There have been quite a few crossover games over the years, such as Marvel vs. Capcom, Street Fighter X Tekken, DC Universe vs. Mortal Kombat. But none have managed to attain such hype as a Super Smash Bros. installment. I remember all the excitement leading up to Brawl’s release, mainly thanks to the Dojo site. People like myself are still playing it today, five years later. Last year Smash 4 was formally announced, but no real details. This changes today with two very awesome trailers from Nintendo Direct. First, the general gameplay trailer.
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The opening with the franchises was fun, great way to start. The first important thing to mention is that the first part of the trailer focuses on 3DS gameplay. You can see it has a distinctive style from its Wii U counterpart. It’s bright, more attune to Melee than Brawl. As you can see, while not bad, the 3DS version looks to be almost on par with Melee, a game from twelve years ago. But, nonetheless, it’ll be great to play Smash on the go, which is the game’s purpose. You’ll notice some of the stages, standouts being the train from The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks and a Nintendogs one. These will most definitely be exclusive to the 3DS version, since those games were on the small console themselves.
While the 3DS one looks fun, once we see Mario transforming into his Wii U counterpart, we know things are about to get real. The graphics are high definition, it looks fantastic. Battlefield looks similar to Brawl’s version of the stage, just some added backgrounds. You’ll notice that the movesets remain identical, and gameplay is pretty much the same. Stage highlights include Skyloft, the city in the sky from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. There’s also some kind of boxing ring stage which looks to be a signature part of the game. An important thing to to be seen is the return of Final Smashes, as seen with Samus’s Zero Laser.
But obviously the most intriguing thing about the trailer is the newcomer…Villager from Animal Crossing. I will admit to be being perplexed by such a decision to include this guy. He looks to be an interesting asset. Of course, if he had been the only new character announced, there would have been vast disappointment. But Nintendo released another trailer, starring and bringing the Blue Bomber known as Mega Man into the fray.
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This is by far the biggest piece of news. Mega Man was always the popular rumor, since after Mario and Sonic he would be the next big gaming franchise. (Or was, since he hasn’t had a new game in quite a bit.) It’s really quite amazing how well his moveset from his classic games translate here. In the glorious CGI segments, you’ll notice that the Blue Bomber uses some of his special abilities, such as Metal Man’s Metal Blades and Crash Man’s Crash Bomber. How that will work in gameplay remains to be seen, but nonetheless the inclusion of Mega Man is one of the most exciting things to come out of E3.
And now we have another surprise character reveal. It’s the most shocking yet…say hello to the Wii U Fit Trainer.
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I will admit I had a blast watching the video. Of course, comedy aside, this is pretty interesting. She will most likely be the ‘joke’ character, much like Pichu was in Melee. Her moveset is quite graceful and final smash that ironically looks to be one of the most useful. I’m surprised, but equally interested in seeing what this trainer will bring to the table.
Mario, Pikachu, Fox, Pit, Samus, Link, Bowser, Donkey Kong, and Kirby are all the returning characters confirmed so far. I think it’s likely we won’t see Snake coming back, I have a feeling he was a one-time thing for Brawl. Sonic I see returning. As you can see, so for the title is just ‘Super Smash Bros,’ no subtitle yet.
The fourth Super Smash Bros. is confirmed for a release next year, 2014. It’s going to be a wild ride of reveals until then fellow Nintendo fans.
Daniel is an avid gamer and huge fan of Nintendo. His favorite character in Smash Bros. is Mario and you can follow him on Twitter: @Destroyer_199