(Dr. Mario, Toad, Bowser Jr., or Geno)
(Dr. Mario, Toad, Bowser Jr., or Geno?)
-Dr. Mario: Represents Nintendo's most successful puzzle series. Also has been in the Smash series at one point (Melee). His moveset could be slightly altered from Mario's, and his Final Smash could be like King Dedede's, except with Viruses (which actually goes against what doctors are supposed to do).
-Toad: As much as an icon to the series as Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser. Was one of the playable characters in Super Mario Bros. 2, was the main character of Wario's Woods, and has been playable in several other Mario games (mainly the sports series and Mario Party). Peach's Toad could have it's color scheme changed to a more pinkish theme.
-Bowser Jr.: The most prominent villain in the recent games besides Bowser. Could be given a Shadow Mario transformation as his Down Special. Moveset could also be taken from Baby Bowser in Yoshi's Island and/or Yoshi's Story, or he could be a semi-clone of Bowser, except smaller, lighter, and weaker (though still with the Shadow Mario transformation)
-Geno: Was one of the most wanted characters for Brawl, appearing high on the popularity list along with King Dedede, Sonic, and others. He is owned by Square-Enix, so he'd count as a Third Party character. He played a very important role in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and had a small cameo appearance in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
King K. Rool
-King K. Rool: An important character in the Donkey Kong series. Would be a heavyweight character, and could have a moveset derived from his King, Captain, and Baron incarnations.
The Legend of Zelda
(Tingle or Vaati)
-Tingle: Like it or not, he's been pretty prominent in the series lately. He even gained his own subseries. Though hated in the West, he's pretty popular in Japan. His moveset could be derived from his games, as well as the Wind Waker Tingle Bombs (used when the GBA is connected to WW).
-Vaati: One of the few recurring characters in the series (due to the way the series is set up). His Final Smash could be a transformation into his Shadow form.
Samus Aran/Zero-Suit Samus
-Dark Samus: I don't know too much about her/it. Her/It's Final Smash could be a transformation into Metroid Prime. I don't know if she/it'd be a Samus clone otherwise.
-Kamek: Was the main antagonist of Yoshi's Island, which was the highlight of Yoshi's gaming history. Though, aside from the different name, he may not be any more different than a generic Magikoopa. Could be given a magic-based moveset, and could use his wand as a primary weapon.
-Krystal: Has been pretty important in the more recent games. The fact that she wasn't in Brawl surprised me. Her moveset could be based off of the Staff from Adventures, and her Final Smash would be (lol) the Landmaster. Though, Wolf's and maybe even Falco's (who "prefers the air") Final Smashes could be changed.
(Mewtwo, Lucario, or 5th Gen rep)
(Mewtwo, Lucario, or 5th Gen rep)
(Mewtwo, Lucario, or 5th Gen rep?)
-Mewtwo: Is one of the most popular Pokemon ever, and was in the series at one point (Melee). His moveset was unique, and all he really needed was a slight buffing from his Melee self.
-Lucario: Mewtwo's removal from Brawl shows that Sakurai isn't above cutting unique characters. No doubt that the only reason Lucario got into Brawl was because of the popularity he gained because of the 8th Pokemon movie. Lucario is in the top 30 most popular Pokemon, while Mewtwo is in the top three. Also, Lucario isn't even that relevant in the Pokemon games. He's not a legendary like many thought he was when the 8th movie came out (Pokemon movies always focus on Legendary Pokemon, except for that one), he's actually just a random Pokemon. Unlike Jigglypuff, who is not only still popular in Japan but has been in the Smash series since its inception, Lucario has a good chance of being cut out in Smash 4 like Mewtwo before him.
-5th Generation Representative: There's no surprise that there will be a 5th generation of Pokemon by the time Smash 4 comes out. The question is how it'd be in the game. Would it take Lucario's place and enter along with Mewtwo's return, or will it take Mewtwo's spot, making the Psychic cat have to wait until Smash 5 to reenter the series? Of course, it's also possible for Pokemon to have 6 representatives.
-Samurai Goroh: Captain Falcon's rival, he has been in the series since its inception. Though one thing working against him is the lack of moveset potential (of course, they could always make one up like they did with Falcon), and that he'd be yet another sword-user.
