List O’ Games: 5 suggestions for new character duos in Super Smash Bros. 4

Previously in List O’ Games, we’ve covered a lot of suggestions for character duos in Super Smash Bros. 4. I wrote a list about 5 characters who could be turned into duo-style fighters and I also argued that a Lunar Duo set-up of Darkrai and Cresselia could be an interesting addition to the roster. I really have convinced myself for some reason that the Ice Climbers won’t be the only duo this time around.

It's hard to imagine these lil' fellas without each other. Image from Smash Pedia.

It’s hard to imagine these lil’ fellas without each other. Image from Smash Pedia.

In this edition, however, I’m going to take a slightly different approach: I’m looking only at duos that would be totally new to the Smash Bros. franchise. In order to for a duo to make my list today, they have to have not been playable in any of the Super Smash Bros. games – even characters who were dropped between Melee and Brawl. The other rule is that the two must be known as a duo – no haphazardly throwing characters together. The two characters must be known for their relationship to one another.

Let the List O’ Game begin:

5. Ephraim and Eirika

Image from GameSpot.

Image from GameSpot.

Full disclosure here: My experience with the Fire Emblem franchise is pretty much limited to the Smash Bros. franchise. While I have played a few Fire Emblem games, I can’t say they’re really my cup of tea. That having been said, there’s a decent fan-movement to include Ephraim and Eirika as a duo-style character in Super Smash Bros. 4 and I definitely see the logic: they’re twins – so they make sense as a duo – and Fire Emblem fans would always love to see new representatives on the roster. It wouldn’t be my first pick, but I definitely would be O.K. with it.

4. Twinrova (Kotake and Koume)

Image from the Zelda Wiki.

Image from the Zelda Wiki.

Twinrova makes sense because Kotake and Koume are iconic characters in the Zelda franchise and they play a major role in the mythology of the series. Their ability to be separate characters or to join into one larger, more powerful character could make for some really, really interesting gameplay. I’m all for that, because the Smash franchise tends to excel when the developers do something off-the-wall. The biggest problem I see for this duo is that outside of Zelda fans, no one is going to know who they are.

3. Baby Mario and Baby Luigi

Image from FanPop.com.

Image from FanPop.com.

There are several advantages to introducing Baby Mario & Baby Luigi as a duo instead of as individual characters. If we’re going to get another Mario clone, I’d rather have Dr. Mario back over Baby Mario, so it makes sense to include these two as a duo so that the move-set is totally unique. It also gives the developers a real chance to play with Mario Kart-style moves and attacks, which is something that I’ve always thought was kind of lacking in the Smash Bros. franchise. This duo is pretty much an all-round win if the developers choose to pursue it.

2. Team Rocket

Image from Blogspot.com.

Image from Blogspot.com.

While they’re admittedly more important in the Pokemon anime-universe than they are in the actual games, Team Rocket is still an iconic part of the Pokemon mythology. They’re instantly recognizable characters for even casual gamers and arguably some of the most famous Pokemon characters in existence. The potential move-set here is awesome – the developers would pretty much only be limited by their development, because Team Rocket can justifiably use just about any weapon or Pokemon and have it fit within the mythology.

1. Hammer Bros.

This duo is the closest thing we’re going to get to a slam dunk – everyone knows who the Hammer Bros. are because everyone has played a Super Mario Bros. game. Even my mom probably knows who these guys are. They come with a built-in move-set because they uhh…throw hammers, which is kind of the main thing they’re known for. They’re definitely a duo and they’re a fan favorite. Fans have been calling for the Hammer Bros. to be on the roster since Melee. This one is really just almost a no-brainer to include.

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