5 Missing Smash Bros Elements

It’s been a smashing time. Sadly, all great things must come to a close. Pulling in characters from Nintendo, Capcom, Sega, Namco and Square Enix we have a roster like no other. Combining this with the most balanced gameplay to date, Masahiro Sakurai and his team have not only created the essential Smash Bros, but they have managed to make one of the greatest fighting games of all time.

Like the greedy children we are, there is always more content we would love to have included. Even at 58 characters, everyone still has a favorite that has yet to join. That list, however, is for another day. Instead I have brought together the 5 missing elements from Super Smash Bros 3DS/Wii U that would truly complete this entry. Please don’t misunderstand me, I am so grateful for the work already done. I just think there are a few minor cracks that could be filled in to turn the game from incredible to perfect. Anyway, let’s get this started:

 

Offline Tourneys

Tournaments may have returned in the form of online, they’re now subsequently absent from offline. For myself and friends, we have found this to be one of the most disappointing factors. We loved having random tourneys to experience characters you would never normally pick. All this with some competition thrown in was magnificent. We can still hope they may be resurrected one day.

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More Stages

While new characters are fantastic, there is more vocal demand for stages to actually fight on. This is something I was surprised at with the Smash Bros December Direct. An easy choice would be to transfer all the 3DS stages to the Wii U and vice versa. I realize that’s easier said than done, but still would have thought it was the obvious step. If not this, then how about bringing back some classic stages from Brawl? Pirate Ship made the cut, so why should it be singled out? An upgrade to HD is a quick win to please all fans.

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Break the Targets

Mini-games this time round received an overall, such as changing the much loved “Break the Targets” into a bad Angry Birds rip-off. The simple game of destroying all the targets was changed into a disappointing mobile game. I understand changes are necessary, but sometimes a fresh coat of paint will suffice. Bring back the classic version. Whilst you’re at it, a “Board the Platforms” return would be great.

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Alternative Costumes

Now this may shock some; I don’t like clones. Whether it’s Wolf, Pichu or Attack of the Clones, it’s not for me. In my mind they need their own move-set to justify a position on the roster. Alternative costumes always seem an oversight as Lucina, Dr Mario and Dark Pit to name a few could all fit into this category. There is also room to include more like Shadow with Sonic, Kranky Kong with Donkey Kong or even Cat Mario with Mario. Anything is possible.

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Adventure Mode 

Not since the days of Melee has there been an adventure mode worthy of the series. The Subspace Emissary was cool, especially the cut scenes. Still the gameplay itself was never that grabbing. Next time round, give us something new, unexpected and simply smash. If anyone can do this, it’s Mr Sakurai.

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So there you have the five missing Smash Bros elements that I would love to have implemented. What content would you like to see added to the already packed series? Leave us a comment below to tell us why. Finally, I would like to take this moment to personally say thanks to Mr Sakurai for his continued outstanding work on a masterpiece of a series. Thank you Mr Sakurai.

Cloud of Final Fantasy VII Joins Super Smash Bros

Today, Nintendo held its first Nintendo Direct since the passing of Satoru Iwata earlier this year and it closed with the shocking announcement that Cloud Strife, the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VII, will be joining the playable roster of Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS.  There was plenty of speculation that a new fighter would be revealed today, but this is one of the most unexpected candidates imaginable.  While Cloud is an iconic character of a major franchise, Final Fantasy VII is a game mostly associated with the Playstation brand and has never been released on a Nintendo console.  Cloud’s only appearances on Nintendo systems have come as cameos in other Square Enix games such as Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.  It seemed more likely that he would have joined the cast of Playstation All-Stars instead, so seeing him is Smash first is unbelievable.  Oddly enough, even seeing Solid Snake from the mature Metal Gear Solid series appear alongside cartoony characters like Mario, Sonic, and Pikachu in Super Smash Bros Brawl felt like it made more sense given he had a history on Nintendo systems.

As expected, Cloud’s playstyle revolves around his massive buster sword for heavy-hitting attacks.  His special attacks will include a short-range slash wave, a close-range whirlwind spin, and the ability to perform a Limit Break that will boost the power of his attacks significantly.  His final smash is his famous Omnislash technique, which will function in a similar fashion to Ike’s Great Aether final smash.  Performing the Omnislash will have him dash forward and knock anyone caught in his path into the air, where he will then rack up damage with a number of slices before bringing them back down with an explosive final swing.  Cloud will also have an alternate costume based on his appearance in the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children available.

