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You know the deal with me by now; don't like huge walls of text, don't bother commenting on that.

So here's something I did on my own time.  I've been doing some number crunching with the characters confirmed, and possible characters to be, and I felt like sharing it.  Hopefully I'll be able to present this in a way that make sense...

So, I've tallied up the number of veterans confirmed, from Mario to Sonic, and I got 25 separate characters, i.e. characters that fill up one slot in the roster.  As far as newcomers go, there are 11 newcomers in total, though if you could each Mii Fighter as an individual moveset, you have 13.  This means there are a total of 36 to 38 characters confirmed so far for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U.

Now for characters not confirmed, this is where it gets a little... complicated.  I suppose I'll preface this by saying this part is completely personal preference and pure speculation on who will and who won't return.  Sorry if you feel like some characters should get in or shouldn't, this is just how I went about this.

So, first I went through characters from Brawl who I feel certain will definitely return, including semi-clone characters, since Lucina, a newcomer, is essentially a clone.  For me, this includes Wario, Meta Knight, Lucas, R.O.B., and Wolf.  That's 5 characters, bringing the total up to 41-43.  I also decided to include Mewtwo, due to the massive following he has, and Sakurai himself said he'll consider his inclusion, bringing the total roster up to 42-44.

I neglected to include Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Snake from this line-up, you'll notice.  As unique ans Squirtle and Ivysaur are, I feel like Charizard was popular enough to be his own playable character, while Squirtle and (especially Ivysaur) aren't so much.  As for Snake, I feel like he won't return this time around.  Hideo Kojima, the guy who personally requested Snake last time, has not heard from Sakurai over Snake's inclusion this time around (though he could very well be lying about this, who knows).  Given that Kojima was directly involved with the Metal Gear elements in Brawl, including designing the Shadow Moses Island stage, I think this is an indicator that he won't be coming back.  ...That being said, for *bleep*z and giggles, I decided to do an off-hand addition and totled the roster up to 45-47.

And just to make things more complicated, I also decided to include the other characters from Melee as their own characters, bringing ANOTHER subjective total roster to 49-51!

...And because I'm a freaking idiot, I completely forgot to include the veterans who were ALSO in the original Nintendo 64 game and Super Smash Bros. Melee, namely Jigglypuff, Ness, Ice Climbers, Falco, Ganondorf, and Mr. Game & Watch, 6 characters in total...

So in case you're confused (as I am), here are the results so far...

Total characters confirmed for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U: 36 (38, separating Mii Fighters)

Characters plus N64 & Melee veterans: 42 (44)

Characters plus most likely Brawl veterans: 47 (49)

Characters plus Mewtwo 48 (50)

Characters plus Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Snake: 51 (53)

Characters plus other Melee veterans: 55 (57)

You know, what I was going to say here was going to be completely different, before I realized I forgot something so completely obvious..  Originally, my speculative maximum roster number was going to be 50 total characters, and as you can see, the characters I've totaled up easily reach and surpass that number.  Originally, I had totally up 42-44 characters (not including Squirtle, Ivysaur, Snake, and the other Melee veterans), which to me meant we have 8 possible newcomers available.  In retrospect, I suppose I should have known better, given that Sakurai said they were "nearing the bottom" of character trailers they had prepared for this game.  Anyway, given the new information that's come to light (for me, anyway, since I'm a dumbo), and sticking to my 50 character roster number, I decided to speculate who would be left to reveal...  And I've decided, excluding Mewtwo and counting the Mii Fighters as one character, there will be 3 newcomers left to be revealed.

Well, first of all, I think there's definitely going to be a Rhythm Heaven character of some kind.  Since the Gematsu leak turned out to be not as reliable as we initially thought, I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's not going to be the "Chorus Men", which I'm honestly glad, because I'd honestly like a less obtuse character to be honest.  Not that I don't think they could make it work, I just feel like, even as far as left-field choices, this feels like too much of a stretch.  Personally, I'd say Marshal from Rhythm Heaven Fever would be a good choice.  He's basically one of the three main characters who helps to teach you about the game, and has a generic enough design that he can account for pretty much any rhythm game the series has to offer.  Perhaps they'll go with someone else, which I think is fine honestly; I'd just like to see a Rhythm Heaven character of some kind now, since I think the idea itself is pretty ingenious and unique.

My second choice is difficult...  On the one hand, I do want to believe that at least part of the Gematsu leak is real, and that Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles will be in the game.  I've barely played it, though I mean to play it more extensively some time.  More importantly, I think it would just be an incredible gesture, having this one game that wasn't even going to be released in America but due to Operation Rainfall, it managed to see gamers overseas, and now they further acknowledge them by making him playable in this game!  I mean, I feel like they've already further acknowledged them with Xenoblade Chronicles X being shown internationally at E3, but still, it would be cool regardless.  That being said, if it turns out Shulk was not in the game, I feel like I'd want Krystal.  I know some people don't want her because they don't like her character (whatever) or because she's something of a "thing" to furries (which is a dumb reason to not include her, by the way), but to me, it feels like she really SHOULD have been in Brawl, since she was one of my most-wanted characters then as well.  Really, why not include her?  She's another female character, she'd have a unique moveset given her staff, which we haven't see before...  Really, I'd honestly be okay if Wolf got cut if we got Krystal instead.  In fact, I honestly hope that actually happens!  ...In which case we'd still be left with another slot available...  Well, I guess I could go with the speculation that the trophy quiz hinted at future characters, and say Ghirahim would be playable, since I really liked him in Skyward Sword as a villain.  I wouldn't say
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
  Any of those three Krystal.

And my third choice...  Do I even have to say it?  I don't care what anyone says, Ridley DESERVES to be a playable character, at LEAST since Brawl if not sooner!  He's one of the most important characters in the Metroid universe aside from Samus herself, the Metroids (if they even count as characters), and Mother Brain, who despite being the TRUE leader of the Space Pirates, only appears in, like, half of the games Ridley appeared in, if that, he's an iconic character, more then any other boss or creature from the Metroid series, and quite frankly, Metroid DESERVES another character that ISN'T just another version of Samus!  Don't give me any of that BS about relevance, because even though there hasn't been a Metroid game since 2010, it's clear that there is a MASSIVE demand for new Metroid, if the "Kotaku message to Shigeru Miyamoto" is anything to go by.  Besides, Metroid is just one of those classic Nintendo staples.  Sure, they might not appear as frequently as Mario, Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or even Kirby, but having been around as long as at lease Zelda, and since Nintendo are, in fact, working on new Metroid titles, I'd still attest that it's still a mainstay of theirs, at least moreso then Star Fox, which has like 5 games total in it's series not including remakes or re-releases, and yet somehow managed to get 3 characters from it's series.  Ridley just makes the most sense, and don't even start with me about movesets.  Knowing the places I've been and seeing what I've seen, I've seen just about every possible argument you can think of with Ridley, and quite frankly, I'm of the opinion that regardless of how supposedly "hard" it would be to make a moveset with him, it's still POSSIBLE, and given how high a demand there is for this guy, I'd say it's worth the effort!  I want to make it clear that I'm not going to argue about this and I don't intend to, Ridley is my most-wanted character for this game, there is literally not reason NOT to include him as far as I'm concerned, if you don't want him, that's fine, just don't act like it's a stupid chocie or a "waste of a character slot", because it's that kind of dismissive bull*bleep* that makes this guy a huge (joke/pun not intended) target for debate and arguments, which I don't want to start here (again).

...So that's my take on this.  I kind of "knew" this would be a big post, and I apologize for that, but it's just something I came up with today and thought I'd share.  I honestly hope we do get more newcomers then who I suggested, but I doubt it.  Honestly, I just hope at least Krystal and Ridley are in the game, I'd be completely satisfied with just that.  The 3DS release date looms ever closer, really it'll be October 3rd before you know it!  Lets hope the ride is just as exciting as Robin/Lucina's reveal trailer along the way.

...Oh, and BTW, as a strange coincidence, some guy on SmashBoards compiled the number of character announcements and the number of days between each announcement onto a spreadsheet, in order to see the frequency of announcements:

http://smashboards.com/threads/math-suggests-45-characters-x-hidden-characters-to-be-playable.361217/

Apparently, according to his math, there will be at least 45 characters by the time the game is announced.  He also seems to think that this means that there will be 45 characters plus hidden characters in the game itself.  Given that Super Smash Bros. tends to have at least 10 hidden characters, at least, since Melee, this would suggest that there will be at least 55 characters in total...  Then again, this is assuming all the characters announced will be playable from the start, and Luigi and Captain Falcon are typically hidden characters, plus guest characters like Sonic, meaning Mega Man and Pac-Man will also likely be hidden...  then again, having them being "hidden" is kind of a moot point if you already know they're in the game...

Ah well, just more speculation.

