As you can see here, these are the characters I am voting for in the Fighter Ballot. I know most of them won't probably make it in, but that will not stop me from voting for them! I'll never give up!
So, what characters am i voting for?
Lip: The protagonist of the SNES puzzle game "Panel De Pon", known as "Tetris Attack" outside of Japan. Lip and her fairy companions were replaced by Yoshi characters outside Japan to appeal more to the western audience. Because of this, Lip along with the original version of the game "Panel De Pon" has become a cult favorite within the western audience. Me especially! The Smash series has had several homages to her ever since Melee, the "Lip's Stick" item which is her signature weapon in her game. Her theme song, which appeared on the PictoChat stage in Brawl and Wrecking Crew stage in Smash 4. So as you can see, she's been referenced a lot in the Smash titles. And i think it's now time to finally make her playable! Smash could do so much to revamp Lip's character and make her popular, much like what happened with Pit in Brawl. As well as Nintendo experimenting with puzzle titles a lot recently like "Pokémon Shuffle" and "Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros Edition". A revival of "Panel De Pon" would only benefit them in this process, and the first step should be to bring Lip to Smash to bring awareness! Do not let this wonderful character and her franchise fade into obscurity, there is simply too much potential from it!
Inkling: With Splatoon coming out on Wii U, the perfect way to promote the game and boost even more possible interest in the new franchise is by promoting the character to Smash. She really has great move set potential as a projectile-based character, the idea of splashing color paint across the stage in battles sounds amazingly fun. I think Inkling could be one of the most fun playable characters if this gimmick is incorporated for her! Make it happen!
Toon Zelda: The Zelda franchise did not get a newcomer in Smash 4, which many are devastated about. Toon Zelda would make a nice, and easy newcomer fix for Zelda. Much like Toon Link is to Link, Toon Zelda is a lighter and quicker version of Zelda. Wind Waker is such a big fan favorite in the series, i'd love to see it get more representation. Toon Zelda would make a fun, and as well easy route to a Zelda newcomer.
Roy: Ever since Melee, Roy has been a cult favorite among many. So much in fact he was even brought back in Project M! It's very clear many want Roy back, and for obvious reasons. The main argument against him is that he's a Marth clone, and we already got Lucina for that. Let me just tell you right now, you're wrong. In Melee, Roy was the same as Marth in concept, but every different in execution. His fiery gimmick distinguished him a lot from Marth, they both had very different meta games, frames and hitboxes. Lucina is much closer to being a completely Marth clone than Roy ever was, when Lucina was first announced many of us Roy fans were excited. Because we thought she was going to bring back Roy's playstyle from Melee. However, it turns out this wasn't the case. And because of this, we really want to see Roy back in action. He doesn't even need to have the same moves as Marth anymore, the main reason he was a clone of Marth in the first place was because his own game had yet not been released when Melee came out, so he had little to go on. Now however, he has a lot to go off of. Give Roy his own unique attacks and animations from his game of origin!
Pichu: In Melee, Pichu was a clone of Pikachu. His main gimmick was that he did self damage, because of this he was deemed a bad character by many. This was mainly due to the poor execution of the gimmick, as it can potentially be reworked and actually make him a competitively viable character while still holding the joke character status. Pichu is the joke character Smash Bros needs, he's adorable, and he is loved within the casual crowd because of how cute he is. A crowd that Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U is being marketed to, as well the competitive crowd. He's an incredibly easy character to incorporate to the game. Pikachu's base moveset already exists for Pichu to borrow assets from, out of all the previous veterans, Pichu is by far the easiest one to incorporate in with no risks. He'd bring back representation for Generation II. Of course, there are many other Pokémon that would represent Generation II better than Pichu, but they would have to be created completely from scratch, and cost a lot more effort for developing. Where as Pichu would not. He's a shortcut for an increase in the roster quantity. The very reason Dr. Mario, Lucina and Dark Pit were promoted to separate characters in the development of the game, was because they hardly required any man hours of work to do so. They were skins, and became seperate individual characters for the sole purpose of increasing the roster quantity. “This is like a free dessert after a luxurious meal that was prepared free of charge." - Sakurai. Pichu would be the exact same type of free dessert. His cuteness. This alone makes him a worthy addition to the roster. Come on, look at how adorable he is! How can you say no to him?!
