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  • Another Smash-related realisation I made today: you know the people who complain about Smash having too many humanoid, semi-realistic 'Popular McJRPGGuys' and wanting more wacky, typically animal 'Scrimblo Bimblos' instead? Don't get me wrong, that's a perfectly fine opinion to have as long as you're not obnoxious about it.
    I just want to point out a pattern I've noticed, that generally the Scrimblo Bimblos generate more short-term hype when they're revealed but have fewer players and, in some cases, more complaints directed towards them after they're released; meanwhile, the Popular McJRPGGuys generate less hype from their reveals but have much larger long-term engagement, with more of the general Smash audience playing as and growing attached to them than even the Scrimblo Bimblos.
    I'm not exactly sure why this is the case - perhaps humanoid characters are more natural fits for a fighting game - but I've noticed it happen a considerable amount ever since Ultimate's base game:
    Will not include Echo Fighters
    • :ultinkling::ultinklingboy:: Can't exactly fit into either group, but most of their players are Splatoon series loyalists
    • :ultridley:: Scrimblo Bimblo
    • :ultsimon:: Can fit into both; had lots of hype pre-release and still sees a decent amount of use good on you Simon
    • :ultkrool:: Scrimblo Bimblo who still has lots of players
    • :ultisabelle:: Scrimblo Bimblo who didn't have that much pre-release hype
    • :ultincineroar:: Scrimblo Bimblo
    • :ultpiranha:: Scrimblo Bimblo
    • :ultjoker:: PopularMcJRPGGuy
    • :ulthero::ulthero3::ulthero4::ulthero2:: PopularMcJRPGGuys who were leaked beforehand
    • :ultbanjokazooie:: Scrimblo Bimblos
    • :ult_terry:: PopularMcJRPGGuy to an extent who was leaked beforehand
    • :ultbyleth::ultbylethf:: PopularMcJRPGGuys
    • :ultminmin: Can't exactly fit into either group in a similar vein to :ultinkling::ultinklingboy:, but was never received very well
    • :ultsteve::ultalex::ultzombie::ultenderman:: Enigmas who broke the internet beyond the Smash community
    • :ultsephiroth:: PopularMcJRPGGuy who had lots of pre-release hype and almost changed people's minds about PopularMcJRPGGuys
    • :ultpyra::ultmythra:: PopularMcJRPGGals who made many people revert to their old beliefs on PopularMcJRPGGuys
    From the looks of it, not only is the ratio of PopularMcJRPGGuys to Scrimblo Bimblos more or less equal, but the former are seeing more general success than the latter. Thus, by adding lots of the former, Nintendo are kind of doing their jobs.
    It occurred to me today that when the fighters in Fighters Pass vol. 1 were released, most of the low to mid level Ultimate playerbase instantly overrated them, calling them 'broken' and 'top tier', when, apart from :ultjoker:, they really weren't. Then, seemingly learning from their mistakes, they stopped this with the Fighters Pass vol. 2 DLC... only to end up underrating them as they're all high tier or above. Even I'm guilty of this.
    :ultminmin has great zoning and some of the best edgeguarding, ledgetrapping and techchasing in the game, and despite her unorthodox playstyle a few notable top players have picked her up. :ultsteve: can apply pressure like no other character, perform 0-to-death combos and ledge plank indefinitely for good measure. :ultsephiroth: is like a diet :ultminmin that's easier for new players to pick up, and some top players have picked him up as well. :ultpyra::ultmythra: especially feel like the second coming of :4cloud:: they do virtually everything and are really easy to play, meaning new players can do well with them and lots of top players might pocket them in the future.
    I'm not saying these characters are all broken or that I dislike them - after all, I main :ultsteve: and am considering picking up :ultminmin and :ultpyra::ultmythra:... Really, I'm not trying to make much of a point at all; I just found this funny to think about.
    There is definitely a 'power creep' to pass 2 compared to pass 1. Though I felt like Min Min was slept on for waaaay too long. It was her wonky play style that took people a long time to warm up too and figure out. But back during her initial release months it was all 'recovery is trash. Trash character'. XD
    From what I've observed, Nintendo of Japan and America are currently the only regional subsidiaries of Nintendo to drop any announcement for Pac-Man 99. Coupled with the American trailer stating 'Not available in all countries' in small text near the beginning, I'm lead to believe Pac-Man 99 will not be available outside Japan and North America.

    Do I really need to go on another rant about how dumb region locking is? At least if you have a family Switch Online subscription you can just create an American or Japanese Nintendo account and link that to your family.

