The 8-bit Eighties: Part 1
'Hoy, insanekirby! Wander here, and I think I may have some answers for you.
Sakurai certainly does seem the nostalgic type, with long-forgotten characters making their grand return in Smash. Ice Climbers, G-Dubs, Pit, R.O.B., and even Marth hadn’t been seen in their own games for years until they appeared in Smash (granted, R.O.B. had recently been playable in Mario Kart DS before coming to Brawl). And you’re right about Sakurai liking to surprise us, too; WFT is a great example of that.
When making Melee, Sakurai wanted a character from the 8-bit era on the roster; many characters were considered; most of them from NES launch titles, but eventually the Ice Climbers were chosen for the unique two-in-one play-style they offered. But some of the other contenders for this spot were pretty unusual.
So, you want to know which others from the golden days of the NES and Famicom could appear in a Smash game? Over the course of this two-part article, I’ll show you ten (though probably not playable). Let’s get this thing started.