Welcome to the first ever Rate That Character Round Up!
Note: NantenJex created all the videos for this week!
The series started off with NantenJex reviewing Takamaru’s Chances:
With an overwhelming amount of pros over cons, Takamaru seems like a sure-fire candidate for Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Switch. The biggest thing getting in his way is the same as it was before: does Sakurai believe the character has become well-known enough to deserve an inclusion? The evidence points to yes, or at least a lot more than he had prior to summer 2012, making him the top candidate for a retro rep. A new game over a port is also a blessing for the character as it allows him to be upgraded from assist trophy to player unit. Now let’s see that final score.
The next day, he reviewed Pauline from Mario:
I like Pauline and I know many do but it is too soon for her. There is very little to go from for a move-set and her future relevance is very speculative at the moment. A trophy or potentially a stage element in Super Mario Odyssey level is where she belongs.
Which was followed by Arle Nadja, one of the main characters from Puyo Puyo:
Puyo Puyo is undoubtedly the next big Sega series to be included in Smash, with the exception of potentially Shin Megami Tensei which has many of the same issues Puyo Puyo faces. Arle is popular and would add some uniqueness to the Smash Bros. roster, as well as potentially introducing a move-set around puzzles. However, outside of Japan, she is a bit player and incredibly niche. This is the biggest factor stopping her inclusion and while Sakurai often sees Smash as a series that represents Japanese games, he does take into account western perception. However, this perception isn’t completely lacking and with the recent success of Puyo Puyo Tetris Arle has been growing in popularity over in the west as well. Perhaps a Smash appearance is all that is needed to make Puyo Puyo a worldwide name.
The next day was the demigod himself, Marx:
Ultimately though, Marx has a surprising amount going for him from his uniqueness, his move-set, his relation to Sakurai and his series. His only real issue is that other characters like Magolor and Susie are a little more relevant, popular and have a definite future. Marx does not but Sakurai does like his own Kirby creations and this may make Marx a very appealing choice.
Chrom almost had his chance to Smash, but does he have a chance in the next one?
Ultimately it appears Chrom’s day has passed and while he will almost certainly return in Smash for Switch as a part of Robin’s move set, the chances of him being boosted up to playable status are slim. It is unlikely he would even be the first choice for another clone character as Alm is more relevant and very similar. However, popularity amongst Smash fans and a potential place on the ballot could help him. Its slim but the chance is there.
Finishing off this week was Chun-Li from Street Fighter!
In the end, Chun-Li is more likely to appear as an assist character or trophy than a full-fledged playable character. While one of the front-runners for her own series, Street Fighter already has presence thanks to Ryu and so in all likelihood the next Capcom rep will be pulled from another one of Capcom’s library instead.