When the video for Terry Bogard was released, Super Smash Bros players saw another box of the five promised DLC fighters ticked off. Fans only had one more chance to see their pick included in the game. Suddenly, a new announcement was made! More DLC fighters are in development! While it is unclear at this time how many more characters will appear, the news has gamers going wild with speculation. With everybody trying to guess who Masahiro Sakurai will bring in, it seemed logical to give my two cents.
This wishlist will name five franchises/games and the characters within that I feel should be included somewhere down the line. If not as DLC, then as a character slot in a future Smash title. This list will also follow the rules that Sakurai himself has stated many times in the past.
- The character must have a video game origin. This means that we can knock out anybody with comic book/manga origins. No Goku, no Naruto, no DC Comics and Marvel characters.
- The character must have appeared on a Nintendo platform. This means that characters such as Kratos from God of War, Master Chief from Halo, and other non-Nintendo platform exclusives are not eligible.
With that out of the way, let’s see who could join the battle!
1) Mega Man X
Some people may feel that this is redundant as the original Mega Man is already a playable character. I encourage those people to play the Mega Man X Legacy Collections. Now technically X is in the game already as one of the Mega Man iterations in the original’s Final Smash. However, X can be so much more with a character slot. His X-Buster could demolish opponents while he dodges attacks with his dash. From elemental weapons to explosives and lasers, X has wielded pretty much everything. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t include Zero on this list. X’s closest friend and a formidable fighter in his own right, Zero uses his Z-Saber to cut down his foes. As the Maverick Hunter is already an assist trophy, we would have to wait for a future Smash installment to see him with his own character slot.
Heroes are not the only ones who deserve a mention in this series. The unrelenting villain Sigma is also a viable candidate to join the ranks. Inhabiting many different forms over the years, Sigma has blades, claws, scythes, and more that he can use to battle his foes. Returning Maverick and Boba Fett-lookalike Vile could also make a splash. With a shoulder turret and Ride Armors to choose from, he would be a tough opponent to defeat. While we would probably have to wait for another Smash game to see all these fighters in action, X and company would be a huge addition to the series.
2) Tales of Symphonia
There are so many games in the Tales series that it is difficult to keep track of them all. However, one entry really connected with gamers and that was Tales of Symphonia. Its lovable characters and unique fighting mechanics combined with a memorable 80+ hour story won players over. The main character, Lloyd, stopped at nothing to achieve his dream for a better world, using his dual blade technique to defeat his foes. Imagine him employing those same moves against the Super Smash Bros roster! Another potential addition is Kratos, the sword-and-shield wielding warrior who can slice through any opponent.
The magic-user Genis could be a formidable fighter with the right move-set. While he doesn’t have much in the way of melee attacks, I’m sure that Sakurai and company can create a fighting-style for him as they have done with much of the roster. Perhaps Genis could play somewhat like Zelda, with emphasis on specials but able to deal devastating blows up close when he must. The Chosen, Colette, could also join the battle, attacking opponents with her Angel Feathers and Pow Hammer moves. Tales of Symphonia has more eligible characters, but these are my top four choices. Lloyd has been featured as a Mii Swordfighter costume so perhaps there is hope for the series to be included further down the line, DLC or otherwise. However, if anyone does enter the fray, they need to be voiced by their original voice actors, especially Scott Menville!
3) Street Fighter
While there are two World Warriors in the Super Smash Bros series already, there are so many more to choose from! Now that Ryu and Ken have joined the roster, and Guile as an assist trophy, there’s the potential for other fan-favorites to come in as well. The first that comes to mind is Chun Li. Who wouldn’t want to play as “The First Female in Fighting” against other warriors in an all-out brawl? Hitting opponents with her Spinning Bird Kick and Hyakuretsukyaku, Chun Li can battle with the best of them. Another legendary fighter who could join the ranks is the wielder of Psycho Power, M. Bison. Shattering opponents with his Psycho Crusher and Knee Press, Bison has also shown the ability to use ranged moves in the past, so maybe that could be a special attack for the Shadaloo leader.
A fun addition would be Blanka, clawing, biting, and electrocuting his way to victory. He can hurtle through the air with his Rolling Attack and knock his enemies to the ground. Perhaps Blanka can match his Lightning Cannonball with Pikachu’s Skull Bash! One possible unique addition is Zangief, the Red Cyclone. Some fighters have grappling moves such as Donkey Kong and Bowser, but the Russian wrestler would be unique as grappling would be his main form of attack. His Spinning Piledriver and Atomic Buster moves would drill his opponents into the ground. To top it all off, perhaps he could have a Mecha-Zangief alternate color. Any of these characters could potentially appear as DLC for Super Smash Bros Ultimate so hopefully, we will see them soon.
4) Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
The newer generations of gamers may not know about the Nintendo/Square game that released back in 1996. Mario, Bowser, and Peach (Princess Toadstool in-game) fought against a new enemy named Smithy and his gang. In addition, two more characters joined Mario and company: Mallow and Geno. Mallow, a magic-user, could specialize in raining lightning down upon his opponents. The character also has many weapons to choose from, such as sonic cymbals and a cane that he receives from his grandfather, Frogfucius. While Mallow technically appears in the game as a spirit in the World of Light mode, I believe more can be done with his character. It would take some work, but Mallow could bring a distinct fighter among the roster of Super Smash Bros.
Geno is a toy that is brought to life by a Star Spirit and sent to defeat Smithy’s gang. Teaming up with Mario, the wooden puppet has quite a few tricks up his sleeve. Geno has hidden compartments in his body that house projectiles and even an energy beam. He can also call upon light energy to attack his opponents with sky attacks or discs of light. According to Sakurai, Geno has been considered to join the Smash roster in the past as early as Super Smash Bros Brawl. However, he felt that there could be licensing roadblocks with Square (now Square Enix) and decided against it. With the inclusion of Cloud, it is possible that Mallow and Geno could have their day in the sun someday as fully fleshed-out characters.
5) Kingdom Hearts
While none of the main entries in the series has been available for Nintendo, Kingdom Hearts has appeared in Nintendo’s handheld systems. Sora uses his Keyblade to battle opponents, combining it with acrobatics and magic to create a unique fighting style. Imagine matching the Kingdom Key against Falchion or the Master Sword! His Final Smash could be the Trinity Limit from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. While Sora is certainly the first choice for a Kingdom Hearts inclusion, Riku wouldn’t be too far behind. Another Keyblade-wielder who can utilize the power of darkness, Riku has a very different fighting-style compared to Sora. His Final Smash could be his Dark Aura technique, where he rapidly slashes his opponents from all directions.
Heroes are not the only types of characters that we could see in a Smash game. Organization XIII has many members, each with unique move-sets, weapons, and abilities. Master Xehanort is a fearsome foe who uses darkness to its fullest extent to destroy his opponents. Axel could blaze a path of destruction with his burning chakrams. Obviously, no Disney characters are eligible for Smash as they do not have video game origins. That leaves characters like Sora, Riku, Xehanort, Axel, and others to fill the roster. Again, with Cloud in the game, Square Enix may be a little more inclined to allow someone like Sora to join the battle. Hopefully, this news would come with a Kingdom Hearts collection for Nintendo Switch so that players can experience the full story.
What do you think of this list? Is there anyone I didn’t mention that you feel should be added to the Super Smash Bros roster? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!