Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A New Challenger (Or Three) Approaches!


Good news and bad news concerning the upcoming Super Smash Bros. The bad news is that the 3DS version, which was scheduled for a summer release, will be released later this fall in October. Darn! And I was looking forward to some smashing handheld summer fun! Oh well. At least I recently pre-ordered the game so I can play it once it finally comes out.

The good news is that three new characters have been announced. I briefly touched upon them with my last post, but I’ll share their individual trailers here and discuss them further.

It seems almost inevitable that the Miis would be included. Most Nintendo games such as Mario Kart have included them as playable characters, and even the SSB developers admitted that they wanted to include Mii characters in Brawl. Now they finally get a chance to go up against other Nintendo favorites.

What makes them especially intriguing is their overall customizability. Of course, you can choose your own Mii, which you created yourself, but you also get to choose their fighting styles (brawler, sword master, and gunner) and even their own moves. Of course, you have to wonder what their Final Smash will be, or even if that will also be customizable.

Next up is Queen Palutena from Kid Icarus: Rising. As some who has never played that game, I don’t have much to say about her. Personally, I would have preferred the snarky wit (or witty snark) of Hades, but she seems like an equally capable fighter. (Oh, and the anime-style trailer was epic!)

One good thing about her inclusion is that it bolsters the female character roster. Whereas previous games only featured Peach, Zelda, and Samus (And Nana of the Ice Climbers, if she counts), this game will also offer the Wii Fit Trainer, Rosalina, and now Palutena. If there are more characters to be announced, I hope they offer more girl power.

Personally, I’m dying to see Krystal from Star Fox. I still scratch my head as to why she was excluded in favor of obvious clones such as Falco and Wolf. Do we really need another character with the exact same moveset and with Landmaster as their Final Smash? Screw them both! Bring in the blue vixen!

And finally, we have Pac-Man. If you were shocked by his inclusion, you really shouldn’t have been. Namco is making this game. Their mascot is Pac-Man. This makes his inclusion inevitable.

Many have complained about his character design, insisting that it should have looked more like his design from the animated series, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. Me? I feel this design is much more timeless. We’re looking for video game characters, not animated characters based upon video game characters. You might as well base Link or Mario off of their animated counterparts, and I’m sure most of you don’t want that! (Though it would be very interesting for Link’s taunt to be “Well, excuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!” Or not!)

As for his moves, I don’t know. Aside from turning into his arcade form, none of them seem relevant to his game. Most of them are based off of other Namco games. In fact, one of his taunts is showcasing other Namco characters. But I guess you can’t expect much from a character who’s basic move is eating pellets.

And lastly, I love how he was introduced alongisde the other vintage video game characters like Mario, Sonic, Mega Man, and Mr. Game and Watch. (And yes, he is returning to the fray as well!)

With the new games on the horizon and fast approaching, the anticipation for them grow even stronger. Perhaps even more characters will be announced until then. If so, who would you like to see added to the roster? And what are your thoughts on these new three additions? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.