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Ten third-party characters that should be in the next Super Smash Bros.

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While major details surrounding Super Smash Bros. for Wii U have been kept under wraps, people haven't forgotten about the game. Interest in the title remains alive among longtime Smash Bros. fans who continue to speculate on the game — on when it'll launch, what modes it will include, and most importantly, what characters will make it to the roster.

There are a number of first-party Nintendo characters that would make excellent additions to the Smash Bros. hall of fame, but a lot of the appeal in Brawl came from third-party fighters like Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog making their debuts. What third-party characters should Nintendo and Namco Bandai feature in the upcoming Wii U installment of Smash Bros?

Rayman (Rayman series)

Rayman

The sheer charm of the Rayman series alone makes it a perfect fit on Nintendo consoles. But don't let the colorful look and pleasant demeanor of the titular Rayman fool you. This limbless hero's got a ton of offense up his sleeve ... well, if he had sleeves. Rayman Origins proved that the adventuring protagonist had what it takes to provide a platforming experience that rivals that of the Mario franchise. This calls for a battle to decide platforming supremacy. Rayman vs. Mario! Or Rayman vs. anyone, really. I mean, it would be pretty fun grabbing Link and slapping him around a bit.

Pac-Man (Pac-Man series)

Pac-Man

By teaming up with Namco Bandai, Nintendo's got a massive library of memorable characters to work with. Why not include one of the most iconic mascots in all of gaming? Pac-Man is one of the few characters that can actually rival Mario as far as the legacy of video games is concerned. By including the rotund fruit-munching hero in the upcoming Smash Bros., Nintendo and Namco Bandai would also be able to feature some cool Pac-Man-related items, stages, and assist trophies (Ms. Pac-Man, we're looking at you!).

Tails (Sonic the Hedgehog series)

Tails

Sonic the Hedgehog's inclusion in Smash Bros. Brawl was iconic because we were finally getting a game where Nintendo's portly plumber and Sega's blue blur were going to get the chance to duke it out. None of that Olympics crap! But what about Tails? He's as important to Sonic as Luigi is to Mario. Come to think of it, Tails vs. Luigi would be a grand battle of sidekicks. My money's on Tails, just because Luigi's kind of annoying.

Ryu (Street Fighter series)

Ryu

A Nintendo vs. Capcom game seems like something that could be really cool. Both companies have a lengthy roster of memorable characters, and this is a crossover that's just begging to happen. For Smash Bros., though, I think a lot of people would be all, "WTF?!" if Ryu showed up as a hidden character. With his arsenal of punches, kicks, and projectiles, the Street Fighter star could certainly hold his own against Mario and company.

Sora (Kingdom Hearts series)

Sora

Square Enix and Disney have been turning out Kingdom Hearts games for a long time, and a lot of the entries in the franchise are well-received by gamers. Sora has become a popular character among RPG enthusiasts, and he's proven time and time again that he has what it takes to take on massive beasts and gangs of enemies. How would he fare in Smash Bros. competition? I'm certain he gets a bit restless on his days off, so he probably gets a hankering to smack someone upside the head with a giant key. Sora should totally let out all that aggression against some of Nintendo's top dogs.

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