Here, I’ll talk more about characters I’d love to see in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as well as predict who will most likely will get in by series. I’ve already done something like this a little while ago, but this series will be much longer and in-depth rather than a causal discussion. Joker from Persona 5 came out on April 17th, so there are four more slots open. Everyone is not quite here yet.
Let’s-a-go! Starting with the Mario series!
Likely Candidate: Geno (Runner-up: Waluigi)
He is probably one of the biggest fan favorites from what I’ve seen and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has so far done a good balance between popular choices and surprises in my opinion. While I’ve never played Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Geno seems like an interesting character who could be a mix of Samus and Mega Man’s movesets based on his special moves like Geno Beam and Whirl.
Licensing concerns with Square Enix may be the only problem, as he was considered before as far back as Super Smash Bros. Brawl by Sakurai, according to the Super Mario Wiki.
My Choice: Captain Toad (Runner-up: Lord Fawful)
Super Mario Galaxy is the best game in the Mario series, so when Rosalina & Luma were originally revealed for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS, I was beyond excited. The Toad Brigade may not have been the most helpful to Mario on his intergalactic journey, but they were so cool to me whenever they appeared. Captain Toad also has his own game called Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker based off his unique puzzle levels in Super Mario 3D World.
Captain Toad is the “fearless” leader of the Toad Brigade. He’d probably be one of the lowest jumpers since he cannot actually jump in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and surprisingly heavy, despite being so small and short, due to the backpack. His moveset could include his Super Pickax, turnips, and the headlamp he wears (blinding enemies for a moment, stunning them similar to the pistol Zero Suit Samus uses). A Final Smash could be running fighters over in a minecart, crashing the Starshroom into the middle of the stage, or perhaps be similar to Rosalina’s with Green Power Stars.
Next up: the Donkey Kong series!
Likely Candidate and My Choice: Funky Kong
Besides Donkey and Diddy Kong, Funky Kong is one of the most reoccurring characters in the DK series, even making big appearances in Super Mario Kart Wii as a playable racer and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as one of the shop owners. I don’t think spirits really disqualify characters from being fighters like assist trophies seem to do. Anyways, he has been in many games starting with Donkey Kong Country with different roles, mainly giving important items and hosting minigames.
Admittedly, I’ve only played Donkey Kong Country Returns in the Donkey Kong series, not including spinoffs, so I’m not really familiar with any of the characters. However, Funky Kong has a lot of possibilities with his moves as he can use his Jumbo Barrel, the weapons he sells in Donkey Kong 64, his surfboard, go-kart, and so on.
Galloping in: the Legend of Zelda series!
Likely Candidate: One of the Champions from Breath of the Wild
(Runner-ups: Linkle or Marin)
In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Link and four others (Mipha, Urbosa, Revali, and Daruk) were knighted as Champions, chosen by King Rhoam to fight against Calamity Ganon using both their special abilities and the Divine Beasts. I’d say that Urbosa would be the most likely choice, though they each have a lot of potential.
Urbosa was the Gerudo Chieftain and a motherly figure to Zelda, considered to be one of the greatest warriors – skilled with both sword and shield – who could also summon lightning with her fingertips.
Before the whole “not another sword user” debate, she could have an unique moveset focused around parrying, dodging, and guarding – timing perfectly in order to counter attack with flurry rushes or take less damage. Though there are only two or three cutscenes where we see Urbosa in action, it seems as though she can do lightning strikes from any distance as well as in waves around her.
My Choice: Ravio (Runner-ups: Midna, Lana, Vaati, Skull Kid, Impa, etc.)
Without getting into spoilers, Ravio is a surprisingly deep character when you think about his backstory (even having a journal easter egg that you can read) who first appears in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. He mostly helps out as a merchant, renting and selling equipment that is essential to your quest; each temple and dungeon requires at least one of many items which are only obtainable from his “shop.” I personally enjoyed that game a lot for many reasons, especially for its gameplay and characters like him and Hilda. Hyrule Warriors makes Ravio a playable character with a hammer as his main weapon.
Some may fear that he’d play too similarly to Link, who already has multiple forms of himself from different timelines, but that really shouldn’t be the case with all of the weapons and tools at his disposal. I’d love to all of the elemental rods like using the Tornado Rod to recover in his special attacks. Ravio could possibly pull random items like Cuccos and beehives out of the sack he carries around (Or hit fighters over the head with the bag?) for fun references.
To be continued…
I’ll be going in order according to the Sound/Music selection menu, so the Metroid, Yoshi, Kirby, Star Fox, and Pokemon franchises are coming up next. Feel free to tell me who you want in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and why! How do you like or dislike my choices? It’d make for an interesting discussion. 😉
I hope you have a great day and thank you for reading!