The announcement of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl certainly came as a surprise to fighting game fans and anime lovers alike. Taking inspiration from Super Smash Bros., Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl brings together characters from company history to compete in arena matches. Contestants include characters from SpongeBob Squarepants, Invader Zim, and even Ren and Stimpy. It’s also great to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appear. The character options are almost as crazy as some of the wackiest suggestions for Super Smash Bros. DLC fighters. Ultimate.
The list seems definitely stacked, although some fighters heading to the arena are still unknown at the time of writing. While it’s great to see fan favorites making the cut, there are certainly plenty of underrated mascots that deserve a spot on the list as well.
Moose And Zee: a good mix of strength and intelligence
Nickelodeon viewers who grew up watching Noggin Block in the early morning will remember this duo of moose and birds. Acting as a kind of teacher for viewers, Moose asked questions while Zee communicated with various blinks.
While a nonviolent educational duo might not seem like a perfect fit for a fighter (education and fun are a tough mix to come by), there are certainly plenty of opportunities for an interesting set of moves here. Similar to a character like Duck Hunt or Pikmin’s Captain Olimar from the Super Smash Bros. games, Moose could be the muscle, while Zee offered his support by flying.
Crazy Steve: a real joker character
Hostile, aggressive and defensive in the face of his enchiladas, Crazy Steve was definitely a fan favorite of Drake and Josh. Jerry Trainor’s performance is memorable, and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl could definitely use a wild card like Crazy Steve in the roster.
Using his unbridled speed, his ability to shout some of the weirdest things, and his love for Dora the Explorer, he would make a formidable foe for any fighter in the arena. With his sheer unpredictability, he could have a really varied and formidable moveset in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.
Swiper: an unlikely Kirby clone
“Swiper, no sweep! A relentless thief and constant nuisance to the titular young explorer of Dora the Explorer, Swiper would make an interesting fighter thanks to his special skills. While they failed every attempt to outsmart Dora, maybe the developers could give her a little slack and allow her to steal abilities and items from other fighters.
Much like the ever-lovable Kirby’s copy ability (even his enemies are cute) in Super Smash Bros., Swiper could likely adopt his enemies’ talents. Instead of having a particularly strong skill set, maybe he could use his cunning to gain the upper hand. However he might play, it would be great to see Swiper in the game.
Winslow: Definitely a sneaky fighter
This crazy blue mouse lives in a hole in the wall of the titular CatDog mansion. Although small, he really knows how to get by, thanks to his tough, streetwise attitude. He is also known to wisely crack up with his roommates.
While he would definitely be smaller than most other fighters if added, he could more than make up for that in speed. Maybe he could make his way through the arenas or build doors to escape once things get too heavy? Quick, elusive fighters are the backbone of the genre, and Winslow would be a solid example.
Daggett and Norbert Beaver: a team dream
These two beaver siblings live in a bachelor pad in the Pacific Northwest. Although they are brothers, they tend to bicker constantly and hurt each other as much as possible. Either way, their chaotic nature could potentially make them great fighters.
May be, to the Super Smash Bros. Ice Climbers, players would control them both tied together, allowing for double damage as well as an interesting balance. Maybe they could summon Wolffe D. Wolf or even their bear friend Barry Bear. Whether the Angry Beavers’ Angry Beavers succeed or not, I hope there will be at least some reference to Stump in the game.
Hugh Neutron: A slapstick pie toss fight would ensue
Duck-obsessed, pie-lover Jimmy Neutron’s dad is certainly one of the show’s most memorable characters. Fans would love to see this eccentric man included in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. That would make sense, as there really isn’t a better representative of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, to join the ranks and fight.
Maybe Hugh could use pies as an attack while summoning ducks to battle. Better yet, his movie Pie Man alter-ego might even make an appearance to save the day (or win the game).
Artie, the strongest man in the world: brute strength and charm
“Artie, the strongest man … in the world!” Living in what appears to be a porta-potty but still doing what he can to help the kids, Artie is definitely a bizarre superhero. While it leaves many questions unanswered and its true power is unknown, it would certainly make a great inclusion in this game.
It would be nice if Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl embraced all facets of Nickelodeon’s history and made sure that more live shows (such as All That, Amanda Show, and Clarissa Explains It All) were featured as well.
Man Ray: Lots of deliciously despicable potential
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy’s arch nemesis definitely deserves a spot on the list. It’s already been confirmed that Ren and Stimpy’s Powdered Toast Man are in the game, so seeing another superhero style fighter would be great.
Man Ray could play the same as Captain Falcon in Super Smash Bros. Incredibly fast, lots of combo potential but with very little ranged ability. Perhaps the developers can also integrate other favorites from Mermaid Man and Barnacle, like Dirty Bubble.
The Action League: A Strong Squad of Quirky Heroes
This plastic superhero group consisted of The Flesh, Thundergirl, Stinky Diver, and Meltman. A recurring segment on KaBlam, these overkill toys had distinct abilities ranging from underwhelming to silly and totally impractical. Internal quarrels and disagreements usually hampered the adventure they found themselves on.
Getting them into the game would be an interesting challenge. Maybe they could appear as one location on the list, just swapping pallets with each other? Perhaps one of the Action League members could be picked as the series’ representation for the game. Either way, a callback to one of the less conventional super-teams in the game. Modern animation deserves a place in the cast.
Henry and June: a bit of everything
If the developers don’t want to spend a slot on an individual KaBlam character, they could just include the show’s hosts instead. Henry and June were the lively hosts of KaBlam, appearing between segments with their own tracks and gags. They presented each short film and closed the show with a short segment themselves.
Ideally, their moveset should encompass everything KaBlam-related, with callbacks to different skits like Life with Loopy, Sniz and Fondue, Prometheus and Bob, and the aforementioned Action League Now. The possibilities are endless, making it a great choice for that less than serious fighter. In order for the game to compete for genre fans’ time with excellent conventional fighters like Guilty Gear Strive, its roster will need to be diverse and fun.
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