Greetings, fellow Smashers! I’ve read a fair number of Smash Ballot submissions in English, and it got me wondering what kind of things people in Japan were writing on their ballots. I picked out a handful of submissions I stumbled across online and translated them for you to read at your leisure. It’s interesting to see how many characters overlap with the Western submissions I’ve read. Likewise, there were also a few rather unusual character choices.
Without further ado, enjoy!
Game: Fire Emblem Awakening
Reason: She’s my wife.
For better or for worse, this “waifu” justification isn’t terribly uncommon. I also couldn’t stand Nowi or Nono in-game, so I’m happy keeping them out of Sm4sh. #TeamGaius
Game: Super Mario RPG
Reason: I genuinely just want to see Geno come to life in beautiful HD. He also has a wide variety of moves, so I think he would be a really fun character to use.
I’ve browsed a fair number of tweets, and I’m pleasantly surprised to see so many people supporting Geno. (It’s also pretty surprising someone so much younger than me even knows who he is!)
Game: Shin Onigashima (Part 2)
Reason: The game’s great music often overshadows its characters, but I’d really love to see Donbe in action.
Bluedonbe02 is correct: the game’s soundtrack is quite nice!
Character: King K. Rool
Game: Donkey Kong Country 2
Reason: Sm4sh didn’t include very many heavy characters, and a big reason why I want K. Rool. If you base him off of his appearance in DKC2, he could turn invisible and stuff. He has a wide variety of moves available to him, so I think he’s definitely cut out for Smash, Mr. Sakurai!
There are a number of “weighty” characters, but in terms of “big and bulky” characters, I guess there really are only a handful in Sm4sh: Bowser, DK, Dedede, and Charizard.
Game: Pokémon Series
Reason: First of all, when Medicham Mega Evolves into Mega Medicham, his attack power skyrockets higher than any other Fighting-type Pokémon—even Mega Mewtwo X! In the games, he can unleash a threateningly powerful High Jump Kick. In that sense, I think he naturally makes the perfect representative of the Fighting type. I would love to see him Mega Evolve for his Final Smash.
Secondly, even though Medicham earned a Mega Evolution, he is still unfortunately overlooked. His High Jump Kick proves ineffective against popular Ghost-types like Gengar and Aegislash. Even if you try to cover that weakness with other moves, Pokémon X & Y saw the incredible rise of Talonflame and its Gale Wings. As a result, Fighting-types saw a relative drop in popularity. Boasting massive attack power and nothing more, Mega Medicham was unable to compete against more nimble Fighting-types like Breloom. Instead, everyone reserved their valuable Mega Stone allotment for more powerful Pokémon like Mega Kangaskhan or Mega Gengar.
Thus, I would like you to let Mega Medicham enter the fray and enjoy the spotlight as the strongest character in Smash Bros., just like in the original games. Thanks!
His age is most likely a joke, but I suppose we can’t discount the possibility that Mr. Schneid is actually a seasoned Pokémon veteran.
Character: Aeron & Elena
Game: Pandora’s Tower
Reason: They showed up as trophies in Sm4sh, and their game was recently re-released on the Wii U’s Nintendo eShop.
Interestingly, the game has yet to be released on the Nintendo eShop in the US. They announced it for EU, though, so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until the game is re-released in the States as well.
Reason: Even though the game has yet to be released, Nintendo’s new Splatoon enjoys considerable popularity and has a lot of support. Ever since the game’s reveal at E3 2014, people have been enchanted and impressed by its original gameplay (TPS-style paint wars), cool atmosphere, and unique character designs full of personality. The Internet is already full of fanart and music arrangements, and Club Nintendo has already begun releasing Splatoon goods. That’s why I’d like you to let the Squid (a.k.a. the “Inkling”) join the fray in Sm4sh. I think she (or he) would really shine in this massive collection of Nintendo characters. Please give it some thought!
Whether it’s as Sm4sh DLC or as a fighter in Sma5h, I have no doubt that the Inklings will be fighting alongside Nintendo’s best and brightest sooner or later.
Character: Mega Kangaskhan
Game: Pokémon Series
Reason: She’s tough and really cool.
And super-broken! Even if Mega Kangaskhan did show up in Sm4sh, I’m sure she’d just get banned in that game, too.
Playful jesting aside, I can see mother and child working just like Rosalina & Luma.
Character: Ryuta Ippongi
Game: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!
Reason: Yo! I want Ryuta Ippongi to fight in Sm4sh! He’s popular, he already has 3D animations, and I think he’d be perfect as a fighter or as an Assist Trophy!
Ouendan 2 on the Nintendo DS sold about 270,000 copies! Even though the Ouendan games were only released in Japan, the series is even popular overseas as “Elite Beat Agents”! Ouendan and the EBA appeared in Brawl as trophies!
You can see him pumping his fists in the DS game! From jabs to tilts to Smashes in all directions, he’s got all the right moves! For his special moves and his Final Smash, he could summon a meteor, call one of his teammates—anything! Not even a hunk of frozen space rock can keep him down: he’s unstoppable!
Hailing from Yuuhimachi, Ryuta is the leader of the esteemed Ouendan. His goal is to cheer on the people of the world, giving them the power to overcome any obstacles! That’s why I think he’d make a great Assist Trophy! He could be just like Victini! I want to see him cheer on the other fighters!
