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Unique Movesets - Smash Files 13

Posted by Lucina , in Smash Files Sep 14 2013 · 339 views

Smash Files 13 – Unique Movesets
Pit stop: thank you to Burnmad for helping me with this post a bit.
 
During interviews relating to the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, Sakurai has mentioned only wanting to include new characters if they can bring unique movesets and play styles with them (Mega Man was one character he highlighted for this). While it did not make me think much at the time, a recent conversation I had with Burnmad about the upcoming game did, and I decided I’d share my thoughts with you guys. Which characters does Nintendo have that could provide a unique experience to the game?
 
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The first character that came to my mind was, of course, Paper Mario – my favourite series with two of my favourite games, and different enough from Mario (more than Toon Link was from Link, at any rate) that I believe he would warrant a character as-is. But what could Paper Mario bring to the table that is unique? First off, his hammer attack. Instead of punches and kicks as his standard attacks, Paper Mario would use his good old fashioned hammer. The different directions and charge attacks could echo the hammer badges you could use from the first two games. His special attacks could involve the use of different partners – his down special could be Admiral Bobbery, his side special could be firing Koops, his up special could be using Parakarry, his dodge could involve Lady Bow making him vanish for a second… and so on. There are also a wide range of different final smashes Paper Mario could have; his humongous 8-Bit form from Super Paper Mario to the combined usage of all the Star Spirits. Possible taunts could include Goombella giving snippets of information about the other fighters currently on the stage, or turning into a paper boat, or even flipping out of view for a moment.
 
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Next up is Krystal from the Star Fox series. One of the most requested characters for Brawl, Krystal’s abilities could help to provide a unique experience. Her staff alone would separate her from the other three Star Fox characters already in the series. Her standard attacks could all involve different uses of the staff, while her special attacks could include various elemental based strikes, from fireballs to frost. Elements from the dinosaur planet in Star Fox Adventures could be included in her attacks, and once more the possibilities of her final smash are endless. I was extremely disappointed to see all three Star Fox characters in Brawl use a Landmaster, and I hope that changes for this installment. One possible final smash could involve the Skyrunner, with Krystal riding it around the battle for a brief time and breathing fire balls. 
 
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Another character that could provide a brand new style of play? Well, there are two here – Yarn Kirby and Prince Fluff. Since we already have Kirby, and Prince Fluff already exists as a very similar character in terms of structure, I’d put him as more likely to appear in the game. The sole fact that he is made out of yarn opens up a wide range of possibilities for his attacks. The yarn whip could be used for most of his standard attacks, and transformations could be used as his special attacks, such as the top being his side special, the rocket ship being his up special and the yarn weight being his down special. Prince Fluff’s final smash could involve a transformation into the tankbot, with the boxing globe added on for extra attack power. 
 
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Midna, the twilight princess for which The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is named, would also add a lot to the Smash roster, especially if used as a character in conjunction with Wolf Link. Standard attacks would involve the lunging and biting attacks from the Wolf Link areas in Twilight Princess, while her special attacks could include Midna herself using various twilight abilities to attack other players, or to get herself out of danger. Her final smash could involve creating a ring around a certain area of the stage, and then one by one attacking each player within the ring and dealing massive amounts of damage.
 
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Finally, I’ll talk a little about the Eggplant Wizard. With his, er, unique attacks in the Kid Icarus series, there is a lot to work with in regards to the Eggplant Wizard. Melee attacks with his staff could be his standards, with the occasional throwable eggplant item being spawned by an attack. His regular special would involve him throwing an eggplant in an arc through the air, his side special be an eggplant whirlwind of some sort, and his final smash would turn every other player on screen into an eggplant. Eggplant players would range from small to big depending on the size of their character, and they would be unable to attack during the time frame that the Eggplant Wizard’s final smash occurs. I’ll be honest: if the Eggplant Wizard shows up in the new installment, he might become my new main character.
 
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There you have it – five first party characters that could bring extremely unique and versatile movesets with them, should Nintendo choose to include them. I’m not certain that any of these five (apart from possibly the Eggplant Wizard) have a very high chance of making it in, but a part of me will die inside if Paper Mario is not added into the final game.


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PRINCESS PEACH - Smash Files 12

Posted by Lucina , in Smash Files Sep 13 2013 · 595 views

Princess Peach Profile
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Species: Human
Series: Super Mario
First Appearance: Super Mario Bros. (NES, 1985)
Party: 1st

Favourite Appearance: Paper Mario (N64, 2001)

Known For: Being kidnapped by Bowser, baking amazing cakes, being captured by other villains, sneaking around assorted villain headquarters, sending Mario mail, being kidnapped by Bowser

Excitement Factor: 8/10 - Probably more than I should be. I don't know why, but I just can't wait to try Peach out in the next installment of the series. Then again...

