10 characters we hope won’t be in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
Television has entered a golden age of programming, but an actor who has always been an innovator in children’s shows and animated series is Nickelodeon. Kids are so lucky to be able to enjoy more engaging, inclusive and ambitious TV series than ever before and Nickelodeon has become a trusted name in the field. A lot of flagship cartoons broadcast on Nickelodeon are still considered classics today.
Many different video games have taken advantage of the Nickelodeon craze spanning various genres, but cross-combat episodes have become a particularly popular experience. The recent announcement of Nickelodeon Star Brawl from Ludosity and Fair Play Labs promises an exciting fighting game with many familiar faces from Nickelodeon. The final list of Star Brawl hasn’t been announced, but there are a few cartoon characters that hopefully won’t be selected.
ten Donatello is a hero in the half-shell who lacks any impact
the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a unique property in that they have a legacy and fandom that existed long before they became Nickelodeon fixtures. Various Nickelodeon animated series have attempted to breathe new life into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, But Star Brawl already has Leonardo and Michelangelo participating in the festivities. If all the Ninja Turtles function as one character, then including them all makes sense, but it feels like a waste of space when there are already two insanely similar martial artist reptiles in the game.
9 Rugrats who’ve all grown up have too much growing pains to adjust
Rugrats is one of Nickelodeon’s biggest success stories. It hasn’t just received several cinematic features, but there’s even a reboot that’s currently airing on Paramount +. Nickelodeon Star Brawl has Reptar as the franchise’s current mascot, but it’s likely some of the classic babies (or at least Spike) will make the cut. However, the Rugrats also had a spin-off where they are ten years old. Rugrats: all grown up works like a interesting deconstruction of the original series, but there’s nothing exciting about these tweens locked in a fight against each other.
8 Representation of Mr. Horse Squanders Proper Ren & Stimpy
Ren and Stimpy Not only is it an important part of Nickelodeon’s past, but it’s a formative example of weird children’s programming that has struggled to push the boundaries. Recently, Ren and Stimpy has become a more controversial franchise, but Nickelodeon Star Brawl Obviously has not turned his back on it since Powdered Toast Man will be fighting alongside other Nick Toons.
Powdered Toast Man is a surprising choice which implies that the signature characters may not be included. Mr. Horse is one of the Ren & Stimpy’s strangest creations, which is saying something, but it’s not that interesting when judged on a fighting game topic.
7 Butt-ugly Martians are too generic for their own good
Butt-laid martians is an early 2000s CGI effort by Nickelodeon that features a fairly traditional plot in which a group of displaced aliens befriended a trio of teenagers. Animation in Butt-laid martians was impressive for the time, but it’s no longer anything special, and these generic aliens don’t feel necessary, especially when Nickelodeon Star Brawl has characters like Invader Zim to fill their alien quota. the Butt-laid martians inspired some of their own video games, like a racing spin-off, but their lack of presence in the gaming industry is proof that they don’t need to make a comeback.
6 The Breadwinners’ SwaySway and Buhdeuce would be the ugly ducklings of the fight
Breadwinners is one of the most recent animated series hit Nickelodeon in the last decade. The show’s two weird duck brothers, SwaySway and Buhdeuce, seem to be getting into as many misadventures as they are delivering bread. SwaySway and Buhdeuce have wild ways that work well in a cartoon, but they don’t feel like crucial inclusions to The Nickelodeon Star Brawl. They appear to be the Ice Climbers in the game and too embarrassed by group attacks or the involvement of their delivery truck.
5 There are enough SpongeBob sea fish to rule out Squidward
It’s fair to say that any Nickelodeon crossover video game will include a strong representation of Sponge Bob SquarePants. Not only Spongebob mark a crucial point of transition for the children’s network, but it remains more popular than ever with multiple spinoffs in production.
Nickelodeon Star Brawl has previously announced SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy as characters. Squidward is the next likely choice and it will likely be included, but if anyone else from Spongebob must make the cut, then there are more exciting alternatives, like Plankton.
4 Krumm’s Schtick monster is too goofy for a fighting game
Aaahh !! Real monsters is a true gem of Nickelodeon’s golden age of programming and he’s played with unconventional and anti-hero ideas long before Pixar explored Monsters Inc. Real Monsters features some of the most creative characters to ever appear on Nickelodeon, and it’s heartwarming to hear that Star Brawl at least include Oblina in the festivities. Krumm, the eyeball-holding monster, is rude and eccentric perfect for the animated series, but he’s interesting due to his limiting physique. Krumm seems to be a problem in a fighting game, especially if his eyes move away from him.
3 Super Duper Sumos lack subtlety and innovation
Super Duper Sumos is an interesting piece of Nickelodeon’s animated history as it is also a co-production with South Korea. That being said, Super Duper Sumos didn’t last very long, and its stereotypical approach to its subject matter accomplishes the opposite of the show’s goal. Mamoo, Booma and Kimo are a threesome of traditional sumo wrestlers, who also use their skills to fight crime. The Super Duper Sumos feel too close to the characters in any other wrestling game or brawl fighter and would just be a mess here.
2 Fanboy and Chum Chum’s outrageous heroics don’t merge with the world of All-Star Brawl
Fanboy & Chum Chum debuted in 2009, but it tells a story that no longer seems relevant today. The titular main characters have a passion for superheroes and they strive to become the local heroes of their community and the official conquerors of evil. Fanboy & Chum Chum managed to produce 100 episodes during its airing, but these two eccentric characters just don’t feel suited to Nickelodeon Star Brawl. Their CG designs are somewhat awkward compared to other characters, and their abilities (or lack thereof) are largely portrayed by other characters that have already been announced.
1 Raphael’s party attitude is not enough to save him
Granted, Raphael has a more outgoing personality than Donatello, but he’s another classic character of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it seems unnecessary when Michelangelo is already in action. There is still a good chance that the remaining members of the turtle crew will end up in The Nickelodeon Star Brawl, but there are more interesting characters to consider. Splinter, Shredder, Casey Jones or any of the supporting mutant villains in Ninja Turtles would be more exciting than an additional representation of turtles. Maybe if Raphael worked with April O’Neil as a supporting character, but on his own he doesn’t bring enough to the table.
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