This is it. The final, ever (maybe?) presentation for Super Smash Brothers for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS has landed, and it was just brilliant. Not only did we get Cloud soon after the Direct, but Corrin from the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates AND freakin’ Bayonetta were announced as well! I’m super excited, but at the same time, it all feels weird. This article is my opinion on the final broadcast, and what it potentially could mean for the franchise’s future!
So right off the bat, we were introduced to Corrin, the avatar from the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates. I’m going to address the elephant in the room here, the fact that it is yet ANOTHER Fire Emblem character, bringing the total number of representatives from the franchise to six, exceeding even the esteemed The Legend of Zelda series, in addition to being another ‘anime sword-fighter’. However, I am not complaining. In fact, far from it. His moveset and playstyle seem to differ greatly from the rest of the strategy RPG’s cast, and the ability to play as the female variation is a welcome addition. By all means I would have preferred a different character, but I still can’t wait to play as Corrin in preparation for one of my highest anticipated games of 2016.
We also got new details on Cloud. Cloud seems like a great character, and from what I’ve played with him, he certainly holds up to the hype that has surrounded him. I love how Masahiro Sakurai was able to point out ‘such details’ with his inclusion, to his costumes to his limit-break ability. Midgar is also a fantastic stage, incorporating unique elements from the RPG in the form of the summons. I feel that these add a much needed distinct taste to the stage roster, providing very unique and dangerous hazards. This was sure to be something for Final Fantasy fans!
Moving onto the Mii Fighter outfits… I’m a tad bit dissapointed, in all honesty. I absolutely love the Tails and Knuckles outfits, and Geno is a nice bonus (especially since I don’t want to see him in Smash), but the fact we’re only going to get a small handful, especially in comparison to previous waves, is a bit depressing. Still, I don’t buy much of them, so not a great loss.
But all of this is knocked out of the park from the Umbra Witch’s reveal. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that Bayonetta would be joining Smash! I mean, she’s one of the most bad-ass women in gaming, if not THE most. I was afraid that she wouldn’t get in due to her over-sexualization as seen in the brilliant action games, but her she is! And I’m glad that we got some of that sassiness in her reveal trailer too! As for how she plays, she’s practically S-tier. The ability to perform various combos, even whilst airborne, in addition to firing bullets by keeping the button down, has been carried over. The Wicked Weaves used for the smash attacks look epic, and the witch-time looks like a distinctive counter. Bayonetta is truly a character that is faithful to the franchise, fitting for the winner of the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot.
Oh, that’s right. The sexy witch herself WON the whole thing! Or that’s how Sakurai-san put it. According to the legend, she was #1 voted in Europe, and among the top 5 overseas in the US. And when put alongside those that were ‘negotiable’ and realizable (i.e: no Goku, Shrek, or *raises defences* Ridley), she was NUMBER ONE WORLDWIDE! That is almost unbelievable, but yet it suits the final set of DLC so well! My only complaint is that I thought we should have got more from the Fighter Ballot, say King K. Rool or Inklings, but hey, Bayonetta will kick some ass in February, and I couldn’t be any more excited!
Image Source: Nintendo of America, Twitter
Original Illustrator: Eiji Funahashi, Platinum Games
So the Direct in general. I’m split. On one side, I’m ecstatic for what is to come (just in case you skipped most of this article). On the contrary, with the Direct as a whole, I’m slightly disappointed. I mean, I am AMAZINGLY grateful for the hard work that has gone into these final three fighters. But hyping this up as the final broadcast, and only announcing two newcomers is quite a slap in the face to be honest. Only adding one character from the Smash Ballot, whilst ultimately deserving, is quite annoying, after there have been MANY legitimate suggestions. Yes, I understand this can’t be worked on forever. Yes, I don’t want Mr. Sakurai to die from of all the hard work he would have to put in to more than two characters. But being left with the trailers of two newcomers with extensive breakdowns (although the second bit is EXTREMELY cool) wasn’t enough to keep hyping this up as the final presentation. Even just a final word of the Smash Ballot would have been fantastic. We wanted to see who else was frontrunning, who rather acknowledgement of who else was considered. And I am slightly annoyed that Corrin is being added to advertise Fire Emblem Fates. I can’t wait for that game, but I think this development time should have gone to a runner-up of the ballot.
Anyways, ranting is over. Even if this was slightly disheartening, not only am I excited for Corrin and Bayonetta, but I’m also happy for Mr. Sakurai. This man has poured his heart and soul into this game. The game from the start was already phenomenal, and knowing Sakurai-san has continued supporting this game for just over a year is just crazy! I sincerely hope that he takes a long holiday or something. He deserves it on EVERY ground! So yes. This may be the end. For now. I have a strong feeling that there will be a fifth Smash game, but for now, Super Smash Bros. for Wii and Nintendo 3DS is complete. And let me just finish on this. Thank you, Masahiro Sakurai, for everything!