Now that Super Smash Bros. for Switch is official, there's only one thing left to do: speculate wildly about the game's roster.
Nintendo's flagship fighting-game series has a rich history of pitting Nintendo icons against special guest stars, with Mario, Sonic, Mega Man and even Cloud Strife all having thrown down in 2014's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. With that in mind, we've compiled the 18 characters we want to see most in Smash Bros. for Switch when it hits later this year, from practical predictions to complete long shots.
Arms is Nintendo's latest hit franchise and a great fighting game in its own right. As such, a crossover with Smash seems inevitable. Flagship fighters Spring Man and Ribbon Girl would be excellent additions to the Smash roster, thanks to their stretchy long-range punches and myriad unique gadgets. - Mike Andronico
Smash Bros. already lets Mario, Sonic, Pac-Man and Mega Man duke it out, but there's one big gaming icon missing. If Crash Bandicoot came to Smash, you could finally settle that debate over which '90s console mascot is best. And now that the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is coming to Switch, the former PlayStation star's presence is far from a pipe dream. - Mike Andronico
For a series as bleak as Dark Souls, Solaire of Astora has become a surprisingly cheerful mascot. Fans recognize Solaire immediately by the distinctive great helm on his head, the blazing sun emblem on his armor and the jolly "Praise the Sun!" gesture with which he's become synonymous. Since Dark Souls is about to get a Switch release, and Solaire has an amiibo on the way, his inclusion in Super Smash Bros. is not nearly as ridiculous as it may have sounded even a few weeks ago. Let him use his weathered sword — and make him a little sturdier than he is in the Souls games. - Marshall Honorof
Captain Toad is a fearless archaeologist, a brilliant puzzle solver and a loyal friend to Mario and crew. Technically, he can't even jump, but his pickax skills would make him deadly against the likes of Donkey Kong and Fox McCloud. Toad has been conspicuously absent from the Smash roster since the beginning of the series, and with the sorely underrated Captain Toad game coming to Switch soon, now seems like his time. - Mike Andronico
Rayman fans feel spited. He's been rumored to come to Smash games since Snake was announced as a guest character, but he never showed up. Even worse, Ubisoft has put him on the bench to focus on those Raving Rabbids that originally showed up in his games. The limbless hero has endless potential for creative short-range attacks, and I'd love to see him power up with some Lums for a final smash. - Andrew E. Freedman
Every Smash iteration brings new Pokémon characters with it, and we expect Smash for Switch to follow suit. And who better to represent Pokémon Sun and Moon than Litten, the adorable kitten that also happens to shoot deadly flames out of his mouth? - Mike Andronico
That striking physique, that go-getter attitude, that perfect smile — it's no wonder that Sidon, Zora prince from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, became a meme sensation overnight. But Prince Sidon isn't just a pretty face; we also know he's a capable spear-handler, and leaper extraordinaire. It's a solid bet we'll see Link and Zelda in Super Smash Bros., perhaps with Breath of the Wild outfits, but Sidon represents an easy way for Nintendo to add a fan-favorite character from its recent history. Even better: We already know what his victory pose would be. - Marshall Honorof