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Video Games / Shigeru Miyamoto asks Kotaku what games they want
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:01:24 PM »
Sorry I didn't post this sooner (some of you might have pitched in your own thoughts), but a while back, Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, etc.) was interviewed by gaming journalism website Kotaku (which...  you know what I won't even talk about it), and posed a question towards the readers of Kotaku: what kind of games do you want to see for the Wii U?

http://kotaku.com/shigeru-miyamoto-has-a-question-for-all-of-you-1593754129

After collecting a variety of opinions, Kotaku finally gave Miyamoto an answer:

http://kotaku.com/shigeru-miyamoto-we-have-an-answer-to-your-question-1597993025

Here were the top 5 requests from the readers were:

1.) Metroid (2D or 3D, with many calling for Metroid Prime 4)
2.) A new Pokémon Snap
3.) A new F-Zero.
4.) A new 3D Mario game (Galaxy 3 or Sunshine 2).
5.) An original Dungeons-and-Dragons-style game with the GamePad player serving the role as dungeon master.

I believe Nintendo has already announced that there is both 2D AND 3D Metroid games in the works, and that they "hope to show them off soon".  That's Nintendo for you, they want to make sure people see the quality of their games before announcing them, unlike so many other companies who think they can bank of of pre-announcing stuff and driving up hype on names alone, not to mention Nintendo's trailers actually show off gameplay as opposed to extended cutscenes or pre-rendered crap.  Speaking of which, don't do another Metroid: Other M, Nintendo, please?

Funnily enough, Pokémon Snap for the Wii U is an idea I've seen thrown around quite a lot, and it really does make sense, giving what features the Wii U has and what it's capable of.  The original Pokémon Snap was super fun and I'd be more then glad to play another!

F-Zero...  Shigeru Miyamoto once said a while back that he doesn't understand why fans want another F-Zero (might be paraphrasing that part) and asks what could possibly added to it to make it interesting.  I find this massively hypocritical, given how many samey Mario games and spin-offs get released, but even then, there's nothing wrong with just releasing an HD F-Zero game with online play, ESPECIALLY since it's been so long since the last F-Zero game and it could get people into the series.  Besides, since Captain Falcon keeps appearing in Super Smash Bros., and since there was an F-Zero-themed attraction in NintendoLand, they clearly know it exists, so...  why not?

I really liked the first Super Mario Galaxy (the second one I'm rather angrily "meh" about), and I also liked Super Mario Sunshine, while Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World were good fun, it's like Nintendo intentionally tried to make them look and feel generic.  One of my main problems with them was that they had decent/good level design and fun use of power-ups, the theme-ing of those games was incredibly lazy; levels had almost zero connection with their respective "worlds", so the world maps feel utterly pointless.  The boss fights also feel kind of "eh", though that's mostly with Super Mario 3D Land.  A new collection-based 3D Mario game would feel a bit more refreshing, and it honestly wouldn't hurt to actually have a storyy here as well.  I might be a minority on this, but I genuinely enjoyed the stories of Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy (in fact, that's part of what bugged me about Super Mario Galaxy 2 a bit).  I'd really like to see them change it up a bit, ironically by redoing something that Nintendo already did almost a decade back, but then again, I think it's better then throwing in a new power-up or two then calling it a day (aka, the New Super Mario Bros. way of doing things; yes, I know there are new levels, but...  gosh, it's so hard to explain how dull they feel).

The Dungeons & Dragons idea I believe comes from a Penny Arcade comic, and...  yeah, that sounds like fun, why not?

Other suggestions include:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Of course, there were also a lot of people asking, if not demanding, that Nintendo by Capcom and revive Mega Man Legends 3 as well as suggest new Capcom games like Gotcha Force, Power Stone, and whatnot), apparently not realizing that Shigeru Miyamoto only has so much power and influence in Nintendo.  I mean, yeah, I'd like those things to happen, too, but it's not like he's Satoru Iwata or anything.  Not to mention, some people people suggested new games that don't belong to Nintendo or even Capcom, like Shenmue (SEGA),  Trauma Center (Atlus...  which I guess is also SEGA now), Mischief Makers (Treasure, though apparently Nintendo helped publish it), or Fatal Frame (Tecmo andGrasshopper Manufacture).  Kind of makes me wish people were more informed, but whatever.

So wow, these are a lot of suggestions.  I sincerely hope Shigeru Miyamoto and/or Nintendo takes note of all of these, even if it's the top 5, because I'd really like to see some of these!

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Handheld Gaming / Nintendo 3DS question(s)
« on: June 22, 2014, 10:27:41 PM »
Maybe a general topic for 3DS questions but for now, I have a serious question.

So for a while, I've been noticing that the touch screen on my 3DS is wonky, it doesn't work right, specifically it thinks I'm tapping a different part of the screen then what I'm actually tapping (it's either slightly to the right or to the left...  or somethings, I don't even know).  I've tried calibrating it, but it doesn't seem to work.  I was thinking about sending it into Nintendo ti possibly fix, but then I had another idea.

I'm interested in getting a 3DS XL, or even a 2DS, but I don't want to throw out all the save data, downloadable games, or my Mii and Streepass Plaza data.  Is there any way to transfer the data from one 3DS console to another?

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Super Smash Bros. / Clueless Gamer: Conan Reviews "Super Smash Bros."
« on: June 12, 2014, 09:58:08 PM »
Conan O'Brien plays Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1hkSUGgPC8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1hkSUGgPC8</a>

Technically there IS boxart for the game...  but that doesn't make the joke any less hilarious.  Also, it's times like these where you realize just how weird all this *bleep* is.

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http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sony-pictures-animation-announces-new-original-feature-project-medusa-with-emmy-winner-lauren-faust-to-direct-261989811.html

http://www.equestriadaily.com/2014/06/lauren-faust-working-on-new-feature.html

That's right!  Lauren Faust, animator of movies such as Cats Don't Dance and The Iron Giant, as well as writer on shows such as The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and Wander Over Yonder, as well as the creator and former showrunner of a certain mega-popular show I'm sure you're all familiar with ;) has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Animation to direct a movie based on Medusa of Greek myths!

A quote from Lauren herself:

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“Todd and Holly's version of the tale of Medusa is filled with so many of my favorite ideas to work with: magic, mythology, humor and strong, funny, extremely relatable characters. I was excited by the idea of showing the comedy behind an otherwise horrific monster, and I was really drawn to the writer's unique re- imagining of Greek mythology. In our story, we meet Medusa as a young human, who, like so many of us, is overwhelmed with trying to fit a certain mold to please others. Her resulting popularity ticks off the wrong Goddess who turns her into the snake-haired monster we all know and fear. Medusa sets out on a quest to reverse this curse with the help of a goofy team of oddball and misfit mythological creatures who help her learn that what makes you different is, in fact, what makes you strong.”

...You know, with this, as well as Genndy Tartakovsky (creator of Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and Sym-Bionic Titan) directing Hotel Transylvania, it's upcoming sequel, as well as a movie based on Popeye and even his own creation called Can You Imagine?, I'm suddenly gaining a lot of respect for Sony's animation department, giving these legends of television animation a chance to direct feature-length theatrical movies!  Hell, they're even responsible for Cloud With a Chance of Meatballs and the sequel (though we kind of have the genius pair of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to thank for those two), as well as Arthur Christmas, which I heard was also pretty good!  All this almost kind of makes up for those stupid-ass Smurfs movies...

...So yeah, another animated movie to keep an eye out for in the future!

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Entertainment & Media / The Book of Life (2014 animated movie)
« on: June 03, 2014, 10:11:43 PM »
Sorry for the Wikipedia-esque title, BTW.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCdhAr3VBBc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCdhAr3VBBc</a>

The only name I recognize from this trailer/production is Guillermo del Toro, and he's just a producer (out of 4 producers, including him).  That aside, though, I LOVE the visuals, it's colorful AND stylized!  the movie comes this October 17 (holy crap...  the year's just going by so quickly, isn't it?).  I'll be sure to try and remember to see this movie!

After all, while it's great to watch the latest Disney or Dreamworks movie (I'd say Pixar as well but lately...  eh...), but other animation studios deserve this kind of love and support as well, especially if they make such a unique movie like this!

There doesn't seem to be any other relevant movies coming out around that time (except Paranormal Activity 5 the week after, which I guess is the new Saw/scary movie that comes out every October), so let's try to show it some love before Big Hero 6 swallows it up come November.

