10 Echo Fighters That Could Have Been On The Eve Of Smash Ultimate’s Release

uper Smash Bros. Ultimate revived the kind of hype and speculation that I went crazy for back when Smash Dojo was raging for Brawl. From the initial “Everyone Is Here” announcement to the baffling addition of Piranha Plant to the roster to How The Grinch Stole Smash Bros., we’ve about seen all we can see prior to the game’s release tomorrow. With the announcement that none of the DLC characters would be Echo Fighters, I thought it would be cool to think of the clones that could have been!

MS. PAC MAN for PAC MAN

I know what you’re thinking: “Mitch, you dingnut, Ms. Pac should just be a costume!” But we’re not here for that kind of dismissal, my friends. Of all the characters that didn’t get to be an Echo Fighter, I’m surprised that Ms. Pac didn’t receive much speculation or consideration from anyone. I think she would’ve been a fun and easy way to showcase more Namco properties and, just like her game, she could have been faster than her male counterpart.

ZACK FAIR for CLOUD

This is a case where I’m actually surprised an Echo Fighter wasn’t made right off the bat. I would think Zack Fair would’ve been an easy Echo of Cloud given their similar appearances and use of the Buster Sword. I’d imagine Zack would have some reflavored Limit Breaks and perhaps trade some speed for power.

PROTO MAN for MEGA MAN

If he weren’t included in Mega Man’s Final Smash, I would say a retro style Proto Man would have made a great addition to the roster. Increased power on Proto’s buster shots, an extended slide, or a lighter weight could have been ways to relate him back to the Mega Man series and differentiate him from the Blue Bomber. It would also have been interesting to see how the developers could have played with Proto Man’s shield as an Echo Fighter.

LINKLE for SHEIK

“Really, Mitch? Not for Link?” Here me out, friends! In Hyrule Warriors, Linkle’s primary weapons were her boots and her crossbow. With Sheik’s focus on quick, acrobatic kicks and melee attacks, Linkle would be much more suited to be her Echo Fighter. Couple that with reflavoring the needles and explosions as crossbow attacks, and you would have had one awesome new melee combatant from the Zelda universe.

BLACK SHADOW for CAPTAIN FALCON

It’s a little sad that we haven’t seen much love for F-Zero from Nintendo for the past few years. Now that Ganondorf has been further separated from his initial spot as Captain Falcon’s clone, it would have been really cool to see Black Shadow join the fight as another F-Zero representative and villain. Plus, how awesome would it have been to Falcon Punch Black Shadow into oblivion like in the anime?

NINTEN for NESS

This is where I’m going to start getting into true dream territory with this list. Ninten, the protagonist of MOTHER/Earthbound Beginnings, would have been an awesome surprise Echo Fighter given the title’s release on the E-Shop a few years back. PK Flash could become PK Brainshock, the bat could be aluminum or plastic, and PK Starstorm could become PK Beam, with Ana and Lloyd joining in for the attack. But hey, maybe all this is my Starmen.net days talking.

CELICA for ROBIN

Even if I agree that Smash has maybe one too many Fire Emblem characters in it, the fanboy in me REALLY wanted Celica as a character or Echo Fighter for Robin. Swapping Nosferatu for Seraphim or Recover and Elwind for Excalibur would have made for great nods to the series’ past. Throw in Alm in Chrom’s place for her Final Smash and you would have a true set of “Echoes” in Smash Ultimate.

DAN HIBIKI for RYU

Hear me out. Please. I know we got Ken, and that was more than expected for Ryu’s Echo Fighter. But, can you imagine the uproar and confusion Nintendo would have caused if Ryu’s Echo Fighter had been Dan? What if he had a Pichu effect where all his punches caused damage to himself? What if his Final Smash was garbage? You’d give him a shot and you know it.

DOC LOUIS for LITTLE MAC

This would’ve been another great opportunity for a troll character choice. Imagine Doc Louis joining the battle with his old school gloves, leopard print zip up, and a chocolate bar fueled “Giga Doc” Final Smash. Maybe he wouldn’t be as fast or powerful as Little Mac, but all of the boxer’s moves had to come from Doc’s training, so that Echo would sort of make sense.

HOENN TRAINER for POKÉMON TRAINER

Finally, I just wanted to include this idea for the fun of it. Of all the Trainers that could have served as Echo Fighters for the Kanto’s Pokemon Trainer, I think Hoenn’s would have worked the best. Somehow, I could see Treeko standing in for Ivysaur, Marshtomp for Squirtle, and Blaziken for Charizard with the least amount of moveset alteration compared to other starter lineups in the series. Ah well, it’s not like Pokémon doesn’t have enough representation already!

