Last week, Nintendo surprised us all with the announcement that Super Smash Bros. was coming to the Nintendo Switch. Although at this point, it’s up in the air whether it’s a port of the Wii U version or an entirely new installment. Either way, new characters are likely to be included. One has already been announced, the Inklings from Splatoon, an obvious choice. Today, I got five more that I’d like to see, along with some honorable mentions. Let’s begin.
#5: Thomas from Kung Fu
This underrated NES gem, and port of Data East and Irem’s arcade game Kung-Fu Master, has fallen under the radar in recent years. Not only is it fun to play, but it also has a simple, but solid, main character. Thomas is just looking to save his girlfriend from the evil Mr. X. Who said his journey had to stop after that? He could use his techniques in the world of smash to test his ability. Punching and kicking would be satisfying to do with those NES grunts. I have no idea what his Final Smash would be, though. Also, a stage based on the game would be a treat (as long as it doesn’t scroll).
#4: A character from Arms
This also seems like an obvious choice. I have yet to play Arms, but boy does it look fun. The character designs look great, and they would fit well in Smash Bros. If I had to guess, Spring Man (the one on the cover) would be the one to get the nod. I’d be really curious to see what his Final Smash would be.
#3: Crash Bandicoot
Part of me is skeptical that he’d fit in well, but if he gets announced, I just know I’ll have a huge grin on my face. I grew up with Naughty Dog’s original trilogy on PlayStation, and I also enjoyed TwinSanity a lot, even if it is very buggy. I liked the later ones as a kid, but playing them now just feels very bland. With the announcement that the N-Sane Trilogy is on its way to other platforms, including the Switch, it seems a little more plausible that Crash could be on the roster. A few moves to me seem obvious: Down+B would be the belly flop, left/right+B would be the slide, and up+B could trigger a bouncy box for him to bounce on. If Sonic can trigger a spring, then Crash can do that. Final Smash: Fruit Bazooka. Enough said. Forget what I said earlier, he’d fit in perfectly.
This Ubisoft hero actually appears in the Wii U version as a trophy, but not as a playable character. I have no idea why, because as a fighter, I think he’d fit well! How he controls in Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends almost feels like he could be in Smash Bros., so why not? Holding down B could charge up his punch, similar to Donkey Kong. And for a final smash, he could bring in his mosquito friend to get everyone. It’d be a fun time.
#1: Shovel Knight
One of the only gaming Kickstarters to actually produce a good game, Shovel Knight provides the titular character with several abilities. All of these would create a unique fighter for Smash Bros. His signature shovel bouncing could be similar to how Link swings his sword down to bounce a little bit. All of the weapons could be assigned to the different B moves. And for his final smash, well that would involve spoilers. If you haven’t played Shovel Knight, do it to see how well he’d fit in.
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