Well, it’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. Ever since Source Gaming began its “Case for Smash” series, one suggestion has come up time and time again. I have had, in fact, many offers to write guest articles for this particular character… but the truth is I really wanted a chance to write this article myself. On top of that, I can’t just trust anyone to truly appreciate the marvel of modern German engineering. But enough small talk! It’s time for Mercedes Benz to wreck the competition!
Cars. They’re everywhere. They’re the second most common mode of transport in the world, and they’re also arguably the worst Pixar movie. In addition to that, cars are pretty f’n cool. This coolness has often been reflected in the video game world, beginning with games like 1974’s Speed Race and continuing with things such as Sony’s best selling Gran Turismo franchise. One of the best selling game series of all time, Grand Theft Auto, only sells as many copies as it does because it has the term “Auto” in it’s title.
So, cars are rad. Nothing new there. But the best cars, are, by comparison, super rad. Which leads us to Mercedes-Benz. The company’s slogan is “the best or nothing.” You don’t just make that sort of statement unless you KNOW you’re the best. So, if you follow the logic, Mercedes-Benz cars are super rad.
It should be noted that Mercedes-Benz has a strong legacy and is still super relevant in the market. The first petrol powered car was developed by Karl Benz way back in 1886, and the brand currently has one of the highest automotive quality rankings in the world. Mercedes Benz is not some flash in the pan, flavor of the month, some other cliche saying, newcomer. They’re way too big for that!
Reasons for inclusion:
We’ve already briefly discussed just how amazing Mercedes-Benz really is. It really has everything you look for in a Smash Bros. character…. legacy, unique appearance (those sexy leather seats, tho!), moveset potential, and, of course, importance to Nintendo. Mercedes-Benz was the very first DLC announced for Mario Kart 8. When that happened, I, like all of you, shed the manliest of tears. Finally, the dream crossover none of thought would happen was real! I could barely believe it! The only problem with is was that it made the rest of the DLC boring by comparison. Link? Really? How can that Hylian hack hope to compete with the pinnacle of German craftsmanship! Mercedes-Benz also made an appearance in Mario Maker as the only costume that was worth a damn.
In addition to this, Smash is really lagging behind in the competitive car fighter department. 1996’s Fighter’s Mega Mix, widely regarded as Super Smash Bros. chief rival, has had a playable car fighter for years! Really, it’s the Daytona Race Car (Hornet) that keeps that game alive in the competitive fighting game community to this very day. Isn’t about time Smash gets in on that automotive action?
Reasons for exclusion:
Um, none? I guess, if I really had to point something out, it’s that Mercedes-Benz might be TOO obvious of a newcomer. We know Sakurai likes his surprises, after all. Still, even he has his limits. I think he knows that their would be rioting in the streets if he unfairly skipped over Mercedes-Benz for Lexus or BMW.
That leads to another issue…. Mercedes-Benz is almost too amazing for Smash. I mean, really, where do you go after you introduce the ultimate newcomer? It would really have to be an addition to the final Smash Bros. for that very reason. It might also be hard to pick an exact make and model to include as the amount of high quality options is staggering.
Whatever you want, Mercedes-Benz comes equipped with digital audio input, bluetooth compatibility, and even on board XM radio! Plus, as a German company it should certainly have access to the music of Popul Vuh, right? That makes basic logical sense, surely.
I wouldn’t want to leave you video less, however, so here’s the best commercial ever instead: