Smash Bros Character Checklist: The Pokemon Series

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If there is any one thing that you know is going to happen in a Smash Bros, it’s that we’re going to see at least one new character from the Pokemon franchise. With a game series that can add literally hundreds of new potential Smash combatants with every installment, it would be a huge shock if we DIDN’T see a brand new Pokemon on the roster.

After all, each installment of the Smash series has added at least one Pokemon to the fighting lineup. The original Smash Bros on Nintendo 64 gave us Pikachu and Jigglypuff. Melee brought Pichu and Mewtwo to the fray. Brawl introduced the Pokemon Trainer trio and Lucario. And Finally, the Smash 4 series had Greninja join in. So naturally, since a new generation of Pokemon was given to the world between the release of Smash 4 and the announcement of Smash Bros Ultimate, it only makes sense that a Pokemon from those games will drop in on the Smash Bros scene.

But with the release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, there are 85 Pokemon from the Alola region to choose from. Picking just one to go into Smash Bros is no easy task! But there are two important factors that go into choosing a Pokemon character: how popular they are, and how unique they are compared to other Pokemon.

Charizard was always an immensely popular in the Pokemon fandom, so it felt natural that eventually he became playable alongside his fellow Generation 1 starters. Likewise, Lucario was also a really popular Pokemon, and was a head-lining mascot of sorts for Generation 4, with his own title movie and the unique attribute of using Aura. And while Greninja was actually brought to Smash while Generation 6 was being developed, he also turned out to be a popular pick with a cool gimmick of combining ninja abilities with water that was built on for his Smash Bros appearance.

So what would be the Generation 7 equivalent to those three? A popular Pokemon with a unique gimmick that could be expanded on for a Smash Bros moveset? Well, look further then the Grass and Ghost Type archer owl, Decidueye!

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Remember how I said in my Zelda Character Checklist that I had my reasons for not picking Revali as the Zelda Champion to be in Smash? Well, this is why. There’s only room for one arrow slinging archer avian in Smash Bros, and if I had to choose between the two, I would pick Decidueye in a heartbeat.

With it’s signature move Spirit Shackle (a perfect candidate for a Neutral-B Special), Decidueye uses its own wing and feathers as a bow and arrow, a technique that makes it an individual among all 807 Pokemon. Using its feathers as weapons opens up a ton of potential for an awesome Smash Bros moveset, and I would absolutely love to see what kind of insanity could be brought to the battlefield alongside Decidueye.

And of course, since he’s a Pokemon, Decidueye has a good number of special moves that can be brought to Smash as well. The move Leaf Blade could make for an excellent addition to any part of Decideye’s set of attacks, perhaps turning its feathers into grassy swords for Smash Attacks. His Up-B could be Brave Bird, letting him take to the air with astonishing speed. His Side-B could be Leaf Storm, tossing a flurry of leaves into the air that then become rapid-fire projectiles. And his Down-B could be Feather Dance, causing feathers to swirl around him, dealing minor damage and providing a temporary attack boost.

And his Final Smash would be his Z-Move, Sinister Arrow Raid. Unleashing a volley of  super powered feather-arrows across the battlefield would be the most fitting choice, after all.

Of course, this is only one potential set up for the character. Given how many different moves there are in Pokemon, Decidueye could theoretically have any number of different moveset combinations. These are just the moves I think would suit the character best in Smash.

Of all the characters I’ve suggested for a Smash spotlight so far, I’m most confident in Decidueye’s inclusion. He’s the perfect candidate: a current, well liked Pokemon with a specialized fighting style suitable for Smash Bros. And I know I’m not the only one who wants him to be included. Plus, his inclusion would complete the trio of fully-evolved starter Pokemon on the Smash roster: Charizard for Fire, Greninja for Water, and Decidueye for Grass.

Honestly, this one is too good of a choice for it NOT to happen. I’ll be buying Smash Ultimate regardless of his inclusion, but this is one character I know I’d be pretty disappointed without.

