My Wish for Smash Bros Switch

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Smash Bros: When???

As I’ve mentioned in another post, Smash Bros is one of my favorite games. It is also one of the most popular games for any Nintendo system. There’s been a lot of speculation as to how it will be handled on its newest one, the Switch. There are a lot of options and here’s my take on some of them. 

Port Old Games

Many people assume that Nintendo will port the Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS. Mario Kart 8 was successful. The logic behind this is that the game is well regarded, featuring a large cast of characters that are pretty well balanced. The downside of having it on the Wii U is that it didn’t reach as many people as it could have, so moving it to the Switch would get it to more people. Add a few new characters, like characters from Arms and Splatoon, and some new stages, include all the DLC, and it’s an easy way to have Smash on the Switch. Which is why many people wonder why it hasn’t happened yet. 

Personally, I like this option, as it would mean having Smash Bros available faster, in theory. I also like the balance better than other games, like Brawl, and would hate to lose characters like Cloud if they make a brand new version.

Another rumor is that Smash Bros Melee, one of the beloved versions, will be available on a virtual console in HD graphics. Problem is, there is no virtual console yet. I would welcome this, as long as it is not the only Smash Bros game on the console. Melee was fun, but its time has come and gone, in my mind.

Create a New Game

Since there’s been no announcement yet for porting the old Smash Bros games, I’m assuming this is what Nintendo is planning. There are some interesting possibilities on how to handle this, which I will go over. 

One possibility, probably the most extreme and least likely, is to completely get rid of the formula and create a 3D Smash Bros. I’m not even sure how that would work, but it could be really interesting.  It would probably play out more like an adventure game or shooter than a fighting game, but with Nintendo characters. Have Link or Samus snipe you from afar while Donkey Kong gets in close. The Switch can’t handle Overwatch? Well, let’s make NintendoSwitchWatch instead. Take that, Blizzard. 

Or they could do some other 3D style. People have modded it.

Another possibility I’d like to see is revamping the characters. Link’s moves haven’t changed since Melee, yet how many Zelda games have come out since then? This would apply more to long standing characters like Mario and Link, but I think they could have different versions. Ocarina of Time-Era Link could use the familiar moveset, but Breath of the Wild-Era Link could use his glider for recovery. Mario Sunshine-Era Mario could use the FLUDD for recovery and attacks, but Mario Odyssey-Era Mario could use Cappy to possess other characters for a short time. A version of Luigi could use the Haunted Mansion vacuum. We could finally get a version of Ganondorf that isn’t a clone of Captain Falcon (one of Melee’s laziest choices). 

What do you think Nintendo will do with one of their most popular properties? Does anything in this post hold any potential? Or will they switch it up completely? (Pun intended)

Fire Emblem: Awakening Review

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 My First Fire Emblem

After years of wondering who the heck Marth was in Super Smash Bros, I finally decided to buy a Fire Emblem game. (Kind of. I gave my wife four 3DS game options for my birthday: Fire Emblem Awakening, Fire Emblem Fates, Super Mario 3D Land, and A Link Between Worlds. She gave me Awakening.) I know, it’s been out for a long time, but I haven’t had a 3DS, ahem, 2DS, that long. I have finally beat the game,  so I have the right to play as Robin and Lucina on Smash Bros.

While Final Fantasy Tactics had more, well, tactics, I liked this game for the relationship aspect. I liked it when characters married and had kids. In fact, that’s what I spent most of my time doing. From my female Robin and Chrom hooking up to create the most powerful royal family ever to Sumia and Fredrick, Miriel and Kellum, Nowi and Lonqu, Henry and Cordelia, and other interesting couples, I had more fun shipping characters than fighting with them.

Gameplay and Story

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My female Robin Character

The story was not anything special but had some interesting time travel elements. Due to the option to have perma-death (a masochistic option at best, due to how easily a character can die), most of the characterization for the large cast only comes through the optional character conversations and sidequests. Having the future generation take part is interesting but there isn’t much point to recruiting them, storywise. And to grind them all to an acceptable level takes plenty of time. Probably too much time, honestly. The options for replayability are there, but for now, I don’t really want to take the time to go through the game again. I do admit curiosity as to how things would change, though. 

If you have a 3DS, this is a good game, but don’t expect Final Fantasy levels of story telling. There’s also a Free to Play mobile game out there with a lot of returning characters. I haven’t tried it out yet, but maybe someday.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Thoughts

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Final Fantasy 7 changed my life.

I played the original Playstation version a few years after it came out, getting the Playstation in part just to play that game. I was introduced to a demo of it, and while it was only the first 20 minutes of play, I was amazed at the scale. The whole story managed to exceed my expectations. I had no idea video games could create such a profound sense of storytelling. I played the other Final Fantasies and liked them, but this one remained special.

There was just one problem. The graphics were horrible. They could give you headaches just looking at them. You basically had to imagine what it would really look like, as if reading a book, but with all the crazy hairstyles, even that wasn’t easy. Things like Advent Children came along and recreated the characters in life like detail, but they didn’t really feel like the original. I felt like they lost the spirit of FF7. I wanted the story retold, remade.

I had been hoping for this game for so long that I never believed it would happen. So I was stunned when the announcement trailer finally came out. Stunned, and wondering if it was an April fool’s day joke (despite not being April).

News has been pretty scarce, but then this trailer came out, focusing only on those first twenty minutes I saw in that demo so long ago, and I have hopes that they will be able to faithfully recreate the game.

I try to be optimistic, but there are a few details that keep my expectations down. Barret with sunglasses? His voice (are these going to be the actual voice actors?) Wedge’s squeaky voice was especially jarring. And I fear battles might get a little too Kingdom Heart-y, with sparkles all over the screen. But the trailer also lost the loftiness and mumbo jumbo of the compilation of FF7 games and media and went back to the roots, which is good.

I’m glad the battle system is not turn based anymore, it would look especially out of place with the new graphics. I just hope it doesn’t go over the top (although FF7’s summons could do just that, basically destroying the world to hurt one bad guy. Or the solar system.)

I am a little disappointed by the announcement to make this episodic. I just hope that each part doesn’t cost $60. I don’t even have a PS4 yet, and don’t want to add substantially to that cost. I also wonder how long we’ll have to wait between episodes. If it’s too long, some people might not stick around long enough to see the ending of a game they’ve already played.

Still, I’m cautiously optimistic.

More info here.

Triforce of Gaming

I mentioned that FF7 changed my life. Two other games did so as well, although not as much in the story telling department. They are The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Super Smash Bros. So imagine my surprise when Cloud was announced for Smash Bros. I could now use Cloud against Link or vice versa and have them battle it out. I only have Smash Bros. on a 2DS, but it’s still fun. And there’s the possibility that this means Final Fantasy 7 Remake will come for the Nintendo NX, where I could play Smash, Zelda, and Final Fantasy all on one console!