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Nintendo has always crammed its Smash Bros. titles with as many references to its stable of heroes as possible. But 2008’s Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii was packed tighter than a college student’s suitcase, so who’s left to include in the upcoming Wii U entry? We have some ideas.
[This list was put together with the assistance of GI staffers Jeff Cork, Ben Hanson, Tim Turi, and Dan Ryckert]
Your Mii Nintendo has made it clear that Miis will be a big part of the Wii U, and the idea of injecting yourself into the combat of Smash Bros. is too enticing to pass up. Your character will most likely have an array of sports paraphernalia for attacking opponents (like a tennis racket and bowling balls), but thanks to Wii Sports Resort your character will also be handy with a bow and a sword.Likelihood: 95%
Waluigi (Mario series)While he still hasn’t received his own game, Waluigi has been a mainstay in Mario sports titles since Mario Tennis on the Nintendo 64. We think the lanky, evil counterpart to Luigi would be a natural fit in Smash Bros., and we’d expect him to have some serious reach with his kicks.Likelihood: 89%
Prince Fluff (Kirby’s Epic Yarn)Since he was originally the star of Epic Yarn until Kirby was injected into it, the next Smash Bros. is the perfect opportunity to let Prince Fluff shine. His yarn-whip would be the perfect weapon and his car form could make for some adorable hit-and-runs.Likelihood: 85%
Paper Mario (Paper Mario series)We got Dr. Mario in the last game, but one of Mario’s coolest incarnations was in 2001’s Nintendo 64 title Paper Mario. A Paper Mario version of Mario could turn sideways and almost disappear from view (a power that could cut both ways if players lose sight of their own character), get caught in the wind and drift upwards, or slip between a character’s legs to immediately start attacking them from behind. Likelihood: 72%
Toadstool (Super Mario Bros. series)Toad’s had to suffer the indignity of being Peach’s human (?) shield for some time now, which is why this little 'shroom is ready for prime time. He’s proven that he can take a beating, and the roster could benefit from having another small, speedy character a la Pichu. Shouldn’t he be allowed to prove for once and for all that he truly is the best?Likelihood: 66%
Bowser Jr. (Mario series)King Koopa’s delinquent child has hassled Mario and his friends enough to earn a spot on the Smash Bros. roster. This bandana-wearing baddie could possibly morph into Shadow Mario, summon his dad’s minions, and pilot the flying Koopa clown car.Likelihood: 58%
Quote (Cave Story)Cave Story’s protagonist would be a great addition to the game. His pixelated weapons would make for a ranged but lethal opponent. He could use his machine-gun jetpack as a hover mechanic and have King the Mimiga fly out of his blade for a final smash. Likelihood: 50%
Epic Mickey (Epic Mickey)Epic Mickey was one of the biggest third-party games for the Wii, and it’s been reported that Miyamoto used to idolize Walt Disney. If Disney was all right with Junction Point creating a dark and twisted world called Wasteland for Mickey to explore, you would think the company would happily allow its mascot to go up against Solid Snake’s Nikita Missile or be eaten by Kirby. Mickey could use his paintbrush to create objects and platforms for himself or just throw his paint thinner in the eyes of an opponent. We could only hope that his choice of weapon would change his appearance from noble Mickey to scrapper Mickey.Likelihood: 41%
Doc (Punch-Out!!) Brawl’s Pokémon Trainer character is a great template for Doc, who could summon a variety of fighters from the Punch-Out!! series. It might not make any sense to have Little Mac’s corner man backing swappable fighters like Bald Bull, King Hippo, and Glass Joe, but we’d like to see an exception made just this once. It is Smash Bros., after all.Likelihood: 34%
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Nintendo should add a littlebigplanet-like level browser so we could play others custom stages easily!
Interesting article and some great suggestions. I'm still curious about the Wii U and I loved Smash Bros Melee, so I'd totally get this game.
If the Find Mii stage was in there, the little cat soldiers could randomly walk around and swing at people while they're fighting. that'd be pretty cool.
You guys hit every and all high notes. Make this game!
This was such a great compilation article. I can't wait to see how many of these predictions come true.
Bring Tom Nook from Animal Crossing into this title: he throws ridiculous price tags at you and attacks you with various items he sells or buys like a dresser, umbrella, or killer fish.
Other titles that came out for PS3 that I would love to see on there (even though they aren't very likely) are any combination of characters from Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, Jak and Daxter, or Ratchet and Clank.
I'd be down for getting to play as our Mii's, and since we can already play as practically every other major Mario character and since somebody already managed to mod him into Brawl, I'd be cool with Waluigi too.
Another feature I think would be cool is getting to play as different "versions" of characters from the previous Smash games; like "Melee Falco" or "Brawl Falco" or "Melee Ganondorf" or "Brawl Ganondorf." (this could apply to any character who appeared in at least two of the three previous titles along with whatever version they were in the new game).
Megaman with 25%!? These guys are high! Megaman is like the most wanted character for the next Super Smash Bros.
I hope they put in differen forms of Link like Young Link, Adult Link from OoT, TP, and SS. That also means I would like to see past forms of some characters from their previous games.
these would be good for the 3Ds. How about Darunia and Zorark?
I can agree with almost everything here, however I think your % chances are completely backwards. After seeing Snake and Sonic in Brawl I can't believe Mega Man is anything less than 80% chance. I also feel that Waluigi and Toad should never be playable as they have nothing unique or special about them. And Goemon should, in now way, be an assist. He should be a playable character.
I know this would never happen, but I want the green machine (Master Chief) to show up. Can you imagine using a Gravity Hammer or a fully charged plasma pistol to send that little @*%! Kirby flying off of the stage? Iiiiit'ssss oouutttaa heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrreeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah cool characters.
Mad world stages and character!
It would be awesome if they put fierce deity link from majoras mask
The Masked Man from Mother 3
because Mother characters are crazy fun
I imagine he would play somewhat like Metaknight mixed with Lucas.
some unique abilities might include his sword that shoots lightning (arced version of pikachu's down B?)
They could also use some of the other psi abilities not currently in SB.
The Fly? Please. The only classic movie Jeff Goldblum has ever been in is the perennial favorite, "Race to the Double Helix". Watch it if you value potential internet memes, scenes of people eating, and Jeff Goldblum being really creepy!
If I was put in charge of coming up with all this, the new game would get too big too fast