But what do you think of my pick? Is there a different Generation 7 Pokemon you would want to see included in Smash Bros Ultimate? Drop a comment somewhere and let me know! I do know that another suggestion I’ve seen floating around in Lycanroc in one of his various forms, and I do admit that would be a pretty awesome choice as well.

For right now though, that’s all from me. This is Sparky, signing off!

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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!

Smash Bros Character Checklist: The Metroid Series

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There are times where I don’t know what to make of the Metroid series. It wasn’t a game series I dabbled in until the age of the Nintendo Wii, when the Virtual Console came into existence and let me play all the old NES and SNES games I missed out on. I finally got a chance to play the original Metroid and the fan-favorite Super Metroid, and I liked both games a lot. But at the same time, I didn’t go crazy over Super Metroid like so many people do.

I want to say Metroid isn’t one of my favorite game series. But at the same time, I kept playing the games. I loved playing all the main console Metroid Prime titles, and I enjoyed Metroid: Other M immensely despite the game’s status of ‘worst Metroid game ever’ it tends to have. Heck, one day while I was in college I walked through a snow storm to the local game shop just to buy a Metroid II cartridge (which turns out is my favorite Metroid game), dragging my best friend along with me and torturing us both with the frigid winds. True story.

So yeah, I guess I do like Metroid a lot more than I really think I do, if that makes any sense. At the very least, I like the games enough that I really would like to see more Metorid Characters make it onto the Smash Bros roster. And let’s face it, the Metroid representation in Smash is… almost pitiful.

Bounty Hunter and Metroid heroine Samus Aran was one of the original 12 Smash Bros fighters. But for whatever reason, the number of Metroid characters on the Smash roster has only grown by one since 1999. And that second Metroid character is a second version of Samus. If you as me, it’s about darn time the Metroid series gets it’s dues and gets more characters on the fighting scene.

But who should be selected? There are a lot of iconic Metroid characters, after all. It should be someone BIG. Someone LARGE and in charge. The character they pick has to be a HUGE deal to make it into Smash! They’d have to be a GIANT among-

Yeah, the punchline is that it’s Ridley.

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I KNOW, I KNOW! Some of you reading this are already rolling your eyes. The reason Ridley isn’t in Smash Bros by now is clear: he’s too big! Despite the fact that Ridley is one of the most iconic of Nintendo bad guys, he can’t be in Smash Bros because he’s just too huge of a monster.

Even series creator Masahiro Sakurai himself stated that if they put Ridley in Smash, he wouldn’t be Ridley anymore once they were done with him. He would have to be scaled down in size, he would have to have his wingspan shrunk, and he wouldn’t be able to fly around freely like the menace that he is in his home series. Instead, they turned Ridley into a Boss the the Subspace Emissary and a Stage Hazard on the Pyrosphere stage in Smash Bros for Wii U. That way, Ridley stays true to his character, and he gets to be in Smash Bros in some form. I mean, If you can’t adapt a character faithfully, then what’s the point of making them a playable fighter?

But… COME OOOOON! It’s Ridley! Who in their right mind WOULDN’T want to play as Ridley in Smash? And if this game series has taught me anything, it’s that any character can be turned into a proper playable fighter if you try hard enough. Custom mods for Smash Bros games have proved time and time again that Ridley CAN be adapted for Smash Bros into a believable playable fighter. Sure, he’s still a gigantic monster of a character. But I think that would make for an interesting dynamic: a character that’s both huge and powerful, but at the same time is a wildly easy target for everyone to hit. It could work! Please, Sakurai? PLEEEEAAASE?

Okay, in all seriousness, I do know that a playable Ridley in an official Smash title will probably never happen. But this creates a problem: if you can’t have Ridley as a Smash Bros fighter, then who CAN you have? The most well known and recognizable Metroid characters you could pair up with Samus are almost all giant monster creatures just like Ridley.

Thankfully, I think I have the perfect choice: a Metroid villain that is both iconic to the series AND is human-sized who would fit perfectly into free-for-all combat. And that character is Dark Samus!

