This was a fairly interesting week for Super Smash Bros. Along with a few interesting visual updates, we also have a full explanation on the Super Smash Bros Invitational Tournament happening in just a couple weeks. There’s a lot to go over, so let’s get started.
The new design for the revival platforms is shown off to start the week. These platforms bring fighters back into arena after being knocked out. Fighters are safe while on the platform, but it vanishes immediately after they move off and the platforms will vanish on their own after a few seconds. The platforms now have a new colored lights below them that turn from yellow to red to signal that the platform is about to vanish.
The Rocket Belt item from the Pilotwings series appears on the 3DS version. Equiping the item gives a fighter additional jumps and allows even characters with weak recovery to control the skies.
A new visual effect has been added for fighters who have taken high damage. At damage percentages above 150, fighters will start to give off smoke to signify that they’re close to a knock-out.
Ike’s neutral special, Eruption, is a powerful standing blast that can be charged for greater effect. Fully charging the attack will cause recoil damage back onto Ike, but his sword will shine just before to signal when the attack can be fired off for full power without taking damage in return.
The week ends with a look at what appears on the lower screen of the 3DS during a match. The blank spaces just above the damage percentages will contain the player names. Tapping on one of the character profiles on the lower screen will highlight the fighter on the upper screen and make it easier to track a specific opponent or better track yourself.
With Charizard and Greninja being confirmed and no sign of Ivysaur making a return, many are wondering if a new grass-type starter Pokemon will be added. The obvious choice would be Sceptile as it best fits Smash’s play-style of all of the grass-type starters and it would tie in with the recently announced Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It seems to make sense, but I still have my doubts. There are already four Pokemon on the roster and four veterans still waiting in the wings. I highly doubt that another new Pokemon representative would be in the works given how much exposure the series has already. Still, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
Finally, we have news on the Super Smash Bros Invitational Tournament. The tournament will be held on Tuesday, June 10th, at 4:00 PM Pacific at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and will be broadcasted live on Nintendo’s official Twitch account. The tournament will pit sixteen high-level players:
- Ken “LiquidKen” Hoang
- Hugo “HugS” Gonzalez
- Daniel “LiquidKDJ” Jung
- Lilian “milktea” Chen
- Hendrick “DJNintendo” Pilar
- Sam “PeachyHime” McNaughton
- Neha “Lilo” Chhetri
- Kris “Toph” Aldenderfer
- Kevin “EG PPMD” Nanney
- Juan “Crs. Hungrybox” Debiedma
- Kevin “PewPewU” Toy
- Dakora “TheRapture” Lasky
- Masaya “aMSa” Chikamoto
- Gonzalo “CT ZeRo” Barrios
- Cristin “Crismas” DeSaro
- McCain “MacD” LaVelle
The matches will have live commentary from seasoned Smash commentators Wynton “Prog” Smith, Bobby “Scar” Scarnewman, and D’Ron “D1” Maingrette and the event will be hosted by the Dorito Pope himself, Geoff Keighley. The roster of the playable characters in the tournament will be limited to twenty of the thirty revealed characters:
- Donkey Kong
- Zero Suit Samus
- Mega Man
- Wii Fit Trainer
- Little Mac
While it hasn’t been confirmed, the public demo of the game that will be appearing will likely have the same roster. Players in the tournament will select one character each to use throughout the entire tournament. The tournament will be single-elimination with four player free-for-all matches. Each match will players set at four stock each and will have a five minute time limit. The top two of each match will move on. Items will be on for the first, second, and third rounds and off for the grand finals with a 0ne-on-one finale on Battlefield. There will also be a extra bracket of competitors chosen by the fans. Best yet, the tournament will feature the new Gamecube controller adapter for the Wii U. Who will you be rooting for in the Invitational Tournament? Who are you most excited to try out when the demo hits the public? Leave a comment below and check back next week for more.