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June 13, 2018 2 min read
[Art by Jayspring]
Todays detailed reveal of Super Smash. Bros. Ultimate was unlike any other in series history. Almost from the start, series creator Masahiro Sakurai made it clear that we shouldn't expect too many new characters in the game, as his goal here was to refine core mechanics of the series while adding every previous Smash character to the roster.
This lead some, who were sure the game would be an enhanced port of Smash for the Wii U, to immediately say "I told you so!" while, on the other side of the fence, people who were sure that this would be an all-new game were also claiming they were right. Truth is, the game is both filled with legacy content and with new ideas simultaneously, and which is more prominent in your mind's eye all depends on how you look at it.
That couldn't be more true of the Echo Fighters, a new-ish feature for Ultimate. On one hand, these are just new skins for old characters. On the other, there is the hint that each Echo Fighter has the potential to have slightly different properties, and in competitive Smash, even the slightest tweak to a character's lag time or dash speed can make all the difference. The first Echo Fighter to be revealed was Daisy, who has her own unique intro animation, but shares a move set with Peach. Dark Pit and Lucina are two other Echo Fighters, while Link and Ike have alt versions that may or may not have more to them that strictly cosmetic differences.
Now that the idea of Echo Fighters has been opened up, I can't help but start dreaming of all the potential additions to the roster that this makes possible. While I'm guessing that characters like the Inklings, Bowser Jr., Wii Fit Trainer, and many others that already have alt skins on the books won't be getting Echo Fighters on top of that, there's still plenty of characters like Kirby, King Dedede, Ryu, Zero Suit Samus, and Captain Falcon who are just begging to share their spot on the character select screen with some kind of clone.
I've proposed Echo Fighters for each one of of these currently doppelganger-less Smash Brother. Sorry Mario, that technically disqualifies you because of your side job as a doctor. Some of them are a bit of a stretch, but I tried to keep each one as close to their roots as possible.
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