I know there are mixed feelings regarding the idea of adding health bars to SMBC for the characters that have them in their own games. I have some mixed feelings myself. I figure we should probably discuss the pros and cons of having health bars added to the game, though. I'll get the ball rolling. Pros Health bars would improve character accuracy, since most characters had health bars in their own games. Health bars could replace the current system in which characters lose all of their power-ups upon getting hit, since a whole new damage system is in place. This would also help accuracy, since the characters were designed to be able to withstand several hits yet still keep their power-ups. This would also give some characters a better fighting chance against some of the Bowser fights without being forced to lose all of their weapons or to cheat in order to continue on with the game. Cons Health bars would cause imbalance among characters. Mega Man and Bass, for example, have quite a bit of health, and so giving them the opportunity to take several hits before dying would drastically change the difficulty of the game for them. Health bars would decrease the original SMB feel. This one is a bit tricky. I definitely agree with it in principle, but considering the vast number of things that have already been added to the game (including several characters themselves who technically already don't belong), adding health bars is a minimal detraction from the original game. We already have characters with guns, bombs, fire whips, time-stopping clocks, robot dogs, missiles, hover units, etc., and many of the characters already have ammo bars and ammo pick-ups, so the argument of detracting from the original SMB feel is rather moot. In fact, considering all these things, the addition of health bars seems quite normal and natural (at least with regard to the current point, anyway). Still, it is an important point to consider when discussing any change to the game. There are surely plenty of other pros and cons relating to the idea of having health bars added to the game. Discuss away!