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.
First Appearance: Pac-Man (Arcade, 1980)
Favourite Appearance: Any arcade-style Pac-Man game
Known For: Revolutionizing gaming, not transferring to 3D well, being a terrible new addition to Smash.
Excitement Factor: 2/10 - I think we all knew (or suspected) that Pac-Man would end up in the game when it was announced that Namco was assisting in development. That does not mean that I like it, or that I even wanted it. I would take Agnes Oblige instead of this stupid person any day.
That is "Amiibo"... or "amiibo". Does it matter?
Nintendo, as announced a few days ago at E3, is finally following in the footsteps of Activision - releasing toys that can be used as characters in-game. To boot, the first series of figures are launching alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and I can finally begin collecting Nintendo figures for mere display purposes (it's gonna be an awesome display though I swear).
Honestly for me, being able to use these things in various games is just a bonus. Speaking of using them in games, Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8 will be making use of the Amiibo figures as well. I can only imagine how the heck it'll work in that game though.
Below is an image of (I believe) all of the figures that will be included in the first series. The lack of Luigi here upsets me.
Series: Kid Icarus
First Appearance: Kid Icarus (NES, 1986)
Favourite Appearance: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, 2008)
Known For: Ruling Skyworld, being the goddess of Light, giving Pit the power of flight
Excitement Factor: 7/10 - Honestly, I would be more excited to play as here if it weren't for the fact that this has almost assuredly guaranteed that the Eggplant Wizard will not be added to the roster. And that, my friends, is the saddest thing of all (because turning opponents into eggplants as a final smash would be totally awesome).
Silly Marth! Palutena is no damsel that needs saving!
Stay tuned tomorrow for E3 2014 Part 3!
First Appearance: Wii Sports (Wii, 2006)
Favourite Appearance: Mario Kart 8 (Wii U, 2014)
Known For: Being your Nintendo avatar, having three classes, showing off motion controls, playing sports, infiltrating Mario Kart
Excitement Factor: 10/10 - Like seriously, I've always been kinda 50/50 about adding Mii as a fighter (like how would it even work), but Sakurai has worked his magic once more. This is perfect and I can't wait to try all three classes out.
And suddenly the Miis realized that they were not, in fact, in Tron.
STAY TUNED! I'll have a couple more entries in this "E3 2014" mini series of Smash Files in the next few days (read: daily).
That's right - it has been announced that Super Smash Bros. 4 will be playable using the almighty Gamecube controller! Let us all bow down and praise Lord Helix, for truly he has delivered us a wondrous thing. Also, if that picture is any indication, we will not only be able to use Gamecube controllers... but Nintendo might be releasing special Smash themed brand new Gamecube controllers as well!
While it might not be the standard controller of the console (although if Nintendo truly loves us they will make it so with their next console), it is nice to see Nintendo acknowledging that the GCN controller is the best of their arsenal.
The only way this announcement could have been better is if they had announced Agnes Oblige as a new character in the game alongside it.
Series: Fire Emblem
First Appearance: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GCN, 2005)
Favourite Appearance: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, 2008)
Known For: Something, being the first (only) Lord character in Fire Emblem not of royal blood...
Excitement Factor: 4/10 - I haven't played a Fire Emblem game before, but I was really hoping that the second representative of the series would be a newcomer from Awakening. Maybe we'll get three from the series this time? Who knows... probably not.
Ike just brought a sword to a gun fight.
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.
1. SSB4: Most Wanted, Part 1
2. SSB4: Most Wanted, Part 2
3. SSB4: Most Wanted, Part 3
4. Character Costumes
5. Villager Profile
6. Bowser Profile
7. Mega Man Profile
8. Cutting Characters
9. Link Profile
10. Donkey Kong Profile
12. Princess Peach Profile
13. Unique Movesets
14. Toon Link Profile
15. Sonic the Hedgehog Profile
16. Evolution: Mario
17. Evolution: Samus
18. Kirby Profile
19. Marth Profile
20. Super Mario Galaxy
21. Rosalina Profile
22. Zelda Profile
23. King Dedede Profile
24. Palutena? (Rumors)
25. More Costumes!
26. MOST WANTED
27. Lucario Profile
28. Little Mac Profile
29. Diddy Kong Profile
30. Oh Please No
31. The Direct Recap
32. Ike Profile
33. Retro Salvation
34. E3 2014 - Mii Profile
35. E3 2014 - Palutena Profile
36. E3 2014 - Amiibo
37. E3 2014 - Pac-Man Profile
38. E3 2014 - Box Art
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