Giga Bowser at the end of Adventure mode. It looks like you've just beaten the final opponent in the Adventure, when all of a sudden, Bowser returns from the pit and transforms into an evil demon version of himself. And if you think that's already epic, take a look at this unbelievable Giga Bowser KO.
Melee getting recognition and respect at EVO 2013. To elaborate, for years players of other fighting games didn't take a platform fighter like Smash Bros. seriously, even though Melee had great players as far back as 2002-2003. Getting your favorite competitive fighting game added to the pool of games played/streamed is not easy especially something on the level of EVO.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The scene "The Great Invasion" in the "Subspace Emissary", where the Halberd goes up against Ganondorf and Bowser's battleship. The Halberd gets destroyed by only a few shots (yes, that's right, the friggin Halberd gets thoroughly owned), only to have Samus's gunship, the Falcon Flyer, Falco's Arwing, and even Olimar's little rocket fly out of the blast, right into the teeth of Ganondorf's guns, weaving through and around roboteching lasers bigger than they are... and it's all a distraction, to allow Kirby to get close enough on the Dragoon to take the ship down in one hit.
The fact that Kirby saved Link, Zelda, Peach, Yoshi, Meta Knight, Ice Climbers, R.O.B, Snake, and Wario singlehandedly from the trophification.
Not to mention the battleship itself, which looks like a star destroyer that Took a Level in Badass. Ganondorf and Bowser. Commanding a star destroyer. Which they blew up a floating island to even use.
Their reaction to the ship's destruction is pretty awesome as well. Ganondorf turns with a Cape Swish and strides into Subspace while Bowser clinches his fists and follows. As they disappear from view, the platform they were just standing on explodes. Bad. Ass.
Most of the cast in the Subspace Emissary gets at least one moment. Case in point, R.O.B., in his intro scene "Ganondorf Takes Command" (the one where it first lists his name), spends a solid minute on fire, looking perhaps a little sad at worst, then proceeds to blast several flying mooks out of the air with consecutive eye-laser blasts before shaking off the fire. Additionally, he spent the better portion of the scene on fire. And it was awesome.
King Dedede is the hero of the entire goddamn story. (Which is funny because Sakurai VOICED him... so basically, the creator of the series saved everyone... yes) (Inasmuch as there is a hero; everyone did their fair share, and the ending essentially proved that all the way through by the way it was played.)
Sonic's unexpected appearance. Players wait most of the game waiting for him to show up, and then was totally blindsided when he stopped Tabuu from turning everyone back into trophies in the "The Final Battle" scene. Too bad that was a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation.
It seems both ironic AND fitting that the fastest character in the game would be the LAST guy to show up.
The weird thing is, this is actually in-character for Sonic; not taking action until the absolutely LAST MOMENT, because he's so goddamn fast he can afford to wait that long is a trait shown in several of his own continuities.
Ness when fighting off Wario in the "Lucas Leaves Ness" scene. Not only does he evade every shot targeting him, but when Wario shoots at the crybaby Lucas, NESS TAKES THE HIT FOR HIM. Talk about a noble sacrifice. This turns out to pay off later when King Dedede's badges restore him and Luigi because King Dedede had put the badges on the two of them, as they restore King Dedede right away, and the trio proceed to find and restore about half of everybody hit by Tabuu's earlier attack. Oh, and just look at his expressions, such as when he's looking at a restored Dedede. Heck, the only reason why you'd expect somebody with a baby face like Ness's to pull this off is because of examples like Kirby as indicated above.
This is also a crowning moment of awesome - for Wario, who never before has been genuinely sinister and frightening.
Hell, Ness destroying the Pig King statue with one PK Flash hit in the "Ness and Porky Face Off" scene certainly counts — especially since in Mother 3, it has one hundred million hit points and can't be destroyed without a certain weapon. Totally win.
