- Feb 13, 2010
"Long is the journey to Smash
With many wins and losses
We must learn from both"
The Sensei is a character from the popular yet discontinued online Flash game Club Penguin originally released in 2005. The Sensei would later appear in the game in 2008. He's among one of the most popular characters from the whole franchise, often called a mascot, next to other characters like Rockhopper or Cadence. He's an old penguin, colored gray with large eyebrows and and a white majestic beard.
He's the founder of the Dojo and the master of the card game/martial art known as Card-Jitsu. It was often associated with ninjas, and it had a huge enphasis on old Japanese culture.
Card-Jitsu was a card game on Club Penguin with rock-paper-scissors esque type gameplay. Instead of being just called rock paper scissors, it was 3 elements: Fire, Water and Snow. Besides the main game, there were 3 variations of it, based after each of the three elements.
Among all the minigames that were featured in Club Penguin when it was active, this was one of the most popular.
Club Penguin... In Super Smash Bros?
Yeah. Club Penguin has had a rather unfortunate history in the whole gaming landscape as of late.
Starting out as a rather fun and arguably revolutionary game for Flash games on the Web, on it's last few years it was mistreated, and often mocked online for being too childish and more often than not, it's pay-to-play principle that was implemented after the franchise got into the hands of Disney... But that is a discussion for another day.
So yeah... after the game got shut down in 2017 and was replaced with Club Penguin Island on the same year, the future doesn't look too bright. So I'm not expecting ANY Club Penguin characters to even get a mention in the new Smash Bros. thats coming out this year. Let's not also mention Club Penguin's lack of familiarity in Japan.
Let's not forget to mention that the series is owned by Disney. That could be a huge barrier for a CP character to be included in Smash. But, just like Sora from Kingdom Hearts, CP is not in the same level as Mickey Mouse in terms of popularity. After all, if Sega could put Wreck-it Ralph in their racing game, why not a CP character, heck, why not Sora as well? It wouldn't be necessarily expensive either.
Unless some miracle from God himself happens where Nintendo themselves buy a significant part of the whole Club Penguin IP and starts publishing games for the series, I'm not holding my breath.
This is more of a dream character for me honestly, so let's make another big "what if" here, shall we?
What's Club Penguin's history with Nintendo?
The Club Penguin series had 3 games released exclusively on Nintendo platforms. They've never been officially rereleased either on Nintendo's Virtual Console on Wii U or PC.
2 Nintendo DS games: Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (2008) and Club Penguin: EPF: Herbert's Revenge (2010) were released. They're point and click games similar to the Flash game's PSA Missions.
A Wii game: Club Penguin: Game Day! (2010) was released. It was a 4-player based party game.
All of these games could connect to the Internet to unlock special items into your Club Penguin account, back when the game and the Nintendo Wi-fi Connection were active.
As you can see, Club Penguin had a notable presence on Nintendo platforms, the first DS game sold about 3 million copies while the other games didn't sell as much, but still a respectable amount.
If a Club Penguin character could have a chance in Smash, it would fit in just fine because of it's silly and quirky nature, regardless of who it was. The series fits in with the other wacky series from the big N, if I'm being honest.
Why Sensei out of all the Club Penguin characters?
Club Penguin has a wide cast of characters. Like 5 of them would make unique fighters to represent the series in Smash Bros. The Sensei, being the most fitting for a fight. As a series representative, maybe other mascots might represent the series better, like Rockhopper, but I don't see him as a fighter and more of an Assist Trophy.
The second closest choice for me though, are the puffles, which I'm already planning on making a separate thread for. But how well can you represent a franchise about penguins without an actual penguin, right?
Besides, because of his big and obvious Japanese inspiration, he would be more welcome by Japanese players due to his Ninja and martial art skills, besides being just a cool old penguin.
How would he play in Smash?
Here's the fun part. As a master ninja, he would be a very agile fighter, with quick but effective moves, but being an old penguin would lead him more vulnerable to attacks after making a move because his endlag extends after doing too many moves all at once. His main form of attack would be his trusty staff. A wooden stick with decent attack and fairly long range. He will use it in all of his standard attacks like tilts, aerials and smash attacks. Grabs would rely on his own martial art skills, though.
What would make this guy unique compared to other fighters though, it's his Card-Jitsu.
Here's where his unique mechanics and specials come into play.
He has the ability to change his type of play, based on the element of Card-Jitsu he chooses. Similar to characters like Shulk or Little Mac, his element is displayed on the character portrait on the screen.
The Snow element would be the default (the one chosen automatically when a battle starts), and the balanced element. It has decent speed and decent attack. His specials would be snowball related too.
The Fire element would be the stronger, but slower one with fire based specials. And the Water element would be the weakest, but fastest move, with water based moves like Mario's FLUDD or Greninja's moves.
The Sensei can change between elements with his down special.
Kirby's Copy ability would be Sensei's neutral special, but with all 3 elements shot either at random or at a fixed cycle.
As for Final Smash, maybe the mysterious Card-Jitsu Shadow? Maybe.
In casual play, he would be pretty fun to play because of his move variations and overall coolness of having 3 elements in 1 character. In competitive play, his moves, his speed and all of his move variations would make him one of the most complex characters to develop in Ultimate, due to his options and easy change in priority thanks in part to his Card-Jitsu. If developed enough, he could end up in the higher tiers.
As for alternate palettes/skins, it would be cool to see skins based on his other robes from the other types of Card-Jitsu. Alternate skins for him without his robe would be neat too.
How can I support him?
You can tell you want to support him of course. That's enough for me. If you really want to though, you can come up with a moveset for him. Also alternate colors, stage, music, etc. You can also use the support icon provided below to show your support. More support icons and other misc stuff are welcome too.
Feel free to support him if you want to. As well you're also free to not support him, I will understand.
So is the Sensei, he's a very respectful and wise individual.
Supporters so far:
smash puffle (me)
Llort A. Ton
smash puffle (me)
Llort A. Ton
Thank you for reading and have a nice day!