With even more information about Smash Ultimate coming out it is getting people crazier about the game. With the reveals of Simon and Richter Belmont along with K. Rool people are speculating who is left to reveal? The big question is though that Echo Fighters are a thing in this game. A desired character could easily be made into an Echo, which do not let that make you think they are going to be lesser of a character. Echo Fighters are being made to increase the roster size still and give fans long awaited characters. Daisy finally gets her chance to appear in this game and not just a color for Peach. Chrom gets his chance to shine and Dark Samus is another Metroid villain Samus has to worry about. Now so far, the newcomers we got are, Inkling, Daisy, Ridley, Simon and Richter Belmont, Chrom, Dark Samus, and K. Rool. So, we are at four completely new characters and four Echoes. There is a balance as of lately which I bet Sakurai is doing that on purpose to make a good list of newcomers still. Sure, splitting the numbers make it seem smaller, but we already got eight new characters revealed, that is a lot. The usual process of waiting for even one new character was a drag and then they hide some as secret fighters. Personally, I do not think there will be any secret fighters because of what happened with the 3DS version being leaked online. That really just sucks to see all the hard work of trying to surprise people be wasted. I bet the last bit of information we get will be in November so that type of incident does not happen again. Now people are still wondering who is left to reveal, but after that is the question of, what role will they play? Let’s look at fan requests as of now and speculate who can be a brand-new fighter or based on another.
Yea I am starting with Travis because I will not hide the fact that I bet he will be in the game. Not only that I do feel an Echo Fighter for him can be possible. We have seen with Richter that Echoes can even go with a new character. This is not that surprising because certain characters work with new gimmicks of their games. Just look at Palutena when she was revealed alongside the Mii Fighters and advertising custom move lists. Simon and Richter could be the last ones of this kind possibly. Still we should not ignore possibilities here. Travis Touchdown for sure will be his own unique character, a new franchise being added into the roster should be proof of that. As of now Echoes are still being in their respective series. Which personally I could easily see Ashley and Red being an Echo for Rosalina and Luma, but oh well. Any new IP being added means you are a new fighter, Splatoon and Castlevania prove this. No doubt Travis will be a new character with the unique mechanic of watching his battery levels just like in No More Heroes. The Echo then could be Henry a character who does not have to worry about charging his weapon, but his attacks would be weaker to compensate for that. Henry could even have a projectile move for a bigger difference compared to Travis. Travis could throw in his side job items for attacks, while Henry sticks to his main weapon of choice while still doing similar motions and animations. Overall, I know for Travis Touchdown will be in this game and I would die if another character can be an echo for him, maybe even Shinobu would be a good choice?
Here is a character that I put money on he will be an Echo. Because seeing how this Dee fought in Return to Dreamland where he has a sharp weapon and even some flight, makes me think of Meta Knight. Dee can easily carry similar moves to Meta Knight, but have a better range than Meta Knight’s sword thanks to his spear. Now you can change things still, Chrom being an Echo of Roy, but still having Ike’s Aether move shows this. While Dee’s flying move can be different, the idea of him having a similar air game to Meta Knight is not that crazy of an idea. Another reason I see this is because he is not that big of a character in the Kirby series compared to the three we got. I say that Bandana Dee will be an Echo if he gets in, because can you really see a big newcomer trailer for him?
Does cute work for hype?
Ken or Akuma
If you know anything about fighting games there is one type of character that this genre loves, Shotos. Ryu is famous for being the first and the Street Fighter series made some interesting variations based on this character. We got Ken who was more of a combo hitting character with fire elemental attacks. Akuma being more aggressive thanks to in air projectiles and his unique style of movement. Both of these two can easily be Echoes for Ryu and while Akuma gotten to shine in Tekken as well, I feel like Ken should get this slot. Ken has always been with Ryu and looking back at the Street Fighter music in Smash 4, we had Ken themes along with Ryu’s. Seeing on how Smash stuck with the classic look of Simon Belmont, I can bet Sakurai would like to stick with the classic character that has been with Ryu ever since the first game. Ken can have more combo attacks in his move list and possibly have fire elemental attacks too. Akuma is possible too regardless and his changes could be seen in movement and how he works with the projectiles. Since how Akuma does them in the air is different as he always aims them down. The movement aspect came to me when looking at Samus and Dark Samus, they have completely different animations in their movements. Dark Samus is literally floating the entire time. So Akuma’s dash could have his unique style of movement or maybe when he cancels his focus attack he does the famous slide. While my vote is for Ken, Akuma still has a great shot as well.
