I thought of this thanks to the question of the day thread where a question was asked about what was the most unnecessary character in Smash. So, how would you improve Smash Bros for Wii U / 3DS? and don't just say "make it melee" ----------------------------------------- My first post on this is going to be about the character roster. I think removing the pointless characters I mentioned is a good start: Dr Mario, Toon Link, Lucina, Roy, Dark Pit and Falco. Falco is the most controversial one, though it is easily remedied: Replace him with Krystal. Her staff from Star Fox Adventures would lead to a different playstyle overall, and would make for a better alternative to Fox than a clone off-shoot. If they could change Wolf's moveset a bit, he'd be a good replacement too... but that's for another post. Dark Pit can be swapped out for another same-universe character too. Magnus could have been more interesting when compared to Dark Pit, but I'm going to avoid adding another swordsman... so I'm going for Hades. More bad guy representation, his sense of humour and voice acting is hilarious in Uprising, and he's pretty powerful. He'd make for a very fun character to create and play as. Dr Mario comes from the Mario series, which has a ton of representation already. If you wanted to add another Mario series character, you'd need to have something new, exciting, something that people really want. Ideas such as Paper Mario or Dry Bowser could work, but I fear that they'd just be sloppy clones too. Potential ideas here are: Antasma from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team; Cackletta or Fawful from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga; Petey Piranha from Super Mario Sunshine; Birdo, originally from Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA), but with her modern stylising; and more! ...okay, we all really know this slot would ideally belong to Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, but I wanted to point out that multiple other characters could work AND NOT BE A CLONE! Toon Link also comes from a series with a fair bit of representation also: Link, Zelda, Ganondorf and Sheik are all in the LoZ franchise. Another ton of characters exist in the LoZ universe exist, and lots that are not just another version of Link! Potential ideas here are: Ghirahim, from Skyward Sword; Zant, Midna or Twili Midna, from Twilight Princess; Cia or Lana, from Hyrule Warriors; and more! I would personally go with Ghirahim. I know, another swordfighter isn't ideal, but he's got the natural flair, the speed, the magic, the badassery to be a good Smash character, instead of just an assist trophy. Midna could also work if you put her on Wolf Link (as in TP) or on a Shadow Beast (as in Hyrule Warriors). You could even have both, utilising an empty slot that will eventually be freed up once I'm done. This leaves me with Lucina and Roy. Lucina is a direct clone of Marth, except with no tipper mechanics. Roy was added to sell copies of Fire Emblem: Binding Blade, and was replaced with the more popular Ike in Brawl. Both of these characters are pointless additions to Smash 4: Lucina adds nothing new, as Robin is the Fire Emblem: Awakening; and Ike is still more popular compared to Roy, as well as having a radically different moveset to Marth. So both of these are being removed. The release of Corrin as DLC to promote Fates is... exactly like adding Roy to Melee. However, at least Corrin appears to not just be a Marth clone. I'm alright with Corrin coming in still as DLC. But that's it for Fire Emblem. Marth, Ike, Robin, Corrin. No more. So at this point, I've got Geno > Dr Mario, Ghirahim > Toon Link, Wolf > Falco, and Hades > Dark Pit, and I've removed Lucina and Roy from the roster, so I have 2 spare slots. What about the rest of the roster? Are they okay to remain? The other DLC characters are mostly alright. Ryu, Cloud, Mewtwo, Bayonetta... all of those are fresh and new... or at least, a return that should have happened sooner in Mewtwo's case. Lucas is more questionable. However, he's more popular than Ness, and does have a few notable differences in his moves. I think he's alright to stay, but I would change up some of his moves... which is a whole different post. The original 12 characters are something I would not change either: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, DK, Link, Samus, Kirby, Fox, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, the aforementioned Ness and Captain Falcon. They started the series off, and I'm more than happy to keep them in until the series dies off. Peach, Bowser, Diddy Kong, Zelda, Sheik, Ganondorf, Meta Knight, Dedede, the aforementioned Marth and Ike, G&W, Pit, Wario, Olimar, ROB and Sonic are all returning characters from Melee and Brawl. All of them deserve their places in the roster too, due to being unique, notable and enjoyable characters. Of the newcomers: Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings, Robin, Palutena, Little Mac, Shulk, Mega Man, Pac-Man and the Mii Fighters are all notable characters from various games that I feel also deserve to be included. ...have you noticed I've excluded a fair few characters yet? I've already commented on a few of them, but there's a few I haven't. I can't really understand why Zero Suit Samus is there... except for fan service. Metroid: Other M and Metroid: Zero Mission have shown Samus in her "Zero Suit", but