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Dream Roster – Smash Bros. With 100 fighters

E3 is around the corner, and with it, high expectations for the gaming landscape. And one of the most hype inducing topic for us as a community is the possible Super Smash Bros Port for the Nintendo Switch. And a subject that always brings the conversation to the table (for better and worse) is the possible candidates to get a spot on the game.

So, we like to invite you to play a game about it.

“You are in charge to make a Super Smash Bros. game with a Roster of 100 characters. Who would be in?”

We know that 100 fighters is a big number and could easily become a balancing nightmare, it also could take an incredible high amount of work and time to be produced. But as a “Dream Roster” there are not expenses to be made.

And I repeat: “YOU are in charge”. So you have free range to choose your fighters, based on your own criteria: Representation, Relevance, Novelty, Archetypes, Personal Appeal,  and so on.

Let’s start with a few examples:

You can find Voyager's reasoning under this spoiler tag.

“Obvious” Choices:

  • Keeping almost  the 90% of the current roster.
  • Bringing back the Ice Climbers, Wolf and Snake
  • Keeping the 3rd party characters.
  • Including the Inklings from Splatoon and Springman from Arms as this two franchises are heading the New Nintendo IP forces
  • Toad: To close the 4 playable characters from Super Mario Bros. 2. He could have a Captain Toad alternative costume, and even some moves based on him.
  • Paper Mario: Some might think he just will be “another clone”, but Paper Mario has a lot of potential to have his own distinctive moveset.
  • Dixie and K. Rool: having 100 spots gives more space to not have to pick one over the other.
  • Impa, Anna and Tiki: At this point, they have become recurrent important characters of their series.
  • Midna and Skull Kid: The legend of Zelda has a problem with “one-off” characters, as some people look at them as “less worthy” because of their lack of appearances on this long running series. But of all of them, this two have become icons of the series.
  • Takamaru and Prince Sable: They could bring a diverse and unique arsenal and abilities to the roster, also they could work as Link and Toon Link foils.
  • Andy and Samurai Goroh: Advance Wars (or the whole War Series) needs more love (and to come back), so having Andy on Smash could bring more awareness to the series, in a similar way that happened to it’s sibling series (Fire Emblem). This spot could have been for Sami as well. The same can be said about F-Zero, that could use Smash as a platform to try to come back. As an aside, Black Shadow getting Ganondorf’s moveset is a bad option, despite that Ganondorf deserves an overhaul..
  • Balloon Fighter and Qbby: Along with Kirby, represent the past and present of Hal Laboratory. Balloon Fighter has been on a similar conundrum than Villager, as a character that could be hard to implement at first glance. And Qbby could look cute and not fight-ready, but his abilities could be surprisingly effective.
  • Krystal: Some think she has been erased of the current canon, others that StarFox Zero never happened. Despite all of this, she could bring a Staff based moves to add some diversity to the “classic Spacie” moveset.  
  • Bandana Dee: being playable and having abilities on it’s own gives him the edge over other Kirby characters.
  • Isabelle: Animal crossing is a big series at this point, and a second character in smash is a well deserved price. And having the fan favorite mayor secretary could show her abilities hidden behind her pacific look. or She can fight in a cute inexperienced way.
  • Rayman:  
  • Including Ryu Hayabusa as the representative from Koei Tecmo. He is a character with a close relationship with Nintendo since the NES era, and now that Koei Tecmo has been on a roll with the Hyrule and Fire Emblem Warrior spinoffs, giving them a spot in Smash doesn’t seem like a bad idea.

Controversial Choices:

  • Despite having 100 spots, I cut some characters, like Lucina and Dr. Mario. As I feel that there are more interesting choices.  Dark Pit kept his spot because he could easily get new moveset.
  • No Alph as a separate character. As I can’t think of a really convincing moveset for him. Pikmin totally deserves another character on the game, but at this point on time, only the Plasm Wraith shows real original potential.
  • Tibby instead of the Chorus Kids as the Rhythm Heaven rep.
  • Daisy and Waluigi: To complete the “Party/Sport” group, as both of them could bring fun ways to play. Daisy with fairplay and Waluigi in a wah-cky way.
  • Isaac,  Chibi-Robo and Wonder Red: They could be really fun and diverse characters, despite their series being less bankable than other franchises on the list.
  • Decidueye: Has the advantage of being from the latest current generation, and having the chance to close the Starter Type Triangle. Also, being an archer should not limit his moveset, in a similar way to Pit, having also close combat moves to finish a foe or to defend itself if cornered.
  • Sylux and Ridley: the former has a small fan folowing, but could bring interesting abilities to the battlefield. and Ridley, well he is the posterboy of characters that “should” be in the game as Samus greatest enemy. Dark Samus was one of my original list too, but I wanted to include characters from more diverse sources.
  • Medusa instead of Hades. Hard Choice.
  • Shovel Knight as an indie representative.
  • Nightmare from Soulcalibur instead of Heihachi from Tekken, despite being a bigger Namco franchise. However, Soulcalibur has a closer relationship with Nintendo.
  • No Simon Belmont. Only because a self imposed rule of “2 characters per third party company”. This point is just to prove that self imposed rules can backfire.
  • Banjo & Kazooie: The Bear and the Bird may now belong to Microsoft, but they roots and glory belongs to Nintendo. And Rayman  

