I already wrote a list of characters I’d like to see added to Super Smash Bros. via DLC, but of course I realized there were a few other characters I failed to mention. Two of the characters I listed belong to third-parties, but some of the characters I failed to mention also fall under that umbrella, including one that I personally feel guilty for not listing.
Now, some people will give the usual “too many third-party characters” argument, but I’m not saying all these characters will be added to the game, or even that I’d like to see them all thrown in at once. It’s merely a list of five third-party characters I’d like to see. Nothing more. Besides, I’d rather see more third-party characters than any more anime swordfighters by this point (spoiler alert: Lloyd Irving isn’t here). So at the very least, the characters listed here would bring some added variety to the mix.
Keep in mind I’m sticking with characters who have a history with Nintendo. So while I love Halo as much as the next guy, Master Chief has no place here. I should emphasize that these characters have strong ties to Nintendo, so Cloud’s cameos in those handheld Kingdom Hearts games amount to nothing here.
Although Rayman games are fun (if maybe a bit overrated), I don’t particularly care for the titular character, so he’s not here, either. Finally, Solid Snake was already in Super Smash Bros. at one point, so while I wouldn’t mind him returning to the series, this list is solely for potential newcomers.
Feel free to vote for any of these characters on the Smash Bros. character ballot if you haven’t already!
Anyway, let’s get onto the list. But first, an honorable mention.
Honorable Mention: Bayonetta
Representing: Platinum Games
Chances of making it: Maybe, but…
Bayonetta is a fun character who has some great potential for a very extravagant moveset. She also has strong ties to Nintendo, seeing as Bayonetta 2 was not only a Wii U exclusive, but also existed because Nintendo stepped in to publish the game when no one else would. In this sense, the character makes a whole lot of sense.
What’s working against Bayonetta, however, is the character’s highly sexualized behavior. Nintendo likes to keep things a bit more kid-friendly, so Bayonetta might not exactly fit in. Some may point to Zero Suit Samus as proof to the contrary, but Samus simply looks sexy, Bayonetta’s behaviors may prove too much for a game that includes the likes of Mario and Kirby. Of course, Nintendo could tone her down a bit (they did, after all, take away Solid Snake’s guns). Fans may not like it, but that could increase her chances.
Now let’s move on to the top 5!
5: Simon Belmont (Castlevania series)
Chances of making it: Pretty good, actually.
With Mega Man and Ryu now in Super Smash Bros., Nintendo has two of the biggest third-party series to have graced their consoles covered. But Castlevania is a name that’s as legendary as any in gaming, and currently its only Smash representation is a Mii Fighter costume. Boo!
Castlevania is in a similar situation to Mega Man, where the series is currently in limbo, but its absence has only fueled fans’ passion for the series. Super Smash Bros. brought Mega Man back, so why not Castlevania as well?
Although the Symphony of the Night fanboy in me would want Alucard on the roster, there’s no denying that if any Castlevania character makes the cut, it’s going to be Simon. Often seen as the series’ main character, Simon Belmont could bring his trusty whip and various monster fighting items with him. He’d be anything but a miserable little pile of secrets.
4: Bomberman (Bomberman series)
Chances of making it: Could be worse.
It still seems weird to me that Hudson Soft was purchased by Konami. I’m going to miss that crazy, little bee…
Anyway, Bomberman is one of the pioneers of multiplayer gaming, placing him into one of today’s most beloved multiplayer franchises only makes sense. Sure, he’s been MIA for a couple of years now (a frightening trend for classic game characters, it seems), but again, Smash has been used to bring back old characters before, why should Bombermn be any different? Plus, he’s appeared on Nintendo consoles a lot more times than most.
He may have a more difficult moveset to figure out, but Super Smash Bros. has made more far fetched fighters like Captain Falcon and Pac-Man work, so why not Bomberman? If anything, he just gives Sakurai and company a chance to get really creative.
3: Nights (NiGHTS series)
Chances of making it: I wouldn’t count on it.
To anyone who dares use the Smash Bros. fighter ballot to vote for any of Sonic’s goofy friends: Stop. Just stop. Shadow the Hedgehog already ruined one series, we don’t need him doing the same to another.
If there’s any Sega character other than Sonic the Hegehog (or Dr. Robotnik, I suppose) who deserves to be in Super Smash Bros., it’s Nights. He/she would represent not only Sega’s glory days at their finest, but the only ever sequel to NiGHTS Into Dreams was a Wii exclusive. That’s Nintendo cred!
Since Nights is pretty much always flying, the character might have to be toned down to simply hovering over the battlefield, as to not break Smash’s most fundamental rules. I think this is another case where the developers could get really creative with the moveset, since Nights was never much into fisticuffs, but the games give you plenty of imaginative ideas to work with.
2: Banjo-Kazooie (Banjo-Kazooie series)
Chances of making it: Not as unlikely as you might think.
In case you were wondering, this is the one I regretted not listing before.
Banjo and Kazooie – more commonly referred to by Banjo-Kazooie – starred in some of the most beloved games to have appeared on Nintendo platforms that weren’t created by the big N itself. Banjo-Kazooie became something of the face of Rare back when they were Nintendo’s right hand. The series was born and bred on Nintendo platforms.
Although Rare has long-since been bought out by Microsoft and Banjo-Kazooie became an Xbox exclusive along the way, the head of Microsoft’s gaming division, and Rare themselves, have given vocal support to the idea of Banjo-Kazooie in Smash. Not to mention the bear and bird were on Sakurai’s radar back in the Melee days.
So Banjo-Kazooie have the Nintendo cred going for them, now it’s all just a matter of working out the legalities and fan support, I suppose. Still, it’s good to know that this classic duo isn’t impossible.
Not to mention their moves write themselves! These two had so many moves in their two N64 titles that there’s no shortage of material to work with. If Nintendo and all other parties involved can make this a reality, it would just be too good for words.
Just please, give them the classic look. None of that blocky nonsense.
1: Geno (Super Mario RPG)
Chances of making it: I can dream…
Time for me to sound like a broken record, but seriously, Geno in Super Smash Bros! It’s the only way to top Banjo-Kazooie!
Although he’s only had one major appearance in a game, Geno ascends pretty highly on the list of deserving third-party characters for one simple reason: He’s a Mario character!
Sure, he’s owned by Square-Enix (and boy, they’ll let you know it), but he is as much a part of the Mushroom Kingdom as anyone. Frog from Chrono Trigger or an archetypal Final Fantasy character like Black Mage would be other great choices for Square representation, but it’s hard to argue against a Mario character appearing in Super Smash Bros. Fellow Mario RPG original Mallow would be another great choice, but I think we all know if only one Mario RPG character were to make the cut, it’d be Geno.
Much like Banjo-Kazooie, Geno has a moveset ready and waiting for him, with his Super Mario RPG abilities and special moves being pretty easy to imagine being translated into an effective – not to mention unique – Smash Bros. moveset.
If Super Mario RPG can’t get a direct sequel, then bringing Super Mario RPG to Super Smash Bros. is the next best thing.
So those are the third-party characters I’d like to potentially see resurrected through the Super Smash Bros. roster. Hopefully I’m not forgetting anyone else, but if I am, I suppose I can just look forward to whipping up another list.