Welcome to the fifth edition of Rate That Character Round Up!
Starting us off we have TheMangoViking’s first contribution, the classic racer Excitebiker:
While there is an identity crisis issue, he can easily stand out as he’s the only character who rides a bike. The fact that he’s known worldwide also boosts his chances, as Sakurai doesn’t like including characters that other regions aren’t familiar with. The fact that he was considered at one point also puts him above other contenders. — 75%
Then the next day, NantenJex looked at our first indie character, the lost robot boy Quote:
Ultimately, while Quote would fit into Smash quite well, and be a popular pick for many fans for gaming, he is not the next in line on the third party roster. There are more iconic and historically important characters waiting for their chance and many of them are exclusively from Japan which makes it easier for Sakurai to work with. — 20%
PushDustIn tags back in to give everyone’s favourite otaku assassin, Travis Touchdown, some love:
As far as third party characters who have a strong association with Nintendo go, Travis seams up there. He ticks almost all of the boxes to get into Smash. Snake got into Brawl after a personal request from Kojima, so history could repeat itself. Then again, with Suda being so vocal about it, it might be an indication it hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps if Suda bugs Sakurai enough, we can finally become the true number 1 assassin in Smash. — 40%
Bouncing back to the first party series, NantenJex gives his thoughts on Spring Man’s chance to Smash:
Ultimately though, Spring Man is still the games Ryu making him the most likely Arms character to appear. He has moveset potential and I am sure Sakurai could work around the balancing issue. It is really just a timing issue that gets in Spring Man’s way. As a new IP things might change mid-development and if this happened while the Smash team were working on Spring Man they may be forced to change or completely scrap all the work they’ve done and this risk may be too high for him to be considered. It really comes down to how Sakurai sees it. — 50%
Next is definitely one of the most divisive characters requested, NantenJex gives his thoughts on Steve? from Minecraft:
Despite negatives, Steve and Minecraft are still iconic and Sakurai is a great designer. If anyone could get Steve to look natural in Smash it would be him. With this in mind and Microsoft’s approval, I have to say Steve is looking likely as one of the next 3rd party characters for Super Smash Bros. — 75%
Finishing off this week we have a popular indie heroine with Wayforward’s Shantae (rated by PushDustIn).
Shantae, and many of the other indie characters, doesn’t have a strong chance to get into Smash. Notoriety, language, and cultural barriers may hold a lot of the smaller characters back. It’s possible that someday that glass ceiling will be broken, but without another character ballot winner, I’m not going to hold my breath. — 35%