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Smash needs an indie representative. Who should it be?

Zutrax

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Oct 31, 2017
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Quote from Cave Story.



Pretty much what I consider to be the first indie icon. His historical relevance combined with his awesome potential moveset make him a perfect fit.
 

Zen Hero

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Oct 25, 2017
2,521
Hornet!

Because Hollow Knight is one of my favorite games of all time, indie or not.

I would pick Hornet over the knight because she's like the Zero to the knight's Mega Man. By that I mean: the cooler more interesting hero with personality.
 

Platy

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Oct 25, 2017
15,260
Brazil
Actually known or is that one of many rules Smash fans made up over the years
Half and half.
Sakurai has been on record to say that he will avoid region exclusive characters in recent years when he recognized he was TOO MUCH on japan in his mind.
That being said it still is 70+ japanese characters against 3 western characters (diddy, K Roll and Banjo) and just 1 western ip (Banjo)
 

RochHoch

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May 22, 2018
5,189
Actually known or is that one of many rules Smash fans made up over the years
Most of the "rules" that people complain about are logical observations based on past trends.

But to answer your question, yes, Sakurai has said in the past that he likes to highlight Japanese gaming through Smash. Plus, all of the third-parties in Smash are Japanese characters bar the one ex-Nintendo owned character, so it's pretty obvious how he feels.
 

Peltz

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Oct 26, 2017
3,671
He's not indie anymore but he had indie origins:

While I think Shovel Knight and Hollow Knight would both be fantastic, only Minecraft Steve is really as iconic as is necessary to be the one to break through. I’m saying this as someone who doesn’t even like Minecraft. And I also fully recognize he’s not an indie character anymore.

But this is definitely my answer. And his move list would be really unique.
 

Kanmurukillua

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Jan 28, 2019
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Reimu is the only one I'd really want that also deserves it. Steve would either be super boring as a character or his moveset would actually be legitimately awful to play against, especially if they went with a building mechanic or something.
 
Jan 10, 2018
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Half and half.
Sakurai has been on record to say that he will avoid region exclusive characters in recent years when he recognized he was TOO MUCH on japan in his mind.
That being said it still is 70+ japanese characters against 3 western characters (diddy, K Roll and Banjo) and just 1 western ip (Banjo)
Japan has much more of a mascot culture. There aren't that many western gaming mascots beyond Tomb Raider and these 70+ consist overwhelmingly of Nintendo characters. Also lets not forget, this whole third party thing started with Sonic and Snake. Sega has ironically excellent business relationships with Nintendo and Kojima personally asked Sakurai.
Most of the "rules" that people complain about are logical observations based on past trends.

But to answer your question, yes, Sakurai has said in the past that he likes to highlight Japanese gaming through Smash. Plus, all of the third-parties in Smash are Japanese characters bar the one ex-Nintendo owned character, so it's pretty obvious how he feels.
Extrapolations based on interpreted patterns and not based on actuals are... not wise.
 

XandBosch

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Oct 27, 2017
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100% Minecraft Steve (should honestly already be in Smash).

Hollow Knight doesn't belong anywhere near the likes of Mario (yet).
 

Wil Grieve

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Oct 25, 2017
1,251
The only real answers are Steve (but he is not indie anymore) and Shovel Knight (who is an assist trophy).

No one else comes close.

No one knows who Reimu is.
 

Kewlmyc

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Oct 25, 2017
13,543
It honestly doesn't, but if it had to get one, it would have been Sans or the MC of Undertale or Shovel Knight. Though are off the table now though.

Hollow Knight is also a good answer.