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The End of Smash DLC

Ryu, Roy and Lucas have finally joined the battle! Many fans were surprised to see all three characters released at the same time. Everyone immediately became excited with the idea that DLC will continue to be pumped out for “Smash for 3DS/Wii U” until Sakurai’s arms really do fall off. Today, I’m here to crush those dreams, and offer a much more realistic view of Smash DLC. I’m so sorry.

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“The Act of Balancing” Sakurai’s Famitsu Column vol. 480

Today, Source Gaming is bringing you the full translation of Sakurai’s latest Famitsu column, “The Act of Balancing”. This is brought to you by the efforts of Masked Man, Soma, X Kan from Kantopia and myself.The reason I brought on so many people for this translation is because I’m fully aware that this is a controversial topic within the Smash community. Furthermore, I wanted multiple opinions on word choices to ensure the best possible translation. Special thanks to かるび on Twitter for the scan.
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Does Lucas DESERVE to get into Smash?

I was listening to the GameChap’s discussion on Lucas, “Super Smash Bros LUCAS DLC – Does He DESERVE a Slot? (Wii U)” and decided to post my own thoughts on the matter. I have some issues with GameChap and Bertie’s argument that I would like to explore. I’ll skip over the fact that they called Ike a clone, because that’s way too easy.

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Smash 4 DLC: The Case for the Prince of Persia

That logo is definitely in the background.  What’s he trying to jump over here?

Character Background: The Prince of Persia is not a single character, but rather a group of eponymous princes that players take control of in order to navigate through a magical world inspired by Middle Eastern folklore.  Every iteration of the Prince is known for his fluid motion, extreme agility, and penchant for swordplay.  Perhaps the most famous version of the Prince, the one that made his debut in 2003’s The Sands of Time, is also known for his ability to control the flow of time itself through the use of a mystical dagger.

The Prince of Persia franchise, debuting in 1989, consists of over a dozen titles that have sold over 20 million copies combined.  Originally developed by Brøderbund, the rights to the game were acquired by Ubisoft in 2001. The 2D entries into the series pioneered a genre known as “cinematic platformers.”  Games in this genre are characterized by the realistic movements of their protagonists (often through the use of rotoscoping techniques.)  Other well known cinematic platformers include Oddworld, Blackthorne, and Flashback.


Nothing quite like wall running and precision platforming while using that GameCube Analogue stick.

Reasons for inclusion: As mentioned in the Rayman article, Ubisoft and Nintendo have a long history as collaborators.  Ubisoft is arguably Nintendo’s strongest source of Western third party support, and the Prince himself has a strong Nintendo legacy of his own.  The first game in the series, simply titled Prince of Persia, was originally released on the Amiiga but quickly found its way onto both the NES and SNES.   Every main line entry into the franchise since then, with the exception of 2010’s Prince of Persia reboot and 1999’s Prince of Persia 3D, has appeared on a Nintendo home console.  In addition to this, the franchise has also released several games as hardware exclusives on Nintendo handhelds.

As a brand, Prince of Persia is a very well known commodity.  The game series was adapted into a major motion picture by Walt Disney Pictures in 2010.  The film set out to be the “next Pirates of the Caribbean,” but unfortunately fell far short of that lofty goal.  The film was a critical failure (it currently sits at a 36% “rotten” rating on RottenTomatos.com,) but it did manage to earn a worldwide gross of $335,154,643.  That number is enough to make the Prince of Persia the highest grossing video game adaptation of all time.  The commercial success of the movie, as well as the wide variety of movie merchandise and tie-ins created for it, give the Prince a notoriety far beyond that of most video game characters.

You know who doesn’t have his own Lego set?  Sonic.  +1 to the Prince.

Reasons for exclusion:  Many of the general issues that affect Rayman’s chances also adversely affect the Prince.  Chief among them is the somewhat strained relationship between Ubisoft and Nintendo.  Still, the two companies remain on friendly terms and there is no reason to think that a deal could not be worked out if the demand is there.  The other main point is that the Prince is a character created by a Western game studio.  The only character of this type to make it into Smash as of yet is Diddy Kong.


16-Bit Prince looks like Toad.  If that doesn’t make Nintendo fans want him, I don’t know what will.

The Prince himself is also known to use realistic weaponry, such as daggers and swords, in his game.  This is likely not a huge issue.  Many of the characters that are already playable in the Smash Bros. series are sword users, and his daggers are far removed from most real world knives due to their ornate design.

The series has largely been supplanted by Assassin’s Creed in recent years, another game that focuses on an agile protagonist with many Middle Eastern themes.  These games are still quite different from the Prince’s games, though, and Ubisoft has expressed interest in revisiting the Prince of Persia franchise in the future.

Music

What is Smash Bros. without music? Here are a few tracks you can look forward to if the Prince of Persia makes it in.

All the Music Currently On the Smash Bros Wii U Disc (Europe)

Masked Man and I parsed the music file (sound.msbt) located on the Smash Brothers Wii U game disc (European, English language). Here’s some information, which you can skip: Sound.msbt is divided into a couple of main sections. The first two sets are the track listings. One is possibly used on stage, and the other is possibly used for My Music. Without the ability to mod the game, it’s difficult to say 100%. Afterwards, credits are listed, then copyright data, game source, and voice clips for the characters. Some tracks do not have credits, these are left blank in the table below. Interestingly, even the order of the voice clips follows the series order, which is further evidence that the list was either made very late in production, or scrubbed before release. Sound.msbt does not include the actor credits for the voices. For other stuff pulled from the Disc, check out the Data Discoveries here on Source Gaming.

We have uploaded the list for the convenience of the community. In it, it gives arrangement credits for potentially upcoming or cut music tracks such as the amazing Mario Paint medley and the Nintendo Shop Channel track. So pick one the tracks below, and enjoy the list. If you notice any errors, please leave us a comment below so we may fix it.

Music, Credit and Game Source:

Track Names: Credit: Game Source:
Battlefield Composition Supervisor: Keiki Kobayashi Original
Menu (Melee) Arrangement: Motoi Sakuraba Super Smash Bros.Melee
Final Destination Arrangement Supervisor: Torine Original
Menu (Melee): Ver.2 Arrangement Supervisor: Nobuko Toda Super Smash Bros.Melee
Master Hand Arrangement Supervisor: Linda AI-CUE Original
Master Core Arrangement Supervisor: Linda AI-CUE Original
Super Mario 3D Land Theme/Beach Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Jesahm Super Mario 3D Land/Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 3 Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Shota Kageyama Super Mario Bros.3
Athletic Theme/Ground Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Yusuke Takahama New Super Mario Bros.2
Ground Theme/Underground Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Tetsuya Shibata Super Mario Bros.
Rainbow Road Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Ryo Watanabe Mario Kart 7/Mario Kart DS/Mario Kart:Super Circuit
Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 7) Mario Kart 7
N’s Castle Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Shota Kageyama Pokémon Black/Pokémon White
Battle! (Reshiram/Zekrom) Arrangement Supervisor: Atsuko Asahi Pokémon Black/Pokémon White
Battle! (Trainer Battle) (Pokémon X/Pokémon Y) Arrangement Supervisor: Yuzo Koshiro Pokémon X/Pokémon Y
Gerudo Valley Arrangement Supervisor: Rio Hamamoto The Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time
Ocarina of Time Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Michiko Naruke The Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time
Full Steam Ahead (Spirit Tracks) Arrangement Supervisor: Michiko Naruke The Legend of Zelda:Spirit Tracks/The Legend of Zelda
Main Theme/Underworld Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Hideki Sakamoto The Legend of Zelda
Green Greens Ver. 2 Arrangement: Masashi Hamauzu Kirby’s Dream Land
Tortimer Island Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Masafumi Takada Animal Crossing:New Leaf
Kapp’n’s Song Arrangement Supervisor: Shohei Tsuchiya (ZUNTATA) Animal Crossing:New Leaf
Id (Purpose) Fire Emblem Awakening
Fire Emblem Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Fire Emblem:Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Wrath of the Reset Bomb Arrangement Supervisor: Yuzo Koshiro Kid Icarus:Uprising
Dark Pit’s Theme Kid Icarus:Uprising
Mute City F-Zero
Mute City Ver. 3 Arrangement: Kenji Ito F-Zero
Magicant/Eight Melodies (Mother) Arrangement Supervisor: Yoko Shimomura Mother
Smiles and Tears Arrangement Supervisor: Toru Minegishi EarthBound
Paper Mario Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Saki Kasuga Paper Mario:Sticker Star/Paper Mario:The Thousand-Year Door
Try,Try Again Arrangement Supervisor: Yoko Shimomura Mario&Luigi:Dream Team
Tomodachi Life Arrangement Supervisor: Masafumi Takada Tomodachi Life
Mii Plaza Arrangement Supervisor: Yasunori Mitsuda Mii Channel
Bathtime Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Masato Coda with RiRiKA nintendogs
Bathtime Theme (Vocal Mix) Arrangement Supervisor: Masato Coda with RiRiKA nintendogs
Balloon Fight Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Yoshihito Yano Balloon Fight
Balloon Trip Arrangement: Hirokazu Tanaka.ex Balloon Fight
Dark Lord Arrangement Supervisor: Daisuke Matsuoka Find Mii II
Save the World, Heroes! Arrangement Supervisor: Daisuke Matsuoka Find Mii II
PictoChat Composition Supervisor: Shogo Sakai PictoChat
Dr. Mario Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Dr.Mario
PAC-MAN Arrangement Supervisor: Yuzo Koshiro PAC-MAN
PAC-MAN (Club Mix) Arrangement: Hirokazu Tanaka.ex PAC-MAN
Mega Man 2 Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Rio Hamamoto Mega Man 2
Mega Man 2 Retro Medley Mega Man 2
Gaur Plain Xenoblade Chronicles
You Will Know Our Names Xenoblade Chronicles
Jogging/Countdown Arrangement: Kumi Tanioka Punch-Out!!(NES)
Minor Circuit Punch-Out!!(Wii)
Ground Theme (Super Mario Bros.) Arrangement Supervisor: Koji Kondo Super Mario Bros.
Kongo Jungle Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando Donkey Kong Country
Gear Getaway Arrangement: Noriyuki Iwadare Donkey Kong Country Returns
Brinstar Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Metroid
Brinstar Depths Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Metroid
Ending (Yoshi’s Story) Arrangement: Masafumi Takada Yoshi’s Story
Corneria Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando Star Fox
Star Wolf’s Theme/Sector Z Arrangement Supervisor: Mahito Yokota Star Fox 64
Main Theme (Pikmin) Pikmin
Stage Select (Pikmin 2) Arrangement: Masashi Hamauzu Pikmin 2
Flat Zone Composition Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando Game&Watch
Flat Zone 2 Composition: Kenichi Okuma Game&Watch
WarioWare, Inc. Arrangement Supervisor: Keigo Ozaki WarioWare,Inc.
Ashley’s Song (JP) Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki / Vocals: Tomoko Sasaki and the Small Circle of Friends WarioWare:Touched!
Green Hill Zone Sonic The Hedgehog(1991)
Live & Learn Sonic Adventure 2
Menu Arrangement Supervisor: Junichi Nakatsuru Original
Menu 2 (Melee) Super Smash Bros.Melee
Online Practice Stage Arrangement Supervisor: Taku Inoue Original
Results Display Screen Arrangement Supervisor: Hiroyuki Kawada Super Smash Bros.
Classic: Results Screen Arrangement Supervisor: Rio Hamamoto Original
Classic: Final Results Arrangement Supervisor: Torine Original
Classic: Fail Arrangement Supervisor: Rio Hamamoto Original
All-Star Rest Area Arrangement Supervisor: Taku Inoue Original
Target Blast Arrangement Supervisor: Hiroki Hashimoto Original
Gallery/Hoard Arrangement Supervisor: Yoshinori Hirai Original
Trophy Shop Arrangement Supervisor: Hiroyuki Kawada Original
Trophy Rush Arrangement Supervisor: Katsuro Tajima Original
Replay/Album/Records Arrangement Supervisor: Yoshinori Hirai Original
Credits Arrangement Supervisor: Torine Original
How to Play Super Smash Bros.Melee
Home-Run Contest Super Smash Bros.Brawl
Multi-Man Smash Arrangement Supervisor: Yoshihito Yano Original
Cruel Smash (Brawl) Super Smash Bros.Brawl
