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Smash Bros. – The Next Generation: Rosalina

The Observer from Outer Space!

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I have a straight crush on Rosalina. She’s the epitome of a smart, classy, powerful woman. She isn’t overly flirtatious, she isn’t some cold-hearted bad-ass, and she never, ever gets kidnapped. She rules a flying space station, and oh yeah, she’s like 7 feet tall.

And she’s finally in Smash Bros.

She’s been towards the top of my most wanted list for a while now. I play her in Mario Kart, Super Mario 3D World, and I’ll play her in any party game they want to throw her in. And now? I just might main her in Smash.

You may all fawn over me.
You may all fawn over me.

Rosalina looks like an interesting character, judging from her announcement trailer. Her key “gimmick” seems to focus around the use of a Luma, a star-shaped critter from the Mario Galaxy series, as a sort of extension of herself. If I were a JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fan, I wouldn’t put it to far to say it’s her stand. She summons it, and she can direct it from afar to do her dirty work. If it gets knocked out? Simple enough, just summon a new one (presumably). She’s one part Ice Climbers and one part Olimar/Pikmin.

Luma, NO!
Luma, NO!

Another interesting facet of her is her deflection that seems to bend physics around her. She can summon items to her location (which I love, as an item-hog), and she can redirect projectiles around her, presumably maintaining their direction and velocity. The trailer shows a lot of different abilities for her, and it’s hard to get a pretty hard hit on what it is exactly that she does, but the folks over at Smash Boards have done a great job analyzing her moveset further!

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There’s no word yet on her Final Smash. I’m assuming it’s going to involve summoning down the Galactic Observatory from space to blow up the stage, but honestly that seems a little too easy. I look forward to seeing what she can bust out when the Smash Ball is in her control.

The roster is proving to be a personal favorite, as they’re picking all of my most wanted characters (and even one I didn’t know I wanted as badly as I do!) What do you think of the first newcomer announced since Wii Fit Trainer?

Smash Bros.: The Next Generation – Mario Galaxy’s Gateway Galaxy

In space, everyone can hear you Smash!

A long while ago there was a teaser image on the Smash Bros Miiverse Community featuring Kirby with a hammer. The background of that image was a of a gorgeous celestial sight we hadn’t yet seen in Smash Bros. 4, and there was a strangely familiar glow to Kirby’s body. Now we know we were right when we thought it was a hint for a Mario Galaxy stage! This one is based loosely off the Gateway Galaxy stage, as evident by the large house and twisty dirt road. This one doesn’t feature all the same terrain, as it appears a small forest has sprouted up in the background!

Seriously though, look how cute he is!
Seriously though, look how cute he is!

There was a secondary post in this weeks mention of a Mario Galaxy stage, mentioning that there was relative gravity to the stage. If you look you can see how the stage has a curved surface, as opposed to the flat ones we’re used to. But you don’t remain straight walking up and down that hill like you might in the hills on Yoshi’s Island and in Distant Planet stages. Instead, characters will find gravity pulling them always towards the center of the planetoid, and thus if you’re standing on, say, the left edge, jumping will not take you straight up from the perspective of your TV, but will take you away from the center of the planet, just like it would in Mario GalaxyNow, if you haven’t played the titular game from the level, you might find this more than disorienting, but if you have, you may just find this to be a unique experience for Smash!

With this kind of relative positioning, I wonder if this will be a “Tourney legal” stage?

References to the Mario Galaxy series include the Face Ship, Captain Toad’s ship, and Bowser’s star-bound Air Ships. I have yet to see any signs of the star-eared bunnies, but there are some strange planetoids floating on just the right edge of the topmost image. Whether those are part of the background or something that interacts with the players is unknown thus far. There’s also a few neat little platforms that serve platformy purposes! I’d imagine they move around but I don’t know. There’s also speculation that the stage itself moves round, but we’ll see about that! If it does, I wonder if our perspective will be forced to rotate with it or if it’ll be like running on top of a giant hamster wheel.

The Face-ship flies by Petey Piranha the Dinosaur’s egg from Good Egg Galaxy! In short: REFERENCES!

The Music Wishlist for Gateway Galaxy

It’s to be noted that I originally had a lot more music, but the more I went through the Galaxy albums, the more I realized that everything else should get shoved onto it’s own stage, and this should be all exclusively the brilliant orchestral tracks that we got from two of the greatest video games ever put to disc. I kept a few extras, but this list is extensive so prepare for a lot of good music after the jump!

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