- Jun 5, 2018
Bill Rizer nukes up the competition!
You mean Arnold Schwarzenegger, right?
No (although, that’s who the character was heavily based on), this is Bill Rizer, one of the two main protagonists of the Contra series, along with fellow commando and brother-in-arms, Lance Bean.
In his series, he is one of the most renowned members of the "Contra" task force —an elite group of soldiers specializing in guerrilla warfare— and considered one of the greatest soldiers that ever lived.
Both combatants alone are known for repeling numerous invasion attempts on Earth by extraterrestrial forces, mainly carried on by the evil Red falcon army, and are known as heroes worldwide after successfully defeating them completely during the Alien Wars.
Why would he go to Smash Brothers, considering that there are already three Konami characters in the roster?
Bill Rizer is a very popular character amongst Retro fans, and he comes from Contra, one of the most iconic and memorable franchises of the arcade/NES era, that popularized the run’n’gun genre, and even gave birth to the legendary Konami code.
The series also has a really healthy history with Nintendo, and would arguably be the last of the great NES classics to have a character in the roster (that is, after Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, who has a good chance at being the next DLC character).
What exactly would he do?
Finally some action! His main tool would obviously be his rifle(s), and his moveset could be based around various powerups from the series, such as the lazer gun, the fire gun, machine gun, crush gun, and last but not least, the spread gun, which would allow you to fire multiple projectiles per shot, that could maybe be his final smash.
I know that there’s been a bit of a controversy around the inclusion of guns in Smash, over the years, but with characters like Bayonetta and specially Joker, that’s probably been extincted.