Since the March 8th, 2018 Nintendo Direct’s shocking teaser footage for Super Smash Bros on Nintendo Switch, many memes, analysis, and discussions have emerged. These centered around the Inklings inclusion in the game and the silhouette squad in front of the flaming smash logo. Today, I want to revert your attention to five characters that I’d love see as playable fighters for this iteration of Super Smash Bros.
5. Professor Hershel Layton From Professor Layton
The nicely-polished professor with a large hat that loves to solve puzzles may sound odd for Super Smash Bros, but that shouldn’t stop this professor from laying a smack-down.
Phoenix Wright’s appearance in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 proves how professors and lawyers can fight in any scenario. Professor Layton’s arsenal could stem from his slot-machine gun, fencing sword, Laytonmobile, Layton-coptor, and camera. He could shoot coins out of his gun or slash an opponent with his sword. He can use the Laytonmobile like Wario’s bike and ram into opponents. His Final Smash can have the professor doing what he does best–solving them puzzles. I’m not sure how it’d work, but I’m certain Masahiro Sakurai can use that creative brain of his to make him work in the game. Maybe have the screen form into several squares or have a character trapped in a puzzle of some kind.
If Professor Layton made it into Smash Bros Switch; I’m certain he’ll be a unique character.
4. Banjo & Kazooie from Banjo & Kazooie
Many people wanted this dynamic duo to be the winner of the 2015 Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot. With Phil Spencer’s willingness to allow the bear and bird duo in Smash Bros, I’m surprised Nintendo hasn’t taken the opportunity to bring them in.
Banjo & Kazooie would fall in line with Sakurai’s ‘classic game character’ representation. Just because “Duck Hunt” fits the Banjo formula, doesn’t mean these two can’t play differently. Banjo & Kazooie could roll on enemies with their dash-attack. Banjo could use his back-pack for tilts and smash attacks. The bear could even use Kazooie for smash and special attacks. Recovery options would lie on Kazooie’s end. His Final Smash could be Daddy T-Rex or Dragon Kazooie. Either would do for me.
I hope Masahiro Sakurai considers Banjo & Kazooie for the next Smash Bros game. We’ll see what happens come E3 because I have a Megaman-feeling something big is going to happen with a certain third-party character.
3. Crash Bandicoot from Crash Bandicoot
Crash never appeared in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and I believe it’s time for this Bandicoot to fight that plumber-boy he’s distasteful of. Since Crash Bandicoot has appeared on multiple Nintendo titles in the past and has a game coming for the Switch in July, I think it’s his time to shine on the battlefield.
Crash’s move-set could include his spinning attacks and wumpa fruit. His Final Smash could include the golden Aku Aku mask on his face. Crash could rampage through characters like Sonic’s Final Smash. I’d also expect several game elements from his previous titles to appear in this game. Maybe regular masks and TNT crates could be used as weapons like the boxes and party balls in Smash Bros now.
I’ll have my fingers crossed when it comes to future Smash Bros. Switch trailers. I’m confident a certain ‘person’ would get a kick out of it too.
2. Paper Mario From Paper Mario
If there’s one Mario I’d love to see appear in Super Smash Bros it’d have to be Paper Mario. He wouldn’t be a clone like Dr. Mario and I’m certain Sakurai can pull from a number of his games to make a stellar move-set.
Paper Mario’s move-set can stem from his partners in Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. From Goombario to Ms. Mowz, there’s many recovery, smash, and special attack options Sakurai can pull from. Not to mention Paper Mario’s weapons and items he uses in these games. He can even add the color element to the hammer if he wanted to add a Paper Mario: Color Splash swirl to his character. For his Final Smash, I can see the paper warrior using one of his Star Power moves from Paper Mario I or II. If Sakurai wanted to make a call-back to Sticker Star and Color Splash–maybe one of the “All Thing” stickers or cards would work.
Rambling aside, this character can bring a lot to Super Smash Bros. Besides, I believe Mr. Game & Watch could use a companion who’s paper-like, right?
1. Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Since his debut in Super Mario RPG—fans have wanted this character in Super Smash Bros. Including me. I was let-down when Geno received the Mii costume treatment. Ashley was another character that I was upset about getting a mii costume with. But the Inkling trailer gives me hope that he will make it in the game.
Geno would make an excellent ranged fighter and sword-wielder in the new Smash Bros title. The Geno Beam (or even Geno Flash) would make a great charge attack. Think Samus’s standard special attack. The Geno Whirl could mimic Samus’ missile special attack. For a Final Smash, I’d go with the Geno Blast. I can imagine his rays of light taking opponents off the stage one-by-one. It would work similarly to Ness and Lucas’ Final Smash. I’m hoping he’ll find his way into the roster since Square-Enix and Nintendo are close. I always told myself, if Cloud Strife can make it in, any reasonable fighter can.
Well those are five characters I’d like to see in Super Smash Bros. Switch. Certainly, there are more characters I’d love for this game to have, but these five speak to me. We’ll have to wait and see what happens by the end of 2018.
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