Oni costume would be sick!
With K. Rool popping up, I remember people talking about how Dixie Kong will be with him and high chance she would be an Echo for Diddy Kong. She can easily keep the same basics as Diddy in terms of the normal moves. Things can get a bit different with that hair though, since she will use her hair like Diddy uses his tail. I bet her recovery can be a charged on, but with no negative drawbacks to it. She can easily chuck physical projectiles with her hair being the neutral special and holding onto to them for too long will cause her to drop them. She can keep the banana play and monkey flip then. So, this one is pretty easy to go through as I can see Dixie having a bit of a better range with her hair compared to Diddy’s normal moves. She would be a bit weaker, still be fast with fluid movements and set ups, and have a bit more range.
I guess Funky Kong could work as an Echo too.
Tetra and Impa
These two are an interesting pick because I can see both being an Echo for Shiek, but I can also Impa being her own character. If Impa goes with her Skyward Sword design, she would easily be an Echo for Shiek. If they want to go with Hyrule Warriors design though, she would be a completely new character. Warriors’ Impa has too many different weapons to work with to not make that a new character. Tetra easily can have the similar tricks that Shiek has like the grenade and such. Who knows they might give Tetra or Impa the whip that Shiek had originally. Tetra would easily be a toon variation of Shiek which could make her a new character and not Echo, but I feel closer to Echo regardless. I bet you can replace Shiek’s needles for Tetra’s bullets like how she uses her guns in Hyrule Warriors. To be honest there are tons of Zelda characters that can work as Echoes or new characters. Toon Ganon or Phantom Ganon could be used and Skull Kid is a high request. I have to say that Zelda has the highest chance for a new fighter in general if it is Echo or not.
With Ashley still being an assist trophy, will Wario ever get an ally for his franchise? High chance no, but Mona is one of the first characters that appeared from the WarioWare franchise and high chance she could work like an Echo Fighter. Mona does have her scooter so she does have transportation similar to Wario’s bike. The fart move could easily be replaced with anything, like maybe Mona takes a pizza out and could make it a physical thrown projectile. The thing is to mention as well is that Mona did many different things. She had her pizza job along with singing, she became a cheerleader, archaeologist, and then even a fashion icon in her recent appearance. She has many things that can make a move set. Like the up B could have her in cheerleader outfit doing a similar move to Wario’s twist. Neutral B can be her taking out a device for digging or such and people get caught in it. Wario is one of the few IP’s that only has one rep and yet easily has characters that could work in Smash and speaking of that…
Maybe next time
Ganondorf got a bit of a makeover for this new game and I mean it is finally time too! I have mentioned before if Ganon does get changed there should be a way to still keep that same fun fans had with the old Ganondorf. Now he still may have similar moves in terms of specials, but an Echo for Captain Falcon is still not impossible. Black Shadow will keep filling this villain quota we have been getting lately. There could be a theme going on here for that since we got Ridley, Dark Samus, and K. Rool. I will say with Chrom being an Echo it kills Black Knight’s chances of being an Echo, but Sakurai really loves Fire Emblem… Either way Black Shadow keeping everything the same in terms of Captain Falcon’s moves, but just slower and stronger could still be around. I really cannot see any other character getting a shot to be a new F-Zero representative at this point and if it still does not happen, Captain Falcon is going to be alone forever.
