Time to jump back into the world of Super Smash Bros. in our second “Should I Stay or Should I Go” segment. Half the fighters have already been judged, and now it’s time to take look at the second half.
We already know who will definitely be in the new Smash, so we’re looking at who might or might not be announced in the coming months. Does your favorite character stand the test or does he or she get cut? Find out below.
Mr. Game and Watch
A classic character from the old days of handhelds, and the eldest veteran of the group, Mr. Game and Watch put Nintendo and handhelds on the map even before the explosion of Donkey Kong way back in the early 80s. He has appeared in both Melee and Brawl as an odd choice character. His arsenal is weird and control style is even weirder.
Our Pick: Hard to say. I’ve never particularly enjoyed using him, but it depends on how much of a genuinely nostalgic experience you want. He pretty much established the handheld market for Nintendo and gave them room to create their first true classic, Donkey Kong.
If you ask me, Mr. Game and Watch would make a nicer trophy than a playable character, especially if another charter’s inclusion is on the line.
The prototypical American child (from a Japanese point of view) loves baseball, plays with a yo-yo, wears a hat and striped shirt, has a cute blonde girlfriend, and controls crazy magic powers.
Ness is from EarthBound, and unlike the Ice Climbers, his cult following did not begin with the success of the Smash Bros series. He has had avid fans ever since EarthBound launched, which Nintendo has finally acknowledged after years of silence with a Virtual Console release.
Our Pick: Yes. Ness is an excellent character and has been with the series since day one. I doubt Nintendo would pull him at this point, given that it had finally gave the time of day to EarthBound fans. That would be the ultimate example of pulling the carpet out from under his feet. It only remains to be seen if he or Lucas makes the cut, but again, I’d go with Ness if I had to choose, and so will Nintendo.
Peach is the Princess of the Mushroom Kingdom who often finds herself in the clutches of the evil King Bowser. She hung up her damsel shoes back in Melee and has been taking the pain back to Bowser ever since.
Our Pick: Yeah, this game is going to be littered with the Mario universe, so expect Peach to show up. I have no problem with that, because I actually used her quite a bit back in the Melee days. And if there is no Peach, who are we going to take sappy fan-service romance pics with in the game’s camera mode?
The devolved form of Pikachu. 100 times cuter, but 100 times less iconic. He still turns up on posters in Japan, but his popularity hangs in the balance. Hard to say if he’s a fad Pokémon or one for the history books.
He’s only appeared in one game, Melee, and his powers were too much for him to control, taking damage with each attack.
Our Pick: I enjoyed using Pichu more than his popular older brother. He was quicker, more powerful, and most importantly, more snugly. He didn’t appear in Brawl, and I doubt he will make an appearance in the new one as well. At least I understand, though, you can’t have a Super Smash Bros. game without Pikachu.
He wants to be the very best! Like no one ever was! To catch them is his real test! To train them is his cause! He will travel cross the land, searching far and wide! Each Pokémon to understand, the power that’s inside!
This was a nice experiment which was able to bring not one but three new characters into the fray. The Pokémon trainer used his captured Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard, while he sat in the background and drinks a beer.
Our Pick: I’d like to say yes, but not at the expense of anyone else. He wasn’t that great of a character, and the Pokémon series is already well represented. I like how they Sakurai stuck to the original starting Pokémon and his classic look though. If he could switch rotate Bulbasaur and Wartortle, I would lean more towards a yes. Bulbasaur is still my favorite 15 years later.
The ultimate gimmicky video game peripheral. He only worked with two games, and he now finds himself in just about every basement of some poor soul who was duped into buying him back in the 1980s.
Our Pick: NO! R.O.B. is a cute little robot, but he is not a Nintendo character, nor is he something I want to actually remember. He’s worth a chuckle at how far gaming has come since the 1980s, but his novelty is not worth a valuable spot on the roster. Lose him.
Roy’s our boy! I’ve said it twice, but here it is again. Roy and Marth ARE Super Smash Bros, almost as if they were designed for the series and not for their own obscure strategy series. Roy is a shorter version of Marth, but he differs in that the damage comes from the center of the sword rather than the tip.
He also differs from Marth in that his game was never localized in America. The original Fire Emblem starring Marth was remade for the DS and released as Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. Roy’s entry in the series, translated as The Binding Blade, was the last game in the series not to be localized. He briefly appeared in the first localized Fire Emblem game at the very end as the the protagonist’s son.
Our pick: In a perfect world, 100% yes. I enjoyed using Roy more than Marth back in the Melee days anyway.
Unfortunately, Roy did not make the cut for Brawl, making way for…ugh…Ike. While I doubt that Ike will be appearing again, I don’t think Roy will be either. To compliment Marth, Nintendo needs a female Fire Emblem character, and if that transpires, that spot will probably go to Lucina from Fire Emblem: Awakening or Lynn from Fire Emblem.
