BECAUSE OF COURSE IT DID (Smash Files 31)
Five new characters to whip up some profiles for! Oh, goody! We've got a lot of smash files on the way, but first things first: I must recap everything I have learned and am excited about from the direct yesterday.
1. Release Dates
Yes... more than new characters, new moves, and what have you, I was most excited to learn the release dates. I mean windows. Yes, release windows. That they definitely won't delay. Nope. The 3DS version is set to release this summer (bugger, how am I supposed to buy it on the release day) while the Wii U is set for a winter release (presumably late November/early December?). I'm glad that they're staggering the releases; it's easier to spend $40 one month and $60 later than $100 all at once.
2. New Character Announcements
Now we're talking! Five characters in one night? I am a very happy camper, albeit... well, not entirely? I was initially disappointed that Shiek and Zero Suit Samus have their own character slots this time around; while I suppose that this was a precedent set by Link all the way back in Melee, I'd much rather see different characters being represented. That said... the idea has grown on me. Let's do a quick recap of the characters announced here before their profiles:
I've never used Samus (and by extension, Zero Suit) very often, but my interest has been piqued with the rocket boots. If her jump or air combat abilities are enhanced at all, I'll give it a go.
Shiek being split away from Zelda interests me more; I was never good with either form, but I can also (sort of but not really leave me alone) pretend that maybe she's a different character. Some anonymous person from the Legend of Zelda franchise that definitely, absolutely is not Zelda.
I'm not gonna lie; I'm a HUGE fan of Yoshi's redesign for this game. He looks adorable, and turning people into eggs will become even funnier. I always like giving Yoshi a go now and then; I doubt I'll ever use him as one of my mains, but I'm glad he's back (plus, Original 12, minus Jigglypuff because Jigglypuff sucks). But where are Captain Falcon and Ness?
I hated the Pokemon Trainer in Brawl; the optional transformations of Zelda and Samus were one thing, but being forced to play three different characters in a single match always tuckered me out. More often than not I would just use Squirtle anyway. Since I'm not generally a fan of the bigger, heavier characters, I doubt Charizard will see much use from me. I'm glad it's there, though.
Color me super excited! While I may not have enjoyed Pokemon X enough to even move past the sixth gym, the Froakie evolutionary line was my favorite series of starter Pokemon since Generation IV. I'll definitely be sure to give Greninja a go, and maybe I just got another possible character added to my main fighters?
3. Mega Evolutions
HAHAHAHAHA I TOLD YOU ALL AGAIN! I TOTALLY CALLED IT. I KNEW THEY WOULD PUT MEGA EVOLUTIONS INTO THE GAME!
So if you haven't heard, both Charizard's and Lucario's mega evolutions will be a part of their final smashes. Will my dreams of Mega Lucario staying for the rest of the fight come true? Probably not. Am I beyond excited that I will at least get to battle as Mega Lucario? Heck yeah I am.
4. Mega Man's Final Smash
If I need to explain this one to you... well, I shouldn't have to explain this one to you.
5. Smash Run
Tie this into the whole "separate modes for separate games" things - this is perfectly suited to the nature of the 3DS and I can't wait to try it out with the abundance of other people around me who will own this game (and surprisingly I am not being sarcastic!).
6. Total Number of Characters So Far?
29 and counting, with 6 newbies and 23 oldies. We're still missing veteran fighters Wario, Ganondorf,
I expect Wario, Ganondorf, Metaknight, Mr. Game & watch, Captain Falcon, Ness, and Falco will all appear for sure (and Jigglypuff if Nintendo still hates us).
But then, what do I know? I mean, I want Agnes Oblige, but we all know that won't happen.