With Nintendo’s E3 conference right around the corner and speculation abound, we thought it would be high time to get in on the action and make some roster predictions of our own. Four Smashboards writers, both current and former, were asked to look at the characters they think are most likely and make a case for the one they want the most.
Editor-in-Chief | @ScribeAwoken
In terms of likely picks to make it into the new Smash game, my most wanted character would most likely be Bandana Dee, which is kinda odd coming from me, since I've never actually played more than a few minutes of any of the games he's in - I just love the character designs in the Kirby series and hope the series gets another rep.
As for why I think he's likely, the Kirby series has been going through something of a renaissance for the past few years. He's appeared in every Kirby game since Kirby Super Star Ultra, making him not only one of the few truly recurring characters in the series, but a major part of modern Kirby games. It doesn't hurt that Kirby Star Allies came out the same month that Smash for Switch was announced, meaning there's a new game to cross-promote.
Content Manager | @Thirdkoopa
King K. Rool is my most likely pick as a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. While he isn’t the most relevant character nowadays, he did have a Mii costume, and thanks to the fighter ballots, it’s hard not to see the developers know about his popularity. A third Donkey Kong character has been due for a long time, even without considering the unused files from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. What strikes out to me the most about his character is that, similar to Smash 3DS/Wii U newcomer picks like Greninja and Rosalina, he’s so unique – Nintendo doesn’t have a single other character like him. Nintendo held onto the kremlings even after Microsoft bought Rare, and now I think it’s time to put them to good use.
Editor | @emaleigh_o
I think I have to go with Decidueye as my likely pick. Full disclosure: I’ve not actually played any Pokémon games past the third gen. Regardless, I think it’d be great for the final evolution of a grass-type starter to join Charizard and Greninja on the roster. It makes sense, especially since they always add a relatively recently released Pokémon the each new Smash game. Additionally, I think it’s likely the devs will choose a new Pokémon from Sun and Moon. They’ve already added Decidueye to the Pokkén Tournament roster for Switch, so why not Smash too? I just really love its aesthetic. It’s definitely the starter I’d choose if I were to play Sun or Moon, and it seems like it’d be fun to play as with Smash mechanics.
Contributor | @NovaVsz
Decidueye is my most likely pick to be added to the roster, completing the trio of starter Pokemon evolutions. Sakurai always prioritizes original moveset ideas when creating new characters, and Decidueye offers a lot of flexibility. His moveset in Pokken used his wings and talons when attacking, along with a series of arrow based attacks, which would provide plenty of inspiration for Decidueye’s moves in Smash. As for specials, his signature move Spirit Shackle can be a decent neutral special, while moves like Leaf Blade, Brave Bird and Sucker punch could be decent choices for his side, up and down specials. With all of that, I think it would be a really fun character to play if he somehow gets added.
Former Contributor | @HangmanXII
Author's note: Out of the characters you think are likely for the new Smash, which ones do you want the most? Let us know in the comments below. And don't forget to check out some of our discussion threads for Smash for Switch at E3.This is gonna sound crazy, but I honestly think Labo Man or whatever they’d wanna call the little cardboard cutout guy would be a great addition to Smash. He’s got a lot of moveset potential thanks to the different cardboard toys from the Labo kits, and he could probably incorporate the Joy-Cons into his moveset as well.
I know he sounds absurd, but Smash has a history of having characters that represent Nintendo’s hardware - Melee had Mr. Game & Watch, Brawl had R.O.B. and if you wanna stretch things a bit, Smash 3DS/Wii U had the Wii Fit Trainer. Nintendo seems interested in promoting the Labo, plus none of Nintendo's other platforms have any other peripheral or hardware feature you can really derive a character with a moveset from.