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Nintendo Villains by BrendanCorris

Because of the word limit, I am forced to get to the point. The picture is almost perfect. Every character is represented is an appropr...

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As some of you may know, there is a ballot going on. Nintendo's trying to figure out which characters to use as DLC, so you can imagine that the amount of people that are voting for characters of all sorts must be skyrocketing! Also, a lot of people have been voting for characters with no hope of making it in, like Freddy Fazbear or Goku. Think before you vote, fellas, 'cause neither of them are going to appear due to the former not appearing on Nintendo consoles and the latter originally appearing in a manga. However, there are things that I noticed that bothered me about this ballot, but not in the way you'd expect. Here is why:

1. Third-Party characters who don't fit the age rating well enough

Third-party characters have been garnering a lot of attention lately, ranging from characters like Rayman, who has trophies of himself, Barbara and Globox in Super Smash Bros. already, to indie characters like Shantae and Shovel Knight, both of whom, from I've been told, are popular picks. However, then comes the more mature third-party characters, the ones that have only so much of a chance of making it in that it hurts. One popular choice that may or may not make it in is Bayonetta, a character that I have mixed feelings about. In fact, she is the reason that this section of this list was made. While I have no problem with characters with guns, its her "aesthetic touches" that concern me. Bayonetta, as a character, is designed like that of a sexually-attractive woman wearing a skin tight suit. Samus, while in her Zero Suit, is not entirely different, but what seperates them is how this design choice is treated by their respective companies.

Yes, Samus looks good, but the character's design is treated as just that: a design. It doesn't overshadow the character or define her. What defines her is her image as a one-woman army and her image as a representation of video-game heroines, making it much easier to implement her into games like Smash Bros, with a large arsenal of sci-fi weaponry to choose from, especially in her Power Suit. After all, she was the first video-game heroine in general, so there are standards to unhold. In the end, pretty faces and a nice figure take a backseat to the action that her franchise is known for.

Bayonetta doesn't have this going for her as much as Samus does. Platinum Games is notorious for being over-the-top when it comes to many things, the treatment of Bayonetta being one of them. For example, in Japan, there was a poster with Bayonetta on it that had slips people could remove from her in a scratch and sniff style. In her games, Bayonetta appears naked on several occasions, especially when performing certain spells. This sort of behavior creates a different image than Nintendo would normally want to be associated with. Granted, without the big N, Bayonetta 2 wouldn't exist, but that's beside the point. The point is that Sakurai can be a stickler for faithfulness at times, so with Bayonetta, there's bound to be dozens of liberties taken when trying to implement her into Smash Bros. This is just what Snake went through, as he was made to use solely explosives rather than realistic guns. Also, remember Tharja? She was supposed to be a trophy in the 3DS version, but was scrapped, most likely due to her design. I have no problem with Bayonetta appearing in Smash Bros. However, if her fans expect her in, she'll need to go through some slight cosmetic changes to keep things consistent with the age-rating Smash Bros has. In other words, don't expect her transition into Smash Bros. to be as faithful as you think. But still, if she makes it in, then her fans get an early congrats from me.

2. Characters that are from first-party competitors

Microsoft once had Phil Spencer say that Banjo and Kazooie had a shot of appearing. If that's true, then Banjo and Kazooie could miraculously appear. Rare did have good relations with Nintendo in the past, after all. However, the nature of the Banjo-Kazooie series makes this extremely unlikely, as Banjo-Kazooie, as a franchise, is owned by Microsoft now. This makes things awkward, to say the least. This is mostly speculation, but Nintendo would most likely not want the BK series represented at all because of Microsoft. This applies to any character and series that had a relationship with Nintendo but don't anymore due to a buyout. Don't expect success, but if something comes from this, then good.

3. Characters from games that haven't been released yet

Inkling from Splatoon is a popular pick, but what has me concerned is that there is so much hype for a character in a game that hasn't been released yet that more deserving characters won't make it in. Seeing as this is essentially a popularity contest, I'm not too surprised. What's funny about this is that opinions might change when the unreleased game is released. In any case, characters like Inkling do have a high chance of appearing, so chances are, the votes will count for something.

