I don't think Proto Man or Bass could ever be in it. Third-party characters are extremely hard to find and use, let alone put in the game, hence the lack of them compared to the other characters, and that taking another third-party from the same series would be a waste. My dreams of Simon Belmont having a Captain N reunion....is none no more. Cause Simon Belmont hasn't been on Nintendo on a long time. And that we're overdoing the third-party list. Also, 38 characters, going to be bigger than Brawl.
Unfortunately, I have never played a Fire Emblem game so most of today's reveal was lost on me. That being said, the characters themselves look fun and interesting and I really like the art style but... more sword users? Really? Oh well. I do applaud Nintendo for adding so many female fighters though, and I mean that. And it couldn't have come at a better time (looking at you, Ubisoft). But whatever, there's nothing they could reveal now that would be any cooler than the Mega Man reveal we already got. At least to me. That was like a dream come true. :')
I've played a few, but not enough to get me excited. When Nintendo revealed "that girl" or whatever her name was, I was pretty disappointed cause she looks way too much like a Marth clone. Considering there was 2 minutes left in the video, I was certain more were coming. While "that guy" was a character I didn't care about, the high point was good old CF. I squealed in a high voice and I said the good words our Falcon friend is known. When he was preparing his good old punch, I was saying it with him. Then he got interrupted, You can't interrupt it. First thing I'm going to do when I get my hands on Smash, is get CF and beat up "that guy" for daring to interrupt the Falcon. Gotta love the Chrom troll though. Take that, Gemtasu! He's a Final Smash!
If I were to recommend a Fire Emblem, it would most definitely be FE Awakening. It's just more polished, and the story works better for me. And the prospect of losing a valued team member in battle will leave a hole in your heart. Although, Fire Emblem is a RPG series that I really haven't played as much as other Tendo styles. Maybe the art style?
Anyway, I prefer them being announced than Chrom of Shulk. Chrom is too expected and Shuld is ANOTHER sword-holder. And I don't like Xenoblade all that much.