Next, we will be exploring characters from some recently revived franchises (and some dormant), “retro” and “new wave” franchises.
I need to explain why I put all the “lone representatives” in two groups: The “Retro” characters and the “New wave” characters. The distinction between those groups is really simple: Retro characters debuted in the 2D era (Arcades, G&W, NES, GB, SNES) and New Wave characters debuted on the 3D era (N64, GBC, GBA, GCN, DS, Wii, 3DS and WiiU). This was needed to create groups that can have growth trends. But, as we know, these two groups also represent the “Surprise Characters” because it’s really hard to predict their appearances and Sakurai really like to throw us off with surprises. Another point that it’s relevant is “relevancy”, some characters have nostalgia recognition and could serve as a hook for older players, and in other hand, Super Smash bros. Has a big publicitary aspect, as some characters get in the game to promote their new or even upcoming games. So take this, like everything in this series, with a grain of salt… but please…not the wrong kind of salt.
There are a lot of characters that have accompanied us for a long time, but for some, getting them in smash might be even their first encounter. That’s what happened to me in Melee with the Ice Climbers and Mr. Game & Watch. Then in Brawl, R.O.B. stole the spotlight with his heart wrenching story as the Subspace Emissary. And in Smash for 3DS and WiiU we get our chance to fight as Little Mac and lastly take revenge against that infamous Dog, nothing against the duck tho.
The archive of retro characters is endless, from one hit wonders to characters that overshadowed by other franchises and didn’t get new chances. Let’s see which ones are the favorites to take a spot.
Ice Climbers, from Ice Climbers: Until now, it’s unknown if the NX might have the strength to deal with them, even more if the 8 player smash will mean 16 ice climbers at the same time. But if they come back, they need to be the same… Maybe without the wobbling.
Takamaru, from Nazo no Murasame Jō: As stated in the past chapters, there aren’t Katanas in the roster. So he could fill that role. Also, Takamaru has an arsenal of cool sub weapons: shurikens, fireballs and sickles. And maybe, with his new exposure to the occident, we could get a crazy action hack and slash game? If only someone would like to do it.
Sami and/or Andy, from the War series: Their saga started with Famicom Wars, but they from the Advance Wars sub series. Being the young commanders of the Orange star army have enough fighting experience to take over the battlefield. They complete different characters, unlike Robin or Corrin. But if they get a “Mother Style” moveset (that represent the series as a whole), they could be interchangeable. If not, Sami could rely more in guns meanwhile Andi could use his mechanical abilities to set up sentries.
Excitebiker, from ExciteBike: He could have an original moveset riding his motorbike all the time or becoming less effective without it. Implementing a “Temperature” meter shown in the original game and ExciteBike 64: the more acceleration, more temperature and fire effects, but watch out, if you overclock it, you might get overcooked.
Balloon fighter, from Balloon Fight: The one hit wonder was programed by Mr. Iwata himself, so including him could serve as homage to his memory and great work. But could his balloons take him off by his own merits? If you ask me, Yes. If Pit got off the shadows after so long, why not bring back him? As an airborne character he could maneuver easily above the battlefield, just try to don’t get caught in the ground.
Mach Rider, from Mach Rider: Another one hit wonder with a motorcycle. But unlike other characters of the list, he hasn’t had another chance. Some say that his game was the spiritual predecessor for F-Zero, but it would be rad to see another installment of this franchise, just look at Mad Max, listen to his theme song, and think about it. In Smash he could be fast and strong, and could use a faster motorcycle than Wario and set it up to self-destruct if necessary.
Lip, from Panel de Pon: Her game was heavily changed for the western audiences, but her legacy has been kept in Smash since Melee with Lip’s Stick. And since some Assist trophies have been upgraded to Playable characters, why not the owner of an item? As a fighter she could summon falling blocks for offensive and defensive tactics. And with the rage about Mobile gaming, maybe this is her time to shine again, this time, in the phones of our moms.
Prince Sable, from Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru: The young prince appeared as Assist trophy in the latest Smash game, and has the ability to transform himself into a frog to leap and into a Snake to bite his foes and transform them in stone, that might hurt. As a fighter he also has a sword and could have command grabs that lead into his famous dust cloud beat ups.
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