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I do realize that having a third Samus on the Smash Bros roster sounds redundant. But Dark Samus is much more than another form of Samus: she is the reincarnation of the titular Metroid Prime, and serves as the main antagonist of the original Metroid Prime Trilogy. And with a fourth main-series Prime title coming to Nintendo Switch, it would be the perfect opportunity to bring the character back to the spotlight and make her playable in Smash Bros. She was good enough to be an Assist Trophy, so becoming a combatant is the next logical step!

The biggest question about the character would be how to differentiate her from both normal Samus and Zero Suit Samus. While regular Samus is focused more on combat strength and projectiles, Zero Suit Samus sports an emphasis on moving and attacking quickly. So how would Dark Samus operate? I envision her as a best of both worlds: quick and powerful, giving her a brutal fighting style suiting the character’s nature.

I can see her easily being an ultra violent and vicious sort of fighter. The kind of fighter who launches volleys of projectiles, shoots Phazon point-blank in her opponents faces with her grab attacks, and isn’t afraid to beat you completely senseless if you get too close to her. While a lot of Smash characters have a goofiness or a wild personality to them, it would interesting to have a character who’s one goal is to outright destroy everything in their way, not caring about much else.

But how would you balance out a completely brutal character? Again, mixing together how Samus and Zero Suit Samus function would be a good way to do it. Dark Samus would be a floaty and relatively light-weight character, making her easy to knock around. And at the same time, her attacks could be given little impact to offset a high-damage fighting style. It would make you have to work a bit for KOs. It would be a tough balancing act when it comes to designing the character, but I think it could work out overall.

And as an added bonus, Dark Samus could have an alternate costume of another ‘Evil Samus’. The villain from Metroid Fusion known as SA-X is every bit of a brutal threat as Dark Samus is, and fitting the two together as a joined Smash character would be just awesome. It would also be a great gift for long time fans of the series! I haven’t even played Metroid Fusion, and I still really want to see that happen.

And that’s really all I have to say about that. I think both Ridley and Dark Samus would make fantastic entrants into Smash. But do the lovely people out there have any other Metroid character suggestions? Be sure to let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear all your ideas.

Till next time, Sparky is signing off!

Smash Bros Character Checklist: The Zelda Series

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With all the Mario and Mario sub-series talked about and out of the way, now it’s time to move onto discussing one of Nintendo’s OTHER gigantic franchises. And aside from maybe Pokemon, I’d say the biggest non-Mario franchise Nintendo has to offer is The Legend of Zelda.

The original Zelda released in 1986 has gone down as one of the greatest games in history, leading to one of the greatest game SERIES in history. Many will still tell you The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the best games ever made, and the recently released Breath of the Wild is quickly climbing to such ranks as well.

It makes sense that long-time protagonist Link was one of the original Smash Bros fighters, and has remained a series staple to this day. Joining him from his game series is the lovely Princess Zelda, the mysterious Sheik, the powerful Ganondorf, and two variations of a younger Link.

Though surprisingly, there have been no new Zelda characters introduced to Smash since Super Smash Bros Brawl on the Wii. Even though a new major console Zelda game had been released in the time between Brawls release and Smash 4’s debut, no new characters or major character changes were introduced in the new Smash Bros based on the new Zelda. The only real change to the Zelda roster was the separation of Zelda and Shiek into two characters, rather than one character who can transform between the two.

But that lack of new Zelda characters might soon change. In the Smash Switch trailer, you can very clearly see that Link has adopted his brand new look from Breath of the Wild. Some are predicting that this indicates that Link is going to get a major moveset overhaul, or that Breath of the Wild Link may be a different character entirely from the standard Smash Bros Link we all know and love.

Though personally, I don’t really think either situation is the case. There might be some move-set changes, sure. But a complete overhaul or a seperate character feels a little unlikely to me. The new costume motif is most likely just to match Link to the newest Zelda game. Though that’s not to say I don’t think there will be a new Zelda character from the new Zelda game, but… we’ll get to that in a moment.