Probably not as awesome as some of the finer moments, but in the "The Destiny of Ridley & Samus" scene, Samus's eternal nemesis Ridley spends a good minute fucking Samus up — half of that being grinding her, suit and all, against a wall. He would have kept it up until Samus was a goner had Pikachu not interfered. Yes, Pikachu, causing real damage to someone who regularly fights toe-to-toe with Samus Fuckin' Aran.
"Sheik and the Fallen Arwing", the princess's scene. Fox is strafing the Halberd, but might have caught Peach in the crossfire. Zelda (in her Sheik persona) doesn't like that, so she leaps up onto Fox's Arwing and spearhands through the canopy. The two drop to the deck and start fighting — but Peach, unhurt, promptly ends the fight by offering Fox a cup of tea. Fox is confused for a moment, then looks back at Sheik, who already has a cup. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny
Not to mention Peach calmly walking on the Halberd's deck as explosions go off behind her.
Several characters, like Fox ("Fox Confronts RAYQUAZA"), Falco ("Falco Appears"), and Falcon ("The Two Captains") had awesome entrances.
The cutscene introducing Olimar and Captain Falcon is a hilarious example. We start with a shot of the Pikmin swarming a giant-size ROB, who promptly spins its arms and sends them flying off (and killing about two-thirds of them), causing the tiny-by-comparison Olimar to step back. But then a red Pikmin points at something in the distance, Olimar looks back, and, with the Mute City theme blaring in the background, Captain Falcon zooms out of nowhere in the Blue Falcon, ejects forward from the seat at several miles an hour, delivers a FALCON PUNCH to the R.O.B.'s head that sends it flying off into the distance, and then does a cool pose as he lands and powerskids to a stop.....straight through the rest of Olimar's Pikmin, killing them all. The music abruptly stops, and Olimar gives him a blank stare.
Snake is introduced in the only cutscene in the entire story to feature coherent dialogue:
Snake: "Kept you waiting, huh?"
While not as awesome as some of the above, Snake's instant unexpected ownage of the Game & Watches on the Halberd in "The Ones in the Bridge" was pretty cool. Plus, Dedede in his first appearance, "King Dedede Steals Peach/King Dedede Steals Zelda", 1-hit surprise KO'ing Luigi and going on to use his Waddle Dees to steal Wario's ride and his trophies.
On the subject of Dedede, when Bowser attacks him and gets knocked out. Dedede revives him and Bowser steps up to fight him again, and Dedede just pimp-slaps him in the face. (Scenes: "King Dedede Vs. King Bowser" and "The True Enemy Is Right There").
Mario gets one if you choose to save Peach: Once he sees her trophy disappearing at the hands of Link later in the game, he charges right at him. Link avoids being punched into the ground! If you save Zelda the whole scenario is reversed; it's Link who charges at Mario, who then avoids becoming a plumber-kebab. (Scene: "Mario's Misunderstanding/Link's Misunderstanding")
There is also their Big Damn Heroes later, when Mario, Link, Pit, Yoshi and Kirby get their Ass Kicking Poses, and jump in a "YEAH!" Shot to fight the Primids attacking Lucas, PT, Marth, and Ike. (Scene: "The Five Warriors")
It's unfortunate that the Yeah Shot gets cut off later when re-viewing the scenes.
The very team up of three of the biggest badasses on the roster (Lucario, Meta Knight and Snake) during the Halberd arc.
The Ancient Minister has been dropping Subspace Bombs left and right, easily escaping every single foe that tries to stop him (even the ones that fly!), avoiding even Marth and Meta Knight's attacks... when all of a sudden Ragnell spins into frame, shortly followed by Ike, and he slices through the Minister's bomb-carrying arm with his Aether move, sending the enemy spinning into the distance and rendering the bomb useless. Bonus points go to the badass pose the three go into afterwards, as well as the Ancient Minister's dawning look of realization (read: "Oh shit" look) as he notices the sword come up behind him. See it here (Scene: "Ike Unleashes Aether")
Just to add to the awesome, this is the only time anyone successfully prevents a subspace bomb from being deployed. The team of Ike with MK and Marth running interference is just that awesome.