    Edit: Nintendo UK just announced it.
    Black Shadow is a character in the F-Zero series and will only ever appear as:
    • A trophy in Brawl
    • A sticker in Brawl
    • A trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
    • A spirit in Ultimate



    Pain parades through my soul and sets my every blood vessel afroth with rage, and there's a very good reason for it. I just saw another person - yes, yet ANOTHER person - come to the positively infallible conclusion that... since Ganondorf is still kind of a clone of Captain Falcon... they should just make Black Shadow be the Captain Falcon clone and give Ganondorf his canon abilities! Clearly this solution would make every single person in the universe happy and then we can oh my god shut up sHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP

    There is an obsession with this guy that I absolutely do not understand. Actually, that's not entirely fair to say - in fact I think I've managed to ascertain the root cause. It's from people who have never actually played F-Zero in their entire lives, which - and let me be clear about this - is not something to be ashamed of. Emulation is pretty much your only option if you're not a collector because... yeah, may F-Zero rest in peace. It can be easy to assume that, since Black Shadow is painted as the main antagonist of the series, he would have an impressive repertoire of cool villainous deeds. After all when you're in a position like him you chiefly get brought up in discussion as The Villain™ and that carries a certain weight to it which makes you think he might be cool.

    (john mulaney voice) But here's the thing.

    I have played every F-Zero game and I can tell you up front that you're only scratching the surface - of a piece of paper. You're preparing for a huge leap down the rabbit hole only to end up stepping off the sidewalk and into the grass. You're only seeing the tip of a tip-sized iceberg. If you take a cursory glance at Black Shadow, you know everything about him. If you look up "afterthought" in the dictionary, you won't find him because the dictionary people forgot he existed. Black Shadow isn't just creatively bankrupt, he's in crippling creative debt. Black Shadow is about as nuanced as graph paper - as flavorful as an oatmeal-on-white bread sandwich. Black Shadow is what you'd see when you boot up an Evil Cartoon Bad Guy Dress-Up flash game, BEFORE you've added any clothing. Black Shadow's backstory is one sentence long. Black Shadow is less developed than most Scooby Doo villains.

    Not dissimilar to the likes of Daisy and all the babies in Mario Kart (why are there so many babies in Mario Kart), Black Shadow's sole purpose - the only reason he's even a thing - is to fill a slot. They were making F-Zero X, realized "ah man we don't have an insufferably generic villain," and whipped up Bootleg Duck Dynasty Bull Batman (B.D.D.B.B.) in 41 seconds while they were waiting on a frozen burrito to be done in the microwave. The only game in which Black Shadow has had an actual story appearance and not just been a profile picture with a blurb in the manual is F-Zero GX, and in it he is a ridiculous moron who dances in front of fake CGI explosions and spends the whole 15-minute story mode getting his face handed to him on a paper plate by Deathborn, who is the actual villain. He might have been threatening in the anime if the anime wasn't so weird and dumb. And if we're talking about Smash, we're not about to reference anime Black Shadow anyway, so it's a moot point.

    So why is he even in the DISCUSSION of new Smash characters. Why do people looking for old video game series to rally behind keep specifically settling on Black Shadow as if that'll be the interesting surge of energy that will get F-Zero back on its feet? Is it because of that stupid Ganondorf idea that everyone thinks they're a genius for thinking of? If it bothers you so much that there's a clone of Captain Falcon, why do you want to instantly unfix the issue by adding this guy to compensate for the loss of Falcondorf??? You know how you ACTUALLY compensate for the loss of Falcondorf? You just make Canondorf's gameplan and attributes similar so you win Zelda fans without losing Ganondorf mains. Boom. There is now no need for Black Shadow to be remembered by the human race and we can erase him from the history books without losing anything of value.

    You really want a new F-Zero character? How about literally any of them. There are SO MANY F-Zero characters to choose from and almost every single one of them is more interesting than this misshapen wad of charcoal. Put Mr. EAD in the game and make him a killer robot armory. Put The Skull in the game and make him a dark bone wizard. Put Samurai Goroh in the game and make him a techno pirate knight. Put Bio Rex in the game, he's literally a cyborg dinosaur and that is AWESOME. Put Pico in the game and give him a sniper rifle. Put Spade in the game and make him a black hole playing card thrower. Put Octoman in the game, I don't even care. He's cool.


    I'm gonna say it.

    I can't believe it but I am actually genuinely going to say this.

    Digi-Boy would be a better character than Black Shadow. He has a computer monitor and he can digi-hack your mind. That is a defining trait, and defining traits are a commodity entirely foreign to the Black Shadow household. Black Shadow is just. JUST. An evil guy. His evil laugh sounds like this. This dude's a farce.

    I am literally begging you. BEGGING you. To stop asking for this guy to be in Smash. You have no idea how bad it would be.
    It was Black Shadow's page on SmashWiki during April Fools Day. I thought it sounded like a copypasta.
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    i aint reading all of that

    happy for u tho

    or sorry that happened
    annnnd....that's why people would rather he just be a clone of falcon and give ganondorf an original, canon moveset.