Ballad of the Goddess/Ghirahim’s Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Ryo Nagamatsu The Legend of Zelda:Skyward Sword
Dark World/Dark World Dungeon Arrangement Supervisor: Keiichi Okabe The Legend of Zelda:A Link to the Past
Theme from Area 6/Missile Slipstream Arrangement: Motoi Sakuraba Star Fox 64/Star Fox Command
In the Space-Pirate Ship Composition Supervisor: Noriyuki Iwadare /
Arrangement: Noriyuki Iwadare
Kid Icarus:Uprising
The Mysterious Murasame Castle Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Shohei Tsuchiya (ZUNTATA) The Mysterious Murasame Castle
Spark Man Stage Arrangement: ACE (TOMOri Kudo/ChiCO) Mega Man 3
Air Man Stage Arrangement: Noriyuki Iwadare Mega Man 2
Credits (Smash Bros.): Ver. 2 Arrangement Supervisor: Ryo Nagamatsu Super Smash Bros.
PAC-MAN’S PARK/BLOCK TOWN Arrangement Supervisor: Yuji Masubuchi PAC-MANIA
Boss Battle (Melee) Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Super Smash Bros.Melee
Rainbow Cruise Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Super Mario 64
Stickerbush Symphony Arrangement Supervisor: Michiko Naruke Donkey Kong Country 2
Boss Fight 1 (Kid Icarus: Uprising) Kid Icarus:Uprising
Mechanical Rhythm Xenoblade Chronicles
The Legendary Air Ride Machine Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Kirby Air Ride
With Mila’s Divine Protection (Celica Map 1) Arrangement: Noriyuki Iwadare Fire Emblem Gaiden
Temple Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Zelda II-The Adventure of Link
Tetris: Type A Arrangement Supervisor: Yoko Shimomura Tetris
Ashley’s Song Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki /
Vocals: Emily McIntosh, Terry Lauber, James Cowan
WarioWare:Touched!
Super Mario Bros. Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Koji Kondo Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Katsuro Tajima Super Mario Bros.:The Lost Levels
Fortress Boss (Super Mario World) Arrangement: ACE (TOMOri Kudo/CHiCO) Super Mario World
Super Mario World Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Hiroshi Okubo Super Mario World
Chill (Dr. Mario) Ver. 2 Arrangement: Hirokazu Tanaka.ex Dr.Mario
Mario Paint Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Taku Inoue Mario Paint
Luigi’s Mansion Series Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Hiroyuki Kawada Luigi’s Mansion/Luigi’s Mansion:Dark Moon
Egg Planet Arrangement Supervisor: Nobuko Toda Super Mario Galaxy
Rosalina in the Observatory/Luma’s Theme Arrangement: Manami Kiyota Super Mario Galaxy
Circuit (Mario Kart 7) Arrangement Supervisor: Junichi Nakatsuru Mario Kart 7
Cloudtop Cruise Arrangement Supervisor: Atsuko Asahi Mario Kart 8
Jungle Level Jazz Style Arrangement Supervisor: Hiroyuki Kawada Donkey Kong Country
Jungle Level Tribal Style Arrangement Supervisor: Hiroyuki Kawada Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country Returns (Vocals) Arrangement Supervisor: Kenji Yamamoto Donkey Kong Country Returns
Saria’s Song/Middle Boss Battle Arrangement: Michiru Yamane The Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time
The Great Sea/Menu Select Arrangement Supervisor: Tetsuya Shibata The Legend of Zelda:The Wind Waker
Title (Metroid) Arrangement: Kohta Takahashi Metroid
Escape Arrangement: Akari Kaida Metroid
Yoshi’s Island Arrangement Supervisor: Yoshihito Yano Super Mario World 2:Yoshi’s Island
Yoshi’s Woolly World Arrangement Supervisor: Taku Inoue Yoshi’s Woolly World
Butter Building Ver. 2 Arrangement Supervisor: Tsukasa Masuko Kirby’s Adventure
The Great Cave Offensive Arrangement Supervisor: Hideki Sakamoto Kirby Super Star
King Dedede’s Theme Ver. 2 Arrangement: Hideki Ishigaki, Hideki Onoue (HIDE+HIDE) Kirby’s Dream Land
Forest/Nature Area Arrangement Supervisor: Yasunori Mitsuda Kirby&The Amazing Mirror
Route 10 Arrangement Supervisor: Yoko Shimomura Pokémon Black/Pokémon White
Battle! (Wild Pokémon) (Pokémon Diamond/Pokémon Pearl) Arrangement: Koji Hayama Pokémon Diamond/Pokémon Pearl
Battle! (Champion)/Champion Cynthia Arrangement Supervisor: Manaka Kataoka Pokémon Diamond/Pokémon Pearl
Route 23 Battle! (Team Flare) Arrangement: Motoi Sakuraba Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White 2
Onett Theme/Winters Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Asuka Hayazaki Pokémon X/Pokémon Y
Coliseum Series Medley Arrangement: Akari Kaida EarthBound
Fight 1 (Fire Emblem Gaiden) Arrangement: Michiru Yamane Fire Emblem(Series)
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Jesahm Fire Emblem Gaiden
Meeting Theme Series Medley Arrangement: Yuka Tsujiyoko Fire Emblem(Series)
Lightning Chariot Base Arrangement Supervisor: Masafumi Takada Fire Emblem(Series)
Destroyed Skyworld Arrangement: Manami Kiyota Kid Icarus:Uprising
Ashley’s Song Ver. 2 Arrangement Supervisor: Keiichi Okabe Kid Icarus:Uprising
Mission Mode Arrangement Supervisor: Taku Inoue WarioWare:Touched!
Plaza/Title (Animal Crossing: City Folk/Animal Crossing: Wild World) Arrangement: Kumi Tanioka Pikmin 3
Outdoors at 7 p.m. (Sunny)/Main Street Arrangement Supervisor: Manaka Kataoka Animal Crossing:City Folk/Animal Crossing:Wild World
Tour Arrangement Supervisor: Hajime Wakai Animal Crossing:New Leaf
Bubblegum K.K. Arrangement Supervisor: Atsuko Asahi Animal Crossing:New Leaf
Super Hoop Arrangement: Kenji Ito Animal Crossing:New Leaf
Wii Fit Plus Medley Arrangement: Maki Kirioka Wii Fit
Skateboard Arena (Free Mode) Arrangement Supervisor: Hiroshi Okubo Wii Fit Plus
Minor Circuit Arrangement: Koji Hayama Wii Fit Plus
Xenoblade Chronicles Medley Arrangement: ACE (TOMOri Kudo/CHiCO) Punch-Out!!(NES)
Duck Hunt Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Manabu Namiki Xenoblade Chronicles
Wrecking Crew Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Manabu Namiki Duck Hunt
Light Plane Arrangement Supervisor: Masato Coda with RiRiKA Wrecking Crew
Light Plane (Vocal Mix) Arrangement Supervisor: Masato Coda with RiRiKA Pilotwings
Turbo Jet Arrangement Supervisor: Asuka Ito Pilotwings
Pedal Glider Arrangement Supervisor: Asuka Ito Pilotwings Resort
Wii Sports Series Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Junichi Nakatsuru Pilotwings Resort
Wii Sports Resort Arrangement Supervisor: Kazumi Totaka Wii Sports/Wii Sports Resort
Wii Sports Resort Ver. 2 Arrangement Supervisor: Kazumi Totaka Wii Sports Resort
The valedictory elegy Arrangement: Motoi Sakuraba Wii Sports Resort
Wii Shop Channel Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Koshio (ZUNTATA) Baten Kaitos Origins
Glory of Heracles Arrangement: Hideki Ishigaki, Hideki Onoue (HIDE+HIDE) Wii Shop Channel
Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! Medley Arrangement: Maki Kirioka Glory of Heracles
Boss 1 (Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword) Arrangement Supervisor: Toshiyuki Sudo Freakyforms:Your Creations,Alive!
Nintendo Land Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Tsukasa Masuko Sakura Samurai:Art of the Sword
Style Savvy: Trendsetters Arrangement Supervisor: Ryo Watanabe Nintendo Land
Culdcept Arrangement: Kenji Ito Style Savvy:Trendsetters
Cut Man Stage Arrangement Supervisor: Michiko Naruke Culdcept
Quick Man Stage Arrangement Supervisor: Shota Kageyama Mega Man
Shadow Man Stage Arrangement Supervisor: Yusuke Takahama Mega Man 2
Underwater Theme (Super Mario Bros.) Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Mega Man 3
Underground Theme (Super Mario Land) Arrangement: Koji Hayama Super Mario Bros.
Airship Theme (Super Mario Bros. 3) Arrangement: Motoi Sakuraba Super Mario Land
Castle/Boss Fortress (Super Mario World/SMB 3) Arrangement Supervisor: Yusuke Takahama Super Mario Bros.3
Title/Ending (Super Mario World) Arrangement Supervisor: Shota Kageyama Super Mario World/Super Mario Bros.3
Main Theme (New Super Mario Bros.) Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Super Mario World
Luigi’s Mansion Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai New Super Mario Bros.
Mario Bros. Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Luigi’s Mansion
Mario Circuit Arrangement Supervisor: Yusuke Takahama Mario Bros.
Luigi Raceway Arrangement: Yasufumi Fukuda Super Mario Kart
Waluigi Pinball Arrangement Supervisor: Kentaro Ishizaka Mario Kart 64
Jungle Level Ver. 2 Arrangement: Motoi Sakuraba Mario Kart DS
Opening (Donkey Kong) Arrangement Supervisor: Shota Kageyama Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Arrangement: Hirokazu Tanaka.ex Donkey Kong
King K. Rool/Ship Deck 2 Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Donkey Kong
Jungle Level Arrangement Supervisor: Kentaro Ishizaka Donkey Kong Country
Title (The Legend of Zelda) Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Donkey Kong Country
Main Theme Ver. 2 (The Legend of Zelda) Arrangement Supervisor: Yuzo Koshiro The Legend of Zelda
Great Temple/Temple Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai The Legend of Zelda Zelda II-The Adventure of Link
The Dark World Arrangement Supervisor: Arata Iiyoshi The Legend of Zelda:A Link to the Past
Hidden Mountain & Forest Arrangement Supervisor: Shota Kageyama The Legend of Zelda:A Link to the Past
Tal Tal Heights Arrangement Supervisor: Yusuke Takahama The Legend of Zelda:Link’s Awakening
Hyrule Field Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Yutaka Iraha The Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time
Song of Storms Arrangement Supervisor: Tsukasa Masuko The Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time
Main Theme (Metroid) Arrangement Supervisor: Kenji Yamamoto / Narration: Jay Ward Metroid
Norfair Arrangement Supervisor: Yuzo Koshiro Metroid
Ending (Metroid) Arrangement Supervisor: Tsukasa Masuko Metroid
Vs. Ridley Arrangement Supervisor: Yusuke Takahama Super Metroid
Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior Arrangement: Masato Kouda Super Metroid
Sector 1 Arrangement Supervisor: Minako Hamano Metroid Fusion
Obstacle Course (Yoshi’s Island) Arrangement Supervisor: Shota Kageyama Super Mario World 2:Yoshi’s Island
Flower Field Arrangement Supervisor: Asuka Ohta Yoshi Touch&Go
Wildlands Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Yoshi’s Island DS
King Dedede’s Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Yoko Shimomura Kirby
Boss Theme Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Kentaro Ishizaka Kirby(Series)
Butter Building Arrangement: Jun Fukuda Kirby’s Adventure
Gourmet Race Arrangement: Motoi Sakuraba Kirby Super Star
Meta Knight’s Revenge Arrangement: Noriyuki Iwadare Kirby Super Star
Vs. Marx Arrangement Supervisor: Yasunori Mitsuda Kirby Super Star
02 Battle Arrangement: Koji Hayama Kirby 64:The Crystal Shards
Squeak Squad Theme Arrangement: Hirokazu Tanaka.ex Kirby:Squeak Squad
Main Theme (Star Fox) Arrangement: Seiji Momoi Star Fox
Corneria (Brawl) Arrangement Supervisor: Kentaro Ishizaka Star Fox
Main Theme (Star Fox 64) Arrangement Supervisor: Yusuke Takahama Star Fox 64
Area 6 Arrangement Supervisor: Hajime Wakai Star Fox 64
Star Wolf Arrangement Supervisor: Kentaro Ishizaka Star Fox 64
Space Armada Arrangement: Kenji Ito Star Fox
Area 6 Ver. 2 Arrangement Supervisor: Hajime Wakai Star Fox 64
Pokémon Main Theme (Pokémon Red/Pokémon Blue) Arrangement: Seiji Momoi Pokémon Red/Pokémon Blue
Pokémon Center (Pokémon Red/Pokémon Blue) Arrangement Supervisor: Kentaro Ishizaka Pokémon Red/Pokémon Blue
Road to Viridian City (From Pallet Town/Pewter City) Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Pokémon Red/Pokémon Blue
Pokémon Gym/Evolution (Pokémon Red/Pokémon Blue) Arrangement: Kenichi Okuma Pokémon Red/Pokémon Blue
Battle! (Wild Pokémon) (Pokémon Ruby/Pokémon Sapphire) Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Pokémon Ruby/Pokémon Sapphire
Victory Road (Pokémon Ruby/Pokémon Sapphire) Arrangement: Motoi Sakuraba Pokémon Ruby/Pokémon Sapphire
Battle! (Dialga/Palkia)/Spear Pillar Arrangement Supervisor: Takahiro Nishi Pokémon Diamond/Pokémon Pearl
Battle! (Team Galactic) Arrangement Supervisor: Masato Kouda Pokémon Diamond/Pokémon Pearl
Route 209 (Pokémon Diamond/Pokémon Pearl) Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Pokémon Diamond/Pokémon Pearl
Mute City Ver. 2 Arrangement: Yasufumi Fukuda F-Zero
White Land Arrangement Supervisor: Arata Iiyoshi F-Zero
Fire Field Arrangement Supervisor: Yusuke Takahama F-Zero
Fire Emblem Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai / Lyrics Supervisor: Masahiro Sakurai / Lyrics Translation: Taro Yamashita / Soprano: Oriko Takahashi / Tenor: Ken Nishikiori Fire Emblem:Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Shadow Dragon Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Keigo Ozaki Fire Emblem:Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Preparing to Advance Arrangement: Yuka Tsujiyoko Fire Emblem:The Sacred Stones
Winning Road – Roy’s Hope Arrangement Supervisor: Kentaro Ishizaka Fire Emblem:The Binding Blade
Attack (Fire Emblem) Arrangement: Kenji Ito Fire Emblem
Snowman Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Mother
Porky’s Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Mother 3
Mother 3 Love Theme Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Mother 3
Unfounded Revenge/Smashing Song of Praise Arrangement Supervisor: Kentaro Ishizaka Mother 3
World Map (Pikmin 2) Arrangement Supervisor: Yasunori Mitsuda Pikmin 2
Environmental Noises Arrangement Supervisor: Takahiro Nishi Pikmin
Stage Clear/Title (Pikmin) Arrangement Supervisor: Kentaro Ishizaka Pikmin
WarioWare, Inc. Medley Arrangement Supervisor: Ryoji Yoshitomi WarioWare,Inc.
Title (Animal Crossing) Arrangement Supervisor: Kazumi Totaka Animal Crossing
Go K.K. Rider! Arrangement Supervisor: Keigo Ozaki Animal Crossing
2:00 a.m. Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki Animal Crossing
The Roost (Animal Crossing:Wild World) Arrangement Supervisor: Kazumi Totaka Animal Crossing:Wild World
Town Hall and Tom Nook’s Store Arrangement Supervisor: Kentaro Ishizaka Animal Crossing:Wild World
Underworld Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Kid Icarus
Title (Kid Icarus) Arrangement: Kenji Ito Kid Icarus
Overworld Arrangement Supervisor: Arata Iiyoshi Kid Icarus
Stack-Up/Gyromite Arrangement: Kenichi Okuma Stack-Up/Gyromite
Chill (Dr. Mario) Arrangement: Masaaki Iwasaki Dr.Mario
Clu Clu Land Arrangement Supervisor: Keigo Ozaki Clu Clu Land
Ice Climber Arrangement Supervisor: Toshiyuki Sudo Ice Climber
Shin Onigashima Medley Arrangement: Masafumi Takada Shin Onigashima
Title (3D Hot Rally) Arrangement Supervisor: Kentaro Ishizaka Famicom Grand Prix II:3D Hot Rally
Tetris: Type B Arrangement: Masafumi Takada Tetris
Tunnel Scene (X) Arrangement Supervisor: Yusuke Takahama X
Mario Tennis/Mario Golf Arrangement: Motoi Sakuraba Mario Tennis/Mario Golf
Lip’s Theme (Panel de Pon) Arrangement: Masafumi Takada Panel de Pon
Marionation Gear Arrangement: Masafumi Takada Chosoju Mecha MG
Title (Big Brain Academy) Arrangement Supervisor: Toru Minegishi Big Brain Academy
Battle Scene/Final Boss (Golden Sun) Arrangement: Motoi Sakuraba Golden Sun:The Lost Age
Credits (Super Smash Bros.) Arrangement Supervisor: Yusuke Takahama Super Smash Bros.
Yoshi’s Story Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando Yoshi’s Story
Princess Peach’s Castle Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Super Mario Bros.
Yoshi’s Island (Melee) Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando Super Mario World
Green Greens (Melee) Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando Kirby
Pokémon Stadium Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Pokémon Red/Pokémon Blue
Poké Floats Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando Pokémon Red/Pokémon Blue
Big Blue Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando F-Zero
Onett Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Mother
Icicle Mountain Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Ice Climber
Ground Theme (Super Mario Bros. 3) Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai Super Mario Bros.3
Pokémon Stadium 2 Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando Pokémon Gold/Pokémon Silver
Mach Rider Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando Mach Rider
Pollyanna (I Believe in You) Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando Mother
DK Rap Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando / Vocals: James W. Norwood Jr. Donkey Kong 64
Venom Arrangement Supervisor: Tadashi Ikegami Star Fox 64
Mute City Arrangement Supervisor: Takuto Kitsuta F-Zero
Main Theme (The Legend of Zelda) Arrangement Supervisor: Takuto Kitsuta The Legend of Zelda
Yoshi’s Story Ver. 2 Arrangement Supervisor: Hirokazu Ando Yoshi’s Story
Delfino Plaza Super Mario Sunshine
Ricco Harbor Super Mario Sunshine
Main Theme (Super Mario 64) Super Mario 64
Rainbow Road (Mario Kart: Double Dash!!) Mario Kart:Double Dash!!
Ground Theme (New Super Mario Bros. 2) New Super Mario Bros.2
Ground Theme (New Super Mario Bros. U) New Super Mario Bros.U
Minigame Theme (Mario Party 9) Mario Party 9
Tough Guy Alert! Mario&Luigi:Bowser’s Inside Story
The Grand Finale Mario&Luigi:Bowser’s Inside Story
Mushroom Gorge Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart Stadium Mario Kart 8
Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 8) Mario Kart 8
Egg Planet Super Mario Galaxy
Gusty Garden Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy
Sky Station Super Mario Galaxy 2
Bowser’s Galaxy Generator Super Mario Galaxy 2
Fated Battle Super Mario Galaxy 2
Theme of SMG2 Super Mario Galaxy 2
On the Hunt -Gloomy Manor Ver.- (Instrumental) Luigi’s Mansion:Dark Moon
Battle for Storm Hill Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
25m Theme Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Country Returns Donkey Kong Country Returns
Jungle Hijinxs Donkey Kong Country Returns
Mole Patrol Donkey Kong Country Returns
Mangrove Cove Donkey Kong Country:Tropical Freeze
Swinger Flinger Donkey Kong Country:Tropical Freeze
Village of the Blue Maiden The Legend of Zelda:Four Swords Adventures
Dragon Roost Island The Legend of Zelda:The Wind Waker
Main Theme (Twilight Princess) The Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess
The Hidden Village The Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess
Midna’s Lament The Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess
Gerudo Valley The Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time
Ballad of the Goddess The Legend of Zelda:Skyward Sword
Hyrule Main Theme The Legend of Zelda:A Link Between Worlds
Lorule Main Theme The Legend of Zelda:A Link Between Worlds
Yuga Battle (Hyrule Castle) The Legend of Zelda:A Link Between Worlds
Vs. Parasite Queen Metroid Prime
Vs. Meta Ridley Metroid Prime
Multiplayer (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes) Metroid Prime 2:Echoes
Psycho Bits Metroid Prime Hunters
The Burning Lava Fish Metroid:Other M
Lockdown Battle Theme Metroid:Other M
Nemesis Ridley Metroid:Other M
Frozen Hillside Kirby Air Ride
Celestial Valley Kirby Air Ride
The Adventure Begins Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
Through the Forest Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
Floral Fields Kirby:Triple Deluxe
Space Battleground Star Fox:Assault
Break Through the Ice Star Fox:Assault
Star Wolf (Star Fox: Assault) Star Fox:Assault
Battle! (Wild Pokémon) (Pokémon X/Pokémon Y) Pokémon X/Pokémon Y
Battle! (Champion) (Pokémon X/Pokémon Y) Pokémon X/Pokémon Y
Car Select F-Zero X
Dream Chaser F-Zero X
Devil’s Call in Your Heart F-Zero X
Climb Up! And Get the Last Chance! F-Zero X
Brain Cleaner F-Zero GX
Shotgun Kiss F-Zero GX
Planet Colors F-Zero GX
Red Canyon F-Zero
Against the Dark Knight Fire Emblem:Path of Radiance
Crimean Army Sortie Fire Emblem:Path of Radiance
Power-Hungry Fool Fire Emblem:Path of Radiance
Victory Is Near Fire Emblem:Path of Radiance
Ike’s Theme Fire Emblem:Radiant Dawn
The Devoted Fire Emblem:Radiant Dawn
Time of Action Fire Emblem:Radiant Dawn
Duty (Ablaze) Fire Emblem Awakening
Conquest(Ablaze) Fire Emblem Awakening
Forest of Hope Pikmin
Garden of Hope Pikmin 3
Ruins (Wario Land: Shake It!) Wario Land:Shake It!
Kid Icarus Retro Medley Kid Icarus
Magnus’s Theme Kid Icarus:Uprising
Hades’s Infernal Theme Kid Icarus:Uprising
Thunder Cloud Temple Kid Icarus:Uprising
Famicom Medley Family Computer Series
Wrecking Crew Retro Medley Wrecking Crew
Light Plane Pilotwings
Golden Forest 1080°Snowboarding
Excite Truck Excite Truck
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! Brain Age:Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
Opening Theme/Select (Wii Sports) Wii Sports
Rhythm Boxing Wii Fit
Mischievous Mole-way Wii Fit Plus
Core Luge Wii Fit U
Final Results (Wii Party U) Wii Party U
Title Theme (Wii Sports Resort) Wii Sports Resort
Menu (Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!) Brain Age 2:More Training in Minutes a Day!
Attack (Soma Bringer) Soma Bringer
Tomorrow’s Passion Captain Rainbow
PERFORMANCE Jam with the Band
Title (Punch-Out!!) Punch-Out!!(Wii)
World Circuit Theme Punch-Out!!(Wii)
Engage the Enemy Xenoblade Chronicles
Time to Fight! Xenoblade Chronicles
Gaur Plain (Night) Xenoblade Chronicles
An Obstacle in Our Path Xenoblade Chronicles
Tunnel Theme (X-Scape) X-Scape
Weyard Golden Sun:Dark Dawn
Swan Lesson Art Academy
Dragon Battle AR Games
Title Theme (Nintendo Land) Nintendo Land
Pop Fashion Show Style Savvy:Trendsetters
Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger Dillon’s Rolling Western:The Last Ranger
Title Theme (NES Remix 2) NES Remix 2
Mega Man Retro Medley Mega Man
Mega Man 3 Retro Medley Mega Man 3
Mega Man 4-6 Retro Medley Mega Man 4/Mega Man 5/Mega Man 6
Angel Island Zone Sonic The Hedgehog 3
Open Your Heart Sonic Adventure
Sonic Heroes Sonic Heroes
Right There, Ride On Sonic Rush
His World (Instrumental) Sonic The Hedgehog(2006)
Seven Rings in Hand Sonic and the Secret Rings
Escape from the City Sonic Adventure 2
Knight of the Wind Sonic and the Black Knight
Reach for the Stars Sonic Colors
Rooftop Run Sonic Generations
Wonder World Sonic Lost World
Windy Hill – Zone 1 Sonic Lost World
Final Destination (Melee) Super Smash Bros.Melee
Menu (Melee) Super Smash Bros.Melee
Giga Bowser (Melee) Super Smash Bros.Melee
Multi-Man Melee 2 (Melee) Super Smash Bros.Melee
Metal Battle (Melee) Super Smash Bros.Melee
Trophies (Melee) Super Smash Bros.Melee
Menu (Brawl) Super Smash Bros.Brawl
Battlefield (Brawl) Super Smash Bros.Brawl
Final Destination (Brawl) Super Smash Bros.Brawl
Online Practice Stage (Brawl) Super Smash Bros.Brawl
Trophy Gallery (Brawl) Super Smash Bros.Brawl
Battlefield Ver. 2 (Brawl) Super Smash Bros.Brawl
Boss Battle Song 1 (Brawl) Super Smash Bros.Brawl
Boss Battle Song 2 (Brawl) Super Smash Bros.Brawl
Final Destination Ver. 2 Arrangement Supervisor: Junichi Nakatsuru Original
Master Fortress: First Wave Arrangement Supervisor: LindaAI-CUE Original
Master Fortress: Second Wave Arrangement Supervisor: LindaAI-CUE Original
Mario Circuit (Mario Kart 8) Mario Kart 8
Super Bell Hill Super Mario 3D World
The Great Tower Showdown 2 Super Mario 3D World
Champion Road Super Mario 3D World
Gamer Game&Wario
ST01: Roll Out, Wonderful 100! The Wonderful 101
Jergingha – Planet Destruction Form The Wonderful 101
Libble Rabble Retro Medley Libble Rabble
Metro-Cross Retro Medley Metro-Cross
Namco Arcade ’80s Retro Medley 1 Namco Arcade
Namco Arcade ’80s Retro Medley 2 Namco Arcade
Victory Road (Pokémon X/Pokémon Y) Pokémon X/Pokémon Y
Sky Kid Retro Medley Sky Kid/Sky Kid DX
Bravoman Retro Medley Bravoman
Yokai Dochuki Retro Medley Yokai Dochuki
K.K. Cruisin’ Animal Crossing
K.K. Western Animal Crossing
K.K. Gumbo Animal Crossing
Rockin’ K.K. Animal Crossing
DJ K.K. Animal Crossing
K.K. Condor Animal Crossing
Classic: Map Arrangement Supervisor: Junichi Nakatsuru Original
Smash Tour: Map Arrangement Supervisor: Hiroki Hashimoto Original
Tourney Arrangement Supervisor: Yoshinori Hirai Original
Events Composition Supervisor: Katsuro Tajima Original
Tourney: Tourney List (Spectator) Composition Supervisor: Katsuro Tajima Original
Tourney: Final Results Arrangement Supervisor: Yoshinori Hirai Original
Master Orders: Ticket Selection Arrangement Supervisor: Torine Original
Master Orders: Reward Arrangement Supervisor: Katsuro Tajima Original
Crazy Orders: Ticket Selection Arrangement Supervisor: Torine Original
Crazy Orders: Final Battle Victory Arrangement Supervisor: Torine Original
Crazy Orders: Final Battle Defeat Arrangement Supervisor: Rio Hamamoto Original
Yoshi’s Woolly World Yoshi’s Woolly World
Main Theme (Yoshi’s New Island) Yoshi’s New Island
Bandit Valley (Yoshi’s New Island) Yoshi’s New Island