First, I want to talk about a different character pick to represent the Zelda franchise. Another villain to go alongside Ganondorf, and another character to have the “Toon” artstyle. The Minish-turned-Wind Mage, Vaati!

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This may seem like a strange pick for some, but I know I’m not the only one who wants to see Vaati make his Smash debut. Of all the Zelda villains, Vaati is the only one to show up in multiple games aside from some incarnation of Ganon/Ganondorf. He has an entire trilogy of titles featuring him as a main antagonist known as the Four Swords Series. So while it may seem like Vaati is just another Zelda bad guy, he’s actually a pretty big deal.

Vaati’s classification as a Wind Mage helps fill the same kind of magic-user void that I want Kamek to fill. And having a character who can potentially and creatively use the power of wind as his main weapon could lead to interesting move-set choices as well. Vaati is also well known for utilizing several demon-like transformations. Just imagine the small, unassuming purple-colored mage suddenly lashing out with shadowy claws as he uses his Smash Attacks!

I could see Vaati’s Final Smash paying out like this: After transforming into his final, giant-eyeball form known as Vaati’s Wrath, he lashes out and grabs at whoever is in range. Then a cutscene triggers, and whoever is grabbed is shrunk to Minish size and is mercilessly attacked. With one final blow, any opponent who is above a certain percentage of damage is instantly KOed, similarly to how Bayonetta’s Final Smash functions.

Of course, Vaati’s chances of inclusion are pretty slim. As much as I would like him to be in the game, a new Smash character from the Zelda franchise would most likely be from the newest Zelda game. Breath of the Wild is a really big deal among gamers right now, and the game has four chosen Champions that fight alongside Link who would all make excellent Smashers. But which one would be the best to pick?

While Urbosa and Daruk would be fun to play as, I don’t see their inclusion as totally necessary, since we already have several sword-users and heavy-hitters on the Smash Roster already. And while I know for a fact that Revali is a really popular choice among fans, I have my reasons for not wanting him as a playable character (and we will get to those reasons at another time). And that leaves us with one last champion…

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It might be odd to think of the most gentle of the Champions as the one to represent the group in Smash. However, Mipha has the potential to be one of the most unique combatants in the history of the series. And it has to do with her weapon of choice: the Lightscale Trident.

In a sea of characters that use fists, feet, lasers, swords,  and super natural powers to fight, not one character uses a spear-like weapon as their main mode of attacking. The closest one would be Palutena and her staff, but she more relies on maneuvering it with telekinesis then using it physically as a long-range weapon. Mipha and her trident offer a potential fighting style to the series that we haven’t seen before, and that makes her the perfect choice to be a Smash Bros newcomer.

Though aside from fighting with a trident, what else could Mipha do? Using water to fight, similar to Greninja and Squirtle, would be suitable for a Zora of course. But Mipha is also known for her healing powers, allowing Link to channel this healing in the form of an ability called Mipha’s Grace. She could potentially use Mipha’s Grace on herself in Smash as a non-offensive Down-B special, healing a set amount of damage like she had picked up a healing item. This of course would be combined with a very long cool-down time before it could be used again, similarly to how it works in Breath of the Wild.

In fact, what if Mipha used a series of Water-based moves that all had a similar property to that? When they made contact, they would heal Mipha for a small amount of damage,  like a reverse situation of Pichu damaging itself when using its electricity moves. Combine that with the long-range potential of the Lightscale Trident, and it would make for a protective fighting style fitting of a non-aggressive character.

As Mipha would be representing the other Hyrule Champions as well, it would make sense for her other Special Moves to channel their strengths. Her Neutral-B would be Daruk’s Protection, creating a barrier that could absorb a few hits before breaking. Her Up-B would of course be Revali’s Gale, giving her a massive amount of recovery potential. And her Side-B would be Urbosa’s Fury, summoning lighting in front of her and striking her opponents. Of course, these special moves hold a lot of potential power to them. To balance them out, they would have the same kind of cool-down period needed to recharge them like the above-mentioned Mipha’s Grace Down-B. Her specials would work similarly to Robin’s in that way: you would need to use them strategically and sparingly, otherwise you won’t have them at all when you need them the most.

