However, this is not the first time that the team behind SSB makes bizarre choices of characters to add to the roster. Even back in the times of the first Smash game, there were fighters that nobody would have expected. In fact, had the hype been this great back in the times of the N64 game, everyone would have tossed around their hypothesis for the roster. And people would have been surprised more than once over the course of three games; in fact, they would have been surprised 12 times, if not more. Here are my picks for what were the most unexpected new characters in the first three games. Remember, I consider every character on this list by the game he/she showed up in first.
12. Captain Falcon (SSB)
10. Young Link (SSBM) and Toon Link (SSBB)
07. Ice Climbers (SSBM) and Pit (SSBB)
06. Solid Snake (SSBB)
05. Marth and Roy (SSBM)
04. Lucario (SSBB)
03. Pichu (SSBM)
02. Ness (SSB)
01. Jigglypuff (SSB)
You knew this was coming. Jigglypuff has become a hardened Smasher due to showing up in all games so far. Back in the first Smash, while hypotheses ran wild (not as wild as now, though), nobody would have thought that the pink puffball would be playable. Again, just like I said earlier: Many Pokémon had more chances to be there. Mewtwo had more chances to be there. Back then, over 15 Pokémon had a better chance to be there!
Jigglypuff did gain a following by... um... following the protagonists of the Pokémon anime (and painting their faces with a Sharpee when they fell asleep during his/her show), yet arguably this isn't a sufficient reason to include a weak-looking Normal-type in the game. Pikachu was the generation mascot, as well as the main Pokémon in the anime, and he was in all the merchandise, so he was justified. But whaddya know, Jigglypuff proved that she (It has ¾ chances to be a female, ¼ to be a male) was a fierce fighter who could KO opponents just by falling asleep. Jigglypuff is the ultimate example of a joke character that becomes lethal when played right. Unexpected, out of everyone's suppositions, laughable in looks but dangerous in an expert's hands... Jigglypuff will forever be the most unexpected character to have appeared in the Smash series.
|Daaaaaaaaaaaww.... How can you say no to that cute little ball?|
Well, I hope you liked the list. I'll have another one in about six weeks, so I'll be taking your suggestions for a future Top 12.
Next week, I'll need guts! I'll need to be strong! Arguably one of the worst Mario games ever released!