What Games Did The 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' Characters Come From?
Well Friends, the day is finally here! If you tuned in to the Nintendo Direct during E3 this morning, you would have seen a beautiful preview for the new 'Smash Brothers Ultimate' game we have all been waiting for since the iconic announcement during the March 8th Nintendo Direct. If you missed out, watch the trailer below:
So, here we we are, on the cusp of a new Smash Brothers game, as well as the launch of Nintendo's paid online service, said to take effect around September of 2018. This paid online service will bring new library of old Nintendo games to new players. Meaning, a whole new generation of players who might select Ness or Sheik to use in the new Smash Bros, and have no idea what games they came from, or were featured in. It's actually a freighting thought, right? It means some of us are getting old.... Nonetheless, this is a great opportunity to give some insight on a few of my favorite Smash Brothers characters that will be making an appearance in the new smash game, and what franchises they came from. Get your christmas lists ready kids, you got some catching up to do!
SUPER MARIO BROS.
One of the most recognizable Nintendo franchises steams all the way back to the Super Mario Bros game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, aka the NES, way back in 1985. From that game, a glorious universe was created, and then served as a home for a multitude of games featuring these characters! You may be thinking to yourself, 'Donkey Kong isn't a part of the Mario Universe,' but if you didn't know, Mario actually made his first appearance in the Donkey Kong arcade game. So, actually, Donkey Kong and his family fit perfectly in this franchise! Mario and his friends appear in a multitude of games, from racing and tennis, to brawlers and party games, we can thank Shigeru Miyamoto for these Nintendo characters:
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA
The Legend of Zelda is a classic, and no matter what game you entered the franchise in, it's worth going through and giving them all a try. This smash bros will feature 3 Link options, one being in his 'Champion's Tunic' from the Breath of the Wild, young Link from The Ocarina of Time, and toon Link, from The Wind Waker for Gamecube, or the HD version on Wii U. This new smash game will of course include Princess Zelda, and her alter ego Sheik, which you can learn more about in The Ocarina of Time for Nintendo 64, or the remastered version for 3DS. Lastly, you will be able to play as Ganondorf, Link's nemesis, in his gerudo form.
Samus has returned... For another great smash game. Have you played Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS yet? Well, if you have no clue who Samus or her archenemy Ridley are, you should definitely educate yourself! If you were lucky enough to catch a Super Nintendo Classic in the wild, you can play Super Metroid, which is one of the most influential games of the 90's, lending it's game mechanics to many modern games, and featuring a kick ass female protagonist. Prefer a first person shooter over 2D platforming? Then the Metroid Prime series will be more up your alley!
I'm not going to lie to you, Pokémon is my favorite Nintendo franchise. Ever since I was a wee lad in the 90's, I was catching pocket monsters on my Gameboy and carrying around a stuffed Pikachu everywhere I went... I mean, EVERYWHERE! If you are going to play a Pokémon game that isn't the new Kanto remake 'Let's Go Pikachu' or 'Let's Go Eevee,' (check out my Pokémon articles here) then I would suggest trying out the most recent games 'Pokémon Sun' and 'Pokémon Moon.' This will give you a good idea of what the new Pokémon Trainer character that let's you use Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard! Gotta catch 'em all, am I right?
If you have a friend who isn't really a gamer, Kirby is the perfect introduction! The games are fun, usually pretty forgiving with lives, and just flat out cute! Just look at that little pink ball of... um... whatever he's made out of! I have to shout out Kirby's Dream Land 3, because it's my personal favorite, but Kirby Planet Robobot for 3DS is one of the few games that uses the 3D feature in a great way, not just for headaches.
I have to admit, I absolutely LOVE Splatoon! If you haven't got on the ban-wagon already, now is the time my friends! Splatoon 2 is available on Nintendo Switch, it is so much fun. Not very good at shooter? Don't sweat it, it's a great game to introduce you to shooter mechanics in a fun, bright and colorful way, sans blood and guts. The inklings will be making their way into this new smash game, bringing a variety of inkling colors and new stage as well!
If you love rail shooters, then you MUST already know about this furry space cadet, right? Star Fox on the Super Nintendo was revolutionary for the time, 3D rendered graphics on a 16-bit console? Get outta here! I mean, time defiantly hasn't been on this game's side, but you can try out Starfox 64 on 3DS in preparation for his exclusive appearance in Starlink for Nintendo Switch. Let's not forget Wolf O'Donnell, Fox McCloud's rival, and Falco, Fox's wing mate, who will be playable in smash as well! DO A BARREL ROLL!
This recommendation goes out to all my RPG and Tactics loving nerds. I quite enjoy a well made tactics and strategy game, and that is exactly what Fire Emblem provides to us Nintendo fans. I find that Fire Emblem: Awakening is one of the best of the Franchise, and goes perfectly in a mobile platform like the 3DS (or the GBA for my old school readers). If you'd rather play something a little more fast paced, nothing is more satisfying that mowing down waves of enemies in Fire Emblem Warriors, available on Nintendo Switch!
This isn't the Ice Climbers' first rodeo, if you know what I mean... and by that I mean they've been in Smash Bros before. THEY'RE BACK! These two little cuties made their debut on the NES, and if you can get your hands on a NES classic, or steal your grandma's old Nintendo, you should totally try out this 8 bit gem. What makes these characters to great in Super Smash Bros, is the fact that you get to play as a duo, which after watching the trailer, makes me want to try them out first!
Earthbound is a cult classic, and much like Metroid, has inspired many games that have been released in current times. If you can't get your hands on one of the elusive SNES carts, or you're having trouble tracking down a SNES classic when they are actually in stock, you can pick this game up digitally on the Nintendo e-Store for your 3DS. If you'd like to check out some 'Earthbound-like' games, and small children fighting aliens isn't your thing, search out The longest Five Minutes or Undertale. Both take many notes from Earthbound with completely different plots, if you find the story doesn't interest you! As far as using Ness or Lucas in smash, their moves are challenging to nail, but once you figure out their move set, it's dangerous! Just ask my friends, who invariably whoop my ass using Ness... I don't like to talk about it.
Ahh, my dear sweet villagers. Such an unlikely smash character, but so funny to watch in practice. If you were lucky enough to escape the Pocket Camp madness that followed the mobile game, then lucky you. (If you like to see what pocket camp looks like at level 100... just let me know.)
If you are new to Animal Crossing, I suggest you give the mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp a try. If you like it, dive into Animal Crossing: New Leaf for 3DS. With all the improvements from the DS version, it's well worth the 100 hours you will lose immediately after starting the game. RIP to your social life.
I can't finish off this list without giving a shout out to a few of my 'Non-Nintendo' characters that have made their way to smash over the years. Characters such as Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog and Bayonetta, both of which Nintendo has managed to turn into staples for their platform. Capcom's Megaman, and beloved Street Fighter character Ryu have earned their rightful place on the Super Smash Bros roster after years of appearing on Nintendo consoles. Let's not forget that Pac-Man, of all characters, is in smash... and he didn't even start off with arms and legs in his original debut on a Nintendo console. Lastly, Konami's own Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series is back in action in smash bros, I'm sure Kojima is ecstatic, as are the rest of us! If their are any character's I didn't include that you are excited for, leave a comment and share will the class!