Everyone was pretty shocked at the Nintendo Direct yesterday that revealed Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII as a new playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS.  However, I feel that Tifa should have been the one to represent that particular series as it would have made more sense.  Don’t agree? Well, you need to read the article in full to find out my reasoning on why she would have been a better choice than Zack’s clone.  Hit the jump.

[  Cloud’s Trailer for Smash Bros.  ]

Just in case you did not see Cloud Strife’s trailer for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS, I have it posted here so you can witness it in all its glory.

[  Tifa Lockheart, Bartender Badass  ]

For those of you who are not familiar with Tifa Lockheart from Final Fantasy VII, she is part of the underground resistance group known as “AVALANCHE” which fights against the evil conglomerate known as “Shinra Electric Power Company”.  Shinra is basically causing the lifestream to slowly die by using it as a source of power, thus killing the planet in the process.  Tifa is also a childhood friend of main character, Cloud Strife, and presently works as a bartender in a tavern called “7th Heaven” in the slums.  Tifa became an instant fan favorite due to her being Cloud’s love interest, and at that time she had pretty large breasts for a video game character (sadly this is probably what she was known most for during that time).

If you would like to know more about Tifa besides just this brief summary, ScrewAttack did an EXCELLENT presentation of her skills and abilities in her Death Battle vs Yang Xiao-Long.

[  Tifa as FFVII’s Representative  ]


Tifa’s official Final Fantasy VII Artwork.

Final Fantasy VII is possibly the most popular game within the Final Fantasy series, with only Final Fantasy X carrying more notoriety.  While Cloud Strife is naturally one of the more popular characters due to him being the protagonist, Tifa is also very well-known.  Her being put into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS seems like it would have been the smart move for a variety of factors concerning the game.  Mainly that it would be nice to have more human hand-to-hand combatants and that there has not been any new female characters as DLC even though only a small number of women are playable to begin with.

Human hand-to-hand combatants have been a real rarity within the Super Smash Bros. series.  Within this latest iteration we only have Little Mac, Ryu, Ganondorf, and Captain Falcon which fit the quota I am talking about.  While we do have characters like Mario, Luigi, Wario, etc. who do not fight with a weapon, they look more cartoonish than human, if anything they are “human-like”.  Also, we do not have any female hand-to-hand combatants other than Sheik (Wii Fit trainer does not really count to me), everyone else is using some type of magic power or a weapon.  It would also be nice to see another battle-hardened female.

As it stands now, there are currently 13 playable female characters (Princess Peach, Zero Suit Samus, Samus Aran, Zelda, Sheik, Jigglypuff (?), Rosalina & Luma, Lucina, Goddess Palutena, Wii Fit Trainer, Female Robin, Wendy O. Koopa [Bowser Jr. Palette Swap], and Female Mii Character).  What is even worse about this is that Zelda/Sheik are the same person and so is Zero Suit Samus/Power Armor Samus.  We also have Female Robin, Female Mii Character, and Wendy O. Kooper which are not dedicated gender-specific characters, and Jigglypuff was a male in the Pokémon anime series so no idea if it is male or female in this game (even though it boasts feminine accessories in Smash).   There have been absolutely no new female characters that have currently been announced and it would be nice to see some new blood representing the ladies.

They also have plenty to go by for Tifa’s moveset.  She has been in various other games than just Final Fantasy VII; Tifa has also appeared in other games, such as Erhgeiz: God Bless the Ring, Final Fantasy: Dissidia, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, and even appeared in the CGI movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.  Tifa would be very easy to craft moves and skills for that would fit right at home with the other combatants in Smash.

Overall, I think that Tifa would make quite a good character.  She’s iconic within the Final Fantasy series, she knows how to hold her own in a fight, and she fits all the criteria I believe Super Smash Bros. For Wii U & 3DS is missing.  Hopefully next time around Nintendo will consider the female lead and see what she has to bring to the table.