Hey, guys, its JaidynReiman. Unfortunately I was busy the past two weekends, first when my sisters came to visit then I went to visit my family I hadn’t seen in four months; since this happened across two consecutive weekends I didn’t have time for much, including making a new discussion. And this weekend I’ve been a bit distracted with DK64; as of this recording I’ve got everything 100% completed prior to Creepy Castle!
So I recorded my reactions to the recent Nintendo Direct but never got it online. No, I’m not going to upload them at this point since its kinda late and everyone’s already been talking about Lucas and the ballot. Now that Mewtwo is out, though, some interesting things have been popping up in the game’s code, so its time to look at what’s been discovered and discuss what we could possibly be seeing in the future!
Super Smash Ballot
So the first interesting thing to come up in the April Nintendo Direct is the Smash Ballot, alongside the announcement that Lucas is coming back with Mewtwo. Not only is additional character DLC confirmed to happen, but you can vote on who you want to appear in the game through the Smash ballot. Not all characters can get in, of course, as they’ve stated several times, but you can vote for any video game character, and these suggestions will be considered for future games, as well as DLC in this game.
Of course, note that you can vote for any VIDEO GAME character. As in, characters that originated from video games.
There’s a lot of speculation on what could be coming from the ballot. Since they pulled off this massive effort to get people involved in Smash and requesting their characters, I definitely expect we’ll be getting several characters out of the ballot. Maybe one -possible- non-Nintendo character, but mostly Nintendo characters. Since the ballot started off, numerous polls have been held online to try and determine who is currently popular on various sites.
Despite mixed results, one consistent thing is that King K. Rool and Isaac seem to be the top voted Nintendo characters overall. And yes, I said characters, not newcomers; veterans you’d think would place higher, but most polls aren’t doing that. That said, there’s also been a ton of support for various third-party characters, mostly Shovel Knight, Shantae, and Quote. Banjo and Kazooie seem to be a popularly suggested one right now.
Naturally, though, most of these polls are from English speaking countries only, so that’s mostly in parts of Europe, especially the UK, Australia, and the Americas.
As far as third-parties go, we really shouldn’t expect too many. From the ballot itself, I can see maybe one getting through. And even then, they have to be both extremely iconic characters, and not owned by another first-party developer… like Banjo and Kazooie. Its unrealistic to think they’ve even got a remote chance of being added to Smash. And I also find Indie’s incredibly unlikely, especially ones with no Japanese backing at all. But I’d say at least Indie’s have a chance of making it into the game.
Mewtwo and Patch Leaks
Mewtwo released just this past week to a mixed reception. Although I did get Mewtwo, I’m not that interested in him, but more what has been discovered in the game code. Of course, hackers have already opened up Smash 3DS and found tons of interesting things in the patch. Keep in mind, this is for the 3DS version only; as far as I’m aware no leftover data was found in Smash Wii U.
The first thing noted after Mewtwo was released is that there’s sound files for two new, never-before-known characters, that being Roy from Fire Emblem and Ryu from Street Fighter. And we know its Ryu from Street Fighter because the audio file for Ryu is a victory theme from Street Fighter II, which is also among the most popular Street Fighter games, and Street Fighter II did amazingly well on Super Nintendo.
The main question people have, of course, is why. Why is this data in the game? Presumably, they’re being developed as characters, since this is character data. Roy was a character heavily questioned by many, myself included, because we already have Lucina in the game as a Marth clone, as well as another character named Roy. However, he’s also a popularly requested veteran character, and veterans are especially popular in Japan.
As for Ryu, that’s a lot more questionable. Although Street Fighter II was a massive success on Super Nintendo, Street Fighter hasn’t gotten much attention on Nintendo lately. Of course, Street Fighter didn’t release games often for many years, with a huge gap between III and IV. And now V is exclusive to Playstation 4 as far as we know. If we are getting Ryu, I’d say the odds are pretty good that Nintendo and Capcom made a video game deal, perhaps with Capcom making a crossover sort of like Street Fighter X Tekken, only with Nintendo instead. Or Nintendo vs. Capcom.