Mario and Link get one in one stage where they charge at a pair of R.O.B.s about to detonate a subspace bomb, while dodging a steady stream of lasers. The two most iconic. Nintendo. Characters. Ever. Mario. And. Link. On a team. Dodging lasers. Badass. (Scene: "The R.O.B. Army Rallies")
Lucas growing a pair and fighting Wario. (Scene: "The Wario and Lucas Rematch")
Also, Lucas when he and Pokemon Trainer were picked up by Galleom and flown into the sky, rather than being caught in Galleom's explosion, Lucas blew off Galleom's arm, freeing himself and the PT. What made it awesome was that Lucas knew full well that they were screwed either way, but still tried to protect the unconscious PT from impact, and Meta Knight caught them in midair for the win. (Scene: "Galleom Self-Destructs")
Even Olimar manages a CMOA, when we see Fox's Arwing, Samus's Gunship, Kirby on the Dragoon, and Falcon's Falcon Flyer, and Olimar's 50's style rocket, the company ship from Pikmin 2, is keeping up with them, even while shuddering in mid-air and making cartoon 'Put-Put' noises.
When Diddy and Donkey make their first appearance. One of Bowser's minions fires a pair of Bullet Bills at Donkey, Diddy rushes out of the forest, jumps off of Donkey's back, and then goes into Bullet Time and fires two Peanut Popguns at the Bullet Bills *pak* *pak*. Then, he shoots one more shot at a third Bullet Bill, and lands next to Donkey. They both do an Ass Kicking Pose as the Bullet Bill lands behind them and EXPLODES. (Scene: "Donkey Kong & Diddy Kong")
The scenes where after cornering the supposed leader of the subspace army, Ganondorf pops out of nowhere as a hologram and presses a button which makes all the ROBs turn on the subspace bombs; it's the first time Ganondorf directly interferes with the heroes, and it is very evil. (Scene: "Ganondorf Takes Command")
Another one for Ganondorf... After seeing the creator of the world being effortlessly manipulated into doing another being's dirty work, what does Ganondorf do? He jumps and try's to whup Tabuu's TRON-inspired ass. Too bad he fails. (Scene: "The Crushing, Ruinous Defeat")
And because nobody else has directly said anything about it, Ness and Luigi being revived from the their trophy state and immediately reviving Dedede once they saw the badges on them. This was a CMOA because, dude, Dedede's plan worked, and if it wasn't for those three (and Kirby), everybody would be screwed. (Scene: "King Dedede's Timed Badges")
Lucario finding Snake hiding in his box just goes to show you that Lucario is smarter than Metal Gear bad guys. See video here. (Scene: "LUCARIO Discovers Snake")
How about Power Suit Samus's entry? Seen here, one doesn't need an explanation for why it is Samus's CMOA. She's staring in awe at her suit, when a mass of R.O.B.s flood in from the hallway. The shot cuts to the hallway, where the R.O.B.'s are consumed by an explosion as Samus puts on her suit and with one missile blast destroys at least 10 R.O.B.s, and she walks out of the smoke. Samus puts on her suit and destroys 10 R.O.B.s in two seconds. (Scene: "Samus Revived")
Fox meeting Diddy, hurting Rayquaza as easily as if he was swatting a fly when he pulls out his reflector, causing Rayquaza's energy blast to rebound on itself. (Scene: "Fox Confronts RAYQUAZA")
Surely Luigi venturing into Subspace to save the others must count? When we first see him, he's terrified of a harmless little Waddle Dee, and now he's willing to go through Subspace to save his pals? He grew a pair between these two events.
The ending. After Tabuu is defeated, the world returns to normal, all except for the floating island the ROBs came from: all that remains of it is a small ball of light. After that, the opening theme for Brawl plays, complete with the Latin lyrics and their English translations. It doesn't quite become a CMOA until about halfway through the song, when we see all the heroes who escaped Subspace standing together on a cliff, looking out at the light where the ROB's island once stood. Seeing all the heroes standing together was a powerful image: many of them were enemies with one another, some were from completely different origins altogether, but all of them made a stand together to save the world from utter destruction. This makes the ending of the game THE Crowning Moment of Awesome of the Subspace Emissary.See it here.
