So…Smash Bros, huh? I’ve gotten so many questions about Smash Bros. Wii U & 3DS from friends and acquaintances. Is it looking good? Is it worth buying? Are the new characters going to be fun to play? These questions have been coming in since E3 in June, when news about the game formed the backbone of Nintendo’s showing, even though the game isn’t scheduled for release in North America until October.
You know what? Let’s start talking about it now! Why not? The thing that’s formed most of the hype propaganda is the staggered reveal of the characters that will be playable in Smash Bros 2014. So here’s my list of the new characters and how we might expect them to play in the latest in the series. This is probably going to be split into multiple articles, and I call it “semi-complete” because we could get another addition after this is published.
1. Mega Man
I think the inclusion of Capcom’s classic blue mascot has to be the best crowd-pleaser I can think of, as he’s been an oft-requested character for a while now. From what I’ve been able to see in the trailers and footage, he looks like a projectile-based attacker, and his attacks come from his arsenal of weapons rather than melee attacks. I particularly like his crowd-control Flame Blast and the support characters who assist him with specials.
Another third-party guest, Namco’s Pac-Man joins in the fight in both his classic omnivorous ball form and an ambulatory two-legged form. He’s a melee fighter, appears to be able to summon sprites to help with combat, and can assume a giant Super Pac-Man form. I’m not exactly sure how he’ll fit into the ranks, considering we already have several melee-based fighters, but it’s nice to see so many of the original faces of gaming in one place.
Now this was the one I truly was not expecting. With Charizard now being a solo character, I had the feeling that we’d be getting some more Pokémon as fighters and I was proved right within seconds as the two debuted in the same trailer. But my recall of the specific Pokémon and their evolutions is faulty, so I initially mistook it for Strider Hiryu. Its attacks are water-based, and it appears to be a very quick fighter. It also appears to have a pretty damaging set of aerial attacks, from what I can tell.