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Video Games / Nazo no Murasame Jō/The Mysterious Murasame Castle
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:45:06 PM »
In April 14, 1986, a game was released for the Famicom Disk System known as "Nazo no Murasame-Jō" (or Murasame-Jou), which means "The Riddle of Murasame Castle".  In it, a samurai apprentice named Takamaru has been tasked to investigate several castles, each controlled by evil/possessed lords who are working with a strange/evil creture that fell from the sky and took over the titular Murasame Castle and the sacred stone held within.  Takamaru must fight off ninjas and other fierce warriors in order to bring peace back to Edo-era Japan!  Here's...  pretty much the game in its entirety:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTuthYEsUbk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTuthYEsUbk</a>

Said game has never been released outside of Japan...  so you're probably wondering, why even bring up such an obscure game?  Well, for one thing, there are tons of references to this game in international versions of other games.  For example, in Pikmin 2, one can find an actual Nazo no Murasame-Jo disk as a treasure:



Takamaru is also a supporting character (along with Birdo and Little Mac, among others) in another Japanese-exclusive game, Captain Rainbow:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eig0B8RG-xU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eig0B8RG-xU</a>

The main tune of the game, Douchuumen, is also in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (in which, Takamaru is also a sticker):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFqXl7fPHRI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFqXl7fPHRI</a>

In WarioWare D.I.Y., one can also unlock a Nazo no Murasame-Jo microgame, but I can't find a picture or video of that...  What I CAN show you is how a Mrasame Castle mode, with Takamaru as an exclusive playable character, was part of the Wii version of Samurai Warriors 3!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvjICPpfItI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvjICPpfItI</a>

And most recently, there's an attraction/single-player game called Takamaru's Ninja Castle in NintendoLand!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnYCn955Oms" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnYCn955Oms</a>

But really, the ACTUAL reason I'm making this topic is that, for the first time, Nintendo will finally be releasing this game outside of Japan!  ...In Europe, on the 3DS Virtual Console:

http://www.gonintendo.com/s/229058-this-week-s-european-downloads-may-29-mario-kart-8-muramase-castle-and-many-offers

...Hey, who knows, if it's popular there, maybe it'll also be released in North America as well!  For anyone who lives in Europe, tell me what it's like!

...Takamaru for Super Smash Bros. 4.

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So yeah, the studio that made Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, as well as all those classic Disney movies you remember watching as a kid, are making an adaptation of a Marvel comic (and no, I'm fairly certain that this is NOT going to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe).

From what I've gathered, the story takes place in the fictional world of "San Fransokyo, and is going to focus on a kid named Hiro Hamada, a robotic prodigy, who hangs out with his brother Tadashi and four like-minded friends of his, GoGo Tamago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred.  They get wrapped up in some kind of evil plot or something, and Hiro uses his robot buddy, Baymax, to form a team with his friends and save the day.

Teaser trailer came out a few days ago, featuring Hiro and who I assume is Baymax:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvgyXKDXdZY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvgyXKDXdZY</a>

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

In addition, T. J. Miller has been cast as Fred and Jamie Chung as GoGo Tomago.  Maya Rudolph is also in the movie, though I don't know who.

It's interesting to note that in the comic, the Silver Samurai is part of the group (I think), but he doesn't appear to be in this movie.  He was in the last Wolverine movie, so maybe only Fox can put him in movies at this point...

Either way, this all sounds really interesting and I look forward to seeing more!

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Super Smash Bros. / Character Moveset Speculation: Star Fox
« on: May 01, 2014, 12:28:34 AM »
Skipped a day, sorry, just too tired yesterday...  Not that anyone seemed to notice or care.  Anyway, as per usual, just speculate moveset ideas.  This isn't meant to be a debate topic, and try to have fun with this, alright?

So now we reach Star Fox, a franchise particularly notorious for including characters with very similar movesets, and while I'll argue and nitpick over how just because movesets are similar that doesn't mean they play identically (playing as Wolf is quite different then playing as Fox), I can't really deny the variation is lacking, and having all three characters in that series use a Landmaster, including Wolf who never even used a Landmaster in the games, it just feels like a bit too much.

As such, the only true suggestion for a new character from this series is Krystal.  She's easily in my top 5, if not top 3 most-wanted characters list, and quite frankly I was surprised she didn't become playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.  More female characters are always welcome, not to mention she's the only Star Fox character who I can easily imagine having a completely different moveset from Fox, Falco, or Wolf.  Specifically, she'd use her staff as a primary weapon, previously seen in Star Fox Adventures.  Really, with the moves from that game, the moveset practically writes itself.  Various slashes, kicks, and stabs for normal attacks, fire projectiles as a neutral special attack, Flight Boost for up special, Ground Quake either as a down smash or down special, there's seriously a lot to work with.  Plus they can use other elements from Star Fox Adventures, so they can have a dinosaur theme with her.  I want to think that her Final Smash would involve flying on a CloudRunner, like she did at the beginning of the game.  Admittedly, compared to the other newcomers, my moveset idea isn't that unique, but it honestly surprises me that they went with Wolf over Kystral in Brawl.  It literally felt like they went with the easier option, instead of having to create a new moveset involving a staff, they'd just make even more variations of the Fox moveset.  You know what I mean?

With that in mind, I don't really have any other characters to suggest that wouldn't also be Fox clones.  Sure, I'd love to see Peppy or even Slippy as playable characters (I'd personally like to see Pigma somehow playable, since he happens to be a personal favorite of mine), but I can't think of that much going for any of them.  No doubt they could have original, unique movesets, but the question is, would Sakurai and his team be willing to create original movesets for them?

...Seriously, though, Krystal for SSB4!

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Super Smash Bros. / Character Moveset Speculation: Kirby
« on: April 29, 2014, 12:12:02 AM »
Yeah, yeah, speculate movesets.  No need to be detailed, just thinking of a plausible idea for a moveset.  Not to be a debate topic, but who knows how this will go...

So, Kirby...  SURPRISINGLY popular Nintendo franchise, despite appearances to the contrary.  The fact that the series was created by Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of Super Smash Bros., pretty much ensured Kirby a spot int he line-up.  I remember Sakurai saying he didn't want to over-indulge in his own franchise, which is far, doesn't want to look like an egotist, but it was still nice to finally get King Dedede (also Meta Knight) in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.  In fact, I dare say that's pretty much all the Kirby series needs.  Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight are the three essential characters from that series and there really isn't much need to add any other characters from that series, particularly since there aren't that many to work with that wouldn't feel like they were pushing it...  or again, Sakurai is over-indulging his own franchise.

That being said, there seems to be one popular pick among Kirby newcomers that's grown in popularity lately, to the point where even I'd like to see it, and that's, Waddle Dee, or specifically, Bandanna Waddle Dee/Bandanna Dee.  I've seen people get REALLY passionate about this character choice, and while I'm not as smug and dismissive as others, I WILL say it's not AS likely as people think.  Yeah, he shows up in several games, including the recent Kirby Triple Deluxe, and he was playable Kirby's Return to Dream Land, but he really is not that major of a character...  besides, making him playable would be like making a generic Koopa Troopa playable, just something wouldn't feel right about that.  There's also the fact that Waddle Dees are already enemies in Smash Run...  then again, having enemy R.O.B.s didn't stop R.O.B. from being playable!  Besides, given how much I've worked out the possibility that Ridley can still be playable despite evidence to the contrary, I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't say the same for Bandanna Waddle Dee.  As for a moveset, yes, his spear is an obvious choice, though I'd like to incorporate everything about Waddle Dee into his moveset, including his Parasol as a possible recover move (despite the enemy Waddle Dees also using parasols).  Really, Waddle Dees do a lot in the Kirby series, so there's a lot to work with in terms of a moveset.  For his Final Smash, though, I'd like to think he'd use a Megaton Punch on the ground, thought I'm having a hard time figuring out how that would work and how it would KO opponents...

Really, that was the only Kirby character I thought would be on this list, until I read a suggestion for Prince Fluff...  and the more I thought about it, the more I thought "...yeah, that would be unique".  Prince Fluff, just like Kirby in Kirby's Epic Yarn, can transform into a number of things using his yarn abilities, so he has a lot of attacks to choose from.  I'll bet that his neutral special move would be that yarn whip of his...  or maybe his grab and throw, since you can roll up enemies and throw them using that whip?  Which do you think would work better?  His Final Smash would DEFINITELY be the Tankbot!  Yeah, it could totally work...  but would he be all that likely?

Who even knows...  In any case, I'm just glad King Dedede's back.  And when Meta Knight inevitably returns as well, I'll be satisfied.  It WOULD be cool to have another playable Kirby character, but I'm fine without.

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Super Smash Bros. / Character Moveset Speculation: Metroid
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:35:00 AM »
Next one of these topics!  Not a debate topic, just fun speculation on what kind of movesets would characters have.  Be sure to only suggest characters that have a workable moveset, and try to come up with one yourself.  Doesn't have to be thorough, just giving suggestions or ideas can be enough.

So now it's the Metroid series' turn...  And since I said that this isn't meant to be a debate topic, and since Ridley can never be mentioned in Super Smash Bros. without some kind of debate coming out of it (despite the fact that I have yet to see a truly reasonable argument against Ridley's inclusion, other then "I just don't want him."), I won't be talking about him here...  Which is sad because there really aren't that many other suggestions I have.

It's funny, I probably wouldn't want Dark Samus since, you know, she seems like obvious clone material, but after seeing how her Assist Trophy acts in this new game.. . yeah, sign me up for seeing her playable in Super Smash Bros.!  Ironic that it took her deconfirmation to convince me...

