The official veteran roster (characters returning from previous installments) consists of Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Kirby, Samus, Fox, Bowser, Pikachu and Pit, bringing back the vast majority of the big names in Nintendo’s library for Super Smash Bros Wii U. A number of other veterans can only be assumed to be making a thus far, such as Diddy Kong and Zelda/Shiek. Who while not the stars of their series, still remain fan favorites with an equal contribution to their specific games as well as the Super Smash Bros franchise as a whole. All of these returning characters have gotten a bit of a next-gen makeover, which adds a little bit of “pazaz” to their overall look and feel, while still keeping them in line with their iconic appearance. The speculation as to those who will be a returning veteran versus who will not, is entirely conjecture at this point. However, by taking a look at the statistics involving play use of the characters as well as their success in online reviews etc. helps to ferret out ones that will show up in Super Smash Bros Wii U.
The newcomers to the series are a whole different beast entirely. With three confirmed newcomers to Super Smash Bros Wii U (Villager, Megaman and Wii Fit Trainer), the fire has already been started under the feet of the internet guessing machine at large. Past oddball contributions to the roster (such as Mr. Game & Watch and R.O.B. as well as many others) have opened up a rather large range of possibilities as not only are “dead” characters (characters who haven’t seen a major game in decades) an open gambit for “rosterhood”, but even console companions are within bounds, as R.O.B. made his first appearance as a glorified piece of hardware for Nintendo. While additions such as these do spread the imagination of the gaming community as to who may be added next, it also creates a tidal wave of, simply put, outrageous and often ignorant guesses. Two popular guesses, and often times’ plea bargains from players to the developer are to put platforming icons Banjo & Kazooie, as well as short lived Mario partner Geno (from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars) into the series. While they are fan loved and have received numerous pieces of recognition for their interesting stories and unique appeal, both are properties of companies that may as well outright say they will not work with Nintendo. Rare (owners of Banjo & Kazooie) had a major falling out with Nintendo (and are now owned by Microsoft), as did Square (Owners of Geno) [although relationships have gotten better with Square Enix’s support of the 3DS].
All the guessing aside however the fact of the matter remains, we will have Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS. Super Smash Bros for 3DS, a grouping of words gamers could have only dreamed in their wildest fantasies. It is yet to be seen how well the iconic fighting game will hold up on a portable video game system, but the fact it will actually exist is going to be a big gamble on Nintendo’s part. With the speculation machine becoming fully operational, the notion that players on a handheld may be able to battle console owners is a dream worth looking towards. Super Smash Bros Wii U, based on the screenshots, is going to the same old smooth flowing fighting we have come to expect, but the screenshots from the 3DS version appear to be taking a more stylized approach to how characters are portrayed in game baring some similarity to the cel-shading style of video game concept art. Another big question looms of whether both will boast the same roster, as of now that appears to be the case. Both games share the same official website and the currently announced roster is listed indicating the aforementioned to hold true.
With the 3DS version of the game appearing to be a title released alongside its Wii U counterpart Super Smash Bros is going to keep the internet abuzz with speculation for some time to come. While some of those guesses regarding the roster do not necessarily make sense due to ownership of the characters, or even politics between video game companies themselves, the hype is already in full effect for Super Smash Bros Wii U. Regardless of the roster it is going to be a company mascot showdown to keep us entertained for years to come.