Fighter Ballot

Which character who is not playable in Smash do you think placed the highest on the fighter ballot?

  • Bandana Dee

    Votes: 6 16.7%
  • Banjo & Kazooie

    Votes: 15 41.7%
  • Bomberman

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Captain Toad

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Chibi-Robo

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Chorus Kids

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Chun Li

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Crash Bandicoot

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Dixie Kong

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Dr. Eggman

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Elma

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Geno

    Votes: 2 5.6%
  • Impa

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Isaac

    Votes: 3 8.3%
  • Karate Joe

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Krystal

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Knuckles

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Lyn

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Magolor

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Marx

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Medusa

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Paper Mario

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Rayman

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Ray MK II

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sceptiple

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Shadow

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Shantae

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Shovel Knight

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Skull Kid

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sora

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Steve

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Tails

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Tetra

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Waluigi

    Votes: 2 5.6%
  • Zero

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Zoroark

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 1 2.8%

  • Total voters
    36

letsgetsmashing

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#1
Super Smash Bros Ultimate's release date is just around the corner, and I couldn't be more excited. This time around, we are getting quite a few heavily requested characters such as Inkling, King K. Rool, Ridley, and Simon Belmont. While some of these were shoe ins, it's likely many were picked due to their success on the ballot. But as I was thinking about the ballot the other day, I realized we still have not been able to see the results. To be honest, we will probably never will, as fans would likely be mad to see certain characters who placed high still be ignored by Nintendo while others who placed lower got in. As I got to thinking about it more, this led me to wondering who on the ballot placed the highest and did not make it into the game. Was it a first party mascot like Dixie Kong? Or an original IP character like Isaac? Maybe a nostalgic 3rd party like Banjo? Or even an indie character like Shovel Knight or Shantae? So, I thought it would be really cool to make a poll and post it on Smashboards, because usually when I have a question, this community gives me a good answer, or at least something to look into.

Here's a few ground rules and tips
1. Character must have been around before the ballot began (Example: No Spring Man, Decidueye, Rex & Pyra...)
2. Character must have originated in a video game (Example: No Shrek, Mickey Mouse, SpongeBob....)
3. Character must have been popular during the time of the ballot; the Smash community has changed a lot in a couple of years, so try to remember who was popular then as opposed to now (Example: Captain Toad had a much bigger presence in the community then compared to Skull Kid, who has a bigger presence now)
4. Character must be who you think got the most votes, not who you wanted the most (Example: Excitebiker or Mach Rider, both characters I would love to see, probably didn't get a high number of votes)

So, make sure you vote in the poll, but also leave a comment below saying who you picked and why. And tell me, if you picked other, who did you pick? Also, I tried to include as many somewhat big names in the community as possible, but I likely forgot to include one or two fan favorites. So instead of commenting why I didn't include them, select other and comment below who you picked. Thanks :)
 

letsgetsmashing

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#7
First party, I'd say Bandana Dee. He's extremely popular in Japan, probably moreso than King K. Rool and Ridley there, and has decent popularity globally as well. Third party is definitely Banjo & Kazooie. While Shovel Knight and Shantae are more relevant, there's still a huge part of the Smash community that doesn't play indies but grew up playing Banjo & Kazooie and it's sequel. As far as Waluigi goes, I don't think he got as many votes if he would've if he hadn't been an assist trophy. Many people thought the ballot would be used for Smash 4, so they likely didn't vote for characters already represented in the game in some way.
 

Mariomaniac45213

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#9
Probably a toss up between Dee and Banjo but not that it matters all that much at this point now. I feel the Ballot has ran it's course. MAYBE Nintendo will look at the Ballot for feasible DLC options but part of me doubts it and I feel Nintendo will be going the 3rd party that's relevant to Nintendo at the moment route or advertisements for their upcoming titles route.
 
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#11
Honestly couldn't even begin to guess. Since we thought the Fighter Ballot was for Smash 4 and not a new game, people were voting for characters they thought had a chance. Banjo is obviously the frontrunner now, but during the Smash Ballot, the relationship between Microsoft and Nintendo wasn't as good as it is now, and we didn't have K. Rool here making rare fans a lot more confident.

Waluigi and Ashley have their fans, but they were already assist trophies at that point.

I wasted my own vote on Toad, thinking I couldn't vote for Ridley.

I guess if I had to hazard a guess, Geno, Bandana Waddle Dee and Isaac seem to be the most likely ballot winners that aren't playable in Ultimate, but that's only a guess.
 
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#12
The ballot results are pretty subjective to begin with since most of today's ballots take place on individual websites/forums, and Nintendo hasn't conducted one of their own ballots in years.
 
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