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Top 10: Most Wanted Super Smash Bros. Characters

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With the recent release of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS in Japan, it was only a matter of time before the remaining secret characters were revealed. Now that the internet knows who’s in and who’s out, the talk of DLC characters has arisen. With so many great characters both veteran and as well as those yet to be invited to participate, the sky’s the limit! Welcome to HEY! HEY!! LISTEN!!! where the team has comprised a list of the Top 10 Most Wanted Super Smash Bros. Characters!

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As per Nintendo’s own rules, the following characters have all been featured in games either developed or published by Nintendo themselves. The only exceptions to this rule are characters that have already appeared in the Super Smash Bros. previously in the form of cameos or playable characters. Without further ado, the most wanted characters are…

10. The Chorus Kids/Chorus Men (Rhythm Heaven)
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These little guys have already won over the hearts of those who’ve played their Nintendo DS and Wii games. They’ve got the eyes of teddy bears, voices of angels, and teeth of sharks. While Rhythm Heaven is by no means Nintendo’s biggest franchise, it has earned itself something of a cult following. With Sneaky Spirits already revealed as enemies, it’d make perfect sense for this dream team trio appear to take care of business like the Karate Men they are.

9. Ridley (Metroid)
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Ridley, Ridley, Ridley. If there was ever a dastardly pterodactyl space pirate to fear, it would be him. After killing her mother at the age of three, Ridley created a mortal rivalry in the future bounty hunter Samus. With Bowser, Ganondorf, Mewtwo, and King DeDeDe each representing Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, and Kirby respectively as main antagonists already through the series, it’d only make sense for Metroid to get an antagonist featured as well. The only issue may be found in Ridley’s size. When comparing to his appearances throughout the Metroid series, Ridley may be as big if not bigger than the fearsome mid-boss Giga Bowser.

8. Bayonetta (Bayonetta/Bayonetta 2)
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While Bayonetta’s original game of the same name was so only on Xbox 360 and as a buggy port on PlayStation 3, the enhanced port as well as the sequel are coming out this year exclusively for Wii U. Many people seem confused as to why this is. The obvious reason is that Nintendo is the sole publisher of Bayonetta 2. In fact, according to the developers at Platinum Games, the sequel would not have even been possible if not for Nintendo’s support from not only publishing the games themselves, but also allowing the team to create the game they wanted to without any restrictions whatsoever, even despite most people’s view of them only being about “Kiddie Games.” With her being an amazing character in her own right and for starting in one (or two if counting bundled port of original game) of the most anticipated Wii U games of the holidays, it’d make perfect sense. While her moves in her own game may be a bit too risque for Super Smash Bros, it wouldn’t be too hard to make a slightly watered down version as seen before with Solid Snake’s inclusion within Brawl.

7. Agnès Oblige (Bravely Default)
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Bravely Default, the spiritual successor to the Final Fantasy series, is arguably the greatest game released on the 3DS this past year. While it was developed by Square Enix, the game was actually published by Nintendo outside of Japan. As such, characters from the series may be eligible as future Smash contestants. While all four member’s of the party were quite interesting, the most memorable would have to be the vestal Agnès Oblige. She’s proper, polite, and has a terrible sense of direction. She isn’t one to normally start a brawl, but she isn;t afraid to fight for what she believes in. In game she starts as a Freelancer, but has the potential to swap her class between a plethora of others. Adding her to Smash Bros. could potentially bring forth another technical character with a variety of move types not unlike Fire Emblem Awakening’s Gregory Robin. As Square Enix and Nintendo have collaborated several times before, a late inclusion of Agnès would be by no means a stretch.

6. Ice Climbers (Ice Climbers)

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The little guys get no love. After being featured as amusing yet somewhat broken characters in both Melee and Brawl, they have been cut from the new game’s roster due to implications with their AI code in the 3DS version. As they (like just about every fighter in the series) were a fan favorite, this was heartbreaking news when recently revealed. While not necessarily the most ideal option in the eyes of fans, the limiting of only letting the player select one of the siblings at a time would allow similar gameplay in a fashion that wouldn’t literally be game breaking.

5. Issac (Golden Sun)
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As early as the announcement for Brawl, fans have pondered the amazement that would come from playing as the Golden Sun protagonist. Being an Adept, Issac has the ability to harness the powers of various Djinn hidden throughout the world. As with Agnès, Issac could be a versatile technical character based off of the abilities of different Djinn based off the four elements: Venus (Earth), Mars (Fire), Jupiter (Wind), and Mercury (Water). As a swordsman he is a natural fit, and yet this added Djinn power would make him still different enough from the likes of Marth and Link.

4. Rayman (Rayman 2: The Great Escape)
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Nintendo is the home of platformer games. They always have been, and always will be. With this in mind, it is no surprise that even the multi-platform series Rayman has become most notably known for its entries on Nintendo systems. These include the classic Rayman 2: The Great Escape, uncanny Rayman Raving Rabbids and the recent Rayman Legends. While this game is developed and published by Ubisoft, Rayman the character has already been confirmed to be featured in the new Super Smash Bros. as an unlockable trophy. With all the work filling out copyrights and designed a brand new model, it would almost be a waste if this mascot wasn’t given the chance to duke it out with the likes of Mario, Sonic, Mega Man, and Pac-Man himself.

3. Wonder Red (The Wonderful 101)
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While many people may be unaware, PlatinumGame’s The Wonderful 101 was originally planned as to be a cross-over game featuring Nintendo characters such as Mario, Pikachu, and Link. While that original concept was scratched due to fears of character favoritism suppressing the fun factor of the various missions, it still kept a few of the planned cameo characters such as PlatinumGame’s own Bayonetta. This title was not only published by Nintendo, but go developed by the Nintendo Software Planning & Development Division as well. Naturally, the main character of the game, Wonder Red, would be the best suited to be featured. Like Rayman, Wonder Red too has a trophy featured in game. Wonder Red is a true hero through and through. He loves justice, is quick on his feet, and wears a cool mask. In his own game he was skilled at various combos, something that might make him viable in a certain fighter. Hint, hint, hint…

2. Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes)
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He’s serious, he’s confused, he’s ready to break down the fourth wall. Solid Snake was the character that nobody ever expected to appear in Super Smash Bros.; and yet now that he’s gone, things just don’t feel the same. While his rocket launchers and grenades made him initially appear out of place in Brawl, once his codecs started and he spent about half of Subspace Emissary hiding in his trusty box, players saw that this was the fighter in which the seemingly closet Nintendo fanboy was meant to be. With the promise of upcoming DLC, one can only hope that Solid Snake is first on the list. Or perhaps second as number one should be…

1. Mewtwo (Pokémon Red and Blue)
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Mewtwo. Was there ever any doubt? After his debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee, he was tragically the only non-clone character to be cut from the Brawl roster. Even with similarities between his Shadow Ball and Lucario’s Aura Sphere, they are still far from being “clones.” Especially when considering the likes of Mario/Dr. Mario, Pit/Dark Pit, and Link/Toon Link. Now would be a better time than ever to bring back Mewtwo after the reveal of his both his Mega forms in Pokémon X and Y. Perhaps with the help of DLC, players will finally get to see who is truly the Ultimate Pokémon. Naviku

Honorable Mentions: Groose, Elite Beat Agents, King K. Rool, Mile “Tails” Prower, Shadow the Hedgehog

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