Nickelodeon and IGN have released a trailer for Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, an upcoming platform fighter featuring characters from throughout the network's history. The game will be published by GameMill, who previously published the Nickelodeon Kart Racers series, and is being developed by Ludosity and Fair Play Labs. While an official release date hasn't been provided, the game is slated to release sometime in Fall of 2021.
While the full roster has yet to be revealed, the following characters were shown off in the reveal trailer:
- Michelangelo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
- Lincoln Loud (The Loud House)
- Powdered Toast Man (Ren & Stimpy)
- Sandy Cheeks (Spongebob Squarepants)
- Patrick Star (Spongebob Squarepants)
- Oblina (Aaahh!!! Real Monsters)
- Nigel Thornberry (The Wild Thornberries)
- Lucy Loud (The Loud House)
- Spongebob Squarepants (Spongebob Squarepants)
- Helga (Hey Arnold!)
- Reptar (Rugrats)
- Zim (Invader Zim)
- Danny Phantom (Danny Phantom)
- Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
- Korra (Avatar: The Legend of Korra)
- Ren (Ren & Stimpy)
- Stimpy (Ren & Stimpy)
- CatDog (CatDog)
The game will also feature 20 stages pulled from various Nickelodeon franchises, a variety of single-player and multiplayer modes, and an in-game gallery. The official announcement from IGN also mentions unlockable moves for each character, though it's currently unknown what that entails.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl had previously been leaked via a GameFly listing that seemingly went up early. This listing also provided a planned release date of October 5, 2021, though it is yet to be determined if this will be the final release date.
While normally it would be safe to assume that a game like this would be a fairly shallow cash grab, the fact that Ludosity seems to be leading development has caught the attention of many competitive Smash players. Ludosity has plenty of experience developing platform fighters, having previously made Slap City, which is already held in high regard within the competitive scene, so quite a few players are hyped at the possibility that Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl may actually be designed with competitive play in mind.
On top of that, Ludosity team member Elias "sinxtanx" Forslind has been answering questions about the game in the studio's official Discord server.
screenshot from the ludosity discord! (not sure what "supported platforms" will entail. PC version also confirmed pic.twitter.com/uMT2R4I67v— NEO K'eeg (@armormodechang) July 13, 2021
Forslind has confirmed that on top of the Switch, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 releases announced in the trailer, the game will also be available on PC, which is the platform that development has primarily focused on. The game will also have rollback netcode on supported platforms. While he hasn't stated anything directly, he has implied that the Switch version will lack rollback, due to optimization issues with Unity's Switch build pipeline.
I just want to say I don't want to be the only source of this with a dodgy looking screenshot, I'd like to give a link back to their server so everybody can verify it! (don't be a dick if you join though lol)https://t.co/yafrxlmuGa— Bloops (@Bloops_) July 13, 2021
Also another message because amazing game pic.twitter.com/wrq31WHVDL
Forslind has also confirmed that, like Ludosity's previous platform fighter, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will feature wavedashing.
Not much else is known about Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl at this time, but Smashboards will continue to cover information about the game as it emerges.