    It's because black shadow is shallow, with virtually no personality, or interesting traits. make HIM the hard hitting falcon clone so you free up ganondorf to have something original, while allowing those who enjoy ganon's old moveset to have it.

    People aren't wanting him cuz he's unique. Everyone knows he had no effort put into his lore or character in the home game, that's why he's perfect for a copy/paste of ganons old moves, Strictly so that ganondorf can get something better.
    We almost went 12 hours without a new profile post.
    I do wonder what percentage of this site lives in each general time zone, for example if a large portion of the site lived in the same or similar time zones, this would probably happen more often as people would all sleep around the same time.
    I think a lot of this site lives in America because, where I live in the UK, there is a lot of inactivity in the morning and early afternoon.
    LAA9000 LAA9000 well, SmashBoards was founded by Americans so... Yeah.
    After playing as Pyra/Mythra for about an hour, yeah Mythra seems way better viability-wise than Pyra. Doesn't stop me from preferring to play as Pyra.

    More importantly for me, I just noticed the family TV that my Switch dock is hooked up to seems to have a ton of input lag, even in Game Mode. I said to my parents that it wasn't too much of a dealbreaker, but it honestly is. It's enough to make me not enjoy Ultimate, and that's really sad since I've wanted to return to it for the past few weeks.
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    Mythra is for sure the damage dealer but in the 8 hour session I played against the character with various peeps from my local scene she really struggles at times to finish people off. They feel very much like Pokémon Trainer without Ivysaur. Mythra being Squirtle to combo/rack up damage like no one's business and Zard to finish things off.
    Not too much to say about the Mr. Sakurai Presents this time.
    • Damn, Mythra is fast as hecc. Hopefully Pyra will see decent use in top-level play when this is her alternative.
    • 'More specials! I'll spam them if I have to.' seems to me like the Sakurai meme of this presentation.
    • No X or even Future Connected music makes me sad.
    • As expected, they spoiled Pneuma. They did this, but called the Terrako Spirit 'Diminutive Guardian'?
    • The Hunter Equipment is actually different from the Hunter's Mail in Smash 4. Doubt this means the Hunter is coming as a fighter, because if they were, they'd ideally have saved all the Monster Hunter costumes for them (not to mention anyone can make a list and post it onto 4chan).
    • The Lloyd Outfit not returning in this pack is also fishy to me. Maybe it will return in a future pack. Maybe Bandai Namco decided not to bring it back at all just to troll us. Who knows?
    • Anyway, who's up to break into Sakurai's figurine drawer to see who the next two DLC fighters really are?
    will there ever be anything more timelessly funnier on the internet than seeing some joyless idiot calling all smash players pedophiles internet toughguy style and then checking their profile and they're just, completely openly and shamelessly addicted to fire emblem
    please tell me you're not implying that all fire emblem fans are pedos
    Hell no. I hate generalising massive groups of people over minute things like this as much as the next guy.

    This was a joke based on a coincidental observation I made, that lots of the 'all Smash players are pedophiles' jokes I see nowadays happen to come from Fire Emblem fans. The two have no correlation, and I'm not generalising Fire Emblem fans, nor am I saying they all make these kind of jokes. Admittedly, the joke worked better in my head.

    In reality, I judge you based on whether you make these jokes yourselves, rather than if you associate with others who might. Which, thankfully, isn't the case with anyone on this site.

