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To Be or Not to Be an Echo Fighter, That Is the Question

John Rowland

Posted on July 21, 2018 22:09

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(NOTE: This piece is given to us by a special friend.) With the introduction of echo fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, many followers believe a window of opportunity has opened for several new challengers, and one of them happens to be the girlfriend of a well-recognized chimpanzee. Could there be some truth to this notion, or is it simply a common misconception?

While we're awaiting further news on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, let's revisit a previously discussed newcomer candidate, who some have said would be just a clone of her boyfriend, and now believe might be his echo fighter. Specifically, Dixie & Diddy Kong.

In my first gaming article, I talked about the infamous King K. Rool vs. Dixie Kong debate and why Dixie could have the arguably better shot at making Smash's roster, despite not exactly having the popular demand that K. Rool does. Here, we're going to see if Dixie really would be nothing more than Diddy's echo fighter by exploring some rough ideas on what Dixie's special moves could look like and comparing and contrasting them to Diddy's.

Up Special: Diddy's jetpack is charge-based and carries him to greater altitudes with longer charge. Dixie's pony-copter from Tropical Freeze could lift her up without necessarily needing a charge-up, and it could function more like Donkey Kong's arms or Link's sword but gain a lesser vertical advantage.

Standard Special: Diddy's peanut popgun is also charge-based, fires one unit in a single arc per use, deals more damage with longer charge and explodes in his face when charged for too long. Dixie's gumball popgun could be more rapid-fire-based like Fox's blaster, and the ammunition fired could bounce along the ground and travel up or down slanted surfaces but inflict minimal damage.

Side & Down Specials and Final Smash: For her Side Special, Dixie could use her ponytail to do a multi-whirl dash attack from TF to plow through enemies when used on the ground and to glide temporarily when used in midair, somewhat similar to Meta Knight's drill attack or Wario's bike, or maybe use it to grapple onto foes and toss them in any direction, sort of like Bowser's claw grab. Now for something more innovative: For her Down Special, Dixie could do another ponytail whirl maneuver to produce small gusts of wind to blow away nearby opponents and maybe deflect incoming projectiles but remain stationary; or she could just simply do her pony-ground-pound from TF. These moves could replace Diddy's Monkey Flip and Banana Peel, respectively. Lastly, Dixie's Final Smash would most likely involve pulling out her guitar and rocking out the competition, similar to DK's now-retired Konga Beat.

So contrary to relatively popular belief, Dixie Kong may not necessarily be Diddy Kong's echo fighter. Although Diddy and Dixie have similar body shapes and both have abilities to fly and weapons labeled as popguns, Dixie has enough moveset potential to bring a relatively new playstyle to Smash, or for simplicity, be a semi-clone at most. Either way, until she's confirmed, it's anybody's guess.

All this being said, we could still see King K. Rool get in over Dixie Kong. Alternatively, we might see them both, or neither one, get announced. However, echo fighter or not, if Dixie does get in, but K. Rool somehow doesn't, let's hope the outcry won't be as bad as the Daisy-over-Waluigi one was.

John Rowland

Posted on July 21, 2018 22:09

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