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DLC? - Smash Files #11

Posted by Lucina , in Smash Files Sep 07 2013 · 325 views

As you all know, DLC (DownLoadable Content) has become quite common in video games. The concept is that, after releasing a video game, developers can continue to create content for their game (such as new levels, new characters, new items, and new stories, among other things) post-release, and then release this extra content to be added onto the original game. The unfortunate bit is that many companies for a long time now have been using DLC as an excuse to milk every possible cent that they can out of their customers. The good bit is that Nintendo, about seven years late to the ball game as per the norm, has only just started releasing DLC for their games. While it sucks that Nintendo has waited this long, for the most part their DLC has been quite good - heck, the DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U was big enough to be its own game. 
 
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You have to admit, this is pretty cool in some fashion.
 
But what does this have to do with the next Smash title? Everything. Super Smash Bros. Brawl was released during a time where DLC should have been a thing with Nintendo, but wasn't; as a result, it... well, it's obvious. Brawl had no DLC content. But now that Nintendo has finally seen the value of DLC, plus their track record so far, I think there are many different possibilities for Smash DLC to be created. The first (and most obvious) route is to add more characters to the game. If they can bring themselves to stop limiting the Wii U and 3DS versions to the exact same roster, this could allow for each game to become more individualized, creating more unique experiences with each system. Perhaps characters such as Shantae and Pheonix Wright, who have always been on portable systems (the Ace Attorney Wii ports don't count!) could be 3DS DLC, while a character such as Ghirahim, whose only appearance on has been on a console, could be Wii U DLC. 
 
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I'd rather see him as DLC anyway, to be honest.
 
Of course, this would mean extra stages as well. Or perhaps themed "packs" - for the sake of examples, let's assume that Sonic the Hedgehog is not added back as part of the release roster. Sometime after release, the developers could release a "Sonic the Hedgehog DLC Pack for Smash Bros."; this "pack" would obviously include Sonic, but it could also include one or two additional characters, plus some stages, new music, and maybe even an item or two inspired by the franchise. Heck, let's go all out and add a few Sonic-inspired trophies too, and maybe an adventure-mode add-on (depending on what the new adventure mode is, of course). If you think of Smash DLC (which will, hopefully, exist) in terms of this "pack" mentality, there are so many possibilities to think about. Imagine if the adventure mode in the new game is like the Subspace Emissary in Brawl - and then they release a DLC Pack that includes a sequel to the storyline of the adventure mode? I could go on and on, but the fact of the matter is, the possibilities of DLC are endless. The only question is if Sakurai believes in DLC enough to finally bring it to the series.


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DONKEY KONG - Smash Files #10

Posted by Lucina , in Smash Files Sep 02 2013 · 318 views

Donkey Kong Profile
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Species: Ape
Series: Donkey Kong
First Appearance: Donkey Kong (Arcade, 1981)
Party: 1st

Favourite Appearance: Donkey Kong Country (SNES, 1994

Known For: Kidnapping Pauline, enjoying bananas, being captured by Mario, being captured by King K. Rool, being the namesake for Nintendo's first video game

Excitement Factor: 6.5/10 - I've always enjoyed using Donkey Kong in the other smash games whenever I am truly just messing around, and am not aiming to win with even a single atom in my body. I enjoy playing as Donkey Kong for this very reason, but I do not enjoy playing him enough to include him in my main roster. I expect it to be the same this time around.

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DONKEY KONG SMASH.


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LINK - Smash Files #9

Posted by Lucina , in Smash Files Sep 01 2013 · 409 views

Link Profile
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Species: Hylian
Series: The Legend of Zelda
First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda (NES, 1987)
Party: 1st

Favourite Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GCN/Wii, 2006)

Known For: Saving Hyrule, defeating Ganondorf, defeating Vaati, travelling through time, travelling through space, controlling the weather, becoming animals, receiving the master sword, skydiving

Excitement Factor: 8/10 - I prefer the lighter, faster characters in Smash, and for the past two games Young Link and Toon Link have been front and center in my arsenal of characters. However, with it becoming more likely that we will see only one Link this time, I'm looking forward to becoming re-acquainted.

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Cutting Characters: Smash Files #8

Posted by Lucina , in Smash Files, Uncategorized Aug 31 2013 · 518 views

Smash Files 8 – Cutting Characters
 
So I’ve been catching up on the news surrounding Smash Bros. from over the summer, since there was little point in reading about it when I had internet for a grand total of two weeks – both weeks away from my home computer, and thus unsuitable for writing. Vista is terrible and I hate everything about it. Moving on – in short, there was some news when I got back, and some of it was interesting.
 
