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Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 64)
Super Smash Bros. Melee
- 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.
- Two words: Wombo Combo.
- The intro movie to Melee. The whole damn thing. From the Mario trophy coming to life with the help of electricity and a wailing choir, to one of the best Title Screams in video games.
- 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.
- While it's still reasonable to want Ganondorf to have his own moveset, there's a brilliant thing about having him as a clone of Captain Falcon. The Captain's moveset is the most true to Dragon King, the alpha version of Smash Bros. So when Ganondorf copies his style, it's a shameless way to shoehorn him in at the last minute, sure, but it also means Ganondorf is effectively using the very first moves that were ever developed for Smash Bros, fitting for the ancient King of Evil.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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?"
- Not to mention the background music being remixes of Mega Man 2's legendary title theme and Wily Castle music.
- 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 his Arm Cannons into the ground before sending Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, and Kirby flying with Flame Blast.
- The crowd reaction at E3 when Rock appeared on the screen was unanimous: the masses roared their approval.
- Just watch his trailer here. It's awesomeness objectified.
- YouTube "Super Smash Bros. 4 Mega Man reaction" (or like variant). Pick a movie. Unless the audio feed is desynchronized, everyone's reaction is more or less as follows:
- 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!
- Sonic the Hedgehog has been confirmed to be returning. Know what this means? Mario, Sonic, and Mega Man, three of the most well-known platforming icons, are all going to be starring in the same game.
- 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 from Sonic 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. It says a lot when you make skip-rope look awesome.
- 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.
- 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.
- Items include Bombchus and Firebars!
- 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...
Palutena: "Oh I'm not here to save you Pit..."
- Also you gotta give points to Link; even after Palutena revealed her place in the battlefield, Link doesn't back down, he openly accepts the goddess' challenge.
- This is also the first time Link has been animated without being an out-of-character goofball.
- With her Lightweight power, Palutena can move faster than Sonic, the fastest thing alive.
- And at the end of her trailer, Dark Pit's little cameo. Especially since he technically CAME from Smash in the first place. That, and foreshadowing he's a playable character alongside Pit and Palutena.
- More E3 goodness with the Mii Fighters. How do you promote them? Well, how about making Iwata and Reggie fight each other?
- Pac-Man has joined the battle! This also means that Mario, Sonic, Mega Man, and Pac-Man will be playable together in the same game.
- Sakurai revealed this particular curveball◊. Yes, that is a Rayman trophy, revealed entirely casually like it's no big deal. Third Party characters will now be represented as trophies.
- 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!
- The Stinger.You can feel the awesome radiating as Shulk prepares to fight Metal Face.
"Fancy meeting you here, Monado Boy!"
- Master Hand's introduction when he's fought solo. Giving Someone the Pointer Finger never looked so badass.
- 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. Crazy Hand explodes, and Master Hand is ripped apart from within to create a giant shadow monster. This boss has five separate forms, making for a very challenging boss. These five forms include a creature that throws the stage around, a giant scorpion, five black swords, a doppelganger of the player and a Womb Level.
- Of all things, the inclusion of Duck Hunt Duo! Now, we finally have the chance to beat the living shit out of that bloody mutt!
- Meanwhile, if he's Rescued from the Scrappy Heap for you, he manages to be a hilarious Troll character, with no fewer than four references to his signature laugh: his intro, a taunt, a victory animation, and in classic pixelated form from the side lines when he traps you in the gun duel of his Final Smash.
- His trailer has him being challenged by Nintendo's classics, namely Mario, DK, Bowser, Samus, Link and Pit. You can really feel the tension created.
- The fact that Nintendo and Namco-Bandai were able to finally make a roster that was genuinely balanced is amazing in and of itself.
- For the longest time, Smash fans have wondered an ongoing mystery of the series: just what is the "body" of Master Hand and Crazy Hand? Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS delivers in a truly fantastic and menacing final boss, and it does not disappoint.
- After years and years of musical cameos, Ninten and his game finally get some proper representation as an installment in the MOTHER series with a stage based off of Maria's Magicant and a cameo in the background.
- The old "Roy's our boy!" chant is back. Granted, it's given to Roy the Koopaling, but it's still nice to hear again.