Biased Choices:

  • Vaati: I’m not really sure about his “third party-ness”, but his abilities and status as a villain are big pluses on my side.
  • No more Mother Characters: on my first draft I added Paula and Masked Man. But in the end, other characters have more relevance to be on the game.
  • Bub from Bubble Bobble instead of any other big character owned by Square Enix.
  • Mach Rider. This game could have a kickass reboot.
  • Style Savvy and Arcade Bunny (or Baito Kun) because I like joke-ish characters.

Thanks to Voyager for making my roster in PhotoShop.

You can find Wolfman's arguments under this spoiler tag.

Easy Choices

  • Keeping everyone from Smash For 3DS / Wii U, the series’ best roster
  • Bringing back the Ice Climbers, Wolf, and Snake
  • Adding well liked characters from Kirby, Metroid, Donkey Kong, and Star Fox
  • Paper Mario, Toad, and Waluigi: we’ve talked about all three Mario characters before, albeit with the former two a little more than the latter. Though for Toad, I’d be fine with him being Captain Toad instead – just with Toadette as an alt. for either choice
  • Similarly, buffing the Mario spinoff series: it’s a testament to how big the franchise really is, and all are liked by fans
  • Rayman: we’ve discussed this before, but he makes sense for a variety of reasons – western (and Ubisoft) representation, unique moveset, and already in the game
  • Balloon Fighter: HAL, Balloon Fight, Smash, and Iwata have a shared history
  • Dark Samus: She could also be fun as a “spiritual clone” inspired by but entirely different from Samus
  • Decidueye, Victini: they represent other generations, fighting styles, and are important within their franchise
  • Takamaru: the obscure, retro, formerly Japan-only character
  • Diskun as the hardware rep: Since his trophy in Melee, people have looked to him as a possible choice, understandably so
  • Newer series like Splatoon, ARMS, and BOXBOY! (even if Qbby isn’t “obvious” by any means): New blood is always good
  • Niche choices, like Chibi-Robo, Wonder-Red, and the Chorus Kids: they can be added in more easily with such a large jump in the roster
  • More Zelda; it’s important! All three are sensible choices from major games

Controversial Choices

  • Keeping not only Dr. Mario, Lucina, and Dark Pit, but adding three clones: Isabelle, Alph, and Octoling. While I’m unsure how interesting clones of Villager and Olimar would be, the other SG staff convinced me. Overall, clones total 6% of the cast
  • Marill: I’ve suggested it before. It’d work well with moves like Waterfall, Play Rough, Rollout, Defense Curl, Aqua Tail, Superpower, and Surf
  • Nihilego: Pokémon deserves a lot of representation, and an “out there” choice is worthwhile. Nihilego is another rep for the popular Gen. VII, another “darker” Pokémon with an interesting position, and the unique stats and reliance on poison damage in its own game could be interesting
  • Anna, the seventh Fire Emblem character: the series is only getting bigger, and she’s a recurring character
  • Bringing in Resident Evil: It’s one of the biggest franchises in history, and it’s got many ties to Nintendo
  • Two ARMS characters. We have no idea how well the series will sell, but Ribbon Girl could function as a clone, semi-clone, or entirely unique character
  • No new F-Zero characters. Was considering Black Shadow, though
  • By contrast, five Donkey Kong characters. Dixie and K. Rool are popular, but I wanted to highlight the series’ arcade roots. Thus, Donkey Kong Jr. as a retro rep
  • A fourth Kid Icarus character: Like Dark Samus, Medusa would function as an interesting, meta counterpart to Palutena
  • King Hippo: he could be a semi-clone whose weight would make him nothing like Little Mac, he could draw from his or other Punch-Out!! fighters moves, or both
  • Lip: another obscure, retro, Japan-only character
  • Badge Bunny: thought highlighting Nintendo’s free-to-play model was important, and as great as Rusty Slugger is, I wasn’t sure how to turn a mid-life crisis into a compelling moveset
  • No Banjo-Kazooie: I love the first two Banjo games, but I also don’t feel they’re that pressing or fundamentally “important”
  • No other Bandai-Namco characters: I’m not certain how valuable Soul Calibur or Tekken are for inclusion

