The Super Smash Bros announcement in March’s Nintendo Direct caused a maelstrom of hype and capped off what I think was a very good presentation. The most obviously distinguishable characters shown were the Splatoon Inklings and Smash Bros. stalwarts Mario and Link. It’s worth noting that Link has been taken from Breath of the Wild, as opposed to the classic green tunic of past games. The rest of the ‘confirmed’ roster was also shown, but in silhouette form. But have no fear! I have been researching character models and, through blood, sweat and screenshot comparisons, have come up with the full list of characters already shown in March’s teaser and come up with the Super Smash Bros Roster for Nintendo Switch!
From left to right:
- Donkey Kong
- Captain Falcon
Now that we have that out of the way, it’s time for the fun part. Predictions based on nothing but 95% dreams and 5% possibilities!
Here are the ten most likely additions to the roster that I think we will see revealed either at E3 or before launch, as well as a few bonus characters I think would be fun to see in the Super Smash Bros roster for Nintendo Switch:
- Luigi – I couldn’t spot him in the lineup but he would be a glaring omission, having featured in every Smash Bros. to date.
- The next Fire Emblem protagonist – Another one that makes too much sense here. Every recent Smash Bros. game has Fire Emblem characters from the most recent FE title.
- Spring Man (ARMS) – The poster boy of Nintendo’s newest IP. It’s Ninty’s other fighting game, so it makes sense that at least one character would cross over. Of all the characters that would make it to Smash, Spring MAn is the most likely.
- Rex (Xenoblade Chronicles 2) – Shulk, the protagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles, featured in the last Smash Bros. game, so why not replace him with his replacement? Not only that, but having access to a myriad more weapons makes for a very interesting roster choice.
- Bayonetta (Bayonetta 3) – She’ll need to be majorly nerfed if she’s to return but she’s a great character with plenty of personality as well as some highly crazy moves in her arsenal. With a new Bayonetta game on its way, it would be silly not to bring Bayonetta along for the ride.
- Waluigi – The perennial addition to any Mario spin-off franchise. He’s kitted up for a few tennis rallies, so let’s see him duke it out with his green counterpart.
- Rosalina (Super Mario Galaxy) – Rosalina has had significant support from Nintendo in many franchises, in a similar vein to Waluigi.
- Ribbon Girl (ARMS) – Ribbon Girl is the second most likely ARMS fighter to join the roster, and it would make sense that more than one ARMS fighter would join the fray, in an attempt to bolster the roster with more first-party characters, and introduce a larger audience to ARMS for when a possible sequel reveals itself (I predict 2019).
- White Bomber (Super Bomberman R) – Super Bomberman R was a resounding success for Konami at release on Nintendo Switch, despite some major flaws. Why not reward the little guy which a chance to blow up the Ice Climbers!
- Eevee (Pokemon) – With the Pokemon Let’s Go games just announced, and Pikachu a definite roster choice, why not give Eevee a fair crack of the whip? There are many options for moves, given Eevee’s wide choice of evolutions usually available (note, however, that starter pokemon in the Let’s Go games are reportedly unable to evolve)
- Shovel Knight – Mr. Cameo himself!
- Slippy Toad (StarFox) – He deserves his moment!
- Vivi (Final Fantasy IX) – I just love Vivi.
- Rick (Rick and Morty) – I know he isn’t originally a video game character but wouldn’t this just be incredible?
- Snipperclips – Replace Ice Climbers – Let’s cut Bowser down to size!
35 characters for the Super Smash Bros roster for Nintendo Switch isn’t far off the total cast list of Super Smash Bros. Brawl (39) and is very close to the Super Smash Bros roster for Wii U (34).
I think this would be a great opening roster for the next installment of the franchise, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below! For more on the Smash Bros. roster for the Nintendo Switch keep it locked to our E3 page!