    Edit: Clearer wording
    Now that I can think more collectively, here are some more thoughts and things I missed about that Direct:
    • Safe prediction: We'll get another Direct in the E3 season, but Directs are not necessarily back in full circle until the pandemic ends. We might still get Direct droughts, just not as long as the last one.
    • I think I'm done with Smash speculation now. We got a character from a lesser-known first-party Switch game, then the mascots of the best-selling game of all time, then an iconic villain from a third-party game already represented in Smash, then two more characters from a lesser-known first-party Switch game, all in that order. These constant guard breaks show that there's no telling what Nintendo and Sakurai might do next, so trying to predict them is, to me, futile. Speculation also sets up lots of expectations to inevitably be shattered, and causes tons of arguments I could really do without. Again, no offense to those who like speculation.
    • Some people are mad about Pyra and Mythra in Smash, and it's definitely because they're 'another generic anime swordfighter', an argument which we all thought Sephiroth had killed. I wouldn't be surprised if many of the people saying this - as well as using the 'weeaboo' insult against anyone who likes them - were ironically former Rex supporters who have since hopped onto other bandwagons, but they probably just haven't played any games outside of Mario, Zelda, Pokémon and Smash. Don't bring back the 'hoes mad' meme in return, though. Simply let people be horny in peace.
    • In fact, people seem to be mad about this Direct as a whole. As usual, they vastly overhyped themselves, expecting games like Mario Kart 9, Metroid Prime 4, Bayonetta 3 and other games that likely aren't coming for a long time. I personally hoped for some big reveals like a new BotW2 trailer, but went in expecting nothing - this is what we call 'hyping responsibly', and is something every Nintendo fan should practice.
    • The graphics of Legend of Mana and especially SaGa Frontier Remastered remind me of the horrible mobile ports of Final Fantasy V and VI. The less I get reminded of those, the better. I'm sure they're fine games, though.
    • Capcom Arcade Stadium is a cash grab. It doesn't help that some of these games have already been rereleased on Switch.
    • When watching the livestream, I really wanted to skip the DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power segment because the game simply looks terrible. Same with Knockout City.
    • Can't believe I forgot Miitopia being ported to Switch. Not only does it show that Nintendo still care about the 3DS's late library and want to see it succeed, but it also shows that Nintendo still care about Miis, thus giving me hope for another Tomodachi Life. It isn't full price either.
    • I haven't played Animal Crossing: New Horizons since around May, but these Mario items look sick. I especially love the Warp Pipe that actually lets you warp from one place on the island to another. Maybe I should get back into the game with all this new content added via updates.
    • I bet Triangle Strategy is going to be the game's final name, like how Project Octopath Traveler was originally a working title.
    • Hades is a game I've been meaning to play for a while, and will probably get at the next Steam sale.
    • 'No, speculators, Ninja Gaiden Master Collection does not mean Ryu Hayabusa will be in Smash.'
    • I found it hilarious when Eiji Aonuma appeared and instantly said 'no, this isn't BotW2 news, calm yourselves', but it seems that some people were furious about this and used it as another reason as to why the Direct sucked. I still hope it'll be Nintendo's big Christmas release this year, but wouldn't mind if it ends up releasing in 2022.
    • A while ago I accepted that Nintendo probably wouldn't celebrate Zelda's 35th anniversary too much, and would likely release Skyward Sword HD and call it a day. I somewhat still stand by that belief, but as mentioned before BotW2 sounds like it could be a 2021 release. As much as I would like ports of The Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD, I'm definitely not expecting them.
    • omg I still cannot get over Splatoon 3 have you SEEN the new desert land? or the new city? or the new hairstyles? or the new spawn pads? or the new weapon designs? or the new crab robot sub? or the return of the Inkzooka? or the new... ink tank design? The wait for this game will consist of a ton of analysing this one trailer until we get more news in possibly 2022, but it'll be worth it. I'm so hyped, I'm scared that if it releases before I've finished my GCSEs, I'll fail them due to spending too much time on this game. Splatoon 3 will make or break 2022 for me. And in case you were wondering, yes, I do believe the infamous New Year's 2020 'Save Our Salmons' artwork was teasing this, but the reveal got delayed due to COVID-19.
    Now that was a grand return for Nintendo Directs.
    • Pyra/Mythra were not who I were expecting for CP9, and are the usual 'character I don't care too much about but they look cool so I'm into it'. It's nice to see a more traditional stance character when our only other one in Smash is Pokémon Trainer. Might consider maining them in the same way I have for half the roster. Loved how their reveal was similar to Joker's, in that we didn't know it was about Smash until halfway in, but with the bonus surprises of Rex not being the lead and the Blade switch mechanic.
    • I was wanting Famicom Detective Club remake localisations despite not caring about the series, because they're a pretty big part of Nintendo history that has gone untranslated for over 30 years, and I don't like leaving games untranslated. You bet getting those is nice.
    • Mario Golf: Super Rush looks a bit bland graphically, and Speed Golf may be too hectic and unbalanced, but the handheld-style Story Mode making a return is something I loved to see. Plus, it's Mario Golf. My dad will love it.
    • A load of crappy third-party games, as usual.
    • Project Triangle Strategy is essentially the return of Final Fantasy Tactics, and even I, someone who never played those games or Octopath Traveler, was hooked. Will likely try the demo.
    • Well, we now know Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is getting DLC. We just don't know what it is yet.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD was inevitable. I'm liking their implementation of non-motion controls. However, I do have to complain about the graphics: they're just the Wii graphics upscaled to 1080p, which is a disservice to the watercolour-esque art direction they were going for, and I wished they'd improved them like with The Wind Waker HD. Alas, it's still an official way to play Skyward Sword on modern hardware.
    • We're additionally getting BotW2 news later this year, which is hella exciting.
    • "Ok, we're in a ruined desert. This is looking to be an interesting new IP, if it isn't somehow Metroid Prime 4 -
    • AH!
    • AAH!
    • Holy s***, Splatoon 3 is happening. No joke, when the Final Fest was happening, I loved Splatoon so much that I promised to pre-order Splatoon 3 if it ever happened. Now it is, and it looks spectacular. They're going all-out with this idea of a world ruled by chaos, we have pet Chums now, Special weapons from Splatoon 1 and 2 are back, there's new weapons like a crossbow, and most importantly, it's more Splatoon. This game will be my life in 2022. Screw responsibilities, all my homies play Splatoon 3.
    I filled 4 squares on my bingo card, none making any sort of 5 square long line.

