- Feb 5, 2013
- Thousand Sunny
Many genres are represented in Smash, from shooters like Splatoon to platformers like Mega Man and Super Mario to adventure titles. It's a celebration of gaming, after all. So one would expect there to be a horror representative, or even a survival one, right? Haha, WRONG.
Who is Frank West?
What, you're telling me you've never heard of the one and only Frank West, the photojournalist who uncovered the secrets behind the Willamette Incident? You must be joking. This guy's famous. Frank West is a major character of Capcom's Dead Rising series, and the main protagonist of the first game. He's the face of the franchise, and has represented it in crossovers such as Marvel vs. Capcom and Project x Zone.
Oh, THAT Frank West. Why should he be in Smash?
Well, beyond the fact that's he's covered wars, Frank is a Capcom character, a company which already has it's foot in the door with Ryu and Mega Man. Capcom loves crossovers and promotion for their franchise, and Dead Rising is a highly profitable franchise, spawning three direct sequels and several remakes. While it's not as successful as say, Resident Evil, the franchise has a less-serious tone and would fit in Smash much better.
But Capcom already has two reps, they can't have more!
Show me exactly where Sakurai said that.
Alright, fine. What can Frank do?
Frank's a photojournalist and several time survivor of zombie crises. He may not be the most agile fellow in the world, but his knowledge and experience has given him a wide arsenal of weapons and fighting skills he can use in combat. While he has used firearms before, Frank can turn just about anything into a weapon - such as baseball bats, chainsaws, brooms, garbage cans, shopping carts, and the like. He's also got a wide variety of moves he's honed taking down zombies, such as the Face Crusher, the Double Lariat, and the Knee Drop, just to name a few. Beyond this, as a photojournalist, Frank also has his trusty camera, with a flash so bright it can stun opponents, and such as in the Marvel vs. Capcom games, help him Level Up.
Why Frank over other Capcom or third party characters?
Dead Rising is an incredibly popular franchise, garnering praise for it's survival gameplay and reckless fun. While it doesn't have the Nintendo relevancy that Ace Attorney or Monster Hunter have, it has appeared on Nintendo consoles before - specifically with the remake of the first game, Dead Rising: Chop 'Til You Drop on the Wii (though this was a less-than-perfect port). He's also appeared as a playable character in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars on the Wii and Project x Zone on the 3DS, meaning he's no stranger to crossovers.
That's it for now. I'll add more as I come up with it.