With some rather unexpected characters making their way into the next Smash Bros. such as the acrobatic Wii Fit Trainer, Capcom’s Mega Man, and perhaps the most surprising addition Pokemon gen VI water-starter Greninja, the GameKoop staff has decided to chime in with one newcomer they dream might one day make it into a Smash Bros. entry. Be sure to check back on Tuesday for Pete’s pick, and check out Christian’s pick Marina Liteyears if you missed the kick-off on Friday.
Dream Newcomer: Ashley
Debut: WarioWare: Touched! (DS– 2004)
Alright, so I know this dream was painfully crushed during the last Nintendo Direct when Ashley was confirmed as an assist trophy, but I’m not giving up hope for a future appearance, dammit!
For those unfamiliar with her character, Ashley is a young witch in training from the WarioWare series. Her appearances in the franchise, the first being 2004’s Warioware: Touched! on the DS, take place in her haunted mansion within Diamond City, where she hones her witchcraft with the assistance of her rambunctious demon buddy Red. Her innocent appearance contrast her emotionless persona and ominous aura that suggest something sinister is constantly brewing in the fragile child’s head.
My fixation with seeing Ashley obtain a spot on the Smash Bros. roster began during my early days in Brawl. The music that’s heard in her mansion within the WarioWare franchise is an alternate music track for the WarioWare stage in Brawl, and the first time I heard it my brain started to play with the idea of her inclusion in the fighting franchise. From there it snowballed.
I believe Ashley has the potential to be one of the most unique fighters on the Smash Bros. roster due to her dependency on sorcery to combat her young, fragile build. We have seen spellcasters before, such as Zelda and her Din’s fire, but have never had a character who is powerless without their sorcery abilities. Imagine her as vulnerable as Olimar without his Pikmin at the start of each match, and needing to perform combinations of special attacks to create spells with devastating effects. Her payoff would be enormously high, but only if the player could hold off the fury of exponentially stronger opponents first. Add in some unique and strategic defensive capabilities from her small apprentice Red and you’re looking at a character that could revolutionize Smash Bros. fighter potential for the better.
Realistically I don’t think Ashley will likely ever receive the position in Smash Bros. that she deserves. This is partly due to her minor role in an already niche franchise and partly due to society’s reservations about seeing a giant ape in a tie smash a little girl into the ground. I do, however, believe outside factors aside she could make for one of the most fun and unusual fighters to ever grace the series.