Venus of the Desert Bloom

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  • I love speculating about rosters in games. I feel despite FE over-saturation, Ultimate has one of the best rosters in any video game. However, I want to speculate a bit in a series of posts about a game (series) that I think always have had exceptional rosters. Especially as of recent. That’s the Kombat series and, in particular, 2011, X, and 11. I love many of these characters with the guest characters being particularly amazing. From now, I will highlight on my choices for potential characters in a Season 2 pack for MK11. I’ll be following the same order as Season 1 with seven total characters (Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung, Nightwolf Terminator, Sindel, Joker, and Spawn).
    DaRedMeep
    DaRedMeep
    Who do you want for the second fighters pass? Do you think that doom guy will be in the second one?
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    For Ultimate?
    There are tons of characters I would like to see but very few I actually want. Truth be told, I’m fine with any inclusion and any added character brings more fun, excitement, and hype. My biggest joy is seeing fan’s reactions to characters they love getting in.

    That being said, Doomslayer, 2B, Crash, Sora, Lloyd, Master Chief, Scorpion, Kratos, and Dante are fairly high on my list. As for predictions go, I honestly have no clue. It’s up all in the air at this point.
    My take from this whole presentation is was that I hope they do more of these “There’s a character coming to Smash but we won’t say who it is!” Shadow drops like Joker and Terry or predictable shadow drops like Hero and Banjo (we knew we were getting a Smash reveal) are nice but this was something different. I liked the hype that was built in trying to guess and speculate and think it was even more so when the presentation drew closer.

    The only drawback is that we don’t get the character right away. I personally like it this way
    Fighter Pass Proposal #1: Scorpion

    Scorpion is a master ninja from the extinct Shirai Ryu clan which was massacred by what he originally though was Sub-Zero and the Lin Kuei. For mysterious reasons, he was brought back the infernal sorcerer, Quan Chi. Even after he killed Sub-Zero, he couldn’t come to terms with his family’s death. It wasn’t until his confrontation with Sub-Zero’s younger brother, who had took up the role, that he learned of his family’s death by Quan Chi’s hand. He then vowed to destroy the sorcerer and to avenge his family and his honor.
    The New Year is a huge holiday in Japan. Those who work in certain companies or in the government get a whole week off. Those who work in retail, it’s basically Black Friday for a whole week. On New Year’s Eve, families go to a local shrine to pray for the new year. It’s ok to do this several days after the new year as well. There, they throw money into a wooden box and shake a rope attached to a bell, clap two times, now two times, and then pray for the new year. They can also get new year fortunes read to them and purchase several good luck charms. Soba is also largely eaten on this day for good luck.

    The 1st - 5th are huge shopping days with tons of sales and discounts. On New Years Day, families get together to welcome the new year by eating Osechi which is basically several boxes with specially made food such as lobster, sushi, and other food. They can run between $80-300. Sake and beer is also often drunk during this day with sweetened non-alcohol amazake served to kids. Children also get OtoshiDama from family members like parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. These typically are small envelopes with intricate or cute designs with new year spending money ($10-50) in it.

    People also write Nengajo which are New Years cards. They are typically serious with messages expressing hopes for the New Years and continued friendship into the new year. Families gets a collected stack of them in the mail on New Year’s Day morning. It’s quite amazing how the post office does it all in one morning and manages to collect all the cards beforehand.

    Typically, households and companies will also erect Kadomatsu or a large decoration consisting of New Years wishes and a large cutting of a bamboo out in front of their house or business. Doing so is believed to bring good fortune and blessings to those who love or work there. This coming weekend, several places such as parks or school grounds will hold a Dondoyaki which is where they pile these bamboo decorations and burn them in a giant bonfire. Hot beverages and food are served there for free as well.

    Yesterday, my family and I went to the mall for those previously mentioned sales and to have lunch at our favorite restaurant. Afterward, we did the new year prayer at the nearby shrine. I was proud my two year old could do everything correctly after I told her. We have three days left before I go back to work so I’m wondering what else we can do haha.

    Next week, everyone will go back to school or work after having such a long break and I know my students will still be in vacation mode.
    JDCabrera
    JDCabrera
    Oh, in Spain we do also have specific holidays and celebrations up until January 6th.

    Doh instead of an expanded New Year celebration, it is some sort of weird second day of Christmas which takes place on said day.
    Instead of Santa Claus, it is themed about the three kings who gave Jesus minerals when he was born.

