At the beginning of April, Nintendo asked all of us who we want to be added to Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS. Woah! That’s brave for Nintendo considering the Internet has a tendency to make a complete mockery of mass voting systems.
While we all expected this, we know that the beloved fans of Nintendo would take this at least somewhat seriously… to the point where we’re now actually seeing campaigns!
So, who can I vote for?
Any video game character EVER! A reader on Facebook reached out to Nintendo of America asking if they were only looking at Nintendo characters, to which they responded:
“Thanks for writing to us. I can certainly understand your interest in if third-party characters are eligible for the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot. I want to assure you that you are able to submit any video-game character for this ballot. While we are unable to guarantee your suggested character will become a Super Smash Bros. Fighter, rest assured, we do take all feedback into consideration.”
Who are the front runners?
That depends. Ubisoft has been spotted campaigning for Rayman to join the fun, while there are many people voting for characters like Sora from Kingdom Hearts, Artix of Adventure Quest, and Viewtiful Joe from Viewtiful Joe. Of course, there’s still many fans asking for Bayonetta and Banjo with Kazooie.
Who should I pick?
While many fans are voting for their favorite characters, there are some you have to realize just won’t work. Remember that the playable character should be able to do regular smash moves, have a way of jumping, a special high jump, and a couple special moves that could potentially launch.
Also remember that while Nintendo is open to obtaining the rights to any third party game, there are some characters you may not be able to see win. You are welcome to vote for anyone, but the chances of seeing Sly Cooper, Ratchet and Clank, or Nathan Drake in Super Smash Bros. are slim to none. In fact, just try to stand clear of anyone that was featured in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale.
Could I have some suggestions?
I thought you’d never ask! I have some ideas that I haven’t heard come up yet, so feel free to use them!
Frog from Chrono Trigger
Frog would be awesome in SSB! And it’s about time someone showed love for Square Enix that wasn’t just for Cloud. There is already a huge cult following for Chrono Trigger, and he would really appeal to the fans of retro Nintendo.
The Prince from Katamari Damacy
Yes, he would be difficult to fight with, considering his only skill is pushing around a ball, but the Nintendo ballot also asks you to write in comments. Ask for the Prince to be a trophy assist!
Imagine him randomly pushing a massive Katamari through the stage, rolling up your enemies. Another fun option would be the King of the Cosmos shooting your enemies with his eye lasers, while the screen goes mostly dark and he shouts hilarious insults at them in broken English.
Conker from Conker’s Bad Fur Day
Okay, Super Smash Bros. is rated E10+, which means Conker would have to be heavily censored. But then again, we’ve seen Snake in Brawl, so why can’t we have Conker?
Eevee from Pokémon
Enough Pokémon already! No seriously, hear me out on this one though. We’re at a point in the Pokémon series where Eevee can go one of eight ways. Imagine they also add elemental stones as items. While ordinary characters just kind of pick them up and throw them, like a Mr. Saturn, if Eevee picks them up, it evolves and gets newer abilities! It would be exciting, unique, and interesting, kind of like a play on Pokémon Trainer and the Zelda/Sheik gameplay.
Professor Hector from Gyromite
We’ve seen lots of old Nintendo arcade characters come to life in Super Smash Bros., like Ice Climbers, Pit, and R.O.B., so why couldn’t we have a new-and-improved Professor Hector?
Vivi Ornitier from Final Fantasy IX, Kingdom Hearts II
While there’s lots of love for Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, and so much for Sora in Kingdom Hearts, Vivi would be an excellent choice for Super Smash Bros. Not only does he have all the qualifications of a character, like his staff for hitting, or all his elemental spells for specials (oh my god, and casting Doomsday as a Final Smash!!!!), he’s considered part of a very important piece of history for Square Enix.
On multiple occasions, Square has noted that Final Fantasy IX was the quintessential Final Fantasy game, despite the fans going nuts over FFVII. Well, we’ve seen enough spin-offs (and movies, and guest appearances) from FFVII, let’s give Vivi the chance to show us his stuff.
After getting snubbed in Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale, it only makes sense to give Crash a chance at fighting other characters. Partner him up with a warthog (the animal, not the Halo vehicle) and add Aku Aku into the game also as an item or a trophy assist for a classic Crash Bandicoot throwback!
Whichever character you vote for, it is always exciting to see voter turnout! The US Electoral process should take notes from Nintendo on getting young people passionate about voting.