a medium charge, the attack would change to his flurry of arrows, dealing several rapid attacks in front of him. And a full charge of the move would launch his laser attack, inflicting a heavy blow to anyone who’s unfortunate enough to get caught in it.

And or course his Final Smash would be his black hole attack, sucking in everything around him and dealing heavy damage. I can’t think of anything that would be more appropriate!

Marx may not seem like a likely pick, but he and many other characters from Kirby history have been brought back into the spotlight as Dream Friends in Kirby Star Allies. This opens up all kinds of possibilities for new Kirby characters in Smash, and of the whole bunch I feel like Marx would be the best pick. He’s a classic and memorable Kirby bad guy, and I’d be totally psyched to see the crazy things he would be capable of in Smash Bros!

So what do you think of my choice? Is Marx the best pick, or would you prefer another character like Bandana Dee? Be sure to let me know your choice! But for now, Sparky is gonna sign off. Stay tuned for the next Character Checklist!

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