Who Is The Final Smash Fighter Going To Be?
During E3 2021, the second to last Smash fighter was revealed. As the camera followed a deceased Ganondorf being carried by an anonymous figure across a rocky path and Link’s nemesis is hurled from its peak, it was clear that whoever had taken his life was a being of almost unlimited power. As Ganon falls, the fighter is revealed… it’s Kazuya from Tekken. Okay.
There’s no doubt that Kazuya is a good fit for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Tekken is a classic fighting series that was just waiting to be added to the roster in some form, and is more than deserving - but with only two slots left until Ultimate is finished with its roster forever, fans expected something more. More iconic, more mind-blowing, more… Smash, to be honest. The sheer electric energy around that surrounded the debut of Minecraft’s Steve or Banjo-Kazooie just weren’t here for Kazuya. So that means the last fighter needs to knock it out of the park.
It needs to be a character that can tide fans in the way of excitement until the next Smash title, which isn’t expected to arrive until at least after the cycle of the Nintendo Switch. So - who exactly could this fighter be? We here in the GGRecon offices have been talking - and here are our picks for who we want the final fighter to be.
Elliot Gray, Social Video Creative: The manic marsupial has been a long-rumoured addition to the Smash Bros. roster, but we’ve yet to see Crash spin his way into the fight.
To be fair, he fits the bill of your classic Smash character. A console mascot and a video game icon with more than 20 years of experience in taking down the big bads of the world, Crash would be a Smash hit.
His spin move and body slam are perfect for the melee madness of Smash, and his Wumpa Bazooka is a beast of a ranged attack. Add his jetpack for recovery, and Crash is the perfect final Smash candidate.
Jonesy - Fortnite
Katey Roberts, Social & Trending Lead: Jonesy is a Fortnite staple. Having started out in ‘Save The World’, to claw his way into the battle royale mode with multiple monikers, the Jonesy character has outshone the other 7 default skins to become part of the game’s history.
It's easy to think with all the crossovers Epic Games has had in their own game that they’d also eventually lend out their own signature guy to competing games, so why would Super Smash Bros not be top of their list? After all, the ever-changing character wouldn’t seem out of place in Nintendo’s brawler, he has the brawn, the heroic stance and the plethora of witty quips.
Ratchet & Clank
Joseph Kime, Trending News Journalist: In the wake of Rift Apart, there’s truly no better time to introduce the Lombax and his metal mate. They fit the bill as a gaming icon (they’re pretty cute, too) and have been in the industry for a while now, paving the way for platformers and action games on the PlayStation. Their move-set is practically already written, and they’d join the roster’s great array of double-acts with no resistance whatsoever.
Bonking Bowser with Ratchet’s OmniWrench sounds like incredible fun, and there’s no reason not to include the newly-introduced Rivet and Kit as a skin swap or echo fighter either. If anyone fits the bill of gaming mascots perfectly, it’s Ratchet and Clank.
Doomguy - DOOM
Joseph Kime, Trending News Journalist: His presence in gaming might be a bit more viscera-sprayed than the rest of the Smash roster, but Doomguy has earned his spot in the game. DOOM Eternal was a huge deal, revamping the whole DOOM series for a new audience, including those on the Switch.
His movement capabilities and huge wheel of weapons make him a great Smash fighter, and while he represents gaming’s ultra-violence, he also represents an era of gaming that is in need of some Smash love. Rip and tear (through Mario) until it is done.
B.J Blazkowicz - Wolfenstein
Tom Chapman, Senior Trending News Journalist: Kicking Nazi butt is one thing, but how about taking on a whole roster of gaming giants? Stepping up to the plate is Wolfenstein’s B.J. Blazkowicz. While there are continued calls for Doomguy to join the party, we think he’s a little too similar to Samus. If you want someone else from id Software’s back catalogue, Blazkowicz can blast his way into any event.
First appearing in 1992’s Wolfenstein 3D, Blazkowicz has continued to evolve into a complex video game hero. He’s no longer a pixilated grunt with as much depth as his 2D model. With MachineGames charting a new era of Wolfenstein since 2014, our love for B.J. has continued to grow. Hitler’s worst nightmare could definitely shoot up a storm in Smash.
LeChuck - The Secret of Monkey Island
Mel Ramsay, Head of Content: As much as I would love it to happen, I'm realistic that the series hasn't had a new game since 2010 - so it's pretty unlikely. However, with Sea of Thieves including a cheeky little Monkey Island Easter Egg in its recent Pirates of the Caribbean crossover, it's not completely out of the realm of possibility. When it comes to his Special Attack, that beard of fire would be incredible.
Tracer & Lucio - Overwatch
Joseph Kime, Trending News Journalist: Overwatch is probably the easiest connection to forge between Blizzard and Nintendo, and the list of fighters that could make the jump is long. Tracer or Lucio are probably the most likely among the heroes, with incredible movement, diverse abilities, and the chance to zip past enemies and boop them to oblivion.
Tracer is an icon of team-based shooters and Lucio’s playstyle is riveting, so for an injection of quick-fire madness, these two are the best choices to make the jump from Blizzard’s best achievement.
Lady Dimitrescu - Resident Evil: Village
Tom Chapman, Senior Trending News Journalist: Forget Bowser, Ganondorf, and Dark Samus, there’s room for a much “bigger” villain in Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s easy to imagine Resident Evil favourites like Leon S. Kennedy or Claire Redfield jumping into battle with a pistol, but how about Lady Dimitrescu stretching her wings? Despite her fleeting appearance in Resident Evil Village, Lady D has already become one of the shooter series’ best creations.
Imagine loading into Luigi’s Mansion, only to face this towering temptress. With special moves involving her slicing talons or the ability to turn into a mutated vampire, Lady Dimitrescu’s moveset practically writes itself. Capcom is no stranger to crossing into this world thanks to Street Fighter and Mega Man making their mark, but where’s all our Resident Evil representation at?
Harry Kane - FIFA
Freddy Done-Orrell, Social Media Executive: Why should Harry Kane be the next fighter in Super Smash Bros Ultimate? Well, first of all, it’s coming home, and if England win the Euros, Kane deserves it. He’d be great for Smash’s final DLC as it’ll bring a whole different fanbase to the already massive game, and it’d be nice to see the first football player join the battle to show off the dynamic of FIFA just like Harry Kane’s collab with Fortnite.
The truth is, Nintendo is so eclectic, the next choice could truly be anyone. Until we get official confirmation, we can't know for sure. We'll hold out hope - and chances are, Nintendo could pull an incredible fighter out of the bag.