    Edit: Replaced a censored swear word as it made a large part of the text bold.

    Edit 2: Added a missing inverted comma.
    I have this weird thing kind of similar to dreams, where when I'm tired I can somewhat influence my thoughts and convince myself of things I have not seen anything about and are not true. It's weird.

    Case in point, last night I could hardly sleep because I'd managed to convince myself that Nintendo had shadowdropped the next Smash Ultimate DLC fighter announcement, and it was the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Villager.

    seriously though they're now one of my least wanted characters please don't add them in Nintendo
    I never thought it'd happen in my life... but they did it...

    The new Grubhub ad managed to be even worse than the old one.
    almost as if they might have seen the attention old one recieved and made the new one worse on purpose
    Thing is, the new ad was the winner of a contest in which viewers put their own music on top of the old ad. While that does confirm that Grubhub purposely made the first ad terrible to get people to talk about it, they likely couldn't have done the same with this ad because people submitted these ideas for them. In other words, we wanted this. We brought this into existence, and now we must suffer for it. Our own civilisation will fall into chaos, all because of something we wished for without truly realising what it would do.
    I want to get political.

    Through these first weeks of 2021, I've come to realise that you can search up a video game's (or character's) main theme on YouTube and there will be a whole bunch of comments saying 'anyone else want this character in Smash', 'inb4 this character is in Smash' and the like. It impresses me how Smash can bring various game communities together, and I really wish the larger Smash fandom was equally as positive towards them.
    I've seen at least 10 CallMeCarson 'but if you close your eyes' memes in my YouTube recommended over the past two days, despite the fact that I haven't watched a single video about his situation. Safe to say, I'm beginning to really dislike modern Internet culture.
    Unlocked and tried out :ultsephiroth: today. Here are some random observations and opinions I made of him and his Challenger Pack:
    • The character himself was a very unexpected out-of-left-field pick that really caught me and many others off guard, even when we've taught ourselves to expect anything. I commend Nintendo and Sakurai's team for still finding ways to surprise us after all these years.
    • Sephiroth Challenge was so easy it doesn't feel like a special event, and only makes me question why they didn't simply release the full Challenger Pack early. At least they have the Final Fantasy VII menu sound effects.
    • He is the most exaggerated example of a zoner with really slow frame data, to the point that I don't really like playing as him much because I don't like this archetype. Forward air and back air are really hard to land because of their slow frame data making them near-unusable in a short hop (not to mention their hitboxes are quite small vertically), which really hurts him in a game where forward and back aerials are usually a character's most used moves.
    • That said, I like his neutral air. It can combo into itself and into other aerials, it's a pretty good get off me tool, and it's a fast, spammable move on a character who has none otherwise. It may go against his zoner archetype, but zoners being completely helpless up close is not fun in my opinion.
    • Neutral special feels too slow to be a viable zoning tool, even uncharged Flare. I could see it have a niche use in some edgeguards or ledgetraps, but people will probably just use Gigaflare as a shieldbreak punish like PK Flash.
    • Side special, however, is better. Not only is it a faster projectile, it rewards good timing with more pressure options and massive punishes (even zero-to-deaths) if you can pull off the combos with the right timing. It's a very high skill ceiling move that helps deepen an otherwise bland character.
    • His Final Smash isn't the full 2 minute long Supernova animation. Boycott all future DLC.
    • Another winning matchup for :ultpikachu: lol
    • I really wish Northern Cave is legal, but the background could be a legitimate concern - I felt slight motion sickness when it was shown in the Mr. Sakurai Presents stream, but I didn't notice it when playing on it myself (granted, my Switch was in Tabletop mode). If it isn't a concern, then knowing the competitive scene they'll find some other dumb excuse to ban it, like 'the music will get us copyright claimed' or 'it's too similar to Kalos Pokémon League'. I just like its layout, aesthetic and music selection, and can do without the second or third Pokémon stage.
    • I stand by the popular opinion that One-Winged Angel is one of the best compositions for a video game soundtrack, and a contender for the best final boss theme in video game history.
    • He does have a Spirit Board, but for some reason it wasn't shown in the Mr. Sakurai Presents. That worried me as I though he wouldn't have one, and now it's left me confused. It'll come out with version 10.1.0 on December 22nd/23rd depending on your time zone.
    • I was very worried during the Mr. Sakurai Presents that the Challenger Pack was going to launch on Christmas Day. I don't like it when companies release things on Christmas Day because we already have so much going on and we just want to be happy with our loved ones for a day.
    Overall, I'm liking this Challenger Pack the same way I liked all others. I've lost interest in Smash ever since Min Min's release, and now I may have been converted over to traditional 2D fighters, but I still take trips back to appreciate new content. Maybe that long-overdue Switch Online subscription renewal is what'll get me back into it.

