There have been a lot of misconceptions in Smash, so I figured it would be fun to create a quick video addressing some of them. Sources for all of these can be found in this post. Let’s get started.
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1. Smash started off as an N64 game.
Did you know…that Smash 64 started out as a Nintendo 64 game? I mean, we have a picture of the original design document to prove it! Also the original title loosely translates as: Four-player Simultaneous Face-off No-Damage Battle Royale Fight. More misinformation can be found here.
2. Pit, Sigurd were NOT planned for Smash 64.
All of this information from a guy who lied on the Internet. Don’t trust anything anyone says, ever. (Except me — you can totally trust me!) Sources in the Definitive Unused Fighter List.
3. Wolf was NOT planned for Melee and Wario *almost* got in.
Just because Wolf looks like Fox in the opening cinematics does not mean he was actually planned for Melee. Ridley is in the opening scene and there was never a plan to make him playable in Melee either! Check your sources, as this information from that liar we mentioned previous. Sources in the Definitive Unused Fighter List
4. 3rd Parties do NOT need a Nintendo appearance.
Sakurai has stated, “Besides that, it might be something like a courtesy to include a character who has the experience of being on a Nintendo platform.” Therefore, characters do not need to be Nintendo characters to get in Smash. Proof? Cloud and Snake’s appearances are based largely on non-Nintendo games.Snake’s design inspiration can be found in the GDC Slide Translation. Cloud’s information can be found in the Nomura x Sakurai.
5. It’s not confirmed that Toon Sheik is Tetra in the Forbidden 7, it’s an assumption with no source.
Sheik and Tetra are two different characters with two very different stories. Therefore, Toon Sheik was most likely a toon version of Sheik, and not Tetra. No information has ever came out that hinted Tetra was planned for Brawl. Sources in the Definitive Unused Fighter List.
6. Sakurai doesn’t “hate” Ridley
Ridley has appeared in every Smash game sans the 3DS version! The only other non-playable character to get that honor is the bob-omb. Well, he did jokingly say in a Brawl interview that he didn’t like Meta Ridley (the boss fight at least).
7. Ice Climbers do not have a leftover chant in the Japanese version of 3DS.
The 3DS was released first in Japan which meant English speakers were watching. People incorrectly heard “Mura no ChouChou” as “Nana and Popo”. The Villager maintains the same crowd chant in the Wii U version, and is named correctly. Besides, chants are stored in character folders so it’d be pretty difficult for Ice Climbers’ chant to get mixed up with the Villager. Plus, Sakurai would have fixed that ASAP. Full writeup here.
8. The 4th Custom Information You Probably Know is a Lie
Most likely what you are thinking about is a glitch. Based on code dumps by Dantarion, it seems that the 4th Custom was scrapped fairly early in Smash for Wii U/ 3DS’ development. The full details can be found on Source Gaming.
9. Sakurai never said he was against fighting game characters.
This is a misquote. When looking at the interview I noticed that Sakurai was quoted saying the same exact sentence in two different places, with a start and an ending. When compiling the two quotes, Sakurai’s answer becomes:
When we are looking at candidates for new characters, we get a list of characters that people are interested in and we go through them with a fine-tooth comb. The biggest feature we look at in Smash Bros. is, what does this character bring to to Smash Bros. that other characters don’t? If you look at…someone from a fighting game already, and people like fighting with this character, from my point of view, it’s like ‘this guy does what this guy already does. He fills the role that this character already has.’ So while you may like this character and he’s interesting, that doesn’t really merge well here.
For more misquotes, check out this post and it’s sequel. There’s a lot of misquotes.
10. A lot of the alts in Smash 64 aren’t a direct reference to something. (Bonus for checking out the sources!)
Sakurai explained the meaning behind all the alts here.
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Mains: Yoshi (64), Game and Watch (Melee), Wario (Brawl), Wario/Pac-Man (Smash for 3DS/Wii U)