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Olimar has clearly forgotten what Captain Falcon did last time he came to town.
 
While I was going over the news, one thing in particular that caught my attention was an announcement from Masahiro Sakurai (the creator of the series) regarding the characters that might or might not make it into the new game. The announcement in question was one in which Sakurai cited time constraints and the processing power of the 3DS compared to the Wii U as reasons as to why we might not be seeing as many fighters as we expect in the newest installment. Now, considering the fact that the Wii Fit Trainer is one of our newest fighters, I’m not quite ready to take this announcement at face value – however, since the topic of cutting characters has now been brought up, I have decided to give my thoughts on the matter and discuss which characters I can see definitely not returning, and then others that I believe might be heading towards the chopping block.
 
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I'm starting to wonder who exactly decides which characters get to be in Smash Bros.
 
Let’s start with the Ice Climbers. Whenever the topic of the processing power that the 3DS lacks for the series, the Ice Climbers are always brought up as an example of something the 3DS might not be able to do – manage two characters as one single unit. Considering that Olimar and his Pikmin have made it back in, this is another little bit of information that I question. However, at the same time, the Ice Climbers would be easy to cut. They are in no way, shape or form one of Nintendo’s A-List franchise characters and to most casual gamers today are a completely unknown face. While they do add a bit of retro flavour into the series, they now get that from Mega Man and Pit (a little bit) as well. Along with the need to include a few more new characters to keep the roster fresh, and other veteran fighters such as Marth with more recent releases to keep them fresh in the minds of gamers worldwide, it might be time for the Ice Climbers to go.
 
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The 3DS can't handle two Ice Climbers, but it can handle multiple Pikmin.
 
Possibly the most obvious character to be cut is R.O.B. The Robotic Operating Buddy was probably the most unusual addition to Brawl (much like Mr. Game & Watch was for Melee), and wasn’t even a video game character to begin with. With the announcement of the Wii Fit Trainer, I feel like we might have the “unusual” bit solved for the new games. Combined with the knowledge that characters will be cut, and that R.O.B. hasn’t been seen since Brawl in any true fashion, and the robot feels more and more like a one-off character.
 
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R.O.B. doesn't have much of a chance, and I don't really care.
 
Ever since the games were announced, I had considered that both Lucario and the Pokemon Trainer would be left behind – Lucario would, like Mewtwo, be replaced by some Pokemon from Generation V or VI that can easily be matched up with similar attacks. Zoroark was the most prominent in my mind. Meanwhile, the Pokemon Trainer would either just cease to exist, leaving an empty slot, be replaced by a separate Pokemon, or just be updated to become the trainer from Generation V or VI. While I still believe that my thoughts regarding the Pokemon Trainer remain mostly accurate, with the new mega evolutions announced for Generation VI, it has become quite possible that Lucario might get to return. Keeping Lucario in the game would make things easier on the development time-wise, and Lucario’s new mega evolution could be used either as a new final smash or even to base Lucario’s look off of for the game. Whichever option, Lucario might not be saying goodbye to the series just yet.
 
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Imagine this guy in his mega evolution for the new game. Yeah, I like it too.
 
Moving onto characters that will almost certainly be cut, and we’ll start with Ike from Fire Emblem. While Marth, heading into possibly his third game in the franchise has a good chance of staying, Ike is just as replaceable as Roy was after Melee. Ike has not starred in any major games since Brawl’s release, and his attacks already bear many resemblances to both Marth and Link. Together with the limited roster the new games face, and Ike should receive the cut. There is, of course, a fair chance that Marth might be removed too, in favour of a character from Fire Emblem: Awakening. If this occurs (or even if Ike is just replaced), I could see Chrom taking over as Fire Emblem’s representation in the series.
 
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Marth and Chrom alone are reason enough for Ike to be gone, unfortunately.
 
There is one character that we can all count on not returning – and that is none other than Toon Link. With Toon Link appearing as a background character in the Spirit Tracks-based stage on the 3DS, he has already been written off. Even before then, Toon Link returning was a tough sell, but now the bucket has been kicked. Considering the limited roster and Ocarina of Time’s re-release already having occurred several years ago, I’m not expecting a reappearance from Young Link either. Link will have to be on his own this time around.
 
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It's not Smash Bros. if one of my favourite characters isn't cut from the next game.
 