why include her? The main reason there would be the lack of other notable Metroid characters that could be viable as fighters in Smash. Ridley is too large, as are other boss characters from the Metroid series. Dark Samus would be an option, but would be a heavier-hitting version of normal Samus, and we've established that clones are bad. The only other options would be Adam Malkovich from Metroid: Other M, or one of the other hunters introduced in the Nintendo DS exclusive Metroid Hunters. Combine this fact with the knowledge that ZSS vastly differs from her original self, and we can leave her in. I'm also okay with Villager and Wii Fit Trainer: Wii Fit Trainer is the only non-balance board representative from the Wii Fit series, and most moves are part of the poses done in that series. It's a well made character. Villager could be replaced by any number of other Animal Crossing characters in theory, but none would actually have moves that you could understand. Animal Crossing is one of Nintendo's biggest franchises, and it would be a shame if it went unrepresented. Duck Hunt Duo... is such a shit character. I love it, I think it's awesome that it's in there, but you were always going to struggle to give it a good moveset. I'm quite unsure how this could be fixed, if I'm honest. I think dropping Duck Hunt to an assist trophy (to fill the gap Ghirahim created), keeping the Duck Hunt stage and freeing another character slot is what would have been best for Smash 4. Said assist could work by having the ducks fly about, and then get shot periodically... or not. A set amount of ducks would be shot before the trophy runs out though. This brings me to the Pokémon. More specifically, I will be talking about Charizard, Lucario and Greninja. Pikachu is the mascot of the series. Jigglypuff was a recurring anime character, and it gained a good following. Both were in the original game too. As such, these are staples. Mewtwo was the original "legendary". He was the pinnacle of Pokémon in Gen 1. He starred in a movie, appeared in several anime episodes and starred in several special episodes too, including Pokémon Origins. No one can argue that Mewtwo belongs in Smash as well. Charizard, whilst technically a veteran, split away from the Pokémon Trainer from Brawl due to the 3DS not handling transformations well (the same reason why Samus/ZSS and Zelda/Sheik were split). So... why not have Squirtle and Ivysaur as well? Implementing Zard X as its Final Smash is cool, I guess. Charizard is probably the most popular of all starter Pokémon in existance, hence why it received 2 Mega Evolutions instead of 1 when Gen 6 arrived. This popularity alone is enough to save him in my eyes, but if I had to choose another character to cut to make room for something else, Zard would be the next to go. Greninja... I don't get why Game Freak is so obsessed with Greninja. They gave it one of the best abilities ever made, Protean, they let it be added to Smash 4, they are adding a new forme for the anime for Ash... It baffles me. I do like how Greninja plays in Smash 4, and he is insanely popular due to its strengths. As modern Pokémon representation, and the way he plays significantly differently from the other characters on the roster (ignoring its Final Smash), Greninja can stay. Which brings us to Lucario, Mewtwo's replacement in Brawl. Lucario was added to represent and promote the 4th Generation of Pokémon due to its role in the 8th Pokémon movie, Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. It was also notable in Gen 4 due to its role as a very powerful sweeper in OU. Most people didn't like him though, primarily because he replaced Mewtwo. I don't really understand why Lucario has continued to be in Smash 4. There are now 721 Pokémon, not including alternative forms. The only other movie character to not be a legendary is Zoroark. Is this why Lucario remains? The only cool thing about Lucario, in my opinion, is the aura mechanic. Increased damage as it takes more damage is a nice mechanic indeed... but it isn't really Lucario. Lucario needs to be removed, in my opinion. So this leaves me with 4 empty slots. In an ideal world, I'd gladly welcome back the Ice Climbers and Snake - both are insanely popular, due to their previous Smash versions or just being a generally popular character. 2 more slots remain. I'd like to have seen King K. Rool, the main villian in the original Donkey Kong Country series, appear in Smash 4. He can use his standard attacks from the series, such as throwing his crown, using a blunderbuss cannon, or using his helipack from DKC3. It'd be a good addition from the Donkey Kong series that is NOT a part of the Mario extended family, as well as providing another badass yet different character to the roster. The final roster slot... I think no one can argue that Banjo & Kazooie would be a fantastic addition. They have multiple moves, the characters have fantastic charm... it'd also be an amazing way to draw Rare fans over to Smash if they were sticking with the Xbox, which would be a fantastic marketting idea... if Microsoft would allow it. So there we have it. I would remove Toon Link, Dr Mario, Falco, Dark Pit, Lucina, Roy, Duck Hunt Duo and Lucario, and add Krystal, Hades, Geno, Ghirahim, Ice Climbers, Snake, King K. Rool and Banjo & Kazooie. How would you change / improve the roster? I'll do additional posts on moves, mechanics and other things.