And what else could her Final Smash be other than summoning a giant attack from the Divine Beasts? It would be way to fitting a choice NOT to make it her strongest attack.

And with that, I think that covers it for my Zelda character picks. I know neither of my choices are the most popular ones, but I think they would make for unique and original fighters befitting the Smash Bros roster.

What do you think of my picks? Do you think Vaati and Mipha would make excellent Smash combatants, or do would you rather have another Zelda character make their way to the game? Be sure to comment what you think! I’d love to hear about the cool ideas you guys can come up with.

For now though, that’s all from me. Sparky is signing off!

Smash Bros Character Checklist: The Wario Series

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Wario is quite the character, isn’t he? He has a surprisingly large amount of personality and character development. He’s greedy, he’s gross, he’s nasty, he’s bizarre, he’s a hero, he’s a villain…  I can’t think of a Mario series character that has as much put into them as Wario!

Wario just seems like a character that Nintendo developers can have fun with, and do whatever they want with him. And that goes for his games too: the Wario Land and Warioware series’ are filled with strangely fantastic scenarios and characters. And since there are so many characters, that makes it the perfect game franchise to pick from for a Super Smash Bros roster!

Personally, I was always more of a fan of Wario Land than of Warioware. Wario Land 4 was one of the first Game Boy Advanced games I ever owned, and it still makes me a bit sad that the series has gone quiet since the release of Wario Land: Shake It in 2008. I’d love for the game series to return, and I think including a character from the games in Smash Bros would be the perfect opportunity to renew interest in the Wario Land series.

But what character would I pick? Well, the best choice would be the recurring villain Captain Syrup!

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Coming up with a moveset for Captain Syrup may seem tricky. She doesn’t do a lot of fighting herself in the Wario Land games, after all. But what if that could tie into her gimmick as a character? She could summon in members of her pirate crew, the Black Sugar Gang, or even just use their tools and weapons for her own.

She could use the spears of a Pirate Goom, the mace of Guragura, the knives of Gaugau,  the harpoons of Goboten, and the boomerangs of DANGEROUS DUCK! Her Up-B special could summon in Bobo to help her fly and recover. And of course she could also use standard pirate gimmicks, like a cutlass and explosives, to fight as well. Having a large amount of tricks and tools at her disposal would be more than fitting for a pirate captain!

Her Final Smash is her most obvious moveset choice: summoning in the Genie from the final boss fight of the first Wario Land. It would be the perfect throwback for fans of the classic Wario games, myself included.

Now, to be fair, I realize including Captain Syrup as a playable character is a long shot. She isn’t exactly one of the classic Nintendo villains, and her relevance to the Wario series is pretty slim now-a-days. Like I said, there hasn’t been a Wario Land game since 2008. So I feel like Captain Syrup’s inclusion will have to remain a dream of mine for now… though it would be awesome to have a playable pirate character in Smash!

A character from the Warioware series is a much more likely inclusion. But what character to choose? Mona and Ashley are really popular choices, and Kat and Ana would make an awesome duo-character. But I don’t think I would go for any of them as my personal pick.

My choice for a Warioware character is the disco-dancing dude, Jimmy T.!

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Just think about it: a Smash Bros character whose entire moveset is based around dancing! How cool would that be?! It may seem like a stretch to some, I know. But to me, the best part of any Smash Bros game is taking a character you wouldn’t expect to be in a fighting game, and then putting them in a fighting game! Captain Falcon, Mr. Game & Watch, R.O.B., Wii Fit Trainer… the list of unexpected entrants has only grown over the years. And Jimmy T. would fit right in with them!

