- Dec 20, 2016
Who is Blastoise?
Blastoise originates from the Pokemon series. He is the fully evolved form of one of the starter Pokemon in Red and Blue, as well as Red and Green in Japan, known as Squirtle. His Pokedex entry states:
A brutal POKéMON with pressurized water jets on its shell. They are used for high speed tackles.
Blastoise, as with all Pokemon, never was removed in any Pokemon game. He is considered to be OU, or OverUsed, in Generation 6.
Blastoise was an assist trophy in Smash 64 and Melee. His cannons were used to push characters off the stage. He is considered by many to be one of the strongest Pokeball Pokemon of smash 64, as well as Melee. His first evolution, Squirtle, was in Brawl as part of the Pokemon Trainer.
Arguments For Blastoise
Blastoise is arguably the most treasured starter of Generation 1. He has been reintroduced in X and Y, where he has a mega evolution as well. Many fans miss the departure of Squirtle and Blastoise would be a great spiruatal sucessor for those missing out.
In addition, he is a heavy character. In Smash 4, heavys are few and far between. And when they are pointed out, they are very commonly bottom tier. Blastoise would make the competitive roster more diverse.
Arguments Against Blastoise
"Really? Another water type?"
I don't really see how being a water type is an issue. I would be upset if he was a clone of Greninja, but I don't really see that happen. Introspective noted that swordfighters also take up almost 1/4 of the roster. Would it be an issue if 1/26 of the cast was a waterbender.
"We have Generation 1 represented well enough with Charizard."
Blastoise can be obtained natrually in X and Y, is one of the few wielders of Mega Evolution, and appears in the final fight against Red in Sun and Moon (And let's face it, you all chose Red), and the fight in Gold, Silver, Crystal, HG, and SS. Blastoise is intended to be a legacy left to remain in all Generations.
"We don't need any more Pokemon."
There is data in Brawl's files, explained by RelaxAlax, that notes that there are at least two Pokemon that have reserved slots from Brawl onwards. Sakurai clearly wants this series to be represented like Mario and FE.
Neutral B: Hydro Pump
Up B: Rapid Spin
Down B: Earthquake
Side B: Ice Beam
Fsmash: Skull Bash
Final Smash: Mega Blastoise