The following article is a theory. It is not to be taken as fact.
Mii Fighters… Everyone has their opinion on them. They’re many different things to every different Smash fan. You may like using them for their customisable nature. You may use them as a commemorative replacement for the characters who didn’t ‘make it’. If you’re like me, they’re just about the only characters who have no redeeming qualities (well, Corrin). I’m of the mindset that in a game that crosses over the likes of; Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Pac-Man, Pikachu and Ryu, that I have little desire to play as myself, Gandi, Rick Grimes, Orlando Bloom or as bastardised versions of beloved video game characters. Your opinion on them essentially boils down to why you consider yourself to be a fan of Smash Bros., or perhaps the pleasures that you seek from playing these games.
My opinion aside, Mii Fighters have been given a great deal of focus in the latest Smash Bros. games, particularly through post-launch DLC content. Most interestingly, many of the costumes made available were of various characters that are otherwise unplayable. I’ve comprised a table (below) to investigate each individual character who had the pleasure, or perhaps displeasure of having their skin wrapped around a creepy looking avatar. Could it be that Mii Fighter Costumes were chosen based on this precedent? Just some of them? It’s become a popular theory that has been floating around for some time now. To quote a certain group of degenerates let’s break it
How does it pertain to Smash Bros.?
Flying Man (Earthbound)
Flying Man was likely never considered as a playable character, as Earthbound couldn’t even retain Lucas for its launch. Flying Man was however used in the Magicant stage on 3DS. While the team had originally created a 3D model for him, they opted to use sprites instead. The 3D model was repurposed for a Mii costume.
Megaman X (Megaman)
Similar to the Flying Man, Megaman X had a 3D model to draw from as a base, likely making him an easily adaptable costume. Though it should be noted that Megaman X has immense popularity in his own right, even beating the classic bomber in terms of fan support for Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Protoman is one of several main characters in the classic Megaman line of games. A protagonist. While significantly less major than the bomber himself, he has maintained a great deal of popularity.
Dunban is one of the most popular characters to come out of Xenoblade, especially in Japan. He appears even over Shulk’s brother in arms, Reyn (baby), in Shulk’s own Final Smash. Like Flying Man, he had a model to be able to use as a starting point. Though it should be noted that he is pretty much the only Xenoblade character who would have worked as a Shulk clone, due to his notable stint as the Monado’s wielder.
Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
It’s tough to say exactly where Isabelle lies on this. One the one hand, she’s become one of the most prominent Nintendo characters in the recent years. She’s been heavily publicised alongside other Nintendo legends, and she’s even made her way into Mario Kart long before the likes of Kirby, Fox or Samus. It’s entirely possible that she was considered as an Animal Crossing character in addition to, or perhaps instead of The Villager. It certainly is in the realm of possibility that Animal Crossing could have been given an additional fighter. It’s one of Nintendo’s top 5 biggest franchises (behind only Mario, Pokemon, Zelda and Donkey Kong). It can’t be discounted that the Villager was considered for Brawl already (which predates Isabelle’s existence), so it’s possible that Isabelle’s popularity lead to her Assist Trophy model being repurposed for a costume, much like Flying Man.
Jacky and Akira are both pretty big characters in their own right, as the co-faces of SEGAs own long running fighting game series Virtua Fighter. They were even selected for the first SEGA racing game. Smash’s status as a fighting game means that it’s likely that Sakurai took inspiration from other fighting games when thinking about new characters to add to Smash. Sonic’s basic jab combo was lifted from Virtua Fighter. We know that he considered Heihachi, and of course Ryu actually appeared as DLC. Sakurai has also discussed how he feels about fighting game characters in Smash.
Jacky (Virtua Fighter)
There’s no denying Zero’s popularity, or his importance to the Megaman IP. Capcom have steadily promoted him many, many times in the past few years. With playable appearances in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as well as Project X Zone and its sequel. Often selected over the classic bomber himself. He also remains the only character from a Megaman spinoff game to receive a trophy without an in game role.
Megaman.EXE is in somewhat of a similar situation to Megaman X, both were involved in Megaman’s Final Smash. However, EXE’s popularity may shock you. In a DLC poll conducted in Japan that amassed over 35,000 votes for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Megaman EXE was placed 2nd, even above the ever popular Megaman X. It’s interesting that the two clear fan favorites were the 2 Blue Bombers who received the Mii Fighter costumes.
It’s no secret that K. Rool has an extremely large and vocal fan base. It’s also a fair assumption to make that he was the most requested first party newcomer following Ridley’s official deconfirmation prior to the launch of the Wii U version. Popular in bothJapan and theWestern world, K. Rool’s Mii Fighter costume marked a first appearance in a new video game since 2008’s Mario Super Sluggers. It’s without a doubt that this Mii costume was a result of fan outcry.
Chrom (Fire Emblem)
Chrom is confirmed to have beenconsidered. A moveset was thought up for him which was deemed too similar to Ike and Marth, eventually Robin was used in his stead.
Black Knight (Fire Emblem)
The Black Knight is the rival of Ike, and had a prominent role in the Path of Radience, with Sakurai’s known fondness for Fire Emblem, it’s possible that in addition to a Fire Emblem Awakening character, that he considered adding a villain from that series.