- Take a look at the Intensity scale before beginning Classic Mode for the 3DS version. The top screen features Mario (regardless of the character you chose) going up against a spectral creature that changes its shape depending on the level of intensity (from a scale of 0.0 to 9.0). The higher the intensity, the more monstrous, fierce, and larger it becomes. This is where Mario's reaction to the creature comes in.
- At an Intensity of 0.0 to 5.9, it goes from Mario not being too concern about the creature to taking a battle stance, as he becomes more wary of it. He is visibly frightened from 5.9 to 6.8, but despite still being scared at 6.9, he stands strong. From 7.0 onward, he becomes more and more determined to take on the challenge, as 9.0 shows him leaping at this hideous monstrosity, knowing now that it's all or nothing.
- The background from 0.0 to 7.9 goes from a tiny fort, to a large fortress, to a series of increasingly larger fortresses. For 8.0 and beyond, it ditches those for an otherworldly mess of floating squares with a tiny ledge for Mario to stand on, and by 9.0, the ledge is gone. Meanwhile, the treasures become increasingly vast, becoming an ever-flowing river of gold at 9.0.
- For every .5 change in difficulty, a little chime plays which increases in pitch the higher you go... until 8.0, where every .1 change results in a loud foreboding "DUN!" sound.
- Behold; Intensity 9.0 Master Core beaten with no damage. And with Ganondorf of all people!
- Master Core gains a Wii U-exclusive form: Master Fortress. It's an ENTIRE adventure stage as a BOSS!
- Bowser Junior's trailer shows him making short work of much of the cast on his own - and then he calls in the Koopalings.
- It's even similar to the Mega Man trailer, where Mega Man unexpectedly attacks a group of fighters in a canyon setting. Unlike them, where Mega Man has to call his extra arsenal upon realizing his regular moves aren't enough, Bowser Junior calls in the Koopalings even while he has the advantage.
- He also gets credit for pretty much manhandling Mario. Yes, he beats the crap out of the guy who kicks his butt AND his father's on a regular basis. To elaborate: He shoots a cannonball at him and then uses a freaking wrecking ball that Mario almost gets crushed by. When Mario runs in to charge Bowser Jr, his Clown Car reveals two huge spinning drills, which he uses to bust Mario's shields open and send him flying. And to top it off, he gets run over by the Clown Car and is sent rebounding off the face of the mountain.
- Special mention must go to the part when Junior drills Mario's shield. Point A: This is the first time the game's shields are done out of gameplay and it's gorgeous, faithfully shrinking down to the point that it doesn't even cover Mario completely before it breaks. Point B: Even when it didn't cover Mario completely, Junior went out of his way to keep drilling on the shield until Mario gets shield jumped like Jigglypuff.
- Even Mario gets one in that trailer, as he stands to fight his enemy's son alone. His "This is personal" face is epic.
- The "Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 50-Fact Extravaganza" stream that aired on October 23, 2014 actually went up to 54. The last one confirmed that Mewtwo will be back as free Downloadable Content for both titles in Spring 2015! It was narrated by the actual in-game announcer, with ham levels better heard than described.
TIME FOR A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
- 5 PLAYER SMASH! ... 6 PLAYER SMASH! ... and while we're at it: 8 PLAYER SMASH!
- Even more awesome was how Sakurai's "Pic of the Day" was like the day after. Who was shown? All eight fighters from the original Smash Brothers on Battlefield. It's been this far since the first game.
- The second picture? All of the introduced newcomers (other than Lucina and Bowser Jr, who are an unlockable and 3DS unlockable respectively) on Big Battlefield.
- The intro for the Wii U version is pretty awesome. It may be panned for simply using gameplay footage combined with the newcomer trailers, but it's still awesome to see all of the iconic video game mascots together accompanied by the epic Smash Bros. 4 theme (the Battlefield mix). The first part of the intro music is taken from the beginning SSB 4 announcement trailer, watching both in comparison really shows how far the game has come since its announcement. Towards the end of the intro, the three third-party characters are shown, letting people know that this Smash Bros. experience combines Mario with three other of video game history's most famous mascots.