It’s been seven years, and people are still anxiously awaiting an Ouendan sequel! I’d be happy even if you just port his trophy from Brawl to Sm4sh! Please!
Even though he went way over the 500-character limit, this guy was easily the most passionate of all the posters I’ve seen this far. I suspect he might be the ouendan’s secret fourth member! Lumaru was also the person I found who actually wanted their favorite character to become an Assist Trophy.
Game: Azure Striker Gunvolt
Reason: I think Gunvolt would have a fighting style unlike any other combatant in Sm4sh. He could evade oncoming attacks using his Prevasion ability, hurl lightning rods at foes, and summon a Flashfield to shock enemies with a powerful electric attack. He could have an EP Gauge to power his electric abilities that gradually refills over time. Some of his attacks, like his Voltaic Chains, would be perfect for a Final Smash. It would also be cool if, instead of having the crowd cheer for Gunvolt, Lumen would start singing a song—just like in the game!
I had never heard of this game until I read this guy’s post, but it looks like your standard Inafune fare. Could be fun, though! Also, the last boss looks ridiculous in the most wonderful way possible.
Game: Fire Emblem Awakening
Reason: I thought his treatment in Sm4sh was kind of overkill, especially since he’s a protagonist just like Marth and Ike. How come you let Robin and Lucina join the fray but not the main character?
Because they aren’t bland, blue-haired bladesmen like Chrom? Er, I mean… Moving on!
Game: Klonoa Series
Reason: 1) The games have a special place in my heart.
2) Bandai Namco Studios helped with the development of Sm4sh.
3) His humorous nature and the action elements from his game would be a perfect fit for Sm4sh.
I’ve never played any of the Klonoa games, but his design is excellent!
Name: Pokémon & Puyo Puyo Lover
Game: Madou Monogatari Puyo Puyo
Reason: 1) She’s cute and sexy.
2) She has a wide variety of physical attacks that would work very well in Sm4sh.
3) I want more female characters.
Since I know nothing about the Puyo Puyo games and failed to find any official English resources on the matter, I left out the names of all of Lulu’s special attacks in item #2.”
Game: Pokémon Series
Reason: Swampert can learn a plethora of different moves, including Surf, Waterfall, Rock Slide, Arm Hammer, Earthquake, Ice Beam, and Avalanche. His ability to adapt to a variety of situations matches perfectly with what Smash Bros. is about.
Moreover, there aren’t really any truly “heavy” Pokémon on the current roster, so I think he would bring something new to the table. Given that Swampert [Mudkip] is one of the first Pokémon you can choose in the latest games in the series, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, I think he’s also quite popular right now.
Just thinking about Swampert Mega Evolving and rampaging around the battlefield in Sm4sh gets me so excited. Please let him join the fray!
Doesn’t Charizard count as “heavy”? It doesn’t matter, though, because I herd Sakurai lieks Mudkipz better anyway.
Game: Xenoblade Chronicles
Reason: Although [spoilery stuff happens], Fiora bravely fought onward, not lamenting her fate. Of all the female heroines I’ve seen, she stands out as the most charming. If she ends up joining the roster, she would stand out from the rest by unleashing quick dual-blade attacks and utilizing a variety of Arts in combat. Her palette swaps could reflect various kinds of equipment, and her Chain Attack could bring Sharla and Melia into the spotlight… My imagination is running wild!
Honestly, I’d be happy if Sakurai just included all seven party members from Xenoblade as playable characters in Sm4sh. Since my beloved Dunban was relegated to the role of Mii Costume, however, I’ll take Fiora as a solid second choice.
Game: Metal Gear Solid Series
Reason: (beginning is cut off), and Snake is no exception. In Smash Bros. Brawl, Snake boasted a unique playstyle and impressive firepower, and we can’t forget his fighter analysis codec conversations. He exuded appeal—and it’s precisely that sort of appeal that Sm4sh so desperately needs.
Given Kojima’s current situation and Nintendo’s relationship with Konami, I don’t think Snake’s chances are looking too great. Plus, I prefer the Kid Icarus: Uprising conversations anyway, but that’s a matter of personal taste.
Game: Harvest Moon
Reason: Since a non-combatant like the Villager from Animal Crossing joined the fray, I think it would be great to see another heartwarming character like Pete from Harvest Moon in Sm4sh, too! He could attack with a scythe, hammer, axe, and other farming tools. I also envision him ringing a bell to direct cows to ram opponents. He could even heal himself by cooking up a home meal, or weaken foes by feeding them a failed recipe. Instead of using his farming tools to drive away the pesky wild dogs that plague the farm, I’d love to see him use them to fight the other characters in Sm4sh!
Sakurai has already proven with Villager and Wii Fit Trainer that just about anyone can become a fighter, so why not Pete? I could see a lot of overlap with Villager’s moveset, though.
Name: Gum Guy
Game: WarioWare Series
Reason: I know Ashley’s already an Assist Trophy, but I want to play as her! Even if it’s too late for her this time, at least promote her to a playable character in the next game!
Ashley’s AT in Sm4sh was already quite polished, so Sakurai and the gang could easily just use her model as is. Plus, that new gothic march remix of Ashley’s Theme feels like a waste without her on the battlefield!