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Smash Demo Thoughts (Smash Files 46)

Posted by Voltex , in Smash Files Sep 15 2014 · 47 views

We near the end! Or so it seems. This series of entries will last at least until a little while after I've bought Smash Wii U (which, if I have my way, I'll be able to purchase the day of release); perhaps a little longer with musings on what my hopes are for the next eventual game in the series. For now, however, let us continue to celebrate! Here are my thoughts on the special demo (thanks again to Windrider for the code!)

>I've played several matches with all five characters available in the demo (Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager and Mega Man), and I was by far the most consistent with Mega Man and Link. While I have lost some battles as Mega Man, I think that's more due to me still adapting to the 3DS controls. That said, I was able to pick up Mega Man's play style almost instantly, and he's definitely my favorite out of the five. When I first saw Mega Man last year I had a feeling that he would become one of my mains - I'm glad to know that I was correct. He has a really good mix of ranged and close-up attacks that suits my play style well. Mega Man will see a lot of use from me; unfortunately, I'll have to wait until the game releases to judge him against Toon Link.

>Speaking of Toon Link... it's no surprise that Link is my second-best character in the demo. Toon Link is essentially a smaller, faster (and slightly weaker) version of Link, so the clumsiness I felt when playing the demo won't be there when I shift to Toon Link in the retail release. It's high time I became a little deadly again. :evilgrin:

This has, of course, led me to consider the past (and incumbent) Smash Bros. titles, specifically regarding the characters that I tend to use in each. Or, in the case of Smash Wii U and 3DS, the characters I expect to use.

But that's for a future entry.

Suffice it to say that this demo is addicting despite containing only five characters and one stage with no changeable settings. I can't wait for the full game.


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GSR's Smash Stream - Thoughts (Smash Files 45)

Posted by Voltex , in Smash Files Sep 12 2014 · 96 views

GSR is streaming Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS right now and I am watching. Sharing my thoughts on what I see.

Mega Man: Looks really fun to play as.
Robin: Looks like he'll be a challenge for me to play. It'll force me to change my game up a bit; that's good!
Toon Link: Appears to handle fairly close to how he did in Brawl... this is good news for me. :evilgrin:
Falco: Meh. Still won't use him. I prefer Fox anyway.
Shulk: His range looks INSANE. Looks really fun to play as! I'm really glad he made it into the game and I can't wait to try him out.
Villager: Lots of very unique attacks. While I'll definitely give him a spin, I have a feeling I won't
Marth: From what I saw before the lag, same as the usual. I suppose this means both he and Lucina won't really be used much.

I like the character selection screen; no wasted space on extra stuff. Just squares with the official character artworks inside. It's a very clean look; unfortunately I doubt it'll be matched in the Wii U version, since there will only be one screen there to work with.

Captain Falcon: He brings the punch, of course. Seriously, though. It's killer.

I think I preferred how All-Star mode was setup in Brawl, where it was done by series. I guess it's cool to fight the cast in historical order of appearance, but all it really does is make you realize how many of these characters originated in the 80s... Nintendo needs to make some more new IP and add them to Smash (like the Splatoon characters).

That Spirit Tracks stage is pretty cool. 3D Land looks like a fun stage too, even though it scrolls (ew). Multi-Man brawl has you fighting against the Mii Fighters... I have to try that while playing as the Mii Fighters....

Greninja still looks cool. Poor Pokemon, though - using its tongue for everything. Yuck. Must taste really bad. Just saw a giant Red Greninja.
Wario seems to move a little smoother than in Brawl.
Little Mac hits really fast, moves really fast - I can already tell I'm going to enjoy using him!

Break the targets is really weird this time. You get a giant bomb and it's like the sandbag challenge mixed with Angry Birds?

Mii Fighter customization looks really cool - can't wait to try it out. You can even give them hats to wear in battle! And different outfits. The Mii Gunner looks kinda neat, although I'll probably go for the Brawler or Swordfighter myself.

Classic mode is really awesome! Master Hand and Crazy Hand can combine to form... Master Core? Very interesting.

Credits sequence is awesome. Some sort of mini game called tin spinner or something? I dunno, but it looks super fun. A neat little box breaking mini game too, apparently the fastest way to get trophies.
And that was that; I'm off now to try and sleep and such. :P It was fun, and I can't wait to get my hands on the game. Special shoutouts to Ddude, Blade, JMJ, Skitty and Squishy, who were also hanging out on the stream, and a huge thanks to GSR for streaming the game!


