Why don't we talk - just briefly - about Super Smash Bros Ultimate.WARNING - LARGE TEXT POSTThis Picture
I actually drew this several months ago. Sketches of Daisy and a few others were produced not long after I wrapped up my Smash 150 project since I was considering putting together a 'DLC' follow up.
Of course I moved away from that and onto other things but I think now is an appropriate time to finish up this one in particular.Daisy in Smash
Please allow me to make enemies for a moment.
Despite the fact that I've been championing Waluigi as the Mario spinoff fighter I do actually like Daisy! I just think her fans might be a little too
enthusiastic. I am very confident that there are plenty who will say "I like Daisy, I'd love to see her playable but I'm not holding my breath," but the only ones I've seen so far are those that think she should be in every game ever made, steer every single conversation onto the subject of Daisy and consider it a personal insult if she isn't included in every
new Mario game. Sadly since the reveal I've started to see a lot more of the same behaviour from Waluigi fans.
But even though I opted for Waluigi (I just thought he'd be funnier to play as) I have also said that I consider both of these characters equal in reference to how much they "deserve" a fighting role.
Therefore, I think the reason Daisy was chosen and Waluigi is an assist again is because of the introduction of Echo Fighters.
Now, Echo Fighters are nothing new to Smash, we've just been calling them 'clones' before now but it's nice that they've made an explicit reference to them and even given them their own name. So Daisy is a perfect choice for an Echo Fighter because from every practical angle she's identical to Peach, especially in size and general design which makes the process of reusing the same rig and animation data much easier to implement.
And if Daisy's an Echo I don't think Waluigi deserves anything more than the same treatment. Unfortunately he doesn't really fit any other character in size, shape and movement. He couldn't be an Echo of Wario because they would have to significantly alter the animation rig to make it work (and some of Wario's attacks wouldn't even make sense for Waluigi.)
Anyway I AM glad to see Daisy here and I used Peach quite a lot in the last game so I might actually find her in my regular rotation!Echo Fighters
Sakurai has previously mentioned that clone fighters are basically freebies. They use a significantly lower amount of resources than unique fighters so they're not "taking up a slot" and they're a perfect option for characters who maybe don't have particularly deep history or mechanics. Plus, pretty much anyone you choose is going to have at least a few fans who are very happy for the option - I can't stand Dark Pit but I don't think his fans should be punished - so I say why not cram them in? Some of my ideas are as follows:Black Shadow - Captain Falcon
Sadly, Samurai Goroh is an assist yet again (very happy to see Sukapon show up on the battlefield though!). Not too surprising, since F-Zero is still a dormant franchise but I think that more than ever it needs a second Smash character.
It was postulated in my Black Shadow entry: professorfandango.deviantart.c…
that they could overhaul Ganondorf and bestow the Falcon clone set to Black Shadow. We now know that Ganondorf wasn't quite overhauled but does
diverge even more from Captain Falcon so an Echo Fighter from the series would fit quite nicely.
Blood Falcon would be obvious, and in fact the Captain does have
a Blood Falcon costume, but it's just a colour scheme with a new design on the back of his outfit. How weird! With male/female variants, Alph and the Koopalings, how hard would it have been to replace the falcon motif with a few skulls and make him an alternate character costume? It wouldn't be much but it would have technically been a second F-Zero character.Impa - Sheik
I had previously posited the idea of giving Impa Sheik's moveset: professorfandango.deviantart.c…
and now's the time to do it! The Legend of Zelda, one of Nintendo's biggest franchises, hasn't had a new character since Melee
(I guess there was Toon Link, but since all of the Links are different and interchangeable (like how the current 'Adult Link' is now a different one from last time,) they could easily have named him Young Link and simply said "This time Young Link is based on the Wind Waker" so I'm not quite counting it.)
