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 out Christian’s pick Marina Liteyears (Mischief Makers), Jack’s pick Ashley (WarioWare), Pete’s pick Sora (Kingdom Hearts), Jason’s pick Simon Belmont (Castlevania) and Ken’s pick Mewtwo (Pokemon Red/Blue) if you missed them.
Dream Newcomer: Link (Majora’s Mask)
Debut: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (N64 – 2000)
For those of you who have been living under a Spectacle Rock for the past, oh, 14 years or so, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is the successor to the highly acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64. Majora’s Mask used the same 3D game engine as Ocarina of Time, but introduced a unique, “dark” story to the Zelda timeline and tweaked the gameplay mechanics of time travel that require Link to repeatedly travel back in time to the beginning of the story to save the world (think, Groundhog Day). During normal gameplay in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Link can transform at will into three different creatures simply by wearing a corresponding mask. As far as a potential moveset goes for Super Smash Bros., I envision these masks as the primary drivers of Link’s offensive and defensive abilities (plus, a fourth mask for his final smash).
There have already been several Link characters featured as playable fighters in the Super Smash Bros. series; Link, Young Link and Toon Link. The majority of the time (dare I say, Majora-ty?), I choose one of the Link characters to fight as in Super Smash Bros. games. Why? I’m a huge Legend of Zelda fan and really enjoy bringing Link’s weapons and abilities to the battle arena. He has useful ranged attacks (like the bomb, Hero’s bow and boomerang), his up-aerial move is also an incredible up-special attack (spinning sword attack), and he can reel in unsuspected enemies with his grappling hookshot. The thing is, there’s not much variation between each version. Young Link is smaller and less powerful than (Adult) Link, but is much faster…and Toon Link is basically just a cooler looking version of Young Link (in my opinion, I’m a big fan of cel shaded design). Adding Majora’s Mask Link to the roster, or replacing him with an existing Link character, would bring in a fresh approach to Link’s moveset that’s been around since the original Super Smash Bros. on N64, making him the ultimate take on Link’s character.
The Deku Mask transforms Link into a Deku Link, allowing him to perform a spin attack, shoot bubbles from his mouth, skip on water, and fly for a short time by launching from Deku Flowers. I imagine Deku Link would play similarly to Yoshi or Olimar.
The Goron Mask turns Link into Goron Link, allowing him to roll at high speeds (and grow spikes at higher speeds), punch with deadly force, stomp the ground with his massive, rock-like body, walk in lava without taking damage, and weigh down heavy switches. I’m thinking Goron Link would match the playing style of Donkey Kong or Bowser.
The Zora Mask transforms Link into Zora Link, allowing him to swim rapidly, throw boomerang-like fins from his arms, generate a force field, and walk on the bottoms of bodies of water. Zora Link would play much like Samus or Shiek, yet another Legend of Zelda character.
As for Link’s final smash; the Fierce Deity’s Mask! In Majora’s Mask, Fierce Diety Link is strictly limited to boss battles so it would be a great fit for Link’s final smash. He is able to grow more than 2 times his normal height and wields a helix shaped sword that uses magic power to blast fire at enemies. He looks freakin’ bad-ass too, with polar white clothes and strokes of war paint smeared across his face. Fierce Diety Link’s special fighting style would be much like Giga Bowser or, better yet, Beast Ganon.
With recent rumors of a Majora’s Mask remake for 3DS, the inclusion of Majora’s Mask Link would be an incredible way to tag-team fans of the strange Zelda iteration. Conversely, given that there have already been so many versions of Link included as playable characters in the Super Smash Bros. games, I find it unlikely that my dream will come true. Even further, with the recent update to the new Super Smash Bros. games for Wii U and 3DS, where playable characters can no longer change into multiple forms during a battle (i.e. Zelda & Shiek, or Samus & Zero Suit Samus), my dream is even less likely to come true. HOWEVER, as long as Kirby inhabits a spot on the roster, a player notorious for consuming competitors’ abilities, I’ll have hope.
Can you think of any cool and interesting ways to incorporate Skull Kid into Majora’s Mask Link’s moveset?