Personal Biases

  • Not bringing back Young Link, Squirtle (partially replaced by Marill), or Ivysaur. Just personal preference for characters that could potentially do “more”
  • Paper Mario: he’s been my most wanted character since Meta Knight and Toon Link
  • Kamek: so long as we don’t lose Mushroom Kingdom U over this
  • Decidueye: I kind of feel we’re on a bit of a hype train with it, but I’m a firm believer in highlighting the Fire-Water-Grass dichotomy. Plus, it might be based around archery more than Link or Pit, which could be interesting
  • Ten Pokémon: honestly, this shouldn’t be a bias, but Pokémon deserves at least that for a hundred-character roster
  • Ridley: kind of an elephant in the room, I suppose. Look, I don’t think Sakurai is wrong, but this is a big (pun not intended) roster and he’s valuable. He just may be drastically different than normal
  • To a broader extent, the two Metroid characters: I don’t want to add fighters solely for the purpose of representing a series, and I can’t see anyone other than those two as having real, historical merit
  • Mach Rider: wanted more Ice Climbers / Pit-style retro fighters
  • Wonder-Red: PlatinumGames is excellent, and the idea of a superhero with the power of a hundred superheroes is fantastic
  • More female newcomers: Dixie, Ashley, Midna, Krystal, Dark Samus, Medusa, Isabelle, Ribbon Girl, Anna, Fiora, Lip, and Jill – plus, Inkling and Octoling could be male or female, and Toadette would be an alt. of Toad
  • Jill: aside from my love of Resident Evil, I like Jill a lot; she was the iconic character before Leon or Chris, and I wanted another female guest fighter.
  • The specific Zelda newcomers: it was hard going with the choices I made over Tetra, but in the end I felt Skull Kid and Midna had the best arguments for them.
  • Fiora instead of a Xenoblade 2 or X character: To be honest, I didn’t care for X, and I’m not waiting for a character from 2. Fiora’s important.
  • This doesn’t go here, but I would have liked to include Sukapon, the hero of Joy Mech Fight. He was the de facto hero of one of Nintendo’s earliest fighting games…but then again, Rayman fits that limbless fighter design  himself, doesn’t he?

You can find NantenJex's arguments under this spoiler tag.

Obvious Choices

  • With 100 characters I don’t think there is any excuse to not have every Smash character so far from Mario to Bayonetta. Obviously this includes cut characters as well. Alph can also be promoted.
  • Some of the Nintendo characters are either really big and popular currently, are legacy characters or Sakurai has hinted at coming into the game in the future. As my On Character Selection series has shown me, these are all key features for inclusion so the ones that fall into this are:
  • Captain Toad: the current big, new, Mario character. He also represents Toad and has his own series on the Wii U.
  • Ashley and Isabelle: she is incredibly popular in a way that transcends her own series in Japan. For Ashley, the little witch angle unique in Smash and she is highly requested. Isabelle on the other hand is another rep from one of Nintendo’s biggest series.
  • King K. Rool: his Mii Fighter costume is proof of his success in the ballot and so Sakurai is well aware of his popularity, which makes him likely.
  • Sheriff: He represents the Arcade history of Smash and is one of the few ‘surprise’ characters left. 
  • Ganon and Tingle: Both are big Zelda characters who are recurring, important and unique so they would make good additions to Smash.
  • Sylux: the popularity is there so this really just relies on Metroid Prime 4 coming out, which I think it will so here we go.
  • Waddle Dee and Prince Fluff: With 100 characters we can start going into the other Kirby characters and these two both have factors deserving of their inclusion. Waddle Dee is important and popular while Prince Fluff brings in elements of Good-Feel and their yarn aesthetic. 
  • Takamaru: Considered twice for Smash and only missed the mark due to his lack of western relevancy. The release of his game over there and his appearance as an assist trophy changes all that.
  • Decidueye: a new Pokemon is always added and Decidueye is definitely the most likely candidate. He’s new and gearing up to be popular.
  • Andy, Chibi-Robo, Tibby and Lip: All four of these characters are from the few Nintendo series that have been around for a long time, with multiple installments, but still no representation in Smash.
  • Spring Man, Dillon and Inklings: Currently these three are Nintendo’s rising stars. While Dillon doesn’t quite reach the heights of the other two his popularity is there and the cowboy angle is unique.
  • Wonder Red: the Wonderful 101 was one of the Wii U’s few new IP and while not a commercial success it was cult success and the hero angle is also unique.
  • All the new 3rd Party I added are either really popular requests or are from series with a huge impact on the gaming industry as a whole.