In addition to Cloud, a new stage based on the city of Midgar will also be added to both versions.  On the surface, the Midgar stage appears to be a reskin of the simple Battlefield stage, but it comes with hazards based on the various summons that appeared in Final Fantasy VII.  The summons will cast their effects on the stage at random intervals with abilities including flooding the stage, bringing down a massive laser, and even slicing the stage clean in half.  Of course, there will also be a Final Destination variant of the stage included where the summons do not interrupt the fight.  Much like when Ryu was added to the game, the new Midgar stage will come bundled with Cloud.  There is a also a new hat added for the Mii Fighters on the way based on the chicken-like Chocobos that serve as the icons of the Final Fantasy franchise, although this most likely won’t be bundled with Cloud.

When Cloud will be released remains to be determined, but there is a special broadcast for Super Smash Bros set to be aired sometime this December.  No details were given on what the broadcast would entail, but it’s extremely likely that we will see the winner of the Smash Ballot finally revealed.  You can check out the full Nintendo Direct, with Cloud’s reveal trailer starting at 1:04:52, here.  What other fighters could come out of left field and join the cast of Super Smash Bros?  Which characters are you still holding out hope for?  Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Scorpion from Mortal Kombat join in at this point.

5 Nintendo Characters Who Definitely Didn’t Win the Smash Ballot

Nintendo famously opened the floodgates for demand of new characters in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS with an open poll to vote for your favorite nominees.  There have been plenty of recommendations, both probable and obscure, but virtually anyone can be a candidate given the open nature of the ballot.  However, some folks are never going to make it to the big leagues no matter how much of a chance you give them.  Despite being owned by Nintendo, I’m willing to bet that not one of the following five characters received even a single vote.  Even while living in a world where Tingle and Lanky Kong can be considered viable contenders, there are some guys who just can’t catch a break.  Thankfully, the polls are already closed and there’s no chance of you readers voting for these losers just to troll me.

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5. Negative Man

The Mother/Earthbound series is famous for its quirky sense of humor, and perhaps the best example of it is the fight in Mother 3 against Negative Man.  Negative Man is aptly named as he is a being of pure negativity… That is, he suffers from crippling depression and spends most of the battle spouting melancholy phrases to himself.  Those downer quotes of his aren’t contextualizing some debuff he’s casting on you, he is literally just crying at himself in a corner for no particular reason.  Even when he finally does work up the courage to throw a basic attack, he’ll only deal one point of damage regardless of the level you’re at.  Fighting him is almost like the reverse of going up against an over-powered boss that you haven’t prepared for in the slightest.  The real challenge would be losing a fight with this guy on purpose, but I think he would implode from his own anguish before you could even pull that off.  It’s actually pretty cruel when you really think about oh, hey, he dropped a meteotite.

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4. Anyone from Mario Tennis: Power Tour

Did you know that Mario Tennis: Power Tour had a grand total of 38 playable characters?  That’s the largest line-up in the history of the series!  How is it that the Gameboy Advance was able to pack in that many characters while the upcoming Wii U game only has sixteen?  Well, the answer is that most of the characters are random losers that the developers probably threw together in a single afternoon.  Only six of the playable characters are actual Mario characters while the rest look like cheap, fan-made OC’s created for something other than Mario.  While Waluigi was also created for the Mario Tennis series, at least he remotely looks like he belongs in the Mario universe.  Everyone that Power Tour introduced looks like someone out of a generic sports anime that was cobbled together on a shoe-string budget.  Also, more than a third of the cast isn’t even capable of performing power shots, making them worthless.  I tried to single out one specific character as the absolute worse, but they just seemed to blend together into an unholy sludge of desperation the more I thought about them.  Still, there are a few highlights among the cast that warrant a brief mention.  There’s Flit, who looks like a low-budget Sasuke cosplayer, Sass, whose body is 75% chin, and Skipper, who is a guy dressed in pink and named Skipper.  There’s even one named Roy and we all know how much Smash could use another one of those.

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3. Rip Cheato

Hey, remember that time where Mario made shady purchases from a smelly hobo with a lightbulb coming out of his head?  I sure do!  Rip Cheato appears in Paper Mario living in the sewers beneath the Mushroom Kingdom.  This Hagrid lookalike with a name that makes him sound like a Chester Cheetah replacement for the MLG crowd makes a living by selling mystery prizes at the uniform cost of 64 coins.  That’s a decent price to be paying in this game, especially when it only gets you the single worst healing item in the game.  However, you have to go through his lousy prizes because it’s the only way you can get rare collectibles, including a one-of-a-kind equipment item.  It’s actually a fairly ingenious scheme, even if it can only really work on RPG protagonists.  Also, running into a homeless man with a thousand-yard stare and grinning through half a set of teeth who’s selling foul shrooms in the sewers of the otherwise idyllic Mushroom Kingdom is akin to finding a dead body in Disney Land.  It’s incredibly surreal, even though it should make sense.  Well, except for the lightbulb part, that’s still weird.

