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IGN’s Smash It Up! Volume 1

IGN recently started a Brawl feature in which they will make educated Brawl character predictions called Smash It Up!

Their first installment was 3rd party characters, and I have to say, I would not only enjoy any of these a good amount (except Pac-Man whom I could care less for), I feel that they would make a lot of sense given the evidence.

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Bomberman


First Appearance: Bomberman, NES, 1987
Crossed Over: Wario Blast, Game Boy, 1994

Nintendo and Hudson have been buddies for years. The companies are partners, both in the creation of new titles and redistribution of old ones – Hudson’s still in charge of developing the Mario Party series after eight installments (the new), and the volume of classic Hudson TurboGrafx titles hitting the Wii’s Virtual Console is nearly overflowing (the old). Given their close relationship, then, it’s not much of a stretch to consider that one of Hudson’s main mascots might join the Smash Bros. brawl – like Bomberman. Back in 1994, the white-helmeted hero crossed paths with the Big N’s greedy anti-Mario in Wario Blast for the original Game Boy. It was a classic Bomberman game design, with grid-based mazes, power-ups and lots of explosions, and it was a popular multiplayer choice for gamers of the day – as Smash Bros. is now. The B-Man could work well in the frantic fights of Brawl, hurling his signature explosives, and he’s already appeared on Wii in Bomberman Land (though only in Japan). Perhaps he’ll make the cut, and perhaps he’ll rekindle his rivalry with Wario, who’s already confirmed as a new coming fighter.

Pac-Man


First Appearance: Pac-Man, Arcade, 1980
Crossed Over: Pac-Man vs., GameCube, 2003

“Pac-Man got the fruit!” Though not a visible cross-over, Pac-Man was joined by the narrating voice of Mario in 2003, for the Nintendo-Namco partner project Pac-Man vs. Two years later, though, the characters rubbed elbows much more closely, as the big yellow Dot Eater joined the cast of Karters in the Namco-developed Mario Kart Arcade GP coin-op cabinet. The direct interaction between Pac-Man and the characters of Nintendo’s Mushroom Kingdom is probably the closest substitute for a playable Smash Bros. appearance that any other third-party character has enjoyed so far, and combined with Pac-Man’s iconic status as a gaming legend, his inclusion looks like a strong and desirable possibility. Grudge matches between him and Donkey Kong, settling the old-school arcade score once and for all? Sign us up.

Ivy


First Appearance: Soul Calibur, Arcade, 1998
Crossed Over: Soul Calibur II, GameCube, 2003

The soul of Hyrule’s legendary hero burned for combat in 2003, as Nintendo’s elfin mascot Link joined the cast of playable fighters in Namco’s Soul Calibur II. Could a reverse-cross be a possibility? Namco donating one Soul Calibur cast member to Smash Bros. seems like equitable exchange for Link’s cameo years ago. Ivy’s just a suggestion, then – if one Soul warrior makes the jump, why not make it someone with a totally unique fighting style, and why not choose a female? Ivy’s skimpy outfit and ample assets may be a bit too extreme for Brawl, though, and Nintendo likely wouldn’t want to defeat the appeal of newcomer Zero Suit Samus – so we’ll keep this one as a maybe.

Black Mage


First Appearance: Final Fantasy, NES, 1990
Crossed Over: Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Nintendo DS, 2006

So Hudson likes Nintendo, and so does Namco – but don’t leave Square Enix out of the loop. The company most known for its RPG series recently stretched its design skills by developing the portable sports title Mario Hoops 3-on-3 for the Big N. The usual cast of characters was included, with Luigi dribbling against Bowser, Princess Peach taking on Toad – but hidden away as unlockable ballers were some classic Final Fantasy favorites. The Black Mage isn’t that distinctive of an individual character (outside of the webcomic 8-bit Theater), but his focus on sorcery could make him an appealing brawler. Or Square could offer a fighter from its even more notable Dragon Quest series – how about fighting against Nintendo’s pink blob Kirby with Square’s famous blue blob, the Slime?

Sonic the Hedgehog


First Appearance: Sonic the Hedgehog, Genesis, 1991
Crossed Over: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Wii, 2007

And, of course, we must end with the clear and obvious selection. The fans are clamoring for Sonic to become a Smash Brother, and have been ever since the release of the previous game, Melee, back in 2001. The rivalry between Sega’s Sonic and Nintendo’s Mario is an epic one, and no one living in the early ’90s would have ever guessed that the two characters would one day work together. But Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games will see the two going head-to-head in the same game for the very first time, and that one confirmed cross-over is more than enough to fuel months’ worth of speculation about the possibility of another. We’d be shocked and amazed if Sonic didn’t appear in Brawl – call this one a near-guarantee.

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Yea, definitely agree with pretty much everything they’ve said. Aside from Sonic, I’m intrigued at the potential for a Soul Calibur character to come in, Ivy would be a very good choice, too, due to her totally unique fighting style. Pac-Man I just can’t see, myself, but, eh, what the hell.

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