Controversial Choices

  • Baby Bros.: People are sick of babies due to Mario Kart and it is another Mario but personally I think the two together would make an excellent Yoshi rep. Playing like the Ice Climbers, they could use various moves and techniques from the Mario & Luigi series of games (which they also starred in).
  • Adam Malkovich: Federation Force was Metroid’s first major spin-off and the federation are a major part of the franchise. While Adam isn’t liked due to Other M his importance to Samus can’t be questioned. He is also the most important federation character. 
  • Blood Falcon: with Dark Pit and Lucina I realized that Blood Falcon is just a really easy clone of Captain Falcon and it allows for a second F-Zero rep.
  • Slippy Toad: I can imagine some are wondering why he is here over Krystal and the answer is relevancy. Slippy has been in every Star Fox game and, unlike Krystal, was not erased from the canon. He could also have a unique moveset with Star Fox Guard elements.
  • Elma: while many people might be expecting a character from Xenoblade 2, I think that X and the original Xenoblade saga may end up being running series. Which makes Elma the Shulk of that series.
  • Ribbon Girl: Some people might be wondering why there are two Arms characters but only one from Splatoon. While I admit she would be somewhat of a semi-clone to Spring Man I think both are important enough to the series to justify.

Personal Biases

  • Donkey Jr, Toon Zelda, Baito-Kun and N are all personal wants of mine. Jr. because he would be a cool throwback. Toon Zelda to balance out the Toon line. Baito because he is fun and N because I would like a trainer from Pokemon and unlike most, N would actually fight alongside his Pokemon (trainer and pokemon equality and all that).

What do you think about our choices? What are yours? Tell us in the comments or share your Roster with us in on Discord and Twitter with #100FightersXSmash

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  1. The link for the template is broken…

    God Robert's Cousin on June 11 |
  2. Arcade Bunny.

    Baito’s localized name is Arcade Bunny.

    Zeebor on June 11 |
    • Yeah, it’s true, but Baito-Kun sounds more like a name.
      It’s just an stylistic choice on my part.

      Voyager on June 11 |
  3. Did you use Photoshop for these? How do I crop the images like that?

    Anthony Acquilano on June 11 |
    • I think that the template should’ve been blank rather than filled in. That way we wouldn’t have to delete certain characters and would save time.

      Anthony Acquilano on June 11 |
      • Yes, it’s a photoshop template. It has folders and sub folders for the names and character pictures. Which program do you use?
        I left my own pics there to exemplify the sizes of the text, characters and for everyone to not have to search for repeated characters

        Voyager on June 12 |
        • I use Photoshop. I take it that you need to crop the images and then shrink them down? I hope Nintendo doesn’t SUDDENLY announce Smash for Switch as I write this. Lol

          Anthony Acquilano on June 13 |


    Nacho Loredo on June 12 |
    • Actually is mostly COMBINATION of Vogayer and NanteJex characters selections.I’m tried thinking most logical characters and i’m few choice are weirds and others perfect.

      -I’m decided put Paper Mario (for unique moves about paper), Daisy and Waluigi be semi-clone or new style compared peach and luigi.
      -I’m decide put three DK most popular character in smash bros, Cranky, Dixie and King K. Rool
      -Dark Samus be Lighting Bruiser compared Samus is Stone Wall
      -Ridley is no that big
      -Impa is ones favorites character i’m really wanna appear in smash (also different ganon and toon zelda be more unique)
      -Lyn/Lyndis is most popular FE all in times, is so obvious she deserved be new fighter (she’s used archer and her katana)
      -Kumatora is maybe most request Mother character (besides Porky, Paula and even Ninten)
      -Cooking “Mama” because WHY NOT?!!
      -I’m prefer Elma over Fiora for obvious reason, and Elma’s represent all Xenoblade Chronicles X (she’s tecnically the main character in game), she’s most unique

      Nacho Loredo on June 12 |
      • Thanks for sharing your cool selection of characters!
        I totally get Lyn, Dark Samus, Cranky and Kumatora
        if the roster could have even more characters, I would put them all (and maybe Masked Man)
        Cooking Mama would be pretty fun =P, there is nothing wrong in joke characters
        Yeah, Elma is more relevant than Fiora (despite personally liking Fiora more), being the central character from XCX (and being 1000 times more interesting than the avatar)… Maybe with XC2 we might get another character?