    Edit: rip Geno as well
    Oh, of course :ultsephiroth: gets his icon within 48 hours of his reveal but :ultsteve: had to wait almost two months for his, all while Alex, Zombie and Enderman still don't have theirs.
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    I don't know why that works.
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    All the Steve icons as well as every other alt icon for any non-palette swap alt icon for the cast is available but hasn’t been uploaded to the smiley database. This takes a lot of time to do and it’s relatively low on the list of priorities in regards to administrative duties and issues.


    Edit: For context, I live in the UK, where The Game Awards start at 11:30pm.
    As for who I think this next fighter will be, I'm gonna go out on a whim and say my gut feeling is Heavy. I simply think there's no better time to make such an announcement; you see a shot of the TF2 mercenaries at a dedicated Nintendo event, you know exactly what it is right from the start, but you see that shot at a non-Nintendo event and it could easily be mistaken for, say, a Heavy Update trailer.
    I understand that's my gut feeling, though, and my brain acknowledges that could easily end up wrong. I'm not going to make any other 'safe' predictions on who it could be, but I will say it's almost definitely not Jonesy and that Smash fans are simply overreacting to him. I'll try to be excited regardless of who it ends up being.
    Today, I've decided to make a very unnecessary and poor decision:

    I'm already going to start saving up to pre-order Nintendo's next home console after the Switch.

    I don't care that it's still years off from even being revealed. I don't care that almost every console launch this millenium has gone wrong in some way. I just want to be able to experience at least once in my life what it's like to own a console on day 1, since I remember how magical the Switch's launch felt even though I knew I wasn't getting one for a long time, and I'm going to need quite a lot of money to get it and some of the launch window titles. Bonus points if this new console is backwards-compatible with the Switch, meaning I can transfer my save data then sell the Switch for another new game or two.
    I'm definitely maining Steve from now on. He was my most wanted character for Smash, he comes from probably my favourite game all things considered, he doesn't look to be broken like all the clickbait YouTube videos would lead you to believe and his moveset perfectly fits my playstyle of 'do whatever the heck I want'. Sorry :ultpalutena:, you weren't that important or interesting to begin with.

    Minecraft Steve is now in an official Smash game. I am so glad I'm not making that sentence up.

    Minceraft is one of my favourite games of all time. It was a huge part of my generation's childhood. Steve and Alex (and Zombie and Enderman) getting into gaming's biggest crossover - and one of gaming's largest triumphs - is a landmark moment in Smash history for many. He is to younger Smash fans what Banjo and Kazooie are to older Smash fans. Safe to say, this was worth the 3 month wait from Min Min's release.
    At long last, the next Smash fighter is being announced tomorrow at 3pm BST (7am PT, 10am ET and 12am ACT). Unlike most other Smash presentations, this is not a Mr Sakurai Presents, but rather just the trailer followed by a short message from Sakurai. The combination of its time and length means I'll conveniently miss the livestream in my five minute long walk home from school. Isn't that great? At least they aren't shadowdropping the trailer like I feared they would.

    As for who it'll be, my bets are on... another mediocre recent first party character. Over the last three months, I've cared about Smash drastically less, from being burned out from playing Ultimate too much to sitting through the long DLC drought of the last three months. I've never typically cared about who DLC fighters are, just that they're fun and bring fresh, diverse ideas to the table. However, I've become more critical of the last two fighters: Byleth is of course another Fire Emblem character and plays a very typical game of walling with spaced aerials, and Min Min is a character from a recent first party series not many people care about anymore, whose very unique moveset ironically discourages diverse playstyles and promotes the same flowchart-like game plan of camping in the corner. I'm hoping these criticisms are something that this next fighter can fix.

