Masahiro Sakurai is known for his role as essentially the father of the Super Smash Bros. franchise, but he has also done some other work. His most recent work aside from the Smash games was Kid Icarus: Uprising and this was reflected in the fact that Pit was announced as a character on the Super Smash Bros. 4 roster from the very beginning. Could this mean that Sakurai will probably bring in at least one more character from Kid Icarus: Uprising?
Sakurai has shown an attachment to certain characters before. According to IMDB, he voiced the character of King Dedede originally for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards who turned around and showed up in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where Sakurai voiced the character again. Cool, King Dedede!
You have to think that in addition to a simple attachment to the characters from Kid Icarus, Sakurai also probably has models of the characters sitting around that could make development easier. This is almost certainly true for the Nintendo 3DS version as Kid Icarus: Uprising was also on the Nintendo 3DS. In this edition of List O’ Games, I’ll be looking at five characters from Kid Icarus: Uprising and evaluating their chances of making it to Super Smash Bros. 4.
Even though Hades is arguably the main villain in Kid Icarus: Uprising – and will probably be back in future installments in the franchise – I’m just not sure I see Nintendo being willing to put a variation of the Devil into the Smash Bros. games. This is not The Powerpuff Girls and I just don’t see Hades making an appearance, no matter how cool it might be.
Conclusion: Very unlikely
Dyntos made his debut appearance in Kid Icarus: Uprising as the provider of some awesome weaponry for Pit. He plays a major role in the storyline of the plot and comes with an essentially built-in moveset – he’s got all sorts of weapons at his disposal. The biggest problem is that no one outside of hardcore Kid Icarus fans really know who he is. I don’t see Nintendo taking the chance on Dyntos.
Pyrrhon, the god of the sun, is going to run into a lot of the same problems as Dyntos – anyone who hasn’t played Kid Icarus: Uprising isn’t going to be super familiar with the character. The one thing that Pyrrhon has going for him is the cool factor. The god of the sun is definitely a more likely character to be included than Hades, but who knows. Sakurai makes some weird picks sometimes, but this would definitely be a surprise.
Conclusion: Not incredibly likely
Palutena is Pit’s patron deity and a staple of the Kid Icarus franchise. She’s probably the most well-known character in the Kid Icarus series besides Pit himself and she’s already shown up in the Smash Bros. series before, albeit in a very small cameo appearance. Really, the big question here isn’t so much whether or not there may be enough interest in the character, it’s more just whether or not Sakurai can justify the time it would take for development to include her on the roster. If other new, original characters are going to be included, then Sakurai is going to have to make some tough choices.
1. Dark Pit
Dark Pit is a relatively easy choice for a variety of reasons. For one, even people who aren’t familiar with the Kid Icarus franchise can probably figure this one out – it’s a darker version of Pit. Tah-dah! Nothing too complicated there, whether you know his story or not, you’ll probably be able to figure out who he is.
He’s got several other things going for him, though, in that Dark Pit is kind of a fan favorite from the game and also doesn’t have any real negative stigma attached to him like Hades. Most importantly, however, is that development on Dark Pit would probably be the easiest of any of the characters on this list. Dark Pit would likely end up being a clone of Pit with some slightly altered stats, but given that the development on Pit has already been done, it sure seems like this is a strong possibility.
Conclusion: Probably the most likely choice
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