Welcome to the 11th edition of Rate That Character Round Up! But before then we have our third RTC Discussion. Now that Smash Ultimate has confirmed some new characters, all of which we covered in RTC prior, we decided to talk about it. From how accurate we were to how… mistaken we were.
Begin this week, NantenJex covered another cute, magical, girl obsessed with puzzles: Lip
Verdict: In the end, Lip could provide a pretty unique moveset for Smash being based around puzzles, but we have to ask ourselves if we will even get a retro character this time around. Sakurai said the amount of new content was going to be a bit limited and there is not really a character that Lip could be an echo of. With fewer newcomers being added and a focus on major fan favourites, Lip doesn’t really seem like the priority, unless Sakurai really wants another surprise secret character like Duck Hunt and ROB.
Next, NantenJex went back to the retro drawing board to discuss another classic star: Balloon Fighter.
Verdict: Not every Nintendo series needs a playable character for representation. We already know that the Balloon Fight stage is coming back and as the motto of this game is ‘Everyone is here’ we may also see the return of the Flipper item and maybe the Balloon Fighter trophy. If that is the case the Balloon Fight may be well represented already. Regardless, the Balloon Fighter doesn’t seem like the priority for Smash, even amongst other retro reps.
With Echo fighters being a bigger part of this title, Liquid12A wanted to give his thoughts on a potential copycat: Dark Samus.
In a pre-E3 2018 era, it would have been easy to write off Dark Samus as a character lost to time, unlikely to show up in Smash as she was, pardon the pun, well past her prime. But the specific details of Smash Bros. Ultimate’s E3 demo and the Echo Fighter concept leave the Dark Hunter in a decent spot to join the roster to represent a new type of fighter. Let’s see the final score.
NantenJex comes back to give a three-in-one deal from the Kirby franchise with Rick, Kine and Coo.
Verdict: Unfortunately I don’t see these three getting into Smash. They are very much flavour of the month characters who have only had recent popularity thanks to appearing as Dream Allies in Kirby Star Allies. They are popular amongst the Kirby fandom but not so much outside of that. These three are legacy characters and this does appeal to Sakurai but they were not made by him which is a huge disadvantage from this series.
For NantenJex’s final RTC of the week he shines the spotlight on musical master: Barabara the Bat.
Verdict: In the end, Barbara’s chances are comparable to the stars of other big series from the 2000s, like Golden Sun and Custom Robo. She has some form of acknowledgement from fans but not nearly enough to warrant her getting a place in Smash. Maybe if she had a new game released or if Sakurai wants a curveball character, but otherwise don’t expect to see Barbara rocking out in Smash anytime soon.
Finally, PushDustIn makes his return to the RTC scene with a fan favourite puppet: Geno.
I’ll be giving two ratings, one as an echo fighter, and one as a unique character.Echo fighter – 65%
Unique fighter – 50%