Well, looks like this is it. VG Tribune’s Super Smash Bros 4 character poll is in its final round and the character who wins now is the one they recommend to Sakurai. Here’s who the finalists are:
As you can see, the joke entries from the likes of Dunsparce have been filtered out and a couple of unlikely nobodies have been ‘sent home’ so to speak. But what do I think of each character listed here and whether they should be in Super Smash Bros 4? Read on to find out:
Surprised he’s in the final here to be perfectly honest, I’d almost expected him to lose simply because he’s not as popular with the Smash Bros crowd. But he is a fairly plausible character for a future Smash Bros game considering the team who made his games said they’d allow him to be chosen as a playable character and how the mega success of the series he stars in means Nintendo might want to choose him to represent those types of games in general.
Still, I don’t think he’ll win the poll at this rate, so any fans of the series had better either get mass voting quick or hope Nintendo chooses him for Smash Bros 4 anyway.
The main character from the Golden Sun series and a fairly reasonable choice of character for the next Super Smash Bros. I mean, it’d be no problem coming up with a stage, music and other elements to represent the series and he’d be fairly easy to design a moveset for.
But he might potentially be screwed over by being made by a second party team, since I hear rumours that characters and franchises made by these companies are a bit harder to get the legal rights to for Smash Bros (hence why Pokemon’s representation is always a bit limited and why WarioWare got pretty much nothing compared to the other series represented in game), so whether him being owned by Camelot is a potential issue I don’t know.
He’s still a fairly plausible Smash Bros character though, and I guess he has a reasonable enough chance.
Guess the Xenoblade Chronicles hype hasn’t quite worn off yet? Guess so, since Shulk apparently made it right the way through to the finals despite being a playable character in exactly one game in history.
Still, it’s sort of understandable since he was in a great game with a lot of fan support, and there are far worse characters to put in future Smash Bros games than him.
What? Why are people voting a one shot character from Majora’s Mask? Is the 4chan/vote for the worst/troll vote? Oh well, I have to say I at least prefer him to Dunsparce and think his possible inclusion in a Super Smash Bros game wouldn’t be the worst thing in history. Because sure, he wouldn’t be the most deserving character, but like with Ghirahim I have nothing against him either.
Still, I doubt he’ll ever end up playable in Smash Bros somehow.
Come on, you kind of guessed he’d make it through to the final, right? Because like it or not, Mega Man is ranked alongside Ridley for ‘extremely obvious character people want playable in the next Super Smash Bros game’ and kind of deserves to be in it.
I’m not even going to say how many things from the Mega Man series would work in Smash Bros, because it would take all day. But basically, every Wily fortress boss and machine could be a boss for the single player and would work well as one, the music is just perfect for remixing, the number of possible stages is near endless and well, Mega Man himself has an absolute ton of possible choices for attacks given how many weapons he picks up in the series.
He’s already a plausible character for Smash Bros 4, and he’s what I’d say is probably the favourite to win in the poll too.
The OTHER main character everyone wants to see in Super Smash Bros, Ridley seems like a fairly safe choice for a future playable character and Metroid series representative. Not much to say here since well, he’s a reasonable choice for a character. If he wins the poll it’ll be a fairly good representation of what people over here generally want in the next Super Smash Bros game.
Eh, not the worst character choice ever, but he’s not quite as special as his fans like to think. Indeed, he’s probably also a bit too much of a recent character to really consider for a game like Super Smash Bros since no one knows how much staying power the guy has (will he ever appear again?) and whether any other Zelda games will be released prior to Super Smash Bros 4.
And the latter is still a concern, at least in respect to a 3DS Zelda title in the style of either Minish Cap or Spirit Tracks since such a game could easily be made in the time frame between Skyward Sword and Smash Bros 4.
King K Rool
My personal favourite for Super Smash Bros 4 character and the most likely next Donkey Kong series representative, King K Rool seemingly made it to the final round as well. Come on, he has the most obvious character choice ever. He’s got enough attacks for a full moveset, three or four different alternate costumes and various theme songs that can play when he wins or on his stage.
Unfortunately, I kind of doubt he’ll win the poll without a bit more support, these things tend to attract the vocal minorities of the internet who like ultra obscure things and would rather support a one off character from a series like the Legend of Zelda or Mario or maybe someone who only appeared in one game back in the old days.
Generally, the choices of characters listed in the poll are pretty good, although there are still a few too many one shots for my liking. Still, they did bother to filter out troll entries like Dunsparce and limit votes by IP address, which is at least some sign than the poll’s being taken seriously and that the results won’t be as screwed up as they were in the semi final.
Where to vote/source
You can vote for what character you want in Smash Bros 4 at the address below: