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“Abilities Unlike Any Other” – Sakurai’s Famitsu Column, Vol. 457

Note: Do not repost the full translation. Please use the first two paragraphs and link to this translation. For additional information, please read this post.

Hey there! Here’s a translation I threw together back when Sakurai first published his article on Robin and Lucina, reposted here for posterity. I’ve also included Sakurai’s own comments on the article from his latest book.
I’m currently hard at work translating some other really interesting content, so stay tuned!

Thoughts About Video Games, Vol. 457 – “Abilities Unlike Any Other”

We’ve just announced two new characters who will be joining the fray in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. One is Robin, the avatar from Fire Emblem: Awakening, and the other is Lucina, a swordswoman who plays an important role in the same title. I’ll skip over the details.

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Rhythm Heaven Mini Comic Translation, Parts 2 & 3

Hey there! Masked Man back for a quick little translation. As someone with an extensive musical background and a strong affinity for quirky games, I found myself immediately enamored with the Rhythm Heaven series the first time I played it at an arcade in Japan. To celebrate the JP release of Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (tomorrow!), the official site has begun posting a series of “the gang’s all here”-style comics. PushDustIn handled the first part, and I’m here to deliver the rest. Enjoy! Part 2: The Martian Returns
同窓会から…数日後。 Several days after the reunion…

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Sakurai on DLC: “It’s All About Making Players Happy”

Hey there! Masked Man here, bringing you a full translation of Based Sakurai’s latest article in this month’s Famitsu. He talks about DLC in Sm4sh, offering a little insight into how it came to be and what he and the team intend for the future. Enjoy!

Note: In the original article, red is used for emphasis. It was changed to blue to improve readability on the blog.


Famitsu, Vol. 477
“The Creator’s Hands Are Alive and Well!”

In the Users’ Eye section of this magazine, “Sm4sh for 3DS” was the top scoring game of 2014 with an average of 9.58! Personally, I’ve never seen such high marks before, and I would like to thank you for your incredible support.

As I have mentioned in this column, Smash is made up of the incredible hard work and sacrifice of myself and others. I, too, acknowledge, that developing the Smash games is the best way to satisfy the most players worldwide.

And that is precisely why we decided not only to distribute Mewtwo, but to also reintroduce Lucas, the protagonist of Mother 3, as a playable character. In other words, we plan to release premium DLC (downloadable content) for Sm4sh.

These days, the “DLC scam” has become quite the epidemic, charging customers extra money to complete what was essentially an unfinished product. I completely understand how aggravated players must feel. After all, a game should be 100% done at the time of release, and I would be livid if it were split up and sold in pieces.

Why, then, do you think so many titles provide premium DLC on or shortly following a game’s release? It’s because that’s the easiest way to make money.

After all, if you wait too long after a game’s release to distribute additional content, players will already move on to the next title. Even long tail titles–that is, ones that perform consistently well over an extended period of time–make more money the earlier they come out.

The same goes for Sm4sh. We could have easily reserved a few characters on the current roster and later sold them as premium DLC. A considerable amount of work went into development, and the game would have already featured a ton of content. Plus, if you were looking to make a profit, DLC would be the way to go. Development is more costly than ever, yet the price of games has remained the same, so more income would help offset that imbalance.

However, the DLC we are releasing for Sm4sh is authentic, developed only after we finished working on the main game. Of course, said content will come to you at a premium as compensation for the work put into developing additional content post-production. Nintendo has the final say on the price, but given the number of man-hours spent on the creation of this DLC, I’d say it’s a great deal.

We originally decided to create Mewtwo on the premise that we would distribute him as a special thanks to users who bought both versions of Sm4sh, but we realized a flaw in our logic. For example, in a family with several children, each child might have their own 3DS but share the same Wii U. If we were to only distribute Mewtwo to those who purchased both versions of the game, only one of the children could play with this new character on his or her 3DS. Thus, we decided to offer Mewtwo as premium content for other users as well.

Moreover, we decided to release other characters as well because part of the fun of Smash is the anticipation: “Which character will join the fray next!?” If we keep distributing content, we can maintain that excitement, and I think that’s a really great thing.

Our team may have shrunk in size, but I’m still just as excited as ever to be pouring my heart and soul into my work every day. Given the different types of content we’re producing, it wouldn’t be surprising for the planning of one item to coincide with the development, balancing, and finalization of several others. We also have version updates, online features, and additional modes to worry about. It can be quite overwhelming, but it’s all about making players happy.

Fighters take an incredible amount of work to develop, so I don’t think we’ll be able to produce that many. Part of me would also love to finish up the project and finally enjoy some rest and relaxation. That said, we’ve already begun development, so I would like to provide as much additional fun and excitement as possible from here on out. We’ll continue working for a little while longer, so please stay tuned!

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
On the morning of April 2nd, 2015, we announced our plans to release premium downloadable content for Sm4sh. We will be accepting suggestions for future fighters via the Super Smash Bros. official home page until October 3rd, 2015.

Lucas
The once-timid protagonist of Mother 3 first joined the fray in “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” for the Wii, and now returns braver than ever in Sm4sh! Like Ness, Lucas commands a wide array of PSI abilities like PK Fire and PK Thunder. His trusty friend Rope Snake also returns to lend a hand–er, tail–in a pinch!

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本誌のユーザーズアイで「スマブラfor 3DS」が2014年におけるトップスコアをとったとのこと。なんと、平均点は9.58点!!そんな数字、個人的には見たことがないですよ。おおくの支持をいただき、ありがとうございます。

「スマブラ」はとんでもない苦労をしてつくられていることは、このコラムでもお伝えしている通りです。私も、世界中でもっとも多くのお客さんを喜ばせるには、「スマブラ」を作ることがいちばんの手法であると自覚しています。

そんな折。「スマブラ for」の追加ファイターとしてミュウツーを配信するとともに「MOTHER3」の主人公”リュカ”を配信すると発表しました。つまりDLC(ダウンロードコンテンツ)を制作、追加販売するということです。

”DLC商法”なんて言葉が蔓延していますね。後からお金を払わなければならない収まりの悪さ。そのお客さんの気持ちはよーくわかるのですよ。本来は全部揃って100%のものを、切り売りされたらまらないですからね。

発売日や近い時期にDLCがある作品も多いですがばぜだと思いますか?それは、そうすうことがいちばん売れる手段だからです。

ゲーム発売後に時期を置いてから配信する場合、そのあいだにもお客さんはどんどんつぎのゲームに移っているわけです。ロングテール、つまり長き期間をかけて売れるものだって、最初から出ているほうが商機はより長いわけです。

「スマブラfor」だって、製品に入っているいくらのキャラクターを最初に出さず、DLCで販売することはできました。かかったコスト的にも内容的にも十分なものを備えていると思いますし、利潤を求めたらそうするに限る。いまの作品はコストがすごくかかるのに値段が据え置かれているので、メーカーとしても助かります。

しかし、「スマブラ」のDLCは正真正銘、本編開発終了から制作を開始しています。全力を注いでソフトを完成させた後、制作力、運営力を維持するために対価をいただくことになります。価格は任天堂で決められますが、かかったコストの割にはお得だと思います。

ミュウツーはもともと”両機種買った人へのサービス”を前提に制作を決定しました。ただ、これだと問題があります。例えばWii Uは家庭に1台で、3DSは兄弟でそれぞれ持っていることがあります。両機種へのサービスのみだと、Wii Uに1体、3DSに1体しかミュウツーを配れなくなり、兄弟で個別に遊べませんよね。なので、ふつうに購入もできるようにしました。

そして、以降のキャラクターを追加する理由ですが「スマブラ」はやはり何のキャラクターが参戦するのか、その思いを馳せるのが楽しいゲームなのですよね。配信があることで、その楽しみを持ち続けていられるのは、とてもよいことだと思います。

チームは縮小しているものの、わたしもテンションを落とさず、日々力を注いでいます。各コンテンツの完成時期の違いから、新しい企画と、制作や調整とマスターアップが同時にやってきます。パッチやオンライン系、追加モードもあるのでたいへんですが、これも世界のお客さんが喜ぶため。

ファイターの制作は非常に手がかかるので、そんなに多くは量産出来ないと思います。わたしも、ポロジュクトを終えてスッキリしたいと思いますし。しかし、一度取り組むと決めた以上、なるべく多くの楽しみを提供していきたいと思います。今後しばらく、がんばりますのでご期待ください!

大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズfor Nintendo 3DS/WiiU」のDLCに関する発表
去る4月2日早朝、任天堂による新作紹介放送、Nintendo Direct 2015.4.2にて世界同時に発表された。新たに追加参戦してほしいファイターについては、「スマブラ」公式サイトのて2015年10月3日まで募集している。

リュカ
ちょっびり気弱な「MOTHER3」の主人公。シリーズの前作にあたえう「大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズX」で新登場した。PKファイヤーやPKサンダーといった、PSI(超能力)とヒモヘビを駆使してたくましく戦う。

Famitsu Vol. 477

Smash DLC Japanese Ballot Translations

Greetings, fellow Smashers! I’ve read a fair number of Smash Ballot submissions in English, and it got me wondering what kind of things people in Japan were writing on their ballots. I picked out a handful of submissions I stumbled across online and translated them for you to read at your leisure. It’s interesting to see how many characters overlap with the Western submissions I’ve read. Likewise, there were also a few rather unusual character choices.

Without further ado, enjoy!

Name: Keita

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Character: Nono

Game: Fire Emblem Awakening

Reason: She’s my wife.

For better or for worse, this “waifu” justification isn’t terribly uncommon. I also couldn’t stand Nowi or Nono in-game, so I’m happy keeping them out of Sm4sh. #TeamGaius

Name: Maimai

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Character: Geno

Game: Super Mario RPG

Reason: I genuinely just want to see Geno come to life in beautiful HD. He also has a wide variety of moves, so I think he would be a really fun character to use.

I’ve browsed a fair number of tweets, and I’m pleasantly surprised to see so many people supporting Geno. (It’s also pretty surprising someone so much younger than me even knows who he is!)

Name: Bluedonbe02

Age: N/A

Gender: N/A

Character: Donbe

Game: Shin Onigashima (Part 2)

Reason: The game’s great music often overshadows its characters, but I’d really love to see Donbe in action.

Bluedonbe02 is correct: the game’s soundtrack is quite nice!

Name: Eiji

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Character: King K. Rool

Game: Donkey Kong Country 2

Reason: Sm4sh didn’t include very many heavy characters, and a big reason why I want K. Rool. If you base him off of his appearance in DKC2, he could turn invisible and stuff. He has a wide variety of moves available to him, so I think he’s definitely cut out for Smash, Mr. Sakurai!

There are a number of “weighty” characters, but in terms of “big and bulky” characters, I guess there really are only a handful in Sm4sh: Bowser, DK, Dedede, and Charizard.

Name: Schneid

Age: 99

Gender: Male

Character: Medicham

Game: Pokémon Series

Reason: First of all, when Medicham Mega Evolves into Mega Medicham, his attack power skyrockets higher than any other Fighting-type Pokémon—even Mega Mewtwo X! In the games, he can unleash a threateningly powerful High Jump Kick. In that sense, I think he naturally makes the perfect representative of the Fighting type. I would love to see him Mega Evolve for his Final Smash.

Secondly, even though Medicham earned a Mega Evolution, he is still unfortunately overlooked. His High Jump Kick proves ineffective against popular Ghost-types like Gengar and Aegislash. Even if you try to cover that weakness with other moves, Pokémon X & Y saw the incredible rise of Talonflame and its Gale Wings. As a result, Fighting-types saw a relative drop in popularity. Boasting massive attack power and nothing more, Mega Medicham was unable to compete against more nimble Fighting-types like Breloom. Instead, everyone reserved their valuable Mega Stone allotment for more powerful Pokémon like Mega Kangaskhan or Mega Gengar.

Thus, I would like you to let Mega Medicham enter the fray and enjoy the spotlight as the strongest character in Smash Bros., just like in the original games. Thanks!

His age is most likely a joke, but I suppose we can’t discount the possibility that Mr. Schneid is actually a seasoned Pokémon veteran.

Name: Azemeru

Age: N/A

Gender: Male

Character: Aeron & Elena

Game: Pandora’s Tower

Reason: They showed up as trophies in Sm4sh, and their game was recently re-released on the Wii U’s Nintendo eShop.

Interestingly, the game has yet to be released on the Nintendo eShop in the US. They announced it for EU, though, so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until the game is re-released in the States as well.

Name: Randorudi

Age: N/A

Gender: Male

Character: Inkling

Game: Splatoon

Reason: Even though the game has yet to be released, Nintendo’s new Splatoon enjoys considerable popularity and has a lot of support. Ever since the game’s reveal at E3 2014, people have been enchanted and impressed by its original gameplay (TPS-style paint wars), cool atmosphere, and unique character designs full of personality. The Internet is already full of fanart and music arrangements, and Club Nintendo has already begun releasing Splatoon goods. That’s why I’d like you to let the Squid (a.k.a. the “Inkling”) join the fray in Sm4sh. I think she (or he) would really shine in this massive collection of Nintendo characters. Please give it some thought!

Whether it’s as Sm4sh DLC or as a fighter in Sma5h, I have no doubt that the Inklings will be fighting alongside Nintendo’s best and brightest sooner or later.

Name: Wasako

Age: 10

Gender: Female

Character: Mega Kangaskhan

Game: Pokémon Series

Reason: She’s tough and really cool.

And super-broken! Even if Mega Kangaskhan did show up in Sm4sh, I’m sure she’d just get banned in that game, too.
Playful jesting aside, I can see mother and child working just like Rosalina & Luma.

Name: Lumaru

Age: N/A

Gender: Male

Character: Ryuta Ippongi

Game: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!

Reason: Yo! I want Ryuta Ippongi to fight in Sm4sh! He’s popular, he already has 3D animations, and I think he’d be perfect as a fighter or as an Assist Trophy!

Ouendan 2 on the Nintendo DS sold about 270,000 copies! Even though the Ouendan games were only released in Japan, the series is even popular overseas as “Elite Beat Agents”! Ouendan and the EBA appeared in Brawl as trophies!

You can see him pumping his fists in the DS game! From jabs to tilts to Smashes in all directions, he’s got all the right moves! For his special moves and his Final Smash, he could summon a meteor, call one of his teammates—anything! Not even a hunk of frozen space rock can keep him down: he’s unstoppable!

Hailing from Yuuhimachi, Ryuta is the leader of the esteemed Ouendan. His goal is to cheer on the people of the world, giving them the power to overcome any obstacles! That’s why I think he’d make a great Assist Trophy! He could be just like Victini! I want to see him cheer on the other fighters!

It’s been seven years, and people are still anxiously awaiting an Ouendan sequel! I’d be happy even if you just port his trophy from Brawl to Sm4sh! Please!

Even though he went way over the 500-character limit, this guy was easily the most passionate of all the posters I’ve seen this far. I suspect he might be the ouendan’s secret fourth member! Lumaru was also the person I found who actually wanted their favorite character to become an Assist Trophy.

Name: Ebijuu

Age: N/A

Gender: Male

Character: Gunvolt

Game: Azure Striker Gunvolt

Reason: I think Gunvolt would have a fighting style unlike any other combatant in Sm4sh. He could evade oncoming attacks using his Prevasion ability, hurl lightning rods at foes, and summon a Flashfield to shock enemies with a powerful electric attack. He could have an EP Gauge to power his electric abilities that gradually refills over time. Some of his attacks, like his Voltaic Chains, would be perfect for a Final Smash. It would also be cool if, instead of having the crowd cheer for Gunvolt, Lumen would start singing a song—just like in the game!

I had never heard of this game until I read this guy’s post, but it looks like your standard Inafune fare. Could be fun, though! Also, the last boss looks ridiculous in the most wonderful way possible.

Name: Gachou

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Character: Chrom

Game: Fire Emblem Awakening

Reason: I thought his treatment in Sm4sh was kind of overkill, especially since he’s a protagonist just like Marth and Ike. How come you let Robin and Lucina join the fray but not the main character?

Because they aren’t bland, blue-haired bladesmen like Chrom? Er, I mean… Moving on!

Name: Kelvin

Age: N/A

Gender: N/A

Character: Klonoa

Game: Klonoa Series

Reason: 1) The games have a special place in my heart.

2) Bandai Namco Studios helped with the development of Sm4sh.

3) His humorous nature and the action elements from his game would be a perfect fit for Sm4sh.

I’ve never played any of the Klonoa games, but his design is excellent!

Name: Pokémon & Puyo Puyo Lover

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Character: Lulu

Game: Madou Monogatari Puyo Puyo

Reason: 1) She’s cute and sexy.

2) She has a wide variety of physical attacks that would work very well in Sm4sh.

3) I want more female characters.

Since I know nothing about the Puyo Puyo games and failed to find any official English resources on the matter, I left out the names of all of Lulu’s special attacks in item #2.”

Name: Barney

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Character: Swampert

Game: Pokémon Series

Reason: Swampert can learn a plethora of different moves, including Surf, Waterfall, Rock Slide, Arm Hammer, Earthquake, Ice Beam, and Avalanche. His ability to adapt to a variety of situations matches perfectly with what Smash Bros. is about.

Moreover, there aren’t really any truly “heavy” Pokémon on the current roster, so I think he would bring something new to the table. Given that Swampert [Mudkip] is one of the first Pokémon you can choose in the latest games in the series, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, I think he’s also quite popular right now.

Just thinking about Swampert Mega Evolving and rampaging around the battlefield in Sm4sh gets me so excited. Please let him join the fray!

Doesn’t Charizard count as “heavy”? It doesn’t matter, though, because I herd Sakurai lieks Mudkipz better anyway.

Name: Meamea

Age: N/A

Gender: Female

Character: Fiora

Game: Xenoblade Chronicles

Reason: Although [spoilery stuff happens], Fiora bravely fought onward, not lamenting her fate. Of all the female heroines I’ve seen, she stands out as the most charming. If she ends up joining the roster, she would stand out from the rest by unleashing quick dual-blade attacks and utilizing a variety of Arts in combat. Her palette swaps could reflect various kinds of equipment, and her Chain Attack could bring Sharla and Melia into the spotlight… My imagination is running wild!

Honestly, I’d be happy if Sakurai just included all seven party members from Xenoblade as playable characters in Sm4sh. Since my beloved Dunban was relegated to the role of Mii Costume, however, I’ll take Fiora as a solid second choice.

Name: Akumyan

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Character: Snake

Game: Metal Gear Solid Series

Reason: (beginning is cut off), and Snake is no exception. In Smash Bros. Brawl, Snake boasted a unique playstyle and impressive firepower, and we can’t forget his fighter analysis codec conversations. He exuded appeal—and it’s precisely that sort of appeal that Sm4sh so desperately needs.

Given Kojima’s current situation and Nintendo’s relationship with Konami, I don’t think Snake’s chances are looking too great. Plus, I prefer the Kid Icarus: Uprising conversations anyway, but that’s a matter of personal taste.

Name: Tsuchihata

Age: N/A

Gender: Female

Character: Pete

Game: Harvest Moon

Reason: Since a non-combatant like the Villager from Animal Crossing joined the fray, I think it would be great to see another heartwarming character like Pete from Harvest Moon in Sm4sh, too! He could attack with a scythe, hammer, axe, and other farming tools. I also envision him ringing a bell to direct cows to ram opponents. He could even heal himself by cooking up a home meal, or weaken foes by feeding them a failed recipe. Instead of using his farming tools to drive away the pesky wild dogs that plague the farm, I’d love to see him use them to fight the other characters in Sm4sh!

Sakurai has already proven with Villager and Wii Fit Trainer that just about anyone can become a fighter, so why not Pete? I could see a lot of overlap with Villager’s moveset, though.

Name: Gum Guy

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Character: Ashley

Game: WarioWare Series

Reason: I know Ashley’s already an Assist Trophy, but I want to play as her! Even if it’s too late for her this time, at least promote her to a playable character in the next game!

Ashley’s AT in Sm4sh was already quite polished, so Sakurai and the gang could easily just use her model as is. Plus, that new gothic march remix of Ashley’s Theme feels like a waste without her on the battlefield!

Smash Reader Response Page 20: More-Than-Four-Player Smash, Dream Land Lyrics, Roster Size, Mr. Saturn, and Samus’ Voice

Greetings, everyone! Masked Man here, a.k.a. Kamennootoko, a.k.a. m@. PushDustin kindly invited me to help out with the translation and research effort at his lovely not-so-little site, and I immediately accepted! Given my work and social schedules, I foresee myself posting somewhat sporadically, but I hope to provide some Smashing insight via my translations! 🙂

So, without further ado, Page 20!


Y.K writes:
In Smash Bros. 2, please make it possible to fight with more than four characters at once.
できれば四人以上プレイできるスマブラ2を作って下さい

Unlike split-screen games, all four characters appear on the same stage at once in Smash Bros., which keeps the system from crashing. Pretty clever, huh? That said, any more than four characters would be too laggy on the N64, so it’s not gonna happen.
画面分割制などと異なり、キャラが増えても
システム的に破綻しないのは、
スマブラの企画のするどいところです。
でも、ロクヨンでは表示速度などの理由から
まずムリですけどね。

Li’l Dedede writes:
I-I can’t believe I’m saying this, but…I already voted twice. Ahhh, now Kirby’s got TWO points! I’m so sorry!

(Okay, I finished voting.)

By the way…do you like Ness? Well, do ya? Huh?
‘Cause if you do, then we’re enemies, and if you hate him, too, then we can be friends and hit up a café or something!

Oh, and you need to release Smash Bros. 2! (Are you taking a break or something!?)
And let Dedede fight this time! I want him! He’s my big brother!(?)
Give him to me! Pleeease!

All the fans and I are just dying for you to give us Smash Bros. 2! And if you don’t, then…uh…we’re gonna start a riot!

ど、どうしよう・・・。2回も投票しちゃった・・・。
これじゃあ、カービィに2点も入っちゃうよー!ごめんなさーい!
(投票は終わりました)

ところで・・・。あなた、「ネス」好きですか?
どうだね?んっ?もし好きなら きみは敵だ!
嫌いならきみは友達!喫茶店へいこう!

・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・
・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・。

「スマブラ2」を出して!(今の「間」は一体!?)
デデデを出せ!わたせ!よこせ!ちょーだい!
デデデは僕の兄だ!!(???)

僕や他のファンのみなさんが、こんなにも「スマブラ2」を
要求している!出さなきゃ・・・えーと・・・
暴動がおきるぞ!

…Judging from this post, I’d say it’s already begun.
・・・・・・。
この投稿がすでに暴動そのもの。

I.H writes:
Dude, Link is so cool! I’d do absolutely anything for him! Lol
Seriously, though, he’s awesome!And Kirby is just adorable! I love when he copies Captain Falcon and shouts “Falcon PUNCH!” It’s so cute! Whenever Kirby copies the Captain, I call him “Kirbyman,” lol.
(His “PK Fire” is pretty cute, too.)

It’s a bummer, though, because most of my friends don’t have the game. I don’t have anyone to play with…
I’m looking forward for Smash 2!

とにかくリンクがかっこいい!!
リンクのためなら何をしてもいい!(笑)

めちゃくちゃいいっス!!もう~~!

それと、カービィがぷりちー!!
ファルコンコピーした時の
「ファルコンパァーンチ!!」がかわいい!!
(P。Kファイヤーもかわいい)

ファルコンをコピーしたカービィを
「カービィマン」とよんでいる(笑)

私の周りにはスマブラを持ってる人があまりいないので
残念。バトルができない・・・(泣)

2の発売を楽しみにしてます!!

In that case, buy more copies of Smash Bros.! Do it for Link!
リンクのためならスマブラを買ってもいい!とか。

K.S writes:
Last night, I played Smash at a party with my friends, and we all had a ton of fun. I bought the game on its release, and I’m still playing it like crazy to this day.
No wonder the game still shows up on Top 10 lists!After checking this site, I decided to put all my effort into time trials. I’m gonna do my best, and I hope you do, too!

つい昨日、パーティーでみんなでスマブラやりました。
かなり、もえました。
発売日に買ったけど、未だにやりまくってます。

そりゃあ、まだランキングのトップ10に入ってる
わけだと思いました。

このページ見て、タイムアタックに燃えようと決心しました。
僕もがんばるので、がんばってください。

I think the “Top 10 lists” you’re talking about are sales charts. For those who don’t read game magazines, Smash was released about half a year ago, and yet it’s still selling quite well—all thanks to you! (There’s a flood of new titles coming this summer, though, so I don’t know how long this boom will last.)

この場合のランキングとは、
売り上げランキングのことだと思います。
そう、ゲーム雑誌など見ていない方には
わからないかもしれませんが、
スマブラは発売から半年近くになる現在も、
ロングランしている真っ最中です。
(そろそろ夏の新作ラッシュで危ないですが)
みなさんのおかげです。

Shoka writes:
I haven’t spent a ton of time with the game yet, but I realized that new players tend to choose Link. I haven’t heard of anyone who started out using Kirby. (…Well, except me.)

I’ve barely done any time trials. I’ve just done enough to unlock the secret characters.
I’ve been pretty busy playing Blast Corps… (I’m still at Rank 25.)

まだやりこむほどはPLAYしてないのですけど、
ちょっと気がついたことは、
初心者はリンクを選ぶ傾向が強いと思います。
初めてでカービィ使った人などどこにもいない・・・
(私はカービィ使ったのに)

タイムアタックはほとんどしてません。
(隠しキャラを出すためのみ)
ブラストドーザーの方があるから・・・(まだPt25個)

I don’t think that’s necessarily true. It seems like which character players start out with differs depending on their age.
そんなこともなかったみたいですよ。
年齢層によって、やっぱり最初に選ぶキャラは
異なってくるようです。

S.K writes:
It’s pretty uncommon for me to spend this much time with a single game. It’s a great, really well balanced game.
Here’s hoping it becomes a million seller!

こんなに、長くやっているゲームもめずらしいです。
すごくバランスいいし、よいゲームです。
目指せ!!100万本!!

The sales numbers you see in magazines are nothing more than estimates that inevitably differ from the actual number of copies sold. I’ve heard from publishers that it’s quite frustrating—and understandably so. It’s the same as if you got 100 on your test, but someone else went around telling everyone “that guy probably scored an 80.”
Also, as of a few months ago, we have already distributed over a million copies.
いちおう雑誌などに載っている本数は
あくまで予想本数であり、
実際の販売数とのずれがあってくやしいと
関係者の方からうかがったことがあります。
そりゃそうですよね。
テストで100点取って帰ってきたら、
「この人は80点だと思われる」と
他の誰かに公表されているようなものですから。
ちなみに、「出荷」100万本は数ヶ月前に越えています。

ASISOR writes:
My little brother is the only person I can play Smash with, but now that he’s busy studying for entrance exams, Sunday is pretty much the only time we get to play together.

He and I like to team up against two Level 9 CPUs. He thinks he’s way stronger than me, but I’d say we’re pretty evenly matched. Honestly, I might be a little better than him! Then again, I get unnecessarily excited every time I beat him, so maybe that’s why he thinks he must be a more formidable opponent than me.

I’ll never forget what my brother said the other day, though: “A CPU Fox puts up more of a fight than you.” I was devastated.

That’s why I’m going to keep practicing until I’m way better than a CPU Fox. I’ll make you eat those words, brother! Lol
Still, I’m so happy to have a game my brother and I can play together!

唯一の対戦相手である弟が受験戦争に突入してしまい、
最近日曜日くらいしかスマブラをやることが
できなくなってしまいました。

弟と私とレベル9のコンピュータ2人と対戦しています。
弟はまだまだ自分の方がうまいと思っているようですが、
実はどっこいどっこいだったりします。
私の方が少し強いかもしれません。

それでも弟が「自分の方が強い!」と思うのは、
私が勝ったときに、必要以上に喜ぶからでしょう。

……そう思っていたら、
先日弟に、「コンピュータのフォックスの方が強いね」と
言われてしまいました。凄くショックでした。

これからがんばって、コンピュータフォックスより
強くなってみせます。弟覚えてろよ(笑)。

姉弟仲良く遊べるゲームは最高です!!

Good luck with your training, big sis!
And good luck with your studies, little bro!
がんばれおねーさん!
がんばれ受験!

Pikachu writes:
I don’t know much about Smash. Tell me more.
スマブラのことあまりしりませんもっと情報を下さい

Um… Are you saying I haven’t already posted enough information on this website? Maybe you just mean about games in general.
うーん。このページの載っていることでは
不足ですか?
あ、たぶんゲームそのものの説明のことですかね。

D.Y writes:
I can’t beat Ness’s Board the Platforms. Teach me how!

Smash is such a well-made game. I play it almost every day at my friend’s house.
I’m looking forward to playing your next great game as well!

ネスの「台をのりついでいけ!」がクリアできません。
攻略法ぜひ載せて下さい。

ゲームの出来はすばらしいと思います。
ほとんど毎日友達のうちでやってます。

これからもいいゲームを期待してます。

I imagine you’re having trouble using Ness’s PK Thunder 2. (Check his page for an explanation.) You’ll need to use it about three or four times in that stage.
たぶんこの面がクリアできないのは、
『PKサンダー体当たり』ができないからではないでしょうか?
(カンタンな説明は、ネスのページを見てください)
空中でこれをやる必要があるところが、
3~4カ所ほどあります。

Rifa Takarayama writes:
I want a Smash Bros. video…hehe.
I apologize in advance for a long post!I’ve been really into Kirby lately. I even wrote lyrics to the music of Dream Land!

Floating, flying high / Soar across the clear, blue sky
Under fluffy clouds / And over the rainbow
On a sea of white / Floats an island shining bright
High up in the sky / An island full of dreams
(Hear the rustling of green leaves / Covering the great big tree)
Take a deep breath and let it out / Whispy Woods is blowing us to and fro
(Feel the strong wind rushing past you / Roaring like a hurricane)
Blustering through the trees, the wind whips by / The leaves are dancing do-si-do

…That’s all I’ve written so far, but I plan on finishing it someday. It fits the melody, so you can even sing along. The lines in parentheses are for the interludes, so you’d better sing those parts, too! Lol
I guess the lyrics are pretty different from the original setting of the Gourmet Race from Kirby Super Star, though.

I also want to write an opening theme. What do you think?
I’d love to have Kirby’s voice actress sing the song! Then again, Kirby’s pretty tone deaf, huh…

ビデオ…………ほしいでっす(苦笑)。
というわけでしつこく書き込んじゃって手間おかけしてます、
すみません。

最近更にカービィにはまってはまって……
プププランドのBGMに作詞しました~!

 晴れた空 青く広がり
雲うかぶ 虹のあいだ
白く澄んだ海青く広がり
島うかぶよ 夢のせて
(緑のざわめき 森の大木)
息を吹きかけて 風を起こしている
(大きな音立て 駆け抜ける風)
木のあいだすりぬけて
木の葉が舞い踊る

………まだここまで。いずれ完成させるつもりです。
歌えますよー、これ。

( )のなかのは、間奏です。間奏でも歌えって(笑)いう。
グルメレースとはかけはなれた歌詞ですけどね。
あとはOP曲で作りたいなあ。 いかがなもんでしょう?

カービィの声の方に歌って欲しい!

でも、音痴なんですよね、カービィ…

Wow! I’ve received a lot of submissions, but this is the first time anyone has sent in lyrics.
すごい。いろんな投稿がありましたが、
さすがに作詞ははじめてです。

K.T writes:
I want at least 50 characters! I’m sure the Dolphin* could handle it.
*working title for the GameCube
次回は50体以上!ドルフィン(仮)なら、可能なはず。

Not gonna happen. (It would take too much work and too much balancing.)
ムリ。
(作業量や調整量、という意味で)

T.F writes:
I’d love some strategies on how to beat X character with Y character.

I wonder if there’s more than just the time trials. I want to watch some matches! I read in a magazine that you were quite good, Mr. Sakurai, but I’d love to watch you play. I sure wish I could beat my friends as easily as you probably could…

このキャラでこのキャラに勝つには…。とかの
攻略をやってほしい。

プレゼントはタイムアタックだけなのか気になる。
対戦のビデオが見てみたい。

某雑誌で読んだけど、桜井さんってそんなに強いの?
腕前を見たいなぁ。(^^ゞ友達にあっさりと勝ってやりたい…。

Well, there are 12 characters…times 12 is…144 matchups. Yeah, I’ll pass.
組み合わせ的に12×12で144。
断念しました。えぇ。

J.H writes:
I’m really enjoying Smash, but personally I wish you would have included Mr. Saturn instead of Jigglypuff. They have the same shape. I think it would work!

There have been a lot of great games coming out on the N64 lately. There are so many great games that my wallet is having a hard time keeping up! In a way, it’s a lucky problem to have.

I’m also playing Pokémon Snap right now. I hope you release a Smash 2 someday, but I’d appreciate it if you would wait a little while before you do. After all, the longer I have to wait for a game to come out after it’s announced, the more anxious and exhausted I become.

I’m sure it takes a lot of hard work and suffering to create a game this fun, but I hope you’ll continue to make even more exciting games in the future. I’m rooting for you!

スマブラ楽しく遊んでます。

個人的にはプリンより どせいさん を出して
欲しかったです。骨格も一緒でイイと思うし。

最近、任天堂64のソフトが定期的に発売されて
面白そうなソフトばかりなので
ちょっと前のことを思うと贅沢な悩みで悩んでます。
お金がつづかないよ。

もちろんポケモンスナップも楽しんでます。
スマブラ2もぜひ出して欲しいけど
ほどよい 間隔を空けてお願いします。

発表があってから長いと期待が大きいあまり
疲れちゃうんですよね。

これだけ面白いソフトを作るのは
逆にそれだけ大変な事が隠れていることが多いと思いますが、
これからも肌触りのいい
良いソフトをお願いしますね。応援しています。

Mr. Saturn doesn’t have any hands, and it would be pretty difficult to come up with 15 different normal attacks just using his feet and nose. (And their shapes aren’t as similar as you think.) We planned on including Mr. Saturn as an item, but that didn’t end up happening.
どせいさんには手がないので、基本技(15種ぐらい)を
足や鼻だけでやるのは、ムリがあります。
(骨格も相当ちがいます)
なので、アイテムとして出す計画もあったのですが、
これもまた流れていってしまいました。

N.H writes:
My friends and I stay up all night playing Smash two or three times a week. We have so much fun! Right now, we’re doing 10-stock matches using only Bob-ombs.

All of us are really looking forward to Smash Bros. 2. We wish you the best of luck with its development!

スマッシュブラザーズで週に2・3回
友達と徹夜してっます。
めちゃ燃えてます!

今はアイテムをボム兵オンリーでやってます
(ストック制10機)

みんなスマッシュブラザーズ2を
心待ちにしています

ではスマッシュブラザーズ2製作を頑張って下さい。

Staying up all night two or three times a week can’t be very good for your body. Don’t overdo it, kids…
週2~3回徹夜は、
さすがにカラダに悪そうな気がします。
ほどほどに・・・。

Bobako Tanaka writes:
Super Smash Bros. is the best! …But there’s just one thing.
How come Samus doesn’t have a voice actress?
I wanted to hear Samus call out and taunt people in a sexy female voice. I was really looking forward to it, which is why I’m so sad she doesn’t say anything.
(But seriously, everything else is amazing! I’m already dying for Smash 2!)

Also, there are a number of titles that I first learned about through Smash. The problem is that, even though I want to play them, many of them are pretty hard to find. It would make me really happy if you could re-release or remake the games all the Smash fighters appeared in!
(Maybe you could put together a bunch of hit titles into some sort of Nintendo Collection… Then again, that might be pretty hard.)

最高です。でもあえて言うなら、
どうしてサムスには声優さんがついてないんですかーっ???

大人っぽい女性の声で掛声かけたり
挑発したりしてほしかったんですよぅ。
楽しみにしてただけにここだけは悲しかったです。
(でもあとは最高!!!スマブラ2熱烈希望!!!)

あとはスマブラをやってから興味を持った
ソフトとかが結構あるんですが、
今となっては手に入りにくいのがたくさんあります。

だからスマブラに出演したキャラクターの
出てるソフトは再版あるいはリメイクとか
やってもらえたら嬉しいです。

(往年の任天堂の名作を集めて
任天堂コレクションとか…無理かなぁ…)

Metroid’s original developers requested that Samus not speak, so I just did as they told me. Even if they release a new Metroid game, I don’t foresee Samus talking that much in the future, either.
これは、サムスのオリジナル制作者側からの
意向であり、それをくみ取った結果です。
なので、新しいメトロイドが出ても、
サムスはあまりしゃべったりしないでしょうね。