- Sep 18, 2018
- My house
- Switch FC
- SW 5257 9274 9505
Jonesy for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!
Who is he? And where does he come from?
Jonesy comes from the massively popular game, Fortnite. In all of its core modes, Battle Royale, Creative, and Save the World, Jonesy serves as a default skin the player starts with. Furthermore, in Save the World, he represents the Soldier class, one of the four playable roles, whereas in Battle Royale and Creative he is merely just a skin.
Fortnite in and of itself is an online multiplayer game published by Epic Games available on all three major platforms, PC, and mobile. In Battle Royale, players drop off a battle bus and into various locations on the map. Once on the ground, they must scavenge for supplies and fight off others to be the last man standing. What makes Fortnite's battle royale different from others is the ability to gather supplies from the environment to create structures such as bridges or inclines. This drastically alters the gameplay as you are now able to decide how you want to approach other enemies and how you want to traverse the map. You are given the option to build on the spot cover to defend yourself from enemy fire or build massive bridges to avoid the terrain of down below.
In Save the World, the player is tasked with defending bases, rescuing survivors, and gathering supplies to restore the world to its former state after a cataclysmic event left only 2% of the population intact and gave way to the husks, the modes main enemy.
Finally, in Creative, the player is given free rein to do whatever they please. Whether it's building crazy contraptions to amaze, or creating more simple custom game modes, you are given total control of everything.
Why should he join Smash?
Jonesy would represent Fortnite, one of gaming's biggest success stories from 2017 and currently one of the most popular games in recent memory. Much like how Undertale and Minecraft have had a cultural impact on the gaming landscape and mainstream media, Fortnite has managed to bridge the gap between videogames and the public consciousness. Whether it be through the news announcing how it was becoming the new classroom distraction, to celebrities trying out the game with notable internet personalities such as Ninja, to the constant barrage of memes online, Fortnite has done what others couldn't.
Part of this success is due to it being free to play and it's kid-friendly art style. People don't have the fear of wasting their money, and parents won't have to worry about their kids playing games with violent imagery. This, combined with the battle royale craze of 2017, further proved to be instrumental in its success.
Finally, there may be those who look upon Fortnite and think "Why this game out of any others? It sucks!" Since it came out in 2017, Fortnite has gathered much disdain online due to its sheer popularity, with people hating on the game and the people who play it. Much like how when Undertale and Minecraft reached their apex and they became the subject of hate, Fortnite has received much vitriol online due to the mob mentality of hating anything that's big for no reason. While this hate persists in the community, it is safe to say that, like Undertale and Minecraft, Fortnite will eventually reach the status of becoming revered and fondly looked back on.
If Jonesy were to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he would represent a major part of modern gaming. Being from genres such as the third-person shooter and battle royale, and coming from a Western company, he would provide a variety of influences into Smash on scales similar to Dragon Quest and Street Fighter. While there may be detractors who say that he shouldn't be in due to Fortnite's popularity, the fact of the matter is that said popularity is warranted. Just how Minecraft's Steve and Undertale's Sans went from being hated individuals to now being highly requested characters, Jonesy is now on his path to seriously becoming a new contender for speculation. At the end of the day, we're all here to play videogames, and if the opportunity to represent one of the new pillars in gaming should arise, then I think Nintendo should take that opportunity. Besides, it's won't be the first time the Smash community has gotten angry at a character before.