So we’re back again, with even more of our Super Smash Bros. hopefuls! Be sure to check back on part 1 if you haven’t already, and remember to jump into the comments below and discuss your own top picks for DLC!
Tom’s pick: Snake
Out of the DLC characters we’ve gotten so far, three are returning fighters from previous games in the series. It’s probably a safe bet to say we’ll see the likes of Wolf again, but a veteran fighter whose return is far more contestable is Metal Gear Solid’s Snake.
I’ll admit Snake sticks out like a sore thumb in Smash Bros., but Brawl still managed to make it work, giving him a massive array of moves that didn’t lean too heavily into his M-rated origins. If they brought him back, however, I’d prefer to see them head back in time and focus on Solid Snake’s dad: Big Boss himself, or Naked Snake. After all, Metal Gear Solid 3 was relatively recently ported to the 3DS, and they could try some creative new things with his moveset rather than simply porting things over wholesale from the previous game.
Imagine throwing snakes and tarantulas like White Pikmin, or waving the chloroformed handkerchief and knocking people out like Jigglypuff? It’d be ridiculous, sure, but that’s never stopped Sakurai’s team before. Of course, this all relies on modern-day Konami giving Nintendo the green light, and that right there is why my dream will probably remain just that.
Jason’s pick: Bayonetta
Bayonetta may not necessarily be the first character you’d imagine coming to Super Smash Bros., but considering Nintendo’s long history of shying away from adult content, she might be the breath of fresh air that Smash needs.
Bayonetta originally launched on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2010 to critical acclaim but lackluster sales. Die hard fans begged for a second installment of the game, but those cries went unanswered for nearly four years until Nintendo stepped up to the plate to publish it. Bayonetta is smart, sexy and deadly. Armed with a massive arsenal of guns, blades and martial art skills, she already meets the requirements of a well-rounded Smash fighter.
While her sex appeal might be a little too much for an E+10 game, it’s undeniable that the combo-based combat within the Bayonetta series is a perfect fit for Smash. As long as she’s able to keep her clothes on while performing combos, Bayonetta is a shoe-in as my Smash Ballot choice.
Frank’s pick: Banjo & Kazooie
Nintendo has provided fans with many great DLC fighters and maps in the last year. Characters that myself and others never thought we’d see now stand toe-to-toe with the Nintendo greats. So when it was announced earlier this year that Nintendo was holding a Smash Ballot, I knew exactly who would get my vote: Banjo & Kazooie. The original Banjo-Kazooie is one of my favorite games of all time, and its titular characters would make a great fit for Smash. While I know that this will most likely never happen, it’s still fun to think ‘what if?’
Adding Banjo & Kazooie into Smash would be a huge fan service to those who grew up playing the Nintendo 64 back in the late 90’s. They’re true icons of Nintendo during that era and, in my opinion, starred in an almost-perfect 3D platformer. Possible attacks such as the claw swipe, rat-a-tat rap, beak buster and beak bomb would easily transition into Smash Bros. and would make the duo quite unique compared to the other fighters. Not only does their move set make sense for Smash, but recent trends suggest Nintendo would also have to sell a Banjo & Kazooie amiibo, and the thought of such a figure has me smiling ear-to-ear as I write this.
While I know that Microsoft owns the rights to the classic bear and bird, even Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox) said he’d loved to see them in Smash. So Nintendo, you have been given the green light by Microsoft, please make this happen.
Lauren’s pick: Geno
Throughout my personal history with playing Nintendo games, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the characters who don’t necessarily take center stage. That said, I’m all about underdogs; the Smash Ballot is no exception, and that’s exactly why Geno has my vote.
For me, Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars represents Nintendo’s ability to integrate deeply thoughtful and imaginative storylines into, what used to be, a very simplistic Super Mario Bros. platformer. Along with the new form of gameplay for the Mario series, this particular title introduced the world to quite a few brand new characters, including the mysterious Geno. Ever since I played Seven Stars, I’ve been drawn to the little warrior from Star Road. The concept of a star being– an entity seemingly intangible– inhabiting a child’s doll in order to help save the world of Mario is incredibly enchanting. Geno could really open up some new doors when it comes to the types of magical attacks he’d offer among a skill roster full to the brim of punches and kicks. Been there, done that. It’s time to see some new moves!
I love the fact that the Seven Stars story veers off in such a different direction compared to the usual Mario formula. It shows that Nintendo is willing to take creative risks, and that’s exactly what I want to see added to Super Smash Bros. More magical attacks that use energy blasts and projectiles would really boost the hype for me when it comes to duking it out with the same types of characters who have been making appearances in games for years.
So there you have it, that’s who we hope to see announced for Super Smash Bros. on Tuesday! Now we’ll just have to wait and see if our dreams come true…Leave a Comment