The final Super Smash Bros.Ultimate presentation was a great moment of gaming history.One that capped off the game’s enduring legacy as a celebration of the video game medium by adding in one of the most highly requested characters of all time.Sora, the plucky young protagonist of Disney and Square Enix’s massively successful Kingdom Hearts franchise has finally made his way into the roster as the final DLC character for Super Smash Bros.Ultimate.With Sakurai himself noting that fan requests for Sora’s inclusion in Smash has been overwhelming since Super Smash Bros.For Wii U and 3DS, it seems that the franchise has peaked with Ultimate truly fulfilling major fan requests in its roster.From Sephiroth and the Hero of Dragon Quest, to Banjo and Kazooie, where can the series go from here when it comes to newcomers to the franchise? Well, let’s take a look at a handful of characters that are still deserving of a spot within future instalments of Super Smash Bros.
Rayman With the Mario & Rabbids collaboration continuing to make quite a splash on the Nintendo Switch, it’s only right that Ubisoft gets a representative in Smash someday.As such, their premier platforming mascot, Rayman, is more than capable of being a fighter.With his floating limbs and cartoony proportions, he’ll fit right in with the likes of Mario and Kirby.Other platforming heroes like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon would also make for fine additions to a future Smash roster.
Chun-Li As great as Ryu and Ken being in Smash are, they still need to pull in the first lady of fighting games, Chun-Li, into the roster.Thanks to this phoenix-kicking street fighter that we have a bunch of kickass ladies in the genre.Chun-Li has been the go-to crossover character alongside Ryu for the past few years, appearing in games like Fortnite and Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid together, so it’s only right that she gets a playable spot in Smash.Digimon Representative One thing that could totally blow the minds of the gaming community more than Sora’s inclusion in Smash would be a Digimon joining the roster.
With the franchise’s roots as a virtual pet game, it should qualify them to be a part of Super Smash Bros.Whether it is the mascot of the Digimon series, Agumon, or one of his stronger forms like Wargreymon or Omnimon, it would be a treat to finally see Pokemon and Digimon duke it out in an official crossover.Lara Croft Just like Chun-Li, Lara Croft did a lot for the representation of females in video games.Not only that, but the Tomb Raider series was also one of the pioneer franchises that ushered in the age of three-dimensional gaming.Armed with her twin pistols and acrobatic prowess, Lara Croft could be a formidable ranged fighter, like a more projectile-based version of Zero Suit Samus.They could even add in her bow and arrow skills from the recent reboot trilogy.Dark Souls Representative For a split-second during the Sora reveal, a lot of fans were thinking that Mario was approaching a bonfire from the Dark Souls games, before revealing that the flaming object was in fact Sora’s iconic Keyblade.Nevertheless, this shows that a Dark Souls character could feasibly work as a fighter, especially if it was some sort of glass cannon.
FromSoftware’s series of difficult RPGs has since spawned a whole new genre, which makes it fit in with the rest of Smash’s current roster of fighters.Shovel Knight Everyone’s favourite indie platforming hero owes a lot of his creation to existing Smash fighters, namely Link and Megaman.So it is only fitting that Shovel Knight be promoted from his current Assist Trophy status, into a full featured playable fighter.The Smash series has done it before with Little Mac, so it is totally in the realm of possibility.They’ve also done it with Mii costumes as well, so we’re also holding out hope for Dante, Doom Slayer, and Sans to be fighters in the future.Tales Representative The Tales series of games has had a long history on Nintendo consoles, and while it may not be as popular as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, or Persona, it still deserves a spot in the roster as an iconic gaming franchise.
They could do what they did with Hero from Dragon Quest, make it a character that represents all the heroes in the wider Tales series.That way, we can have Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia, Yuri from Tales of Vesperia, and Alphen from Tales of Arise all being alternate costumes for a single character.
Siegfried/Nightmare Pyra and Mythra’s moveset opens up a lot of possibilities for two characters occupying a single slot as a stance-based character.Like the Pokemon Trainer, pressing Down Special allows players to change the character they’re playing on the fly.We think that a character that could do well with this mechanic would be Siegfried and Nightmare from the Soul Calibur games.With Tekken getting representation in Super Smash Bros.
Ultimate, it is only right for its sister series to get one as well.Shin Megami Tensei Representative Joker’s inclusion into the Smash Ultimate roster was the first instance of Sakurai and his team really showing that any character from any video game could make it into the roster.While Persona is great, it would also be nice to see representation from the games it spun off from.Shin Megami Tensei began life on Nintendo’s Famicom system, so it would feel right at home within the Smash roster.
The case of which protagonist from the franchise joins is something to think about, though we think the heroes of Shin Megami Tensei III and V would be fitting.Dixie Kong If the Mario franchise can have nine playable characters on the Smash Ultimate roster, then the series that arguably made Nintendo what it is today should also get more playable fighters in the roster.Which is why Dixie Kong, seen in various Donkey Kong Country games, would be a great addition to the roster and provide some contrast between Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.Her signature hair propeller technique is a no-brainer, and makes for a suitable recovery option as a fighter..