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2. Unown

There are literally hundreds of Pokémon that could make for potential fighters, but there are also plenty that even the most die-hard Pokémon fans wouldn’t wish to see in Smash‘s roster in a hundred years.  You might have expected Magikarp to take this spot, but that floundering wimp would at least have great comedic value.  Unown, on the other hand, is weak to the point of not even being funny.  Those of you only familiar with Unown from their appearance in the third Pokémon movie may feel confused, thinking that Unown is some legendary Pokémon possessing incredible power.  In the games, Unown are actually easier to catch than the notoriously abundant Zubats and are more useless than Magikarp.  Unown can only learn one move, Hidden Power, which is an attack that can only be learned by literally every Pokémon in existence.  Yeah, you have to go out of your way to teach it to most other Pokémon, but it barely does any damage anyway so why would you bother?  The only notable thing about the Unown is that they have the gimmick of coming in different shapes for every letter in the alphabet.  If you’re honestly going to go through with catching each kind of these worthless pieces of junk (a feat that goes completely unrewarded), then you may want to see a therapist about your level of “Gotta catch ’em all” mentality.  Well, I suppose it is cheaper than amiibos.

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What am I even looking at?!  That came from a Mario game?  Not even from some obscure educational game that Nintendo licensed out to some no-name studio in the early 90’s, but from Super Mario Galaxy 2?  How?

The Chimp was introduced in Super Mario Galaxy 2 for its rendition on timed challenges where you race against an NPC to win a valuable collectible.  How is it that Nintendo was able to create a substantially more endearing character by recycling a basic enemy model and labeling him ‘Koopa the Quick’ in Super Mario 64 than when they actually went out of their way to design something?  The Chimp looks like someone that Poochie from The Simpsons would call a tool.  Just about the only thing interestingly about the twerp is how increasing ridiculous his various names get in different localizations.  Italy pretty much hit the nail on the head with Loafer Monkey, France knows him as Billy Banana, but his original Japanese name achieves a new level of selling-out by calling him the Wandering Playmonkey.  Sadly, no version of the game refers to him by my favorite name for the little dweeb, “Sin Against Nature”.

I sincerely hope that this list made for an enjoyable waste of your mortality.  Who do you NOT want to see make it to Smash‘s roster?  Who is the lamest character to ever appear in a Nintendo game?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Smash Bros: 5 Likely DLC Characters

The Smash Bros Fighter Ballot has closed. All votes are in, but who will be added to the roster? There’s no doubt that Super Smash Bros 3DS/Wii U has one of the greatest line-ups of video game characters to ever grace a screen together. From Sega’s Sonic to Capcom’s Megaman, there is such unique representation that it’s hard to believe more can fit in. Yet, back in April, Nintendo asked us all who we would want to see join the already stellar cast. Now 6 months on, it’s time to look at which likely contenders could be added over the upcoming months.

Just for reference, this list is comprised of likely candidates to join the brawler going off of popularity and statistics gathered from the community’s votes in the Smash Ballot. So as much as we would all love to see Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and Simon Belmont, you won’t find them here.

 

King K. Rool 

Wanted by thousands of Smash fans for years, the king of Kremlins seems like an ideal fit. There is a lacking presence of heavyweights and villains currently, so you have both boxes ticked with King K. His moveset already seems set up with inspiration taken from his appearances in the Donkey Kong Country series, you could use anything from his Pirate or Mad Scientist designs. Created by Rare but surprisingly still owned by Nintendo, this is an easy pick that would make fans happy.  Another Character into the Donkey Kong franchise is also welcome.  Image 6

 

Wolf

If I had to put my money on anyone from this list, I would choose Wolf without a shadow of a doubt. The antagonist of the Star Fox series has already made a debut back in Super Smash Bros Brawl, however, unlike characters like Lucas, Mewtwo and Roy, has still not made a return. It just seems like a matter of time before his announcement is made. When you think about it, Wolf makes the most sense out of the remainder of characters. On top of this, you have Star Fox Zero due to release next year and what better way is there to promote the game then by adding the nemesis of Fox McCloud?  Image 2

 

Shovel Knight

Yacht Club Games’ prized possession has  sky-rocketed since his release. Even though he’s a third-party character, Shovel Knight is becoming more probable with his very own amiibo on the way. Yacht Club Games have also got their own campaign going to get the knight into the franchise. Then there was the leak on the official Nintendo website saying that the amiibo will support Super Smash Bros. This was denied shortly after by the creators, however, more and more pieces are falling into place and making it seem as if the indie mascot is destined to be picked.

