On April 1st, Nintendo released their latest Nintendo Direct and announced that players would now be able to vote on who they’d like to see added next to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. But this was no April Fool’s – Nintendo soon posted an official Smash Bros. Ballot on their website with four simple questions: your gender, what character you’re voting for, the title of the game that that character appears in, and your reason why that character should become a fighter. Greater representation in games is all about making our opinions heard, and this ballot provides the perfect opportunity to let Nintendo know that there are awesome women that would make a great addition to the game. Though the voting is now closed, this was a great step towards making games more inclusive, and we at the Daily Geekette hope to see some positive changes come from it. So, without further ado, here are the 6 female characters we’d like to see make it into Smash Bros.
Krystal is already featured in Super Smash Bros. as a trophy, so it wouldn’t be much of a leap to add her into the game itself. Fox, Falco, and Wolf have all been characters at one time or another, so why not their female companion? After Star Fox Adventures, Krystal became a full-fledged member of the Fox’s Team and was featured in Star Fox: Assault as a useful telepath and as a playable character in Assault’s versus mode. Her telepathic abilities would make for an interesting moveset, perhaps with something mirroring Shulk’s foresight ability, while her staff would add a lot of versatility and power to her character.
2. Midna (with Wolf Link)
Just imagine that grappling power! Midna was an invaluable help to Link in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, with her magic orange hair-hand that could open doors and take down enemies. Her dark energy attack would make her and Wolf Link a force to be reckoned with in the game, and her warp power could make an interesting move similar to Zelda’s Farore’s Wind. She’s been suggested as an addition to the game before, so it’s possible Nintendo is already considering her as a DLC.
In Super Mario Bros. 2, Birdo was described as a boy who wanted to be a girl and who called himself “Birdetta,” so just in terms of trans inclusivity Birdo would be a great choice for a new character. She could function like a slightly heavier Yoshi, who performs a little poorer in the air but has great attacks in her notorious eggs and her fireballs.
Impa was the OG Sheikah. She was the Dr. Dre to Sheik’s Eminem, and she’s long overdue for her day in the Smash Bros. sun. She’s regularly appeared in the Zelda games and is a more well-known and important presence than, say, Toon Link. As a sword master, she could play as an interesting counter to Link and more of a close-ranged, tankier Sheik. The magical, fire-generating Naginata she uses in Hyrule Warriors would be an awesome addition to the game.
5. The Boss
Snake was a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and there’s talk of having him come back in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a DLC, so why not include mentor that taught him most of what he knows as well? It would be interesting to see a mirrored playset between the two of them, similar to the way Lucina is a clone of Marth but with slightly different characteristics. This would make a lot of sense flavor-wise, since The Boss taught Snake his moves in the first place. She’s also just amazing character – (*SPOILERS*) at one point, she has to kill her own lover in order to save her child.
Despite the fact that it seems her creator would be none too happy with her appearance in the game, Bayonetta would make a great addition to the Smash Bros.roster. She’s a sassy, sexy, and all-around fun female presence. Bayonetta 2 was a Wii U exclusive title, so it makes sense that Nintendo would consider adding the titular character to its fighting game. She already has great moves and would be pretty lethal in the air. Scarborough Fair would be a pretty awesome weapon addition, though the Wheel of Torture as a final smash is reason enough to put her in.
What do you think of these choices? Are there other female characters you’d like to see added? Let us know in the comments!