Wait, so it’s not Smash 4 Deluxe?
Well damn, that changes everything, especially if it’s coming this year.
I’m gonna lay out a few things before I elaborate:
Game Mechanics: I don’t see Nintendo wanting to change anything as far as mechanics go. I would like to see a general nerf to shields in this new title but I suppose smash from now on will be inherently all about spacing, reads, and kill setups rather than combos and gimps at the ledge. Trumping will probably come back and be just as powerful.
Characters: Inklings have been confirmed, and Ice Climbers are very likely because no more software limitations and basically everyone who played smash before 4 wants them back. Shovel Knight is a reasonable candidate for a fighter because he has a lot of ways to create a moveset. Ridley is still too big though. Also I may consider not getting this game if they decide to put time and effort into any more new fire emblem characters.
Stages: Who cares lol. If we’re lucky there will be one new competitive stage. Otherwise it’s just BF, FD, and animal crossing
Customs: Probably coming back. If they’re not absurdly broken like DK’s then they could end up in tournaments.
Also dammit hina I wanted to make this thread
My personal thoughts:
Given the three big shadows in the trailer, either Charizard returns or Ganon gets a Hyrule Warriors/generally bulkier redesign.
BotW Link opens the door to the possibility of the default Zelda skin being BotW Zelda, which is neat.
Honestly, the only cuts I would make to the roster that make any sense is Duck Hunt (thank you, phone, for making me need to fix that from "Fuck Hut"), and collapsing Lucina into Marth as a skin, because I honestly like Sm4sh's roster a lot. Some repetition so that you can jump between characters without issue, but enough sheer variety that the game feels balanced, at least in terms of roster. Given the unofficial "six per emblem" rule, here's the roster as I would like it to be, additions bolded to stand out:
Mario, Luigi, Peach, Rosalina, Bowser, Bowser Jr.
Wario, Waluigi (please, he's the only Italian we don't have in Smash).
DK, Diddy Kong, King K. Rool(not entirely sure here, but at least a gun character would replace Mii Gunner in the short list of fun projectile-based characters in the game)
Marth, Roy, Ike, Robin, Corrin, LITERALLY ANY AXE WIELDER OR MAGE
Amaterasu (We're getting a rerelease, put Best Goddess in Sma5h), Waka (unlikely, but he'd put a unique spin on sword characters beyond "give them a good ground game and a counter, there's a character for you", as a dual-wielding dude who can fly)
Pit, Dark Pit (I actually prefer Dark Pit's more aggressive game with the Electroshock Arm and more powerful, less directionally influenceable arrows), Palutena
Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, Charizard, Greninja, Lucario (while I personally don't like Lucario all that much, he's too popular and too well established to cut now, despite my desire for Decidueye or Sceptile to fill his spot)
Cloud, Terra (FF6 is better, fight me. I also really felt Paine, at least as a Cloud skin, because I actually enjoyed X-2, but that game's not as popular as the 4-6-7-8 juggernauts)
Captain Falcon, ANYONE. GIVE FANS HOPE FOR F-ZERO.
The Legend of Zelda:
Link, Toon Link, Ganondorf, Zelda, Sheik maybe a sixth representative? Not sure on any one character marketable enough to pull it off, despite my desire for a Majora's Mask inspired Young Link, or maybe one of the Guardians in BotW
Kirby, Dedede, Meta Knight
Game & Watch:
Mr. Game & Watch
Samus, Zero Suit Samus, probably a new representative to promote Prime 4
Shulk, someone from Xenoblade 2? Haven't played it yet
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG:
Sonic, Knuckles (his sheer popularity might get him in if nothing else, and a lightweight rushdown character with an air game would be interesting to see if nothing else)
Inkling/Octoling (I see the possibility of boy and girl options for both being costume options)
Street Fighter (the one most likely to be cut):
Ryu (while I'm honestly a fan of the idea of implementing other popular SF characters, being partial to seeing Bison or Juri for some villainous fun, I don't see it happening)
Metal Gear Solid (super wishful thinking):
Solid Snake (please?)
I honestly don't want much in the way of major changes. The roster was already very polished, if a bit oversaturated with pointy metal.
If they cut Duck Hunt but add a fire emblem character I will absolutely not buy this game
Now that I think about it though, decidueye would be an awesome pick. It’s the one design that looks good throughout the evolutionary line, and maybe Nintendo could get sum momentum off of it from Pokken
I’m just realizing now how much I want Bandana Dee and Sandbag as playable characters in this game
But yeah, I’m really hoping they don’t cut any of the roster. With Pokémon Trainer and Snake it had to happen, but again, this is Nintendo’s chance to really make this a good one