Now we have hit an interesting character that has a high chance of being in the game. I sadly forgot about this little robot and while looking back he could easily be in. Chibi-Robo will be one of those other solo characters that show off their franchise, just like Wii Fit Trainer, Duck Hunt, and ROB. Which with those characters being one-offs, could Chibi be made as an Echo for ROB? I can easily say that Chibi can be his own character and I would like to see his plug get used in a specific way as well. Like Chibi-Robo has a move where he plugs into characters and drains energy from them so that he can keep charged and strong. Or maybe use a taunt to have Chibi plug in and charge with cancelling animations being allowed. Also add in that he uses that plug and wire like a whip can leave some great imagination too. It would easily be an interesting tether grab too. Still let us look at ROB’s move set too. I bet they can make the Chibi fire electricity like ROB does with his laser and the longer you hold onto it, the stronger it will be with an indication for it. Chibi could throw garbage around like ROB does with his Gyro and Chibi can add electricity to it to make it a stronger physical projectile with charge functions as well. The up special could just be Chibi, twirling his plug like a helicopter and fly like ROB, and Chibi can do that as well for a side special like ROB does. It is not impossible to make these two robots share a move set and Chibi can still keep some unique things as well, like tether grabs and a better range of attacks compared to ROB. Still, every new IP has a completely new character and not just an Echo to represent their franchise.
I’m just joking, we already got Dr. Mario and yet he is not an Echo. Dr. Luigi would just be a silly idea… right? Sakurai?
Isaac and Geno
I am putting these two in the same paragraph because they have a similar dilemma. Isaac would bring Golden Sun to Smash, but I will say he does have a bit of trouble with Robin and Shulk being around already. Geno is owned by Sqaurenix and yet is still part of the Mario franchise. Isaac could easily be a lonely character representing his franchise and like I proposed for Chibi Robo, could he be an Echo? When really looking at Robin he shows the unique aspect of Fire Emblem with him thanks to weapon durability. Isaac could implement this in a different way. Golden Sun has the usual hit points and magic points like many other RPG’s. I can easily see Isaac having to worry about his magic points in the middle of battle just like how he explores and battles. Isaac cannot just spam magic whenever he wants to and has to collect that back up or wait for it to restore just like Robin’s tomes coming back. Now the Djinn could then make Isaac a Shulk Echo possibly. The reason for that is the Djinn do give different boosts to the character they are equipped to and I can easily see Isaac wanting to change around those Djinn too. Then on top of that they can give him elemental properties too. I can see Isaac being an Echo for possibly two characters, but again new IP’s usually just mean new move pool. Geno then is a tricky one because if he had to be an Echo for a Mario character it is not possible really. Also, the backlash that will get would be huge! Geno is such a tricky character and the reception he has is interesting as well. I am sure there are genuine fans for him because of the scene for Mario RPG characters are usually just one-shot characters and they want more out of them. I can agree on that front, but being a one-shot wonder could make this a problem too. I remember Sakurai saying Geno has a chance for this game based on his comments during Smash 4’s DLC run and I can easily see him being a character with a new move pool. Still, something just bugs me about this it is probably because he is a one-shot wonder and hence does not have that much history with Nintendo in general compared to many other characters.
Mii Fighter theory helps him for sure
Paper Mario and Fawful
While speaking of Mario RPG’s there are two characters that would have no trouble being Echoes. Paper Mario being an obvious one with Mario and Fawful could be an Echo for Bowser Jr. For Fawful I have even seen a fan made costume for him being placed over Bowser Jr. Fawful is known for using technology on him at all times so it’s not a crazy idea. Maybe make his headgear be the little kart in comparison to Bowser Jr. Fawful can pull many tricks out of that head piece or maybe make his floating platform be the object he uses too. Either way Fawful can easily be an Echo and the same can be said to Paper Mario since he is Mario. Now Paper Mario is known for having allies on his side and they can still be implemented easily. Replace Fludd with Sushi since that fish squirts water out of her mouth. An up special can have Mario still do a jump, but then Parakarry carries him up for an extra boost. The cape can be replaced by Vivian being someone a little jab that turns them around and causes a little burn as well. Then the neutral can be Paper Mario setting his bombs out like Bombette and Bobbery. They would be slower than the usual Fireball special, but they can still work the same and be more like a physical projectile. Smash moves then can still have Paper Mario with his hammer and just be a little beefier than normal Mario’s Smash attacks. Paper Mario would easily be a lightweight for sure though so he would easily be a glass cannon compared to Mario being a completely balanced character. I can say for sure that there will be a character showing off the Mario RPG scene though no doubt.