4. The nature of this ballot

The ballot's role is to sway Sakurai and his team's opinions on which characters should be in as DLC. This doesn't guarantee that the votes will count for something. At the very least, it will show who is most popular. Just be careful, okay guys?

5. Popular choices somehow not mattering much

There are popular characters like King K. Rool who have an alarming amount of votes. However, the treatment of King K. Rool and other characters in his situation is something that could make or break their chances. I'll elaborate more on King K. Rool's predicament later, but for now, like I said before, just be careful.

What do you guys think?
Be sure to leave a comment.

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Stage: Rainbow Cliffs
Series: Ty
Game: Ty the Tasmanian Tiger
Stage Boss: None
Music: Rainbow Cliffs (Original), Beyond the Black Stump (Remix), Crikey's Cove (Remix), Two Up (Original), Lyre Lyre Pants on Fire (Original) (Unlockable), Rex Marks the Spot (Remix) (Unlockable), Fluffy's Fjord (Remix) (Unlockable), Ty Opening Theme (Original) (Unlockable)
Description: This relative large stage is like a spiritual successor of Gerudo Valley from Super Smash Bros for 3DS. With a large, destructible bridge in the center of the stage, any fighter that falls to the bottom will be KO'd. Players may save themselves by heading toward the left of the stage, where there are rocks that fighters can use to ascend. However, on the far right of the stage and perched on a signpost is Julius, who will add witty commentary by joking about the fighters. A void will open at the far right of the stage, sucking fighters inside and KO'ing any fighters whose damage percentage is above 100%. Julius will fly off before this happens, so if you see him head for the hills, you'd better do so, too!

Stage: Boogieman's Lair
Series: Fiona Frightening
Game: Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe
Stage Boss: None
Music: Boogieman's Theme (Evil is Watching You) (Original), Hub World (Welcome to the World of the Book) (Remix), Main Title Theme (Original), Fiona's Theme (The Witch of Folklore and Legend) (Remix), Sir Waxworth's Theme (The Gallant Knight of Fire) (Remix) (Unlockable), Vincent the Vile Vat (Original) (Unlockable), Isen's Theme (The Fearsome Berserker of Ice) (Remix) (Unlockable), Fiona Frightening Medley (Unlockable)
Description: Ironically enough, this stage isn't much, as it's arguably one of the safer stages in the game. However, on a lower platform, Vincent the Vile Vat will patrol it and hurt anyone who comes into contact with him. However, a good, strong hit will tip him over and reveal some goodies.

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Stage: Beyond the Black Stump
Series: Ty
Game: Ty the Tasmanian Tiger
Stage Boss: None
Music: Beyond the Black Stump (Remix), Two Up (Original), Lyre Lyre Pants on Fire (Original) (Unlockable), Fluffy's Fjord (Remix) (Unlockable)
Description: There are two types of stage hazards fighters need to be cautious of. First and foremost are the ice patches, as they will make fighters slip and slide around the stage, effecting their movement in variable ways. The second and most dangerous hazards, however, are the burning piles of wood. Fighters need to be careful here, lest they want to get burned to a cinder. Oh, and avoid the lake. The icy water will freeze fighters and send them to their doom.

