A Plea for Mewtwo’s Return in ‘Super Smash Bros.’

Feb 5, 2014 by  

Super Smash Bros Wii U 3DS Mewtwo Return

There are few games that can rival the anticipation of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, and every weekday brings fans more and more information about the release. Everything from ledge guarding to balancing issues have allegedly been addressed in the forthcoming installments, but while gameplay modifications are incredibly important for players, the biggest draw of an impending iteration is speculating on which new fighters will be joining the fray.

Newcomers and veteran brawlers alike have been revealed thus far, but the one confirmation came as somewhat of a surprise. After more or less usurping Mewtwo in the transition from Melee to Brawl, Pokemon character Lucario has been confirmed to reprise his role as a playable fighter in the new games. This is great news for players who enjoyed pummeling iconic characters with the bipedal dog, and there’s nothing wrong with adding more characters to the roster. That said, I can’t help but feel that his return isn’t warranted when demand for Mewtwo is currently at, and has remained at for quite some time, an all-time high.

So what does Lucario’s return really mean for Mewtwo? Largely nothing, considering that the roster for Super Smash Bros. 4 was likely predetermined and finalized months ago. But at this point in time, from a fan’s perspective, Mewtwo’s chances of returning have been effectively cut in a significant manner. With that in mind, it’s time for fans hoping to bring the Legendary Pokemon back into the spotlight to realize why the character is such a necessary combatant for the next Smash entries.

Super Smash Bros Wii U 3DS Mewtwo Project M

The fan-made Project M returned the feline fatale to the Smash Bros. roster.

One thing that was heavily lacking in Super Smash Bros. Brawl were villains, and that was noticeable upon booting up the game. The entire roster, which consists of 35 different character slots, only featured three main bad guys from Nintendo: Ganondorf, King Dedede, and Bowser. This is excluding anti-heroes that walk a fine line between good and evil (i.e. Metaknight, Wario, and Wolf), but that fact that there’s no villainous representation from the Pokemon franchise is a rather shocking revelation. Given Mewtwo’s tortured past and fondness of ending human lives (as seen in Pokemon the First Movie), the character more than fills the role of an additional baddie.

If you don’t believe that, then just take a look at the creature’s Pokedex entry from Pokemon Y.

“A Pokémon created by recombining Mew’s genes. It’s said to have the most savage heart among Pokémon.”

Other entries from past Pocket Monster titles imply that Mewtwo is compassionless, extremely aggressive, and incredibly powerful. While that’s certainly no knock against other Pokemon like Pikachu or Lucario, it’s hard to imagine a better representative from the franchise to go toe-to-toe with icons such as Mario, Mega Man, Samus, or Link. No, there is no monster from the world of Pokemon that can hold a candle to the sheer evil and raw power that’s manifested within Mewtwo.

Pokemon X Y Mega Evolutions

This match-up would be a dream come true in the next Smash Bros. games.

Despite catering to gamers looking to take control of another baddie in Smash Bros., the character has once again jumped into the limelight thanks to the two latest entries in the core Pokemon franchise. Both Pokemon X and Y introduced players to Mega Evolution, and the poster-boy for this new feature was none other than Mewtwo. The genetically altered Pokemon is held in such high regard at Game Freak that the developers opted to give the monster not one, but two Mega Evolutions. Know what other creature was popular enough to receive two Mega Evolution in X and Y? Charizard; one of the playable combatants in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Putting aside the impact Mewtwo has had in the latest games, there’s been no shortage of the Psychic-type in the Pokemon anime either. Starring in the recently aired Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened and well-received Pokemon Origins series, it has become increasingly obvious that the popularity of the monster is far from dwindling. According to Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, the popularity of Pokemon starring in the animated movies, as well as talks between himself and The Pokemon Company, has a huge impact on which characters from the Pokemon series are added to the roster..

In the same interview, Sakurai stated that the ability for Pokemon to “fit in” also plays a large role, and there’s little question that Mewtwo more than fits that bill.

“Well first of all, we talk with The Pokémon Company. What’s the hot Pokémon? What Pokémon are in the movies right now? And really do a lot of research on that front.”

