In its three incarnations, the Super Smash Bros. series has had many characters from the Nintendo universe as playable fighters. There are the old mainstays like Mario, Link, and Pikachu; more obscure characters such as Lucas, Pit, and the Ice Climbers; and even characters from non-Nintendo franchises like Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog. Many of these characters are formidable fighters, but there are some Nintendo characters who still are not yet playable in any of the SSB games. Therefore, I shall present some of these characters from multiple series, and why they need to be in the next Super Smash Bros. game:
Mario series: It would be cool to see Waluigi as a fighter, as his tennis racket attack as an Assist Trophy in Brawl could be seen as a preview of how capable he would be with his own powers. Princess Daisy could become a “clone” of Princess Peach, and her somewhat annoying voice in and of itself can prove detrimental to other players’ health. Bowser Jr. could have similar skills to his father, or for a real taste of nostalgia, the Koopalings from games such as Super Mario 3 and Super Mario World could be featured in 3-D for the first time.
Donkey Kong series: King K. Rool is strong and fierce, if somewhat comical, yet he still has not become a playble character in any Smash Bros. tile. Speaking of strong, Chunky Kong, from Donkey Kong 64, could prove to be more powerful than even Donkey Kong. Dixie Kong could mow them down with her ponytail, and perhaps for good measure, animal buddies like Rambi, with his super strength; or Squawks, with his endless supply of eggs, could also join in on the fun.
Zelda series: I could see Wolf Link as a playable character for being wild and ferocious. As far as strength goes, a generic Goron could do the trick. Villains like Twinrova, with their powerful magic; and Zant, with his immense power, could also be considered. We could even have Tetra, Zelda’s pirate alter-ego, with her sass and wit. Maybe even bring back Young Link armed with a set of masks that he could use to transform into various characters, like in Majora’s Mask.
Star Fox series: I would love to see how Krystal would succeed as a fighter, along with Star Wolf members like Leon and Panther. General Scales, from Star Fox Adventures, could be resurrected into a menacing fighter. If nothing else, they could always bring back Tricky and his annoying voice, which may be enough to cause his opponents to surrender.
Sonic series: Tails the fox and Knuckles the echidna would be obvious choices not only for popularity, but also because of great potential in the former’s ability to fly and the latter’s expert fighting skills. Shadow could be a Sonic clone with some tricks of his own, as could Silver. Amy Rose could knock down her opponents with her hammer, and Robotnik could use machinery to finish off his foes.
Other: With a new Punch Out game finally being released soon, it would not be out of the question to see Little Mac and his excellent boxing skills. Nintendo could also bring back Mike, from the short-lived Startropics series, and see if his skills with the yo-yo are as devastating as they were years ago. Speaking of obscure characters, Ii would like to see Wart, from Super Mario 2, and Tatanga, from Super Mario Land, as fighters. If the Ice Climbers and Pit can become playable characters despite their obscurity, why not? Also, if ever Nintendo wants to try and get other third party characters for future installments, they could pick such stars as Pac-Man, Mega Man, and the Slime from the Dragon Warrior games, to name a few.
These are but a few of the many characters that I would like to see in the next Super Smash Bros game, or in future titles down the road. Of course, since Nintendo only releases one SSB game per console (as of 2009), it will likely be years before we find out which characters make the cut, and which will have to wait until the next generation. Surely these potential fighters cannot simply be wasted as such, and I shall wait for years, if need be, to see when and if they will get the fighting chance that they deserve.