Moon Studio, the developer of Ori and The Blind Forest and Ori and The Will of the Wisps, is the latest game designers to try and be a part of Nintendo’s highly-acclaimed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
If their request is heard, they would want Ori, the main character in both games, to be included in the roster of fighters. If you’re not familiar with the titles, both Ori and The Blind Forest and Ori and The Will of the Wisps are action-platformer games starring Ori, an adorable-looking guardian spirit.
Along with Ori is Sein, a character considered to be the “light and eyes” of the Forest’s Spirit Tree. Both games are heavily inspired by classic titles such as Metroid and Rayman, in that they both contain puzzles, enemy combat, and platforming.
Moon Studio didn’t just draw inspiration from video games, though. The Iron Giant and The Lion King were two films that highly influenced the franchise.
Moon Studios’ request came after the surprising news that Steve from Minecraft will be a DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. After all, Nintendo and Microsoft have been on really good terms recently, as games that were once exclusive to Microsoft consoles such as Cuphead and both Ori titles have been ported to the Nintendo Switch.
As such, we wouldn’t be altogether surprised if Ori crossed over to the all-star brawler. We can already imagine Ori’s move set, which would be focused more on speed and agility like Pikachu’s since he’s a small character that won’t weigh a lot.
The Spirit Edge sword from the second installment would be great for when Ori does jabs, tilts, smash attacks, and aerials. This will allow him to quickly and easily hit enemies. As for the special attacks, there are a couple of potential ones to choose from, such as the Spirit Arc arrow and the Spirit Star which looks like a boomerang.
On the other hand, Ori’s Light Burst could be used as his up-special. If they want him to have a floating ability like Peach or Daisy, Ori could use of Kuro’s Feather. There’s a lot to work with here and Nintendo won’t run out of ideas if they do decide to include Ori.
In any case, if Ori ends up getting added in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he would be the first indie character to ever be included in the roster. The only time we saw indie characters included in the fighting title was through Assist Trophies and Mii Costumes, such as Sans from Undertale or Shovel Knight from Shovel Knight.
However, the roster itself is only for characters that are a part of big franchises, even if it’s not a game by Nintendo. Even though we’d love to see Ori fighting other characters, we really doubt that this would happen anytime soon.
It’s a huge honor to be included in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and right now this honor can only be given to those gaming icons. Although Ori is definitely an interesting character to behold, we would be lying if we said that he’s just as important as other famous characters like Joker from Persona 5.