Now that Sora Ltd. and Namco Bandai have officially started development on the next Super Smash Bros., a poll to find out what characters gamers would most like to see in the next two installments of the franchise is probably on its way. After all, this was the case for both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl early in their development. The problem, however, is that these polls have only ever been available to Japanese Smash fans. We are going to change that.
While we’ve hosted “Smash Polls” in the past, we actually have an opportunity to do something with our answers. So, we’re starting fresh! Over the course of the next two months, we will be polling you, our loyal readers, to find out what characters you’d like to see as playable fighters in the 3DS and Wii U version of the next Smash Bros. The final result will be presented straight to the director of the upcoming games himself: Masahiro Sakurai.
For our first poll, we’ve taken 32 of some of the most requested first-party characters, one per franchise, and have thrown them against each other. You can vote for 16 characters on the poll so make your votes count! Also, if you don’t see your favorite character listed in our poll, don’t worry! We’re taking write-in votes in the comments! However, keep in mind that these quarterfinals are the only time we are accepting write-ins. After the quarterfinals are through, write-ins will no longer be accepted so vote early and vote often! The top 12 characters in this poll (along with the top 4 most requested write-in characters) will go on to compete against each other in our semifinals later this month.
And, as a last note for write-in characters, we are sticking to the two rules that Sakurai has set for his previous polls: The character must have originated from a video game and appeared on a Nintendo console. So, what are you waiting for! Get voting! Voting in our quarterfinals ends Sunday, July 15th at midnight.
PS: For those of you want to follow the daily results of the poll, follow @Rogersbase on Twitter. I’ll be tweeting out updates on who’s in the lead in each night.
Total Voters: 34965
Total Votes: 118444
Aeron (Pandora’s Tower) (1260 votes, 1%)
Ashley (WarioWare) (2683 votes, 2%)
Balloon Fighter (Balloon Fight) (2573 votes, 2%)
Captain Rainbow (Captain Rainbow) (1583 votes, 1%)
Dillon (Dillon’s Rolling Western) (1349 votes, 1%)
Flint (Mother) (4953 votes, 4%)
Ghirahim (Legend of Zelda) (9807 votes, 8%)
Isaac (Golden Sun) (5645 votes, 4%)
Karate Joe (Rhythm Heaven) (1284 votes, 1%)
King K. Rool (Donkey Kong Country) (5165 votes, 4%)
Krom (Fire Emblem) (5073 votes, 4%)
Little Mac (Punch-Out!!) (5176 votes, 4%)
Mach Rider (Mach Rider) (925 votes, 0%)
Mike Jones (Startropics) (928 votes, 0%)
N (Pokemon) (9735 votes, 8%)
Ouendan (Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan) (1431 votes, 1%)
Palutena (Kid Icarus) (5145 votes, 4%)
Prince Fluff (Kirby) (1794 votes, 1%)
Prince Sable (For the Frog the Bell Tolls) (1692 votes, 1%)
Professor Layton (Professor Layton) (6404 votes, 5%)
Ray 01 (Custom Robo) (2364 votes, 1%)
Ridley (Metroid) (5443 votes, 4%)
Saki (Sin and Punishment) (2274 votes, 1%)
Sami (Advance Wars) (2273 votes, 1%)
Sheriff (Sheriff) (368 votes, 0%)
Shulk (Xenoblade) (12105 votes, 10%)
Simea (Crystalis) (377 votes, 0%)
Sukapon (Joy Mech Fight) (1723 votes, 1%)
Takamaru (Mysterious Castle) (2191 votes, 1%)
Tom Nook (Animal Crossing) (4640 votes, 3%)
Waluigi (Mario Bros.) (8138 votes, 6%)
Zael (The Last Story) (1943 votes, 1%)