It’s been almost three years since I started Challenger Approaching, a series created to predict Smash Bros fighters for the then-upcoming Wii U and 3DS iterations.

I managed some correct predictions (Shulk, Little Mac, etc.) and many many more incorrect ones (Captain N, Paper Mario, Ridley, etc.) before the handheld and console titles launched last fall. I certainly had a blast researching and detailing the characters I felt could/would make the cut this time around.

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So, since today marks the “final” Smash Bros. focused Nintendo Direct (and game update?) I reached out to my fellow TAY folk for their predictions concerning the inevitable and highly anticipated character DLC reveal later this evening. Their answers were... interesting. So let’s take a look at who we might (or in some cases definitely won’t) see pop up on the Smash roster.


Name: Isaac

Series: Golden Sun

Why they should be picked: “Golden Sun is one of Nintendo’s best handheld RPG titles (plus, Isaac was an Assist Trophy in Brawl).” - Evan

“Because revive Golden Sun.” - JpSr

Why they still probably won’t be: “Probably a bit too obscure. Also, another sword user (though relies a lot on Psynergy and Djinn in-game).” - Evan

“Because Sakurai. Because Nintendo. Take your pick.” - JpSr

Suggested by: Supreme Evan and JpSr388

Name: Hawlucha

Series: Pokemon

Why they should be picked: “Air fighting equivalent of Little Mac. ‘Nuff said.”

Why they still probably won’t be: “I was probably the only person who put them in the ballot.” :(

Suggested by: Brikbraker

Name: Saitama

Series: One Punch Man

Why they should be picked: “Because he’s f#@king awesome. Also, Genos recommended him.” - Raitzeno

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“Because it’d be funny. I want to see him in-game bite Link’s sword and shatter it.” - Armuun

Why they still probably won’t be: “Too overpowered.” - Raitzeno

“Too OP. Too violent. So sad.” - Armuun

Suggested by: Raitzeno and Armuun no Kuroneko

Name: Ark

Series: Terranigma

Why they should be picked: “One of the best games on the SNES, a fantastic character with an uncommon moveset potential (spear wielder) and the game deserves to be better know dammit!”

Why they still probably won’t be: “No-one knows about the damn game.”

Suggested by: Exile

Name: Putt-Putt

Series: Putt-Putt

Why they should be picked: “Because Putt-Putt.”

Why they still probably won’t be: “Because the patriarchy/illuminati/Obamer/lizardmen.”

Suggested by: PyramidHeadCrab

Name: Banjo-Kazooie

Series: Banjo-Kazooie

Why they should be picked: “Mostly because they have been some massive Nintendo characters in the N64 era that people refuse to let go. Also, the fact that Microsoft’s Minecraft is coming to Wii U is a good sign of hope, and if you think that they’re too old to join the rooster, remember Ice Climbers and think twice.”

Why they still probably won’t be: “Because of copyright stuff.”

Suggested by: ???

Name: Ice Climbers

Series: Ice Climber

Why they should be picked: “What a twist!” - Zeus

“They’ve been in the past two installments of the series, and more than half the DLC has been returning characters.” - Benzadrine

Why they still probably won’t be: “They’re awful.” - Zeus

“Sakurai has mentioned before that they were too much for the 3DS to handle, they probably wanted to draw characters from the ballot on which I suspect Ice Climbers did not rank high on.” - Benzadrine

Suggested by: Zeus the All Mighty and Mister Benzadrine

Name: Phoenix Wright

Series: Ace Attorney

Why they should be picked: “Because everyone else is trash.”

Why they still probably won’t be: “Trash sells, except the Wii U for some reason ayy lmao.”

Suggested by: schwoopipoop

Name: Giant Boy Detective

Series: Venture Bros.

Why they should be picked: “Because his dad’s not dead.”

Why they still probably won’t be: “Because phantom spaceman will ruin it!”

Suggested by: Churroro

Name: Waluigi

Series: Mario Sports

Why they should be picked: “He’s awesome.”

Why they still probably won’t be: “He’s too awesome for Nintendo to apparently use.”

Suggested by: Kcet

Name: Slippy Toad

Series: Star Fox

Why they should be picked: “Barrel roll!”

Why they still probably won’t be: “Barrel roll.”

Suggested by: Twizm

Name: Master Chief

Series: Halo

Why they should be picked: “Well, if Cloud can get in despite never being on a SINGLE Nintendo console*, why not the not so jolly green giant? Plus, some Xbox product placement would do both companies some good, given the competition.”

Why they still probably won’t be: “Because we can’t have nice things.”

Suggested by: Twizm

*GBD would like to point out that Cloud has shown up in three Nintendo titles to date. Theatrhythm 1 and 2, as well as Kingdom Hearts for GBA.

Name: Bayonetta

Series: Bayonetta

Why they should be picked: “Cause It’s f#@king Bayonetta!” - Chiefzilla

“Bayonetta 2 was a Wii U exclusive. With The Wonderful 101 as an exclusive as well, Platinum must have a good relationship with Nintendo already. Also, in the games her hand-based light attacks are all mapped to one button, whilst her leg-based strong attacks are mapped to another. This format would easily translate into the Smash Bros smash/special button layout.” - Revo

Why they still probably won’t be: “Cause it’s Bayonetta! HAVE YOU NOT PLAYED HER GAME?!” - Chiefzilla

“Not as huge of a character as other possible ones. They’d also have to work hard to make a moveset that isn’t too explicitly sexual (age ratings and all that).” - Revo

Suggested by: Master Chiefzilla and Revo

Name: Captain Rainbow

Series: Captain Rainbow

Why they should be picked: “Cause he’s awesome! And bizarre!”

Why they still probably won’t be: “Cause he’s too obscure.”

Suggested by: Nach

Name: Sephirot

Series: Final Fantasy

Why they should be picked: “Sword fighter, hates everyone, cool hair.”

Why they still probably won’t be: “Squarenix no longer knows how to use their old IPs properly.”

Suggested by: Shiryu

Name: Amaterasu

Series: Okami

Why they should be picked: “Ranged attacks, not blue (and only marginally red), unique look, helps with the deficit of fe-... quadrupeds.”

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Why they still probably won’t be: “Are they going to bring back Okami anytime soon? If not, I can’t think of why she’d make the cut.”

Name: Mercedes Benz

Series: Real Life/Mario Kart 8

Why they should be picked: “With things being like they are now, I can’t wait to see Mercedes Benz join the brawl.”

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Why they still probably won’t be: “You trying to say the fans aren’t voting for Mercedes Benz?”

Suggested by: BattleBorn (TheBabyJesus)

Name: King K. Rool

Series: Donkey Kong Country

Why they should be picked: “The Donkey Kong series needs more representation than just two fighters. Smash also needs more heavy characters to body all those tiny annoying ones. Also, he throws his crown.”

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Why they still probably won’t be: “K. Rool hasn’t been the main villain in the DKC series reboots for Wii and Wii U. Though he was released as a costume...”

Suggested by: GiantBoyDetective


And there you have it. By the end of the week I’m sure we’ll be witnessing matchups we never imagined, such as Putt-Putt vs Captain Rainbow and One Punch Man vs Waluigi (I’d pay a lot to see that fight). If you have more characters you’d like to see, feel free to list them in the comment below.

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And now we wait. Wait and speculate, until that moment we all feel the terrible crushing blow of sadness when we find out we’re only getting Dr. Luigi.


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