Banned via Warnings
- Aug 18, 2018
Wasn't aware of that tidbit.I decided to respond because the anime situation in SSF2 is actually pretty interesting. The anime characters are entirely a result of Grandfather Clause. A while back, the roster was planned to be considerably different than what it is now, considerably less professional much in line with the original Super Smash Flash, and there were plenty of anime characters on that roster. A while back, they decided to gun for professional quality. They took a new direction entirely and rebooted the roster, removing the OCs and almost all the anime characters. Ichigo, Goku and Naruto go lucky; they had all been programmed and added to the roster before the reboot, and it's been made pretty clear they wouldn't be here if it weren't for that. Then they added Luffy just to complete the Shonen 4, and he's already been confirmed to be the last anime fighter in the game. As a TL:DR, they're the remnants of when the game took a vastly different approach.
As for Ganondorf and the Pokemon, we still haven't seen much of the unlockable roster, and there's allegedy still so much left we don't know about, and I'm pretty sure Ganondorf, at least one more Pokemon (probably Mewtwo), and a few of the weirder absences will show up as future unlockables.
It still being plain incomplete does explain a lot of my complaints in general.
Ultimate in general was a bit rushed due to the sheer amount of content (Stage Builder and Piranha Plant both having substantial data in the game at launch but only being added post-launch supports this).I'm not fond of the anime characters being there either but it's not like these guys started out as "professionals". Besides it's not like the actual Smash games don't have borderline amateur **** in them at times like almost everything about Chrom.
I've been asking this same question when it comes to the actual Smash games for the past 18 years.
Because they're prioritizing things other than making sure Pokemon and Fire Emblem have a dozen characters each I guess.
Chrom's model is a bit rough, but he's also the second most unique Echo fighter behind only Ken, having different animations than Roy on several attacks so that he isn't using a reverse grip but has the same hitboxes (compare his side tilt, which is a downwards slice that keeps his arm close to his body-- Roy's is an inwards slash with a reverse grip, while Marth and Lucina have an outwards and upwards slash) as well as a technically unique up-special that's wildly different from Roy's (on top of a unique Final Smash, something that can also only be claimed of Ken; Dark Pit as well by technicality, as it was functionally identical and nearly identical in animation to Light Arrow but both Zelda and Sheik lost it).
I'd think making Ganondorf's moveset more unique and showing him off would be a priority for a fan game like SSF2, what with the overall roster being nostalgia goggled.
As I said earlier, both FE and Pokemon have a crapton of characters (as well as Pokemon being the most prolific media franchise in existance) and they could easily just roll with ones not in Smash. Instead of seemingly limiting themselves to the dullest choices for Pokemon, why not pull out stuff like Sceptile (grass blades and arena control) or Empoleon (a heavy character with multiple ranged options and ways to get in) or Zoroark (rush down mixed with illusions for both offense and defense)-- cool and easily unique character choices that simply have no chance of inclusion in Smash?
Similarly, they could roll with Leif as a weaponmaster character and basically have a different weapon for every move-- or hell, one up Smash itself and have Chrom as a unique character, backed by lightning element attacks (something TMS and FEW have done) and a Lance. Or go with Ephraim or Hector or Micaiah to have dedicated weapon specialists instead of having everyone using a sword to some extent.
I sincerely hope there isn't intentional bias against FE and Pokemon, because there's so many options that they could easily include multiple unique characters from both series that have a snowball's chance in hell of ever being included in Smash.