Voices:

Random
Random-
Announcer
Mario
Donkey Kong
Link
Yoshi
Kirby
Fox
Fox(from Melee)
Peppy/Peppy(from Melee)
Krystal
Panther Caroso
Wolf O’Donnell
Leon Powalski
Slippy/Slippy(from Melee)
Pikachu
Luigi
Captain Falcon
Peach
Bowser
Zelda
Sheik
Marth
Meta Knight
Pit
Zero Suit Samus
Ike
Charizard
Diddy Kong
King Dedede
Olimar Pikmin
Winged Pikmin
Lucario
Toon Link
Wii Fit Trainer(Female)
Wii Fit Trainer(Male)
Rosalina&Luma
Rosalina
Luma
Little Mac
Doc Louis
Greninja
Palutena
Robin(Male)
Robin(Female)
Chrom
Shulk
Dunban
Riki
Mumkhar
Sonic the Hedgehog
Ness
Jigglypuff
Falco
Ganondorf
Wario
R.O.B.
Bowser Jr.
Larry
Morton
Wendy
Iggy
Roy
Lemmy
Ludwig
Dr.Mario
Lucina
Dark Pit

Master Hand
Master Core
Crazy Hand

Enemy
Nabbit
Ridley
Metal Face

Pokémon
Goldeen
Staryu
Eevee
Snorlax
Mew
Togepi
Bellossom
Gardevoir
Metagross
Latias
Latios
Kyogre
Deoxys
Abomasnow
Palkia
Giratina
Darkrai
Arceus
Victini
Snivy
Oshawott
Zoroark
Kyurem
Keldeo
Meloetta
Genesect
Chespin
Fennekin
Fletchling
Spewpa
Gogoat
Swirlix
Inkay
Dedenne
Xerneas

Assist Trophies
Waluigi
Skull Kid
Tingle
Midna
Ghirahim
Nightmare
Wizard
Knuckle Joe
Samurai Goroh
Lyn
Magnus
Phosphora
Kat&Ana
Riki
Takamaru
Dr.Wright
Prince of Sable
Saki Amamiya
Dillon
Shadow

Smash 4 DLC: The Case for Simon Belmont

Simon Belmont

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Simon, as he looked in the 2013 3DS game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. Look at that manly ginger beard!

Character Background: A member of the Belmont clan of vampire hunters, Simon Belmont is a holy warrior with unmatched resolve. It is his duty, as the inheritor of the legendary Vampire Killer whip, to strike down Dracula and his demonic minions whenever they might arise from their slumber. The forces of evil are a powerful lot, but luckily for us Simon has been trained from birth for this fight and is armed to the teeth with an arsenal of divine weaponry, ranging from explosive holy water to cross shaped boomerangs.

Castlevania is a franchise with multiple playable heroes, but Simon is the original and one of the most iconic. He is the hero of the very first title in the series, the Famicom Disk System title Castlevania, as well as the reworked NES/Famicom version of the game and it’s direct sequel, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. The franchise has had over 30 entries since its 1986 debut, many of them going on to sell millions of copies and be critical darlings (I’m looking at you, Symphony of the Night.) The latest game in the series to appear on Nintendo hardware, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate for the 3DS, featured a reimagined Simon Belmont as a protagonist.

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The many looks of Simon Belmont. The guy goes through a lot of hair dye.

Reasons for inclusion: Castlevania is one of the most iconic NES and SNES franchises. The series has appeared on four Nintendo home consoles and on everyone of the companies hand held systems. The first four titles in the series are often found on “best of” or “top ten” lists for the systems they were made for.

Just look at this list Nintendo Power published in 2008 of the top 20 NES game of all time:

1. The Legend of Zelda
2. Super Mario Bros. 3
3. Mega Man 2
4. Super Mario Bros.
5. Metroid
6. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out
7. Contra
8. Super Mario Bros. 2
9. Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
10. Ninja Gaiden
11. Mega Man 3
12. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
13. DuckTales
14. Castlevania
15. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

16. Maniac Mansion
17. Bionic Commando
18. Dragon Warrior IV
19. Final Fantasy
20. Kid Icarus

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Castlevania NES cover (Hey look, it’s Conan with a whip!)

Simon himself is the most reoccurring lead character in the series, and has a look that would help him stand apart from the rest of the Smash Bros. fighters. “Barbarian in a leather skirt with a whip” is a pretty unique combination of attributes, after all. His fighting style is also a perfect fit for Smash Bros, since his skills with a whip and the series sub weapon system (which features items such as knives, flames, axes, and boomerangs) could easily translate to a fighting game move list, and has in fact done so twice: first in 2003’s Japan only party fighter DreamMix TV World Fighters, and then in 2008’s Castlevania Judgement.

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He is also the only remaining non-playable cast member of Captain N that originated in a video game. Can you guess which three characters are supposed to be Simon, Pit, and Megaman?

Reasons for exclusion: Konami and Nintendo aren’t exactly the best business partners at the present time. The last games that Konami produced for the 3DS were released in 2013. They have yet to publish a title for the Wii U that is not a virtual console release of an old NES or SNES game. Worse yet, there are currently no known Konami software titles in development for the Wii U. Huh, that seemed really familiar.

Castlevania is also not the premier franchise it once was. Recent titles in the series are lucky to reach a million in sales, while Metal Gear Solid titles routinely break that threshold with ease. Snake himself stands in the way of any other Konami vet as well. He has seniority as a “veteran character” so it is likely we will never see another Konami character if Snake hasn’t made it back in first.

Music

What is Smash Bros. without music? Here are a few tracks you can look forward to if Simon makes it in:

If you enjoyed this piece, check out the case for Snake here!

Smash 4 DLC: The Case for Snake

With Smash DLC now being a reality, I thought this would be a good time to break down possible DLC candidates.  This will be part one of what will (hopefully) be a comprehensive break down of viable third party characters for DLC.  As it stands now, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS has a total of three third party characters, those being Sonic the Hedgehog, Pacman, and Megaman.  Conspicuous by his absence is Solid Snake, the only non-returning third party veteran.  In honor or our fallen soldier, we will be looking at what I see as the top three DLC contenders from his home company, Konami.


The perfect disguise

Solid Snake

Character Background: Solid Snake is a soldier of fortune from the Metal Gear franchise. Part of the elite special forces unit Foxhound, Snake is a true super soldier.  He is a  man who specializes in the impossible, a living weapon and expert spy that has been tasked with destruction and disarmament of the titular Metal Gear units (bipedal nuclear armed tanks) time and time again.


Metal Gear NES edition (that cover is totally not just a frame from the movie Terminator that’s been painted over)

The series roots are in the 1987 release of the game Metal Gear on the MSX2.  Most Western fans are more familiar with the NES/Famicom port of the game as the MSX2 had a limited release in the region.  The franchise is a pioneer of stealth-gaming that has repeatedly revolutionized the  genre over the past three decades.  It looks to do so again with the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain later this year.

Reasons for inclusion: Snake is really a no-brainer.  He is a veteran of the Smash Bros. series, and while he may not fit in with the rest of the cast on the surface, his gritty “mature” outward appearance is part of his appeal.  He has a unique aesthetic, moveset, and a gaming world that adds a lot of charm to the Smash Bros. universe. Case in point: his in game Codec conversations from Brawl.

These  conversations provided players with a fun and interesting way to learn more about the characters found in Smash Bros.  In them, Snake would use his two way communicator (the Codec) to ask for advice about the characters he was facing from various members of his supporting crew from the Metal Gear franchise.  These Codecs were so well received, in fact, that Sakurai felt the need to include a similar feature in Smash Bros. for Wii U in the guise of “Palutena’s Guidance.”