Krystal: She has so much potential for a unique move set with her magic staff. She'd even be the very first StarFox character who ISN'T a clone of Fox. She'd be much more different from him than Falco and even Wolf. Instead of being a projectile-based character like the other StarFox guys, she'd be a melee-based fighter with magic abilities with her magic wand. She's been a fan favorite of the series ever since StarFox Adventures on the GameCube. She deserves a shot.
Bomberman: This character is so iconic, and is just perfect for Smash! I'm honestly shocked he hasn't even been considered yet at this point, he has the structure needed for a possible fun playable character. A great zoning character with his bomb abilities he would be! As iconic he is already, he really deserves to be playable in Smash.
Marina Liteyears: Coming from a hidden gem on the Nintendo 64, she would make a very interesting character for Smash! Her hovering abilities from her game she'd work great as a hovering character in Smash much like R.O.B. With her mech suit, the possible ideas for moves are endless. She'd be a very great exposure to people who have yet not heard about her awesome game.
Black Shadow: For too long the Smash series has gone without a F-Zero newcomer. It is now time for Black Shadow to join the battle, he's the perfect candidate for a F-Zero newcomer. I would've actually preferred if he received Ganondorf's current move set, as he makes a lot more sense as a Captain Falcon clone than Ganondorf does. Give Ganondorf his own canonical move set and give his current move set to Black Shadow! F-Zero needs more love, especially in Smash. Captain Falcon has gone on long enough alone, time to bring in the bull!
Simon Belmont: Now with Snake out of the roster, it's time to bring in the character who has been with Nintendo ever since the NES! Simon has a very long and rich history with Nintendo, and he is very iconic among many gamers. His signature whip weapon leads open possibilities for so many unique move sets, the ideas are endless. This guy is just meant for Smash, i honestly think he deserves to be in Smash a lot more than Snake does. For being with Nintendo for so long.
Ashley Mizuki: I'm gonna be honest, i've never played her game. But just from having seen it, i can already tell she'd make a very interesting playable character for Smash. It'd be a great way to introduce more people to Another Code too, and possible make it a once again ongoing series? I'm definitely interested, and i think many others will too if they get to know this character. And Smash is just the game for that.
Donbe & Hikari: This duo has caught my attention ever since i stumbled across their trophy in Melee, i then learned more about them and what game they are from. I really think they'd make a great Ice Climbers-like duo character! But i am aware of the 3DS limitations, so if that isn't possible. Then i'd like to see them as a solo fighter, 4 skins of Donbe and 4 skins of Hikari. Hikari even appeared in Captain Rainbow! So the relevancy is there too.
Ice Climbers: They are a 2-time veteran, appearing in both Melee and Brawl. So me and many others are extremely upset about their loss in Smash 4, especially because they only didn't make it in because of 3DS limitations. I think with the correct alternations to the duo they can get them working on 3DS, if not, then i honestly want to see them come back as a Solo Climber. The move set could just be altered slightly but still keep the spirit of their duo move set, so they are viable as a solo character I'd rather have that than not have them at all, they've been in Smash since Melee, they're a standard character by now. Sakurai said it himself, he had them up and running in Wii U and everything, but 3DS prevented them for being in the final game. So i say, make alterations to make them come back in some form. I want my eskimos back!
Captain Rainbow: This wacky character is from a game i'm very interested in, despite the fact it was never released outside Japan. Because of that the game has become a cult favorite, i'd love to see the game finally make it worldwide. And the perfect step to do this is to bring Captain Rainbow to Smash! The whackyness and weirdness of this character already leaves open ideas for a unique move set. I say, this is character that deserves more exposure!