Smash Up: Episode 40 (June 16-20 Updates)

E3 has come and gone, but news on Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS is still rolling out.  This week had a particular focus on new special moves, as well as a peek at a new minigame.  All that and the Character Prediction of the Week are available below.

June 16: Secondary Weapon

Some of the Swordfighter Mii’s special attacks are shown off to start the week.  The Shuriken of Light and the Gale Strike are neutral special attacks, while the Chakram is a side special.  The Chakram can be thrown in any direction and can be manually stalled in midair.  Each of the three different Mii types will have a pool of twelve different special moves, three for each attack type, to build a custom fighter from.

June 17: You Will Be Assimilated

A collectible trophy based on the Egg Robo from Sonic the Hedgehog is shown off.  Egg Robo will be appearing as an enemy in Smash Run, hovering in place and firing his blaster at passing fighters.

June 18: Feeling Lucky?

One of the new minigames is put on display: Trophy Rush.  This may be replacing the Coin Launcher minigame that was used in Brawl.  The pentagonal objects are prizes to collect, including coins and trophies.  What comes out of the prize with the wrench symbol is unknown.  The wrench symbol is typically used to represent the options menu in the Smash series, so collecting this prize may unlock new game modes.

June 19: Food Fight

Pac-Man’s standard special, Bonus Fruit, is given an in-depth explanation.  The attack can be charged to cycle through the various fruit that Pac-Man collects in the original arcade game and will cycle in the same order that they appeared in said game.  The order is cherry, strawberry, orange, apple, melon, and Galaxian.  Whether or not the bell and key items will be appearing is unknown.  Each item will have its own unique movement pattern, such as the Galaxian flying around in a figure 8 pattern.  The cycle will repeat once you pass by the last item and the speed that the items cycle will double every time you pass the orange.

June 20: All the Strength of Great Typhoon

This is one of Donkey Kong’s alternates for his standard special: Storm Punch.  Every fighter will have a pool of twelve different special to choose from.  Unlike the Miis and Palutena, Donkey Kong and all of the other fighters will have their alternate specials based on their default attacks.  These custom movesets are included simply as a fun extra and will not be available in random online matches.  Even when customization is available, it can be toggled on and off with ease on the character select screen.

Character Prediction of the Week: Toon Zelda

I’ve mentioned before the Forbidden 7: seven characters who were originally planned to be included in Brawl, but were cut due to time constraints.  Those characters are Dixie Kong, Mewtwo, Roy, Dr. Mario, Toon Zelda, Toon Sheik, and the mysterious ‘Pra_Mai’.  Of the six identified characters, Toon Zelda and Toon Sheik have the lowest chances of making it in this time around.  It’s unlikely that any new clone characters will be introduced in the new games given that character customization essentially fills the role of clones.  Toon Sheik is especially unlikely considering that the character does not actually exist in The Legend of Zelda series and would an original character for Smash.  With the transformation mechanic being completely scrapped, Toon Zelda’s chances are a little better as her inclusion wouldn’t have to be tied to Toon Sheik’s.  Since she would have a much lighter build than Zelda, Toon Zelda might still have a chance just like how Toon Link is being included, but I wouldn’t hold out much hope.

Verdict: Not Likely

We’re still a long way from release and there are still a lot of potential announcements waiting to be made.  What else are you hoping to see out of the new Smash games?  Which characters do you want to have discussed on the next Character Prediction of the Week?  Leave a comment below and check back next week for more.

Nick Connor

I'm an English major and History minor at UW-Parkside. I'm a big fan of Mega Man, Deus Ex, Okami, Civilization, Kingdom Hearts, and Team Fortress 2.

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