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SUCH DISAPPOINTMENT seriously though why (Smash Files 44)

Posted by Voltex , in Smash Files Sep 11 2014 · 198 views

So people have gotten their hands on early copies of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. These people have also been streaming it. So that means we have numerous characters unlocked.
Some I am okay with. Some I despise. No profiles yet since they haven't been announced officially, but since they are confirmed I thought I'd share some brief thoughts on the characters discovered so far. Of course, for those of you who have seen the leak (as in everyone), these characters aren't really a surprise, per se.

Ganondorf - His inclusion is no shocker; I am, however, wondering if they have done anything to modify him and set him apart from Captain Falcon at all. It would be nice if they did... you know... since it doesn't make sense for the main villain of the Legend of Zelda series to be a clone of a fighter from an entirely different game....

Wario - Meh. I expected that he would make it back in, so no surprises here.

Dr. Mario - I don't know whether to laugh or cry. In Melee Dr. Mario was always my main fighter after Young Link, but at the same time, it's literally Mario wearing another set of clothes. Dr. Mario should just be a costume for Mario when it's all said and done; I don't understand why he isn't.

Falco - We have another Star Fox character! Woohoo! Unfortunately, it sounds like Wolf may have received the cut... Wolf was my favorite... disappointing.

Ness - Original 12 and Earthbound representation! That's about it. I never actually play as Ness.

Mr. Game & Watch - I thought he would be cut, in all honesty. I began to suspect otherwise when they announced Ike (which basically threw all of my expectations out the window), and in the end I'm happy that Mr. Game & Watch is back. I always like playing with him for a few rounds.

Dark Pit - And this is why I don't like Dr. Mario being in the game, because it sets a precedent that Dark Pit has followed. Seriously, why couldn't this be a palette swap of Pit? If there are going to be three Kid Icarus characters, I want one of them to be Eggplant Wizard!

Duck Hunt Dog - Why? Why is this in the game? If they were going to represent a classic game, this is not the one I would have chosen. I would have gone with Mike Jones from StarTropics. Who knows, maybe this will turn out to be a character I enjoy playing as. But right now I just wish it wasn't in the game. Stupid dog ruining everything.

E: Adding rest of characters now.

Jigglypuff - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I HATE JIGGLYPUFF WHY I DON'T CARE ABOUT ORIGINAL 12 ANYMORE

R.O.B. - I was seriously hoping that R.O.B. would be cut. Oh well.

Bowser Jr. - Aside from the fact that this game is waaaay over saturated with Mario characters now thanks to Dr. Mario and this guy, I'm also excited. Bowser Jr.'s play style seems unique, and he's also one of the very few characters to do costumes right.

And while we're on the subjects of clones and alt. versions of characters receiving their own character slots in the game, why couldn't Paper Mario be a fighter again??
Whatever.


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BETTER LATE THAN OVERDUE (Smash Files 43)

Posted by Voltex , in Smash Files Sep 03 2014 · 88 views

Let's finish this off! Every character announced so far now has a profile!

Pit Profile
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Species: Angel
Series: Kid Icarus
First Appearance: Kid Icarus (NES, 1987)

Favourite Appearance: Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS, 2012)
Party: 1st
Known For: Disappearing for seventeen years, being revived by Brawl, defeating Medusa, saving Palutena, fighting his dark side
Excitement Factor: 5/10 - I get why Pit is here, and I get why people like him; however, I personally don't enjoy playing as him. That said, maybe he'll play differently this time.
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KAZAM!!

Mario Profile
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Species: Human
Series: Super Mario
First Appearance: Donkey Kong (Arcade, 1981)

Favourite Appearance: Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (GCN, 2004)
Party: 1st
Known For: Starring in just about every genre of video game possible, being over saturated the past few years, revolutionizing the platforming genre at least three times
Excitement Factor: 6/10 - It's Mario.
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An age old battle is fought once more

Wii Fit Trainer Profile
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Species: Human
Series: Wii Fit
First Appearance: Wii Fit (Wii, 2008)

Favourite Appearance: N/A, but probably this game
Party: 1st
Known For: Making people fit, exercising, having a really pale complexion, being male and female, and more exercising
Excitement Factor: 7/10 - Wii Fit Trainer is one of those weird additions to the franchise that is just weird enough to work, but also normal enough to not be seen as stupid.
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Ta-Da!