Stage: The World of the Book
Series: Fiona Frightening
Game: Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe
Stage Boss: None
Music: Hub World Theme (Welcome to the World of the Book) (Remix), Main Title Theme (Original), Boogieman's Theme (Evil is Watching You) (Original) (Unlockable), Fiona Frightening Medley
Description: This transitioning stage transitions between two parts of the hub world. The first part emphasizes bottomless pits and is themed around Isen's section. The second section is themed around Sir Waxworth'd section, where Danger Zones are plentiful. Be careful, as one false move may mean either decisive victory or humiliating defeat...
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Stage: Digital World
Series: Digimon
Game: Digimon
Stage Boss: None
Music: Digimon World Medley, Leomon Theme (DW2) (Original), Leader Theme (DW3) (Remix), Sub-Boss Theme (DW4) (Original), Reapermon's Den (Original) (Unlockable), Battle Theme (Digimon World DS) (Remix) (Unlockable), Major Boss Theme (Digimon Adventure) (Original) (Unlockable), Milleniummon Theme (Digimon Battle Arena) (Remix) (Unlockable)
Description: The Digital World is home to all sorts of strange Digimon, and there are quite an ensemble in this stage. As a transitioning stage, Digital World takes fighters to eight locations that represent the eight main families of Digimon: Dragon's Roar, Jungle Troopers, Wind Guardians, Virus Busters, Nightmare Soldiers, Metal Empire, Deep Savers and Nature Spirits. The order goes from Virus Busters, to Nature Spirits, to Deep Savers, to Wind Guardians, to Jungle Troopers, to Metal Empire, to Dragon's Roar, and then finally to Nightmare Soldiers, which then leads right back to Virus Busters. Digimon from each of these families have a bone to pick with the combatants and will gladly lend a helping hand, fin, wing, or claw in taking fighters down! Seraphimon, for instance, appears in the Virus Busters section, where Seraphimon uses Seven Heavens to attacks fighters, whereas Etemon, who appears in the Nature Spirits section, uses Concert Crush to electrify the main platform that the fighters are battling on. Oh, and Infermon might make a cameo appearance, following the players as they travel between sections.

Stage: The Lost City
Series: Shovel Knight
Game: Shovel Knight
Stage Boss: None
Music: An Underlying Problem (Original), The Schemer (Remix), Strike the Earth! Plains of Passage (Original), Black Knight Medley, Fighting With All Our Might (Original) (Unlockable), Backed Into A Corner (Remix) (Unlockable), Tower of Fate Medley (Unlockable), The Requiem of Shield Knight (Original) (Unlockable)
Descrption: In the Lost City, there are lava pools that normally cause heavy damage to fighters. However, they can be made into a rubbery substance when a strange green goop falls into it, allowing players to fall on the lava and bounce back up. But be careful, as this doesn't last long. This stage is very vertical, so fighters with poor jumping ability might benefit from the rubbery lava. Destroying the rocks in the stage may reveal hidden goodies and passages, but the passages won't stay exposed for long...

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Stage: File Island
Series: Digimon
Game: Digimon Adventure
Stage Boss: Kuwagamon
Music: Major Boss Theme (Digimon Adventure) (Original), Leomon Theme (DW2) (Original), Milleniummon Theme (Digimon Battle Arena) (Remix) (Unlockable), Digimon World Medley (Unlockable)
Description: There on that iconic clifftop, a great battle will soon begin. However, before the battle with Kuwagamon may start, players will have avoid falling off the sides of the cliff, as that will, of course, lead to a KO. There are also platforms that show up from time to time, but they vanish once Kuwagamon arrives on the scene. Kuwagamon will try using an arsenal of aerial moves and its own powerful attacks on the fighters, including Power Guillotine and Scissor Claw! There will be a big reward for those who take Kuwagamon down, so hop to it!

Stage: The Clockwork Tower
Series: Shovel Knight
Game: Shovel Knight
Stage Boss: Tinker Knight
Music: The Schemer (Remix), Strike the Earth! Plains of Passage (Original), Black Knight Medley (Unlockable), Fighting With All Our Might (Original) (Unlockable)
Description: Lo and behold, the largest stage in the handheld game!! From spinning platforms to conveyor belts, this place has it all, including Danger Zones. However, there is a large space in the middle of the stage where Tinker Knight is working. Losing his patience, he enters the back room and Tinker Knight, while inside of his mech, comes out from under the main platform. As the Stage Boss of The Clockwork Tower, Tinker Knight, in his mech, is the biggest Stage Boss in the game! Only Tinker Knight himself is the target here. Attacking the mech does nothing. Defeat Tinker Knight to get a really big reward...
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Stage: Gladiator Arena
Series: Crash Bandicoot
Game: Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Stage Boss: Tiny Tiger
Music: Tiny Theme (Warped) (Original), Dingodile Theme (Warped) (Remix), Desert Fox (Original), Rumble in the Roks (Remix), Boss Race (CTR) (Remix) (Unlockable), Warp Room Theme (Warped) (Original) (Unlockable), Warp Room Theme (Crash Bash) (Original) (Unlockable), Crash Bandicoot Theme (Crash Bandicoot) (Remix)
Description: This medium-sized stage has two gimmicks fighters need to worry about. The first is the area under the actual arena, which has lions dashing across it from time to time. The second thing fighters need to be concerned with is the presence of Tiny Tiger, who will interfere with the fight and use the pitchfork/spear from his boss battle in Warped. He'll stab the ground, lunge forward, perform a stomp attack, swipe with his claws and leap around the arena like an acrobat. Defeating him will give the player a very special reward...

