Top 5 Pokemon that would make Smash fighters

With the recent news of a new fighter joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Viridian Forest ponders if a new Pokemon could receive an invite to fight?

The next character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was revealed this morning featuring Steve from Minecraft. The videogame is one of the top-selling games for over a past decade, Minecraft was greenlit by the creators at Nintendo to receive the invitation to fight among other video game all-stars that are featured in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. It is always focused on great speculation on what fighters will be revealed in the future DLCs that the developers of the popular fighter can get in collaboration.

There is always a hint that a new character will be revealed that has been outside the Nintendo franchise. Third-party games from other studios have been distributed by Nintendo so that they can bring new games to their popular platform with the Nintendo Switch. With the popularity of Minecraft from a large audience, Nintendo focuses on titles with huge success and popularity in today’s gaming. Pokemon shares that title alongside Minecraft being one of the top-selling franchises in video games. Even though there are more than enough characters in Super Smash Bros. that are Pokemon, could the title use anymore?

Without hesitating on an answer, there is much consideration for other Pokemon to receive the invitation to be a challenger in Super Smash Bros. With a more than enough options to diagnose and clarify every detail on possible fighters, the Viridian Forest has a shirt list of Pokemon to be considered for the popular fighting game. With celebrating the new character reveal today, here are five Pokemon that would be good recommendations to be considered for Super Smash Bros.

1. Machamp

A guaranteed nomination to be a character in Super Smash Bros. would obviously be Machamp. The Fighting-type Pokemon that is part of the classic collection from Kanto, Machamp has always been a vintage Pokemon that keeps growing momentum of popular favoritism. Having similar characteristics to Goro from Mortal Kombat, it would bring the trend from another popular fighting game that is a little less intense with Machamp as a four-armed fighter. The trend of this fighter in videogames is an homage paid to Hinduism with gods Shiva or Vishnu.

For assurance that gives Machamp the selling point for a fighter in Super Smash Bros., comes to the point where Nintendo uses their products in multiple games. Machamp is a popular fighter in Pokken Tournament DX, which is another fighting game that is on the Nintendo Switch. Copying and moving the set moves for another fighting game, it is a no brainer to allow Machamp as an invited character. In addition to what Machamp has contributed to Pokemon Sword and Shield, it has a Gigantamax form that grows into a larger and more powerful Pokemon. This would be the perfect example of Machamp using its Gigantamax form as the Final Smash move in Super Smash Bros. Out of all Pokemon on this list, Machamp stands out as a definite choice.

2. Blaziken

Another case for another veteran from Pokken Tournament DX is Blaziken. Another popular favorite that is a pure Fighting/Fire-type Pokemon, Blaziken has always been the signature starter from Generation Three that was a popular favorite. Super Smash Bros. has always given some limelight to starter Pokemon as fighters in the game; but other than Lucario, not one is considered a Fighting-type Pokemon. There is also the case that where this is ruled out because there are already two Fire-type starters’ final evolution forms with Charizard and Incineroar; however the same case where Blaziken has some of the best moves from Pokken Tournament DX can easily be transitioned from one game to another. Where Blaziken’s Final Smash comes in would reflect how it power-ups to its Mega Evolution; which would definitely sell it as a popular fighter to use in Super Smash Bros.

3. Rillaboom

This choice was a popular favorite that was circulating the rumors of Nintendo, Pokemon, and Super Smash Bros. fans united from a social media opinion. Rillaboom would make a strong case as the represented Pokemon from Generation Eight to receive an invitation as a fighter. In the history of the current and prior games, the last two generations were represented with Pokemon that were final evolution forms of starter Pokemon. This included Greninja from Generation Six and Incineroar from Generation Seven. What even builds more to the case is that the prior two Pokemon are Water and Fire-type Pokemon, with little to no presence of Grass-type fighter eligible other than Ivysaur in Super Smash Bros. This left Rillaboom as that primary candidate because it filled the criteria from both of those statistics as a Grass-type and a final evolution from Generation Eight. Even more to the point where fighters in Super Smash Bros. share some similar features with other Nintendo characters, Rillaboom would be a more complex version of Donkey Kong as a fighter; and of course with the Final Smash being the Gigantamax form playing the drums (which DK originally had in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a Final Smash)

4. Toxtricity

Similar to the case for Rillaboom, Toxtricity would be a popular fighter choice from Pokemon Sword and Shield selected to represent the recent installments of the games in the franchise. Of the two Pokemon, they both represent rockstars that know how to get down from the Galar region; and Toxtricity is no stranger to bringing the noise. Pikachu and Pichu are the only two Electric-type Pokemon available in Super Smash Bros. and Toxtricity would be a third Pokemon representing that type alongside its second typing with Poison. As most Poison users are in battling in Pokemon, the Poison-type moves that Toxtricity uses would be beneficial with a defensive Smash player. Just like with Machamp and Rillaboom, Toxtricity also has a Gigantamax form that really rocks the opponent out of the fighting arena!

5. Urshifu

This one took a different turn, but since Nintendo likes to promote as much as its core franchises on a universal platform; then why not by introducing the legendary fighter: Urshifu? The Fighting-type Pokemon was introduced as the evolution of Kubfu in the Isle of Armor for Pokemon Sword and Shield. Since Super Smash Bros. has multiple versions of skins available for fighters in character selection, the Single Strike and Rapid Strike Styles of Urshifu would be available to select on the character selection list. In addition to Urshifu’s fighting style, selecting which type the player uses will have two separate move sets to use, giving the character more versatility in a fighting game. The Final Smash of Urshifu would also be based on its Gigantamax form, crushing the opponent with a definite knockout.

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Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass. Image Courtesy The Pokémon Company International, Nintendo

What do you think of our list? There are far too many Pokemon to nominate from the franchise to consider as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Other than the five selected here, the options are endless in what is possible for future DLC content for the popular fighting game that brings the best of Nintendo and other franchises together.

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