Featured Comments and Responses #2

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Like I stated lasted week, I’m looking to bring more exposure to the great comments we get on the site.

This roundup covers January 9th-15th (Japan time).



This is certainly an interesting subject to investigate, and one that’s very appropriate as the latest installment finishes development. Do we have it “good” with Sakurai? This is something I look forward to discussing with you guys in the coming months.


amiibo figures are pretty addictive. I had to set boundaries before it got out of control.

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This is how a lot of people feel, so I felt like it warranted a feature. It’s important to remember that everyone have different levels of expectations, different wants and care about different things. Personally, I think Smash’s overall roster does a great job pandering to a wide range of people, but at the risk of not making particular groups of people thrilled.

Custom Robo is a series that I really need to play. Especially since I live in Japan and have Japanese Nintendo consoles, I don’t really have an excuse.  SG Choice #13 — Dormant Nintendo Franchises


Magicant is easily one of, if not my favorite stage on the 3DS. It’s a well made stage, and it feels perfect.


I think it is time to move on, and to accept the final roster. In the end it’s a very impressive roster — one that arguably outdoes all of the other fighting and crossover type games. It has a ton of star-power to it, and covers a lot of bases.


I think that Final Smash would be a great idea. However, I disagree with your version of Impa. Impa has had a lot of varying appearances in Zelda (old women, aunt, ninja, etc) and none stick out as the “true Impa” (The OoT one is probably the most popular, with Skyward Sword being a close 2nd). This makes it difficult to 1. select an Impa and 2. be accurate to her history.


WARNING: Opinion time:
Ganondorf was really popular in the If There Was a Smash 2 Poll and yet…he wasn’t chosen. I feel that the reason he did get into Melee was only because of his clone status. Maybe Sakurai had problems imagining a moveset for him, based on OoT alone? Also, Ganondorf (not Pig Ganon) was unproven when Melee was being made — he didn’t come back in Majora’s Mask, and he was dropped in the Oracle games (Would need to match up the development dates to see if they coincided). The future seemed bleak, so he might not have fit the bill to be an all-star to be on chosen for the base roster.  Of course by the time Brawl rolled around, Ganondorf had his Twilight Princess, Four Swords and Wind Waker appearances which would have fleshed out the character more. But his appearance in Melee might have nudged the developers to include him in the other games. So…it’s very difficult to tell if he would’ve been better off waiting for Brawl as the character could have died too.

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  1. I’m sorry, but the sheer entitlement of that one anonymous post is astounding. Opinions they may be, but they should at least be backed up with more than “because it’s what I want”.

  2. Capcom is full of people that loves trolling their fans for trolling’s sake xD (Sakurai did it sometimes… but mostly are Fake-outs… Otherwise the “lies” are misinterpretations).

    We’re okay with most of the selections in the Base Game and the DLC (with only some exceptions like Corrin because they “fit” one of the our personal choices “niches”)… Otherwise I saw the game and I think it has a incredible roster (heck… Who could imagine a character like Cloud in a Nintendo Game?). But I understand the people’s hate (specially for Corrin), and… while Bayonetta always have a strong niche fandom… Their Smash Support usually was outclassed for other characters (Like… you know… a green reptile with armor).

    Finally… I want to make a question about the last post… If Ganondorf doesn’t appear in Melee?… Do you think that the Zelda’s “representation” would be still the same other wise (Link, the younger Link, Zelda and Sheik)? Ganondorf could be forget across the time like other characters that doesn’t appear in the “correct time”?

    1. I wonder if Ganondorf didn’t appear in other Zelda games, if we would have a villain rep from Zelda. It’s nice to have the full Triforce represented, but without a character the lends itself to fighting games, it’d be difficult to represent. I think Ridley and Pig Ganon are in the same camp. We just need a humanoid Ridley so we can have him playable in Smash.

      Smash can very much save characters. It’s very much the case with Roy, who has several appearances thanks to Smash.

  3. Hmmm…well, if that’s the case, then I guess Impa’s inclusion is rather impossible at any rate then. I really liked how Impa was improved as a ninja in both Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword (and Hyrule Warriors since that game was using the Skyward Sword’s design) and was curious how she would be like to be in Smash, but I guess that’ll be a hope dropper for now.

  4. That Ganondorf opinion is pretty plausible. That said, while I don’t like Ganondorf as a clone, and most likely will only enjoy him for his moveset and not how it’s attached to Ganondorf per se, I hope that one of these days we can at least get the pig form, Ganon, into Smash as playable somehow. His pig form is more recurring in the Zelda series anyway, and has quite a bit of room to stretch when it comes to moveset possibilities, using his trident, fire bats, teleportation, and other sorcery.

    It’s getting less and less likely that it will ever happen, however. If Ganondorf keeps using his pig form as his Final Smash then that’s one obstacle, and another is that Sakurai may feel that just having Ganondorf in Smash as is is fine by him, so no other interpretation of Ganon would be considered for future inclusion. That, and we don’t know if Ganon will be used in future Zelda games enough to be considered next time anyway.