What about the rest of the roster? Could it be possible that we might lose a member of the original twelve? Captain Falcon hasn’t had a game to his name in nearly ten years, and Jigglypuff was only in Brawl because of being a member of the original twelve. Mr. Game & Watch is questionable too – he has represented Nintendo’s most ancient video game history for two games, but there may no longer be room for him to continue. While I find it hard to believe that they would cut anyone out of the original twelve, Captain Falcon and Jigglypuff are certainly the most likely, and Mr. Game & Watch would be an easy character to sacrifice in order to make room for another newcomer or returning veteran.
 
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Part of me really wants Jigglypuff gone, because Jigglypuff sucks. The other part thinks about original twelve.
 
Finally, I’ll close off with some musings on Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake, the two third party characters from Brawl. Out of the two, anyone could tell you that Sonic has the best chance of returning for the new games. However, from the way the developers have spoken regarding third party characters, it sounds as if they might be one-offs; joining in as special guests for one installment and then vanishing for the next. Which would kinda suck, because I’d love to have an all-out brawl between Mario, Sonic and Mega Man. We’re only missing Pac-Man in that mashup. If Nintendo goes the guest route, Sonic and Snake are history; considering the limited space and the games in recent years, if only one can make it into the new Smash it’ll be Sonic. I think the best chance these two characters have is making it into any Smash DLC (which I will discuss at a later date).
 
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Play the right card, Nintendo - bring Sonic back for another round.
 
So those are the veteran fighters that I feel are the most likely to be cut – feel free to debate, agree, and disagree with me in the comments. Who do you feel is most likely to get the cut, and why?


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Smash Files 7 - Mega Man

Posted by Lucina , in Smash Files Aug 31 2013 · 380 views

Mega Man Profile
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Species: Robot
Series: Mega Man
First Appearance: Mega Man (NES, 1987)
Party: 3rd

Favourite Appearance: Mega Man 10 (Wiiware, 2010)

Known For: Defeating Dr. Wily, defeating countless robot masters, upgrading powers, being 8-bit

Excitement Factor: 10/10 - I've wanted Mega Man to be in a Smash game for a long time, and finally that day has arrived. I'm not quite sure how I feel about all of his attacks being blaster-related; on the one hand, it might help with ranged attacks; on the other, this means I can't have Mega Man kick Mario in the face. Regardless, this guy better be here to stay.

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NAME CHANGE: VOTING ROUND 2

Posted by Lucina , in BZPower Aug 11 2013 · 596 views

Let's see how this works - I'm going to be gone for the next two weeks. You all get one vote for each day, but you have to alternate between at least two votes. Here we go - the names still in this are... every name that had more than one vote.
iBrowser (3)
iBrow (7)
LEG BEAM LASERS (3)
Grif (3)
Mustache Cash Stash (5)
Freelancer iBrow (2)
Grandpa Joe (2)

 
Votes from Round 1 will count towards the end. If someone could every now and then in the comments tally the Round 2 votes ONLY, that'd be pretty chill.

 


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NAME CHANGE CONTEST 2: VOTE FOR THE NAME!

Posted by Lucina , in BZPower Aug 10 2013 · 281 views

Round 1 begins! I've added in a few more of my own design, as well as a few others from the previous contest. One has been removed thanks to a revelation by Sumiki, so thanks bro.
 
You get to vote for three different names. Go! To clarify: you get THREE votes, but they must be spread across THREE names.
 
lol wut? (1)
iBrowser (3)
iBrow (7)
LEG BEAM LASERS (3)
Grif (3)
Mustache Cash Stash (5)
Mustache Stash
Globin (1)
Agent i
Freelancer iBrow (2)
Sir iBrow Gavroche Voltex
Grandpa Joe (2)
eyebrow (1)
Lord of the iBrow (1)
Bing!
iNCSACBCCVCiDN Winner (1)
Brow i'd Girl (1)
 
One more day of voting, and then it'll be Round 2 for pretty much two weeks.


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NAME CHANGE CONTEST 2: ENTRANTS WELCOME

Posted by Lucina , in BZPower Aug 08 2013 · 93 views

So I've decided to do another name change contest, for my next name change. If we can get it done soon enough, it shall end by this Saturday and be put into effect whenever I am next allowed to change my name.
 
So, suggestions are welcome here before I post the first round of voting tomorrow. I've already taken the finalists from the other contest and added them to the list; I am banning the winner of the last contest and any similar names from this one. No themed name contests yet, but any names relating to ibrow or chocolate milk or socks will be loved.
 
Entry List
lol wut?
This is the Best Name I Could Think of
iBrowser
iBrow
 


LEG BEAM LASERSGrif

Mustache Cash Stash
 






just for fun

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