Legendary espionage agent Solid Snake made an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl after Nintendo had worked with Silicon Knights to remake the original for the GameCube. Now he’s a geriatric, and I doubt he could keep up with the kids anymore.
Our Pick: Not gonna happen. Solid Snake has about as much to do with Nintendo these days as Master Chief does. It was a nice fling while it lasted, but the absence of Snake meant a clearing for Mega Man.
He’s the fastest thing alive! Sonic the Hedghog was one a rival to Mario back in the 16 bit days when the character and his series was still relevant. When the two are not competing in the Olympics together though, they take their rivalry to the Smash Bros. battleground and have at it.
Sonic was a welcome guest in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as fans have always wanted to see him and Mario duke it out. They got their wish, and he was a big hit.
Our Pick: Yes. If having to choose between Sonic and Snake, I would go with Sonic. He fits the roster of mascots better, and he has much more of a reason to be there, really. With the exception of Simon Belmont, because I really want to see the Captain N team in action, he is the other third-party character I would like to accompany Mega Man.
Link from the Wind Waker timeline is adorable. I remember when he was first revealed and everyone hated on him, but time has proven them wrong. Between him and the main series Link, the two give the series a much needed wider demographic.
The biggest difference is that adults can enjoy Toon Link just as much as Adult Link. I can’t really picture any child sitting through The Twilight Princess. Ugh…
Our Pick: I REALLY hate to say this, but I’m gonna have to go with a no on this one. I love Toon Link as much as the next guy, but he doesn’t especially fit alongside the others. His character art is weird and he sticks out oddly like Mr. Game and Watch. Between Link, Ganondorf, Zelda, and Sheik, the series is more than represented enough.
Fat, smelly, and greedy. Nintendo did a fabulous job creating an evil Mario back in the late 90s. In fact, they did so well that the character got not one but two series to call his own. The Wario Land games are underrated classics too good for the Game Boy Color they got stuck on, and the WarioWare games are still carrying strong to this day.
Wario turned up in Brawl and was a welcome addition. The series needed another heavy character, and who better than the heaviest of them all. Plus he farts, and farts are funny.
Our Pick: Yes. I love Wario. It’s not often a knock-off character like him works, but he’s now just as engrained into Nintendo lore as Mario’s other nemeses Bowser and Donkey Kong. I wonder if Wart or Tatanga will ever appear in a Super Smash Bros. game.
Fox’s father’s former partner and now his full time rival. Wolves are bigger and stronger than foxes, and that goes the same for Brawl when the slick hero finds himself at a severe disadvantage when going head to head with his nemesis.
Our Pick: We jump from the lovable Wario to this guy. No thanks. Wolf is so insignificant that I skipped him while going down an alphabetical list of Smash Bros. characters. My brain just didn’t register I suppose, and I’m writing this after I’ve finished editing.
Mario’s dinosaur friend changed the face of the series in Super Mario World. His unexpected appearance gave gamers an extra level of depth not found in the NES games, and I can’t think of any happier times in the series than flying through Star Road and getting that baby to swallow enough enemies to grow.
Yoshi vanished for a while, but both Super Mario Galaxy 2 and New Super Mario Bros Wii brought him back to prominence. Thank goodness, because I was thinking Nintendo was going to drop the character.
Our Pick: Yes, but just because I love the character in Mario games. I hate using Yoshi in Super Smash Bros. and hate people who know how to properly use him even more. He’s lucky I’m so in love with Super Mario World.
Link as a kid from Ocarina of Time. He appeared in Melee as a clone to Adult Link, but Nintendo dropped him when they realized Toon Link was far more popular.
Our Pick: No. Toon Link will appear before Young Link does again, that’s a promise.
Link’s damsel in distress for the Legend of Zelda series. The only difference between her is that Zelda can hold her own because she is secretly a ninja. Yes, Zelda can turn in to a ninja. Suddenly Link doesn’t seem so cool anymore, does he? Mario at least saves someone who is almost always physically useless.
Come to think of it, not only is Zelda a ninja, but her Wind Waker universe iteration is a pirate! Consider my mind blown. All we need now is a zombie Zelda and we will have all three video game cliches in the same character.
Our Pick: Gotta do it. Zelda is awesome, Sheik is awesome, and the game needs more females. Not to mention that she is one of the better characters in the game and we need to add her to our Peach/Wii Fit Trainer/Zelda screencaps.
Zero Suit Samus
The legendary space bounty hunter sans her iconic armor. Samus is hardcore, no doubt about it. She appeared in Brawl as an alternate style for Samus in her armor, similar to Zelda and Sheik.
Our Pick: The only difference here is that Sheik took a popular character and made her infinitely cooler.
Nintendo is already in trouble with Metroid fans after the misogynist treatment Team Ninja gave the popular character in Metroid: Other M. Cut this tart loose. Samus is awesome enough on her own.