Five Characters I Want To See In The Next Smash Bros.

At last year’s E3 conference, Nintendo announced they would be releasing two more Super Smash Bros. games, one for the Wii U and one for the 3DS. But, with no information at this year’s E3 and Masahiro Sakurai (the series’ creator) recently stating that he’s only just started work on it, it seems unlikely that it will be arriving anytime soon. This doesn’t mean that the internet isn’t bristling with anticipation though. Nintendo’s cross-franchise fighting game has gathered millions of die-hard fans over three instalments and is famous for bringing much-loved characters from different series’ together so they can beat each other up. They’re always adding new characters from Nintendo history (last year they even brought in Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake from SEGA and Konami respectively) and one of the things everyone’s talking about is who’s going to be in the next game. So, like the fanboy I am, here are the five characters I’d like to see in Smash Bros. 4.

Lord Ghirahim (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword)
While the first two Super Smash Bros. games used the Ocarina of Time art style for all the Zelda characters, Brawl (the third in the series) used the Twilight Princess designs, as the game had just come out on the Wii and GameCube. With the critically-acclaimed Skyward Sword being released last year, it seems likely that Smash Bros. 4 will use its art style for Link and co. I suggest that they fully embrace this theme by adding Demon Lord Ghirahim as a playable character. With Ganondorf not appearing in Skyward Sword, Ghirahim took over duties as the main antagonist. He kidnaps Zelda, releases The Darkness from its imprisonment and goes around sticking his tongue in people’s ears. Not a particularly nice fellow. However, he is incredibly awesome (even if he’s basically the Zelda equivalent of David Bowie) and is a dab hand with a sword. He can even grab Link’s sword by the blade with his bare hand and throw it away. Plus, he has a transformation towards the end of the game that would make a great Final Smash. Ghirahim would be perfect in Smash Bros. as a nimble, quick fencer. You know, like Marth, except not as pathetic.

 

Peppy Hare
One of Nintendo’s lesser-known but most loved franchises is the Star Fox series. You play as Fox McCloud, leader of Team Star Fox, a group of anthropomorphic animals who fly around in spaceships. Brawl featured three Star Fox characters: Fox, Falco and Wolf. Now, a lot of Smash Bros. characters have very similar move sets to each other but all three of these guys have the same basic attacks with added flair to make them slightly more special. I think they should ditch Wolf and replace him with Peppy Hare, the Texan barrel-roll-obsessed space bunny. Peppy’s a lot older than his teammates and isn’t as energetic as Fox or Falco, so he would have a completely different set of moves. He could whack people with his ears, shoot them with his laser gun and yell at them to “try a somersault” until they have to go off and cry in a corner. Peppy is my personal favourite Star Fox character and I would gladly play as him in the Wii U Smash Bros. Oh, and all the people out there saying that Slippy should be playable should be ashamed of themselves.

 

Midna
Okay, I know that I already suggested one Zelda character, but, considering it’s one of the best-selling video game series’ of all time, I think I can be excused for including two. Twilight Princess, predecessor to Skyward Sword, had a very dark tone, the likes of which hadn’t been seen in a Zelda game since Majora’s Mask on the N64. With frightening enemies, haunting music and an apocalyptic atmosphere, it was no surprise that Link’s travelling companion, the imp Midna, would be suitably gothic. But with her mischievous ways, teasing laugh and adorable yawn, she quickly became a fan-favourite. Banished from the Twilight Realm by the evil Zant, she only helps Link out at first for her own gain. She becomes more friendly as the game goes on, but this evil streak helped her stand out from irritatingly sweet companions like Navi (“HEY, LISTEN!”). It would be difficult to make her a Smash Bros. character, as she is only about two feet tall, but being small didn’t stop Olimar from getting in. She could attack with zaps of Twilight magic and the red glowing hand that pops out of her helmet would be perfect for grabbing opponents. She can also teleport, which is pretty cool. And besides, she’s kind of sexy.
Just me? Oh.

 

Bayonetta

Surprising as it may seem, this one’s a real possibility. At the recent Nintendo Direct conference, they revealed that Bayonetta 2 would be a Wii U exclusive. The original came out on PS3 and Xbox 360 and, while it was critically-acclaimed, it didn’t sell all that well. So after failed negotiations with SEGA to make a sequel, Nintendo swooped in to pick up the brand from the game’s developer, PlatinumGamesIt seems that Nintendo might just have saved the series. With Bayonetta now a second-party Nintendo title, there’s a chance that everyone’s favourite demonic witch might be fighting Mario and Link in the near (or far) future. Coming from a hack and slash game, she is already equipped with a huge multitude of attacks. She has a big sword, guns on her stilettos and can transform her hair into a giant fist or, occasionally, a dragon. She’s a bit more adult than most Nintendo mascots (her hair is her only form of clothing, so when she attacks with it, she’s naked) but Brawl had Solid Snake from Metal Gear as a playable character, and that series isn’t known for being child-friendly. Bayonetta has that insane and bonkers charm that Nintendo prides itself on and would fit right in. She might have to tone down the language though. And stop murdering angels.

 

Virtual Boy
I’m cheating a bit here, as this character is of my own creation. Long before the 3DS, Nintendo developed a 3D console in-between the SNES and N64. Deemed as ‘portable’, it was basically a giant pair of goggles on a flimsy stand and a weird-shaped controller. However, since it was only a side project, it was rushed to shelves and didn’t really deliver on its promise of immersive 3D game worlds. First of all, the games were only in black and red. Second of all, it gave most people migraines. It has gone down in history as perhaps the worst Nintendo console and the company rarely admit it ever existed. But I think it’s time to embrace it with a Smash Bros. character. Simply called Virtual Boy, he’s a boy (about 12 or 13 years old) who runs around wearing ridiculously impractical goggles. He shoots beams that blind his opponents and his Final Smash makes the whole screen go red and black, meaning the other players can’t see what they’re doing. The idea needs some work, don’t get me wrong, but I think he could be wildly popular. Just like the original Virtual Boy wasn’t.

 

So those are my suggestions. But if there’s one thing I know about the internet, it’s that no-one agrees on anything. So, I turn to you guys. Who would you like to see in the next Smash Bros.? Give your answer in the comments below.

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