IGN has revealed that developers Ludosity and Fair Play Labs have secretly been working on Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl: a Super Smash Bros.-style fighting game starring some of Nickelodeon’s best characters.
This is obviously big news for Nickelodeon fans everywhere, as well as those who have been craving a Smash Bros.-like experience and don’t own a Switch, so it’s hardly a surprise that this reveal quickly inspired many of those fans to start a surprisingly heated debate over who the most powerful Nickelodeon character is and who will emerge from this upcoming brawl as the undisputed champion.
While Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl‘s full roster hasn’t been revealed quite yet, here’s a brief list of the playable characters that have been confirmed so far:
Michelangelo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Nigel Thornberry (The Wild Thornberrys)
Powdered Toast Man (Ren & Stimpy)
SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob SquarePants)
Sandy Cheeks (SpongeBob SquarePants)
Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
Oblina (Aaahh!!! Real Monsters)
Lucy Loud (The Loud House)
Lincoln Loud (The Loud House)
Helga (Hey Arnold!)
Zim (Invader Zim)
Danny Phantom (Danny Phantom)
So…who you got? That’s the question that’s dividing the internet at the moment, though it’s hardly a surprise that the first-round draft largely consists of the most conventionally powerful Nickelodeon characters. Reptar, for instance, seems to be a popular choice at the moment by virtue of being basically Godzilla. In fact, at least one fan thinks they may have already spotted the move that will put Reptar over the top.
Nickelodeon’s resident superhero, Danny Phantom, is another one of the more obvious choices at the moment. He is, after all, objectively one of the most powerful characters currently in the game (if we’re going off of inherent abilities), and some believe they’ll be able to use Phantom’s powers to bring some Dragon Ball FighterZ-style absurdity to unprepared Lucy Loud mains everywhere.
Powdered Toast Man has certainly captured the attention of a certain group of Nickelodeon fans who fondly remember this somewhat obscure character from his Ren & Stimpy days. While nobody is entirely sure what their (or any other character’s) moveset will look like, the surprisingly popular theory at the moment is that they’ll eventually resemble one of Smash Bros.‘s most consistently dominant fighters.
Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Zim are all also securing high-ranking spots on hypothetical tier lists, but what’s most surprising at the moment is how many people seem to think that Nigel Thornberry is actually the one character who will eventually rule them all.
CatDog is also getting a lot of love, which is particularly surprising given that they’ve never been portrayed as being especially powerful in their show and are not even confirmed to be in the game at this time.
Of course, as long as we’re talking about unconfirmed characters who could potentially dominate this game, we’ve got to talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s Aang: a top-tier candidate for the most potentially powerful fighter from a pure lore perspective.
Whoever you side with in this debate, it’s nice to see the internet come together to celebrate something despite the fact that we all know the most broken character in the final game will probably end up being Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life or possibly Jimmy Neutron‘s Sheen.
Of course, we’ll all be able to actually settle this debate on the digital streets of Bikini Bottom when Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is released later in 2021 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.