Welcome to the eighth edition of Rate That Character Round Up!
Before we get to this week’s characters though I am happy to introduce our first RTC discussion video, where NantenJex and PushDustIn have come together to discuss some of the more… controversial RTC picks.
Starting us off we have TheMangoViking discussing the Gematsu’s missing stars: the Chorus Kids.
There are few characters and franchises left to choose from without getting niche with the choices. So I think a Rhythm Heaven character is inevitable. However when a character is cut, they tend to stay that way. While Tibby has only appeared in one game, he fills the same role as Chorus Kids, and better fits Sakurai’s criteria in regards to importance and personality. — 25%
Then the next day, NantenJex took a look at 3rd party favourite Crash Bandicoot:
In the end, I doubt that matters. Crash is still very much an icon who would easily transition well into Smash and is highly relevant with his game coming to Switch and potentially more games in the future. The biggest issue facing Crash is Activision as a western company and how Sakurai might work with them. He might find it more difficult than it’s worth, especially when japanese companies like Konami, Square, Sega, Capcom and Namco all have characters who are just as equally as important, if not more so than Crash. They may be prioritised first. — 45%
Then we went back to TheMangoViking again to talk about one of the most requested Pokemon for Smash, Decidueye:
Not only is Decidueye popular and recognizable (as evidenced by his inclusion in Pokken), but Grass and Ghost-types are either no longer in Smash or haven’t been featured in it. The only other strong contenders that could overthrow him, couldn’t have established themselves as more important by the time development started. — 85%
Next Spazzy heads back to Konami to talk about the other big star after Simon: Bomberman.
Bomberman is a character that fits Smash better than most, and he is one that has been on the minds of fans since Smash 64, appearing on Sakurai’s if there was a Smash 2 poll as a potential third party fighter. He’s a classic video game icon, and sure, he’s not from biggest franchise out there, I mean he’s no Pacman or Mario after all, but he’s still a character that left his mark on the world of gaming. — 65%
Next on the list is Impa and the debut of Tris in RTC.
Being one of the most notable characters in the Zelda series, despite not using the Triforce, Impa has a decent chance of getting into Smash. She has the moveset potential, fan and player recognition, and a long history with the Zelda series. Despite this, it still depends on if Sakurai considers Hyrule Warriors noteworthy enough to pull from, and if lacking the Triforce makes Impa considered “important” enough. Most of all, it depends on if Sakurai believes Impa is best represented by her elderly appearances or her younger ones. Overall, I’d say Impa has a fair yet even chance. — 50%
Finishing off this week was PhantomZ2 making his RTC debut with the infamous Princess Daisy.
Honestly, with the lack of mainline Mario representation, I think an upgraded alt costume is the best fans can wish for. Unless Sakurai decides to open the floodgates for Mario characters or unless she stars in another mainline title soon, Daisy as a fighter doesn’t seem very likely. — 30%