Additional data in the game has also surfaced which includes data hinting at potential stage DLC. The main data cited is some Kirby music tracks in the game; speculation holds that its for Dream Land 64. Also interesting is that if any Kirby characters appear as the first character on a stage in Smash 3DS, instead of loading the Kirby stage they now load Battlefield. What’s odd about this is that except for Mii Fighters, no characters are ever supposed to be encountered on Battlefield.
Even more info has been discovered in a list of what appears to be character models in the game’s code. At one point, Mario was copied five times, perhaps even six times, with the first one being renamed “Mewtwo.” This information could be nothing, but it also could indicate that they copied Mario’s name for the number of characters they planned to create. Of course, people are immediately jumping the gun on this and assuming that could be a restriction, but its probably not a restriction; its simply showing the number of characters they’ve been working on up to Mewtwo’s release, not how many they plan to work on in total.
Veterans Galore + New Ballot Characters?
The biggest take out of all of this is that veterans are getting top priority, and numerous veteran character’s will be released over the course of this year. Mewtwo is first, then Lucas, then probably Roy and likely later even Wolf. Wolf, naturally, is still basically a lock if both Roy and Lucas are already in the works. But if this information is accurate and there are five additional character’s being worked on in addition to Mewtwo, we could be getting a ton of DLC for this game.
Even Roy and Ryu were interesting finds, but now it looks like we could have even more than just them. With veterans getting priority before the ballot, I’d wager that veterans won’t really get taken into consideration when it comes to the ballot, since they already know veterans are popular requests. Of the remaining veterans, Ivysaur and Squirtle are iffy since they were previously combined with Charizard and we’ve already got Pokemon character DLC, Pichu was never really all that well liked, Snake is questionable due to Konami’s current status with Kojima, and Ice Climbers had technical difficulties. There was Young Link, but there’s little chance of a third Link being brought back.
If Nintendo has been working on six characters as the game data implies, Wolf is probably one of the last two, but who could be other one be? Probably either a cut newcomer, or perhaps they’re working on a popular new request. Regardless, since this data is in the game already and the ballot mostly will not be considered for six months, this data is likely in addition to whatever they have planned for the ballot, not INCLUDING the ballot. And seriously, there’s NO WAY they’ll hype everyone up with a ballot to vote for their favorite characters and ONLY include one character from it.
Odds are, we’ll probably get several characters from the Smash ballot. Especially since this leaked game data implies they’re working on several characters already, so they’d probably do the same with the ballot characters; work on several at once so its easier to manage. Granted, since most of these known DLC characters are veterans, some of whom are similar to existing characters, the ballot characters made later will definitely be fewer in number, but I do think we’d get at least three from the ballot.
With this new data we’ve found a lot of potential information out about the game. There’s a lot of mixed receptions, of course. Many immediately assume the worst, such as the more characters being developed pre-ballot means less ballot characters. I’m sorry, but I find that very unlikely. If anything, the more characters being developed pre-ballot increases the odds of several character’s being developed THROUGH the ballot.
Now, who will those characters be? King K. Rool and Isaac seem to be the frontrunners for Nintendo right now. I certainly hope the information we’ve seen online is accurate, as they’ve been my #1 and #2 most wanted Smash characters since the very start of speculation. As for third-party characters… I think Ryu establishes a trend; they have to be extremely iconic characters.
I really don’t see many DLC third-parties happening, and I only see a third-party happening through the ballot if they get a MASSIVE influx of support… and even then, a character like Banjo and Kazooie? Not in a million years. Nintendo would have to buy the franchise back, and odds are Microsoft will not sell it. Sorry, Banjo fans.
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Until next time, this is JaidynReiman, signing out.
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