A character who dances to fight would open up a lot of creative freedom when building a moveset for them. Not to mention Jimmy has shown off a fondness for aerobics and skiing. He’s clearly  fit enough to take place in a physical fight, but admittedly, giving the character some projectile options might be a bit tricky.

His Final Smash would be the best part, though: trapping the competition with the power of music, and forcing them all to dance with him! It could end up working similarly to Peach’s Final Smash, forcing a stage-wide dance off to break out. Or it could trigger a rhythm mini game (or should I say Micro Game?) similar to Donkey Kong’s bongos. Either way, it would be both awesome and hilarious to see, and a perfect fit for the goofyness the Wario series is known for.

And one last note for Jimmy T. is that he should definitely have a costume referencing Jimmy P.! I mean, it’s obvious, isn’t it?

Now, that should wrap up the Wario series… but we’re forgetting about someone, aren’t we? One character that absolutely needs to be in Smash, and has to be discussed. Maybe it’s Dr. Crygor? Or are you expecting me to mention Orbulon? Perhaps 9-Volt or 18-Volt? WELL

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As I mention at the end of my first entry of the Smash Bros Character Checklist, Waluigi could count as a Smash participant for the Wario franchise. But at the same time, he would be a good fit for the main Mario series as well. The character falls into a strange gray-area of who he could represent in the Smash series. Because even though he’s always paired with Wario in the Mario series, Waluigi has NEVER actually appeared in a Wario game.

But I feel like having him partnered with Wario as usual would be the best course of action. Either way though, Waluigi NEEDS to be in Smash! And I know I’m not the only one who feels the same way. The character has been on my wishlist for years now, and I think it’s finally time Walugi gets his chance to fight, and be promoted from Assist Trophy status.

Waluigi’s lanky build wouldn’t give him a ton of power, but I imagine his long limbs would give him wildly superior melee range, speedy running, and fantastic jumping abilities. Not to mention the character has just as much athletic prowess as any other Mario series character, sporting talents in Tennis, Golf, Baseball, and Soccer, just to name a few examples. In fact, could an arsenal of tools and sports equipment fit Waluigi’s playstyle?

Waluigi comes across as a man who isn’t afraid of pulling off a dirty trick or two. He already runs around with his Tennis racket when he’s summoned in as an Assist Trophy, so having an arsenal of bats, golf clubs, and soccer balls to get some surprise hits in wouldn’t be too unusual. Waluigi also has a fondness for plants, being paired with Piranha Plants and able to use thorny vines to protect himself. And did I mention he throws eggplants at people?

Plus, he can toss bombs, form mini tornadoes around himself, swim through the air, and he’s the main antagonist of Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix! Waluigi is a character of so many bizarre talents that not having him as an equally bizarre Smash Bros fighter should be considered a crime. They could even take the opportunity to give Waluigi a unique Biker outfit in Smash so he matches Wario. WE NEED WALUIGI!

Anyway, I think that wraps things up for now. I didn’t expect to have much to say about the Wario series characters when I started this series, but I ended up picking three characters for it! It goes to show that you can find the most interesting Smash character picks in unexpected places.

But I’ve rambled on a bit long, I think. Thank you for reading! Be sure to let me know what you think of my character picks. Until next time, Sparky is signing off for now!

Smash Bros Character Checklist: The Mario Series

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I. Freaking. Love. Super Smash Bros. Ever since I first saw that glorious commercial for the original game on Nintendo 64, I knew I was in for something amazing. To this day, Super Smash Bros remains my favorite video game series, and each game just keeps getting better.

To many gamer’s surprise, Nintendo announced the return of the series on the Nintendo Switch almost out of nowhere the other day. Everyone knew it was going to happen at some point, but I don’t think anyone expected an announcement for a Smash Bros game to happen before E3. The trailer was just a small teaser, and didn’t tell us much, aside from the addition of the Splatoon Inklings to the character roster. But regardless, it was enough to get the hype train rolling once more, and get everyone speculating about who’s going to make the cut in Nintendo’s next huge crossover fighting game.

