Comic 132 - A Smashing Reception
2nd Nov 2014, 3:02 PM
A Smashing Reception
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Guybrush20X6 edit delete
Guybrush20X6
Dr. Mario's return shocked everyone (and not always in a good way) but Mewtwo's return shocked everyone is a good way. Now that Smash has DLC the speculation train will NEVER end.

Also we updated on the right day for once. Yay.
GigaNerd17 edit delete
GigaNerd17
Permadeath.
....
Oh.
Oohhhhhhhhh.
y u so clev gb


I know I can't fault Sakurai as he's one of the hardest-working men alive, but Smash 4 leaves me a little miffed. Remember how much more expansive Melee was to the original? Remember how much more expansive Brawl was to Melee? Despite the fact that Smash 3DS pushes the system to its limits and Smash Wii U will be the definitive party game for years to come, I can't help but feel the bar of unprecedence has been lowered.

Don't get me wrong, here: the free-hand stage builder is incredible, 8-Player Smash blew my expectations out of the water, and the Pac-Man/Mega Man/Duck Hunt combo even moreso. But wouldn't you agree this game is very similar to Brawl other than that? The menus, the vault, the item selection, and to an extent, the roster. Many of the represented franchises are beginning to feel a little stale. WarioWare, F-Zero, Metroid, Zelda, and Donkey Kong stagnated against all odds, and Star Fox, EarthBound, and Ice Climbers even suffered casualties. And where are Golden Sun, Rhythm Heaven, Wonderful 101, and Paper Mario? It just doesn't make sense to me from a marketing perspective...
TheMightyBox edit delete
TheMightyBox
I mean, be a little more fair Giga.
That's ignoring that Animal Crossing and Punch-Out got their long awaited playable representation, as did Xenoblade, the Mario Galaxy spinoffs, Fire Emblem: Awakening (the most popular FE game to date), long time Nintendo rivals Mega Man and Pac-Man and Sakurai's classic oddball inclusions like Wii Fit and Duck Hunt.

Sakurai reinvented the Classic Mode, made an actual workable online mode, made two new ways to collect trophies, put City Trial, Angry Birds, and Mario Party in Smash, made everything co-optional, created a bunch of new stages with unique mechanics and a new stage mechanic in general that allows even more series and characters to get representation outside of playability and assist trophy status, and made it possible to include pretty much any character to be playable anyways, if not a little odd looking and generic.
DryKirby64 edit delete
DryKirby64
I dunno, Giga. I mean, sure, new DK and Metroid reps would be nice, I'm missing my Ice Climbers, and I want Rhythm Heaven as much as the next guy, but other than that it feels like a huge expansion. Box definitely put it best.

Although I don't understand Dark Pit, I loved him in Uprising but couldn't he just be an alternative costume like Alph or the Koopalings? At least Lucina and Doc Mario have different properties. Dark Pit has "Urrrrrrgh! Electroshock!"

But I digress.
User comments:
KentClark edit delete reply
Poor Dr. Mario. Everyone expected the Melee characters to return (especially Roy and Mewtwo) but we got trolled when we got Dr Mario instead! Although this makes me wonder... Will more of the Smash newcomers be in this comic, or just a select few?
Great comic, BTW.
Iamabrawler edit delete reply
Iamabrawler
Well, Mario, now ya know how Luigi feels. :P

Yeah, not a fan of the Smash 4 roster either. Like GigaNerd said: Too many series are still stagnating when they need new blood. And some of those are from series that have characters worthy of joining the ranks of Smash.

I don't think I'll buy Smash 4. I bought myself a 3DS recently, but I don't think I'll buy games for it anytime soon (though the reason is more a lack of money than actual hate for the selection of games). And Smash 4's roster just doesn't attract me much. It's got cool new characters, and then some that are... um... I'd dare say unnecessary. To put it as politely as possible, I'm not a fan of Dark Pit.

But Master Core is awesome. Pretty sure its appearance is scary enough to have scarred many of the Smashers.
ComicRobJonathan edit delete reply
ComicRobJonathan
I understand that Mewtwo was an awesome Pokemon (and I definitely agree on that) but honestly, I thought it was not that great of a fighter in Melee. Though, to be frank, I was never a big fan of the way Melee controlled. I honestly preferred playing Brawl (but that's only preferience). Still excited on Smash 4 for the 3DS... and eventually getting a WiiU to play 8-Player Smash.
Guest (Guest) edit delete reply
Oh hey, Ace Attorney Judge.
Oh hey, Dr. Mario.
...and then Mewtwo. *sigh*
*sees mouseover text* Oh hey, homophones.
ElisaSky (Guest) edit delete reply
I wonder if one day you're gonna take on the Touhou cast... These girls have... Issues. Who stuffs dolls full of gunpower, like Alice Margatroid did?
AwesomeAndo (Guest) edit delete reply
That mouseover text.... just perfect! XD
GardeBlaze (Guest) edit delete reply
I never really cared for Dr. Mario, but it is nice to see him and Mewtwo back I guess. Ok, I honestly never really cared for either of them. I'll still be using Mr. Game and Watch, Kirby, Toon Link, and now Robin as my mains.

As for the newcomers that made it in. I was honestly hoping that Gardevoir would have a chance to get in. Mainly because of her awesome mega evolution combined with her being the champions signature Pokemon. Sadly Gardevoir and Bandana Waddle Dee didn't get in, but I can still hope for DLC. (not really)
Invenblocker edit delete reply
Invenblocker
I'm surprised that the judge hasn't showed up for therapy yet...
Guest (Guest) edit delete reply
Speaking of smash bros, anyone else notice Issac was missing from the assist trophy list?
Guybrush20X6 edit delete reply
Guybrush20X6
You kidding? Everyone on the Smash Bros related boards are taking it as proof that he'll be DLC.
GigaNerd17 edit delete reply
GigaNerd17
I literally just had a dream where they announced him as DLC. I was soooo salty when I woke up! >_<
[SUBJECT NAME HERE] (Guest) edit delete reply
Future notes:
Roy did in fact get DLC'd in. Also, no random tripping in SSB4.