A wise man once told me that good things come to those who wait. This wise man lives inside my bathroom mirror. As wise as he may be, he cannot compare to the grandeur of Masahiro Sakurai. We have made it through yet another week of the Smash Bros. creator’s foretelling of events to come.
The Smash Bros. Ultimate Blog is finally making it past the reveals made in the direct. I didn’t think I was going to make it for a while there. This week we got a mobile game music remix, the son of Dracula, and a hero from the little town of Onett.
8/20: Dark Pit Clones His Way into Smash Bros!
I would much rather have Viridi, Hades, or Medusa as a representative of the Kid Icarus series. I’m not a staunch Dark Pit hater, but I’m always a fan of new movesets. I get that he likely made it into the previous Smash Bros. because of the simplicity of adding him in as an echo of Pit. He doesn’t add much to the roster outside of being the sole Kid Icarus antagonist on the playable roster. The only intriguing thing about this guy in Ultimate is that his final smash is likely different from what it was in Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.
8/21: Gear Up For… Picks up the Pace!
I have listened to this song for too many hours in my life. I’m not a Fire Emblem fanatic. There’s just something about Fire Emblem Heroes (FEH) that keeps me coming back. It’s probably the Spring units every year. There’s nothing better than Xander dressed up as a rabbit.
This song is just a remixed version of the menu music for FEH. What’s interesting to note here is that this is the first song from a mobile game to make it into Smash Bros. It makes sense that it took this long since Nintendo has been opposed to mobile gaming for years. It’s nice to see this game get some representation since it has been one of Nintendo’s most successful mobile games.
Say hello to Alola’s Pikachu clone. I never understood the need to make an electric rodent for every region. I understand the importance of mascots, but if said mascots are too similar they can easily be mistaken.
It looks like the Roly-Poly Pokémon shoots sparks from its body over a small area. I don’t anticipate it being too powerful. Togedemaru seems more like what I would classify as an annoying Pokémon. Characters like Cyndaquil or Torchic fit within that classification. They’re small and weak, but obnoxious enough to cause issues. They’re best used to block your opponents from grabbing items.
8/22: Duck Hunt Brings the Ducks!
The existence of this character as a fighter is so dumb, and I love it. Somehow the evil genius Sakurai took a handful of light gun games and turned them into a Smash Bros. fighter.
Duck Hunt was one of my favorite NES games. I was a master of sitting one foot away from the TV. Nothing could stop me.
Nothing noticeable has been made when it comes to changes for Duck Hunt. However, nothing needed to be changed. This character is the most improbable character from Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS’ base roster. Even though he controls the same way as the last game I wouldn’t want it any other way. He’s going to be just as annoying as he was before and I love it.
8/23: Alucard is Dracula Backwards!
Of course, the Smash Bros. Ultimate Blog had to make the joke about reading Dracula backwards. I’m glad we got it out of the way to start.
This was one of the more interesting reveals during the Smash Bros. Direct. Castlevania fans seemed to be happy to see Alucard in Ultimate. There was a handful who were let down when Alucard was revealed to be an assist trophy. It’s funny how we can go from no Castlevania characters to complaining about how they’re included in a day. I have never played any of the games extensively, but it’s nice to see the iconic characters from the series all getting some form of representation.
8/26: Ness Hits a SMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASH!
Smash Bros. is the reason why I know Ness. It got me into EarthBound which ended up becoming one of my favorite RPGs of all time. This anecdote is exceedingly common among Smash fans. Just sub Ness and EarthBound with a different protagonist and game title.
This kid is one of the classic fighters in this series. His status as one of the original 12 will likely keep him safely in Smash Bros. games to come. It doesn’t seem to matter how far we get from his one game appearance in EarthBound.
The only difference Ness has from previous Smash Bros. games is in his final smash. PK Starstorm still functions the same way, but this time Paula and Poo join in to help launch a Starstorm at Ness’ enemies.
Omar is an Editor at Culture of Gaming. He started his covering gaming back in late 2014 and has written for a handful of publications since then. Nintendo is his field of expertise, but he has been seen dabbling in PlayStation and PC gaming as well. Follow him on Twitter for dry humor and pictures of his cat, Jiji.