    But yeah, the holidays you talk about sound to be way more exciting overall, imo.
    It’s going to be 2020 in just a few hours here in Japan. When I was younger, I would drink and party till dawn. Now with two kids, I’m trying to get into bed by 9 pm. Happy New Years Everton!
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    We are having around 15 guests tomorrow, mostly foreigners like me, for a traditional Japanese New Years party and lunch. We are ordering o-sechi lunch plus several sushi platters, strips of raw horse meat, and, of course, soba.
    So while it’s still really early, I think some top contenders from a previous franchise for Smash 6 besides a new Pokémon or FE character would be

    1) Waluigi
    2) Toad
    3) Rex & Pyra
    4) Dixie Kong
    5) Marx
    6) Krystal
    7) Zero
    8) Nakoruru or Geese (Nakoruru is technically SS but within the SNK umbrella)
    9) Shadow or Tails
    10) Chun-li
    11) Raiden
    12) Alucard

    This list doesn’t include the obligatory Pokémon/Lord of the Month
    Ah Japan. While the States runs news stories of manslaughter, terrorism, sexual harassment, what god knows what - you manage to surprise me yet again about a national story about a fruit thief. Someone took too bags of fruits that were sitting outside a shop. The sign said “Please leave one hundred yen ($1) and take a bag”. The thief drove up in nice car, got out, took out two bags without paying, and drove away.

    So they have news crews and reporters covering the story including eyewitness accounts, security camera footage, and a demonstration how the thief stole two dollars worth of fruits. This also includes reactions from the locales “I thought we used to live in a safe rural area but now I have to lock up my belongings in fear they get stolen.” “I now have to stand next to fruit stand where as before I trusted in people’s honesty and integrity”
    Hey, just wanted to say thanks for briefly closing the Geno thread, was much needed when the chaos was getting out of control. If you had to guess though, when do you think it will be open again?
    Grumbo
    Grumbo
    SSGuy SSGuy it sounds like its just a temporary lock.
    SSGuy
    SSGuy
    I just want to be sure that is the case. I haven't heard any confirmation that it will be open. I just don't want this community to be punished unjustly by some GameFAQ zoomers/Sora fans you know.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    The staff is currently trying to evaluate the situation, properly address each issue, and provide an outline on how to deal with the thread in the future. While I don’t have an ETA, I can say for sure it’s not permanent.
    I appreciate you and the others bringing some much-needed rest to the chaos Venus. Also, I really, really like your passion for Tali haha, I really like Thane myself
    Funny thing happened this morning....
    My daughter was jumping around after eating peanut butter which reminded me of myself as I would eat it and do the same thing. I told my wife “I would eat it and pretend to be like Popeye. It was my spinach.”

    So my wife said “I had the same thing but mine was Edamame Beans (a type of Japanese green bean eaten as a snack). I would eat it and pretend to get strong because I thought they were Senzu Beans from Dragon Ball.” We both had a huge laugh from that. We then imagined our daughter eating peanut covered edamame beans and we shuddered at the thought as our daughter climbed on top of our coffee table and jumped up and down while screaming “peanut butter”.

    I didn’t know Japanese kids would pretend to eating Senzu beans to act like Goku but it’s makes perfect sense.
    Ok look. I’m not here to farm posts counts. I’m not here to farm likes. I’m sure as hell not here to farm trophy points. So stop trying to make me out to be something I’m not. None of those things mean nothing to me and trying to say it does it ridiculous.



    What am I here to farm?




    Squirrels. Tons of squirrels. Thousands of squirrels. As many as I can fit into my mouth without choking. And that’s not a euphemism. I’m here for the squirrels and the squirrels only. You got a squirrel? We are best buds for life. No squirrel? You’re dead to me.

    I’m. Here. For. The. ****ing. Squirrels.!
    Just was approved for permanent residency in Japan. My “expiration date” is listed as asterisks, I can go work in a convenience store if I want to, and I’m kind of in a higher echelon of “foreign expat super Saiyan level” but now I gotta pay both Japanese and American taxes and pay $100 to finalize everything.
    I really hate “cute” high-pitched anime voices. You know the ones I’m talking about. I just cringe anytime I hear them. I don’t watch anime much but being a country surrounded by it doesn’t help with my hatred of it. But what I hate worse is when I actually meet some in real-life who refuses to use their regular voice and, instead, uses this anime voice for silly mundane things like when going shopping at the supermarket, sitting on a bus, etc.

    Then my hatred quadruples when I find that it’s not a Japanese person who is doing this voice but a foreigner who is doing it. And it then doubles from that when they horribly mess of the Japanese and insist “Watashi wa hungry desuuuuuu” is some how cute and funny.

