E3 in nearly around the corner and we all know the big amount of excitement for the new upcoming Smash Bros title. It is slated for this year and it was announced not that long ago. There is even going to be a playable build of this game during E3 which sounds crazy knowing Smash 4’s development cycle. It is good news to see how this game was shortly announced and will be released shortly after. Still what exactly is going to happen with this game. So far the biggest rumor is from a source that got things right before with fighting games, like TMNT in Injustice and Groh in Soulcalibur. It is really the biggest reason why this post is being made because one aspect of this rumor is really sketchy. The rumor is that there will be no cut characters from the Smash 4 roster. Cuts have always been a thing for any fighting game, Melee to Brawl and onto Smash 4 show that this stays true. Hell originally Melee was going to have Ness cut out for Lucas. So hearing that Smash 4’s roster will stay intact and will have more added on sounds crazy. The roster is already at fifty-eight characters. Will Smash Bros for the Switch have a bigger roster? The obvious answer is yes, but there is no way all the characters are coming back. Smash Bros shows off where Nintendo is at and again new things keep happening for this company. Now with the recent third-party characters, Smash Bros is not only showing off history, but also the current gaming standards as well. So what will Smash Switch have specifically?
Each section will be focusing on a certain franchise and will look at the characters this franchise has in the roster. The reason why Super Mario is used to introduce this idea is because not much will be changed at all. Its Mario! This is not only Nintendo’s biggest icon, but video games in general. Even when new characters are introduced in the Mario franchise, they are remembered well. So Mario has seven characters in total. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and Rosalina will stay around. Bowser Jr is a maybe because while he was a unique character with so many costumes, to me it was to bank on the eight player Smash mode which will be coming back for the new game, but since it is not the new thing this could be bad news for Bowser Jr. Also then there is Dr. Mario which he was an easy one to put in the game and while having differences to Mario, he was still a basic alteration. High chance a character like Dr. Mario will be cut, unless they do just update him like crazy, which can be possible I bet. Now will Mario have any new characters? Captain Toad has been pushed as of now so it could be a chance for a Toad in general to get a shot, but for the most part I feel like Mario will have one or two cuts and that will be it. Also while Yoshi is his own franchise, there will be no new character to add-on for that so lets just skip that franchise.
Yes, Wario is considered his own franchise as well for the Smash roster. He has his own logo and with games like Wario Land and WarioWare, there is a chance that Wario is not going to be alone this time around. An obvious topic to talk about is Waluigi while he never appeared in a Wario game, for some reason the character is a Wario character which makes sense since he is the “Wa” of Luigi. So if Waluigi does get added, he will count for the Wario franchise. Overall, Wario should get a second character and while Waluigi is getting tons of support there are still other options. Captain Syrup from the Wario Land series and then the many fan favorites of WarioWare. With many to pick from WarioWare, this does give Syrup a low chance. Three characters that make the most sense for a Smash Bros fighter would be Ashely, Jimmy T, and Mona. Even though Ashley is not an original, she has appeared as an assist trophy before the others and her song has been remembered for sure. Jimmy and Mona are two originals that people love and Jimmy with his dancing and Mona with her many different costumes and skills make a strong move set potential. Overall, this game could get more balancing for other franchises and Wario needs a buddy to help him out.
Speaking of balancing franchises, the big DK has been in crazy need of a new character. Donkey Kong was alone until Brawl and even then he only got Diddy alongside him. Now there is proof that Dixie Kong was in Brawl’s programing at some point in development, so Dixie has a high chance. K.Rool the famous Donkey Kong Country villain has been getting recent support thanks to the Smash Ballot for the last game. Personally, having a new villian will be a nice addition compared to another hero character and K.Rool was before Dixie still. Sure K.Rool has been absent for a long time, but Smash has brought back many characters without current appearances before. There are other options in the DK franchise like Cranky and Funky Kong with the recent Tropical Freeze attention. Those two are really slim chances though and could just appear in a stage or assist trophy status. Overall, Dixie and K.Rool seems like the best choices and with the push the villian had from fans, he is the best choice as of now.