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Inkling

It’s Ink-redible how well Splatoon has done both in terms of sales and critical acclaim. Now seen as a big hit for Nintendo, their turn to appear in Smash Bros is one that will certainly happen. The question is when. Many think they will be saved for Smash 5 or will just be given a stage like Super Mario Maker was. Others believe its time to cash in on the squids while they are popular and dominating a high percentage of votes. Either way, they would be a superb edition, but I too am inclined to wait until the next entry.

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Banjo Kazooie

Another creation by Rare, however, unlike King K, the duo are still owned by the company. The least likely from the list, but one of the most requested, every N64 fan would relish in the return of Banjo-Kazooie back on Nintendo hardware even if it’s brief. The bird and bear’s reputation has never diminished due to the success of their first two games; Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has even tweeted his willingness to get the much loved icons into the fighter by saying “I think it would be cool if Banjo was in the next SSB DLC” before going on to add that “We’ve worked with Nintendo on Rare IP before, no issues”. As positive as these statements are, this still seems like a pipe dream. We will have to wait and see how this one pans out before we find out if we will be getting “Jiggy” once again.

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Honorable Mentions: Shantae, Rayman & Issac 

So that concludes our list of 5 likely characters to join Super Smash Bros. Do you agree with the list? Who would you like to see join the fight? Leave us a comment below to tell us why.

The Future For Super Smash Bros

Always looking for more. The Smash community have just received their latest DLC  pack which included lots of new content from characters to stages. June 14th saw the roll out of fan-favourite fighters making their return to the brawl. This was Earthbound’s Lucas and Fire Emblem’s Roy. We also got the surprise reveal of Street Fighter mascot Ryu. All three characters are available to download now. To give Ryu his own battleground Suzaku Castle was added too. Alongside this we also got an updated level of Kirby’s’ Dreamland straight from the original Smash and a Miiverse stage.

To go with these levels there was a slew of Mii fighter costumes shown including Splatoon Inklings, Animal Crossing Characters and Virtua Fighter. Amiibo made their latest appearance in the shape of Ganondorf, Palutena, Dark Pit and Zero Suit Samus. So with the latest batch of content in full swing, it’s time peer into the future to see what Smash Bros Director Masahiro Sakurai has in store for the upcoming months.

“New” Stages – August 2015

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Well we say “new”. Having already brought Kirby’s Dream Land into 2015, Mr Sakurai has announced that two other veteran stages from the N64 version will be making a comeback. This included Hyrule Castle from the Legend of Zelda and Peach’s Castle (He must have an obsession with castles) from Super Mario. Slated for release this August.

Amiibo – September 2015

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The latest batch of Nintendo’s hard to find collectibles were revealed. On top of this there was also the promise that every fighter will gain their own unique amiibo. Yes that includes Ryu! Available to purchase now with due for release in September are:

Bowser Jr.,

Pikmin & Olimar

Dr Mario

ROB

Duck Hunt Dog

Falco

Mr Game and Watch

Mii Brawler

Mii Gunner

Mii Swordfighter

Tourney Mode – August 2015

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One of the best modes from previous iterations seemed all but lost however this is no longer the case. Due for release this August Tourney mode will finally be making its way online for the Smash community to enjoy. Features are to include new Community Tourneys where you compete for the biggest accumulation of points in the allotted time as well along with the classic style. For the time being it seems Tourneys are becoming an online exclusive as their was no evidence of offline presence however this remains to be seen.

Youtube – 2015/2016

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A common trait amongst video games these days is ability to upload your gameplay to the internet; namely Youtube. Nintendo are joining in with this trend by adding the feature to upload your replays directly to Youtube. A Google account however will be needed. Currently no date has been given yet for this release.

Smash Bros Fighter Ballot – 2015/2016

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Remember a couple months back when Nintendo asked you to vote for who you would to see join the roster. This process is still ongoing with the deadline for voting finishing on the 3rd September 2015. Now there is no early news about who and when any new characters will be released so we can only speculate. Nevertheless I believe if there is a far runaway winner then the development may have already begun therefore we may end up seeing new characters as soon as October.

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That covers everything that is in development for Super Smash Bros Wii U/3DS. There is a lot more that could be announced in the future and if sales of previous content is anything to go by Nintendo would most likely take advantage if this. There will never be enough for us Smash fans so we can only hope they keep contributing for years to come.

What would you like to see next in Super Smash Bros? Leave us a comment below and tell us why.