- Jul 31, 2014
"The coward's way...? You make it sound so noble. I just plan to eliminate anyone who stands between me and the prize. Simple as that."
You dare bring light to my lair, you must die!
Who's Black Shadow, you may ask? Allow me to explain to you a little bit about the bull himself and some backstory behind the character as well, Black Shadow formerly known to be a racer, and a badass villian with an interesting motive of his evil deeds.
Let's begin with a little bit about who Black Shadow is, Black Shadow has recurred as a prominent villian throughout the F-Zero franchise, he's been playable in F-Zero X, F-Zero GX and F-Zero GP Legend. He's been a very important character to the plot and he's been the biggest threat to Captain Falcon himself. Despite being a man who's hungry for chaos and mayhem, he's got an interest in creating things as well. As shown with his evil invention that is Blood Falcon, who's a clone of his arch-nemesis.
The history with Black Shadow started off in F-Zero X, where he was the main villian and he had a huge role in the game. He's always had a feud with Captain Falcon, since Captain Falcon was the one that ruined most of his plans. And because of that, he's always had a hatred for the bounty hunter. And that's not all. His main motive as a racer has always been to rule over the world and keep those who serve him as his underlings.
He has a vehicle which is based on a Bull, and is also called the Black Bull, the main car that he uses in every race he enters.
Black Shadow's personality is evil, cold-hearted and cruel to those who oppose him. He's psychotic and very cunning. And he finds it amusing to destroy other machines and he's always had a thing for destruction in general, he's pretty much a pyromaniac. His shadowy figure can scare any common citizen, as seen with Mr.Zero in an interview with Black Shadow in F-Zero GX. Not even a bribe can change his mind, and he couldn't care less about the law, ruling out his dark idealism as his goal for domination. Never ask him to take off his mask, because he'll burn you to ashes if you do.
Now with all the talk about his backstory and personality out of the way, allow me to move on to my next point, the reason why including him in Super Smash Bros would be a fantastic idea.
To start things off first, I believe its in due time for a new representative for the F-Zero franchise. For quite sometime now, after several installments of the game, we've been stuck with Captain Falcon and Captain Falcon only. Which to me is upsetting to see, but also hard to understand.
While F-Zero is not one of Nintendo's most popular ips it's still been relevant throughout the years, despite it not having many games after GX, it has had a lot of small cameos as well as interesting crossovers with other franchises, such games include Mario Kart 8 with two stages called Mute City and the other one is called Big Blue, as well as a vehicle called the Blue Falcon. And they were also in Super Smash Bros Melee as stages. There was also another cameo featuring F-Zero in Nintendo Land with one of its attractions called Captain Falcon's Twister Race.
Black Shadow also has his own trophy and a sticker in Super Smash Bros Brawl and in Super Smash Bros for 3DS/Wii U he had only a trophy.
But wait, these are just cameos you might say, and F-Zero has no chance of making a triumphant comeback because of that. However, in a January 5th 2015 Video from Smosh Games, Miyamoto was featured as guest star where he confirmed that the F-Zero franchise was not dead just yet stating that a new installment in the franchise could be possible if Nintendo were to develop a unique controller interface for one of their upcoming consoles ( the Switch?) that would be suited for a new game.
Either way, with that said. I'll move to my next point which is his moveset.
Now allow me to explain his moveset, since his features are mostly resembling a bull, I took ideas out of idealistics from a regular bull. Because they share the same features, so most of his moveset will be based on that.
Anyway, allow me to begin.
B - Bull Charge, based on the move Ganondorf does, Black Shadow charges his horns and the more you tap on the special the longer and stronger his charge attack gets.
Up B - Rising Bull, this is a move which Black Shadow jumps upwards with his horns and if he hits the bottom part of a stage, he gets stuck and has slight climbability which helps help maneuver in the corners of the stage, or even below a floating platform like in Battlefield. He can only stay climbing or in the magnetic horn idle position for about 5 seconds. If he doesn't move after that, he ends up falling.
Side B - Bind, Black Shadow releases a bind attack which stuns enemies that goes near the attack, it works similiar to the way Zero Suit Samus shoots from her plasma gun.
Down B - Stomp, he stomps on the ground causing an enemy to get trapped if he goes near him. But it affects the enemy very little if they're further away.
Now onto his tilts, jabs, air attacks, throws and smash attacks, taunts as well as the rest of his moves.
A - Punching Bag, he uses three attack a regular punch a second punch and his horns.
Side A - Cape, he uses his cape which has a sharp edge and does a high amount of damage.
Down A - Horn Attack, Black Shadow uses his horns downwards as he attacks.
Up A - Sucker Punch, he uses a fiery purple attack in an upward direction.
Now for his air attacks.
Neutral Air - Umbra Twirl, he uses his cape as he twirls around once.
Forward Air - Horn Sting, Black Shadow uses his horns in the same manner Captain Falcon uses his knee, but it's harder to hit and has a high amount of damage if you hit its sweet spot.
Back Air - Elbow Blackout, he has an attack with his elbow which he hits backwards if enemies are behind him.
Down Air - Onyx Cape Cast, you slowly see a shadow cast from above and as soon as it ends, Black Shadow strikes down.
And onto his throws.
Pummel - he simply grabs the opponent and pummels them with his fist.
Foward Throw - while he holds the enemy he uses his horns to ram into them.
Back Throw - as he holds the opponent, he throws them backwards and kicks them with both of his feet sorta like a horse.
Down Throw - he places his opponent on the ground and stomps on them.
Up Throw - he throws them upwards and spikes them with his horns.
And now for his Smash attacks.
Forward Smash - Charcoal Charge, he uses his shoulder as an attack, similiar to Wario's old Forward Smash attack. The more you charge it, the harder it becomes and it has super armour.
Up Smash - Ebony Knuckles, he uses both of his knuckles and hits them upwards sorta like Ryu's Up Smash, but this attack has him standing and uses both of his fists.
Down Smash - Phantom's Trap, Black Shadow uses his bracelet with one fist to put out a trap, but if you charge the attack. He uses both fists to put two traps.
Now for his taunts,
Side Taunt - Laughing Manically, Black Shadow folds his hands and laughs manically like he usually does.
Up Taunt - Insult, he shows his palm in a menacing manner and says one of his quotes from the game. "Are you prepared to die?" "This is beginning of the reign of evil!" "Bow down before my power."
Down Taunt - Autograph, he writes down an autograph and throws it at the opponent. It does only 1% damage.
And then lastly, it's his Final Smash.
Final Smash - Pyromania Apocalypse
Black Shadow calls for his car and shouts out "Come out Black Bull!", as he enters his backdrop he gets his car to transform into a mechanical bull and once he has it transformed, he rides ontop of it and controls it through the match but it's only avaliable for a limited time and it's a lot slower too but it does a great amount of damage if you strike someone with it.
And that's all of his movesets. There's also more stuff to mention, like his victory animations, losing animation, idle animation, music tracks, items etc. Although, I'd love to hear you guys offer your suggestions for that part, even though I have a few ideas myself. I am willing to listen to your ideas and suggestions. I'll be happy to hear what you all have to share.
MUSIC OPTIONS/MUSIC SELECTIONS
Black Shadow's Theme:
Devil's Forest Theme:
Phantom Road Theme:
Casino Palace Theme:
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