Stage: Thermal Base
Series: Freedom Planet
Game: Freedom Planet
Stage Boss: None
Music: Thermal Base Round 2 (Original), Final Dreadnought Round 1 (Original), Pangu Lagoon Round 1 (Original), Fortune Night Round 1 (Remix), Prince Dail Theme (Remix) (Unlockable), Relic Maze Round 2 (Remix) (Unlockable), MEANIE! Boss (Remix) Unlockable), Freedom Planet Theme (Original) (Unlockable)
Description: This stage, being based on the second half of Thermal Base, has a lot of crushers and pipes. While the pipes are harmless, the crushers obviously aren't, and they'll KO opponents due to them acting as Danger Zones. There's water at the bottom of the stage, which can carry fighters offscreen if they can't get out in time.

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Stage: Desert Fox
Series: Crash Bandicoot
Game: Crash Bash
Stage Boss: None
Music: Desert Fox (Original), Warp Room Theme (Crash Bash) (Original), Dingodile Theme (Warped) (Remix), Tiny Theme (Warped) (Original) (Unlockable)
Description: Lab Assistant enemies from the previous games appear as hazards in this stage, riding tanks in the background. They'll fire at the platforms on certain occasions. The four platforms don't have smaller platforms above them, so the cannonballs, fireballs and other such things will hit the main platforms, and each type of projectile has a different effect on the fighters. Fireballs will do fire damage, hitting players repeatedly. Spiked cannonballs will send fighters flying, as they have high knockback. Green energy blasts won't hinder fighters, but they will gradually increase the damage percentage of fighters hit by the blast in much the same way a certain flower does. Orange energy balls can daze fighters and can even break shields.

Stage: Final Dreadnought
Series: Freedom Planet
Game: Freedom Planet
Stage Boss: Mutant Serpentine
Music: Final Dreadnought Round 1 (Original), Thermal Base Round 2 (Original), MEANIE! Boss (Remix) (Unlockable), Prince Dail Theme (Remix) (Unlockable)
Description: This stage combines all four rounds of Final Dreadnought into a single stage. The televised image of Lord Brevon in Round 1, the turrets from Round 3, and the lasers from Round 4 each make appearances here. With the exception of Lord Brevon's image, the role of each hazard is, of course, to damage fighters immensely if the fighters are unfortunate enough to get in their way. However, the most notable threat is Mutant Serpentine, whose presence is an immediate threat to everyone around him. Armed with countless weapons, players will feel quite satisfied when they defeat Mutant Serpentine and get their reward.

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As some of you may know, there is a ballot going on. Nintendo's trying to figure out which characters to use as DLC, so you can imagine that the amount of people that are voting for characters of all sorts must be skyrocketing! Also, a lot of people have been voting for characters with no hope of making it in, like Freddy Fazbear or Goku. Think before you vote, fellas, 'cause neither of them are going to appear due to the former not appearing on Nintendo consoles and the latter originally appearing in a manga. However, there are things that I noticed that bothered me about this ballot, but not in the way you'd expect. Here is why:

