5 Characters that deserve a spot in Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS
Among Nintendo’s ever-growing archive of rehashed series, their mash-up brawler tops the list of “never getting old.” Since its Nintendo 64 debut, the Super Smash Brothers franchise has undergone countless combat tweaks and roster updates, each iteration improving on an already superb formula. However, the Wii U/3DS SSB installment has greater room for expansion than any before it thanks to the wealth of characters that have sprung up in recent years. Looking at what we know of the roster thus far, we’ll be seeing our typical Nintendo horde (Mario, Luigi, Bowser, you know the drill), as well as a few wild cards like the Wii Fitness Trainer pair and Rosalina and Luma from Super Mario Galaxy. Here are a few more combatants that could easily fill a spot in SSB Wii U.
Amaterasu — Okami
While it’s not known for its release on Nintendo platforms, the original Okami did eventually see an HD release on Wii, in addition to the semi-sequel Okamiden for DS. As such, everyone’s favorite sun god is more than qualified to smash face in SSB. With a variety of ink-based attacks lifted straight from the games unique combat system and a wolf form that puts The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess to shame, Amaterasu could contribute some much needed flare to the aging franchise. Besides, with Wolf currently MIA, Fox could get lonely being the only canine.
Klonoa — Klonoa
Speaking of HD rereleases for the Wii!
Nintendo gave the 2.5D platforming splendor that is Klonoa the return it deserved in 2009, and it’s about time the name cropped up again. Although he may not look like much of a fighter, Klonoa’s trademark ring could fuel plenty of grabs and throws, and he’s picked up plenty of gadgets in his adventures to provide attacks varied enough to put him into Ness territory in terms of unpredictability. But no matter how he’s designed, Klonoa is likely to win out as most adorable fighter.
Cream & Cheese — Sonic the Hedgehog Series
If Fox can partner with Falco in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Cream and Cheese can team up Ice Climbers style in SSB Wii U. Sonic himself made the cut for Brawl and has been confirmed for the next game, but there are plenty more characters gathering dust in Sonic canon. Knuckles is tempting as well, but when it comes to partners, this rabbit and Chao are inseparable. Cream has knockback recovery in spades thanks to her flight ability, and there’s no telling how hard those ears can hit. And anyone who’s faced a talented Yoshi can tell you that hard headed and flight is not a combo to scoff at in SSB.
Dark Samus — Metroid Prime Series
There’s simply too much potential in Samus Aran’s Phazon counterpart Dark Samus for it (her?) not to be mentioned. Super Smash Bros. is known for its tendency to add alternate versions of characters with subtly—and in some cases, radically—altered movesets (think Doctor Mario/Mario, Young Link/Link, Pikachu/Pichu, etc.). Samus has been with the franchise since its inception, and with her already confirmed for the next game, things could get stale for our favorite Nintendo bounty hunter. The addition of a faster or air-heavy Phazon nemesis would patch that right up.
Bayonetta — Bayonetta
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With Bayonetta 2 seeing release exclusively on the Wii U, Bayonetta is a surprisingly probable entrant for the next SSB. The series’ tried and true T rating will force her to dispense with the innuendo, but there’s still plenty left to Bayonetta. Flagrantly over-the-top and combative to a fault, this witch is packing four handguns which can be fired simultaneously from her hands and feet, a demonic katana, a pair of elemental claws, cursed ice skates, onyx shotguns, a possessed whip and an arsenal of stolen Angel weaponry. Tell me twice that she wouldn’t have some colorful attacks.
You’ve surely got characters of your own in mind, so let us know in the comments below who you think deserves to go a few rounds in Super Smash Bros. Wii U. Oh, and you can find more about the game here.