Everybody is excited for the next installment of Nintendo’s popular fighting game. The series has been a favorite since 1999 and spans four generations of video game consoles. There’s no doubt it will be a big seller for the Wii U and 3DS. With each game released, the one thing we all want to know is who will be the new combatants in the game. With recent roster announcements for the Wii U/3DS version, there’s been a reoccurring trend.
The last fighter revealed was Shulk from Xenoblade and you know what he has: a sword. You know who else uses a sword? Link, Marth, Ike, Meta Knight, Robin, Lucina, Toon Link, Pit and even the Mii Fighter can wield a blade. So far 10/38 characters have swords, and honestly, it’s too much. The game is being overrun by swordsmen. In the original Smash Bros. there was just Link. In Melee for GameCube there were Link, Young Link, Marth and Roy. Then in Brawl we had Link, Toon Link, Marth, Ike, Pit and Meta Knight. So, we see the amount of sword fighters go from one, four, six and now ten. Whatever game comes after Wii U/3DS will end up featuring fifteen or more!
It’s great we’re being exposed to these new characters, but why are we getting so many swords? Has the wide range of Nintendo characters finally hit a wall? Could they not think of anyone else from their long, historic franchises to include? And to connect them even further, most of them are all proportionately-sized human characters. They’re all practically clones of each other. Pretty faces, sword in hand and even a lot of counter moves. Of course, the differences outweigh the similarities but they’re just so overwhelming.
The final roster has yet to be revealed, so there could even be more to add to the list soon. We’re hoping this is it in terms of swordsmen. Nintendo needs to find others to include who don’t wield swords. We could name plenty who deserve a spot and they don’t carry a blade, buster or sword at all. It’s looking more like Soul Calibur with all this cutlery.