One of the coolest but most underutilized new features in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Echo Fighter. For those who might not know (I don’t know how that’s even possible, but I’m covering all the bases here), Echo Fighters are unique characters whose movesets range from very similar to almost identical to an already-established fighter. They are a great way to give a series more representation in Nintendo’s celebratory roster without the need to spend precious development time crafting and balancing a completely unique fighter. They are also way more fun than Assist Trophies.
Echo Fighters have given us a couple of long-requested characters like Chrom and Daisy, and they have made interesting offshoots like Dark Samus possible as something a little more fleshed out than an alternate skin. While the seven Echoes in the game are plenty, there are several other characters who I would love to see added as Echo Fighters. Today, I am going to expand my thoughts on six of them.
These are explicitly characters that I feel would work best as an Echo rather than as their own fighter, so some members of my Smash wishlist, like Dixie Kong, won’t appear here. Since this list covers characters who I simply believe would work well as an Echo Fighter, something like a character already being an assist trophy did not stop me from writing them in. Besides, 90% of the roster rules went out the window as soon as Piranha Plant got in. With all that out of the way, let’s get started, shall we?
Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)
It boggles my mind that Echoes were added to the game without Shadow making the jump. Everything about dark edgy Sonic just screams Echo Fighter. For maximum edge, one of his victory taunts absolutely must inquire for the whereabouts of that damn fourth chaos emerald.
Gooigi (Luigi’s Mansion)
A goopy guest from Luigi’s next set of haunted escapades sounds just zany enough to fit perfectly into the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. I can see it in my head easily: a high-stakes battle between three serious-looking Fire Emblem characters, and then there’s Gooigi, just doing his own thing, sliming the place up. Seeing the ridiculous lore behind the character expanded in-game would also be amazing. Thanks to Gooigi’s ectoplasmic capabilities, he could be a more unique Echo like Chrom instead of a near cut and paste. Still, for the most part, mimicking Luigi’s moves would be fine.
Ms. Pac-Man (Pac-Man)
Ms. Pac-Man is another one that should have been a no-brainer, especially considering Bandai Namco’s role in developing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It would be very fun to give her a unique art style like the one above. Beyond that, have her toss a few different fruits and maybe use a unique Final Smash, and we’re set.
Nintendo probably is not going to increase Mother representation past two characters – if they did, we would have more characters from the series than the west has EarthBound games – but that doesn’t make me want to see Paula in here any less. A few tweaks off of Ness using her EarthBound stats and personality would make her a very fun addition. Make her a little faster, swap the baseball bat for a frying pan, maybe mess around with her PSI moves. Perhaps a “Pray” command that summons a random effect like Hero’s Down B? After all, the Smash Bros. community just loves RNG, right?
Zero (Mega Man)
I’ll confess, I have never been huge on the Mega Man games, but I still feel that Zero could fit in great with the other Echo Fighters. He could be a very fun combination of Mega Man and Mii Swordfighter, showcasing a few different power-ups while rocking the Z-Saber. With the recently-revealed Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection, a simultaneous character release would be lovely, too.
I just really want to see this Pikpik-carrot-obsessed gump bumbling around in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There isn’t much more behind my thought process here.
What other Echoes could await?
While Nintendo has not shown any intention to add more Echo Fighters, I am obviously hoping that we see some in the years to come. Beyond the six characters I discussed today, there are tons of possibilities for quick but effective additions to what is already the best fighting roster ever. However, it is also important to remember just how great we already have it. Even if Super Smash Bros. Ultimate never adds another fighter after the sixth DLC member, it will have been a hell of a run for Sakurai and his team that made reality out of a bunch of our wildest pipe dreams.