Okay, we give in. About 20 per cent of all the letters that we receive from readers are along the lines of "Wouldn't it be awesome if XXXX was in the next Smash Bros. game?" And when Fred recently posted a blog asking you lot who you'd most like to see appear in a fantasy Brawl sequel, you all went absolutely nuts. It's nearly 18 months after the game hit the shelves, and you're still utterly obsessed with Nintendo's masterclass in controlled chaos.
So, ever eager to please, here it is - the top ten gaming characters Team ONM would like to see in the next Smash Bros. game. Of course, whether or not they'll ever appear, or if indeed Nintendo will ever make another Smash Bros. game, is another matter entirely. At the Games Developer Conference last year, game director Masahiro Sakurai said: "The series has already had three iterations so I cannot say with one-hundred percent confidence that there won't be any additional Smash Bros. games ever. I'm really against the idea of merely creating a sequel that would add modes or increase the number of characters in the roster."
Still, everyone has got to dream, right? Not happy with who we've chosen? Let us know by commenting below...
Like Captain Olimar and his Pikmin, we'd like to see Layton take to the mean streets of the Smash Bros. universe with Luke by his side, who could chip in with a swift kick to the shins every now and then. Layton's fighting style would be as gentlemanly and fair as possible, of course - we imagine him sticking his dukes up, Queensbury rules-style, for most of the fight. And his lithe figure suggests to us that he'd have a Luigi-style high jump too.
This is where that massive top hat of his comes into play. We'd like to see him reach into his trademark head-furniture and pull out the robot dog that you have to piece together in The Curious Village, which then legs it at your opponent and smashes them off the stage in a blaze of electricity. Solve that, sucker!
Little Mac's boxing skills would transfer beautifully to the fast-paced world of Smash Bros. Armed with a flurry of punches (and a costume change in the form of his fetching pink tracksuit), our plucky young contender should fare well. Remember Balrog out of Street Fighter? We think Little Mac would play a lot like him, only less reliant on brute force - he'd be a lot more agile and have a range of special punches to utilise.
Naturally, he'd turn into his alter-ego Giga Mac, just as he does in the two player mode of Punch-Out!! on the Wii. The camera would whizz around to the series' trademark third person view and then you'd wade in with a range of devastating uppercuts and hooks. Knock out!
You can play as your Mii in Mario Kart, so why not Smash Bros. too? And as for moves, we've got loads of different games to choose from - your Mii could bash your opponent over the head with a Balance Board from Wii Fit, or deafen them with a parp of a trumpet from Wii Music. You could even mount the cow from the 'Charge!' game in Wii Play and barge your opponents off the stage. And how about a parachute from Wii Sports Resort coming to your rescue to help you glide back onto the stage when hit?
It's got to be something from the latest Mii-friendly extravaganza, Wii Sports Resort for this one. A super powerful sword from swordplay? A ruddy great frisbee to lob at your opponent? A huge bowling ball? Perhaps most of all, we'd like to see the camera whizz around behind your character as your Mii pulls out the bow from archery and aims right for their adversary's noggin.