Tony’s Time: Ten Characters I Want in Smash Bros.
The next Smash Bros. game is in development and the surprising thing is that it won’t just be Nintendo working on the game. The company has enlisted the help of Namco Bandai to team up with Project Sora to create not one, but reportedly two different Super Smash Bros. games. This brings up the obvious thought that, with Namco working on the game, we are going to see some of their characters in the game, but you also have new characters from Nintendo that will probably be launched as well.
There are two types of characters you see in a game like this; long time characters who have starred in a number of games and are fan favorites such as Mario, Link and Kirby. You also have characters from long forgotten or dormant franchises that make a reappearance like Pit or the Ice Climbers. So I’m going to take a look at some characters that I want to see make their first appearance in the franchise. This week we’re going to take a look at characters from the two principle companies working on the game, Nintendo and Namco Bandai. I’m going to list five characters from each company I want to see make their first appearance in the fighting franchise. Next week I’ll take a look at some of the third-party characters that should follow Sonic and Solid Snake with guest appearances as playable characters.
The 3DS eShop has seen a few new franchises from Nintendo pop up. Games like Pushmo and Dillon’s Rolling Western have been surprise releases on the eShop that show off some new characters and gameplay ideas from Nintendo. Pushmo has been the surprise hit of the eShop, but I think another game has a character that would be better represented in a fighting game, Dillon from Dillon’s Rolling Western.
This anthropomorphic armadillo could follow in the footsteps of the Pokemon characters and represent the animal kingdom well. He’s got some great attacks and weapons that would fit in well with the other characters. You could incorporate some of the tower defense style play by allowing him to place turrets, ala Solid Snake, that could be one shot weapons. His rolling attacks would work similarly to characters like Sonic and because of that it would be fairly easy to incorporate a character like Dillon into the game.
This generic blue action figure has, for some reason, taken the world by storm since Nintendo’s E3 press conference. He’s been skyrocketed to the top of most wanted lists for not only an addition in Super Smash Bros., but also to get his own game. Why people like this character is anyone’s guess. I immediately said he needed to be included in the playable roster, but we don’t have any idea how he’d work as we’ve never seen him in action. Maybe he could take some of Captain Rainbow’s moves and incorporate another Nintendo character into the mix.
These WarioWare supporting characters are already in Smash Bros. as assist trophies, but it’s time they get promoted to the ranks of actual characters. These are another set of characters in my list of video game personalities that need their own starring game. In terms of how they would work as playable characters in Smash Bros., I’m thinking they would function similarly to Ice Climbers. They would be a duo that could work together and would benefit as long as both are still around, but would only be officially knocked out when they both are gone.
They would be very fast characters and could have some ninja like abilities, such as being able to teleport to a different part of the battlefield. They could have a good mix of ranged weapons such as bows, throwing stars or bombs, as well as a good arsenal of up-close fighting styles.
Since I played this game a couple of years ago it’s been on my list of games that should see some kind of return by Nintendo. Whether the game sees a re-release through the eShop or it gets a proper sequel, it was sorely overlooked by the public and Nintendo really needs to make an effort to revive this franchise. Barring that, however, I would love to see Jill become a playable character in Smash Bros. She’s been in the game as an assist trophy and a sticker, but maybe adding her as a playable character would get people interested in the franchise again. It worked for Pit and Kid Icarus, why not Drill Dozer?
Sakurai created these characters. They’ve been around since the early days of the NES and they’ve been relegated to the dustbin of history. It’s time they make their comeback. Much like Pit saw resurgence through Super Smash Bros. Brawl, these characters could make their triumphant return in the next game. It could be the beginning of a revival for them and I would love to see them come back through the eShop in a new downloadable series.
From Namco Bandai:
The obvious choice from the Namco side of things would be Pac-Man. Shelby and I have talked about some ideas for how Pac-Man should work if he were to appear in the next game. I however, don’t think he would be a good fit. Mr. Driller would be my first choice for a Namco character to appear in the game. He’s already got an art style to his look that would fit right in with anything Nintendo created. While his franchise is mainly about digging deep into the ground, I could easily see him fitting into a fighting style that would seamlessy integrate with any of the Smash Bros. characters. Not only that, but he’s a pretty popular character.
There are two characters from Namco published games that also seem like something straight out of Nintendo’s playbook. They’re both animals. Klonoa, has been a franchise that has appeared on multiple Nintendo consoles, so many fans are already familiar with him. For those that aren’t it’s the perfect introduction to the character. His platforming games would be instant hits among Mario fans as the platforming would be very familiar to them.
The other animal character is from a more recent game that first was first published on a Nintendo platform courtesy of 2011′s Solatorobo: Red the Hunter. This DS action RPG was actually pretty good and, as with Klonoa, the character simply doesn’t look out of place among the roster of Nintendo favorites. Again, this is the type of character who could make a great introduction to Wii U/3DS owners through Smash Bros. and who’s franchise could see a spike in popularity because of it.
Is there any doubt a game being published by Namco and featuring a number of their most popular characters would fail to include the King of All Cosmos from the Katamari franchise. This bizarre character could have a crazy final Smash by rolling up all of the other fighters into a huge ball and just shoving them off the side of the stage. He’s weird. He’s popular and he’s a perfect fit for the game.
The Dig Dug franchise is one of the most popular arcade games of all time and I can remember spending hours playing the game on the NES. It’s seen release on numerous Nintendo platforms and characters from the franchise have already crossed over into one Nintendo franchise featuring an ensemble cast. Granted that was Mario Kart Arcade GP; which featured Pac-Man as a playable character. The franchise already has a history with Nintendo crossovers and if his son (Mr. Driller) is going to be in the game, it only seems fair that he get his shot as well.
So there are some of my most wanted characters from Nintendo and Namco, the two principle developers of the next Smash Bros. game. Next week I’ll be taking a look at some of the third-party characters I would love to see be included. Betcha can guess one of them already. [=^) Let us know who you think should make the cut from Nintendo and Namco. There are plenty more characters to choose from. This is just a small list of the possibilities.