Those of you who know me probably know of my undying love for the Super Smash Bros franchise. First published to general acclaim during the twilight of the Nintendo64 era, Smash Bros was built on the concept of pitting beloved Nintendo characters in battle against one another. For the first time, you could find out whether a portly plumber could pummel a femme fatale space mercenary, or whether an oversized ape (not named King Kong) could squash an oversized lizard (not named Godzilla.)
As great as the first game was, the experience was crystallized for its Gamecube iteration, Super Smash Bros Melee. I have almost certainly invested more time in that goddamn game than any other — hours upon hours upon hours of unblinking, unmoving, unbridled joy. And that brings me to the point of this post. The above image purports to be the final character list for the newest game, dubbed Super Smash Bros Brawl. It has been delayed numerous times, but is set to FINALLY be released here in March. I am salivating. Now, there is a really good chance that the image is fake, the product of an overzealous Photoshopper, but I’m willing to suspend disbelief in order to fantasize about videogame characters (I never claimed to be anywhere near cool, mind you.)
If, IF the above image is true, then we are now privy to a number of previously unannounced characters: King K. Rool, Young Link (Wind Waker version), Midna, Baby Bowser, etc, etc. All of these characters would be great additions, though I’m slowly realizing that my Smash Bros. Pipe Dream just isn’t going to come true — Megaman is never going to be in the game, not even in my imagination.