Mario leading the entire Smash Cast to face Tabuu. Sure, they all get defeated by Tabuu's Off-Wings, but still... it was just amazing! Mario is THE leader of all Nintendo, and to see him leading the Smash crew into battle, and going "hm!" with a frown when he sees Tabuu... Mario is just that amazing.
Yoshi gets a small one after a subspace bomb goes off; while Kirby carries Pit and Link overhead on a warp star, Yoshi runs Mario to safety on his back, like he usually finds himself doing in the mainstream Mario games. What makes it double as awesome is that Yoshi outruns the explosion and manages to keep up relatively well with a warp star.
Link's introduction, in which he draws the Master Sword while the Legend of Zelda title theme swells. See it here.
Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
After years of waiting- a fan requested favorite finally joins the roster... Heading for the Wii U and 3DS release, is none other than: MEGA MAN!!! In his original form, packing all kinds of heat.
It's one of the best intro videos. In the beginning, he silhouetted to the point that you can't tell who he is at first...till the helmet appears. He then starts beating up the other characters, but takes quite a lot of damage. Then he gets serious. Mario has an "OH CRAP" look as he matrix dodges the Metal Blades and Link gets a similar one before having an mix between, "Holy shit" and "What the hell just happened?"
Special mention to the finisher from Mega Man's Heroic Second Wind sequence (set to the aforementioned Wily's Castle theme) where Mega Man slams both of hisArm Cannons into the ground before sending Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, and Kirby flying with FlameBlast.
The crowd reaction at E3 then Rock appeared on the screen was unanimous: the masses roared their approval.
The Villager, using no mystic powers or cybernetic attachments, simply caught a highly deadly missile able to blast away aliens with extreme precision with his bare hands. Badass Normal indeed. He can even catch the Charge Beam!◊
He can also catch Zelda's Phantom! That's right, Villager can catch ghosts with his bare hands!
It gets even better - he can cancel Link's Final Smash by taking advantage of invincibility frames!
Sakurai himself gets one for implementing the Wii Fit Trainer. He specifically wanted an Unexpected Character, and boy did he succeed. Then for the Trainer herself, she oneshots Kirby, Link, and Mario at the same time in her debut trailer.
The old red biplane from Pilotwings and the new seaplane from Wii Sports Resort in flight together is pretty epic. It represents two generations of Nintendo in one place!
His introductory video, while maybe not as WOW-tastic as either MegaMan's or his own for Brawl, does a good job with keeping the suspense in its first moments as the other two did. We see Mario and Mega Man fighting in Battlefield... only to get hit by Sonic's downward A aerial attack. Cue the main theme fromSonic Heroes kicking in as we see Sonic kicking ass, while also revealing that his home stage in the Wii U version of the game is none other than Windy Hill Zone.
Little Mac's reveal trailer, showing him in an Training Montage with a beautiful art style much like a comic book (It seems someone on the dev team is a big fan of Jojos Bizarre Adventure, the art is very similar to the Jojo anime). And when Samus mocks him for his height, well... Say hello to the Star Punch.
Rosalina's reveal trailer is just made of all kinds of awesome. First off, the lovingly rendered Rainbow Road appears in the trailer, because why the hell not? The karts are racing, when Kirby suddenly blows right past them on his Warp Star. But then the trailer pans over to one of the star gates that Mario uses in the Galaxy games and a beam of light powers through it. It cuts Kirby off and sends him crashing to the Rainbow Road, but then a smaller comet breaks off from the big one...and a Luma comes down to make sure they didn't hurt Kirby. The racers finally catch up and stop as the Luma turns and runs back....to Rosalina. Disney, take notes here, Nintendo manages to make sparkly princess eyes look Badass. Then, after the trailer goes through the customary clips of the new character, we're treated to Kirby and the Luma dancing together. Because obviously this trailer hadn't been awesome enough already.
