Nintendo’s next installment of the always popular Super Smash Bros. is finally beginning to show some life in its roster. While most of the old stalwarts have been confirmed to many agreeing nods, the tertiary franchises haven’t been explored too much from the playable character pool. Already confirmed of fringe franchises have been the Wii Fit Trainer (with a potential bonus of the male trainer being added), the Animal Crossing Villager, Pikmin’s Captain Olimar and even Pit from Kid Icarus. Even Sega’s Sonic makes his return to fight alongside Capcom newcomer Megaman.
But the announcement I’ve been waiting for has always been the inclusion of Intelligent System’s Fire Emblem characters, and I’m happy to report that Marth will be returning for his third appearance in the free-for-all brawler. As the central figure in the original Fire Emblem, Marth has become a household name and helped spur the popularity of the franchise in the west, even earning a remake of his first game in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.
But what I’m hoping is that Nintendo holds to tradition and gives Marth a worthy Fire Emblem opponent to square off against where past games have pit him against Roy (Melee) and Ike (Brawl). Odds are that Nintendo will choose Chrom, the protagonist of Fire Emblem: Awakening which not only was a success in their home territory of Japan, but was also the best selling Fire Emblem to date in North America. Although he won’t have the brute style that Ike seemed to possess, Chrom might be a perfect balance to Marth. So long as it isn’t a Ganondorf/Captain Falcon balance.
Who else are we looking forward to? The Odds of Snake coming back are looking slim as I doubt Nintendo would pony up to have him in once more, much to my disappointment. Captain Falcon is almost always a late addition but he’ll make it on sheer popularity alone. Star Fox’s Falco and Kirby’s Meta Knight should also make their returns, but I see less of a case for Wolf and King Deedeedee. I’d almost put money on Namco throwing a character in, maybe somebody like Mitsurugi from Soul Calibur or Heihachi from Tekken would be natural additions. Or they could even go old school and put Pacman in, so long as he isn’t bipedal.