“But it’s not just that – going back to just what we talked about, what’s unique about them? Where do they fit in with the rest of everything else? What do they have? It’s a combination of those things.”

Super Smash Bros Wii U 3DS Mewtwo Melee

The anime appearances for the beast aside, the monster’s newfound ability to Mega Evolve could mean big things for a potential move set if Mewtwo is chosen to be reinstated as a playable fighter. Whether or not that means that Mewtwo can transition to another form in a similar fashion as Zelda does to Shiek or the transformation is reserved for a Final Smash, the ability to make the Pocket Monster a top-tier combatant is there.

So where does Mewtwo stand when it comes down to deciding which characters will make the final Smash Bros. roster? Masahiro Sakurai, when asked about Mewtwo’s possible return during a roundtable for Pokemon X and Y at E3 2013, jumped out of the audience and stated that the team working on the next Smash games is “thinking about it.” It’s been several months since this comment, but there’s still no word on whether or not those thoughts ever metamorphosed into an actual character slot.

If I were to fathom a guess, I’d say that there’s more than enough room for Mewtwo to return in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. In fact, it’d be surprising not to see a character that’s currently so involved with a series as popular as Pokemon fail to make the cut. Regardless, trying to predict the actions of Sakurai and his team tends to be a frivolous affair – no one saw Wii Fit Trainer coming – because there’s no telling where the mindset of the developers are when finalizing the roster. Hopefully fans will get a chance to return to the Legendary status that Mewtwo bestows upon the franchise, because there’s no question that few characters are more deserving.

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  1. Why would Mewtwo make it into the game? I mean, I know I would rather have two Link’s with the exact same moveset than a stand-alone, badass Pokemon.

    • +1

  2. I think it could be another ganondorf/captain falcon thing. I honestly liked mewtwo better then lucario anyways lol

  3. what about yoshi, is he in the game or not. i havent seen any videos with him in it. so is he in the new super smash bros. or not

    • I’m pretty sure he is, I mean he’s only been in every other game to date. And he’s also a popular character sooooo….

    • The new Yoshi’s Island game is going to be released this Friday, every one is expecting Yoshi to be announced then. The have been saving characters for their individual games release dates. There was never not a chance he wasn’t going to be in the game.

  4. I care little of this. Let us move onto more important matters: Where the f*** is Gino?

    • You consider that important matters? Geno has not been relevant t Nintendo since the 90′s when Super Mario RPG was released (Not including his Cameos in less than what, 3 games? ) This is far from important, if anything, The ottom of the barrel. Get over Geno, it ain’t happening. Aside from Little Mac, Mewtwo is probably the most talked about topic in smash bros now

    • Simple Nintendo dosnt own Geno or Mallo, they are owned by Hudson soft and Square.

  5. I would say use mewtwo OR lucario. But not both. Unless the weren’t taking anyone else off the roster (Aside from snake, he can die in a hole)

    • Why not both? I’m fairly sure that both Fox and Falco will be in the upcoming title. Are not Mewtwo and Lucario so much more dissimilar?
      And as for Snake-
      Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
      …Hmph.

  6. The question is where is Shulk from Xenoblade, Isaac from Golden Sun and Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening? Like seriously these are some very good characters to add to fight with swords along side Link. Does any of my fellow gamers agree?

    • Yep I agree I’ve been campaigning for issac from golden sun for the longest….bomber man would make for a great surprise as well….the character roster will make or break this game….I hope ness x meta knight make it….

    • Every Smash Bros game has influenced one of the newest Fire Emblem characters since the introduction of Fire Emblem in Melee. Marth has returned for both Brawl and Wii U/3DS and just as Ike replaced Roy, it is more than likely Chrom will replace Ike. Get your hopes up, there is a very high chance of Chrom being added. Also, Issac was one of the biggest characters that were an assist trophy that fans wanted to be playable, there hasn’t been any fingers pointed at him, however I don’t see him out of the question. Shulk on the other hand, I don’t know if there is a possibility, but if it happened it did.