I suppose other choices for playable characters would include the various bounty hunters introduced in the Prime series, however, since I haven't played the Prime games (except for the beginning of the first Metroid Prime), I don't know anything about them.  My typical go-to choice from the list, though, is Sylux, since he seems to have the most interesting backstory, in that we barely know anything about him...  it feels like Retro Studios are setting up something with him, from what I've read.  Other then him, I find Trace really cool as well; in fact I'd say he's got a lot more interesting moves going for him compared to Sylux, who just seems to have a suit that's not all that different form Samus's power suit, or the suits of the Galactic Federation in general.  Noxus and Spire also seem cool, but I think Trace might be my favorite choice out of all of them.  Unfortunately, since I don't know anything about them, I can't really suggest much in terms of movesets...

But just so this topic isn't completely devoid of moveset speculation, I'll throw one out for Anthony Higgs, aka the only good thing about Metroid: Other M.  Ugh, don't even start, please.  Regardless about how you feel about the game, I think we can all agree that Anthony was a genuinely cool guy and a welcome new character to the Metroid universe.  Really, the fact that he's so friendly and supportive towards Samus really puts him a step about the cold and distant Adam Malkovich, despite being told (by Samus herself, making things rather questionable) that he's a super awesome, amazing guy.  Hell, if it weren't for how awkwardly he's portrayed in that game I would have suggested him, since he has mroe relevance, given that he's mentioned/hinted at in Metroid Fusion.  But either way, if Anthony or Adam were playable, they'd probably just use the Galactic Federation suit they were wearing in that game, and probably make use of those ice beams of theirs.  Really, since I have such a limited knowledge of the Metroid series and what kind of regulations a GF unit has when it comes to weapons, they could use just about anything if they were playable.

Regardless of who they pick, whether it be the characters I suggested or someone else, I sincerely hope they DO have another Metroid character playable.  I mean, there are so many characters in the Metroid universe, and despite being in a weird stage of limbo at the moment, I still think the Metroid series is a major franchise of Nintendo's, and as such, I think they deserve at least ONE other representative that isn't an alternate version of Samus.  Wouldn't you agree?

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Super Smash Bros. / Character Moveset Speculation: The Legend of Zelda
« on: April 26, 2014, 11:27:11 PM »
Same as before, speculate movesets, doesn't have to be too detailed, give good reasoning behind suggesting a character, this isn't really meant to be a debate topic, have fun.

The Legend of Zelda is an interesting franchise when it comes to Super Smash Bros. because up until this point, the only playable characters from the series are the main trio of the series: the hero Link, the titular Princess Zelda, and the main antagonist Ganondorf.  And aside from Zelda's alter ego Sheik (who really has only bee in one game and isn't all that relevant these days) and at least one other incarnation of Link, they hadn't had any other characters from that series, which is strange considering there is a lot to choose from.  Of course, given the nature of The Legend of Zelda series, and how it's hard to tell where and how each new game will fit into the timeline, and just how relevant said characters in the game will be in the long run, it' shard to pick characters from the series to represent in Super Smash Bros. despite that, I can think of a number of characters they can include this time around.

For example, Ghirahim form The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword seems to be a really popular choice fore new Zelda reps.  Oh, BTW, I'm about to divulge into some Skyward Sword spoilers, so...  This is your warning for any who hasn't completed it yet...  Ironic that I said that, considering I haven't completed it yet.  Despite that, I still know some major things, such as
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  In fact, that seems to be a regular thing to say that
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whereas Ghirahim is seen throughout the game...  Besides, I can easily imagine Ghirahim's Final Smash being
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  But that's just me.  That aside, seeing as I haven't played that far into the game (it's pretty dense, I haven't even gotten to the second fight with Ghirahim yet), I can't really suggest THAT much for Ghirahim's moveset, but I WILL say that he has enough going for him that it shouldn't be too hard to think of some original moves.  Not to mention I find Ghirahim rather intriguing on his own.

Other then him, the one other character from The Legend of Zelda series that feels long overdue for a playable appearance is Tingle.  Yeah, I know, a LOT of people really don't like him.  Hell, I don't really care for him all that much.  That being said, he's super popular in Japan (Hell, he got THREE spin-off games, that says a lot!), not to mention, if there's one thing I've learned from recent experiences with character suggestions, it's that the more off-the-wall a character suggestion is, the more interesting moveset they're likely to have, and the more fun they'll be!  Tingle, being an INCREDIBLY off-the-wall character, feels like he has a lot of weird eccentricities that can be made into moves.  Obviously his recovery would be his balloon which, like the Villagers Balloon Trip balloons, can be popped if enough damaged has been dealt to it.  I'd also like to think that a lot of his Special Moves would be based around rupee collecting, that's that's one of the two or three things he's best known for, the other two being map-making and generally being weird and obnoxious.  While I'm not sure how map-making can be incorporated into his moveset, if there's anything Wario's proved, it's that weirdness definitely can be beneficial for making a moveset.  His Final Smash I feel could be him shouting "Kooloo-Limpah!", and acting like Luigi's Negative Zone where weird random effects happen.  Hell, I'd play the crap out of a character like Tingle, if they made him like that! :P

Now there are several other characters I had in mind, but couldn't think of decent enough movesets.  Impa was most prominently in my head, since she's pretty much the only character besides Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Tingle (I guess), and maybe the King of Hyrule, to consistently be in multiple games, typically acting as an aide of Zelda, but unfortunately, I couldn't think of a moveset that wouldn't be so incredibly similar to Sheik, or a good enough Final Smash.  Tetra had a similar problem; I DEFINITELY like her a lot more then Sheik (pirates rule), but I can't think of many unique moves or a Final Smash.  Yeah, I guess I'm not very creative when it comes to original moves...  though that's only because I want characters to truly represent the games their from, and I'd like to see attacks based on what they did in the games.  That's not to say I'd exclusively want characters who fit that mode, but it does mean I'll be hard pressed to think of many completely original moves for them. 

Also, Vaati is a character I've wanted to see playable since Brawl, in that he's the only other major recurring villain in The Legend of Zelda series besides Ganon himself, AND he has a different build compared compared to Ganondorf to entice a completely different moveset.  Since he's described as a "wind demon" (despite originally being a Minish and changing into a humanoid), I could see him using a number of wind-based attacks, plus he can use that sphere attack he used at the beginning of The Minish Cap.  His Final Smash would DEFINITELY be transforming into his more iconic one-eyed demon form.  the only reason why he's not higher on my list despite still wanting him is that I feel like Ghirahim has a better chance at being in Super Smash Bros. over him since, despite being in more games, Vaati isn't really all that major of a villain in the grand scheme of the Zelda timeline, not to mention there is a distinct difference between Zelda games that feel like spin-offs (most of the handhelds) and main Zelda titles (Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, etc.).

And those are the characters I'm mostly interested in seeing playable.  I've seen suggestions like Deku Link and ESPECIALLY Skull Kid and Midna (both of whom are mere Assist Trophies in this game), and I'd be cool with them too (if they weren't deconfirmed).  ...Of course, I would LOVE to see Groose playable, being the best character in Skyward Sword, but he doesn't have that much going for him and quite frankly, he doesn't seem like THAT popular of a choice...  *sigh* A man can dream, though.

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Super Smash Bros. / Character Moveset Speculation: Wario
« on: April 26, 2014, 12:17:59 AM »
Same as before, come up with character movesets.  Don't have to be too detailed, just make sure you suggest a character that has a workable moveset, and try to be descriptive with how you think the moveset would work.  Not meant to be a debate about who'd get in or not, just something for fun.

So this time for Wario characters, or characters more closely associated with Wario and his games then Mario.  You know, I always thought it was weird how they waited until Super Smash Bros. Brawl to include Wario, similar to Little Mac.  I guess with Little Mac, it's more understandable, but I figured Wario was a major enough character that he'd be there at least since Melee.  This is kind of why I preferred Brawl to Melee for the longest time, though even then, I would have preferred it if they didn't overemphasis the WarioWare series.  Don't get me wrong, I think the WarioWare games are fun, but Wario HAS been in video games before that.  I'd like a little more representation in that department, please?  And also that Wario's movements weren't so Mr. Game & Watch-like jerky.

With that in mind, my most-wanted Wario character would be Captain Syrup the most recurring character in the Wario Land series, being the main antagonist of the first two Wario Land games, and as supporting character in Wario Land: Shake It!
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  I have my doubts that she'd be even mentioned in the new game, let alone a playable character, but even still, she's probably the only Wario character I'd like to see playable (aside from Waluigi, who's only a "Wario" character by being paired with him in Mario spin-offs, and maybe Ashley both of whom are Assist Trophies).  I should probably straight up admit I haven't played THAT many Wario Land games, though I know enough about her to think of some interesting moves at least.  For example, I could see either her neutral or side special move being summoning a Pirate Goom or a Bandinero, which would land on the ground , wander around, then charge at whatever nearby opponent.  They can also be attacked, which makes them dizzy; in this state, you can pick them up and throw them like items.  She also uses bombs.  Yeah, a lot of characters seem to have bombs as a suggested attack, but it really is one of her main attacks in the games she's from.  Her Final Smash would be summoning Denpū, the genie she has in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (who was also the final boss of that game), and she'd basically use him to attack while staying safely on him; he'd float around, throwing fireballs, etc.