    Am I being too hateful about this?
    S
    StoicPhantom
    Yes, but not about the foreigner part.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    I suppose that’s just a matter of perspective. As a foreigner in Japan, I try to excel past the standards that Japanese put up...which is fairly low (Foreigners don’t know japanese customs/only interested in anime and manga/can’t speak the language/overly confrontational and opinionated). I just can’t stand it when I’m walking in the shopping center with my family and I hear other foreigners trying to copy the “cute” anime voice, very badly. Then when I check around, most people are either snickering or just like “eh, it’s the foreigners”.

    The also goes to other things: talking on the phone in the train, going into someplace with shoes on, not sticking chopsticks into rice, etc. I admit I am fairly judgmental and not afraid to call out other foreigners for not following these easy to understand rules and nuances. At the risk of making it longer than it should be, I almost got into a fight trying to get a drunk guy to remove his shoes before coming into my own house....
    S
    StoicPhantom
    To be clear, I'm saying it's being too hateful to be overly bothered by "cute high-pitched anime voices" but understandable to be bothered by rude and obnoxious foreigners. The former can make one come off as a bit of an edgelord, the latter is pretty universal among all cultures and countries I think.

    We are definitely in agreement about foreigners that won't observe local customs and rules and purposely act in a very embarrassing and cringe manner, because they won't receive any social fallout when they return home. Especially when they make the rest of us look bad.
    Hey so can you do something about how the ads just ****ed up mobile users?
    Strong Badam
    Strong Badam
    I believe in this case it's totally fine to still use that ad form to communicate those grievances. I have let the administrators know directly, in the meantime.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Basically what Strong Bad said. The moderators and super moderators generally have zero control over what ads are featured as well as where ads are placed. Any questions, complaints, etc should be directed to the Administrators. I’m strictly a mobile user so I know the ad placement is awkward and strange but it might be something that we just have to get used to.
    AlphaZealot
    AlphaZealot
    Working to get things returned to normal for logged in users but having said that, nothing should be totally messed so will also figure out what needs to change there. We've always had an ad between the 7th post on thread, now there is one around the 15th post; are they to big/larger than before?
    My main concern with “more dlc fighters coming” bit is that they will be last-second add-ons that shouldn’t get much exposure. I hope they get the same amount of attention and exposure as the Fighter Pass characters did/do. Those already didn’t get Character trailers like everyone else so I worry they will be further limited.
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    I'm boggled how gameplay showcases are confused with the actual character trailers now.

    Anyway, I'm pretty sure they'll do their all as always for these next characters. Shadow-dropping reveals out of nowhere doesn't seem like something they'd do. Besides, the game's sales should boost up promotional budget again.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    I sure hope so. I’ve seen some series dlc fall flat after a few seasons (street fighter v, killer instinct, etc)
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    At the least, we're familiar with the usual Smash pattern: "yo hype first reveals!...who the heck's this person and who asked for them?", so that's dependable enough.
    Yes I am late but I finally finished watching Game of Thrones and I have TONS OF OPINIONS about the series and the ending. Does anyone care enough to hear them cause it’s gonna be mother ****ing thesis and will take a full winter to write.
    Thoughts on SNK and Smash:
    SNK totally deserves to be in Smash. They have been very influential in the industry. And they have had an amazing comeback and I hope we get to see more awesome games get rebooted. I grew up playing World Heroes, KoF, Fatal Fury, Garou, and especially Samurai Shodown. SS was the first game that familiarized me with Japanese culture and what led me to want to live in Japan someday (and now I do).

    As for characters, Terry doesn’t excite me at all. I get why he is a front runner and why he would be included. I do not see a positive reception to his inclusion. The only way I would be respective to him included if he had a Tag Team assist feature with his brother, Andy, and Mai. As for gameplay, maybe he would be a slightly slower but far better version of Little Mac.

    Personally, I would rather they went the female route with Athena, Kula, or especially Nakoruru. Playing as a fast sword character who uses a hawk as a projectile and a controllable Recovery move is pretty unique and interesting. However, Terry uses his fists and we do have two characters who uses swords in the DLC pack.

    I think that if this all is true and Terry is released, I might be disappointed based on certain factors. Especially if a lack of Tag Team Assist isn’t used. The Doomslayer leaks made me thirsty for Doomslayer in Smash. Him not getting in due to Terry and Hayabusa doesn’t exactly make me happy.
    So the Banjo 7-11 display case in Japan says it will be up until the 15th. This was the same with Hero who was released a few days prior to the deadline. (This was the last day of EVO and the Ultimate tournament). That being said, it’s conceivable to see a Banjo announcement some time between this week and next with a release prior to the 15th.
    Well hello Mr. Black Bear....wandering around my front door. I have to take out the trash and go to work but I’m just gonna let you do what you do and wait for you to go away. While I call the neighborhood association to report a bear sighting as there are kids in the area.’
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