Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has the largest roster out of all the Smash games, but some players (myself included) just aren’t satisfied with some of the newly-added fighters. After all, no one asked Nintendo to put in another Fire Emblem character or an overpowered Dragon Quest protagonist.
Nintendo has already gone out of its comfort zone by incorporating (gasp) non-Nintendo characters like Banjo-Kazooie, Cloud, Bayonetta, Snake, and Terry, among others. Not only would it be great to see more third-party characters in SSBU, but it’d also be amazing to see more characters from Nintendo’s many beloved franchises.
We can only hope that Nintendo will add some of the following characters, however, it’s probably just wishful thinking.
1. King Boo
King Boo has already starred as a playable character in the Mario Tennis, Mario Baseball, and Mario Kart series, so why isn’t he in SSBU? This floating villain could make use of his tricky paranormal tactics to smackdown his opponents. This means spitting flames, trapping his foes in paintings, and creating objects out of thin air.
Honestly, it’s pretty surprising that Sora hasn’t made an appearance in SSBU yet. He’s equipped with the Keyblade, a sword-like weapon that also functions as a key to other realms. Sora could add some much-needed diversity to the cast of sword-wielding characters already in SSBU.
3. Shy Guy
Shy Guy might not have a weapon, but he still has his hands and feet. While he appears as a playable character in older Mario Tennis games, he’s typically found in the background of various Mario and Yoshi games. If Nintendo managed to add Piranha Plant to SSBU, Nintendo can definitely come up with some creative moves for Shy Guy.
4. Crash Bandicoot
With Crash Bandicoot’s recent reboot on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and even the Switch, it’s almost a no-brainer to include the classic creature in SSBU. He can easily jump, dash, and fight his way across each stage—and let’s not forget that Crash already appeared in his very own fighting game, Crash Bash.
5. Master Chief
Who wouldn’t want Halo‘s Master Chief in SSBU? With such a huge variety of weapons in his loadout, he could easily become one of the most versatile characters in all of Smash. Not only can he equip an assortment of guns and grenades, but he can also deploy unique weapons such as the Power Drain and Bubble Shield.
6. Koopa Troopa
Like Shy Guy and King Boo, Koopa Troopa rarely appears as a playable character in Nintendo games. Despite this, it’s easy to imagine Koopa in SSBU—he can use his sliding shell attack as his special move, and can engage in hand-to-hand combat for the rest.
Nintendo put three different Links in SSBU, but still managed to leave out one of the best characters in The Legend of Zelda series: Impa. Depending on the timeline, Impa either appears as a wise old woman or a young Sheikah warrior. Her younger self serves as Zelda’s sword-wielding bodyguard, making her a perfect fit for SSBU.
Dante, the demon-slayer protagonist of the Devil May Cry series, uses various guns and swords to rid the world of evil creatures. His half-demon, half-human background gives Dante superhuman strength and abilities that would make him a dangerous SSBU fighter.
Although initially portrayed as a foe in earlier Mario games, Birdo is now received in a more positive light. In some spinoff games, including those in the Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, Mario Party, and Mario Kart series, you can play as Birdo alongside the rest of the Mario cast. Her egg-shooting abilities could definitely come in handy if Nintendo were to add her in SSBU.
Sonic’s echidna sidekick isn’t called “Knuckles” for no reason. His fists have sharp spikes that let him throw powerful punches. While Knuckles isn’t as fast as Sonic, he makes up for that with strength.
Fans have been begging Nintendo to include in Waluigi in SSB for years. Waluigi’s past and purpose are largely unknown—he serves as Wario’s comrade and Luigi’s arch-nemesis, but Nintendo has yet to give him a proper backstory.
Who Do You Want to See in SSBU?
Even if Nintendo squeezes just one of these characters into SSBU, fans would rejoice. There are plenty of awesome options to choose from—hopefully, Nintendo will listen to the fans for once.
While you wait for the next SSBU DLC, now’s the best time to decide which SSBU fighter you should main.