SERIOUSLY, I have nothing against Fire Emblem but we don’t need 5 characters from a single franchise that isn’t one of Nintendo’s main staples, especially when they’re ALL SWORDSMEN. I’d trim it down to Ike and Robin. Two swordsmen, one with a unique magic slant and the other with a heavy slant. Nintendo has way too vast a collection of characters to choose from for five to be Fire Emblem humanoid sword users.
…Yeah, even for as much as I am fangirling over the announcement, I can remember the forum discussions over possible reps. One choice brought up was Miciah, who would be an interesting choice since she’s a magic-based Lord, and it would be cool to see how her unique skill, Sacrifice, could be incorporated in her move set. Or if you want to go with more non-human characters, there are always the Manekets (basically shape-shifting dragons) and the the most prominent one in the franchise, Tiki, already has a trophy in the game so why not just make her playable? Either way, it would be more female fighters so Acara would still be a very happy camper :)
But there was no way Marth was ever going to be cut. He’s the face of Fire Emblem and cutting him would be like Pikachu just because another electric type got it Smash or something like that. Brawl did a good job differentiating Marth and Ike by having Ike be the heavy hitting but slower swordsman while Marth was the faster but less durable fighter. They can still keep that for Smash 4 by having Marth once again be the lighter fighter, Ike be the heavy fighter, and Robin have the tomes. I think that Lucina could be the middle-of-the-road fighter, since while she does use lots of Marth’s moves, she also always has access to Ike’s Aether in FEA so maybe have her be the mix of both of them?
Even if Lucina does end up being a Marth-clone, I would still be hesitate to cut her. Because while Smash may have many swordsman now, Lucina is the still a sword using female character. Her gender isn’t an option like Robin’s is, she’s female and you don’t have a choice in changing it. If it had been Chrom that go it, yeah, then I would be complaining more, but Lucina being in is just gives me so many feels. Her gender may seem arbitrary, but it takes me back to when Melee came out and I was so excited to play as Peach or Zelde, finally I could play as someone like me. Or even back in Smash 64 when my brother and I puzzled over Samus’s bio because holy crap, Samus is a girl? Since Nintendo tries to reach a more general audience that includes girls, I do think that Lucina was included because they wanted a female sword user in the rooster to get the same reaction out of players of this generation like they did with younger me.
TL:DR, a part of me is like, yes, this is too many sword users, but the other part of me is like, we have our female sword user and another possible female sword-user as well and if they were replaced, well, I would still want my female characters
like Tiki, because she would have been awesome so who else could fit the spots?
Though on the issue of representation, that is curious. Even regarding the fact that Chrom seems to only be in Robin’s final smash (akin to Tom Nook showing up in the Villagers final smash), four is big number for a franchise that was going to end if Awakening didn’t sell enough. But Awakening was a big hit pretty much world wide so I wonder if that influenced the decision? When it was first released in Japan in April 2012, it did sell out 80% of its stock and it seems that Smash went into development around June 2012 so I wonder if Nintendo pressured Sakurai to included two characters from its then hottest selling game? Given how Marth and Roy’s presence in Melee is what caused the franchise to finally be released outside of Japan, maybe they are hopping Lucina and Robin would help continue to gather attention for the franchise outside across the world as well? Alternatively, 2015 will be the 25th anniversary of Fire Emblem so maybe the representatives are included as apart of a preemptive anniversary celebration?