    P.S. Not related to Smash, but remember when Nintendo said they'd be taking Jump Rope Challenge off the eShop? They announced today that they aren't after all. As much hope as this gives Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and as much as I want the latter to be available forever, why lie about such a thing in the first place? Are you going to benefit that much from intimidating your users into downloading your free-to-play game by pretending it'll be removed from your store in two weeks?
    Nintendo has funnily managed to be consistently inconsistent with how they present Partner Showcases. First they announce it prior then release it as a standard YouTube video, then they shadowdrop it as a standard video, and now they announce it prior and livestream it. Is the next one going to be livestreamed with no notification of any kind? Are they going to start hijacking TV signals to broadcast them?
    ...Given Nintendo in 2020, that last one probably doesn't sound too ridiculous now.
    Today officially marks a full year since the last full general Nintendo Direct. I still find it hard to believe that we've gone so long without one, and that Nintendo even skipped the E3 season. If I had to guess what happened to their planned E3 2020 announcements, I'd go with the popular belief that it was split up into various shadowdrops, Partner Showcases and Sakurai Presents...s, as well as the recent Mario Direct. I was dead-centred on believing we'd get one by today, but now that we've gone a year without one, I guess anything is possible. I now predict we won't get one until January. Not that I really care too much anymore; I have better things to do in life than worry about not being able to buy new products.
    Just got back from my first day back at school. It was pretty good; I went in accepting that nobody would be able to properly social distance, and seeing my friends after 6 months of not seeing them was very satisfying.

    And of course Nintendo shadowdropped a Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct while I was at school. I find this strange since they usually announce game-specific Directs in advance, and it shouldn't be any harder to livestream a video than to directly upload it. I couldn't even look at their YouTube or Twitter pages for the link without getting spoiled because they decided to post all the individual announcements the moment they uploaded the Direct itself, so not even official sources will protect you from spoilers. It also means we'll pass the one year anniversary of the last full general Direct without another one.

    • Game and Watch Super Mario Bros. (not to be confused with the Super Mario Bros. Game and Watch) is a very neat collectors' item for Mario and Nintendo enthusiasts. I like it when Nintendo acknowledge the Game and Watch line as I find it to be pretty important to their history.
    • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury applies the Mario and Luigi remakes' stupid naming scheme to the mainline Mario series. Besides, this port was way, way overdue, but I'm glad it's happening at all. I never played the original, so I may buy this, but the game doesn't interest me as much as it used to. We have no idea what Bowser's Fury is, but I'm guessing it'll just be some usual simple bonus worlds with no big plot.
    • Super Mario Bros. 35 is just a reskinned Tetris 99, from the concept to the execution to even the UI and naming scheme. It'll also be playable only until the 31st of March, which is sad for a Switch Online-exclusive game, but I'm not complaining too much as it's a 'free' bonus (keep in mind I said that for Tetris 99, but then it got single-player paid DLC and a physical release).
    • Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is a concept I've seen done before on other toy sets, but I'm hoping Nintendo can improve it with the usual Mario Kart flair. I won't get it because I feel I've grown out of RC cars and Mario Kart, and I have a sister and parents in the same house that wouldn't want to be inconvenienced with toys all over the living room floor, but those are problems with the general concept, not Nintendo's execution of it.
    • I won't talk too much about that announcement reel in the middle, but I do want to point out that the special Splatoon 2 Splatfest in January is the first non-rerun Splatfest since the Final Fest, which makes me even more convinced the Final Fest meant nothing. Did Nintendo retcon it from Splatoon canon? Are Splatfests even canon in the first place? If there was an in-universe explanation for this that made sense, I'd be fine with it.
    • Super Mario All-Stars on NSO is a 'free' bonus I'm fine with (even if I don't have an NSO subscription). It ultimately doesn't hurt Nintendo since it's a 'free' bonus just like the originals, and the reason they refrained from rereleasing it prior was because they were separately selling the originals.
    • Now for, ironically, my biggest disappointment of the Direct: Super Mario 3D All-Stars. There was so much they could've done for this; think about how Super Mario All-Stars remade all the graphics and brought The Lost Levels over to the West for the first time. For this, they just ported 64, Sunshine and Galaxy as is and released them in one full-priced package, only including minor enhancements. Sunshine and Galaxy are upscaled to HD (presumably 1080p) 16:9, though 64 is still in 480p 4:3 like the Virtual Console versions and looks to have this ugly smoothing filter on 2D elements, and the FMVs in Sunshine and Galaxy may still be in their original resolutions and aspect ratios. Galaxy 2 isn't included when Galaxy 1 is, which is like if the original omitted The Lost Levels in all regions because it only released in Japan, except they have no excuse other than possibly COVID-19 (they didn't even show it in the highlight reel at the end). Easily the worst part, though, is that like Super Mario Bros. 35, it will only be available until the 31st of March, which is simply unacceptable for a full-priced retail game and will only encourage scalpers and pirates. I likely won't get it because of these gripes, and even if I do decide to, it'll probably be sold out before I get to pre-order it (I'd definitely get it physically for preservation purposes and because I prefer physical). I'm desperately hoping Nintendo backpedal on the last part and keep producing it forever, but looking at its reception so far, people appear too happy with what they have for there to be any serious encouragement. Maybe when it launches people will change their minds on it.
    Sorry for all the negativity. It might be the usual 'Nintendo shadowdrop salt', or the Direct not being a general full Direct, or my expectations for 3D All-Stars being too high. I tried to direct it towards 3D All-Stars as that's the one I'm actually very disappointed at, but I don't mean to change your opinions on anything, and I'm sorry if I made you.