Like I said, I can't think of that many characters to suggest or ones that I'd really want.  Oh sure, it'd be cool if Jimmy T., Mona, or Kat & Ana or someone else from the WarioWare games were playable, but I literally can't think of good movesets for any of them.  Call me uncreative in that regard, but really, I just don't want them that badly.

So yeah, this is probably the shortest one of these I'm going to do.  enjoy it while it lasts.

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Super Smash Bros. / Character Moveset Speculation: Yoshi
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:52:04 PM »
So now it's the Yoshi series' turn for one of these.  Again, not meant to be a debate topic, just a speculation topic.  Remember, if you want to suggest a character, be sure to specify what kind of moveset they could have or how they'd work as a playable character.  Keep things clean and have fun!

The yoshi series is interesting, in that there aren't that many characters there that couldn't also be applied to the Mario universe.  Typically characters from the series (specifically ones listed as trophies in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl) are ones either more prominently featured in the Yoshi series or more closely associated with it then the main Mario series, specifically the baby versions of major Mario characters.  When it comes to characters from the Yoshi universe, I always thought it would be cool that each universe should get more representatives (at least, ones that had characters to spare that could work as characters).  In all likelihood, I'd say that once again, Yoshi will be the only representative of his respective universe, though if they were to add another character to represent the Yoshi universe...

Well, my top choice is Kamek.  He's essentially the main antagonist of the series, being the key guy behind the plot of the first Yoshi's Island (Baby Bowser didn't even seem to know what was going on) and being the main antagonistic force against Yoshi in almost every other Yoshi game since, or at least in the ones where he's featured in.  The roster could use some more villains, if somehow King K. Rool and Ridley don't get in (assuming other villains I've suggested and will suggest in the future that seem more likely then Kamek don't get in either), and I really do want to see more magic-based characters.  The only one I've seen ins Zelda, and yeah, she's okay I guess.  Apparently Peach also uses magic?  Eh...  That being said, I still have my doubts, especially considering that Kamek looks almost identical to a normal/generic Magikoopa, who also happens to be an enemy in the 3DS game's Smash Run mode.  It could be possible to make Kamek look slightly different from the other Magikoopas.  for one, they seem to add more detail to playable characters then to generic enemies in the Super Smash Bros. series.  They could give his hat a star-and-moon pattern, or something to that effect...  Kind of unlikely, given that the new games seem to be all about making the characters look as close as they can to their original counterparts.  Still, it's not COMPLETELY out of the realm of possibility, and I'd be glad to see it all the same (even though I think an Assist Trophy is more likely, specifically one where he sprinkles the arena with his magic like he doe sin the Yoshi's Island games and it positively effects whoever released him).  As for his moveset, I think I could see Kamek primarily using his wand as both a melee weapon and a means to conjure various times of magic; like, his forward smash could be a flame attack, his up smash would be an electric attack, and his down smash could be an ice attack, something to that effect.  His grabs would essentially be him using his magic to hold opponents in place ans he waves his wand around to perform his throws.  His neutral special move would be his trademark blue square-red triangle-yellow circle spell, which has random effects on whoever it hits (in addition to doing damage), but also turns items into enemies, like it does in the games.  And interesting idea I have is that his recovery move would be his side special, in which he'd hop on his broomstick, which really, we've seen him speeding off horizontally more then any other direction.  Haven't really thought about his other special moves, or his final smash, so I'll leave that up to you guys.

Aside from him, the only other likely choice I can think of is Baby Mario & Baby Luigi...  and it's interesting I say that.  Really, when you think about it, isn't it weird that it's typically suggested that Baby Mario and Baby Luigi could be a tag-team character in Super Smash Bros. as opposed to just Baby Mario?  After all, the Baby Mario Bros. are rarely paired up in the games they appeared in.  In fact, more often then not they're separated!  Then again, Baby Mario would be comparatively weak on his own, and could use a partner to power him up a bit.  I would usually just assume these two would be like the Ice Climbers, though I recently thought of the idea that they'd literally be inseparable.  Even though I just said they are usually apparent in their games, the main driving force behind the Yoshi's and Baby Mario finding his brother is apparently the connection Mario has to Luigi, even as an infant, and that can be used to explain why they stick really close together in this instance.  Of course, it'd be hard to explain how two characters are so close together that you can't even attack one of them individually...  still haven't worked that part out.  I could see a Chain Chomp being one of their special moves, referring to their appearance in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (one of the few times they ARE paired together); maybe their up special can be a bubble forming around them.  As for a Final Smash...  part of me wants to have them loudly crying, while another part of me wants to use something else...  like I dunno, maybe they become "Super Baby Mario and Super Baby Luigi" and get capes like whenever Yoshi gets a star in Yoshi's Island?  I dunno...

Them aside, I can think of no other characters from the Yoshi series that would either be notable enough or has enough going for them to appear as a playable character.  I really don't think they'd make the other baby characters playable...  I've also seen on oddball suggestion of having the Stork playable.  I RALLY don't see that happening, but my goodness if they could make that work...

Sorry if it seems like what I'm saying has less thought put into it or there isn't as much effort this time around, I'm actually a bit tired at the moment... Wanted to get this out of the way (I DO enjoy doing this, and I want to make this a daily thing).

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Super Smash Bros. / Character Moveset Speculation: Donkey Kong
« on: April 24, 2014, 12:15:05 AM »
So here's the second part of this series of topics I'm making.  Like with the previous one, this is mean to be a general discussion and speculation on what kind of a moveset a character would or could have if they were in Super Smash Bros.  This is not meant to be a debate topic, nor are there any real limitations to whom you can suggest.  The only requirement is that if you suggest a character, you have to think of a reasonable moveset for them.  It doesn't have to be a detailed, fully fleshed-out moveset either, it can just be suggestions as to how the character would attack, possible strengths and weaknesses, special move ideas, etc.  The sky's the limit as to who you can suggest, just be sure to think it out and really consider if there's a good moveset to be had with the character.

Okay, with that out of the way, it's time for characters from the Donkey Kong universe!  You know what I find interesting about the Donkey Kong universe is that, even though it's shared with the Mario universe, it's not really a spin-off series like Yoshi or Wario.  Both Mario and Donkey Kong debuted at the same time in the same game, and both of them continued to start in separate games.  In a since, it can be considered it's own series, that just so happens to cross paths with the Mario series relatively frequently.

But as for characters, the first and most obvious choice is King K. Rool.  Aside from Ridley, he's the most suggested newcomer villain for the Super Smash Bros. series, in addition to being a pretty popular choice in general.  I honestly don't want him THAT badly, or at least not as badly as Ridley (seeing as Donkey Kong has plenty of characters to work with and get representation from, whereas Metroid doesn't have nearly as much to work with and Ridley is an iconic character of that series that can theoretically work, YES HE CAN and NO I'M NOT GOING TO DEBATE IT HERE), but he'd still be a fun choice.  I see him being another heavyweight, obviously, though in particularly, I can see him weighing the most out of all the characters, perhaps on par with King Dedede.  I can also see him being an incredibly powerful character while not being that mobile, similar to his playable appearance in Super Mario Sluggers.  Though then again, since Super Smash Bros. is a very mobile game, I'm not sure how this could work.  He'd have to have at least a decent jump, or failing that, a highly useful recovery to make up for his lack of mobility.  His smash down can just me him doing a small hop and creating shockwaves around him (you know, 'cause he's so fat. :P)!  For his special attacks...  Well, he can toss his crown, which can act like a boomerang (taken from Donkey Kong Country), and take out his blunderbuss and shoot slow moving but high damaging bullets/cannonballs (taken, sort of, from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest); either one of these can be his neutral special move or his side special move.  His up special/recovery can be his helicopter device from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, and it can cover a lot of distance to make up for his otherwise poor jumping skills (he can even attack while on it).  Not sure about what his down special could be...  keep in mind I haven't played Donkey Kong  64, so I don't know about what he does or could do in that (other then apparently he challenges DK to a boxing match).  As for a Final Smash, I always imagined that he could make a huge leap, and when he lands, a bunch of gigantic cannonballs fall from the top of the screen, just like one of his attacks from Donkey Kong Country.  Somehow, I feel like I could to better or be more creative then that.  If anyone has any ideas, feel free to toss them out!