LLoyd (Tales of Symphonia)
One of the most interesting facts about Lloyd is that the Tales Of series producer expressed a strong interest in wanting a character in the game. With Sakurai deeming that Lloyd was really the only choice when thinking about Tales Of content. As a notable Namco-Bandai owned IP, it was likely considered alongside the likes of Pac-Man and Heihachi, as Sakurai expressed a desire to include a character from Namco.
K.K. Slider (Animal Crossing)
Much like Isabelle, K. K. Slider is one of the more notable Animal Crossing characters, and may have been considered in place of the Villager. Although, and again like Isabelle, he has a prior model that could have resulted in his inclusion as a Mii Fighter costume.
Toad (Super Mario)
Toad is almost unquestionably the single most iconic Nintendo character that is not already playable in Super Smash Bros. Easily on par with the elite crew of Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi and Bowser, Toad’s face has been slapped on just about every kind of merchandise you could imagine. Sakurai previously expressed a desire not to over represent the Mario series, and it’s possible that Toad was simply passed over for characters with more moveset potential, the puppet master Rosalina & Luma, and the Clown Car driving Bowser Jr. Interestingly, Sakurai’s comments about Waluigi give a further indication of this.
Viridi (Kid Icarus)
Kid Icarus was given a major presence in Smash Bros. For Wii U and for 3DS. The Smash Run game mode is brimming with villains from the Sakurai-helmed Kid Icarus: Uprising. Many new items were, an Assist Trophy, and even multiple new stages were implemented. Not to mention the two new playable characters. After Palutena herself, Viridi is one of the most noteable Kid Icarus characters. Notably she was given a major role in Palutena’s Guidances, appearing in all but a few of the conversations.
Hunter (Monster Hunter)
Monster Hunter is a colossal franchise for Capcom. With over 36 million copies sold, it has not only surpassed Mega Man, but is on its way to dethroning Street Fighter as it is well on it’s way to being Capcom’s second biggest franchise behind only Resident Evil. Monster Hunter games have been almost exclusively made for Nintendo platforms in recent years, a feat which apparently made negotiating Bayonetta for Smash “very easy”. The Monster Hunter team nixed having any of their characters playable on Marvel vs. Capcom 3, but later allowed Felyne to be used as a card in its Heroes and Heralds mode. It’s possible that something similar occurred with Smash.
Rathalos (Monster Hunter)
Chocobo (Final Fantasy)
After the Smash team shocked the world with Cloud’s announcement, fans were staggered at the idea of having a character who has almost no ties to Nintendo playable in Smash Bros. We’ve later learned that out of Final Fantasy, Cloud accumulated something along the lines of one third of total fan requests for Final Fantasy characters. This would indicate that there were other candidates who were discussed including possibly Terra and Bartz. Chocobo, as a symbol of Final Fantasy was most likely a candidate also. Interestingly Chocobo appeared high on the list of 3rd Party candidates in the “if there was a Smash 2” poll.
Geno (Super Mario RPG)
Much to the amazement of every single Smash fan, Geno was recently confirmed to have been a contender for2 games running now.
Takamaru (Mysterious Mursame Castle)
Takamaru is confirmed to have been considered for this game, he was however not chosen due to a fear that wasn’t well known outside of Japan.
Like the Flying Man, it’s possible that Ashley’s 3D model (in this case derived from her Assist Trophy) was used as a launching point for her Mii Fighter costume. It however must be said that she’s a damn popular character in her own right. Performing quite well (highest of any WarioWare character) in the perception of Smash DLC in Japan, Redux polls that SourceGaming hosted.
Gil (Tower of Druaga)
Another Namco character from a fairly notable franchise, one that even got its own Anime. It’s possible that like Heihachi and Lloyd, Gil was considered due to this fact.
Tails (Sonic The Hedgehog)
Given Sonic’s immense popularity, it’s entirely plausible that Sakurai considered adding a 2nd character from this franchise. Sonic is after all the only 3rd Party veteran spanning 2 different generations of Smash. I previously wrote an article looking at both Tails’ and Knuckles’ chances of being included in Smash.
Knuckles (Sonic The Hedgehog)
Thoughts: This theory looks to hold weight to an extent. It’s nothing less than a fact that Geno, Takamaru, Chrom and Heihachi were at one time or another in consideration for a playable role in the latest Smash Bros. Some theorized about how heavily they were considered in his recent article. It doesn’t appear that every character on this list got their costume for the sake of being a consolation prize. When you consider that characters such as the Flying Man got a Mii Fighter costume, it blurs the line somewhat.
While detractors of this theory have previously used veterans (such as Ice Climbers) as a negative towards its validity, it stands to reason that cut veterans wouldn’t have received this treatment. Sakurai formerly addressed how fans feel about demoting characters in hisexplanation of why Dr Mario returned as a full playable character as opposed his initially intended alternate costume. Perhaps inadvertently, we’ve been given a good look into some of the many characters who at one time or another were in the discussion for a playable role in the latest iteration of Super Smash Bros.
Frankly, knowing that Sakurai has a tendency to revisit his past ideas, it’s entirely possible that some of characters could make the cut one day. Perhaps in the heavily-rumoured Smash Bros. for NX.
What do you think? Were Mii Fighter costumes dished out as consolation prizes? Who among them would you like to see enter the fray in the future? Sound off in the comments below!