-Black Shadow: Captain Falcon's enemy. If Ganondorf is uncloned/given a unique moveset, Black Shadow could take Ganondorf's older moveset, and become the slower, yet more powerful, Falcon clone.
(Masked Man? or Ninten???)
-Masked Man: An important character from Mother 3 who is linked to Lucas. He could be a mixture of Pikachu, Lucas/Ness, and Marth (or anyone else with a sword) when it comes to his moveset. Though that may be overrepresentation of Mother 3 (which happened in Brawl). However, the Mother series is finished; the creator himself said that he would never make a Mother 4, and Nintendo can't make a Mother game without him.
-Ninten: The protagonist of the very first Mother game. If Mother were to get three reps in Smash, Ninten could be selected so that Smash would have the main characters of all three Mother games. However, the main thing working against him is the fact that he looks TOO similar to Ness, and that his game is almost 20 years old. If there was ever a time for him to enter the Smash series, that time has passed (Ness' and Lucas' games are more recent, and more well-known now). It's also a possibility that Mother will only have two reps for the remainder of the Smash series, since Mother is done.
(Future FE Lord)
-Roy: A popular character due to the fact that he was playable in Melee (albeit only to advertise his upcoming FE game, Sword of Seals). He could be given a "Luigified" version of Marth's moveset, as well as some long-range fire attacks (in his game, his sword could attack from a distance with fire).
-Future FE Lord: There may be at least three Fire Emblem games released between Brawl and Smash 4 (not counting the upcoming DS remake of Marth's game, Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light). Hopefully, the lord they choose won't be a Sword-user, though given the track record of FE Lords, that doesn't seem likely (the only Lords who did not use swords are Hector, Ephraim, and Micaiah).
-Isaac: Main character of Golden Sun, which was probably one of the most successful RPGs on the GBA, along with it's sequel The Lost Age (though Felix was the protagonist of that game, Issac and his party joined Felix's party near the end of the game). Isaac is very popular, and was actually very demanded to be in Brawl. Though he would also be a sword-user, he could also use his Psynergy abilities for more powerful attacks.
Sin & Punishment
-Saki Amimiya: I don't know much about him, either, but he was apparently demanded in Japan to be in Brawl. His Final Smash could be a transformation to that Ruffian monster I've seen in a video. His weapon is rather unique, doubling as both a blade and a gun, so his moveset could be something new to the series.
(RayMKIII (or whatever model is out by then)?)
-Like Fire Emblem, since Melee the Custom Robo series have gone international, though I don't think it has met the same amount of success that Fire Emblem has. I'd choose Ray01, from Custom Robo on the Gamecube (CR: Battle Revolution in Japan), but that game was apparently the lowest-selling CR game in history in Japan. RayMKIII is from Custom Robo Arena, the most recent CR game which was also released in the West. Though no doubt that there will be a few more CR games in the future. The Ray used in Smash 4 may end up being the Ray from one of those future games instead.
Panel de Pon
-Lip: Panel de Pon is Nintendo's second most popular puzzle series. It was released in the West, though the all female fairy cast of PdP was removed, and instead replaced with Yoshi characters and renamed Tetris Attack. The game resurfaced on the N64 as Pokemon Puzzle League a few years later, and on the Game Boy Color as Pokemon Puzzle Challenge. Since then, it has been known as Puzzle League in the West. The series is somewhat popular in the West, and Lip is the perfect way to represent it, though she IS relatively unknown in the US. Also, her inclusion would also most likely mean the removal of the Lip's Stick item (since it was her primary weapon in Panel de Pon).
-Balloon Fighter: According to Sakurai, Balloon Fighter was actually supposed to be in Melee instead of the Ice Climbers. The Ice Climbers probably made the cut instead because of the unique way they'd play. Balloon Fight was one of the first console simutaneous 2-player game, and it's a pretty significant game in Nintendo's history. However, I cannot even begin to think of a moveset for the Balloon Fighter. That may be another reason why he did not make it into Melee. Also, the balloons that are attached to him could pose problems.