Along with King K. Rool, Dixie Kong is frequently suggested as far as Donkey Kong characters go.  In fact, for me, I feel like both she and King K. Rool are a "full package" type of deal.  I'd rather see both of them in the game then just one or the other.  The cast would just seem incomplete without one.  As far as a moveset would go, I can definitely see her ponytail being put to good use, particularly in terms of grabbing opponents and also used as her recovery.  What else she can do is hard to say, since I don't want her to be too similar to Diddy Kong.  For some reason, I imagine that bubblegum would be used as one of her special movies.  Like I can see her neutral special being a "bubblegum pop" move or something.  As for a Final Smash, she can whip out her guitar and do some sweet shredding on it, kind of like the Barbara Assist Trophy from Brawl.  Some might say this is too similar to DK's Konga Beat Final Smash.  I say, I'm fine with having more then one Final Smash being similar to another.

So you would think that's it for possible playable Donkey Kong characters?  Not quite, because I have one more idea, that being Cranky Kong!  Now, what's weird about this idea is that I was pretty much with the vast majority in not thinking he'd be likely at all or not being all that interesting or whatever.  Then Greninja got confirmed for the new Super Smash Bros.  I'll be honest, even though he looks awesome to play as and "made sense", I'm STILL a little flabbergasted to see him playable...  which is why I'm suddenly all over the idea of Cranky being playable.  See, a lot like Greninja, he's not really "expected" to be in the game, but he also makes sense in many ways; he's been in the DK series ever since the first Donkey Kong Country, he's consistently been in almost every major Donkey Kong game since, he's frequently stated to be the ORIGINAL Donkey Kong from the arcade game...  Hell, much like Rosalina, who's playable in a lot more games lately, his popular got boosted by being playable in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze!  So yeah, he might be unexpected, but his inclusion WOULD make sense, much like Greninja being a representative of the 6th generation of Pokémon!  But what would his moveset would be like?  Well, he'd definitely get a lot of use of of his cane.  I also want to se ehim use his beard, but I can't think of many attacks that could work like that...  Also, whenever he kicks, he uses both legs, and would typically use his cane as a means to keep himself steady.  He's be surprisingly agile for someone of his age.  Of course, his down special would be his Scrooge McDuck-style pogo cane from Tropical Freeze, in which he'd be able to bounce around on it.  He could also bounc of opponents, but I'm not entirely sure how to balance this move out, like after a certain number of bounces he'd stop or something...  I guess he could also use his "denture popgun" from the same game, but I'm not too keen on that, particularly since even in that game it felt like a lame knock-off of the peanut popgun.  But here's the kicker: his Final Smash would involve him turning into his old arcade self!  He'd just jump up and down, causing tremors that would either stun/bury opponents or send them flying (not sure which to go with)!  He'd also throw barrels and summon springs and those fire creatures!  This is seriously a brilliant Final Smash idea, I'm actually a bit proud of myself for coming up with it (#HumbleBrag :P).

So those are all the characters I can think could work as playable characters.  There are other DK characters like Funky Kong, Candy Kong, etc., but I either don't think they're cut out for fighting (not that that's ever stopped other characters from being playable, hello Villager) or don't have that much to work with.  Not to mention, they wouldn't be AS unique as the others I mentioned above...  in my opinion.

But if you think differently, by all means, say so!  I'd love to see if anyone can make a good moveset out of Stanley the Bugman! XD

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Super Smash Bros. / Character Moveset Speculation: Mario
« on: April 22, 2014, 11:23:35 PM »
Okay, I'm going to do something either stupid or interesting, hopefully you won't think it's stupid.  For the next few days, I'm going to make a series of topics about characters I either hope or expect to be in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U.  This isn't a wishlist (though I will mostly be talking about characters I want or I think would have a good, workable moveset) nor is it a "rate their chances" kind of deal.  This is just going to be a fun little bit (well, knowing me, it likely won't be so little) of speculation and imagination.  The only thing really required is that you try to explain how the character can work as a playable character and make them unique and try to justify their inclusion, and not just go "I think [blank] would be awesome in this game!" or "I want [blank] in Smash Bros.!"  I meant to do this a lot sooner, and to prevent me from going overboard like I usually do, I'm going to split the topics up by franchise/series/universe.

Oh, BTW, this is also NOT a topic to argue whether or not a character is getting in.  If you think a character can't get in or shouldn't be in, it doesn't matter as far as this topic's concerned.  So long as you can think of a workable moveset, and if you think it could fit in the roster, by all means go all out!  And remember to have fun with it! ;)

Well, now that I've said that, I should probably say I'm not good at creating in-depth movesets.  I doubt I'd be able to create a detailed moveset, describing every single attack and how much damage it would theoretically do and it's knockback and all that.  However, I can list some characters and give a good estimate as to how they could function, if they were playable.  I should also say that after Greninja got confirmed to be a playable character, not to mention going to such extreme lengths on saying how Ridley can still technically be a playable character while also a boss, my mind has opened up considerably in terms of who could work and would can be playable.

For example as far as Mario representatives go...  I have this theory, and it has to do with the number of playable Pokémon characters I speculate will be playable.  In addition to the the four Pokémon revealed, I suspect Jigglypuff will once again return as an unlockable, and also predict there will be one more unlockable Pokémon (maybe Mewtwo, maybe not), leading to 6 representatives for the franchise.  Even though Pokémon is one of Nintendo's biggest franchises (and there were 6 playable Pokémon in the last game), I feel like Nintendo's two other big-time franchises, Mario and The Legend of Zelda, shouldn't be outdone this time.  Therefore, I'm going to be bold and predict each of them will have ate least 6 representatives for their respective universe.

And yeah, I know Yoshi, Wario, and Donkey Kong are technically part of the Mario universe, but whatever, I still count them as their own thing despite sharing the Mario universe among them.

ANYWAY, with that in mind, I think of what other Mario character would be playable alongside Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and Rosalina, and out of all the characters in the Mario universe, Bowser Jr. feels like the most likely and most obvious choice.  He's been in a lot of recent games, he's Bowser's son, and unlike the Koopalings (whom, when it comes to them, it's either all or nothing, and I highly doubt Sakurai would go the extra mile to somehow make all seven of them playable), it wouldn't be that complicated to create a moveset.  Some might think that he'd just be a mini-Bowser, just lighter and faster, but I think there's more to work with in his case.  For one, he has his Magic Paintbrush, which could either be part of his normal moveset or be reserved for his special moves.  I honestly think it would work better as a special move, in that he could hit an opponent and they lost traction because of the paint or something to that effect.  He'd also have first breath, but unlike Bowser, it's more of a small fire ball that travels a short distance.  It would stop an opponent and burn them a bit.  His movement would be very ninja-like, like it is in the Mario games.  Some might think this would make him less likely, as we already have two ninja characters in the game, but while Greninja is a stereotypical ninja character combined with water-based moves and Sheik is a...  slightly less stereotypical ninja character, Bowser wouldn't use that many ninja-moves.  Heck, I'd expect a lot of his attacks to almost mick Bowser's, but not in a clone-y kind of way.  He'd try to fight like a strong guy like Bowser, like using punches, slashes and kicks,but wouldn't be as powerful.  As for a Final Smash, I'm having a hard time thinking of one.  Part of me would think Shadow Mario would be involved if it's not already involved with a special move, but I think a better idea would be to summon a Koopa Troop armada, or an airship and blast everyone with cannonfire!  ...Yeah, like I said, I'm not very descriptive with my moveset ideas, but I still felt the need to share what I had in mind.

Another common Mario character recommendation is Paper Mario.  Honestly, I never liked the idea of Paper Mario being playable, since I don't like the idea of characters literally fighting themselves (see Mario and Dr. Mario, Link and Young Link from Melee), but since Zelda and Sheik, as well as Samus and Zero Suit Samus are separate playable characters, screw that notion!  The more I thought about it, though, even though I don't necessarily want him any more, I DO think he'd have a really creative moveset...  at least as far as special attacks are concerned.  I'm honestly having a hard time thinking of normal attacks for this character, since Mario's attacks in the Paper Mario series are either jumps or use of the hammer.  Maybe he could incorporate his partners somehow...  There's also the question of what his Final Smash would be like...  Also, I haven't finished playing Paper Mario: Sticker Star, because it sucks (or rather, I really prefer the old playstyle over this one), so if there's a good Final Smash-type move in there, I don't know about it.

the last character I want to talk about today is Toad.  It's unfortunate that Toad is, yet again, Peach's neutral special move, because I would have put him about Bowser Jr. as the most obvious and likely character for the Super Smash Bros. series.  The fact that he still isn't is kind of sad, honestly, considering he's been a major player at least as long as Peach and Bowser.  If they were to make a Super Smash Bros. after this, I'd say to replace Toad with Toadsworth and make Toad a unique character.  Other then that, there's still a possibility of Toad being playable, with the playable Toad having red dots and also a red vest, and changing color.  Really slim and rather unlikely, but it's worth suggesting.  Now some of you might be thinking, what could Toad possible have to work with that Peach doesn't already have?  Well, there IS one game that Toad starred in that they could take a lot from, and that's Wario's Woods.  In the game, Toad has to stack up Warios minions, then plow them up using bomb!  A bomb toss could either be his side or down special move.  Also, since Mario uses at least two power-ups in his moveset, I don't see it as much of a stretch for Toad to do something similar.  Maybe Toad can ride around in a go-kart, similar to Wario's Wario Bike, or perhaps Toad can leave around Poison Mushrooms (that look like how they did in Super Mario Kart) that either shrink or temporarily stun an opponent.  I could use the Wing Cap being his recover, in that the wings appear on his mushroom cap! :P  As for a Final Smash, I think he could take out a Mega Mushroom and grow gigantic.  He can't attack in this Mega Mode, he can only move and jump, but getting run over by him results in an instant KO!  Also, an alternate costume could be his captain of the Toad brigade outfit!