        Also, who is your Top-Choice?

        Voyager on June 14 |
        • The most Top Three character wanna be in smash are:
          * Lyndis/Lyn (be most popular character FE in history behind Ike and Lucina, She’s deserved present Blazing Sword and her movements are more similar to Takamaru for used a Katana with only different she’s speed character and she’s uses bow) here’s a example how she almost fight in smash
          * Impa is maybe one’s most favorite TLOZ character especially her incarnation Hyrule Warriors, while Cloud also used BIG SWORD like her, but in case Impa’s Giant Blade is most speed with jutsu sheikah or she maybe used her other weapon the “Guardian Naginata”.
          * Elma is maybe one’s recently favorite game Wii U, game is too big for me but still playing since 2016….. Elma maybe alongside the new main character xenoblade 2 be part in new smash bros

          Honorable Mentions: Daisy (whatever be semi-clone or she’s used all relation with sarasaland/mario spin-off games), Bandana Dee,

          Nacho Loredo on June 15 |
          • Lyn would be really cool character, her speed could be her best asset. I hope we see her in Fire Emblem Waif…Warriors

            I always imagine Impa using the “rocket gossip-stone” as her recovery move. but yeah, Hyrule Warriors give her great moves that could work in Smash

            I haven’t played XCX yet, but yeah, Elma could be interesting. this video made me watch her as a really viable option

            Voyager on June 17 |
  5. Since I don’t have an account for both imgur and Twitter (because they’re too dangerous), I’ve decided to make a loooooong list of 100 character roster here. Sorry for being lengthy, I just can’t trust those SNS sites. Honestly, making this list was quite difficult. Thinking of which character should join in and removed or replaced, what that character can do and why they should join…it’s really hard to think of it, even you list it using Excel to arrange things. So, here are the lists I’ve made out so far, including which roster title they belong…

    Super Mario Roster: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Rosalina & Luma, Bowser Jr., Toad/Toadette, Daisy, Waluigi
    -I removed Dr. Mario as he’s still the same Mario in different clothing, and added Toad, Daisy, and Waluigi instead, as they all represent important characters of all Mario titles. Although Captain Toad is popular, we haven’t heard of him since then, so I decided to choose the regular Toad instead, and make Toadette his gender alt. Daisy would change into both her princess dress and sportswear, making her faster and powerful than Peach. I was thinking of adding Paper Mario since he’s more different than the original and comes from an alternate universe, but couldn’t add in because the list was already filled up and could remove anyone, so had no choice but to reject him…

    Donkey Kong Roster: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, King K.Rool
    – Added Dixie and K.Rool for the first time, because they have important role to the gameline. Dixie is the main heroine of the series, while K.Rool is the main villain. I don’t know if Dixie can become Diddy’s clone, but makes her faster, light, and powerful, and uses her guitar as a Final Smash.

    Legend of Zelda Roster: Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Toon Link, Impa, Toon Zelda, Tingle
    – Added Impa, Toon Zelda, and Tingle as new rep. Decided to replace Sheik with Impa, because Ocarina of Time has become an old title, while they both can share same moves and stats as they’re both Sheikah Tribe. Her design can be from Skyward Sword, but in an original Twilight Princess style design to relate with others. Toon Zelda was added due to balance with the Toon universe character and maybe a Zelda clone, and Tingle was added for being a joke character, but a major role in his own main titles.

    Metroid Roster: Samus, Zero Suit Samus, Sylux
    – Added Sylux as new rep. Sylux had an important role due to his personality, and now planned to return in Metroid Prime 4. Didn’t add Ridley because it was difficult to envision him as a fighter than being a stage boss instead.

    Yoshi Roster: Yoshi
    – Sorry, but only Yoshi. Even Kamek is important as a villain, couldn’t add him as its difficult to envision what moves he’ll use.

    Kirby Roster: Kirby, Meta Knight, Dedede, Waddle Dee
    – Added Waddle Dee as new rep, bringing 4 Kirby heroes since the Kirby Wii game. Waddle Dee (or Bandanna Dee) is now the important character of the main 4 than being a common enemy, and can be the only fighter with a spear.

    Star Fox Roster: Fox, Falco, Wolf, Slippy, Krystal
    – Revived Wolf as a returning vet and added Slippy and Krystal as new rep, all representing playable fighters from Star Fox Assault. Wolf can have a chance to change his movesets more differently than Fox and Falco, and change his Final Smash to something more different than the generic Land Master. Slippy can be the slowest but can use several mechanics from Star Fox Guard. Krystal is a risky character whether she’ll appear in the Star Fox Zero sequel or completely killed by Nintendo due to her lack of popularity, but since Sakurai was planning to bring her in since Brawl, I thought she should have the chance. Using the Krystal Staff as her main weapon rather than the Blaster is plausible and uses the Walker as her Final Smash can be interesting.

