Welcome to the sixth edition of Rate That Character Round Up!
Starting us off we have EpicMartin’s first contribution, the indie all-star Shovel Knight:
Shovel Knight has certainly dug himself to new heights. From becoming a successful Kickstarter campaign, to gaining traction in the indie scene with cameos in other franchises, it’s no wonder fans would be eager to see him join the fray. And to add a relationship with the main company involved in the creation of Smash Bros, all but sweetens the deal for many.
However, Shovel Knight being a western third-party along with his lackluster perception in Japan may hinder him quite a bit. From the language barriers between Sakurai and his developers to the infamous “What’s a Shovel Knight?” one-liner, it might be one of the toughest roadblocks for getting this lad in spades to finally… join the fray. — 35%
Then the next day, NantenJex took a look at Marth and decided it was time to tackle Fire Emblem’s Celica:
Unless we get some bizarre Ice Climber set-up with Alm and Celica together, Celica’s chances are very low. Although she has access to some magic which could be used for some unique special attacks, her standards would be almost identical to Marth’s or Roy’s or Lucina’s. So unless we see the Fire Emblem series getting some cuts I can’t see Celica being interesting enough for Sakurai. He turned down Chrom for that reason and while Celica is a little better, Robin does fill her role already. — 15%
Liquid12A tags back in to give a controversial view on Ubisoft’s Rayman:
Rayman’s chances aren’t as low as some other third party characters given that he’s been able to maintain relevance over the years. The main problem would be whether the character could get in on his own merits. If nothing else, it’s arguable that Rayman has the strongest chance out of every current Ubisoft IP to gain Smash entry (except maybe Rabbids), but it’s a cold comfort at best. That being said, he’s at least been in the world of Smash Bros. already, so perhaps our heroic thingamajig could be playable yet. — 25%
Coming back to diffuse the tension, NantenJex gives his thoughts on Elma’s chance to Smash:
In the end Xenoblade is only getting one newcomer and the choices are between Elma and Rex & Pyra. The series has grown enough over the last 4 years that a second Xenoblade character seems likely and it all comes down to Sakurai and timing. When Sakurai worked on the plan was Elma the easier choice due to Rex & Pyra still being in development or did Sakurai use foresight like he did with Greninja and leave Elma in the dust? I guess we’ll just need to find out. — 70%
The hunt is on as NantenJex gives his thoughts on Monster Hunter.
In the end, the Monster Hunter is the most likely playable character from Capcom that we could see in Smash for Switch. The series has everything Sakurai looks for in a character from moveset potential, legacy and impact to gaming as a whole and is recognizable. The biggest issue it faces is whether the avatar character is a better choice than the Felyne’s or a Monster Hunter Stories character but chances are Sakurai would go for the regular ol’ Monster Hunter. — 70%
Finishing off this week we are going back to the veterans as NantenJexgives his thoughts on Squirtle from Pokemon.
Ultimately, Squirtle’s chances really come down to whether or not Sakurai wants to bring back veterans or not. Some really popular choices like Ice Climbers and Wolf makes sense but Squirtle and Ivysaur don’t have as big, or as loud, a fanbase. They may be more suited to DLC where Sakurai might be more willing to bring back some missing veterans, just like he did for Smash For. — 45%