Wait, who is this street brawler?
Urban Champion was a fighting game that had come out for the original NES back in 1986. In the game, an unnamed character (presumably the Urban Champion) battles it out against an unnamed opponent, fighting back with low and high punches. The goal is to knock this opponent into an open manhole, before he does the same to you. Occasionally, watchers might drop a flowerpot onto your head or a cop car might drive by, bringing the fight to a halt. The game has had multiple re-releases, turning up as an e-Reader game and for the Virtual Console on Wii and Wii U. The game was even included among the 3DS Classics series.
So what, he punches? We got Little Mac for that!
Part of the reason why I'd want to see Urban Champion turn up in Smash is that he has a special place in Nintendo's history: namely, that Urban Champion was their first fighting game. While Joy Mech Fight may showcase a fuller feel in terms of fighting games, that title didn't come out until 1993. Urban Champion beat it to the punch with its release. Sure, the gameplay may be simple, but that is a neat bit of history that the title possesses.
Also, there is an approach that could work in expanding Urban Champion beyond just the punches and references to his own game.
Oh, yeah? What do you have in mind?
Before Sakurai settled on Ice Climbers for Melee, there were a whole host of retro characters he was considering. The Excitebike racer, the Balloon Fighter, Bubbles from Clu Clu Land, even Urban Champion. Well, what if there were someone who could represent the whole group? Much like how Duck Hunt was made to reference the Zapper games, I could imagine Urban Champion as a representative of the NES in general. He could possess specials and moves that would allow him to summon characters and items from NES games. I feel that could give Urban Champion much more to offer a playable fighter for Smash, in addition to offering a neat hook to his gameplay.
So, if you're up for seeing Urban Champion get his time to shine, let's discuss the character and just what he could bring to the table.