I left this one until last only because it's technically a guest character, but it's also the last of the original Smash 150 rejects: www.deviantart.com/professorfa…
I also didn't include Jibanyan in the original project because I already had a character from Level 5 (Professor Layton) and didn't want two guest characters from the same company.And
the only reason I included Layton is because he was already part of a previous project of mine; I actually think Jibanyan would fit into Smash better!
So Jibanyan is the mascot character of Yokai Watch,
a monster fighting/collecting game. What makes it interesting is that all the monsters are based on Japanese 'yokai' which are sort of spirits who are said to influence all sorts of aspects of Japanese culture. Sure, there are some monster-style ones like animated skeletons and ogres but there are also ghosts (both of people and inanimate objects) and just about any human foible can be attributed to a yokai, from a runny nose to the tendency to overspend.
the first Yokai Watch game. The fact that the creatures were based on real myths (but explicitly so, not in the oblique Pokemon sort of way) but adapted slightly to fit a more modern time made it really interesting to me and the battle system was quick and streamlined so I didn't have to be especially tactical, just a bit more reactionary.
The second game was slightly more disappointing. Sure, the new monsters were great and the story involves you travelling back in time so there a new yokai who are even more heavily based on the real old 'classic' creatures of legend but this was where they decided to really tighten the screws on the money making machine and produced three different variants of the same game, with different monsters in each and there was no way to get them all in just one version! Sure there was online trading, but only with people on your friends list and I was not prepared to start curb crawling around internet forums to beg someone to give me the rice bowl monster.
There was even a special area that could only be obtained by linking to games together locally, so suffice to say my copy of the game has a big sad hole in it that may never be filled!
Yokai Watch 3 is on its way too, and I'm less enthused than ever. This game takes place in America and introduces lots of new "American Yokai." You might think that's a great idea as it plays on lots of American legends like the Mothman, Jersey Devil, aliens etc but in fact it's just a bunch of puns based on Japanese jokes about
Americans so one of the things that endeared me so much is now completely gone.
It also seems like the games are being dictated more and more by the incredibly successful cartoon, because the characterisations in the second game are nothing like those in the first. The player character is now a cynical jerk and Whisper has been demoted from helpful partner to insult sponge and whipping boy.
Despite all this I know that the series is absolutely huge in Japan and a cat spirit from a monster battling game would be an easy fit for Smash Bros (and I couldn't include Jibanyan without Whisper for this picture) but with an obvious parallel between Yokai Watch and Pokemon, what are the chances of this guy showing up alongside Pikachu?SMASH 150 DLC PACK 1
That's a wrap on this set! I hope you've enjoyed them, I might get around to another set before Ultimate is released but don't hold your breath! Feel free to keep suggesting characters to me though, I've got a list with a few more ideas on but for now let's see what other announcements we get before release!