Topping the character roster from Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Super Smash Bros for Wii U will be no easy task. The duo of games, collectively known as Smash 4, had a huge 58 character roster, with 8 additional fighters being represented as alternate costumes for existing characters. Smash Bros for Switch promises to be gigantic, and everyone has their own thoughts on who’s going to be joining the fray. And of course, that includes me.

So I’m starting off what I’m calling the Smash Bros Character Checklist, where I talk about characters I would like to see join the battle! I’m going to be going through the existing represented Nintendo games, series by series, and discussing who I think from that series would make a good addition to the cast. These aren’t going to be detailed analyses of what the character’s complete move-sets would be or anything; just my general thoughts on what the characters would play like, and why I think they should be included in the game. And starting us off, of course, is the Mario series.

Now, the main series Mario titles already have plenty of representation in the Smash Bros titles. There’s Mario and his Doctor counterpart, his brother Luigi, the lovely Princess Peach, and Mario Galaxy’s Rosalina. We also can’t forget the big baddie Bowser and his son, Bowser Jr. If you count the fact that the seven Koopalings also serve as Bowser Jr’s alternate costumes, that brings the total Mario characters up to fourteen. I think most agree that the Mario series has plenty of representation at this point, so adding more characters almost seems a bit silly.

But… there’s someone missing, isn’t there? A main series Mario character, often playable in games, that isn’t among the other main characters? Why, it’s Toad of course! It seems strange to have every other Mario character under the sun, and not include one of the longest running characters in the series as a Smash fighter. Though there is the small problem that Toad serves as one of Princess Peach’s special moves. So why not make the playable Toad a different Toad? Make it… Captain Toad!

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Starting off as a minor supporting roll in Super Mario Galaxy, Captain Toad and the Toad Brigade grew into characters of their own. The sometimes cowardly treasure hunter is now a mainstay of the series, with his own title game that’s soon going to be re-released on the Nintendo Switch. He would be a perfect fit to represent his Toad brethren in a new Smash Bros!

Like other playable Toads before him, I envision Captain Toad as a quick character with a good deal of strength behind his attacks. Though he would most likely sport the poor jumping ability of other Toads as well. Considering he doesn’t have a jump button at all in his game, maybe he should invest in a smaller backpack for his Smash Bros debut?

He would be a lot like Little Mac in a way. But in order to differentiate him from the small-stature boxer, Captain Toad would sport an arsenal of tools from his treasure hunting expeditions. He would have his pickaxe handy for Smash Attacks, and he could even borrow Princess Peach’s vegetable-picking attack for his Down-B Special (perhaps he could occasionally unearth heavy treasures, instead of vegetables, in order to deal extra damage?). The Captain could even make use of his headlamp for a Neutral-B Special, charging the light up to temporarily blind his opponents.

His alternate costumes would be easy to come up with: give him colors representing the other members of the Toad Brigade! He could even have an alternate costume that turns him into Toadette, similar to the gender-swapped costumes of Robin, Corrin, and Wii Fit Trainer. That way you could have another character added to the game, without taking up a spot in the character roster. Plus it would add to the number of female characters in the game as a whole.

Overall, I think Captain Toad would be the perfect choice to fill in what feels like a large hole in the cast of Mario characters represented in Super Smash Bros. He can be a modern AND classic Nintendo character rolled into one! Here’s hoping the development team feels the same way as I do. I’d love to see him make it in!

So what does everyone else think of my choice? Would Captain Toad make a good Mario representative, or do you have another character in mind? I hear that Paper Mario is a popular choice, and there’s always characters like Princess Daisy and Waluigi (though would Waluigi count as a Wario series character? That’s something to think about…). Either way, tell me what you think! I’d love to hear fellow Smash-Fan’s thoughts on the matter!

I’m planning to continue the Smash Bros Character Checklist in the future, so be sure to look out for posts on other characters and franchises I think would be a perfect fit for Super Smash Bros!  Until then, keep on playing! Sparky is signing off for now.