After much anticipation, our overlords from Nintendo are giving us Super Smash Bros. You know what that means. Everyone on the internet has to make a top X character wishlist for the latest entry. I mean, we don’t even know if it’s a port or a new game (why is this even a question?), but who cares. Here are the top five characters I want to see in Smash.
Crono (Chrono Trigger)
I shouldn’t have to put him on the list. Crono should’ve been in the game by now, but we got Cloud instead. No complaints about that, but I would take Crono over him any day. The epic classic, Chrono Trigger, has its roots on the Super Nintendo. He is a great fit for the party brawler and deserves a chance.
Crono would add to the long list of sword fighters, but his kit can have more to it. Aside from his katana, he also uses powerful light magic. Nintendo can incorporate his magic abilities into his moves to make him more fun to play. If they can find a way to put in dual techs or triple techs that would be awesome. Frog showing up to do an X-Strike with Crono? Yes, please.
Stocke (Radiant Historia)
Radiant Historia is a hidden gem on the Nintendo DS. It even got a remake on the 3DS, but still went under the radar. Stocke is the main character of Radiant Historia and is another swordsman. He’s also quite basic, in the same vein as the Fire Emblem characters.
He does have an interesting gimmick the developers can use for moves. Stocke owns the White Chronicle, an ancient book that allows him to time travel. Being able to use time travel powers can open up new types of special moves. He doesn’t have to rely on his sword for everything.
I’d like to see Nintendo acknowledge the wealth of RPGs hidden away on their portable consoles. They have a goldmine of games that get almost no recognition. Such a shame.
Marche (Final Fantasy Tactics Advance)
Final Fantasy Tactics is a strategy RPG that tells a tale of friendship, politics and betrayal. It’s also a PlayStation exclusive and I want to focus on Nintendo games. Fortunately, we have an alternative: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for the GBA. While not as good as the original, it’s still a fantastic strategy game.
The main character is Marche, a boy who finds himself in a world of fantasy. The best part of this game is the job system. You can assign different jobs to Marche, Paladin, Black Mage, Ninja, and several more.
The job system gives Marche access to lots of weapons and abilities. His moves in Smash should reflect this. You also gain powerful summons, as you would expect from Final Fantasy. The ideal Final Smash would have Marche summon his Totema and destroy the playing field.
Agnes (Bravely Default)
I actually did not play Bravely Default. I’ve been meaning to, but other games caught my attention at the time. Regardless, I want as many RPG characters as possible. Bravely Default is a return to basics for Square Enix and also exclusive to Nintendo.
Bravely Default uses a job system like older Final Fantasy titles (FFV in particular). Agnes’ abilities can revolve around her different jobs. I’d also like to see the Brave and Default commands in her kit. Agnes can have a Brave Points counter to implement this mechanic. She can use BPs to extend combos and a parry to restore them for later use.
Out of all the characters on this list, Agnes seems the most likely. Square is already on the list of Smash Bros. contributors and Bravely Default is a recent title.
Flynn (Shin Megami Tensei IV)
This is another character from a game I did not play. Shin Megami Tensei seems to have found its home on Nintendo consoles. SMT IV is a 3DS exclusive while the upcoming SMT V is only for the Nintendo Switch.
Flynn from SMT IV is a samurai, but he doesn’t have to use his sword at all. He should attack with the demons from the Shin Megami Tensei universe. Bayonetta shows Nintendo is okay with mature franchises in Smash Bros., so the demonic beasts of SMT are all fair game.
Aside from being a fun character to use, adding Flynn can pique interest in the SMT franchise. We’ve seen Smash Bros. make Fire Emblem and Earthbound popular outside of Japan. It can do the same for Shin Megami Tensei and make the fifth entry a huge hit.
If even one of these characters found their way onto Smash Bros., I would be happy. However, I don’t believe any of them will get in. They’re too obscure or irrelevant to make into the latest entry. Besides, everyone knows that we’re going to get another Fire Emblem character. Or more Pokémon. That’s what we need.
Do you have a wishlist of your own? Let us know in the comments what character you’d like to see. Remember, no choice is too crazy!