If you follow video games at all, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – released barely over two months ago – has become Nintendo’s fastest selling game. The multiplayer fighting game is a hit with hardcore and casual players alike, with its colorful selection of stages, items, and characters setting it apart from the crowd.
Since the original Super Smash Bros. was released in 1999, the character roster has grown from twelve to over seventy different options. Of course, we’re still waiting on the new DLC (“downloadable content”) characters. Nintendo announced that Joker from Persona 5 will be joining the roster in February, but the other newcomers remain a mystery.
I understand the speculation train has long since left the station, and everyone and their cousin has put out a video or article about who they want to see in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I’m going to do my own anyway. After much deliberation, I’ve compiled a list of five characters I think would be good fits for the SSBU stage – not necessarily ones I think are likely to make it there, but if I were in charge, I’d pick them.
Okami recently received an HD port to the Nintendo Switch, making this the perfect opportunity. Amaterasu – Ammy for short – has a number of weapons at her disposal, such as the shield-like reflectors or the rosary beads that can act as a whip. The Celestial Brush could also be implemented in her moveset, though the number of techniques would need to be limited. The Power Slash, Cherry Bomb, Inferno, and Thunderstorm techniques work great offensively in Okami, and I can see them being utilized in SSBU as well.
I also think there is an unfortunate lack of quadrupedal characters in the series (Duck Hunt, Ivysaur, and sometimes Pikachu). Not that it would alter the gameplay that much, but it’d be a nice change of pace.
Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney)
Look, I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out. Phoenix Wright has already been in one fighting game franchise (Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3), how hard can it be to bring him to another? Granted, I know almost nothing about UMvC3, but I’m basing some of my ideas on that and on other characters already in SSBU.
One of the abilities Phoenix has in UMvC3 is gathering evidence, which gives him a variety of projectile attacks. I can see something like this being used as a special move in SSBU – maybe one sends a gust of papers and folders towards the enemy, or another could be a short-range projectile where Phoenix throws assorted evidence at his opponents (think like how Kirby’s downward-special move changes appearance but has the same effect regardless). As for a final smash, I would love to see an appearance from other Ace Attorney characters – maybe Maya makes an appearance, or the Judge smacks opponents down with his gavel.
Oh, and while I’m dreaming, let’s throw in alternate skins for Edgeworth, Apollo, and some of the other lawyers too.
The Champions (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
The Legend of Zelda franchise hasn’t had a new playable character since Brawl on the Wii, and even that was just another version of Link. (Meanwhile, we get a new Pokémon and like 8 new Fire Emblem characters with every release.) Breath of the Wild introduced four new fantastic characters to the series, and I’d be happy seeing any one of them appear in-game.
Personally, I think Urbosa (second from right) is the best fit, since her skills as a warrior would translate well to a fighting game. Her final smash could be based on her special ability in Breath of the Wild, Urbosa’s Fury, in which she shocks a certain radius around her with electricity. Any of the others would be great too though – Mipha’s trident would be a unique weapon, Daruk would make a great heavy character, and Revali… would hopefully not get confused with Falco.
Atlas & P-Body (Portal 2)
Even though the robots are the stars of Portal 2’s co-op mode, I see them more as being alternate skins for each other rather than working together like the Ice Climbers. The physics of portals themselves might be challenging to implement in a Super Smash Bros. arena, but they still might be able to be used.
A downward-special could shoot a portal below another fighter, creating a “buried” effect (incapacitating the opponent). Another might be a projectile, using some of the various cubes from the Portal franchise (similar to Yoshi’s egg-throwing move). Also, seeing GLaDOS appear for a Final Smash would be super satisfying.
Decidueye (Pokémon Sun & Moon)
Of everyone on this list, I think Decidueye is the most likely candidate. You all know how much I love Pokémon here, but I don’t think we need another Pokémon character. That being said, if they decide to add one, I hope it’s Decidueye. For one, it would feel more rounded having three fully-evolved starter Pokémon as playable characters (Greninja, Incineroar, and Decidueye). Decidueye is also a fan-favorite among the Sun & Moon starters (and my favorite, but that’s irrelevant).
More than that though, Decidueye’s abilities would fit well in the game. It can used ranged and close-up attacks, and with its ghost/grass type combination, the special moves could be interesting. Decidueye’s final smash could take cues from its signature move in the Pokémon games, “Sinister Arrow Raid.” All this to say, if we must have another Pokémon in SSBU, it would be hard to go wrong with Decidueye.