A lot of people have said that now that we have Pac-man the roster can’t really another 3rd party character that could live up to Pac-man. While Pac-man is likely one of the most Iconic characters in gaming and being paired with Nintendo characters, megaman, and Sonic do make this the biggest clash of Icons yet I did want to hunt for more iconic characters to be added. Now i’m not saying any of the following characters are likely i’m simply saying these characters are popular video game icons. I’ll explain why they matter what they could offer to Smash Bros, and the lose connection to Nintendo needed (I mean snake was in brawl).
Slime (Dragon Quest)
Looking at the sales of Japanese games in the top 30 best selling Japanese titles Dragon Quest had a game placed at 12th best selling of all time. Now let’s add in the fact that 4 of the top 30 best selling Japanese games are Dragon Quest and we have the biggest JRPG icon, at least in Japan, the slime. A long time ago, maybe a year, I wrote about how Slime could work as a playable character in the series. I suggested Slime could transform into other smiles while attacking. This could give it a really fun move set that gets to show off a lot of the slime family. While a slime looks rather simple to a general american audience I think the fact it had two spin off games above being in a series that has several top selling games gives it a solid place in gaming fame. Dragon Quest is mostly on NIntendo Consoles so I think it totally fits the Nintendo connection quota.
Simon Belmont (Castlevania): Castlevania isn’t the biggest video game series of all time. However, it has more then made it’s mark on gaming. Simon is the one who started it all, his whip taking down many demons on his journey to kill Dracula. An argument could be made that Alucard or Dracula both being better choices do to more appearances in better selling games. I wouldn’t disagree but this is the legend that began in Nintendo’s home field. It was one of the first games to get put into the 3ds virtual console and he really displays the spirit of the series. I think Castlevania is a bigger series to Nintendo then Metal Gear but what ever that doesn’t matter.
Monster Hunter: This series is stupidly popular in Japan and despite it’s newness already has two of Japans top 30 selling game slots. This series is still growing and yet already holds such a huge amount of sales even in the west. It’s Real Issue is (beyond that is’s a capcom series) that it has no stand out character. No monster, no character, no nothing from Monster hunter really screams it’s importance. Maybe the little cat ally but I think the Monster Hunter herself is the icon. This is a character totally created by the person playing the game and unlike people like Robin from fire emblem the hunter has no real voice as a character. The hunter is the player playing it. Still id be hard pressed not to include a character that has polled really high in Japan for wanting it’s inclusion in Smash Bros.
Ryu (Street Fighter): If you don’t play video games you may not know is name but that outfit, that character is likely something you can tell apart from the crowd. Street Fighter series is the most Iconic fighting game series. The arcade cabnites were huge and so much about the series has landed it’s self in pop culture. Megamans already in the game and I doubt any company really gets more then one 3rd party character. Still Ryu stands out as a gaming legend. Shooting fire balls and dynamic upper cuts are on this mans back. Ryu really represents fighting games and serves as the kind of basic fighting game character. Overall, Ryu is a legend and would be an amazing addition to any title.
Sora (Kingdom Hearts): Sora is a pretty popular Japanese name, it is used my several characters from big anime series such as Digimon, yet no Sora has had near as much impact as Sora from Kingdom Hearts. Regardless if you love or hate the series you most likely know of the guy above if you play video games. Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 both sit pretty high up in the sales lists for Square. Even Chain of Memories broke a million units sold with is no small feat for a video game. This hero is in an odd place being in a Disney/Final Fantasy cross over. Sora seems to leave his spin offs with Nintendo but leave the main adventure to Sony. Still Sora is such a prominent figure in gaming and kingdom hearts holds the hearts of many. Sora obviously offers a ton as a character having access to a large array of magic, keyblades, and more. I think their is a lot of legal that would go in but I think Sora is maybe the best way to tie in Disney to the title. I don’t think Sora would be in the game but he is a video game icon.
Spyro (Spyro): Spyro has been on Nintendo consoles 10 times although he is more iconic for his role in playstation titles. Then it’s because of Spyro that they managed to launch Skylanders to become maybe an even bigger thing then Spyro ever way (and if you count skylanders towards the count that is 4 more nintendo games). I made a post on facebook asking people who they thought was a huge video game icon that wasn’t in smash brothers. I had three pretty casual gamers tell me Spyro so it assured that I had to write about this dragon. Spyro is an American made character that maybe didn’t grab a global audience but it did at least leave an impact in his homeland. Spyro has a flurry of moves he has wracked up during his existence as a character and could have a really fun moveset. He would also be the first character to stand on all 4s in smash. I don’t think Spyro is a likely addition but I think Spyro has edged his way into the hall of video game icons.
Black Mage (Final Fantasy): Final Fantasy is one of the biggest video game series in existence. The series sits at the top 10 best selling video game franchises of all time. Beyond that it’s a powerful name with a ton of great games. Picking a character is the hard part for the series. The Chocobos have had spin off games but they really aren’t a character people would be excited to play. Cloud is the obvious choice in popularity but he is in no way tied to Nintendo. So I think that puts the Black Mage as the choice for the series. Black Mage has been a playable unit in a ton final fantasy titles and appeared in some form in even more. Black Mage really represents magic for the Final Fantasy universe. It’s move set could easily work with that making It a full on Mage. I think the Black Mage look will stand the test of time as a real icon of gaming.
Bomberman: This guy is a legend of the party game. Play four players and sit down killing each other. While Bomberman doesn’t sit in the round table with Mario, he surely at least gets to go in to clean. Bomberman has had lots of legal trouble with all the events going around it’s IP and the shitty reboot thingy. Still bomberman is an icon that sells games on his name alone. Bomberman has a huge history and most of the games were on NIntendo platforms.
Jack Frost (Atlus): This may be slightly tied to Persona Bias but I believe (and the numbers back me up) that Shin Megami Tensei is a growing series. It already has a heavy cult following but with Atlus’s 4th Shin Megami tensei based anime coming out soon they are really making a name in Japanese pop culture. Jack Frost is Atlus’s icon and is the real most important demon in the series. The Shin Megami Tensei series has been on every NIntendo Handheld console (excluding the gameboy), was on the NES way back in 1987. The series has grown more and more since then and sales keep going up. I think Jack Frost would be a wonderful way to represent growing series. I don’t think Jack Frost is really likely at all but the SMT series has been on Nintendo so many times I feel like Jack Frost would be at home. I mean they made a freaking Virtual Boy game called Jack Bros.