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EW YOU'RE SO OLD (Smash Files 42)

Posted by Voltex , in Smash Files Sep 02 2014 · 79 views

And continuing on with three more profiles!

Samus Profile
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Species: Human
Series: Metroid
First Appearance: Metroid (NES, 1987)

Favourite Appearance: Super Metroid (SNES, 1994)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being a bounty hunter, liking Justin Bailey, hunting Space Pirates, exterminating the race of Metroids
Excitement Factor: 8/10 - Another character that I enjoy using on occasion; and, as a member of the Original Twelve, we all knew she'd be back anyway.
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Watch the legs! Watch the legs!

Pikachu Profile
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Species: Pikachu
Series: Pokemon
First Appearance: Pokemon Red and Blue (Gameboy, 1998)

Favourite Appearance: Pokemon Emerald (GBA, 2005)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being overrated, being an electrical mouse, losing weight as time goes on, maybe being an evolved form of the Pichu from Super Smash Bros. Melee
Excitement Factor: 4/10 - Pikachu is way overrated, and I don't care much for the character beyond "Original Twelve omg".
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Nap time for Pikachu. Too many apples.

Fox Profile
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Species: Fox
Series: Star Fox
First Appearance: Star Fox (SNES, 1993)

Favourite Appearance: Star Fox (SNES, 1993)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being under-utilized by Nintendo, going dormant, following his father, fighting a giant monkey face
Excitement Factor: 7.5/10 - I like Fox, although his is the rare occasion where I actually prefer Wolf (who is both heavier and slower). That said, it wouldn't be Smash Bros. without Fox.
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Poor Fox, forever alone.


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LET'S ADD SOME KETCHUP! (Smash Files 41)

Posted by Voltex , in Smash Files Sep 01 2014 · 130 views

I've missed out on making profiles for quite a few characters since the games were announced at E3 last year; so, in the vein of my recent "summer catchup" post, here is another large Smash File detailing four more fighters that I missed along the way, starting with the ones announced during the Smash Bros. Direct.

Charizard Profile
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Species: Charizard
Series: Pokemon
First Appearance: Pokemon Red and Blue (Gameboy, 1998)

Favourite Appearance: Pokemon Emerald (GBA, 2005)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being awesome, breathing fire, not being a dragon type, having two mega evolutions, being popular, disobeying Ash because Ash sucks
Excitement Factor: 5/10 - Honestly, kind of meh. I think it's cool that Charizard is in the game, and I get that having Squirtle with Greninja could be seen as an over saturation of water type Pokemon, but... I still liked using Squirtle more than Charizard.
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OH GAWD

Zero Suit Samus Profile
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Species: Human
Series: Metroid
First Appearance: Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA, 2004)

Favourite Appearance: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, 2008)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being another version of Samus in Super Smash Bros. 4, lacking armor, apparently wearing high heels, wearing a skin-tight suit
Excitement Factor: 3/10 - I dislike that Zero Suit Samus is an individual character in this game; mostly because it means we have two versions of Samus on the roster (in addition to two versions of Link), and that means this is a precedent... I do not want to see Dr. Mario being added back into the game. I'm sure there is another video game character out there that could have the exact same play style as Zero Suit Samus instead.
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I believe I can fly....

Shiek Profile
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Species: ???
Series: The Legend of Zelda
First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64, 1998)

Favourite Appearance: Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN, 2001)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being mysterious, being Zelda, maybe not being Zelda?, being not-actually-male, being female, being a ninja
Excitement Factor: 7/10 - I consider Shiek to be more excusable than Zero Suit Samus on the basis that Shiek could honestly be anyone; and that means I can pretend that Shiek is some random character from the Zelda universe, and not Zelda herself. Whatever.
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Just keep sneaking....

Yoshi Profile
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Species: Yoshi
Series: Super Mario, Yoshi
First Appearance: Super Mario World (SNES, 1991)

Favourite Appearance: Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (GCN, 2004)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being a dinosaur, getting trapped in eggs, turning people into eggs, being the best party member in Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
Excitement Factor: 8/10 - Yoshi! Yoshi is one of those characters that I always like to take for a spin every now and then to change things up in between rounds of demolishing my opponents as Young Link or Toon Link. Also, he's a member of the Original Twelve, so he has to be here.
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HIP HIP HOORAY! HIP HIP HOORAY!