I’ve been cut, Colonel!

Snake is also a highly recognizable gaming icon.  The Metal Gear series is one of the longest running and most successful in gaming, with over 39 million units of software sold since its inception. Not only that, but the character  has been on Nintendo hardware for over 28 years, most recently in 2012 with Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D on the Nintendo 3DS.

Reasons for exclusion: Konami and Nintendo aren’t exactly the best business partners at the present time.  The last games that Konami produced for the 3DS were released in 2013.  They have yet to publish a title for the Wii U that is not a virtual console release of an old NES or SNES game.  Worse yet, there are currently no known Konami software titles in development for the Wii U.  This includes the newest Metal Gear Solid titles, which are not being ported despite also releasing on inferior hardware (in this case the Xbox 360.)


Will old man Snake and his fabulous mustache forever be doomed to Sony exclusivity?

There is also the issue of Metal Gear’s legacy with Nintendo.  Snake may be a gaming icon, but he is not a Nintendo icon.  He is much more closely associated with rival console manufacturer Sony, and has in fact only been featured in one non-port on a Nintendo video game system (the 1998 Gameboy Color game Metal Gear: Ghost Babel.)  While the original Metal Gear was ported to the NES, it was done so with no input from Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and is considered a vastly inferior version.  The game is so different, in fact, that Kojima himself does not consider it a true part of the Metal Gear series.

This last point was once a positive in Snakes favor.  Hideo Kojima and Masahiro Sakurai are friends and it is a known fact that Snake’s inclusion in Smash Bros. Brawl is largely due to this.  Kojima is now leaving Konami, so this is now at best a neutral point.

Music

What is Smash Bros. without music?  Here are a few tracks you can look forward to if Snake comes back.

If you enjoyed reading this piece, check out the case for Simon Belmont here.

Indie Representation in Smash:

Warning: This article is my personal opinion!

Social media is currently on fire, as many indie fans and developers are feverishly supporting their characters to be included as Sm4sh DLC. As of right now, there are four main contenders.


Commander Video:

Commander Video’s trophy was only revealed in the American Nintendo Direct (His trophy segment was not featured in the Japanese Direct). Has a full release on both the Wii and 3DS. He is almost synonymous with the word Indie because of his numerous cross-overs/ references in other indie games.



Shantae
Had a game released on the Game Boy Color. I haven’t played any of her games, and I’m unfamiliar with her creator. I know that her newest game is multi-platform. The first time I ran into this character was through Smash speculation, if that means anything.



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From Cave Story. One of the first mainstream indie games, and has a full physical release on the 3DS. The original developer, Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya is Japanese, which would help his chances. As far as Cave Story goes, it is an incredibly unique game, and have been released on a ton of platforms– multiple times.


Shovel Knight:
Probably has the most support right now due to his beautiful Smashified, but I see his chances very low. The main reason is that his game has not been released in Japan yet. Furthermore, while Shovel Knight is a great game, it doesn’t have legacy like the other characters do. 3rd party characters need legacy, and within indie legacy Shovel Knight has the least in this short list.

Personally, I believe none of these guys have a chance of getting in as Sm4sh DLC. (Read about how I think Sakurai picks the roster here, for a more indepth reason) I’m also suspicious that some are using the poll in order to advertise their characters/ franchise in general–especially Shantae as Way Forward include their Kickstarter link while including hashtags for Smash. The Western indie scene is really behind in Japan. In the latest Nintendo Direct, they featured Little Inferno and The Swapper– games that came out 2-3 years ago in the West.

Furthermore, they are not iconic like Pac-man, Sonic, Megaman or Snake. There’s tons of 3rd party characters that are way more iconic than these characters. If Nintendo wanted to show support for Indie titles, then they should include more trophies for various indie titles, or even assist trophies. But playable characters are on a whole different level. Indie games have a steep up-hill battle to climb to even be considered.

Tell me how I’m wrong in the comments below.
Then, bash my choices here.

Smash Ballot Translation Guide

Okay, so I got a ton of requests to do this. So here it is.

The Japanese Smash DLC Ballot goes into a lot more depth than the American one. Because of this, there has been a lot of confusion and misinformation going around. This blog post will serve as a reference to what the site actually says. Direct Link to the Japanese Smash Ballot. Text copied below for convenience.

TEXT BELOW LOGO:
『大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U』に参戦して欲しいファイターがいれば、ページ下部の注意事項をよくご確認いただき、同意の上ご投稿ください。
If there are any fighters you would like to see for “Super Smash Brothers for 3DS/ Wii U”, please submit your opinion by filling out the important parts carefully below. .

※投稿内容はインターネット上に掲載する場合があります。あらかじめご了承ください。
※募集期限は2015年10月3日までです。
Please note: There is a possibility that your vote may be made public to the Internet.
The poll ends October 3rd, 2015.

“Your Name” should actually be “Your Nickname”.  Taken from the Direct, which looks a little different from the actual page.

Now for the fun part…the text below the Smash Ballot.

【注意事項】 Important Points

・投稿は1人1回限りとさせていただきます。Voting is limited to 1 ballot per person.

・ご投稿いただいた情報(以下「投稿内容」といいます)は、本ソフトの参戦キャラクターの検討等、今後のソフト制作の参考にさせていただきます。 The information received from this vote (Henceforth known as Submission Data) will be use for consideration for this software’s fighting characters,etc and for reference for future software

・任天堂株式会社(以下「当社」といいます)は、当該情報を有限会社ソラおよび株式会社バンダイナムコスタジオに対し提供する場合があり、提供先は上記利用目的のために当該情報を利用することがあります。 Nintendo Co. Ltd (Henceforth known as ‘This Company’) might make the appropriate data available for Sora Ltd, as well as Bandai Namco Studio before, if there is an offer.

・当社は上記利用目的の達成に必要な範囲内において、投稿内容の取扱を当社が指定する企業に委託することがあります。
Within range of achieving the goals outline above, this company might entrust the data to a separate company.

・当社は、ニックネーム、年齢、性別を含む投稿内容を当社ホームページ等に掲載する場合があります。
This company may publicize your submission which includes your nickname, age, and gender on this company’s homepage.

And…we are finished! Now to start working on what contenders are popular in Japan.
In the meantime, see who I support.

Smash Poll: Smash DLC Results

Will write more about this after the Mewtwo hype dies down.

Here’s the published chart (so you can sort it by language, etc):

Want:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet…S0/pubchart?oid=1404193269&format=interactive

Picture Format:

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Potential chart:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet…S0/pubchart?oid=2075568975&format=interactive

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And finally: Wants divided by Potential:

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Also, I release the data here once I delete the names and organize the questions a bit for people. Working on it now.

What do you think about these results? Are they surprising? Disappointing? Leave a comment below!

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