April 8th, 2014 Smash Bros Direct. That is all. But if you want more....
First off, you thought one Mega Man was enough? His Final Smash will have FIVE. X, Volnutt, .EXE, and Geo all appear to fire a unified Charge Shot with the original.
Villager's Final Smash involves asking Tom Nook to make a house to encase the opponent....and then it explodes!
Online play has changed for the better. Remember when you had to play in Final Destination? Almost every stage has a Final Destination mode, breaking up the monotony of the same stage over and over. Plus there are two modes now: For Fun and For Glory, with For Fun being items-on, no-Final-Destination, wins-only recorded, and For Glory being items-off, only-Final-Destination, wins-and-losses recorded.
Assist Trophies. Dark Samus, Midna, Chain Chomp and Elec Man are coming in! Oh and Pong, apparently.
The press kit album reveals even more fan-favourites and returnees, such as Super Leaf, Blue Shell, Beehive from Animal Crossing, Drill Arm...
Afraid Zero Suit Samus and Sheik got lost in the shuffle? Nope! They're separate characters!
Poké-balls come in two flavor: regular and Master Ball. Master Ball will have all sorts of legendaries from Victini, Kyurem to Arceus itself.
And last, returning and newcomer characters. The setting is a desolate desert and it rains Pokéballs, showing the various mons coming in. Then Pikachu is on a cliffside watching, when Charizard appears. Then after a humongous fight with many of the veterans, who appears but Greninja, a Gen VI Pokémon. Oh and Charizard is packing heat with Mega Evolution X.
During this reveal, an individual one goes to Mario. While the rest of the smashers fighting Charizard used ranged attacks, Mario decided to show some serious balls and just take the overgrown iguana on mano y mano.
Just as Mario and Charizard are about to collide into a fiery explosion, a giant water shuriken cuts them off. Cut to Greninja standing epically on a tree branch. Then after some cool ninja posing, he blasts off into the sky.
It's a subtle one, but in the first shot of the Smash Run reveal, the first enemies seen are Kremlings. You know, those guys DK hasn't fought in years. Maybe Sakurai has plans for their leader...
It's even awesomer that Kremings and Tikis fight alongside each other.
Bowser and Yoshi have been shown walking far more upright than they have in earlier games. This is especially good for Bowser, who now has a badass running animation as opposed to... whatever he was doing in Brawl and Melee.
E3 2014, and we have an animated cutscene of Link and Pit fighting against one another. Just as Link is about to blow Pit away with the Gale Boomerang, a barrier emerges. Palutena descends from the sky. Pit is confused... until Palutena uses her magic to send Pit flying. Then she says...
Sakurai threw another curveball with the July 2014 character reveal trailer. Everyone thought that Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening was a shoo-in, and he even showed up in the trailer. However, two characters from Awakening were unveiled: Robin and Lucina. Made even more surprising in that Chrom is part of a Final Smash instead of a playable character.
You can also play as a female Robin as well.
Captain Falcon in the same trailer deserves a mention. It's implied that he single-handedly took down Chrom and was handing Lucina her rear until Robin showed up. Even then, it appears that he was able to fight pretty evenly with him.
He got a lot more fanfare than some other returning characters, really. While other veterans were reintroduced with some screenshots, Captain Falcon got an animated trailer in which he beats up one of the newcomers. The SSB team seems well aware of Falcon's status as an internet legend.
Even the way he fights Lucina deserves note. He's a hand-to-hand fighter taking on a swordswoman. However, he controls the flow of the fight regardless, throwing off Lucina by nearly hitting her head, and when she tries to stab at him, he casually parries the blade with his hand, knocks her off-balance by kicking her sword hand, and would have finished her off with a Falcon Punch had Robin not interrupted. That build of his certainly is not just for show, his reputation as a Badass Normal bounty hunter in his own series seems a lot more believable with those kinds of martial arts.
Even if Chrom isn't playable, his fans can at least look forward to seeing him in Robin's Final Smash!
Chrom: I suppose I'll get my chance... another day...
