Welcome to the third edition of my Challenger Approaching special on the upcoming Smash Bros titles for Wii U and 3DS. I've outlined 20 potential characters in this series over the past year, and my excitement for the next Smash Bros game is still at an all time high. We now know that the 3DS version will hit stores on the 3rd of October with the Wii U version to follow during the holidays.

My first and second predictions specials had quite a few correct predictions, as well as a ton of surprises that rocked the Smash community. It's time to for round three! Keep in mind that this is a list of characters I think Nintendo will pick, NOT the characters I personally want in the game. Before we get into who I think will be added let's take a quick look at who we already have on our roster.


- Mario

- Luigi

- Peach

- Bowser

- Donkey Kong

- Pikachu

- Fox

- Kirby

- Samus

- Pit

- Link

- Toon Link

- Olimar

- Marth

- Sonic

- Zelda

- Sheik

- Zero Suit Samus

- King Dedede (Predicted correctly in Q1)

- Lucario (Not predicted)

- Diddy Kong (Predicted correctly in Q1)

- Yoshi (Predicted correctly in Q2)

- Ike (Not predicted)

- Charizard [solo] (Not predicted)

- Captain Falcon (Predicted Correctly in Q1)


- Villager

- Mega Man

- Wii Fit Trainer

- Rosalina and Luma

- Little Mac (Predicted correctly in Q1)

- Greninja (Not predicted)

- Palutena (Not predicted)

- Mii (Predicted correctly in Q2)

- PAC-MAN (Predicted correctly in Q2)

- Lucina (Not predicted)

- Robin (Not predicted)

To date the Smash Bros team has revealed 36 characters (more if you consider the different types of Miis and Luma). We are slowly getting closer to our full roster and I believe we could see around 10 more fighters emerge over the upcoming days, as we get closer to the much anticipated launch. Who do I currently think has the best shot of stepping into the ring?


- Ness

- Wario

- Ganondorf

- Mr. Game & Watch


- Isaac (Golden Sun)

- Shulk (XenoBlade Chronicles)

Feel free to follow the links on some of the Predicted Newcomers to see who they are and why I think they'll be included. I know there is a new character being announced at 10am (EDT) today and I will update the list once they have been confirmed. I think the Big N will announce... Shulk! Let's see if I'm right.


UPDATE: I was wrong! In the best way. We got two new Fire Emblem folks and the return of the Captain.

With new opponents coming in it's only fair that some character from Brawl won't make the cut for the newest roster. It may seem crazy, but I predict Snake, R.O.B, Wolf, Lucas, Ice Climbers, MetaKnight, and Falco will step out of the ring for the next bout. Though I'm sad to see them go I'm more excited at the prospect of new characters with fresh moves and more distinct personalities.


That's all I have for round three. Am I way off? Dead on? Do I know nothing about Smash Bros? Let me hear it in the comments below. Feel free to post your own predictions as well, as I'd love to compare my list to other Smash fanatics.