  7. I wouldn’t mind if Mewtwo is in or not. Personally, I’d love to see Eevee as a newcommer. He’s a fan favorite and has it’s own image with the Eeveelutions (which could be a Final Smash similar to Tripple Finish. I’d love to say each Eeveelution as individual characters, but that’s asking too much). Eevee has been in almost every Pokemon game, and Eevee’s image was refreshed in X and Y with Sylveon. Sylveon was also the only new pre-evolution featured in X & Y, and the represenative to the Fairy-Type. There is also the Eevee and Friends mini movie and the limited edition Eevee 3DS. I think we could use a second quadreped fighter with Ivysaur (uses its mouth as a substitute instead of having hands).

    I feel Eevee has the potential in the “What’s the hot Pokémon? What Pokémon are in the movies right now? And really do a lot of research on that front.”” criteria.

  8. Unlike everyone else who has comment, Mewtwo really needs to be in the game. Obviously everyone will still buy the game if he isn’t, but a lot of people will be disappointed. Anyway you look at it, he should be there. And with Nintendo’s financial issues really relying on these upcoming exclusive games, SSB Wii U being arguably the most anticipated one this year, Mewtwo would make fans rejoice if he was in the roster. But it wouldn’t surprise me if he wasn’t, especially with Lucario returning. *sigh*

    • I’m with you, except for the last part.
      Lucario and Mewtwo feel somewhat similar (at least to me), but they have completely different movesets and are used very differently.
      If the developers aren’t going to add Mewtwo “because they already added Lucario”…
      Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
      Ugh.
      In Brawl they had THREE characters with identical movesets (Fox, Falco. Wolf). Neglecting Mewtwo because there’s a character that might arguably be somewhat similar-ish is nonsense. Don’t lose hope!

  9. Wow, you’re worse than the kids on Miiverse.

  10. Your are sll nerds

  11. I want Pichu to return :(

    • actually i miss him too. but i doubt he’ll be back, and its kinda ok for me if he doesnt. still, it was fun beating up my sister with the worst character in the game :)
      but what i really want is mewtwo…

  12. I could give a damn less if mewtwo makes the cut or not….but if he does it shouldn’t be the mega evolution which makes him a fighting type as well….

  13. Issac from golden sun bomber man waluigi uh…..meta knight x ness should return….

  14. i would really love it if mewtwo comes back hes a fan fave he has ment to be in every smash bros hes the first ledgend pokemon it would get me more hyped for the game hes got a maga and had three movies just put him in plzzz i would love to play as mewtwo again would make my day if he got anounced make it happen

  15. Mewtwo’s always been my favorite pokemon and I really enjoyed him in Melee, but where are you getting all this ultimate evil stuff from? You even cite the Pokemon movie (where he has a change of heart and decides to live peacefully, did you watch the whole thing? or any of his subsequent apppearances?) as an example of his evil but… It’s not. He was at one point bitter and angry from the abuse, sure, but evil? I definitely wouldn’t say so. Even if you do consider him “evil” you talk about how Meta Knight, Wario, and Wolf, all of whom I’d consider more clearly villains than Mewtwo who basically just wants to be left alone, aren’t bad guys by your definition. What?!? Bowser helps Mario on a few occasions and plays golf with him. Shouldn’t he be dropped from your bad guy list too?

    It would definitely be cool having Mewtwo back in Smash for sure. But this fantasy you have of him being the ultimate evil or something just seems like a weird fanfic. Snake’s killed people, and he smokes, let’s count him as a villain. Sonic is a wild animal that attacks human beings, and destroys their stuff, he’s a villain too. Peach uses Toads as sacrificial shields, Lucas kills his own brother, Pokemon Trainer forces innocent animals to attack everyone on the cast, Mario is a sociopath, Link kills any creature he comes across even if it’s just defending its territory, Samus committed xenocide, ROB is a villain in the Subspace Emissary, and you can tell from Luigi’s final smash that he’s got issues. I’d say there are plenty of people on the cast who are just as “evil” as the 50 minutes or whatever Mewtwo spends as a justified villain in the Pokemon movie (before letting go of his hatred, may I remind you once again).

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