Legend of Zelda
Funny enough Zelda had no changes from Brawl to Smash 4, The only change is that Shiek got to be her own character, but many already considered Zelda and Shiek too different to begin with. With Link getting his Breath of the Wild makeover there could be some changes to the Zelda franchise. With Brawl and Smash 4 we kept strong with the Twilight Princess vibes. Now with Link breaking that, could Zelda and Ganondorf follow this? Shiek and Toon Link are different Zelda games, but the other two are interesting to think about. Personally, I think those two will stay the same in what they represent, unless they add Midna to the roster which would be nice. Midna could even have Wolf Link with her so technically we still have Twilight Princess Link. There is even the possible option to have Impa and which version is a question as well. Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword, and Hyrule Warriors carry some interesting possibilities to get some characters. For Zelda the chances are with Ocarina and Twilight since she shown potential for fighting in both those games. Ganondorf has Ocarina, Twilight, and Hyrule Warriors, either way we need to give Ganondorf a new set of moves. In my opinion if they go with Minda, we will have Ocarina’s Zelda and Warrior’s Ganondorf. If they go with Impa, Zelda will still be Ocarina and Ganondorf will be kept with Twilight. Hell who knows they could just throw in the Champions from Breath of the Wild. Zelda has the highest chances for a lot of change which sounds like a big step.
Metroid has two character slots and both are Samus… This needs to be changed. There is really only one option that makes the most sense and that would be Ridley. Does Sakurai have many opinions about Ridley, yes. Still he has broken his rules before and its time to kill the Ridley curse. Other than that are there any other possible characters? Many other characters in the Metroid verse are well ignored and forgotten. There are many other hunters from the DS title and we even had those mech-like men in the 3DS title. There is Mother Brain, but again that is a crazy idea to make her into a playable character. Lets just get Ridley in a call it a day.
It is surprising that Pit from Brawl got to have two other characters on his side. Dark Pit is likely to be cut for the same reasons for Dr. Mario and Palutena has a high chance of staying around. Sure Palutena was mostly used to promote the custom moves and it is questionable if that will stick around. Even if custom moves leave, Palutena has a high move set possibility and her default one can be changed big time. I loved playing her in Smash 4 with her defensive strategy and that can stay while giving her better moves. The standard special is not good in many ways and her basic teleport is just Zelda’s without that awesome potential to give damage with it. Her reflect move and basic standard melee attacks should stay though. The standard special should be that contained explosion and the upwards special should be the blast off move. Now will there be a character to take Dark Pit’s slot? Looking at how Kid Icarus has been doing, the chances are mostly on the side for no, but there are chances that say yes. Hades or Medusa seems to be the likely options for their presence in the franchise. Many probably will not go to crazy about a new character for this franchise, but it would not be hated at the same time.
Man did Fire Emblem get a bit much in Smash 4. There are even Fire Emblem fans that felt like that there was too much. A bit of that problem is that half of those characters are from the newer titles; Robin, Lucina, and Corrin. Roy being back was nice for the Melee fans then. Still there needs to be a reduction for this IP. The choices should be narrowed down to four which is not that crazy since six minus two is four. The loss of two characters is not that much. Now who should the ones to stay? The two obvious picks would be Marth and Ike. Then that third choice should be given to Robin since he/she got to show off the revival of the franchise and for once magic is used for a Fire Emblem character! Now that fourth slot if a tricky pick. As mentioned before on this blog, it should be for a new character and by new, that means it should be given to a true fan favorite. Lyn has been climbing the ranks lately and she is the best choice and easily a better pick compared to the other three. Sure is she another sword user, yes, but her class change appearance can have bows which is not hard to implement. Lyn also has a quick sword style which is different compared to Marth and Ike. Lucina can still stay if they just revert her back to the costume she was originally supposed to be. Corrin and Roy do not need to come back. Fire Emblem Fates did alright and Roy is only for Melee fans.
Kirby for the most part feels perfectly fine where it is at. We got the main character, the helpful rival, and the powerful king. The roster has the three most notable Kirby characters so is there any need for another? If there was a slot open who would eve take that slot? There is the recent love for Bandana Dee and Smash Flash did show off how that can work. On an extremely old list made on the old blog there was Prince Fluff which still feels right or at least a stage for Kirby’s Epic Yarn, but I guess the Yoshi Wolly World stage took that chance. Marx did get a recent push with Star Allies and even many other Kirby characters thanks to that game, but will their popularity really get pushed just from being an ally character? Marx is not the only one too, there are the animal friends which have made more appearances than some think. So actually when going through the thoughts, the three animal friends have a shot and they already worked as one character in Star Allies, so its possible. The more thoughts that came up the more it seems likely that Kirby can get another character, but it is not the most needed thing for the roster.