Rex and Ninten
Speaking of RPG’s there are two characters that can be Echoes. Ninten for Ness and Rex for Shulk. Let’s start with Rex because oddly enough it can easily work out like that idea I had for Isaac. Hey Isaac, you got one Echo possibility off of you. Rex easily changes between different blades with elemental properties. Sure, they give completely new moves all the time, but Smash has to take some liberties here and there. I mean look at Shulk with the Jump and Smash arts. So, while Shulk focuses on buffing himself, Rex focuses changing how his attacks work with the elements. Ninten is then another easy one since he is one of the other boys with PSI powers. We have seen Lucas take some spins on it as well and Ninten can be closer to Ness then. Maybe make Ninten this mixture of both since Chrom is a Roy Echo, but with Ike’s up special. I bet Ninten will not have ice powers though.
People also really liked Pyra and Mythra.
I am keeping this topic very broad since recently the famous leaker has been talking about a generation seven Pokémon lately. Mimikyu is simply a Poke ball summon which again I could have seen that little thing being an Echo for Pickachu. The leaker said that Decidueye is not playable, but again that screams Echo chances with Greninja oddly enough. The arrows can work like the water shuriken, just the full charged one will be one bit hit and not the multiple hits. Still the bird can easily fire a lot in succession. The up special can be replaced with wind properties that can possibly move players around. Since the owl is a Grass Ghost typing it can vanish and appear like Greninja does and counters are easy to implement to any move pool. While Pokémon Trainer is back he still has three numbers to himself so Echoes are possible with all three of those Pokémon. Incineroar could be an Echo for Charizard thanks to their aggressive nature. They both have claws oddly enough too. Also, Charizard does not fly that well so it is not impossible. I have heard people talk about Necrozma which he looks like he can be an Echo for Mewtwo and maybe throw in Darkrai for being a possible Echo for Mewtwo too, hell even Deoxys can work with that. Overall there are so many Pokémon that I would not be surprised if a new one becomes an Echo for like any of them.
Doc Louis or King Hippo
Little Mac was a big game changer for Smash Bros in general. Being a completely land dominant character he still comes off as one of Smash 4’s most deserving and original characters. Now can Little Mac have an Echo for him? There is his coach who we know can fight since he was a boxer in his past as well. Or do you go for a completely bigger and slower character like King Hippo. Also, oddly enough for some reason I can see King Hippo being an Echo for K. Rool for some reason. Now Little Mac goes with the Power Meter and maybe Doc Louis can work with the star system from the console games since it is in the lore of Punch-Out that Louis invented the Star Punch. King Hippo could just work with the power meter then and maybe it could also give him a better recovery move because yea King Hippo would have the worst recovery of all time if he gets in. Then for Doc Louis it would be great to see if he can keep the bike around for like his running or dash attack. I bet this will never happen for either of the two, but I just had fun thinking about these two.
Dante can easily be an Echo for Bayonetta of course, I mean we all know we want to see Dante strut what he got just like Bayonetta. Again, another joke, but we all know Dante is sexy… what? Also, to be honest Dante would make me go out of control with excitement because Dante and Bayonetta fighting or teaming up sounds too good to pass up. A bit sad to see that Jeane will not be an Echo for Bayonetta.
