We were all a little shocked and surprised to see that Cloud from the Final Fantasy series is a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. There’s been a ton of amusing reaction videos posted onto YouTube, but what did the Japanese think to Cloud’s inclusion to the diverse roster? Well, the Legends of Localisation browsed Twitter and 2Chan to find out what a small sample of Japanese consumers thought!
- Cloud doesn’t match Nintendo, shoulda gone with Bartz, though I doubt he’d be popular
- If they’re gonna put Cloud in there, I think they should really put in popular characters from Famicom and Super Famicom games that were pillars of those systems.
- Someone like Goemon, or Goemon, or Goemon…
- Or maybe no kids these days know who Goemon is?
- I’m SO happy the Advent Children outfit is in there
- Should’ve waited to put him in the next game
- Can’t wait for the FF7 remake!
- At this point they’ll throw anything into Smash
- Oh yeah, I NEED his amiibo
- They should just make Smash like LoL where it’s free to play and you can pay to get more characters
- that’s all
- His up-smash seemed really weird
- Is this a hint that the FF7 remake’s gonna be on the Wii U too?
- Honestly, all I can think is, “So?” In the end, they’re just trying to extend the life of the game by adding characters afterward.
- Regardless of sales totals, if this is what we can expect from our games now, then the 3DS is done for.
- Is there something wrong with extending the life of a game? I don’t see the problem in trying to let a game sell for a long time alongside new games that come and go.
- Cloud dressed up like a girl would be adorable…
- So what?
- Sony fanboys gonna go crazy!!!
- Please, Square-Enix! Put Geno in too!
- Go back to PlayStation!
- Cloud’s been on Nintendo systems before:
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (GBA)
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (DS)
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS)
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS)
Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS)
- Cecil would’ve been better
- Looks like Link
- Why now?
- I loved FF7 so I’m glad that Cloud’s going to be in the game. But I guess nobody else here feels that way…
- If Cloud’s in, Tifa can’t be far behind. Am I the only one who thinks that?
- I’ve honestly never played a single Final Fantasy game
- Way too many male characters. We need more female characters, it’s getting way too unbalanced!
- Snake, Sonic, and Rockman were all on Nintendo systems at some point, so they make sense. But Cloud…?
- Nintendo has finally broken its limit
- I suspected that they were going crazy with these new characters… and yep, I was right!
- It’s not THAT surprising – he was in two 3DS Theatrhythm games after all
- I’m amazed this didn’t get leaked first
- Between Pac-Man, Rockman, Sonic, Ryu, and Cloud, the game’s really gained an incredible “All-Stars” aspect
- If they’re gonna add new characters, someone like Jibanyan or a squid would’ve been a more exciting choice, I think. But FF7 is REALLY popular with foreigners, so it’s probably an attempt to appeal to them.
- Square-Enix must be hurting financially
- I think there are plenty of Wii U and 3DS gamers who’ve played FF7 before.
- As a fan, I also love that the Advent Children outfit is an option. They really get it.
- Smash’s popularity aside, I’m sure there are people who will be glad that Cloud’s going to be in it.
- As always, the Internet filth of Japan gives a coldhearted response.
- You should at least accept that Cloud’s in the game mostly for foreign gamers. The fact he’s in the game shows that your opinions mean almost nothing anyway.
- I wish they’d put FF7 and Saga Frontier on the Virtual Console… but I guess that’s never gonna happen
- He represents their betrayal of Nintendo though
- I opened the article, hoping to just take a quick peek… but man, nothing beats FF7’s music!
- The music and the sample footage got me pumped up! I can’t wait to buy it now!
- Is Sephiroth in the works?
- I won’t play him if his controls are bad
- People still care about Cloud that much? He’s old news to me.
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Black Friday is fast approaching and we’ve covered a number of the deals that will be available to US consumers. We have now learnt that Walmart is apparently selling The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS for $25 each. So if you’ve yet to pick up these fantastic games then be sure to pay Walmart a visit on Black Friday or visit the website.
