Nintendo’s E3 2011 press conference was one of the most exciting showings I have seen from Nintendo since the first announcement of the Wii. Not only did Nintendo celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series with downloadable game announcements, a new Skyward Sword trailer and a full orchestral tribute, but in addition to some fantastic game reveals they announced their next console, the Wii U. Along with that announcement, Nintendo, in hopes of stimulating the hardcore audience with HD gaming goodness, stunned gamers by mentioning the next Super Smash Bros. game was coming to the Wii U as well as the 3DS!
This announcement immediately got me excited for the new system. A new Smash with HD graphics, new characters, and new stages are all great to look forward to, but then I came to think of which new characters might be added to the mascot free-for-all. For Brawl, characters like Sonic and Solid Snake were the heavy hitting, surprise new additions. Who will Nintendo add this time? Even though recent reports have mentioned that the game is a long way off, I thought it might be fun to make a list of the characters we want to see in the new game. So, here they are:
Knuckles (Sonic 3 and Knuckles)
Without mentioning the other appearances he has made in the mess that has become today’s Sonic games, Knuckles the Echidna started off in the best Sonic game of all time as the rival of the blue blur himself protecting the chaos emeralds from falling into the wrong hands. Smash has been known to be a series that brings current character’s rivals (especially ones that could share the same moves) into the fray. Who better than Knuckles, out of the community of critters spawned from the Sonic series, to go toe-to-toe with Sonic in a who-would-beat-who scenario? Star Fox has his Star Wolf, Marth has his Roy, and Kirby has his Meta Knight. Give Sonic his Knuckles.
The Battletoads: Rash and Zitz (Battletoads)
The Battletoads would be perfect additions to the Smash roster. Not only were they the protagonists of one of the most memorable (and difficult) games on the NES, but the gameplay style of the battle-hardened amphibians fits perfectly within the fighting arena of Super Smash Bros. All the toads did in their games was kick ass with feet that morphed into a giant boot, hands into sledge hammers and craniums into ram horned head-butts. It makes it hard to imagine a better way to devastatingly own your friends than to literally boot them off the stage and into oblivion.
Simon Belmont (Castlevania)
Well, really a lot of the protagonists from the Castlevania games would be amazing in a Smash game, but Simon is the one that started it all with some of the most memorable games in the series. Using the Belmont’s classic whip and his arsenal of demon slaying items, like the famous vial of holy water and boomberang cross, would make for some amazing special moves Simon could use to put the beat down on classic Nintendo Characters.
Bowser Jr. (Super Mario Series)
Not to get all Standard Achievement Test about video games but Bowser is to Bowser Jr. as lumbering is to… nimble. Bowser might be the powerhouse in the Smash games but to have a mini version of the plumber’s fiendish nemesis zipping around the stage would be an interesting change of pace, especially if the father and son had similar moves. Adding baby Bowser Jr. would make a lot of sense too. He has become quite popular, making an appearance in Mario’s most recent console adventure, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and countless other Nintendo games, so why not throw him into Smash Bros.?
Mega Man (Mega Man Series)
The blue bomber is one of the most recognizable gaming icons from the last twenty odd years. Not only that, but he has had a huge presence on Nintendo consoles with a countless number of games since the days of the NES. How awesome would it be to play as Mega Man launching other classic Nintendo characters off the edge of a stage with a charged blast from his buster arm, calling hoverboard Rush to carry him back from falling into the abyss and using Metal Man’s sawblades to deliver 360 degrees of pain? Well, it would be pretty freakin awesome that’s what.
Well, these are the characters that we are hoping show their faces in the Wii U’s Super Smash Bros. Now all Nintendo needs to do is start development. Hey, that means it’s not too late to hand the developers some character suggestions.
What characters do you want to see in the next Super Smash Bros. game? Shout em out in the comments.