Shulk's accomplishments during his reveal trailer involve blasting an unsuspecting Bowser away with a well-timed Back Slash, and preventing his psychic vision of Link and Marth doing the same to him by fighting them both off singlehandedly!
What better way to kick off the fight against Master Hand and Crazy Hand than with a brofist◊?
Master Core, the true final boss of Classic Mode. The two bosses, Master Hand and Crazy Hand, form together to create a giant shadow monster. This boss has four separate forms, making for a very challenging boss. These four forms include a creature that throws the stage around, a giant scorpion, five black swords, and a doppelganger of the player.
Meanwhile, if he's Rescued from the Scrappy Heap for you, he manages to be a hilarious Troll character, from laughing at you as a taunt... and laughing at you from the sidelines of a gun duel that he forced you in the middle of.
The fact that Nintendo and Namco-Bandai were able to finally make a roster that was genuinely balanced is amazing in and of itself.
When Snake answers a codec call and is greeted by Slippy, who has apparently hacked into the channel. He even goes "Snake? SNAAAAAAKE!" if you get KO'd during the conversation!
Outside of The Subspace Emissary, every character has a Moment of Awesome in the form of their Final Smash, which is exactly what it sounds like. See them all here, but be forewarned: overdoses of awesome are common. Viewer discretion is advised.
Yoshi's final smash, in which that cute little character that nobody ever pays much attention to becomes a colossal Badass fire breathing dragon, based off of his color-based powers from Super Mario World.
A real-life meets video game Moment of Awesome was at E3 when the Brawl Trailer was unveiled and, after having seemingly ended, was followed by a codec conversation between the Colonel and Snake and, with his theme music playing, Snake coming out from under his signature cardboard box and getting his name plastered on the screen. One of the most favored characters was revealed to be a third-party character for a game that was already Made of Awesome, and Gamers around the world suffered a Heroic BSOD because of it.
On a similar note, Sonic's inclusion in the game. With Snake's inclusion and the crossover with Mario, it was all but guaranteed, but there's a reason why it's the image on the video game page of And the Fandom Rejoiced - seeing the two biggest mascots in video gaming going head to head in Smash Bros. was such a huge moment for those who were around when Sega and Nintendo were rivals.
One final Crowning Moment Of Awesome goes to Hideo Kojima, who designed the Shadow Moses Island stage. During the stage, the wall in the background will occasionally collapse, revealing a Metal Gear Rex, Ray, or a pair of roaming GEKKOs. Anyone who has played through Metal Gear Solid 4 should by now realize that these were not random references: Snake and Ocelot would eventually return to the island and battle each other in the Rex and the Ray respectively right after an army of Gekkos self-destruct and destroy the Shadow Moses base. It takes balls to do your Foreshadowing in someone else's game. Let alone using the very definition of purely concentrated Nintendo fanservice to advertise the PS3's killer app.
A footnote: one common pastime of high-level Smashers is to compile each others' little CMOAs into "combo videos". Someexamples, but feel free to search for more.
Truly one of the most awesome thing you can do is the 180 Falcon/Warlock punch. Basically, if you push the control stick to the opposite direction at the right moment Cpt. Falcon/Ganondorf will turn around and punch the opponent so hard that it can cause an easy K.O.
Go on Big Blue with either Wario or Sonic. Give Wario a Smash Ball and have him ride his bike while giving Sonic a Bunny Hood. Congratulations, now you've given both characters the ability to keep up with the immensely fast cars.
Sonic plus the Bunny Hood plus the Super Hot Curry equals Sonic outrunning the racers.
Hype for Mega Man's Final Smash is so big, it even occurs during much smaller events, like local Bestbuy demos: Mega Man Final Smash activated properly but as combined laser beam of five Mega Men was just about to hit, time ran out.
Sakurai Directs to You which was made for Sakurai's 44th birthday. Which features Sakurai moving to the tuns of past and present Kirby games. Especailly the ending and the moment where Dedede and Kirby are moving their arms along with him.