Either way they ought to get somebody new and while my fingers are still crossed for Tingle or Tetra this would be another neat fit.Doc Louis - Litte Mac
Looking at the character list on the official Ultimate website it's tragic to see so many franchises with only one character to their name. Little Mac is a boxing character. Every character in Punch Out is a boxing character so an Echo would probably be an easy choice. I'd go for Doc Louis as a slower version of Mac because I've already said I'd like to see him show up! professorfandango.deviantart.c…Another Pikmin Captain - Olimar
I think it would be tough to come up with another unique moveset for a Pikmin character that really works but an Echo Fighter could work nicely (My suggestion is Charlie but giving him the Rock Pikmin that didn't appear in 3DS/Wii U: professorfandango.deviantart.c…
)Dark Samus - Samus
I'm loathe to say this because I hate hate hate
dark characters but Metroid is another series that's sorely lacking in characters and this would be a reasonable addition.Funky Kong - Donkey Kong
There are certainly DK characters I'd rather see, but I want them as unique fighters. Considering his starring role in the Switch release of Tropical Freeze, Funky already exists as a variant of Donkey Kong so this would add another notch onto another underappreciated franchise.Any Starfox character - Any Starfox character
Like F-Zero, Starfox characters are mostly known behind the controls of vehicles so while we might scoff at how Falco and Wolf are quite similar to Fox, they don't have a lot to work with to begin with.
Since Falco started as a clone of Fox and Wolf is definitely the most divergent of the three, maybe they could squeeze a Leon Echo out of him? I am, however, still rooting for the Starfox 2 girls.Ninten - Ness
There are several reasons this seems obvious. First, the Mother series is long over so new, unique characters aren't really going to be high on Nintendo's priority list, I imagine. Making Ninten a clone would give us a nice trio of the protagonists from all three Mother games. The thing is, Ninten's design is almost identical to Ness's, so much so that I wondered why he wasn't just an alternate character model. Maybe because you could barely tell the difference...? Perhaps making him an Echo and slightly
tweaking his design might make him more distinguishable.Birdo - Yoshi???
This is a bad idea and I don't like it. My initial reasoning was that Yoshi is another series that could do with another character, though his strong connection to the Mario series makes that difficult. When I tried to think of other characters that fit his general build I came up with Birdo and the horrible thing is that once you stop to think about it, Yoshi's moves would translate to her pretty well! Swap out the tongue attacks with suction based effects and it kind of works! Of course, she wouldn't be considered a Yoshi character so that puts that idea out the window!
But why am I suggesting so many
Echo Fighters? Well, since they've been specifically categorised with their own special term, I get the feeling we'll be seeing more than just Daisy and again, as an extra character who doesn't use many resources I'd be happy to see a few more of them. Obviously unique movesets would be even better but we've already got over sixty of them, why not add a little icing to that cake?Fighters
Plus, Sakurai hinted that there might not be too many newcomers in this game! Does this also include Echo Fighters?
I'm not too worried about that. I crunched the numbers and discovered that:
Melee introduced 14 newcomers
Brawl, 18 newcomers
Wii U/3DS 21 newcomers
I didn't realise how much they ramped up in each game but Ultimate could even have as many as fifteen newcomers and it would still be considered on the 'low' end.
I'm also at the point where I'm not expecting too much. One thing I specifically hoped for in the Smash 150 was that they would bring back every single character
and they did! I never thought it would happen but 'm very pleased about it (and love the numbering system they've assigned to the characters.)
What else is left? My top picks are either obscure or just plain unlikely so while I am still crossing my fingers for them I'm not going to expect anything, I'm very happy with what we've already got.
Like Ridley! I didn't see it coming but a small part of me kind of expected it. I have said in the past that if anyone can make it work, it's Nintendo, even if they have to take a few liberties. So after saying an Animal Crossing character wouldn't work and then doing it, I figured all of the talk about how Ridley couldn't work would be a perfect precursor to them actually putting him in!
Sure he seems strangely small at first but I've got used to it and I'm sure you will too.
But now...who might be the final, final character revealed for this game?
Melee had Mr. Game & Watch, an incredibly peculiar and obscure choice - therefore really cool.
Brawl was officially Wolf, but rumour has it he was a last minute addition and despite the order in which the characters were actually announced, Sonic is the final character to show up in the Subspace Emissary so you could kind of
think of him as the final character - which is of course a huge event.
Wii U/3DS had Bayonetta, the Smash Ballot winner and another surprising guest character! So where do we go from here?
I've said before that while I am very happy with the guests we have I don't want to see any more, I'd rather focus on Nintendo characters. I can't guarantee that will happen, however, but I do have an idea of who might be a surprising final instalment...