    Pokemon Roster: Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, Charizard, Lucario, Greninja, Decidueye
    – Added Decidueye as a new rep, in order to complete the Starter Triangle alongside with Charizard and Greninja. Plus adding the missing type, Grass and Ghost in Smash. I was planning to add Nihilego too as being an Ultra Beast rep and additional of the missing type Rock and Poison, but declined due to difficulties of envision.

    F-ZERO Roster: Captain Falcon
    – Sorry, but only C. Falcon. Other racers were difficult to envision.

    Earthbound/MOTHER Roster: Ness, Lucas
    – No changes with these two as being the important protagonist of the series, while didn’t add in Ninten because he’s not different from Ness.

    Fire Emblem Roster: Marth, Roy, Ike, Lucina, Corrin, Micaiah, Anna
    – Decided to keep Lucina as being the most popular female character in Awakening, which I can think of different movesets for her rather than being a Marth clone. Replaced Robin with Micaiah since they both can use magic, but wouldn’t allow Micaiah to use sword instead. I saw many were choosing Anna for this roster, and decided to add her in by not just being an important character throughout every series, but can use various weapons from swords, axe, spear, bow and arrow, etc., even a sack of money if possible. (lol)

    Kid Icarus Roster: Pit, Palutena, Dark Pit, Medusa, Viridi
    – I was planning to remove Dark Pit for good since he’s no different with Pit, but decided to keep him for possibilities to change his movesets to completely differentiate with his original. Added Medusa and Viridi as new rep, as Medusa being the main villain through the game’s history than Hades, and Viridi being more important to the series later on. I don’t know if both goddesses can become a Palutena clone, but Medusa can be unique for using her petrify magic in Smash for the first time.

    Warioware Roster: Wario, Ashley
    – Added Ashley as new rep due to her strong popularity, and possibly the main heroine of the series.

    Pikmin Roster: Pikmin & Olimar, Pikmin & Alph
    – Separated Olimar and Alph to give them different movesets and gimmicks. Olimar can keep the Purple Pikmin, while Alph uses the Rock Pikmin as replacement. But entirely, Alph may end up being Olimar’s clone.

    Animal Crossing Roster: Villager, Isabelle
    – Added Isabelle as a new rep, due to being the main heroine of the Animal Crossing series. She might end up being Villager’s clone, but maybe differentiate using many furniture and other unused tools as weapons.

    Wii Fit Roster: Wii Fit Trainer
    Punch Out Roster: Little Mac
    – No changes without additional new reps. Can’t think of any.

    Xenoblade Roster: Shulk, Fiora or Elma
    – To be honest, this was really tough. Shulk may remain, but wondering which character should add in this roster; whether to be Fiora as a main heroine and only character in her machine form, or Elma as a Xenoblade Chronicle X protagonist. Couldn’t choose which is best preferred because both are important and unique. Also wondered if I should add in Rex as a new rep for the upcoming Xenoblade 2, but didn’t add in since the game haven’t been released yet. Maybe as Shulk’s clone, but not right now.

    Retro Roster: Ice Climbers, Mr. Game & Watch, ROB, Duck Hunt, Mach Rider
    – Ice Climbers returns as a returning vet, while adding Mach Rider as new rep. I do see many fans were voting for this character, even planned to add this character in Captain Rainbow during development before declining. It seems this character is important as well as part of Nintendo history, more better than choosing Excite Bike.

    Japan-Only Roster: Takamaru, Prince Sable, Lip, Captain Rainbow
    – I don’t know if this’ll work, just like how they brought Marth and Roy to Melee, and Lucas, which all these characters were Japan-Only characters (which Lucas is still is), I thought they’d give a chance. I do think these characters are more noticeable enough in the West, so there may be chances for their inclusion. Captain Rainbow is a key character who helped bringing minor Nintendo characters, which is Little Mac, Takamaru, and Lip, back in the spotlight, so I thought he should join in as well.

    Modern Roster: Inkling/Octoling, Spring Man/Ribbon Girl, Tibby, Chibi-Robo
    – Mainly the characters who’s known in the 21st century so far. Inkling and Spring Man should have alts that can change gender, such as Inkling girl and boy, and Spring Man and Ribbon Girl due to similar movements. At the same time, Octoling should be perfect as Inkling’s alts than a clone, since they fight similarly. Tibby should be a best Rhythm Heaven rep than Chorus Kids due to the importance of his role, and Chibi-Robo who have experience on fighting thanks to his most recent game. This was also another difficult roster to think of, since there were other options like Isaac, Saki Amamiya, Starfy, etc., but decided to keep these four since they’re more popular at this moment.

