I’m back! And I’m brimming with more picks for echo fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This time around I’m picking five characters who absolutely need to be in the game. They’re a little less likely than in my last article, but they have the potential to open up the roster of future games and are also just amazing characters in their own right. So let’s get started.
Spring Man/Ribbon Girl – Little Mac
Arms for the Nintendo Switch has some of my favorite character designs to date. Like Splatoon, its one of Nintendo’s newer IPs, but it sold shockingly well for its first debut. I personally think a perfect way to promote the young new franchise is for Ribbon Girl or Spring Man to strut their stuff.
How could they compete with Little Mac?
Of course, either one of them would be an echo fighter of Little Mac. The main difference would be that their extendable arms would cover the distance that Mac himself does in moves such as his neutral or side special. For new moves, Sakurai could just as easily give them a recovery mechanic similar to Samus’s edge grab with her beam.
To keep things fair, in exchange for their easy recovery, they wouldn’t have the same ground damage buff that Little Mac has. Lastly, let’s not have another character with a counter. (Thanks, Fire Emblem.) The down special could instead switch between different fist attachments. No matter what, I hope Arms gets more chances to spring into action!
Paper Mario – Game and Watch
The Mario franchise has always had plenty of representation in the Smash roster. They went from two to eight characters throughout the games, not including the Koopa Kids. But it’s time for a truly unique choice, and that’s Paper Mario. Rather than a Mario echo, I think he’d be best as an echo fighter for Mr. Game and Watch. Ganondorf and Captain Falcon have shown that Sakurai lets newcomers echo anyone, not just within their franchise.
I’m talking OG Paper Mario
Paper Mario is mostly known for its charming sidekick characters. And they could easily be implemented in his play style. His side special could still be a hammer. But rather, the hammer could have all his buddies linked to different swings. For example, hitting Koops’s shell to launch him forward as a projectile. The Action Command system could work in Smash as well: Every time you land a Smash, tap the button again at the perfect timing to increase the damage by a smidge. I’m mostly talking about Paper Mario mechanics up until Sticker Star. This all looks good both on paper and for Paper Mario.
Incineroar/Decidueye – Any number of characters
I’m glad that Pokémon Trainer is back from Brawl, I really am. But here’s the thing — we’re bored of Gen 1. There are seven Generations of Pokémon. Smash has nine Pokemon representatives and six are just from Gen 1! There really should be more current generation picks. Where’s the Sun and Moon screen time?
Where’s equal generation representation?
Among the new Pokémon in Gen 7, there were three that stood out as welcome additions, Incineroar, Decidueye, and Mimikyu. Now, Mimikyu could be great as an oddball Pikachu echo fighter, but I feel Mimikyu better serves as an assist trophy/Pokeball summon. But Decidueye or Incineroar? That could work.
Basically, we need more Pokémon fighters
There are a number of characters either Decidueye or Incineroar would work well as echo fighters of. For Incineroar, Ganondorf, Bowser, Charizard, or Captain Falcon. Meanwhile, Decidueye could work equally well for Greninja, Sheik, or Lucario. Their color palettes alone would spruce up the Pokémon side of Smash.
All this is to say, Sakurai — there are over 800 Pokémon now. Sure, we got Lucario and Greninja; that covers Gens 1, 2, 4, and 6. But what about the three generations missing? Blaziken could easily work for 3 and Chandelure for 5 (since it was already in Pokkén). This I feel would be a perfect way to make the fans happy (enough) to say that the Pokémon franchise is well represented in Smash.
Jeanne – Bayonetta
While we’re on the topic of great echo fighter picks from the more unique franchises — Bayonetta has probably the most obvious choice for an echo fighter with Jeanne. Jeanne and Bayonetta are essentially the Dante and Vergil of their own game, except rather than being two eternally fighting siblings, they’re Wiccan best buds. Best buds that can summon demons from the underworld with their hair and practice the darkest of magic.
How Jeanne isn’t just a Bayonetta reskin
Jeanne would be an amazing echo fighter for Bayonetta and could be a chance to showcase some of the other weapons and features in the Bayonetta franchise. One aspect I feel wasn’t represented well enough with Bayonetta was the animal transformations. Jeanne’s specials could expand upon the animal forms instead of long-string combos and witch time. Overall, Jeane could be a more unique, heavier-hitting version of Bayonetta that helps people remember the franchise that has you kicking a god into the sun.
Ravio – Toon Link
Zelda games are chock full of amazing characters. And among them, there are plenty who could hold their own in a fight. Hyrule Warriors gave us a taste, but Smash has always been a bit lacking in its choices. I mean, we have three different Links, two Zeldas, and a Ganondorf. Plus, the Links play mostly the same! Where’s Skull Kid or Puppeteer Ganon from Wind Waker? But with the echo fighter system, there’s now a bit more wiggle room.
How the cowardly rabbit could keep up
Ravio is the shopkeeper from A Link Between Worlds and has infinite potential as an echo fighter. Since he’s the one who carries all the items you rent throughout the game, he also has the most options for Smash special moves. This is an opportunity for us to get a Link-“like” character (wink wink) who actually looks and plays differently than the two we have currently. Plus, we’ve already seen him implemented in a similar fashion thanks to his Hyrule Warriors inclusion. Hopefully, Ravio can muster up the courage to hop into the fray.
Next time on “Smash Article on Echo Fighters #572”: Unlikely characters!
And there we go! Stay tuned for my final article on “5 echo fighters that’ll never be in Smash Ultimate, but should be.” This is where I’ll cover whom you want most, but will never get. (Spoilers: No, I’m not gonna say Goku or Superman.)