Star Fox did have three characters when it was Brawl, but for some strange reason Wolf was still completely cut from the roster. The excuse of Fox having some of his moves for custom does not apply since Ness and some of Lucas’ moves for his customs. A close friend of mine loved playing as Wolf and to be honest while not a complete villain, he is still a strong rival for Fox. He also could work for villains if they paid well enough. There are people who still want to push for Krystal and I can see how that can work, implement some of her staff play with the insane weaponry of Star Fox Assault. Still does Star Fox deserve four characters? Star Fox with Fox, Falco, and Wolf feels just right like how Kirby has three characters. Sure the chances are there and yet in terms of representing Star Fox the three from Brawl do that well enough. Could Wolf have some revamped move set compared to Brawl, probably. Hell I would be up for Falco to have some change too, like give him some of the weaponry of later titles and give him an Arwing for a Final Smash! So far the more likely thing to happen with the Star Fox roster would be that Wolf comes back and high chance many will be happy with that, returning veterans always get people happy.
Pokemon is always the trickiest roster to predict. There are so many Pokemon out there and people will always throw in their favorites or other starters. One thing to take note here is that the generation representation is a bit odd. There are four generation one Pokemon which fine having that be the majority makes sense, Pikachu and Jigglypuff were originals, and Mewtwo almost made it in the original game too. Pokemon Trainer was in Brawl and he has three generation Pokemon with only one of them coming back. So the generation one representation is a bit out of control. Personally a balance of generations would be nicer to fans. Sure it could remove a favorite or two, but Smash Bros represents their franchises the best they can. Also Jigglypuff has been getting the worst treatment since Brawl and Smash 4 so could it be time to cut an original character out? Jigglypuff never got any patch work in the entirety of Smash 4, that is quite insane when people still call the Puff the worst character of Smash 4 for a long time. Tons of people have been throwing the name Decidueye around which makes sense, Greninjia got on the roster before anyone could say which starter was the best for X and Y. So in terms of Pokemon staying, the options would most likely be, Pikachu, Mewtwo, Lucario, and Greninja. Jigglypuff and Charizard are the risky ones here. Sure replacing Mewtwo and Jigglypuff in these spots would make sense too. Overall the chance of getting two new Pokemon characters is not that crazy if they filter out some other characters. Blaziken can finally get some generation three love in and replace Charizard for the fire starter and then Decidueye can just take a spot and show off the new fan favorite for the current generation. Pokemon is a tricky beast to tackle because of the history it has and the majority of creatures to pick, but its time to make some big changes for it. Well those new Pokemon titles were just announced while typing this and my hopes are dashed. This generation one only crap is staying at full throttle. Got to question if there really will be any new Pokemon in the roster.
Until the third game it was just Ness and it could have been just Lucas since he almost took Ness’ spot in Melee. In the end with Brawl and Smash 4 we kept both boys around. Now are there any other characters from this franchise that could be used? Ninten finally got to the rest of the world, but can the game really invent another move set for another boy? Sure there are many spells to use and yet I think having another main character would not sit well. Porky has been thrown lightly around and I can see it happen if they tone down the size of his mech and imagine a Final Smash with him summoning Gigyas. The Masked Man is another option and if Nintendo wants to finally get Mother 3 out, a magic user with some sword work is possible since Robin shows that off. Still would these characters resonate well with fans? Porky is known well because of being in Mother 2 and his boss appearance in Brawl. Masked Man is a bit more obscure though. High chance we will just keep the two boys which is fine.
Shulk is my favorite character to use in Smash 4. For me personally it would be awesome if he got to stay. The use of buffs are so well implemented and all that I would change are his in-air moves. The chance that he could get replaced is possible though. Many people have been tossing the idea that Rex and Pyra can take Shulk’s slot, but I think Xenoblade can have some sort of Fire Emblem stuff going on. Shulk can stay and still bring in a new character. The Xenoblade Chronicles X characters did not get crazy love from the fans even though I am a bigger fan of Elma than both Rex and Pyra. These two though have a unique way of fighting and two in one is not impossible for Smash. If Rex goes that is a stock, but if Pyra goes first Rex loses tons of elemental properties from his attacks and even some power. They could even make any possible meteor smash completely weak when Rex is without Pyra. The Xenoblade Chronicles X characters come with heavy weaponry so its easy to make a move set for Elma too. Again Rex and Pyra just have more room for a more unique move set, but they should not replace Shulk, especially when the logo for Xenoblade in Smash is the Monado.
