Let’s All Build Our Dream Multi-Company Smash Bros. Games

With the release of the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. looming ever closer, I thought we could all engage in a fun little exercise.

Here’s the game: You can build the roster for a Smash Bros.-style fighting game using characters from any company. However, to keep this interesting, I’ve come up with a few guidelines. You’re going to be choosing 30 total characters, but the  catch is that you can’t have more than 5 characters from any one company. In fact, you need to choose 5 companies, and pick 5 characters from each of those companies to make up the first 25 spots in your roster. The other 5 slots can be wild card choices: ANY 5 characters from ANY company, no limitations.

Obviously things get a little complicated as to which characters belong to which company, but since this is mostly intended to be a fun exercise, we aren’t going to get too carried away with some of the inconsistencies. In addition, we can be a little lenient as to whether each company is a publisher or a developer. If you want one of your companies to be Team Activision – which obviously covers a LOT of characters – that’s up to you, or if you want to challenge yourself and break it down to smaller developers – like say Team Insomniac – more power to you. Again, try to stick with the guidelines as much as you can, but mostly, let’s just have fun with this. One last restriction is licensed characters. You can use them as your wild card picks if you really want to but not in any of the game company teams, even if that company currently holds that license. Let’s keep these rosters mostly to dedicated game characters.

And of course, to get things started, I’m going to share MY roster. Admittedly, if I was just going full-on personal preference, my picks would’ve been a lot more obscure and eclectic than what I went with, but I thought I should balance that out with some more “obvious” choices just to make for a more universally appealing list that everyone can read and identify with. But please, by all means, you guys go nuts and be as quirky as you want to be. If you want to have a Cyan team comprised of characters from Myst and Riven, you do you. That’s what this is all about.

Don’t forget, each character also gets his or her own stage based around the game they’re from, as well as their various weapons and items from their games  – both for them to use and also as pick-ups for other characters – so consider all of that when making your choices.

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Team Nintendo


1. Mario
2. Link
3. Samus Aran (Metroid)
4. Donkey Kong
5. Kirby
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Team Sega


1. Sonic the Hedgehog
2. Vyse (Skies of Arcadia)
3. Ulala (Space Channel 5)
4. Joe Musashi (Shinobi)
5. Kage-Maru (Virtua Fighter)
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Team Konami


1. Solid Snake (Metal Gear)
2. Richter Belmont (Castlevania)
3. Pyramid Head (Silent Hill)
4. Bill Rizer (Contra)
5. Goemon (Mystical Ninja/Gunbare Goemon)
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Team Square Enix


1. Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy)
2. Raziel (Legacy of Kain/Soul Reaver)
3. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
4. Rocket Slime (Dragon Quest)
5. Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
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Team Capcom


1. Mega Man
2. Strider
3. Nathan Spencer (Bionic Commando)
4. Viewtiful Joe
5. Phoenix Wright
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Wild Cards


1. Crash Bandicoot
2. Klonoa
3. Dirk the Daring (Dragon’s Lair)
4. Rayman
5. Earthworm Jim
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[Game character collage cover art by Striped Stocking]