Hard News 07/03/12
Today on Hard News, the new Smash Bros. won't have a lot of new characters, an all digital EA, and Halo 4 will need a lot of space.
Sakurai feels the Super Smash Bros. roster is at its limit - http://www.screwattack.com/news/sakurai-feels-super-smash-bros-roster-its-limit
EA to go entirely digital in the near future - http://www.screwattack.com/news/ea-go-entirely-digital-near-future
Halo 4 will require a HDD or 8 GB flash drive for online play - http://www.screwattack.com/news/halo-4-will-require-hdd-or-8-gb-flash-drive-online-play
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I hate that EA makes me have origin. I got about 140 games on steam and Mass effect and NFS on origin. Yes. I have you EA. But your games are good.
Get rid of Jigglypuff? BLASPHEMY good sir!
I disagree with Ice Climbers. There isn't a single character/team that is a clone of those two. You can argue the Pokemon Trainer in Brawl is sort of like Ice Climbers, but even there's one Pokemon used at a time unless there's Final Smash involved (at least I think that is the Pokemon Trainer's Final Smash).
I'm more concerned with Dr. Mario being a clone of Mario in Melee than I am with Ganondorf a clone of Captain Falcon. Who's to say which punch trumps which?
That's what I love about Hard News - opinionated AND unbiased. We all know Jared HATES Halo for some reason(s), but he keeps it professional and respects those who actually care to listen.
OH MY GOD, A MAN CAN DREAM
I'm still praying that they put Mike Jones from StarTropics in there.
It's not confirmed clones are getting the boot, that's just Jareds suggestion.
Character's whose move sets mimics another character. For example, Ganondorf is pretty much a clone of Captain Falcon, Falco is a clone of Fox, Lucas a clone of Ness, etc etc.
The all digital tactic seems to be the most logical way for a game publisher to combat used game sales. It actually seems pretty sound, but since EA is doing it, everyone assumes it's evil.
As for SSB, I think that Sakurai is taking it the right direction, and I agree with Jared. Get rid of the clones, either all together or by giving them a brand new and unique moveset. I'd love for Falco to be given a new set rather than just being a beefier and slower Fox.
As for new ones, I would love to see Tails, who could easily step in and be an adorable version of Snake, or Krystal, but, unsurprisingly, only if it means she isn't another clone of Fox. (She has a magical staff of power, let her use that!)
I want a return to the SSBM Ganondorf where he's not slow as shit and gimped. Don't get me wrong; I "main" Ganondorf in Brawl because it's funny. But it'd be awesome to see him going back to kickass mode. I guess I'm not that sad about not many new characters since the only characters I really want, will never happen: Banjo-Kazooie and MegaMan (or Forte (Bass)). Although for MegaMan I would REALLY want a Battle Network era skin, but that doubly wouldn't happen.
True, DLC is an option. Here hoping for at least 50 characters tops.
Good point and indeed.
Wtf EA!? I don't want digital games. Not until consoles have huge hard drives. I can upgrade my PS3 one but I can't buy a legit 360 one over 320gb (actually over 250gb 'cos I don't have a slim).
Jared sees the silver lining.
But they were my favourite Melee characters :(
And Roy definitely had a different play-style than Marth.
I just hope that the next Smash will just go faster in general. I'm glad that a few clone characters are going though.
I think it's about time they add Daisy to Smash, make her attacks sports oriented, since she mostly appear in the Mario sports games and she could wear the Strikers outfit :] :p
I understand the pros of balance and all that in Smash, but I don't care. MORE CHARACTERS! I WANT MORE CHARACTERS!