Last week, the internet lost its collective mind when Nintendo announced that its ever-popular crossover fighting series Super Smash Bros. is headed to the Switch. When we all thought the Nintendo Direct’s finale was the reveal of Splatoon 2 DLC, a CG segment mimicking the shooter’s original unveiling video segued into a brief glimpse of things to come: Splatoon‘s inkling girl mascot starring at the flaming Smash logo and threatening silhouettes of Nintendo mascot Mario and Link, now sharing a closer resemblance to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The inklings from Splatoon are our first and most obvious new additions to the growing roster, but what other characters might we see in the coming months as we head towards its 2018 release? Our team has shared some of their wishes, both realistic and not!
I am fully aware that outside of some in the competitive community, I may be one of the only people who misses these two siblings, but I really hope for a return of the Ice Climbers on the Nintendo Switch. Introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee for Gamecube and last seen in Brawl for the Wii, technical limitations cost this fighting pair their slot in the 3DS instalment’s roster, with the desire for roster parity keeping them out of the Wii U as well. With the Switch just a tiny bit more powerful than 3DS though, hopefully Masahiro Sakurai remembers these guys. In fact, the Joy-Con could provide a whole new control concept for them… or a new game (or would that be pushing my luck?). – Josh A. Stevens
Lyn (Fire Emblem)
A favourite amongst Fire Emblem fans for years now, the protagonist of the Gameboy Advance’s Fire Emblem, Lyn made her first Smash Bros appearance as an Assist Trophy in Brawl, before reappearing on the 3DS and Wii U.
Previously only really known to hardcore fans, the success of mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes has brought an all new level of popularity to the character – and a wardrobe of alternate costumes to boot! She doesn’t even need to be yet another sword fighter any more, so now could finally be her time to debut as a fighter… unless Sakurai just goes with the protagonist of the promised 2018 Fire Emblem game instead. – Josh A. Stevens
Sorry guys, you’ve all got your priorities wrong. Captain Toad is where it’s at – this Toad of the people doesn’t look for recognition, he simply works hard to support the Mushroom Kingdom and Mario. We’ve had a closer look at his adventures in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – now coming to Switch and 3DS! – and now it is time to reward him with a place in Nintendo’s elite fighter series. Before we get a 200th Fire Emblem character, Josh, I think Captain Toad deserves a place, yeah?
Yes, I know what you’re all saying. He can’t jump! Well, that hasn’t stopped him before. There are many ways around this issue, such as with the teleporting haunted mansion doors in Treasure Tracker, or perhaps a grappling hook – who knows what Captain Toad has in his backpack? With his rollmat for tripping enemies, turnips for projectiles, and, of course, his trusty pickaxe, there are plenty of moves Captain Toad could employ to tackle the rest of the Smash Bros. roster. Come on, now, wouldn’t you like to see him headbutt Ganon into the horizon with his oversized headlamp?– William Robinson
To me, Celeste is up there with the likes of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a must-play Switch game, and seeing recognition of that achievement in Smash Bros. would be really exciting. Celeste has one of the most affecting stories I’ve witnessed in a game, tied in wonderfully with the challenging but oh-so-rewarding platforming gameplay. Madeline, the anxiety-ridden but determined main character, would translate beautifully to Smash; the purposeful and charismatic art direction of Celeste gives her a distinct character that would stand up well in the ever-growing Smash roster.
Not to mention that her abilities would work wonderfully in Smash. Her main moveset is jumping, dashing and climbing – if the dash was as kinetic as in Celeste, it would be an awesome way to knock opponents back in battle. Her other side – Badeline, as the developers named her – could appear for special moves, and giving her unlimited dashes (as in the late-game sections of Celeste) would be an ideal final smash attack. – William Robinson
Spring Man (ARMS)
When I first picked up fast patched fighting game ARMS, my first thought is how well its characters would work in the Super Smash Bros series. While Nintendo’s new fighting game has a huge selection of fighters, when it comes to Smash the one I’d love to see included is Spring Man. He is the character you’d most easily recognise from the game and he’s also a well-rounded character. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could have different weapon sets for him by changing costumes in Smash, too? The possibilities are endless if you approached it that way and so the idea to me is perfect. Move over Inklings, it’s time for Spring Man to make an appearance. – Demelza Ward
Okay, I can hear you shouting “not another Yoshi character!” already but hear me out. The way I vision having Poochy in Super Smash Bros is that he’ll be so cute that people underestimate his fighting abilities! It’s like Pikachu or Duck Hunt Duo; they may look cute but they’re undoubtedly capable fighters underneath that cuddly nature. Poochy’s rounded body means he could effectively headbutt and dash into enemies, while he also has the option to eat them temporarily or even attack with his tongue and/or bark. He might not pack the punch that other fighters would, but it would be nice to see him given the chance in an approach to adding in some fun, different characters compared to the horde of punching and sword equipped members of the cast we’ve seen in Super Smash Bros. until now. – Demelza Ward
Those are the fondest and perhaps most unreal wishes of our writers, but who would you like to see step up to the challenge of Super Smash Bros on Nintendo Switch?