Our Smash Switch Wishlist
by Vishaal Bedi
Now that Smash for Switch is officially a thing, the debate around which characters deserve to make it into the roster has begun.
This debate could continue forever, and ultimately, the core set of characters will return – along with, I presume, a large majority from the Wii U edition. But, last time around, Nintendo did offer up a survey and asked fans to list characters who they would like to see as new DLC characters.
I’ve come across a few articles that have listed their suggestions for new fighters in the upcoming Smash Bros. for Switch and decided to offer my two cents on which characters could have a positive impact on the Smash Bros. universe.
I was thrilled when Cloud from Final Fantasy 7 was announced as a DLC character on the Wii U version of Smash. He was one of the most requested characters according to survey results that were shared by the Smash Bros. team at the time.
I fully expect Cloud to return with his buster sword in hand even if it’s through DLC. I think Ryu from Street Fighter is also a safe bet for a recurrence. As for who else could show up? Well it's anyone's guess. But this is my wishlist.
Be warned, I might go a bit off the board here and there.
Here we go…
1. Squall (Final Fantasy VIII) and/or Tidus (Final Fantasy X)
Continuing with the theme of Final Fantasy characters, in addition to Cloud I think another popular Final Fantasy stalwart would be very well received. I know I’ve mentioned two male fighters, but they could easily be replaced with Rinoa (Final Fantasy VIII) or Tifa (Final Fantasy VII) to name a few. There are lots of options and I think picking another popular character that has a more “fighting” style could definitely work, even if it's as a DLC further down the road.
2. Ryo Hazuki (Shenmue)
You did not see this one coming did you? I told you I might go a bit off board. In all seriousness, Ryo is perfect for Smash Bros. because 90-95% of the time, he’s beating up people in Shenmue – he’s a trained martial artist! This man gets up each morning, already has his jeans and running shoes on and just has to slip a brown leather jacket on over his white t-shirt and he’s ready to rumble (his hair stays perfectly spiked through this entire process as well).
Off topic but I’m personally excited for Shenmue 3 (hopefully this year) and from playing Shenmue 1 & 2 on the Sega Dreamcast – I think fans would love a dark horse new character like Ryo Hazuki. Watch him in this trailer and see what you think:
3. Goku and/or Vegeta from the Dragon Ball Universe
How no one has suggested anyone from the Dragon Ball universe before is beyond me. This would of course throw up the licensing issues that surround other third party characters. However, given that Dragon Ball FighterZ just released, and there have been calls for a Switch version, this would be the perfect time to engage in a discussion about Goku and/or Vegeta joining the Smash Bros. roster.
I may not be into anime series anymore but anyone who grew up on the original Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z would not need convincing that either of these characters make perfect additions to the Smash universe.
You would just have to limit all those Super Saiyan level ups. Remember those days when Dragon Ball Z characters would be powering up for one week straight? Yeah, I don’t want to remember that either.
4. Captain Toad
There's a few people, fans and critics alike, who are calling for Captain Toad, and I genuinely think it’s a great idea.
Let’s be honest, there are some questionable characters in existing Smash Bros. games, and most never play as those characters anyway, so why not give Captain Toad an opportunity.
I mean he’s been treasure hunting for a few years now and earned the right to be Super Mario Odyssey. If that can’t get you a direct entry into Smash, I don’t know what will.
The obvious concern is, well, Captain Toad can’t jump! That seems to be a pretty limiting factor. I’m not sure what the exact solution to that would be but I could see players having lots of fun using Captain Toad if they can figure out some mechanic that gets him up in the air.
5. Crash Bandicoot
Did you ever have that inner urge as a child or teenager in the late 90’s to pit Mario, Crash and Sonic together and just let them duke it out? Well, fear not – after almost 20 years, you could possibly get your chance. To boost your odds, I would start spamming any and all Official Nintendo Smash Bros. social media pages.
Given the recent announcement of the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy for Switch, having Crash as a playable character in Smash would be a welcome addition. Just the way he moves in his games would make for a natural transition to Smash Bros.
Start putting in your bets for Mario vs. Crash now. Sonic can be the special guest referee (he also needs work these days).
Don’t laugh, I’m being serious. Sort of. Waluigi first made his grand entry during Mario Tennis 64 and I don’t think he’s ever received much love since. Given that we’ve seen Wario in Smash Bros. games, we should give Waluigi a chance right? Right? Hello? Ok, I won’t push too hard on this one, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Waluigi show up in the upcoming installment.
7. Banjo-Kazooie / Yooka-Laylee
Who could resist our favourite bear and bird pairing? Anyone who’s played Banjo-Kazooie on the Nintendo 64 should have fond memories of these two and all the crazy antics they got up to.
I’ve put them lower on the list because they aren’t necessarily going to be the most obvious choice, but they do have the nostalgia factor from Rare’s days of working with Nintendo.
Of course, these character rights now below to Microsoft, so some discussions would have to take place before these two could grace a Nintendo console again.
The alternative might be the new Yooka-Laylee pairing from Playtonic. That might be easier to work out, but they wouldn’t necessarily have that same nostalgia factor as Banjo-Kazooie.
Given that we’re guaranteed to get Inkling boy/girl from Splatoon, I think it makes sense to expect 1 or 2 characters from ARMS. Although the game may not be at the top of the list for fighting games, Nintendo clearly still believes in it and based on the latest direct, there's more ARMS content to come. So expect to see one or two ARMS characters make their debut in Smash Bros. later this year.
As I mentioned previously, I expect Ryu from Street Fighter to return but having an option for Ken or another notable Street Fighter character would make a lot of sense as well. Mortal Kombat characters might be pushing it – Smash still has that light and friendly fighter feel whereas Mortal Kombat is the more mature, gory fighter, so I don’t necessarily see a fit there. I have seen some call outs for having the champions from Breath of the Wild as part of the roster and I think that’s a very reasonable request.
There you go – these are some of my ideas for new characters that deserve consideration to be in the upcoming Smash Bros. on Switch later this year. I would love to hear your thoughts on possible new character appearances, so fire away down in the comments!
Vishaal has a background in engineering, advocating for users through design research and storytelling. The Nintendo 64 was his first Nintendo console and he’s been a Nintendo kid at heart ever since. His favorite Nintendo game is Super Mario Galaxy 2.