5. Sonic (Smash Bros. Brawl)
If we were ranking the most iconic characters to make their Smash Bros debut, the venerable Mr. Needlemouse here would definitely rank number 1.
But take note of the title, keen observers. We’re talking about the best reveals, and alas, when the blue bur sped onto the scene, he did so with more of a fizzle than a sizzle. Low key, that’s some wordplay artistry right there.
If you’re scratching your head trying to recall how Sonic the Hedgehog — the fella who singlehandedly took the fight to Mario in the 90s — was unveiled, it’s because he was basically suddenly there one day.
Hello, Sonic! Surely you could have made a better entrance? It’s kind of like walking into a room and just breaking wind. Like, we’re happy to see you, but we’re a little underwhelmed.
The issue, you see, is that Sonic’s reveal trailer was first screened at a closed-door event, leaving most of us to find out through relayed second-hand information, or a short while after, while checking the Dojo one sleepy October morning.
He also came bearing bad news, as his debut was made in conjunction with an announcement that Brawl’s release date would be pushed back by several weeks. Ironically, the mascot characterized by his penchant for going fast was handcuffed to the knowledge that the game would not be quite as expedient.
On a completely unrelated note, how on earth did we ever survive having to watch videos at such a low resolution back in the mid-2000s?!