4 Fire Emblem Characters In Super Smash Bros – Is That Too Many?

By Michael On 16 Jul, 2014 At 12:23 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Features | With 8 Comments

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Fire Emblem Getting Super Smash Bros Love

I am a recent convert to the Fire Emblem series. Last years – Fire Emblem: Awakening for the Nintendo 3DS turned me into a massive fan of the  franchise. With this said, the Fire Emblem series has never been a great seller in relative terms, especially when in comparison with Nintendo’s biggest franchises.

Considering Fire Emblem’s size as a franchise, it comes as a surprise that there will be four representatives from the series in Super Smash Bros For Wii U and 3DS. I was expecting 3 spots – with Marth, Ike and Lucina/chrome all making the final cut. However, Robin’s inclusion caught me completely off guard – I honestly did not expect a 4th Fire Emblem Character.

I’m all for some Fire Emblem love, in fact, Super Smash Bros For Wii U/3DS could be the perfect platform for the franchise to gain additional  recognition amongst Nintendo fans and the masses in general, perhaps even growth in sales for future installments.

I have a lingering thought that simply cannot be shaken. I can’t help, but think that other Nintendo franchises deserve more representation in Super Smash Bros. Take an example, the Metroid series – a franchise that was born many years ago – beloved by almost every Nintendo fan. Unfortunately, for all its legacy, the Metroid Franchise has only had two confirmed characters joining the battle – Samus and her agile version – Zero Suit Samus. What makes things worse – is that fans have often asked Sakurai to include Ridley in the playable roster. I would like at least one more character from the Metroid Franchise to be included.

One could argue, that adding more characters from lesser known IP’s will help the popularity of the franchise in the future, much like the return of the Kid Icarus franchise, and the growth of Fire Emblem in the west. However, it would be such a shame that characters from other franchises were excluded for the sake  that other series could see growth in sales. From a gamers perspective, I would like to play my favorite character from my favorite franchises. I would like a varied, fun and fair playable selection, which I am sure Sakurai will deliver.

Don’t get the wrong idea – I love the inclusion of Robin and Lucina, but to balance the roster – I sincerely hope that  other Nintendo Franchises have fair representations in Super Smash Bros.




About - Michael is the proud owner and Editor-in-Chief of Mii-gamer.com! He has a Bachelors Degree with First Class Honors ( try to guess his Degree), and has been writing about video games for many years. His favorite Nintendo franchises include the Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros. and Pokemon. When Michael is not playing video games – he is usually outdoors riding kangaroo’s, playing cricket or sleeping (or doing all three at the same time).

  • anonymunchy

    Perhaps a sign of more Fire Emblem games to come. Never played the series myself but always liked their characters in Smash.

    • miigamerz

      I recommend playing Fire Emblem Awakening. The game is so good.

      • anonymunchy

        I have a HUGE backlog of games I’m going to get into once I purchase a 3ds XL. I’d like to wait until they release a newer model with nfc and dual analog integrated but I’ll probably be waiting… and waiting… and waiting…

        • Logan Hollis

          Also, check out Path of Radiance on GCN and Radiant Dawn on Wii. If you can find them for a reasonable price, they also excellent games.

  • Lau

    At first, I thought that having 4 Fire Emblem representatives did feel like a bit much. However, when you think about it, Fire Emblem is the 13th game in the series. And overall as a series, all of the games combined has one of the largest rosters of characters in a Nintendo series. Combine that with the critical acclaim of Awakening, being one of the most selling Fire Emblem games, and just being very relevant right now, it’s not that surprising that we have 4 characters.

    And finally, I am really hyped to play as Lucina and Robin!

    • miigamerz

      Robin looks awesome. But Lucina will no doubt be my favorite.

  • lyokolink

    My one thing with the metroid part. I could be wrong but there’s not to many charactes in metroid. And I don’t think ridley could work. I mean. He’s a giant pterodactyl. All playable characters are around human size. So ridley just can’t work. Otherwise I agree with u. I just don’t get how the fans think that ridley could be a playable character

    • miigamerz

      Ridley is a tough one! But Dark samus is a perfect fit for the game – there is enough inspiration from the prime games to make her unique.

      I recall seeing dark samus as an assist trophy during the smash direct, I was looking forward to play as DS