It's been a long time since we did a "Fan Fair" entry, but with this massive masterpiece on the way (not even a full month away for Japanese 3DS gamers) we couldn't help but go over all that has been revealed thus far. From characters, items, stages, and game mechanics, we will briefly cover them all. First, let's take a look at the 37 combatants currently revealed:
Many new fighters have joined the action this time around (with more to be announced) but series creator, Sakurai, has commented that not all Brawl fighters will return. While there is no way for anybody to know what else may or may not be revealed prior to the game's launch, we sadly believe Snake will be among those not returning. Which characters do you feel won't make the cut, and which veterans do you hope to see return who have yet to be announced? Any new characters you are still hoping for?
Many game mechanics have been revealed, mostly thanks to Sakurai's daily updates and the many hands-on playing events that have been held at Best Buy, E3, and San Diego Comic Con. For one, random pratfalls, the bane of all Brawlers' existence, have been removed to help the fight be truly fair again, and ledge-guarding has been changed greatly, as an attempt to prevent ledge-hogging gimps. Gliding was removed as well. Between the loss of gliding and ledge-hogging, recovering may be much more difficult than before.
While many players admit it is quicker in movement than Brawl was, the fighting style is modeled much more in the likeness of Brawl than that of any other Super Smash Bros. title. While the classic 2P mode is obviously still present, many game modes and options have yet to be revealed. No proper reveal for 1P Classic Mode has been made, nor has there been one for Tourney, Stage Builder, All-Star, or Adventure Mode, which was hinted at being left out entirely. Of all the above mentioned features, the absence of Stage Builder worries us the most. Hopefully such a feature will not only be present in the game, but improved from its last appearance.
A handful of new playing modes have been added, though, including improved online modes (For Fun and For Glory) as well as a (currently) 3DS only mode called Smash Run, which involves a quick stage play through consisting of thwarting hordes of enemies to collect stat boosters for a battle afterwards. Very little else has been said about the game modes so far.
We've also received info on lots of items. SSB4 will be packed with twice as many different items as previous installments. Close to every Brawl item returns with the addition of dozens of new ones, like the "Rattle-Row" fire chain weapon, Bomb-chu, the Beetle, Racoon Leaf, X-Bomb and more. Of course, with the unveiling of items came the unveiling of most Pokemon and assist trophy characters. Pokemon will now be seperated by standard balls and master balls to help players know which ones contain legendary beasts. Many assist trophy characters returned from Brawl, like Starfy and Waluigi, while many new ones were added like Midna and Chain Chomp (even Pong makes an appearance).
The items' appearances can still be fully customized in the options. How will you be playing the next Super Smash? With items or without?
A plethora of stages have also been revealed, with more on the 3DS total so far. The stages for each currently consist of:
Mushroomy Kingdom (Mario)
Palutena's Temple (Kid Icarus)
Dr. Wily's Castle (Mega Man)
Garden of Hope (Pikmin)
Town and City (Animal Crossing)
SSB Arena/WVBA Boxing Ring (Punch-Out!!)
Coliseum (Fire Emblem)
Windy Hill (Sonic)
Kalos Pokemon League
Halberd (RETURNING FROM Wii/Kirby)
Boxing Ring (Punch-Out!!)
3D Land (Mario)
Golden Plains (Mario)
Rainbow Road (Mario)
Paper Mario (Mario)
Gerudo Valley (Zelda)
Spirit Train (Zelda)
Living Room (Nintendogs)
N's Castle (Pokemon)
Prism Tower (Pokemon)
Tortimer Island (Animal Crossing)
Wily Castle (Mega Man)
Reset Bomb Forest (Kid Icarus)
Arena Feroxx (Fire Emblem)
Jungle Japes (RETURNING FROM GCN/Donkey Kong)
These are all of the known stages thus far. Aside from the GCN return stage, we still know nothing of any DKC stage, as well as any potential Kirby, F-Zero, or Star Fox stage. Aside from the two returning items, we have also yet to hear anything regarding Mother series representation in this game (playable characters, assist trophies, stages, trophies). The stages seem to be loaded with hazards, though attempts to create variety among the user-friendly stages like Battlefield and Final Destination have apparently been made. This game also marks to introduction of stage bosses. So far, only the Yellow Devil has been shown/played, but other bosses have been said to exist. Ridley is strongly believed to be the boss of the Pyrosphere stage. While we plan to never play seriously in any boss stages, perhaps some of you out there will find great fun in racing to defeat them.
There is still an almost infinite amount of info to cover regarding this forthcoming hit, but we just wanted to quickly go over all the basics that have been announced in an effort to keep you all hyped and to get any not in the know up to date with the progress. To read more info about the new SSB installments, visit the official site here (all character trailers can be watched there): www.smashbros.com/
If you enjoyed this article, check out the rest of our gnarly Fan Fair posts thus far:
May 2014 - N64 Beta Games - brawlfanclub.deviantart.com/jo…
May 2014 - Nintendo Arcade Cabinets - brawlfanclub.deviantart.com/jo…
May 2014 - Game Commercials and Ads - brawlfanclub.deviantart.com/jo…
May 2014 - Mother Merchandise - brawlfanclub.deviantart.com/jo…
April 2014 - Nintendo Trophy Figures - www.deviantart.com/messages/#/…
April 2014 - Legend of Zelda Figures - brawlfanclub.deviantart.com/jo…
April 2014 - Nintendo PEZ Collection - brawlfanclub.deviantart.com/jo…
April 2014 - Nintendo Cereal System - brawlfanclub.deviantart.com/jo…
March 2014 - Super Mario Bros. 2 Movie Comic - brawlfanclub.deviantart.com/jo…
March 2014 - Intro/NES Game Poster - brawlfanclub.deviantart.com/jo…
Match 2014 - NES Decal Sets - brawlfanclub.deviantart.com/jo…