Smash Poll 2012 has now officially come and gone. More than 1,000,000 votes were tallied up between the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals and after more 345,000 votes in the Final Showdown alone, America and Europe have made their decision. The winner of Smash Poll 2012 is none other than…
Skull Kid (スタルキッド)
Even though there was only about a 2000 vote difference between Capcom’s classic 8-bit hero Megaman and the maniacal Skull Kid, in the end, the primary antagonist of the Nintendo 64 classic The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask bested the blue bomber.
While Skull Kid has been present in a number of Zelda games ranging from Ocarina of Time to Twilight Princess, his most iconic incarnation, and the one that you’ve all voted to see playable in the next Super Smash Bros. game, is from Majora’s Mask, where the forest-dwelling imp came into possession of game’s titular villanous mask. Possessed by the sinister powers of the ancient mask, Skull Kid reeked havoc in the world of Termina and used his newfound dark magic to create an apocalyptic scenario in which the moon would fall from the sky and wipe out Clock Town in 72 hours. What’s always been interesting about Skull Kid’s role in Majora’s Mask though is the fact that he plays both villain and victim: even though he’s running around stirring trouble and causing chaos, he’s not doing it of his own accord and is completely under Majora’s control. As players experienced in Ocarina of Time, underneath the Skull Kid’s evil mask lies a lonely child who wants nothing more than a friend to dance with.
In coming up with a proper way to bring Skull Kid’s wide variety of powers and appearances into the world of Super Smash Bros., we started by looking for a fighting style that would best suit the acrobatic, energetic and, under the possession of Majora’s Mask, powerful imp. That said, we didn’t have to look very far:
As a quick search on Wikipedia states, “Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of both dance and music. Created in Brazil around the 16th century, primarily by descendants of African slaves with Brazilian native influences, it’s known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for leg sweeps and flips.” For any fan of the Zelda series, it’s fairly obvious how this style could easily translate to the frantic pace of Smash while blending Skull Kid’s famous forest dances to Saria’s Song with the power that Majora’s Mask provides for him. And while capoeira would provide a solid foundation for Skull Kid’s fighting style in the Smash universe, when incorporated with the character’s already established variety of dark magic attacks, it would allow for a move set unlike anything else seen in the series so far.
In Twilight Princess, Skull Kid primarily attacked Link using an army of wooden puppet monsters, controlled by an eerie horn instrument. This power, along with Majora’s various beam and whip attacks in the final battle of Majora’s Mask could provide the character with a special move set that is both heavy-hitting and snappy. Perhaps his move set could draw from Link’s various attacks in Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask as well. The Fairy Slingshot, Deku Nuts and Sticks, and even Deku Bubbles (the iconic attack of Deku Link), would all fit well within the boundaries of Skull Kid’s history while providing players with a taste of the Lost Woods. Heck, he could even trample opponents with Epona.
Of course, Skull Kid’s most obvious attack would be what presumably would be saved for his devastating Final Smash: Crashing the moon. After letting out his signature evil scream, the Skull Kid would unleash the full power of Majora’s Mask and send the moon crashing into the battlefield, decimating any characters unfortunate enough to be caught in its wake. And, since Link is probably being kept busy fighting the likes of Mario, Pit, and Kirby in the Smash universe, nothing stands in Skull Kid’s way this time.
So, what do you think of our ideas for your most wanted character for the next Super Smash Bros. games: Skull Kid? Be sure to continue the conversation on Twitter by following our very own editor @Rogersbase for the latest updates and by using our official hash tag: #SmashPoll2012! And, of course, stay tuned to VGTribune as later in the week we will officially announce how we plan to get the result of Smash Poll 2012 to Masahiro Sakurai and we can’t wait to share it with you all! Thanks again for all of your unbridled support and enthusiasm for Smash Poll 2012!