There has been a lot of excitement buzzing around the new Smash Bros games this year. We've been teased by screenshot after screenshot for both the Wii U and 3DS versions, seen a shiny trailer, met some brand new characters and also seen some old ones making a return.
This week, I was delighted to hear that the new games would see the reappearance of my favourite Nintendo Princess - Peach! It's quite funny, because with all the excitement surrounding the new Smash Bros, like some of you; I'd totally forgotten that Princess Peach hadn't actually appeared in any of the videos or screenshots. I guess I'd just assumed she'd be in there.
After all, whether you like her or not, she is a pretty major character in the world of Nintendo and has been for a long time. I love her fresh design for the new games and I think she looks super cute! Also, I know they aren't finalised yet, but just from the screenshots, her attacks look tremendous fun, I especially like the one where she uses her crown. The Toad attack is a nice touch too. It would be awesome to have Toad available as a full playable character, but I guess I can't have everything. Brawl had a much darker, grittier and slightly realistic feel to it and whilst I do enjoy that style, I think it's great to now be getting an art style that is a little more colourful, bold and well, sparkly!!
Browsing the ONM website on the day that Peach was revealed and her comeback has certainly divided opinion. Some of you guys really wouldn't miss her, describing her as a sub par character that is simply wasting a space in the roster that could have gone to a new character. Others, I'm pleased to see, are happy to have her back though, not just because she's great but because she is iconic.
The news about Peach also got me thinking. Every Nintendo fan has their own personal favourites when it comes to Smash Bros, and with the options for characters forever growing, it really is impossible to keep everybody happy when it comes to the final roster. Looking back to the original SSB game, there was no Bowser, Ice Climbers, Mr. Game & Watch or even Peach and Zelda. When I think Smash Bros, there are, however, some staple characters that appear in my head. For me these are...
Pikachu...I'm going to stop there because, my list has already started filling up, fast! As time goes on, more and more new characters fall into the iconic circle and I guess the question I'm pondering is, will we ever see a Smash Bros game without any of the old favourites? I got quite excited this year waiting to see who the new characters were and I'm looking forward to playing as Mega Man, Villager, etc, but later, it dawned on me that these newbie's might have knocked one of my favourites off the list.
Sakurai, earlier this year, made no secret of the fact that choosing which characters to include was becoming a gruelling task and he also admitted that he empathised with the fans who want their personal favourites in the game
"Whether it's a minor character or a character that is one of the most highly skilled and most played, if that character is removed from the game, the people who live for that character in Smash Bros. are going to have their feelings hurt," said the Smash Bros creator. "I think we have to really consider that, so I take a very serious, hard look at that and have empathy for the players who look for these type of characters when we're making these decisions." I've always been a passionate Nintendo fan and I have to admit, it would crush me to play a Smash Bros game without the likes of Mario, Peach and Link etc. I know there has to be a line somewhere, but if there is always a good balance between new and old characters, I'll be happy.
What do you guys think? Perhaps you'd like a game with all new characters? Maybe you want to see certain older ones make a return?