    Konami Roster: Snake, Bomber Man, Simon Belmont
    – Decided to bring 3 characters only for each 3rd party rosters. Unknown whether they should return or not, but added just in case. Snake should return as returning vet, while adding Bomber Man and Simon Belmont as new reps, since their games were mostly released on the Nintendo platform.

    Sega Roster: Sonic, Bayonetta, Arle
    – I was wondering if I should keep Bayonetta or not, or move her as being a Platinum Games character. But at this moment, I decide to keep her in this roster. Also added Arle as new rep, since she’s another important mascot of Sega’s popular puzzle game, having more games on the Nintendo platform, and same age as Sonic.

    Capcom Roster: Mega Man, Ryu, Arthur
    – Added Arthur as new rep, having more games on Nintendo platforms, and experienced crossovers alongside with Mega Man and Ryu.

    Bandai Namco Roster: Pac-Man, Heihachi, Valkyrie
    – Added Heihachi as new rep upon modern games, and Valkyrie upon classic games. Heihachi should work differently from Ryu’s, as much try not focusing on combos if possible, maybe in the Street Fighter X Tekken style. Valkyrie is also important in the Namco franchise, as being another character experiencing crossovers as Pac-Man.

    Square Enix Roster: Cloud, Erdrick, Randii
    – Unknown if they’ll come back for another Smash, but added just in case. Added Erdrick since Dragon Quest is another popular RPG alongside Final Fantasy and him being the main face of the series. Randii’s also the main face of Secret of Mana series, and had the series on the Nintendo platform most of the time, even brought Seiken Densetsu Collection to Switch as a celebration of its 25th Anniversary.

    Other 3rd Party Roster: Ryu Hayabusa, Jibanyan, Steve
    – Only chose one character each from possible first time 3rd party companies, like how they brought only Square Enix’s Cloud to Smash 4. Koei Tecmo has a strong relationship with Nintendo as Ninja Gaiden was born from the NES, so Ryu Hayabusa’s inclusion should be perfect as being part of Nintendo’s history. Jibanyan is the main mascot of Level-5 than Professor Layton now, since Yo-kai Watch is more popular at this moment. Steve may be a Microsoft character, but the company has allowed bringing the game to the Nintendo platform, so his inclusion may be plausible due to being the most popular franchise in the world than Banjo Kazooie.

    Indies Roster: Quote, Shantae, Shovel Knight
    – Representing the indie games, as their games are now playable through the Nintendo platforms. As Cave Story, Shantae, and Shovel Knight has been released worldwide and became popular, their entry is plausible.

    Mii Fighters
    – Why not?

    And that’s quite it. There are so many choices I could’ve made, but really difficult because there’s so many of them that’s popular, unique, and important. I don’t know the possibilities of these characters though, but would like to see them in the game. Honestly, I really don’t want this game to become a MUGEN game because that game doesn’t need to make any sense, but even then, making this roster was enjoyable and imaginative.

    zoniken on June 16 |
    • Hh, I didn’t knew that those kind of sites were that dangerous =/ but thanks for writing your roster here =)

      Dr. Mario always get’s the short end of the stick. Despite being one of my original Mains, having him only works for me as a “free add on” at the end of the roster =P. I hope someday he could get a new moveset that plays more with his viruses.
      And yeah, even with 100 spots is hard to put every personal favorite.

      If we get Dixie I hope she get’s an original moveset… I mean, why would she have a gun? and she doesn’t have a tail …

      Talk about a controversial choice replacing Sheik =O (but it’s a good argument nevertheless)

      Yeah, Ridley is still too big and complicated to be easily implemented without compromising his identity **cof cof Ganondorf cof cof**

      Kamek could be really cool, being able to float like Peach but with a projectile based moveset. I would put him under a Bowser Logo (With Bowser and Jr.) just to make some people mad =P

      Bandana/Waddle Dee, I think is one of the most requested characters overall, and that’s pretty amusing.

      5 characters for Starfox is quite a lot, but the more the merrier, especially if the 2 newcomers have their special touches.
      I envision Slippy having maybe the best jump of the game, being even better than Falco’s, but being much more defensive.

