It’s almost time to break out those dusty GameCube controllers, because Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is coming out at the end of this year. With a new Smash coming, it’s time to speculate on who should be included in the newest entry.

It’s going to have all the characters that have appeared in Smash, so the roster is already going to be massive. But, with the reveal of Ridley (and the Inklings a few months prior) we know there’s going to be more. Alas, we can’t put Ridley on this list because he’ll actually be in the game!

But who else do we want? Well, I know who I want in the new Smash. Here are my top five characters I want to see appear in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.

5. Simon Belmont (Castlevania)

We don’t typically associate Castlevania with Nintendo, at least not anymore. But back in the day, Konami released the original Castlevania on the NES. In fact, Castlevania remained a Nintendo exclusive for quite a while. The most notable character from that era is Simon Belmont, everyone’s favorite vampire hunter (well, he’s mine, at least).

Simon’s most notable weapon is his whip that, in Castlevania, he can use to slap around enemies from far distances. Other moves that I would expect to see include items from the entire series, such as the throwing axe, which could act as his neutral B. The cross would also be an interesting weapon. It acts as a boomerang, so you could imagine its usefulness in Smash – although, Nintendo is notoriously apprehensive towards using religious imagery.

4. Spring Man (Arms)

With the Inklings coming to Smash, this seems like a safe bet. Nintendo should represent their new IPs  as they are doing with Splatoon, so Arms deserves a little love.

His skillset would obviously utilize his long reach. His recovery might involve him using his arms to spring himself upward on the ground, but when used in the air it’ll be weaker, since there’s no surface to propel him off of. He’d be a long-ranged brawler but you would have to sacrifice authenticity to Arms for balance in Smash. Every character in Arms has a long reach, and this would have to be minimized.

It would also be interesting to swap between different types of Arms gloves in game, sort of like Shulk’s Monado Arts. These moves would be representative of the game he appears in, plus I think that a long-ranged melee character would be a unique inclusion in the franchise.

3. Banjo and Kazooie (Banjo-Kazooie)

Wait a sec, Banjo and Kazooie aren’t Nintendo characters! As most of you know, they have been a part of Microsoft since Rare was acquired by the company in 2002. Before then, though, they created a lot of hits in a partnership with Nintendo including Golden Eye, Donkey Kong Country, and, of course, Banjo-Kazooie. 

Even though Microsoft owns this iconic duo’s rights, an inclusion in Smash could happen, though it’s still a pipe dream. One Twitter user asked Xbox boss Phil Spencer earlier this year if he was open to letting Banjo and Kazooie in Smash. Phil’s reply? A simple “Yep.”

I think they would work a lot like Duck Hunt. Banjo and Kazooie are two separate characters, each with different abilities. Together they are strong, but separate they wouldn’t be nearly as powerful. But for the sake of this list, I know that they would work in unison with each other. Kazooie would add a bit of extra reach to compensate for Banjo’s shorter (but more powerful) attacks.

Once again, it’s not likely to happen, even with Microsoft’s approval. But hey, I can dream, right?

2. Ephraim (Fire Emblem)

I know what you’re thinking: “Not another Fire Emblem character.” After all, they have the second most series-specific characters in Smash, next to the Mario series. But a lot of people like to play Fire Emblem characters, and it happens to be my favorite Nintendo series.

I’m picking my favorite character from the series, Ephraim. He’s one of two protagonists from Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones. He’s gained a lot of popularity lately after his inclusion in Fire Emblem: Heroes and the memes that followed… territory we won’t go into. Either way, he’s a unique character because he wields a lance, whereas the other Fire Emblem characters in Smash have swords (or a sword and magic).

It’d be a nice change of pace, plus he could utilize his spear’s long reach to fend off foes. I think his spearhead would do the most damage, whereas if the enemy is hit within the shaft, it would do less, playing off of the weapons from other Fire Emblem characters in Smash. Because a lance is only effective at a longer range, it would be best to keep enemies further away while you can chip away at their damage.

1. King K. Rool (Donkey Kong)

Donkey Kong has had next to no representation in Smash. Yeah, you have a few stages here and there, and then there’s Diddy Kong too. There are quite a few Super Mario and Legend of Zelda characters, and for good reason: they’re arguably among the most important Nintendo franchises. But, Donkey Kong has been around as long as Mario, and for that reason, his franchise deserves more representation too. For those die-hard Nintendo fans like me, you’ll know who King K. Rool is. It’s a shame he hasn’t made an appearance in any game since 2008’s Mario Super Sluggers, where he appearead as an unlockable character. He’d look awesome in Smash, though, and he’s been my number one character I’d like to see since the release of Brawl.

I imagine that King K. Rool would be a heavy character with slow but strong attacks. His neutral B might involve something like summoning a minion to walk across the stage and do a little damage to anyone that it hits, kind of like King Dedede’s Gordo toss. In his game appearances, he’s sometimes seen wearing different costumes. He’s been a pirate, and even a mad scientist. I imagine that he could use a blunderbuss as seen when he’s a pirate, or other abilities that he’s had with each costume worn throughout his game appearances.

Well, there you have it. Those are my bets, and when the next Smash after Ultimate comes out, I’ll surely have another list. Let’s hope that a few of these appear – at least King K. Rool. Please, Sakurai?

What new characters would you like to see in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Would you be interested in any of the characters on this list? Let us know in the comments section below!