The Smash Bros. series is Nintendo's attempt at giving itself a big pat on the back the games are filled with Nintendo history, from the stages to the trophies in the game. But the stuff Nintendo wants you to pay attention to is the playable characters, which have ranged from R.O.B. to Mr. Game and Watch to Ness (who has now appeared in more Smash Bros. games than games of his own). Yet there are hugely important things from Nintendo's past that they'll probably never allow as characters in the new Smash Bros. games here are 10 of them.
Nintendo's sole attempt at trying to squeeze its way into Hollywood is one they would like to forget besides being an enormous box office failure, it did some real weird things with the Super Mario brand, including changing Goombas from little walking mushrooms into hulking reptiles with tiny heads, making Bowser look a lot like Dennis Hopper, and their most unforgiving sin having Luigi not have a mustache. So what are the odds we'd see anyone from the Super Mario Bros. movie in a new Smash Bros.? About as likely as the cast reuniting for a sequel that turns out to be Bob Hoskins' dream about fighting a frog named Wart.
For the majority of its existence, Nintendo wasn't about videogames at all: they were about Hanafuda cards sorta like the Pokemon cards of the late 19th century, except there was no chance of finding a holofoil Zapdos card but there was a possibility you might contract polio at some point during a game. They were what brought Nintendo into existence, and Nintendo still produces them to this day. If a giant glove-hand can have such a prominent role in Smash Bros., the least they could do is add in a giant Hanafuda card that everyone can pass over in favor of Captain Falcon.
Back in the day, before you could get trailers and leaked details through the constant stream of information known as the interent, all your gaming news (which was actually, unless you were one of those weird kids who read the newspaper, the only news that mattered to you) came through magazines, primarily Nintendo Power. And the one absolutely consistent character in the magazine moreso than even Mario was Nester, a comic strip character that served as the magazine's mascot until the end of 1993. He wasn't really anything other than a way to advertise new Nintendo games, but then again ALL of Nintendo Power was pretty much nothing but an advertisement for new Nintendo games. Still, as a victim of a dying medium, he's gotta be hungry for work.