Well, it’s time for another SourceGaming Choice. Last time we looked at Mii Fighter costumes. However, this time we will be looking at Pokémon Newcomers! We are excluding the Pokémon veteran characters Pichu, Ivysaur and Squirtle to make this more exciting.
As usual, this is an opinion-based article and should be treated as such.
While I’m sure Articuno is quite a controversial choice, I couldn’t really think of a more ideal Pokémon to add. In terms of wanting something as unique as possible, I believe that a non-anthropomorphised bird would not only be entirely different from the 6 other current Pokémon characters, but would also from every single other character currently in Smash Bros. Add to this that Articuno specialises in Ice attacks, this would also help to further segregate it from the rest of the cast now more than ever with the absence of the Ice Climbers.
Pokémon hailing from Generation 1 will always appeal to a wide array of game fans. Perhaps more than most post-Generation 1 Pokémon, and it would be a treat for a Pokémon fan like myself to get another playable legendary.
Snorlax isn’t the most requested Pokémon, but I feel he has a couple of unique attributes that really sets him apart. Despite not being the “most requested”, Snorlax (and the Pokeflute item) from 1st generation Pokémon is well known. In addition, he would be a very unique Pokémon in terms of body size and moveset potential. Many fans feel that heavy weight characters are far and few inbetween in Smash, and that’s a sentiment I would subscribe to myself. Snorlax would fill in that gap. I understand many people would want an representative from the other Pokémon games, but 1st generation Pokémon are arguably the most well known Pokémon.
The Pokémon Trainer represented an aspect of the Pokémon series that the other characters do not: the actual training and catching of Pokémon. Unfortunately, due to technical reasons with the 3DS, the Pokémon Trainer was cut and so was this part of the Pokémon series. However, I think that there is another way to do this and that is by having a trainer who fights alongside his Pokémon. For the regular attacks and tilts they do punch and kicks whereas the smash and specials involve the Pokémon coming out of their balls and attacking instead. If anyone has played Jump Ultimate Stars then just imagine how Yugi Moto plays in that game. The character that would make the most sense in this role is N as he believes in equality between humans and Pokémon so it is not out of his character to fight with them. N would use Pokémon he had in Pokémon Black & White such as Klinklang, Zorua, Darmanitan and either Zekrom or Reshiram for his final smash. N is a major Pokémon character in the series and one of the more characterised characters in the whole series and so i think he would make a lot of sense.
While I stand by my belief that Marill is the ideal choice for a new Pokémon character, repeating that wouldn’t be fun. You know what is fun, though? A hawk that’s also a luchador. Reviewers in the lead-up to the release of Pokémon X & Y were under an embargo to hide several of the new characters, among them both Greninja and the wrestling bird. As the leaks started pouring in, Hawlucha immediately suplexed its way into fans’ hearts, both for its unique traits – it’s the first Fighting/Flying type, and has a cool, unique move – and its impeccable design (plus, the whole part about it being a bird luchador). While I’ve long doubted the plausibility of the character being chosen, I can’t deny how potentially exciting it could be.
Wrestlers and grapplers are a staple of fighting games, and while Smash has had characters who’ve gotten into that spirit (Bowser and Charizard, for example), it’s never really had one geared almost specifically for that. Hawlucha would allow the series to play with the archetype’s tropes, with a top-tier air game and loopy, theatrical moves like Flying Slam, Acrobatics, and High Jump Kick. Think Meta Knight mixed with Ryu, mixed with Bowser, mixed with…Wario-Man? It could even play with radical kinds of stat distributions, like getting both higher attack and lower defense in the air to play up its risky play style. I can’t really justify the little avian solely on its general coolness, but just from a gameplay perspective it could be amazing.
And if that nothing else, then at least we’d get Smash one step closer to the goofy, 1950s Mexican wrestling movie it by all moral and logical reasoning should be.
First of all, I love Ghost types and what better choice for Smash other than the original Ghost type family? I would also choose Chandelure, but I feel Gengar has more potential in regards to moveset.
Of course, this being Smash, physical attacks would affect it, but it would have animations such as dodging that would involve it vanishing to emphasize his ghostly nature and how it can make itself immune to physical attacks in the first place.
It would be a lightweight with high mobility and jumping ability. It would also have high attack compared to most of the cast. Similar to Mewtwo and Ganondorf, plenty of its moves would have darkness attributes, but it would also have trickier moves such as Will-o-Wisp that would cause gradual burning damage upon hitting for a few seconds, a Shadow Ball move similar to Mewtwo, a Shadow Sneak move that would allow it to hide and move as a shadow briefly and strike after sometime or when inputting the move again and finally a poison-like move that would inflict a flower on the opponent’s head causing gradual damage as well.
Gengar’s strength would be on racking up damage quickly and finishing them off easily with powerful moves. It would also be mobile and proficient in the air. However, it would be a very light character: being made of gas would make it even lighter than Jigglypuff, so it could be defeated as quickly as it could defeat opponents.
The Final Smash would be the Mega Evolution, turning into Mega Gengar, followed by a powerful Ominous Wind attack that would devastate opponents in a surrounding area.
Do you agree with our picks? Which Pokémon newcomers would you enjoy seeing join Smash Bros. in the future? Let us know in the comment section!