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Smash Fighter Ballot: Give Lloyd a Chance
A lot of people want to see their favorite video game characters fight each other. We always want to know who would beat whom in a fight, and Super Smash Bros. is the game that lets you do that. With the latest installment of Nintendo’s franchise fighter, they’ve done a few thing differently: new characters; downloadable content; and, earlier this year, the chance to really get some fan input on who we want to see with their Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot.
That’s right, fans. You have the chance to heavily influence who could join the Smash roster. Now, there are tons of characters that would make fine additions to Super Smash Bros. Names like Shovel Knight, Bayonetta, and even Goku have all been thrown around by fans. With that said, I’m going to make the case for one character in particular: Lloyd Irving of 2003’s Tales of Symphonia for the Nintendo Gamecube.
Lloyd is the protagonist of the cult classic, Tales of Symphonia. Initially a stubborn youth with little regard for the consequences of his own actions, over the course of the game he matures into a brave warrior with a clear goal in mind. Raised by a dwarf, the twin swordsman is a self-taught fighter who focuses on speed and versatility to compensate for a lack of strength and damage output.
As for what he brings to the table, let’s look at characters he would be most similar to: Pit/Dark Pit, Link, and Marth. All are swordsmen to a degree, but each one sets himself apart. Pit/Dark Pit have arrows and their angelic anatomy to fall back on. He also has enough variety to fight at both short and mid-range effectively. Link brings a number of tools to the table for various types of damage and numerous multi-hit moves. Marth is the quicker of the three and has some impressive short-range attacks and knockback ability.
So, where does Lloyd fit into all this? Somewhere between the speed of Marth and versatility of Pit/Dark Pit in regards to his ability to play the field from both short and medium distances. Lloyd has a huge pool of moves to draw from throughout the Tales series.
A major barrier to Lloyd’s inclusion is his relative obscurity. I counter with the fact that, before Smash I hadn’t heard of Earthbound, where Lucas and Ness originated. The same goes for Shulk with Xenoblade or Fire Emblem characters. Still, those characters have gained a solid fanbase in both America and Japan, so obscurity shouldn’t play a ton against characters as long as they contribute something.
Likewise, some would argue that Lloyd shouldn’t make the cut because Namco already has Pac-Man representing them. While Lloyd may not be nearly as popular as Pac-Man, and you could make a case that every franchise featuring “too many” reps has a lot more popularity than those with fewer reps. All the same, with people wanting characters like Krystal and Knuckles, I think there’s room for more when it comes to third-party companies having more than one rep if the fans ask for it.
Give that fact—as well as the aforementioned points—people should take this opportunity to give Lloyd a chance. Maybe even play Tales of Symphonia and try him out for yourself. If not Tales of Symphonia, Lloyd has appeared in both the Tales of the World series and Tales of VS., a Tales-based fighting game. He’s even been featured in a Soul Calibur title.
I’m not the only one who is pulling for Lloyd to gain some headway in the votes, and we’ve got until October. He’s a popular choice among some circles and was even featured in Super Smash Flash. There have been videos on Lloyd’s placement in the game, people have created highly-detailed posts about what features he would bring (like his theme and stages), and numerous pieces of artwork have been created in support of Lloyd in Smash Bros.
I could go on about why Lloyd deserves a spot in Super Smash Bros., but I’ll leave you with this: regardless of whether you vote for Lloyd, this is a prime opportunity for both the gaming community and Nintendo to really let our voices be heard. It would be silly not to vote for your favorite. Even if you don’t think there’s much chance, your guy or girl could make it.