1. Third-Party characters who don't fit the age rating well enough

Third-party characters have been garnering a lot of attention lately, ranging from characters like Rayman, who has trophies of himself, Barbara and Globox in Super Smash Bros. already, to indie characters like Shantae and Shovel Knight, both of whom, from I've been told, are popular picks. However, then comes the more mature third-party characters, the ones that have only so much of a chance of making it in that it hurts. One popular choice that may or may not make it in is Bayonetta, a character that I have mixed feelings about. In fact, she is the reason that this section of this list was made. While I have no problem with characters with guns, its her "aesthetic touches" that concern me. Bayonetta, as a character, is designed like that of a sexually-attractive woman wearing a skin tight suit. Samus, while in her Zero Suit, is not entirely different, but what seperates them is how this design choice is treated by their respective companies.

Yes, Samus looks good, but the character's design is treated as just that: a design. It doesn't overshadow the character or define her. What defines her is her image as a one-woman army and her image as a representation of video-game heroines, making it much easier to implement her into games like Smash Bros, with a large arsenal of sci-fi weaponry to choose from, especially in her Power Suit. After all, she was the first video-game heroine in general, so there are standards to unhold. In the end, pretty faces and a nice figure take a backseat to the action that her franchise is known for.

Bayonetta doesn't have this going for her as much as Samus does. Platinum Games is notorious for being over-the-top when it comes to many things, the treatment of Bayonetta being one of them. For example, in Japan, there was a poster with Bayonetta on it that had slips people could remove from her in a scratch and sniff style. In her games, Bayonetta appears naked on several occasions, especially when performing certain spells. This sort of behavior creates a different image than Nintendo would normally want to be associated with. Granted, without the big N, Bayonetta 2 wouldn't exist, but that's beside the point. The point is that Sakurai can be a stickler for faithfulness at times, so with Bayonetta, there's bound to be dozens of liberties taken when trying to implement her into Smash Bros. This is just what Snake went through, as he was made to use solely explosives rather than realistic guns. Also, remember Tharja? She was supposed to be a trophy in the 3DS version, but was scrapped, most likely due to her design. I have no problem with Bayonetta appearing in Smash Bros. However, if her fans expect her in, she'll need to go through some slight cosmetic changes to keep things consistent with the age-rating Smash Bros has. In other words, don't expect her transition into Smash Bros. to be as faithful as you think. But still, if she makes it in, then her fans get an early congrats from me.

2. Characters that are from first-party competitors

Microsoft once had Phil Spencer say that Banjo and Kazooie had a shot of appearing. If that's true, then Banjo and Kazooie could miraculously appear. Rare did have good relations with Nintendo in the past, after all. However, the nature of the Banjo-Kazooie series makes this extremely unlikely, as Banjo-Kazooie, as a franchise, is owned by Microsoft now. This makes things awkward, to say the least. This is mostly speculation, but Nintendo would most likely not want the BK series represented at all because of Microsoft. This applies to any character and series that had a relationship with Nintendo but don't anymore due to a buyout. Don't expect success, but if something comes from this, then good.

3. Characters from games that haven't been released yet

Inkling from Splatoon is a popular pick, but what has me concerned is that there is so much hype for a character in a game that hasn't been released yet that more deserving characters won't make it in. Seeing as this is essentially a popularity contest, I'm not too surprised. What's funny about this is that opinions might change when the unreleased game is released. In any case, characters like Inkling do have a high chance of appearing, so chances are, the votes will count for something.

4. The nature of this ballot

The ballot's role is to sway Sakurai and his team's opinions on which characters should be in as DLC. This doesn't guarantee that the votes will count for something. At the very least, it will show who is most popular. Just be careful, okay guys?

5. Popular choices somehow not mattering much

There are popular characters like King K. Rool who have an alarming amount of votes. However, the treatment of King K. Rool and other characters in his situation is something that could make or break their chances. I'll elaborate more on King K. Rool's predicament later, but for now, like I said before, just be careful.

What do you guys think?

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:wave: Thanks a lot for the watch! :-)
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Thank you very much for the watch!  It is greatly appreciated.
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