With the release of Wind Waker HD right around the corner, it may come as no surprise that Toon Link has officially been announced as a returning character in the next installment of Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U and 3DS. His official announcement can be located on the official Smash Bros. site along with a variety of in-game screen shots depicting Toon Link duking it out against other Characters.
While Toon Link is undoubtedly a lovable character, I do find it a bit surprising that he made the roster for both upcoming Smash Bros. games. Masahiro Sakurai had said that the character selection for both games would have to be slimmed down due to constraints on the 3DS, which is why including Toon Link doesn’t make sense. Although his moves are somewhat different in form and function from Link’s (at least in Brawl), they are essentially very similar characters. If the rosters have to be slimmed down, why are duplicate characters still being included? It doesn’t make sense.
That’s the other thing that’s bother me. Why is the Wii U version of the game being penalized for the 3DS’s inability to support a larger selection of characters? The Wii U is clearly capable of supporting a larger number of playable characters, so why not include more in the console version of the game? Nintendo continues to baffle me.
Either way, I’m happy Toon Link is returning despite the limitations placed on the overall number of playable characters. As opposed to Link, Toon Link offers a much lighter and faster play style, while still packing quite a punch with his heavier attacks. I love using his “Down A” attack while hovering above people even though people seem to think it’s cheap. It’s their job to dodge it, right?
My hope is that Toon Link is given a bit of a makeover from a moves perspective. Moves that set him apart from his adult counterpart will greatly diversify the overall experience of using Toon Link, while also creating separation between the two very similar characters. That being said, let’s just hope this is the last set of duplicate characters that end up in SSB for Wii U and 3DS. I wouldn’t be able to handle another SSBM scenario with characters like Fox and Falco, Captain Falcon and Ganondorf, Marth and Roy, etc. It’s just lazy!
What are your thoughts? Are you happy Toon Link will be returning to SSB on the Wii U and 3DS? Tell me in the comments section below.
-Ocarina of Time Nerd