      I hope Decidueye doesn’t suffer the terrible fate of Sceptile, being fine tuned to be in Smash, but left alone in the end.
      Also, Nihilego could be really cool, but yeah, sometimes is hard to imagine them, the same with Tapu-Koko

      F.Zero and Mother are at this point “mementos from the past”… I hope we get new games for their franchises sometime in the future

      Micahia replacing Robin is also a controversial option, but I can understand it. Also. Anna fighting with a bag of coins would be really fun to watch

      Medusa and Viridi are both good options,without being clones… I have some difficulties watching Viridi on the battlefield (as she doesn’t appear to fight in KIU… Right?). Hades could be a Stage himself, that could be amazing.

      Ashley is on the same boat than Bandana dee. she could be really fun.

      Poor Alph, almost no one knows how make an original character of him.. that’s why I put the “golden goo” in my roster =P

      Isabelle could use some Happy Home Designer furniture to attack too, that could be fun

      Between Fiora and Elma you got the best answer: “why no both?” also, maybe Rex could become interesting, specially if the red girl is his Monado as some people believe, that could be interesting, summoning her for attacks for example… we will have to wait.

      Mach Rider I think is less important than the Biker to Nintendo… but it’s a lot more Cooler XD

      Having a “Japan Only” group is a great Idea! also, those 4 characters could really be great at Smash, specially Lip and Cap. Rainbow, having their own fun gimmicks

      Yeah, those 4 “recent” characters are the most relevant right now. Poor Isaac tho.

      Those 3 Konami characters really feel at home on Smash… I hope Nintendo buys Bomberman (and Castlevania…. Metal Gear would be harder to get)

      Arle could be a perfect foil to Lip, I wonder what design of her would you like to use.

      Sir Arthur would be a blast to play as

      Namco has a enormous list of great characters… I would like to play as Taizo from Dig Dug (besides Nightmare), but yeah, Heihachi and Valkyrie are more important to Namco’s History.

      Speaking of That, Square also has characters with great potential… I would add Chrono to your list (and Agnes from Bravely Default as their newest Nintendo IP)

      Ryu Hayabusa could “do a Snake” having moves based on his NES and Modern eras.
      Jinbanyan really stole the spotlight from Layton =o
      Steve… yeah, despite everything, no one can deny that Minecraft is one of the most popular games in history

      Thanks for sharing your Roster and arguments!

      Voyager on June 17 |

    Here’s mine. This was a pretty fun thing to work on. My roster is pretty similar to the other ones on here, and my reasoning for the characters is pretty similar.

    Some personal biases:
    Jura & Nibbles: Coming from Fossil Fighters, a less-than notable IP, but it just happens to be one of my favorites.
    Zoda: I wanted another F-Zero character, and Zoda seemed the most interesting to me, even if he isn’t as important as characters like Samurai Goroh or Black Shadow.
    Starfy: His series is on hiatus, though it’s still one of my favourites.
    Urban Champion: His game is a sort of weird predecessor to Smash, and it’s one that I am fascinated with.
    Lloyd Irving: The main character of my favourite non-Nintendo game.

    Characters that almost made it include: Crono, Nikki, Waluigi, Kamek, Cranky Kong, Mimikyu, Tapu Koko, Pulseman, Professor Layton, Jibanyan, and Porky.

    NotLocked on June 16 |
    • Neat roster. thanks for sharing it
      .- Fossil Fighter is a series that really flew under a lot of radars. but it’s really nice that you represented them in your roster.
      as appearing in Smash (even if it is a fan made roster) can give them more recognition.
      .- Zoda as an “Enemy character” is a good idea, I don’t know that much about him. but reading his wikia article makes him look like a ferocious foe.
      .- Starfy: yeah, I wonder what is TOSE doing now with their experience helping in Breath of the Wild
      .- Urban Champion could be a great surprise character, coming to Smash with street tactics and strong punches.
      .- Lloyd: did you know that the Mii swordfighter has a lot of moves that are suspiciously similar to Lloyd’s moves from the first Tales of Symphonia?

      wow, that list of “almost made it” really speaks a lot about how not even 100 characters is enough sometimes.

      Voyager on June 17 |
      • Thanks for taking a look at it. I kind of want to try one with 200 characters, though I’m not even sure that would be enough honestly!

        I had a Lloyd Mii made from day one, with the Lloyd Mii Fighter outfit being the only costume I’ve bought. At times it feels like he’s in the game.

        NotLocked on June 17 |

    This is my response.

    amanfromdeclan on June 22 |
    • Neat choices!
      Specially “Felyne” from Monster Hunter. It was a top choice for me, as Monster Hunter really had it’s home on the 3DS (until last week…)
      But my own “rule” of “just 2 characters per third party company backfired at me… but if not in place, the roster would look like a “Vs Capcom” game!

      Voyager on June 23 |