    That said, I’ve also accepted the final roster. I think it’s easiest to enjoy Smash by realizing that as much as it attempts to cater to certain fans, it won’t ever be a “perfect” crossover (fans have wildly different definitions of what counts as a “perfect” roster or not, regardless), but it will nonetheless come out as a wonderful and amazing crossover. While I imagine that it is pretty sad for a lot of people that Smash 4 didn’t include a lot of long-time fan wants like Brawl did (if we ignore third-parties, veteran wants, and the DLC, the only long-time fan-wanted Nintendo characters Smash 4 added were Villager, Little Mac, Bowser Jr. and maybe the Duck Hunt Duo–the rest were very recent Nintendo characters), this is still a game that brings together fans of so many different genres, series, art styles, and time periods across Nintendo’s history (and great third-party guests, even if I still miss Snake) that it’s practically bursting at the seams with celebratory content. Platformers, action games, RPGs, tactics, adventure, shooters, simulations – Mario, Kirby, Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Zelda, Star Fox, Animal Crossing – cartoony, anime-style, colorful, gritty, reserved, flamboyant – the old, the new, the popular, and the obscure – it’s all still here. It’s debatable and arguable whether every part of this crossover was “treated well” or if others “deserved better” (I have my own misgivings, Ganondorf obviously one of them), but overall Smash 4 does a terrific job bringing together so much and general making it well-done.

    Even with my own problems with the game, both in the roster and beyond it, I still enjoy the game for what it is, and I suggest that other people with problems and concerns with Smash 4 should try to move past it and try to enjoy at least some part of Smash 4 that still appeals to you. I find it hard to believe among complainers that literally nothing about Smash 4 catered to them, when I see a huge, HUGE breadth of content from across Nintendo’s history. If I ignore third-party characters and DLC, I only really enjoyed Greninja and the Duck Hunt Duo as newcomers I personally hoped for and while that’s a small slice of the pie, it’s still a delicious slice for me, personally. Even if I’m not particularly attached to the other newcomers I can still have a blast with their movesets, and look forward to trying out Corrin purely for their moveset even if I feel that their inclusion was “too early” (which is another debatable issue) and that I wished other newcomer Nintendo characters made it alongside Corrin. So I feel that people who are still complaining should try to just enjoy whatever inclusions they did want and eventually got and to just try to see positives in stuff they didn’t want.

    No, this is not completely admonishing Sakurai, or the rest of the Smash 4 team. This post was merely a PSA to let some of the negativity go and just enjoy what good things Smash 4 DID deliver on, for those people that weren’t completely satisfied. There’s just so much to like, those likable parts might as well be enjoyed.

    If you read this whole post, congratulate yourself with a cookie. I wrote perhaps too much, haha.

  5. I think PushDustIn’s disagreement with my idea of Impa’s inclusion really snapped me out of it. The reason why I was so into the whole “Impa’s inclusion” was probably because of Hyrule Warriors. Since Impa’s inclusion of becoming a playable character in that game, I did see some people liking her a lot for how she fights in that game, including me. And after the game’s release and during Smash 4’s production, there was this fake rumor that Impa might join Smash 4 alongside with K.Rool, Ridley, Mach Rider, etc. Although it was meant to be a fake rumor from 4chan, choosing Impa in that roster was so odd to me back then, and I was blinded by that idea for a long time. But to speaking of it, I just remembered that Impa didn’t have much any actions on fighting throughout the series like the main Triforce trio did, and it wouldn’t make sense using Hyrule Warrior’s Impa because that game is licensed by Koei-Tecmo and the game is meant to be non-canon from the actual series, and just as PushDustIn said, there is no “true Impa” yet since there’s so many various forms and roles of Impas out there than Link and Zelda. Much more, although I’ve heard of many people wanted Impa to join in the west, I’ve never heard of such same call in Japan as I think she wasn’t even that popular enough to choose for. And if anybody were choose someone from the Zelda series, then it would’ve been Toon Zelda than Impa.

    And if that’s the case, then I think this would be a good timing that I should give up on Impa as there’s no chance for her inclusion due to her lack of actions and no “true form” of hers. Thank you PushDustIn for waking me up from such illusion that I was wandering around for too long. You have saved me once again.

    1. I didn’t mean to destroy your hope for the character! I support 9-Volt for Smash! You shouldn’t give up hope, it’s always good to dream!

  6. Funny enough, I have a comment on *your* comment on Ganondorf’s inclusion, because it reminded me of something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. The characters in Smash are obviously influenced by the games they come from, but I always wonder if their own series end up being influenced by Smash in turn. For instance, would we have Pokken Tournament today if Pikachu and Lucario didn’t appear first in Smash? I use those two as an example because I can’t remember the current roster for Pokken Tournament, and if it shares any other characters who first appeared in Smash.

    Kid Icarus: Uprising is an obvious example. Sakurai must have seen potential in the franchise, as he not only included a character who hadn’t had a game in a long time (to my knowledge), but gave him a huge update to his design. I can only guess that his positive reception in Brawl led to the development of Uprising, but maybe I had it backwards. Maybe Sakurai had Uprising planned all along, and used Brawl to gauge the consumer’s interest in the character. Who knows? All I know is that Uprising in turn inspired new moves for Pit, as well as the introduction of two new characters for Smash 4, so there’s an interesting dynamic going on between that game and the Smash series.

    There was another example I had for this train of thought, but I can’t seem to remember it right now. I’d love to hear what other people think on the subject though; does Smash have the ability to influence the series that make it? There are times when I think that each series represented in Smash just continues on as if Smash never happened, but there are small things I find here and there in other series that make me think otherwise. Now that I’ve written this much about it off the top of my head, I actually want to go and research it now to see if I can find more evidence.

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