Back in 2012, Sony took a swing at the platform fighting genre with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, bringing a slew of its first-party characters to the battlefield to fight each other. Unfortunately for Sony, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale wasn’t received very great by critics. Gamers everywhere had mixed feelings about the brawler, many were upset that it went 90% of the way copying Super Smash Bros. but left out one of Smash‘s important core mechanics, ring outs. The game sits at a 74 on Metacritic; not too bad — but Sony must not have seen viability in turning the IP into a series, as the company shut down the developer, Superbot Entertainment, not long after PlayStation All-Stars launched. The game does still have a small dedicated multiplayer following, but it just wasn’t the Super Smash Bros. killer Sony may have hoped it would be.
Along with Sony’s owned characters came third-party fighters that joined in on the fun. While it was great seeing characters like Heihachi and Raiden in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, I can’t help but wish these characters would make their way to the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch.
Heihachi Mishima was a part of the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale roster. He then went on to receive a Mii skin in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which made fans really want him to join the iconic franchise officially. Nintendo and Bandai Namco’s relationship is seemingly in a great place with Bandai Namco helping out with the development the of Super Smash Bros. series. Along with the two companies working together on Pokken Tournament for Wii U and Switch. Because of this, I can totally picture them working together to get Heihachi Mishima into the Super Smash Bros. roster. And I hope they do! Would it be awkward for him to be in both PlayStation Allstars and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Maybe. But also kinda funny.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate both feature Metal Gear Solid characters. Snake joined the Super Smash Bros. roster in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii. Whereas Raiden found a spot on the PlayStation Allstars roster. Now, Snake is finally making his triumphant return to the Super Smash Bros. series after being absent for ten years, and it would be great if Raiden followed him. There are other franchises that feature multiple characters in the Smash Bros. roster, but no third-party franchises yet. It would be awesome for Metal Gear Solid to break that cycle by bringing both Snake and Raiden to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo and Konami’s relationship seems like it’s really friendly lately with Super Bomberman R launching as a Switch exclusive, and Snake making his way back to the Smash franchise.
There are a few other PlayStation Allstars third-party characters like Isaac from Dead Space and Big Daddy from BioShock that I would love to see join the roster. However, those character’s respected franchises haven’t made it to a Nintendo platform (but seriously the BioShock and Dead Space trilogies would be awesome on Switch).
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches later this year on December 7th exclusively for Nintendo Switch. The game brings back all the previous characters who have made an appearance in previous games, and adds a few new fighters like Daisy and Ridley. Ridley was shown killing Mario in his trailer unveiling, you can read more about that here.
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