Crash Bandicoot (Activision)
Many game companies during the 90s made attempts at creating a mascot character like Mario and Sonic. However, only a select few managed to stand out from the crowd, including Sony’s first (unofficial) mascot Crash Bandicoot.
Crash Bandicoot was originally exclusive to the Sony PlayStation, but after his original trilogy of games he began to appear on other consoles, including his first Nintendo appearance on the GBA exclusive in the 2002 title Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure. Crash has later made several appearances on Nintendo consoles, including the more recent Switch titles Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, so there is an actual Nintendo connection.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s roster consists of iconic gaming characters from the 80s to today, yet Crash’s absence has been noticeable by many fans. Activision, a company with deep ties to Nintendo, owns the rights to Crash Bandicoot. Although some may argue that Spyro is just as deserving due to the Skylanders franchise becoming massively popular a few years go, Crash is arguably more recognizable and iconic. It’s also worth noting that Activision did include Donkey Kong and Bowser as exclusive characters to the various Nintendo versions of Skylanders: SuperChargers.
Crash’s spin moves could make him an intriguing and unique fighter, and his back catalog of games presents many extra assets for Nintendo to incorporate into stages, spirits, and soundtrack. I actually think that Crash will be the first announced character for the next Fighter Pass, as he consistently appears near the top of many “most-wanted Smash character” polls.