We are too excited for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s release tomorrow! Let us know if there’s anyone you wish would have made the roster and keep an eye out for more Smash Bros. coverage from Massiv soon!

uper Smash Bros. Ultimate revived the kind of hype and speculation that I went crazy for back when Smash Dojo was raging for Brawl. From the initial “Everyone Is Here” announcement to the baffling addition of Piranha Plant to the roster to How The Grinch Stole Smash Bros., we’ve about seen all we can see prior to the game’s release tomorrow. With the announcement that none of the DLC characters would be Echo Fighters, I thought it would be cool to think of the clones that could have been!

 

MS. PAC MAN
for PAC MAN

I know what you’re thinking: “Mitch, you dingnut, Ms. Pac should just be a costume!” But we’re not here for that kind of dismissal, my friends. Of all the characters that didn’t get to be an Echo Fighter, I’m surprised that Ms. Pac didn’t receive much speculation or consideration from anyone. I think she would’ve been a fun and easy way to showcase more Namco properties and, just like her game, she could have been faster than her male counterpart.

ZACK FAIR
for CLOUD

This is a case where I’m actually surprised an Echo Fighter wasn’t made right off the bat. I would think Zack Fair would’ve been an easy Echo of Cloud given their similar appearances and use of the Buster Sword. I’d imagine Zack would have some reflavored Limit Breaks and perhaps trade some speed for power.

PROTO MAN for
MEGA MAN

If he weren’t included in Mega Man’s Final Smash, I would say a retro style Proto Man would have made a great addition to the roster. Increased power on Proto’s buster shots, an extended slide, or a lighter weight could have been ways to relate him back to the Mega Man series and differentiate him from the Blue Bomber. It would also have been interesting to see how the developers could have played with Proto Man’s shield as an Echo Fighter.

LINKLE for
SHEIK

“Really, Mitch? Not for Link?” Here me out, friends! In Hyrule Warriors, Linkle’s primary weapons were her boots and her crossbow. With Sheik’s focus on quick, acrobatic kicks and melee attacks, Linkle would be much more suited to be her Echo Fighter. Couple that with reflavoring the needles and explosions as crossbow attacks, and you would have had one awesome new melee combatant from the Zelda universe.

BLACK SHADOW for
CAPTAIN FALCON

It’s a little sad that we haven’t seen much love for F-Zero from Nintendo for the past few years. Now that Ganondorf has been further separated from his initial spot as Captain Falcon’s clone, it would have been really cool to see Black Shadow join the fight as another F-Zero representative and villain. Plus, how awesome would it have been to Falcon Punch Black Shadow into oblivion like in the anime?

NINTEN
for NESS

This is where I’m going to start getting into true dream territory with this list. Ninten, the protagonist of MOTHER/Earthbound Beginnings, would have been an awesome surprise Echo Fighter given the title’s release on the E-Shop a few years back. PK Flash could become PK Brainshock, the bat could be aluminum or plastic, and PK Starstorm could become PK Beam, with Ana and Lloyd joining in for the attack. But hey, maybe all this is my Starmen.net days talking.

CELICA
for ROBIN

Even if I agree that Smash has maybe one too many Fire Emblem characters in it, the fanboy in me REALLY wanted Celica as a character or Echo Fighter for Robin. Swapping Nosferatu for Seraphim or Recover and Elwind for Excalibur would have made for great nods to the series’ past. Throw in Alm in Chrom’s place for her Final Smash and you would have a true set of “Echoes” in Smash Ultimate.

DAN HIBIKI
for RYU

Hear me out. Please. I know we got Ken, and that was more than expected for Ryu’s Echo Fighter. But, can you imagine the uproar and confusion Nintendo would have caused if Ryu’s Echo Fighter had been Dan? What if he had a Pichu effect where all his punches caused damage to himself? What if his Final Smash was garbage? You’d give him a shot and you know it.

DOC LOUIS for
LITTLE MAC

This would’ve been another great opportunity for a troll character choice. Imagine Doc Louis joining the battle with his old school gloves, leopard print zip up, and a chocolate bar fueled “Giga Doc” Final Smash. Maybe he wouldn’t be as fast or powerful as Little Mac, but all of the boxer’s moves had to come from Doc’s training, so that Echo would sort of make sense.

HOENN TRAINER for POKÉMON TRAINER

Finally, I just wanted to include this idea for the fun of it. Of all the Trainers that could have served as Echo Fighters for the Kanto’s Pokemon Trainer, I think Hoenn’s would have worked the best. Somehow, I could see Treeko standing in for Ivysaur, Marshtomp for Squirtle, and Blaziken for Charizard with the least amount of moveset alteration compared to other starter lineups in the series. Ah well, it’s not like Pokémon doesn’t have enough representation already!


We are too excited for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s release tomorrow! Let us know if there’s anyone you wish would have made the roster and keep an eye out for more Smash Bros. coverage from Massiv soon!

 

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