I have to warn you right now, we're spoiling two new playable fighters, so if you want to come into the new Smash Brothers totally clean well... good luck with that! It appears that the Wii U version is going with a style closer to previous Smash Brothers games (but in glorious HD), while the 3DS version is shooting for a more cell-shaded style?
New to the roster are "Villager" from Animal Crossing and Mega Man from, well, Mega Man!!! Oh man. I can already tell you that the second one is going to be one of my main fighters.
Both Smash Brothers games are due in 2014.
Check out the trailer below and stay tuned for more details!
I guess I don't think of the character being in recent games as mattering so much as representing the franchise. Simon Belmont is the best to represent the franchise, especially to "Nintendo fans" who grew up on Castlevania.
Think of the way 1st party characters have been picked. Roy and Marth for Fire Emblem, instead of a bunch of new characters (though Ike did make it in.) Pit, even though he hadn't had a game at that point since the old Game Boy game. It's not always so much that the characters are relevant based on current games, but that they represent some piece of Nintendo history.
@Zero Roy was from the most recent Fire Emblem game at the time, just like Ike. In fact, I don't think Roy's game had even been released yet. Pit was also in to promote his upcoming game.
That said, I s'pose it's true that Snake hadn't been in a Nintendo game in a while, and had nothing coming up either, though he was still in games on other systems, which still makes that a slightly different case than Simon. But, I think that if they're going to include old characters who haven't been seen in a long time, they're not going to choose third-party characters for that idea.
This unfortunately means that I think Bomberman has no chance, he's just who I'd like to see.
@Zero Roy isn't actually a big Fire Emblem character I'm pretty sure. He's only in one Japan-exclusive game, and he was only in Melee as advanced advertising for that game if I recall. Meanwhile Ike's in two (both released worldwide) and Marth's in two or three or maybe more, including the original. On the other hand, that Melee appearance makes Roy more popular than most Fire Emblem characters in general...
I think the Fire Emblem representation should always be Marth (he's undeniably the face of the franchise) and whoever the new hotness is currently. Roy for Melee, Ike for Brawl, and now that would be Chrom I guess. I'd rather see a non-swordsman, so maybe they could go with your avatar character in Awakening? Or maybe some other fan-favorite berserker or mage or something.
I dunno about Simon Belmont. Admittedly he makes about as much sense as Snake did for Brawl, but nobody would have ever predicted Snake. And I like Snake because his moveset is so unique (and I thought they ingrained him into Brawl really well). Bomberman doesn't strike me as a great candidate either. As much as I think Pac-Man would be stupid, I can see him making the cut due to the Namco connection.
Though really, all I want to see is Mega Man, Sonic, and Snake. I'm sure Sakurai could bring me around on anybody he puts in, but I don't think the third-party lineup should grow much from the current three, if at all. Mega Man was undoubtedly the biggest NES icon outside of Nintendo's games, right? And he's always had a reliable presence on Nintendo systems, even if the "main" games often went to Sony. And Sonic was the quintessential anti-Mario for almost ten years before becoming one of Nintendo's top third-party supporters. Who else lives up to that, really?
Whaaa? Simon Belmont is perfect. It's worth it just for the amazing potential with a Castlevania stage and music alone!
I also really like the idea of Bomberman.
But with the recent word, I'm probably setting myself up for disappointment. Other won't be many third party characters, so you people that prefer it that way should be happy... Though you are still crazy!
@r_hjort Which 4 Metal Gear games are you referring to? Because if you are counting MGS 3, that is technically a different person... Naked Snake, not Solid Snake. They just look and sound the same because they are clones and Kojima felt like keeping "Snake" the way people knew and loved him would sell better, maybe.
There are at least 4 on Nintendo systems:
Metal Gear (NES) Metal Gear 2: Snake's Revenge (NES) Metal Gear Solid (GBC) Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (GCN)
And then yeah, Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater on 3DS...which may or may not count.
I don't see Snake coming back. What sense is there? His new game is ignoring Nintendo and Hayter was (apparently, supposedly) axed. I think he's out.
Sonic would make a ton more sense considering the deal they have with Nintendo. They're also coy about "one last exclusive game". Maybe Smash is it?
I can't stop watching that Smash Bros Dev Video. Seeing Megaman reborn is just fucking glorious. And how they captured every little bit of his animation, even including his foot moving first and his awkward run is an achievement.
Anyone see the video of Sakurai and Nate Bildorff playing as Mario and Megaman? Megaman wins in sudden death but I dunno who was who. Makes the game look great.