I know SMBC is not currently being worked on, but I thought I'd make a hypothetical discussion. We simply need to look at other games, primarily Super C, Operation C, and Contra III. Super C: 1. Simply change the Flame Weapon to the one found in this game. 2. Another idea is to add the secondary crouch sprite as an option. This sprite is only used when the player ducks on an incline. This would give Lance two stances: Crouch and Prone Operation C: 1. Make the Machine Gun the default weapon. This is the first time in the series this occurs. I do not know if retains its damage amount or not, however. This change makes room for the next weapon... 2. The Homing Gun. In Operation C, it's similar to the Spread Gun, but only 3 bullets come out at a time; and it seeks enemies similar to SOPHIA's missiles. But in... Contra III: 1. The Homing Gun now shoots rapid fire missiles one at a time, and the sprites would actually look like missiles. 2. The Laser looks and I believe behaves a bit differently. It kinda looks like the Laser from Gradius (another Konami game). So these are all possible ways Lance can be different. Now to discuss which would work best overall.