Shadow the Hedgehog or Tails
A pretty obvious one since everyone has been talking about this one non-stop. His assist trophy has not been found and then Knuckles just shows up as one all of a sudden. This would not be a hard thing to do even for the sake of a character model. Shadow is Sonic in many ways. I would laugh if he somehow has a gun on him. Personally, I am more for Tails since Tails has been Sonic’s buddy since the second game and he knows how to fight too. Tails does many similar moves to Sonic as well. Tails can have flight be his game changer while Shadow can probably mix in some projectiles in his move pool like Chaos Spear for example. We did also have Sonic Mania bring Tails back into the playable spotlight which I want Tails to stay like that. I am personally annoyed he is getting slated as the smart guy only right now. Again, third party characters can easily get Echoes since some of them have characters who are just like them.
I’m just waiting for Big (obviously joking)
This character is getting talked about a whole lot because of the famous leaker mentioned before. This man has even gone so far saying that any leak that does not have her in the list, is a lie. That is a big claim right there. While thinking of Animal Crossing, can an Echo really be made for the Villager? His most unique thing is to pocket things and will they really just have Isabelle keep that? I am really wondering where the differences will come into play for this one. Can Isabelle somehow upgrade pocket items thanks to finances? I am also trying to think of what could replace the Gyroid Rocket or how it can be changed up. I cannot see Isabelle planting trees or even be wearing balloons on her head. While I am struggling to see this done for an Echo, this does not mean I am for her being a completely new character too. I personally just cannot see this character getting in except for like one idea possibly. She is a character that got tons of love in her first appearance, but is she worthy of a completely new move pool?
Chorus Kids or Karata Joe
The Rhythm Heaven series has been getting a short stick lately in Smash. The Gematsu leak had some hard evidence for the kids since Chrom was the part of the planned roster, but got changed to Robin in Smash 4. Chrom is now an Echo or could the Chorus Kids get that same treatment? They are famous for being a team of three, but could they be reduced to two to be an Echo for Ice Climbers? They can spout out musical notes and they have a slight upwards slant compared to the ice chunks. Spinning is not that hard to pull off for any character, hell imagine one kid using two of his buddies as weapons in a spin attack. Then they could use each other in a rope like structure for a recovery move. Maybe a three teamed Ice Climbers like character is not that crazy either. Then Karate Joe… he has karate. I guess his gimmick could be rhythm while fighting, but that sounds like a hassle. Who knows he could just add in other characters from the series for his move pool. I cannot see him being an Echo though only because of how normal he is. Like I guess a Ryu Echo, but why would they give a third-party character an Echo of a first party? I bet Sakurai is a clever man and can work with many things, so we shall see what happens.
The retro character pick is another trend for the series. It all started with Melee and Game and Watch. For Brawl that pick was for ROB and then Smash 4 got Duck Hunt. Knowing Sakurai’s friendly relationship with Iwata, I bet Sakurai would want to do something to honor the man. Balloon Fighter is famous for being one of Iwata’s games he has worked on. Balloon Fighter would easily be a unique character for sure and it would be interesting to see a completely aerial fighter. Balloon Fighter can still keep his balloons getting popped, but they should work with a damage cap. They should not just pop whenever and recharge will be a thing as well even if one is gone. Balloon Fighter can really have a strong neutral game. Now for moves it could be a hassle, but again Smash can make new things up for characters. Balloon Fighter has also been one of the early characters planned for the original game too, so he has history for sure.
I think that is all I can think of then at this moment. Smash Bros Ultimate has a huge chance of being one of the craziest rosters in fighting game history and thanks to Echo Fighters, the possibilities can be endless. I still feel that Echoes should not be constrained by their IP’s, but who knows how this process will go. Leave some comments below on fighters you can think of too. I would love to do a follow-up post to this because racking my brain around fan favorite Nintendo or even just video game characters in general is fun. Finally, just because a character was not mentioned does not mean I think a character is not in. With certain characters like Crash, Spyro, or Rayman they are going to be unique of course.