And those are my ideas for characters.  There were others I considered, like Fawful (who I was going to do but I couldn't think up that creative a moveset for him) and the bosses from Super Mario Bros. 2 (which haven't been that relevant in years), but I couldn't think of much to say about them.  If you do have some ideas, by all means, post about them.  Hopefully, this'll be fun...  Also, tell me what you think of my basic ideas for characters.

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Super Smash Bros. / Gematsu Rumor Topic?
« on: April 20, 2014, 02:55:00 PM »
Remember that topic where I posted a big-time rumor that managed to get some things right but was eventually disproven?  Well, I'm making another one of these for another rumor that's been given some credulity lately, specifically the Gematsu tip-off.

For those of you unaware, Gematsu, a gaming website apparently, received an anonymous tip-off that, of all characters, the Wii Fit trainer would be in the game.  Since they couldn't validate the source of the tip-off they didn't bother posting about it...  until the Wii Fit Trainer was confirmed.  Then they posted this article about it:

http://gematsu.com/2013/06/wii-fit-trainer-joins-super-smash-bros

Incidentally, the supposed "tipster" said other characters would be in the game, including Mega Man, the Animal Crossing villager, Little Mac, Pac-Man, and "your Mii".  Well, as we all know, Little Mac was indeed eventually confirmed, adding further credibility to this.

I remember hearing this a while back and not thinking that much of it.  I mean, Wii Fit Trainer aside, they all feel like really obvious choices...  Then this article was posted a few weeks ago, JUST before the Super Smash Bros. Direct:

http://gematsu.com/2014/04/rumor-shulk-palutena-set-super-smash-bros

The tipster said that not only Pac-Man and Mii are on their way, but that the following characters would be playable:

Shulk (Xenoblade)
Palutena (Kid Icarus)
Chrom (Fire Emblem: Awakening)
Chorus Men (Rhythm Heaven)
Pokemon from Pokemon X and Y

Keep in mind, this was posted BEFORE the Direct as opposed to after.

Three things I took note of from this new article:

1.) They said a Pokemon from Pokemon X and Y...  They didn't say Greninja.  (also, they didn't use Pokémon with the special "é", but I'm not sure if that's Gematsu or the tipster's fault).  Really, even though I wasn't really expecting Greninja or any gen 6 Pokémon (I was thinking they'd bring back Mewtwo before that, but whatever), this is still an incredibly vague character leak that could refer to any Pokémon from Pokémon X and Y.  Not to mention...
2.) Almost all of the characters listed, including the "Pokemon from Pokemon X and Y" deal, much like the last supposed tip-off, are incredibly obvious choices.  They're pretty much shy of Ridley in terms of characters people both wanted and expected...  except for one.
3.) Much like the Wii Fit Trainer, the list contains one out-there choice, and that's the Choir Boys from "Rhythm Heaven".  Now, I've never played any of the Rhythm Heaven games (there are only three in the series, one of which is Japanese exclusive), but my immediate thought was "Choir Boys?  As in more then one character?  As in more then two characters?  How's THAT supposed to work?!"  However, for the sake of this little write-up I'm making, I decided to hunt down some gameplay clips of these guys.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWUML0lvSFk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWUML0lvSFk</a>

...That's apparently the best I could find that isn't a remix or some fan-made stuff.  Yeah, apparently these guys are only in Rhythm Heaven Fever, and not Rhythm Tengoku or Rhythm Heaven Fever.

This really begs the question...  why them?  Regardless of if this is really just a stupid made-up rumor or if Sakurai and Nintendo really did put such a bizarre character (or characters) in the game as playable, why them?  I've actually seen quite a few characters from this Rhythm series suggested, specifically Karate Joe and the Rhythm Wrestler, both, incidentally, seem better suited for fighter then the Choir Boys; not to mention, I think a Rhythm Heaven character would be a unique idea, since they could incorporate timed, rhythm-based attacks into their moveset.  But...  again, having a hard time wrapping my head around how a trio of dudes who are mostly known for singing (and not very well, no offense) can work as a playable character in this game.  And I'm saying this as a guy who's mind has been opened up to new possibilities for characters.  Hell, after so long of being on the other side, I actually want Pac-Man playable!  I'm guessing they'll incorporate various aspects of the Rhythm series, as well as different mini-games from the series into one character, a la Mr. Game & Watch, and that I'm totally down with...  But out of all the characters seen in that series...  why go with the Choir Boys?

On the off chance that this rumor IS true, I would DEFINITELY love to see how they made it work, but until it's proven or disproven, could someone help explain this to me?  Preferably someone who's played the Rhythm Heaven games?  Also, yeah, what do you think about these supposed tip-offs?  Could the guy really be an insider, or just a lucky guesser up to this point?

...By the way, here's a GameXplain discussion about it.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTYYn8xiVxY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTYYn8xiVxY</a>

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Super Smash Bros. / Alternate Costume Ideas/Predictions
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:28:16 PM »
If there's already a topic for this, post a link to it and lock this.

The topic title says it all.  Personally, I think it would be nice if every character had at least one alternate skin/costume, though I have to wonder if every characters has that many alternate designs to offer...  Here's a list alternate costume ideas I have for all the confirmed characters so far.

Pit: Well, there's always Dark Pit, who was actually in Brawl (albeit before Dark Pit was a thing).  Here's MY thought though: how about Pit's original look?  You know how Sakurai "updated" Pit's look for Brawl, with the mindset of what Pit would look if his games continued?  Well, how about his more simplistic look from the original Kid Icarus games as an alternate costume?  To give you an idea of what he would look like, here's some official artwork from the first Kid Icarus, as well as Pit's trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.  A lot more plain compared to what Pit normally wears nowadays, wouldn't you say?

Bowser: Well, Dry Bowser is the first thing that immediately comes to mind.  People have suggested Dark Bowser, but I'm very "eh" that, mostly because I find Dark Bowser and the Dark Star from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story to be very bland, cliche, and boring...  But HERE'S a creative idea, what about Bowser's original look from Super Mario Bros.?  You know, that weird green thing, the thing that King Koopa from the cartoon series is mostly based on?  Or how about going a step further and having his original look as conceived by Shigeru Miyamoto?  The one seen on this old artwork (that I THINK could be seen on the European cover of Super Mario Bros.); now THAT'S going old-school!

Pikachu: Other then shiny Pikachu, I can't really think of any kind of alternate costume/skin to use...  Some have suggested a Pichu or Raichu look, but I'm not too sure about that...  Maybe they could make him look like the original TCG card?  That would be an out-there choice.

Fox: Well, there's his look from Star Fox Adventures, as well as his look from Star Fox: Assault.  They could even go the route of Project M and make his alternate skin his original look from Melee!  Considering that a lot of people think his Star Fox: Command look looks pretty dumb, that would be a nice gesture.

Kirby: Even moreso then Pikachu, I don't think Kirby can have any true alternate skins, other then the color swaps he already has.  I'm almost tempted to say there should be a Gooey costume, but I'm not sure if they'd be able to make that work.  Really, he can't wear anyhting because it would interfere with the hats he gains form using his copy ability.

Wii Fit Trainer: Well, she already has the male Wii Fit Trainer...  But what about giving her the same look she has in Wii Fit U?  It wouldn't be that hard.

Mega Man: Okay, since the various Mega Mans are part of his Final Smash, that limits the suggestions/predictions I have.  Of course, I expect some of his color changes from when he uses a Robot Master's power from the original games, but what else...  Well, he could fight without his helmet, which we briefly saw at the beginning of his SSB trailer.  Or they could go a step further by having him look like what he did before he became Mega Man, i.e. back when he was just "Mega" or "Rock" or whatever.  ...Or maybe they'd give him a Proto Man or Bass costume, but I doubt that.

Samus: Well, most of her suits are just variations on the Varia Suit, just the same suit with different colors (and very slight visual changes), but what I'd really like to see is her Fusion Suit that actually LOOKS like it does from the game Metroid Fusion!  Oh, and her normal Power Suit, too!

