Thank you! You know, they say Smash is a celebration of gaming, but with stuff like StarTropics and Gumshoe still not getting ANY meaningful references in Smash, I... have my reservations on that claim.Hear hear, mate.
It’s even more insulting when they represent extremely obscure junk as spirits when StarTropics has a strong cult following and Gumshoe comes from the iconic NES Black Box series (and is the only Nintendo Zapper series with absolutely 0 reference).
I don’t know all that much about the Pilotwings series as a whole but watching some Pilotwings 64 footage I can say that it was undoubtedly a big step up from the SNES game, mostly for how much personality they gave it with its set of memorable and unique characters. It really is baffling and insulting that this entry in particular has 0 representation, specially when it came out in Japan like you said, considering Nintendo’s weird bias for its home country. And on top of that it was even the N64’s launch title along with Super Mario 64. It is certainly deserving of a character, at least imo.
I sure would love to see Hawk duking out with Captain Falcon and other old school Nintendo icons, but it seems some things are just too much to ask for, even tho they shouldn’t be.
As I've said, PW64 at least released in Japan and I almost forgot that it was one of the N64's launch titles, too! Honestly, how not even ONE piece of music from this game is Smash yet baffles me to no end.
Mind you, I've legit gotten in contact with Dan Hess, the composer of PW64 (Very nice guy, by the way. Give him a shout-out on his YouTube channel when you get the chance!), and he says that Nintendo owns any and all music found in PW64, so ownership issues don't seem to be an issue here. Heck, even he was a tad surprised at hearing that there was finally a Pilotwings stage in Smash 4, and it apparently had none of his music in the game.
Exactly! It's like I always say. Ever since Smash Ultimate revealed that Spirits would serve as the game's collectable instead of Trophies, I imagined that PW64's chances of getting representation via that were pretty darn good. Imagine my surprise (and slight annoyance) that things didn't pan out. Heck, I was even hoping for at least ONE PW64 song to be available, like the Gyrocopter theme, the Birdman theme, or even a PW64 medley. Still nothing...Heck, the great thing about Pilotwings 64 is that the pilots are fully realized characters unlike the first games protagonist who we literally don't see until the ending. As someone who got into video games through PW 64 it surprises me that Nintendo hasn't at least reference this game through spirits, mii costumes, and music tracks. Heck, a Pilotwings 64 character such as Lark was top on my list of video game characters I wanted to see in Smash. So it's pretty frustrating to see it get ignored in Smash Ultimate.