Thanks to Jason for the tip
Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai recently took to his column in Japanese gaming publication Famitsu to discuss a fighting game mechanic known as “Hitstop”. Hitstop is when two characters are face to face and hit each other at precisely the same time causing both characters to momentarily freeze. If you’re interested in reading more about this mechanic and how it is deployed in Super Smash Bros you can read the full article, here.
“As a game designer myself, I’d like to use this column to talk about game design every so often. For this entry, I want to focus on hitstop.”
“Hitstop” is a term used to describe a technique employed primarily in fighting games. When you strike the opponent, both parties momentarily freeze, emphasizing the power of impact. It’s a crucial effect.”
“Hitstop features most prominently in 2D fighters. Every time you land an attack in games like Street Fighter and Guilty Gear, the characters appear to stop in place. In games like Tekken and Virtua Fighter, however, you don’t see much hitstop. Perhaps it isn’t very compatible with 3D fighters.”
“Games in the Dynasty Warriors series don’t employ much hitstop, either, probably because you attack large groups of enemies at once. If the action stopped every single time you landed an attack, you would likely end up frozen for a long time, reducing the overall game speed. Conversely, when you get bit by a Shellcreeper in the original Mario Bros., you and the enemy both freeze, and Mario falls off the screen. This sort of effect could also be considered hitstop in a broader sense of the word.”
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The long-awaited Falco amiibo is out on November 20th in the UK and US and YouTuber NintenDaan has managed to get his hands on the lucrative amiibo figure. If you are interested you can watch Daan unbox the final Super Smash Bros themed amiibo in the video, above. You can pre-order the figure from Best Buy and the Nintendo UK Store. If you’re in Mexico you can get it via Blockbuster.
A Super Smash Bros and Splatoon Wii U 32GB Deluxe bundle has been spotted in the recent Meijer’s Black Friday advert. The latest bundle from Nintendo is sure to be a hit with consumers if it is priced correctly in the Black Friday sales. At the moment the Meijer’s advertisement has it listed for $249.99, but hopefully other retailers will be selling it at a more lucrative price point. Guess we shall have to wait and see!
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The data miners have been hard at work on the recently released Super Smash Bros patch and have uncovered a few secrets. There are opening slots for three new characters and also 4 (2 Ω, 2 norm) stage slots, an increase of one each. However, it’s unclear from the data whether or not the Pirate Ship took two places. It should also be noted that the Super Smash Bros ballot ends tomorrow.
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Wayforward has started asking fans if they would vote for Shantae to get her included in Super Smash Bros on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. In an email to backers Half-Genie Hero Director Matt Bozon has told fans that independent polls have put Shantae near the top with regards to the list of contenders for Super Smash Bros. Bozon admits that having Shantae in Super Smash Bros would give the character a much-needed boost and would secure the success of future Shantae titles. Will you be voting for her to appear in Super Smash Bros on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS?
We’ll have a full Shantae: Half-Genie Hero update for you VERY soon! But in the meantime we’ve got a special message from Half-Genie Hero Director Matt Bozon:
Hey Shantae fans! I hope you don’t mind my hijacking today’s Backer Update. But with only a few days left in the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot, it seemed like a worthy cause. First, we’d like to say thank you to everyone for voting to include Shantae’s in the Super Smash Bros. series. Numerous independent polls have placed her near the top of the list of hopefuls! We don’t have any idea how these votes will be categorized and put to use, but any way you slice it this is great news for Shantae. Even being recognized as a contender will help with the future success of Shantae games. So thank you very much for choosing her!
If you’ve yet to cast your vote, or know someone who would like to see Shantae added to the Smash roster, please use the links below! As backers, you’re over 20,000 people strong. So you can make a real impact over the next few days. Just please remember that win or lose, it’s all for fun! We’ve had a lot of fun speculating, making concepts, and sharing ideas with you. Good luck and keep voting!