Do Multi-Platform characters have a place in Smash?


Smash Apprentice
Jun 7, 2015
So I have a potentially unpopular opinion here that Multi-platform characters shouldn't be in Smash, unless they are icon characters from gaming history. For instance, Pac-Man has featured on just about every computer ever made, but he's so icon that I believe his inclusion is justified. The same goes for MegaMan and Cloud. However, people like the Dragonborn (Skyrim), Sans (Undertale), Yooka Laylee, and perhaps most controversially, Shovel Knight, should not be in the game I feel. By all means, include them as Trophies, but past that I don't think they should feature.

Crash and Doomguy I'm a bit on the fence about. They are pretty iconic, but I'm not sure if they're iconic enough.

I'm interested to see what others think though, and this is just one persons opinion anyway.

EDIT: Just to be clear, I'm not against Third Party Characters at all (it'd be a bit hypocritical if I was), but I am against Third Party characters that aren't 'classic' or linked directly to Nintendo.
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Velvet Rebirth

Smash Apprentice
Mar 11, 2018
The Velvet Room
I'm not sure why you would think that. We have enough rules limiting Smash as is, this one just doesn't seem to make sense to me.

Furthermore, it would not be worth it to go to the trouble of getting these third party characters just to make them trophies.
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Smash Champion
Feb 16, 2014
I love third party characters.
I hate when they get cut.
Due to inherit legal complications to acquiring the permission and rights etc.
I'm always a little hesitant and reluctant of their inclusion.

I would be sad to see third party characters go, but I'd also take a little bit of comfort seeing Nintendo/ Smash bring everything in house again.
Mar 24, 2014
Miami, NYC
Switch FC
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I don't think of this as making up rules.
I feel the original poster is just explaining what makes sense to him.
Ultimately, each of us has a personal sense of aesthetic in what fits and what doesnt fit in the roster,
and that tends to be more prominent than any other factor in how we post (because likelihood isnt a thing, a character is in, or they are not. It is very black and white, even characters that are cut, which then fall into both categories at different points in time).

That said, I also agree with this idea. It isnt an arbitrary rule at all, its not even a rule. It just seems odd to me that a character which means nothing to Nintendo, and has not made a particular mark in the entirety of the industry, would get in.
The most important thing is not to get big characters just to have big characters- if that were the case, we would have Mickey Mouse, Goku, and Trump.


Smash Journeyman
Mar 17, 2018
I don't have an issue with multi-platform characters! It broadens the potential character options quite a bit, and lets people support characters like Joker from Persona 5 and Solaire from Dark Souls. I think that's pretty great! It's just more excitement.

That said, you did name a few specific characters in the opening post - Dragonborn from Skyrim, Sans from Undertale, Yooka-Laylee, Shovel Knight, Crash Bandicoot, and the protagonist of Doom. A few of these I'm fine with - Dragonborn, Crash Bandicoot, and Doomguy, while not characters I'm personally hoping for, would be exciting inclusions for many people, and I think they're fine to include (besides Doomguy coming from source material potentially too violent for Smash :p ). On the other hand, Sans and Shovel Knight are characters I'd prefer not to include. Not because they're third-party or multi-platform, but because they're indie characters. I know there's mixed opinions on this, but I personally think that indie characters should be trophies at most (like how Commander Video was in Smash 4!) Not that I don't support indie games or their developers, but Smash has always been a Nintendo cross-over, first and foremost. Third-party characters are a fun way to mix things up, but I think indie characters would be taking it a little too far. Yooka-Laylee I'm a bit mixed on, because while they technically are an indie character, they're made by most of the original team behind Banjo-Kazooie, so including them could be a cool way to call back to their N64 days.
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