Link: Well, there are variations on his tunic color for sure, but they already have that covered since Brawl.  No, what I'd like to see are some other kinds of outfits, like him in his Magic Armor, his farmer look from Twilight Princess, or his look from Skyward Sword before he became a knight (and sorry, I couldn't find a better picture :( ).  I suppose you could also do what Project M did, and give him his Ocarina of Time look as opposed to the Twilight Princess/Skyward Sword mix he has now.  Or go a step further by using one of his other old looks, like his look from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, his A Link to the Past look (complete with pink hair!), or his Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, or A Link Between Worlds look, which are all pretty similar to his A Link to the Past look, minus the pink hair.  Any one of these would be a nice touch.

Donkey Kong: This is like Kirby, in that Donkey Kong honestly doesn't have that many other looks going for him.  You could go for his Super Kong look, but that's pretty much his yeti look, only with a blue tie instead of red.  Of course, if you REALLY want to go all-out, you could make him look like how he originally did, back in the arcade game!  ...Though it kind of conflict with this Final Smash idea I had for Cranky Kong, but whatever...

Villager: Well, there's the female villager for one.  You could also have him change his outfit, like he did in the original Animal Crossing games...  OH, and how about his GameCube look, where he wore that weird horned hat!  That would be neat. :P

Mario: Other then Dr. Mario, there's not much I can suggest as far as looks go that haven't already been seen in previous Super Smash Bros. games...  OH WAIT, how about his look from the Game & Watch game, Mario's Bombs Away!  Or his look from Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally, a game which was referenced in the past two Super Smash Bros. games (Monster was a trophy in Melee, and there was music and a Monster sticker in Brawl)!  Or his NES Open Tournament Golf look, his Mario's Picross look, his short-sleeved look from Super Mario Sunshine!  ...Maybe his Mario Paint looks, his spacesuit look from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, his chef look from Yoshi's Cookie, his costumes from Mario Party 2, his Super Mario Strikers look...  Maybe there are more looks for him then I gave credit for.

Olimar: The only other alternate costume ideas I have are to literally make him a different characters; make him look like Louie, the President of Hocotate, Alph, Brittany, or Charlie.  And that's about it. :/

Luigi: Mr. L alternate costume, definitely.  If they don't include this, I'd be pretty disappointed.  Other then that, pretty much every alternate costume idea I suggested for Mario (that Luigi also appeared in) can be applied here as well.  ...Also, his color scheme from the Japanese anime movie, Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! (aka, Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!)

Peach: The first one that comes to mind is her look in Super Mario Sunshine (ponytail and all).  Then there's Fire Peach (aka, Peach with a Fire Flower power-up.  ...Which, now that I think about it, is pretty similar to her original sprite from Super Mario Bros. as well as the one from Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, which I was also going to suggest.  Maybe Nurse Peach, or her short skit look from NES Open Tournament Golf...   Plenty of choices to choose from!

Toon Link: Well the most obvious choice is his Outset Island clothing from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker...  If they could make an alternate costume where Toon Link's hat looks like Ezlo, that would be pretty sweet, too.  Other then that, I can't think of much else.  Heck, the fact that they made an alternate color in Brawl look like the original Link from the first The Legend of Zelda was pretty kickass, and I hope that returns!

Sonic: Well, I as thinking about Shadow, but he might be an Assist Trophy in this...  OH, Classic Sonic, that would be beyond awesome!  ...Also, what if they manage to sneak in Sonic's Sonic Boom look into this game?  It'd be short notice, but, I dunno...  could be interesting.

Marth: Well, there's his old look, for one.  And also his look in Fire Emblem: Awakening, which is actually quite different from his his look in previous games.  And then there's this REALLY old-school look of his, apparently from a trading card game made about Fire Emblem...  Not sure what else to suggest.

Rosalina (and Luma, I guess): I highly doubt Luma will have different appearances, given they change color when summoned.  As for Rosalina, they could go with her original look based on concept art.  ...And also this.  Her Fire Rosalina look can just be her red color that's issued to every character.

Zelda: Like Link, Zelda has a large number of alternate appearances, based on alternate versions of her.  Her original look from the first The Legend of Zelda looks a bit too similar to that of Peach...  Unless it's her in-game red outfit.  Her look from A Link to the Past would be a better choice.  Her "royal dress" from the same game is pretty similar to her other appearances in later games, specifically her look in Ocarina of Time (sort of), her look in the Oracle games, her look from The Wind Waker, and of course, her look in A Link Between Worlds.  They could also use her younger look in Ocarina of Time, or her look in Four Swords, plus both of her appearances in Skyward Sword!

King Dedede: Two works: Masked Dedede!  I'd also suggest King Dedede from the Dark Matter Saga if he didn't look so much different from how he normally looks.  Same goes for Yarn Dedede.  If Masahiro Sakurai wanted to be REALLY hardcore, he could use the look King Dedede had in the pilot for the Kirby anime...  That would be out-there.

Lucario: Other then shiny Lucario (really surprised that wasn't in Brawl, honestly), I don't really have any other alternate costume ideas...

Little Mac: I know Little Mac already has Wireframe Mac, but seriously, if they included the "Little Mac" from Super Punch-Out!! for the SNES, I would just DIE (of happiness)!

Diddy Kong: ...Well, he could wear his hat backwards, like in this artwork for Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.  Maybe wear his shades along with it?  That would be pretty cool.

Zero Suit Samus: They could use her Zero Mission look as opposed to her Other M look (and lose the heels).  Apparently, Zero Suit Samus appeared in one of the Metroid Prime games, but it doesn't look THAT different from her Zero Mission look...  Most of all, though, they HAVE to give Zero Suit Samus her "Justin Bailey" look! ;)

Sheik: Hard to suggest ideas, since she's only had one appearance, plus concept art for another appearance...  And her look in this game is a combination of them, pretty much.  What I'd like to see is a costume that resembles Impa's outfit in Skyward Sword, assuming Impa isn't a playable character (which she might not be...).

Yoshi: Some people would suggestion Boshi from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, but I'm pretty sure that, much like Geno, he's own by Square Enix, so I doubt it would happen.  They could give Yoshi the same colors as Yoob from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, but really aside from alternate colors, I can't really suggest much else...  ...Maybe his pirate costume from Mario Party 2?  Doubt it.  His Strikers uniform is more likely, though.  Also, if they could somehow work this original concept art into the game, I'd be impressed and amazed!

Charizard: Shiny Charizard, FTW!  ...I've got nothing else.

Greninja: Shiny Greninja looks pretty badass, too.

Gosh, this was a lot harder to compile then I thought.  Boy let me tell you, when I make posts like this, I really go all out.  I impress myself sometimes...

Anything I missed?

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Super Smash Bros. / Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U Wishlist
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:25:18 PM »
I'm sure there's a topic like this already out there but I'm too lazy to search for it at the moment (plus I'm a bit pressed for time).  If there IS a topic like this, post a link to it and lock this...

Although, this COULD just be a topic about who I'D personally want to see playable.  Tons of other people have made their own topics about who they'd like to see playable...

So yeah, I figured I'd re-adjust my top 10 list based on what we saw last week.  I'm even beefing my Top 10 list to a Top 15 list, because there are just so many characters I can't contain them all!

1.) Ridley (Metroid; yes, I still think he's possible, for reasons I've discussed elsewhere)
2.) Dillon (Dillon's Rolling Western)
3.) Krystal (Star Fox)
4.) Takamaru (Nazo no Murasame Jo)
5.) Mewtwo's return (Pokémon)
6.) Cranky Kong (Donkey Kong)
7.) Isaac (Golden Sun)
8.) Shulk (Xenoblade Chronicles)
9.) Bandanna Waddle Dee (Kirby)
10.) Mii (Wii, 3DS, Wii U)/Andy (Advance Wars)
11.) Starman (or any other Pro Wrestling character)
12.) Ghirahim (to fill out The Legend of Zelda roster)/Bowser Jr. (to fill out the Mario roster)
13.) Palutena (Kid Icarus, just because it's so expected by this point...)
14.) Chrom and/or Anna (Fire Emblem)
15.) Mike Jones (StarTropics)

Yeah, I know I cheated by tying two characters together, but you know what?  My list, my rules!

Honorable Mentions:

-Dixie Kong (Donkey Kong)
-King K. Rool (Donkey Kong)
-Tingle (The Legend of Zelda... no really)
-Sylux (Metroid)
-Kamek (Yoshi)
-Jigglypuff's return (Pokémon, even though I figured this would go without saying, but whatever...)
-Black Shadow (I honestly would have preferred Samurai Goroh, but I would also like another F-Zero rep)
-Flint (Mother 3)
-Hector (Fire Emblem)
-Ephraim (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
-Captain Syrup (Wario Land...  a man can dream, can't he?)
-Magnus (Kid Icarus: Uprising)
-Mach Rider
-Muddy (Mole Mania)
-Simon Belmont (Castlevania)

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