It's been 20 years since the debut of this legendary Nintendo IP and the series still holds a special place in my heart with it's large roster of fighters and references to my childhood memories. This next entry in the series will be dominant among the rest of the titles in the series. Here's why.
Full Roster and Dream Match-ups
As mentioned by Sakurai himself, the entire cast from past Smash Brothers titles are present, not to mention we got new characters like Ridley and the Inklings. I remember being disappointed with Ice Climbers, Snake, and Wolf's exclusion in the previous entry, as well as Mewtwo and Young Link not being present in Brawl.
Thankfully we have the full cast and now we can have our dream match ups; like a "villains only" eight player smash or the poster child for each gaming company facing each other. Think about it. Mario, Sonic, Pac-Man, Megaman, Solid Snake, and Cloud Strife all in the same game duking it out. Imagine that. Just throw in Crash Bandicoot and you got yourself the gaming fight of the century.
We have over 60 characters right now (over 70 if you count Alph and the Koopalings), and more to be revealed before the games launch.
Fan-favorite gameplay mechanics are back.
I can air dodge again? Amen to that! Not to mention the 'short jumping' makes its return. We even have a ground dash, which is similar to the 'wave dash' from Melee. The game's speed and pacing will be close to that of Melee, which many fans are happy about.
On a side note, each character has improvements made to them as explained in the presentation video shown at E3 this year. It's going to be a fresh experience for both new and old players in the Smash community.
Massive Stage Selection
If you count all the stages shown in the presentation video as well as the character videos on the Smash Bros. website, there are over 80 stages. EIGHTY! For a fighting game, that's insane. Usually fighting games have around 15-20 stages; this game straight up broke the record.
It's great seeing the 3DS stages re-rendered in full HD. The melee stages also got a revamped look. It's possible that we might even get every stage as well as every character.
Our wishes have been answered.
Sakurai has pretty much given us everything that we've wanted: bringing back fan favorite characters and stages, more costumes, more third party representation, character buffs, faster gameplay mechanics, and much more.
This game is pretty much 64, Melee, Brawl, and 3DS/WiiU tossed in a blender with new ingredients, some extra spices, and a lot of love. From what was already revealed, this game is already satisfying, and there's more to be revealed as well.
I'm super excited for this new title in the series; I plan to try out every single thing this game has to offer. I highly recommend that everyone that owns a Nintendo Switch (even people who aren't fans of Super Smash Bros.) pick this game up when it comes out.
Trust me, this will be the best one of the series. From what I see, it already it the best of the series.