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ALL SUMMER LONG! (Smash Files 40)

Posted by Voltex , in Smash Files Aug 30 2014 · 201 views

I missed quite a bit of Super Smash Bros. news while I was away this summer; so, for your enjoyment, here is a MASSIVE Smash File dedicated to profiles for every fighter announcement that I missed.

Metaknight Profile
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Species: ???
Series: Kirby
First Appearance: Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, 2012)

Favourite Appearance: N/A (I have yet to play his game)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being banned from many tournaments, being awesome, being a bad guy, being a hero, always wearing that mask
Excitement Factor: 6/10 - I never really used Metaknight that much and I doubt I will this time around; but it would feel weird if he wasn't in the game.
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Being overpowered again, I see.

Lucina Profile
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Species: Human
Series: Fire Emblem
First Appearance: Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS, 2013)

Favourite Appearance: Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS, 2013)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being a clone, being a surprise, being a spoiler, not being who she says she is, and being a clone
Excitement Factor: 2/10 - WHY SAKURAI, WHY???? WHY MUST SHE BE A CLONE OF MARTH?
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At least this picture is cool.

Robin Profile
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Species: Human
Series: Fire Emblem
First Appearance: Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS, 2013)

Favourite Appearance: Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS, 2013)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being two genders, actually being a unique fighter, being you, saving the world
Excitement Factor: 9/10 - Conversely, I'm very excited to try Robin out! And I'm happy that there are two gender options. Although for this very reason I'm wondering why Lucina couldn't be included with Marth if she's just going to be a clone character.
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Magical spells shall help us to rule the world!

Captain Falcon Profile
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Species: Human
Series: F-Zero
First Appearance: F-Zero (SNES, 1991)

Favourite Appearance: F-Zero GX (GCN, 2003)
Party: 1st
Known For: Being a bounty hunter who never uses his gun, racing, allowing Mario Kart to borrow his vehicle, and FALCON PAWWWNCH!
Excitement Factor: 8/10 - He is necessary for Smash and I always like to give him a try every now and then. I'll never main Captain Falcon, but he sure is fun to use.
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Do I even need to say it?


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SHULK IS IN! (Smash Files 39)

Posted by Voltex , in Smash Files Aug 29 2014 · 70 views

Shulk Profile
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Species: Hom
Series: Xenoblade
First Appearance: Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, 2012)

Favourite Appearance: N/A (I have yet to play his game)
Party: 1st
Known For: Taking forever to arrive in North America, starring in one of the greatest RPGs of the generation, being a fan favorite
Excitement Factor: 10/10 - If you look back at my most wanted lists from E3 2013, Shulk is on there - the only reason I haven't played Xenoblade Chronicles is because I can't find it... and that sounds like it's about to change.
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I can't wait.


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New Characters in Smash

Posted by Voltex , in Smash Files Jul 14 2014 · 122 views

Returning briefly just to say that I'm very happy with the announcement.


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E3: BEAUTIFUL Box Art (Smash Files 38)

Posted by Voltex , in Smash Files Jun 15 2014 · 158 views

Look at this stuff
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I like them both a lot, but I do have a few complaints:
 
-Brawl had eleven characters on the cover (I think?). Smash 3DS has eleven characters on the cover. Smash Wii U has... ten. Considering their paired nature, this really bugs me. If anything, the Wii U version should showcase more characters, but I think they should just be equal in count.
-Fox and Luigi both got screwed over times two.
 
Things I like enough to make note of:
 
-Samus being front and center of the Wii U box art instead of Mario or Link; it's very refreshing.
-Villager gets on both!
-Wii Fit Trainer's art on the cover is her official art, rather than being a special render just for the box art. I think it's funny that the creators were just lazy with one character.
 
Anyway, that concludes this "E3 2014" series of posts. I do really like the box art for both, although I think Brawl still has the best cover art of the series.






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We're not teaching university science classes here, we're playing a text based fighting game where the objective is to beat your opponents into oblivion.

Get back in your grave, you.

*Slaps with tombstone*

Also, what pay are you gonna get as iBrow's slave?

Chro suddenly developed arachnophobia.

explain it with a convoluted quadruple negative.

Although everyone should go sign up for that game now.
And tell your friends.
And your moms.
Maybe not that last bit.