It’s been almost 2 months since the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot was announced on April 1st’s Nintendo Direct. Smash fans from all across the world jumped at the chance to get their favorite characters in the running for a spot on the Super Smash Bros. roster. But fans aren’t the only ones participating in all the fun! Developers are also creating campaigns to get their mascots a much deserved spot in the game. Although there are a ton of great candidates Nintendo can choose from, only certain characters will receive careful consideration.
Here at Nintendo247, we compiled a list of the characters we would most love to see make it to Smash Bros. It was tough narrowing our selection to just 5 because there are numerous characters that deserve a spot on the roster. In the end, we went with the mascots that have a history with Nintendo and earned their right to be in the game. We excluded characters that have already been in previous iterations of Smash Bros. game (Melee and Brawl) in favor of new faces.
5. Shantae (Shantae series, Wayforward)
Shantae has had a long running career on Nintendo’s mobile handhelds. She made her debut on the Game Boy Color in 1994 and uses a myriad of moves that would translate well into the Smash Bros. series. She uses her signature hair whip and magic attacks to dispose of enemies as well as the ability to transform into different animals for unique movesets. Wayforward even urged fans to vote for Shantae in an update for their upcoming game, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.
4. Inkling (Splatoon, Nintendo)
This almost goes without saying. Nintendo’s newest IP, Splatoon, is one of the most hyped games of the year and there’s no doubt in our minds that the Smash Bros. developers have thought about putting the inklings in the game. If you pre-order Splatoon from GameStop, you will receive inkling outfits to use for your Mii Fighters. Unless the characters have actual ink abilities and unique attacks, it just won’t feel the same.
3. Shovel Knight (Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games)
Shovel Knight first debuted on Wii U, 3DS, and Microsoft Windows as a result of a successful Kickstarter that reached more than 4x its minimum funding goal. Nintendo was a strong driving force behind the project, showcasing it at multiple gaming events and giving it the spotlight on many of its Youtube videos. During the course of the game, you utilize Shovel Knight’s trusty shovel as a melee weapon and discover various power-ups that aid you in battle.
2. Banjo-Kazooie (Banjo-Kazooie series, Rare)
The Banjo-Kazooie property may belong to Microsoft now, but that doesn’t put this duo out of the running yet. Phil Spencer, the head of the Xbox division, posted a tweet expressing interest in having Banjo be a part of the next Smash Bros. DLC. The bear and bird first got their start on the Nintendo 64 and both boast an impressive amount of equipment and special abilities, so the possibilities for custom special attacks are numerous.
1. Bayonetta (Bayonetta 1 & 2, Platinum Games)
We’ve seen this suggestion thrown around a lot. Bayonetta doesn’t have a long history with Nintendo, but if it wasn’t for the giant game company, the original game might have never received a continuation. Development for the Bayonetta 2 had already begun, but due to publisher Sega’s financial troubles, funding for the game was halted. After no luck finding a publisher for the sequel, Nintendo offered to fund the game, thus making it a Wii U-exclusive title.
Some fans have denied that possibility of her ever having a spot in Smash Bros. due to her provocative nature, and a character that exudes sexuality is likely a no-go. Despite that, her character would bring the energy and sass that some of the characters lack (just think of her taunts!); not to mention a unique fighting style and arsenal. Snake had some great weapons in Brawl, so we’d love to see what Bayonetta has up her sleeve for Smash Bros.
Did your favorite character not make the list? If not, please share with us your picks for the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot!