In a rather colorful picture today, the Pokemon Dedenne was confirmed to be a Pokeball character in the next Smash Bros. games.
Dedenne is an electric/fairy type Pokemon who fulfills Generation 6’s requirement of an lightning slinging rodent. A cross between a diabetic Pikachu and a rooftop antennae, this Pokemon is sure to do something that, if you squint hard enough, makes him look like somebody who could be useful.
Because I’m already tired of talking about this thing, what useful Pokemon are you hoping to see on the Pokeball line-up in the next game? Drop me a few names in the comments below!
Sorry, Waluigi fans. It looks like The Goblin in Purple will be an Assist Trophy. With the Mario Roster currently boasting 5 people (not to mention characters like Yoshi and Wario who are totally Mario characters, but have spun off into their own franchises) it really didn’t make sense for Waluigi to come in and play ball. I think this was always his destiny, and at least it’s safe to say he looks great in HD!
I hope fans aren’t too bummed out, but remember: The Assist Trophy is a way to see your favorite characters come to life in Smash, even if they’re not full fighters. I couldn’t have been happier to see Jill from Drill Dozer in Brawl, even if she was just an Assist. I didn’t think I’d even get that.
What do you think about Assist Trophies? Happy to see Waluigi return his racketing ways as one? Comments and stuff go below!
It was no real surprise that we would get a character reveal with the launch of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The pattern thus far has been that major releases coincide with a character reveal. But those hoping for a new addition to the Smash roster were perhaps a bit disappointed that we received another veteran. It’s silly to be, though- the pattern has only fit veteran reveals, not new characters. Those have only been with Nintendo Directs, and we -just- got Little Mac.
From what little there is to tell, it would appear that Diddy remains largely unchanged from his Brawl self. He still appears to toss banana peels, fire his peanut popper gun, and use barrels to recover.
Something I’d like to see out of an alternate costume for Diddy Kong would be a Dixie Kong outfit. I know, we’re getting a little gender-bendy here, but let’s face it facts; it makes more sense than Dixie Kong being her own character. I figure it’s either that or a Lanky Kong pair of suspenders just because.
How do you feel about the return of Diddy? Excited? Are you positively bananas over it? Comments below are a great way to discuss!
With today’s screenshot, it’s become almost -too- apparent that Sakurai both goes over fan feedback, and analyzes it. Mostly, the latter is so he can troll people with comments like this:
“Pic of the day. This dog is huge… Wait, no, the playable characters are small. The Smash Bros. series doesn’t always stay true to scale.”
It’s like he knows our argument against Ridley and is just throwing fire under everybody’s feet to laugh at us as we dance in the flames. Yes, size is flexible but Ridley isn’t just shrink-able. He’s unwieldy. But I’m not getting into that argument here.
Instead: that’s a cute puppy. Conversation over. Unless you have something to say about how cute that puppy is in the comments below!
A new healing item is on the way, and according to Sakurai, it sounds like it’s going to be able to fully heal anyone that grabs it, even if you’re over 100% damage. That’s a lot, seeing as how the Heart Piece currently caps at 100%. What will be really interesting to see is how the item drops; if there’s any sort of physics to it, it’ll create an even more frantic scramble.
Also, isn’t Bowser just the cutest in this picture? He’s just so damn excited for that fairy bottle!
What do you think? Doesthis update even matter for you, you items-off playing types? Or are you like what I used to be and turn off game-changers like healing items and Starmen? Sound off below!
The newest member to the roster shows them what for!
Unsurprisingly, it would appear that Little Mac is a beast on the ground who can deliver some lightning fast punches. The recent trailer announcing Little Mac was kind enough to demonstrate just what kind of a monster he is on the ground, but in the air? Hm… Let’s see what Smash creator Sakurai has to say!
“…However, he’s not the strongest fighter while airborne. Try keeping his feet on the ground and avoid being blasted into the air when you use him in battles.”
So that’s interesting. I can’t think of a Smash fighter who’s better on the ground than the air, except maybe Ganondorf? I don’t know. I’ve never really thought of the difference between air and ground fighters; I always just figure out what they can do in the air and on the ground and go from there. It never occurred to me to rank them in such a way. But I guess that’s why I suck at tournaments!
What do you think of the way Little Mac is turning out? Drop a comment, I love reading them!
Today, Nintendo released a poor-quality stream on their website that was fortunately being mirrored on YouTube featuring a full run of the games coming to their systems within the next few months, and then some. If you want to watch the full thing, go ahead and just go here, but if you wanna skip to the good parts, let’s start here:
Little Mac from Punch-Out!! made his Smash Bros. debut in Brawl as an Assist Trophy; an item that has various Nintendo characters show up to lend a hand. But this time he’s punching through to the full-fledged roster, and looks to add his unique brand of pugilism to the growing ranks of Smash.
A few things to note from that trailer include his Final Smash, where he “Hulk’s out” into a giant brute, similar to Bowser’s Final Smash in the last game. Also, it would appear that he can deliver a (near) one-hit K.O. with a charged up power meter, which sounds to be an interesting mechanic. And finally, what I once called The Arena is actually now a fully-fledged Punch-Out!! stage, so that’s neat!
Next we has Mario Golf World Tour for the 3DS. It looks neat, overall. I haven’t had a good golf game since Pebble Beach for the SNES, but then I never tried the Mario Golf series. I liked last year’s Mario Tennis so much that I’ve thought about picking it up, but honestly I’m not sure what’s there to get me into it. We’ll have to see how that shapes up, but it’s still a ways down the road, releasing on May 2nd.
Kirby’s Triple Deluxe (I see what you did there, Nintendo) looks to be the exact kind of Kirby game that I love, so I know that will a day one purchase for me. But I’m a fan of the puff ball, and mad collectibles, so I was pretty much drawn to this game like a moth with pyrophilia to a very sexy flame.
Next is Yoshi’s New Island. It’s so adorable, I can’t even tell you. So I’ll just show you!
There was a new Steel Diver game announced for the eShop on 3DS. It’s a first-person sub-shooter, but it honestly looks about as fun as playing Battleship with the comatose. I wasn’t a fan of the previous Steel Diver, and this one just doesn’t look to be doing anything for me as either. At least the price point is right; there’s a free version that’s basically a glorified single player demo with the full-on multi-player.
The original feed for the Nintendo Direct kept cutting out around “Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball” so I had to go back and re-watch it. I’m still not sure I understand the business model here. Apparently you can play a variety of mini-games based around baseball, including just rapidly being pitched by a monstrous half-man, half-pitching-machine demon. Once you beat the main “Bait and PItch” game, you then can buy other games with real world money, but you can haggle him down to cheaper prices through in-game mechanics? I don’t know how I feel about this whole thing. It’s weird.
Pokemon Battle Trozei is coming out. It’s a game with Pokemon in the title so I’m sure it’ll do fine. It’s actually a puzzle game, but it’s not the Pokemon Pinball sequel I’ve been waiting for. Here’s a trailer:
There was a showcase of the character Emmy from the Professor Layton series leading up to the next game, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, which is coming out at the end of this month on February 28th. Time to catch up on the acclaimed series if you’re like me and you keep forgetting you own it!
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimatewill be coming out sometime in 2015 so let’s just leave that there for now. It’s Monster Hunter.
Weapon Shop is another game from the Level 5 series where you manage a weapon shop inside the world of a typical JRPG. It sounds neat, but I already played Recettear, so I don’t know how this holds up against it
Inazuma 11 is a JRPG tactical soccer game. I got nothing. This sounds positively insane. It’s an eShop exclusive so keep an eye out there.
Then there’s the Indie Developer blow-out. Treasurenauts is the spiritual sequel to Mutant Mudds, one of my favorite eShop games. Moon Chronicles is a remake to the underappreciated gem Moon. I’m glad that’s getting a 3DS buff. Shovel Knight and Thousand and One Spikes are both hardcore old-school style games that appear to want to rely on nostalgia and modern gameplay to hit solid games out of the park. Retro City Rampage is already out so go check that out if you like the original GTA games.
Ubisoft has a new game coming out for Wii U’s eShop called Child of Light. It looks like an RPG with some gorgeous art and interesting gamepad mechanics. The trailer shows off a pretty slow-paced game, though, so I’d hold out for proper reviews to take a look at that. It’s available in April.
There’s also going to be a sequel to the neat treat that was NES Remix. Volume 2 will feature more notable games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Kirby’s Adventure, and Metroid, all remixed and revved up for new gameplay bites. There’s also going to be Super Luigi Bros. built in; a mirrored version of the original Super Mario Bros. starring Luigi. The trailer hurt my brain.
Starting in April we’ll be seeing GBA titles on the Wii U eShop, which is a little strange. You would think we’d see them on 3DS? But anyway, they’re looking at releasing Metroid Fusion(!),Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga(!), and the inferior GBA port of Yoshi’s Island.
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze got a new trailer. Here ya go:
Those owls are jerks and I love them.
Then there’s some new Mario Kart 8 footage. I’m incredibly excited for this, and even more so now that we have some new Karters:
And finally a new trailer for the sequel to one of my favorites, Bayonetta 2.
There was some great footage of the new Monolith Software game coming to Wii U. Still no name, but it looks to be the spiritual sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii. It’s a damn fine looking action JRPG that puts Final Fantasy to shame with it’s style and substance. Xenoblade was one of the Wii’s best games and last generation’s best RPG’s, and the new one seems to be shaping up down a similar path.
So as you can see, Nintendo has a pretty solid line-up this spring. The Wii U could use some more as Bayonetta, the Monoloth Soft game,and Smash are slated for later this year. But we still get some hard hitters in Donkey Kong Country and Mario Kart, not to mention all the Indie goodness coming down the pipeline.
But what are you most excited for, besides Smash, of course? Feel free to pop a comment below.
Returning to Smash once more is the Home-Run Bat. A favored weapon amongst those who still use items, the Home-Run bat is the epitome of high-risk, high-reward. It leaves you vulnerable with a monstrous wind-up time, but anybody still standing in it’s path when the fighter takes a swing is sent flying into the ionosphere. Now that it’s returned, it’s sporting a more regal, almost trophy-styled look. Some glowing yellow will add to the stylishness of it as well.
In the screenshot above we can also see the return of the black and red “Crack” effect. Sakurai showed it off in an earlier screenshot of the day saying that it shows up in moments when a hero is about to say goodbye to a stock.
And here we see the after-effect of the bat: complete annihilation. Donkey Kong’s gonna need a new set of ribs after that hit!
What do you think of the new design? Leave your comments below!
Lucario shows off his Double Team technique, and Marth’s about to get a face full of spikey puppy kung-fu. The effects on the move are especially interesting to me, and dem eyes let your opponents know that they done messed up. I love how it essentially distorts reality around it!
Today brought a fairly low-impact image of a Nintendog watching TV. This comes from the Nintendogs stage, which you can see more of here. This doesn’t actually show the stage itself, it appears to be all background. What’s interesting is that you can study the image in the background, but I personally believe it’s just generic images of flowers or some nonsense. I doubt it’s a link to Ness, not that it matters one way or another.