#10: Urban Champion
We'll start off the list with a somewhat obscure NES classic that has recently been making a comeback. After nearly a 20-year absence, the game suddenly started appearing on the e-Reader and in Wario Ware. Could a new game in the series be the next step?
#9: Clu Clu Land
A great addicting game that puts a new twist on the Pac-Man-like maze theme. The difference between Bubbles and Pac-Man, however? Bubbles doesn't stop! Let's hope that this series can act like its heroine and just keep going! It's the perfect forgotten franchise to take advantage of the DS's Touch Screen!
#8: Balloon Fight
I think just about every gamer knows the tune to Balloon Fight. It's a staple in video game music. A lot of kids, especially the tweens, however, have no clue where the hell that music came from. Gaming gurus, please join me in singing the tune to Balloon Fight while actually knowing what game it's from. Doot de doo doo! Da da da da da da daaaa! That was a great time! Anyway, the Balloon Fighter was a Beta character for Super Smash Bros. Melee, so maybe he'll be in Brawl?
#7: Ice Climber
When Super Smash Bros. Melee was first announced, 95% of people had no clue who the Ice Climbers were. Most likely because Nana and Popo were out doing their thing long before the current generation of gamers was born. Before Link had to save Hyrule, before Samus had to save a whole planet, before Fox McCloud had to save an entire Galaxy, Nana and Popo were climbing mountains. Just for the hell of it. They finally got revived for Super Smash Bros. Melee, and if that isn't a hint that a new game could be on its way, then I don't know what could be.
#6: Mach Rider
You are Mach Rider. The game's most well-known line is so clichéd that it's actually badass in this case. Tell me you wouldn't buy a game that says "You are Mach Rider" on the box. It also had one of the most original twists on the most clichéd plot ever - The hero finds that his hometown has been destroyed, now he has to go save everyone. The twist? He has to do it from his own motorcycle. It is rumored that, like Balloon Fighter, Mach Rider himself was a Beta character for Super Smash Bros. Melee. Let's hope that in Brawl they actually put him in...
Why there were no Punch-Out!! Trophies in Super Smash Bros. Melee is beyond a mystery. Nintendo's main boxing series stars a 17-year-old named Little Mac trying to become the greatest boxer of all time. He practically coined the term "underdog" in the video game world. Let's see if he can pull a full-fledged comeback when it comes to his franchise!
The only reason a lot of the newer generations of gamers have heard of this game is because Pilotwings 64 was a launch title for the N64. Few of the n00bs know, however, that Nintendo's main flight simulation series (if you don't count Star Fox) was originally on the SNES. There was a Pilotwings game planned for Game Cube, but it was ultimately cancelled. Perhaps we shall see a new one on the Wii?
A lot of you have probably heard of this series, but not a lot of you have probably played it. It has become a cult classic among those games who have played it, and almost everyone who has agrees that Zoda is one of the greatest villains of all time (and should've been in the Villains contest two years ago)...
I guarentee 90% of you just said scratched your heads looking at this name. The other 10% of you have probably had the privilage of playing one of the greatest forgotten franchises of all time. Before Kirby, HAL's claim to fame was this puzzle series starring a small blue ball-like creature. Sakurai has stated many times that he loves this character and hopes to revive the series someday. Could Super Smash Bros. Brawl be the chance to do it?
#1: Kid Icarus
Could any other franchise honestly top this list? Even after a somewhat disappointing and forgettable sequel, fans have been craving Kid Icarus 3 for nearly 15 years. Pit hasn't seen a new game since 1991, and yet he was still one of the most fan-demmanded characters for Super Smash Bros. Brawl until he was finally announced. Even with hundreds of games in the NES library, there are still people who've kept or even bought the system just for Kid Icarus. If that doesn't say that it needs a comeback, then I don't know what does.
I hope that this brought back great memories for all of you older gamers, and introduced great series to you youngins. I hope that this list gave you some ideas for possible characters to nominate in the next character battle, as well as think about characters to possibly look forward to in Brawl. But most of all, I hope it made you realize what you're missing out on due to the overwhelming success of series like Metroid and Zelda. Nintendo has already announced that they will be reviving one Forgotten Franchise to be announced at E3, but, at the time I'm typing this, they have yet to reveal which one it is. Hopefully it will be one of this 10 gems.
List by darkx5642358951 (07/10/2007)
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