Nazo no Murasamejo
-Nazo no Murasamejo (which was only released in Japan) is said to be Sakurai's favorite series, and the fact that Takamaru isn't even in Brawl as an Assist Trophy is surprising. Yes, Takamaru is a sword-user, but he would be the series' first samurai. Plus, after watching a video of someone going through the game, he has great moveset potential.
Game & Watch
Mr. Game & Watch
-Diskun: Diskun would be Smash 4's "WTF?!" character, much like Mr. Game & Watch and R.O.B. before it. However, it has several problems. One, it is only known in Japan as the mascot of Nintendo of Japan's now defunct Famicom Disk Trade-In Service (or whatever it was called). Two, I don't think it has ever appeared in a game. Finally, three, I don't think it can even move, let alone fight.
Sonic the Hedgehog [Sega]
Solid Snake [Konami]
(Bomberman?) [Hudson Soft]
(Pac-Man, Lloyd Irving, or Siegfried Schafhausen/Nightmare?) [Namco]
(Geno, Cecil, or Crono?) [Square-Enix]
-Megaman: Capcom's representative. Became big on the NES, and he is still somewhat of a gaming icon. He is almost as much of a classic as Mario and Sonic are, and his absence from Brawl came as a shock to many fans. He is probably one of the most worthy Third-Party characters to be in Smash. Actually, I think he's more worthy than Snake.
-Bomberman: Hudson Soft's representative. I don't know much about Bomberman, and the impact the series has had for Nintendo. However, Hudson is responsible for developing the Mario Party games. Bomberman's inclusion could be a kind of "Thanks" to Hudson for creating the successful line of party games.
-Pac-Man: Namco's representative. Pac-Man is a gaming icon. In fact, among the casual crowd and non-gamers, he is probably one of the most well-known gaming characters, that other character being Mario. However, I can't think of a good moveset for him. Hell, Pac-man wasn't even included in Namco's own crossover Fighting RPG game NamcoxCapcom. When you're the mascot of a company that won't even include you in a crossover game, you know something's wrong.
-Lloyd Irving: Namco's representative. The main character of Tales of Symphonia, and he also has an important role in the upcoming ToS: Dawn of a New World (or Knight of Ratatosk if you're in Japan). Tales of Symphonia, which was a Gamecube exclusive in North America (despite being released on both the Gamecube and PS2 in Japan) was the highest selling Tales game in North America, and the game no doubt helped establish a rather large fanbase on the continent. Lloyd is yet another sword fighter, but he fights with two swords. Plus, since he's from an RPG, he has tons of moveset potential. However, while it IS easier to create a moveset for him than it is for Pac-Man, Lloyd is nowhere near as popular as Pac-Man. Plus, I hear that Symphonia was among the lowest selling Tales games in Japan.
-Siegfried Schafhausen/Nightmare: Namco's representative. He comes from the Soul Calibur series. No doubt that Soul Calibur is more popular than Tales in the West, and not only that, but the Gamecube version of Soul Calibur 2 had Link in it, so including a SC character in Smash would be Nintendo returning the favor. Siegfried/Nightmare is one of the most prominent characters in the Soul Calibur series. With all of that armor he wears, and that very large sword he carries, he'd no doubt be one of the heaviest and slowest characters in the series. Though a moveset for him would be somewhat difficult.
-Cecil: Square-Enix's representative. He is the main character of Final Fantasy 4 (FF2 on the SNES), and represents a time where Nintendo and Square had a very close relationship. Either he or Geno could represent Square, though I think Nintendo would want to go with Geno since he is a Mario character. Either one is far more suited than Cloud Strife. Cloud may be the most popular (albeit overrated) character from Final Fantasy, but aside from a small cameo in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, he had not appeared on a Nintendo console, and it doesn't seem like that will happen anytime soon. So Cloud's chances of getting into a Smash game are almost nonexistant. Cecil is the next best character to represent both Final Fantasy and Square-Enix in Smash.
-Crono: Square-Enix's representative. He is the main character of the SNES game Chrono Trigger. He is yet another sword user, but his game has a bit of a following. Some even call it superior to Square's flagship Final Fantasy series. Though Chrono Trigger isn't as well-known as Final Fantasy. Some have not even heard of the game. Because of this, Crono's chances of getting into Smash 4 are pretty low. Though you gotta admit, they're higher than Cloud's chances.