This slot is for characters that only have one character and the ones that will possibly just be cut or alone forever. Personally there is one that has a chance to get a new character and that is F-Zero. Again if they want to change Ganondorf’s move set just give his old one to Black Shadow. It would make sense and keep a style of play that people grown to love. R.O.B and Game&Watch are going to stay they have strong history with the company and I was surprised the robot made it back in Smash 4 so high chance it will stick around. Wii Fit Trainer and Duck Hunt are questionable, but Duck Hunt stay has a higher chance than Wii Fit. Olimar will just be Olimar with the Alph costume, they could expand more upon this and just make more characters with the costumes. Little Mac needs to stay, his style of play was surprisingly simple, but such a big change compared to other characters. Then the Miis could be gone actually since the Switch does not really have those avatar characters and Miitomo actually went down on mobile platforms. With the Miis being gone this could mean the custom moves in general could be removed as well. The Villager does a great job representing Animal Crossing by itself, but throwing in KK Slider or Tom Nook would be funny to see. Could there be more one shots added in then? Takamaru was on the top ten newcomer list for the upcoming game on this blog and a character like Sable Prince, Lip, Saki, Chibi-Robo, and Isaac (Golden Sun) have chances too. Finally, Ice Climbers are coming back, there is no doubt at all with that. The only reason they were not in 4 was because of the 3DS version being unable to run them and yet they still had data in it. Sakurai loves those two little climbers, so he is going to push to put them back in.
Third Party Characters
The third-party characters got insane for Smash 4. Megaman and Pac-Man were much-needed for the game where Mario and Sonic can fight each other. Then we got Ryu, Cloud, and Bayonetta! Bayonetta seems like she will stay since the relationship with her IP and Nintendo is still strong to this day. Really happy that Bayonetta will be here to stay. For Capcom, Megaman will stick around for sure while Ryu is questionable. Now could Capcom replace Ryu with anyone else? There is a low chance of that because other than Megaman and Ryu who is more notable or equally as notable as them? Zero from the X series is a dream, but saying that he is equally iconic as Classic Megaman and Ryu is more of a pipe dream than anything else. Sonic… is there much really needed to say about Sonic, he’s staying. Maybe Sonic can get an ally with him like Tails, the old Melee joke still haunts gamers to this day. Sqaurenix got to join in on the fun with Cloud and while not a crazy FF7 fan, he should stay, unless we get Geno from them. Personally, other than that Cloud should stay before Sqaure puts even worse characters in, like Sora, like literally the hell with this kid! If Cloud could be replaced with another Final Fantasy character, a look into the times before FF7 would be nice, but Sqaure has their head up their asses so it could even get worse than Sora in terms of that. Overall, Sqaure still has FF7 in their heads and will be for the upcoming five years, Cloud is here to stay.
For new third-party characters, Travis Touchdown is up there for a man like myself. The rumors of Simon Belmont are in the air and Konami does own Bomberman as well and seeing how Bomberman actually gets a console game compared to mobile… the chances could be a bit higher. If Megaman can get a spark back into the market because his Smash appearance, the same could work with Castlevannia. The whole indie scene is crazy right now and the top two that come to mind would be Shante and Shovel Knight. Commander Video got a trophy before any other indie character and the Super Meat Boy team has been pushing their character. Cave Story really went through an amazing development history and is still loved to this day. Isaac from Binding of Isaac even has a chance. Solid Snake got into Smash and not Playstation All Stars so let’s make the PS All Star roster look even worse by adding Crash or Spyro in, Crash has higher chances because he was made to be a rival to Mario and Sonic, so let’s have that rivalry come to life. Everyone went crazy about that fake Rayman leak, so could that have given him some higher chances? Those Rabbids got to hang with Mario before him, so lets push that to redeem that mistake. Microsoft has even been open about Banjo Kazooie possibly being in the big game. In the end though… Travis Touchdown or bust baby!
Well that was crazy to get through. The roster process is easily one of the hardest things to ponder with any fighting game. Smash Bros in general has to deal with actual IP’s and existing characters. There is a lot of stress to deal with that and juggle around who gets in and who does not. Again the idea of keeping all previous characters from Smash 4 and add on to it sounds impossible. If it is done it would be shocking and hopefully it does not kill the chances for other characters just because of keeping that large roster intact.