    Edit: Turns out there is one reason for Super Mario 3D All-Stars to be a limited run: the original Super Mario All-Stars and its Special Edition rerelease on Wii were both limited runs as well. So was The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition on GameCube. And Metroid Prime Trilogy on Wii. And Kirby's Dream Collection on Wii. If it's tradition for Nintendo's collections to be limited runs, they need to abandon this tradition now because they get sold to fewer people and they make them less money, so it's a lose-lose situation.

    Edit 2: This Time it's Personal: Super Mario 64 actually runs at 720p in TV and Handheld modes, while Sunshine and Galaxy run at 1080p in TV mode and 720p in Handheld. I don't know why 64 can't run at 1080p. In addition, looking back, the original All-Stars and its Special edition both got reprints, so I'm willing to bet 3D All-Stars will also get one due to 'fan demand'. I'll hold off buying the game until that happens if it does, and if it doesn't, I might instead emulate the originals with Totally Legal Methods™.
    Got back from a haircut to find another Direct Mini Partner Showcase, and I don't mind them at all anymore. It seems that these are going to be a monthly occurrence, given how the last one was on the 20th of July. It also lines up with what Jeff Grubb was saying (that there would be a smaller showcase at the end of August, and a general Direct or Mini in a week).

    Just skimming through the announcements because I admittedly can't be bothered to fully watch it:
    • Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory was already shown before, and it's exactly what people would expect: an ordinary Kingdom Hearts-themed rhythm game. I haven't played a Kingdom Hearts game before so I obviously won't buy it. One nitpick I have about the game is that it looks like it's reusing assets from the PS2 games.
    • Fuser's concept of a DJ simulator is unique, but I don't think it works for a video game because you're just doing a few small things every minute or two. If they manage to make it enjoyable I'll be impressed. The song selection feels like they simply decided to license whatever's popular and appeals to many people.
    • Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack looks really good; I love its incorporation of the series's usual rhythm game mechanics into RPG battles, and the inclusion of a standard song mode wasn't necessary for a presumable spin-off but helps not alienate old fans. I also can't wait for the few remaining National Dexers to desperately cling onto this game as 'the new Pokemon killer' because you catch monsters in it 🙃.
    • World of Tanks Blitz is another mobile port onto Switch. My best friend from primary school used to play this game and from what I remember, it was enjoyable, but only average in the vast world of military shooters, and quite obviously built for mobile.
    • Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions is a movie tie-in with Creed, which will be about 3 years old when the game gets released (movie tie-ins 101: release it when there's still buzz around the movie). I'm not into boxing games and never saw Creed, so it's easy to guess how interested I am.
    • Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend was probably going to happen at some point after Collection of Mana, but I'm glad it did since I don't see many people talk about SaGa compared to Mana. It looks to be just the first three on Game Boy at this point, but I know nothing about the series so I shouldn't really comment.
    • ...Did anyone think Just Dance 2021 wasn't going to happen? You know the rules and so do I drill: it's pretty much the same game every year with new tracks.
    • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 doesn't look very different to the first game, and feels a bit like it could've been DLC, but there's no point in making DLC for a 3 year old game. I don't feel the new modes are very noteworthy.
    • Minecraft Dungeons already released on most platforms, and I don't find it that interesting anyway.
    • Jump Force Deluxe Edition is still Jump Force: a waste that completely fails to live up to Shonen Jump's massive legacy.
    • I'm not big into football or sports anime (or anime in general), so Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions doesn't appeal to me. However, I feel I'd probably like some anime, so is this a good time to ask for recommendations?
    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition has been getting a lot of news these past months that I haven't been keeping up on. Apparently there's no local play anymore, only online? I don't know, and I honestly don't really care as I'm not interested in the game to begin with.
    • The Japanese version of the Direct also showed Spiritfarer as well as a horse racing game called Derby Stallion. I'm not interested in horse racing at all, so the latter is an easy pass.
    Thank you SmashBoards update for adding formatting to profile posts so I don't have to fill the screen with spoilers whenever I want to talk about a Direct.

    I'm predicting that a general full Direct will happen in a week as Nintendo have often done Directs in early September, Partner Showcases likely won't impact the schedule of other presentations, Jeff Grubb said a bigger event was happening next week, and the 4th of September will mark exactly a year since the last full Direct. It's still hard to believe we've gone almost an entire year without a full Direct, even watching the E3 replacements go by without one, yet I've been able to cope for the most part. I still don't want this to happen again next year.
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