Like its namesake, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is shaping up to be the ultimate Smash Bros game ever made. Already boasting the largest playable roster, tons of new content and faster action that attempts to achieve a middle ground between Melee and Smash 4, there’s plenty of things to be excited for come December 7.
Much like in previous Smash Bros titles, I’m always intrigued and curious on what newcomers will be added to the playable roster. Brawl gave us the unexpected surprise of Solid Snake and Mario’s old arch nemesis Sonic, meanwhile Cloud and Mega Man graced us with their presence in Smash 4. In Ultimate, Inklings and the the highly requested Ridley will be making their playable debut.
Unfortunately, Sakurai has gone on record that there will not be too many newcomers. However, with only two announced thus far there are a few spots available for our favorites to grab. My most wanted video game mascot is without a doubt Rayman. A beloved and famed video game icon with a strong history spanning over 20 years, Rayman is most deserved to earn a spot in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and I’m here to tell you why he will most definitely get the chance.
1 Nintendo and Ubisoft are besties
Nintendo and Ubisofts relationship currently clearly very friendly, and arguably, Ubi is Nintendo’s closest and most supportive western third party publisher. This is most evident in the crossover partnerships we’ve seen for the Nintendo Switch software. Mario+Rabbids is an outstanding success having been met with critical and commercial success. Starlink: Battle for Atlantis and Fox McClouds cameo is shaping up to be a solid game. If crossover is the strategic diplomacy between the two video game giants, then it would be make sense that a mascot from Ubisoft appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Let’s say there most recognizable and one with deep history… Let’ say Rayman. Who else among Ubisoft’s library of IP’s is more deserved of a spot in the playable roster? Jade from Beyond Good and Evil? Rabbids? That guy from Watch Dog? None of these make sense and not even close to be deserving. I hate to repeat myself, but Rayman just makes so much sense.
2. A natural fit
Perhaps the most obvious reason is that Rayman is a natural fit for the Super Smash Bro. In terms of visual design, Rayman closely aligns with the family friendly style of Nintendo’s many mascots. In fact, you could easily pass off Rayman as a Nintendo mascot by purely visual design. Moreover, it wouldn’t be hard to create a moveset and play-style for Rayman. Sakurai could easily draw inspiration from Rayman Origins/Legends to create a fighter out of Rayman. In some sense, Rayman in Origins/Legends is already a fighter, albeit an incomplete one. Just a few tweaks here and there, add some smash attacks and special, then wallah. We have a Rayman for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
What are you thoughts? Do you believe Rayman will be included in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Would you like Rayman in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Let me know by leaving a comment below.