New Release: Super Smash Bros. 3DS

The day has finally come. Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS has been released!

So I may or may not have played for six hours when it finished downloading. No shame. But I can’t help it. Not only was it a nostalgia thing, but it was also the fact that there are new characters to unlock, new stages to play on, and you just want to do it all.

So, from the top, here’s a review of Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS:

All in all, there were really just two major differences (three, if you split apart character and stage additions), and that is to be expected with each new Super Smash game. I mean, it’s just happened every new release.

 Character and  Stage Additions

A lot of characters were brought back, including the long-gone Dr. Mario. Characters with two or more forms were split into separate characters, like Zelda and Sheik, some characters were removed, like Pokemon Trainer, and a ton of new characters were added. The ones I looked forward to the most were Lucina and Palutena, but the one that really stuck out to me was Shulk (I’ve never played Xenoblade, but oh geez, I love this fighter!). There are also more alternate color options for each character, eight instead of four, to be exact.

I know there were some times that I’ve played any older version of Smash and wished a move worked differently, was more powerful, blah blah blah. Well, looks like that prayer has been answered with Fighter Customization. Not only can you change the strength, defense, and speed of a fighter, but you can change the movesets as well. I’m gonna give you a second to process that. Yes. You can change the movesets. Granted you need to play through the game to collect the moves, but it’s a fantastic new addition. You can finally make your favorite character more comfortable for you to continually play.

As with every new character, there is a new stage. So you can imagine there are plenty. And there are going to be different stages for both the 3DS and Wii U versions. Some have been brought back, such as Distant Planet and Corneria, and Brinstar, and there have been plenty of new additions like Gaur Plain, Spirit Train, and Rainbow Road. Stages are also given the option of an Ω Form; stages are completely flattened like Final Destination, erasing the possibility of KOing because of the map.

Game Modes

Along with all of the new characters and stages, there are new game modes and changes made to older ones. First of all, Adventure Mode, which has changed multiple times already, has changed into something similar (only in the fact that you’re not fighting other playable characters for a while) called Smash Run. In this mode, you pretty much go through a giant stage with multiple rooms, similar to Adventure Mode in Melee, fighting different enemies, collecting powerups, and battling the other players at the end when time runs out. And remember that customization thing? Well, it kinda help you here. Hint hint.

Classic Mode has changed, now giving you the option to choose your own path to the end. There is also a more specific difficulty setting for the mode as well. Now you can battle enemies at intensities from “Effortless” to “Nothing Harder” and everything in between. The higher the intensity, the better the prizes. But it’s still pretty hardcore, so I’m just gonna stay at like 4 for a while.

All-Star mode is a little different too. Instead of fighting characters based on the series they’re from, you fight them based on the era they first appeared in. Difficulties range from easy to hard in this one, and is pretty straightforward. You fight the characters in a huge brawl, no healing items except for three between fights. If you KO, you’re done.

There is also a Wi-Fi mode where you can either play “For Fun” or “For Glory”. It’s basically Vs. Mode, but online.

Other modes include Trophy Rush, Target Blast, Home-Run Contest, Multi-Man Mode, and Training Mode.

 

So I say get the game, especially if you’re a Nintendork like me. It’s great for both hardcore and casual gamers, will be able to be played across platforms, and…geez. There’s a lot I can say, but I’ll start rambling. You just need to play it yourself.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS was released this morning, Oct. 3, 2014, and is currently priced at $39.99. The Wii U edition will be released during the 2014 holiday season.

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ANOTHER BATCH!

This is going to be a rather short post. You know, school and whatnot. But for those who aren’t following Elder Scrolls Online, this is for you.

We should all know by now about the upcoming MMO Elder Scrolls Online, right? Skyrim met World of Warcraft when Bethesda and Zenimax teamed up to create what is thought to be one of the most expected games of this year.

Alpha testing went well, and signups for beta are still going on. And for the millions that have already registered, your invitation just may be in your inbox. So you should go check now. I know I am.

Sign up for beta here.

Music and Games

Video Games Live logo

Video Games Live logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems like video games and music go hand in hand. But since people don’t really play games for the soundtrack, many gamers miss out on doubling an amazing experience. It’s subconsciously there, the music. You know Super Mario Bros. from Skyrim just by listening to them, and you know that rush you feel when the music swells as you rush into the boss battle. You could silently thank the composers whenever you play your games, or you could find out when Video Games Live is coming to your town and thank one of the composers yourself.

I know you hear about things like this being an experience like no other, but this is truly an experience like no other. When I first heard about VGL, I expected to dress in classy attire and sit in an auditorium quietly while the orchestra played themes from our favorite video games. I was satisfied with it, this wasn’t my first orchestral concert, but I didn’t know just how wrong I was until a week before the event when more information was given to me.

A friend of mine from the Louisiana Cosplay Community sent me a picture of her all dressed up as the male trainer from upcoming Pokemon X and Y. Seeing as the game was just announced, I was impressed at how quickly she had put together her costume. She then asked me who I was going as. I didn’t know there was a cosplay contest. Not only that, but I didn’t know there was a Guitar Hero contest, I also didn’t know there was a light show and gameplay going on during the whole thing. Flute Link even made an appearance. Lastly, there were the meet-and-greets.

I was surprised at how well it turned out. The creators really brought two cultures together through one common thing. Music. I recommend this event to everyone. Find a date close to you, get your costumes ready, and get ready to enjoy some music.

A New (Old) Pokemon Revealed

It was early this morning, about 4, that I heard my phone going crazy. Maybe it was an emergency, so I opted to check it. When I did, it was only Facebook. So of course I was disgruntled, but still checked it anyway. That’s when I saw this plastered all over my wall:

Mewthree?

Look familiar? Everyone hoped it would. Apparently it’s the new form of Mewtwo for the upcoming games Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, originally a legendary pokemon that was created in a lab and is basically God’s clone. But since it was revealed with no name on yesterday’s episode of “Pokemon Smash”, some fans have dubbed this new form “Mewthree”. While some are excited that the company is revamping an older generation pokemon, others are less happy about the situation.

Those that are happy with the change feel that the design is cool. It is a way to bring the newer generation into what the ’90s kids grew up with. But that’s about all they are happy about, the design. They aren’t really concerned with the fact that it is a complete do-over from an already amazing character, but hey, the design’s cool.

Those that are not happy with this change or possible new creation feel that Nintendo has honestly run out of ideas. This is what they came up with after asking fans to submit their ideas? A revamp of an older pokemon as opposed to one of the millions of amazing and original fan created ones. Others argue that it is what the character stood for, not his looks. Mewtwo helped children realize that it it not where you come from, but what you do with your life. And it wasn’t his looks that made kids of the ’90s realize this.

“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” – Mewtwo Pokemon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back

Also, we are all aware that every game has been turned into a television series or movie, and nearly every pokemon has been included. How would this new form come to play? Fans have started making their own theories about this. Perhaps it is a clone of Mewtwo, and truly is Mewthree. Or maybe Mewtwo just got a makeover. Well we all know how well playing, controlling, and cloning God went the first time, so you would think all of the villainous groups would have learned their lessons by now. So we’re probably leaning towards the makeover bit.

We’ll all know the real story soon enough. Pokemon X and Pokemon Y come out for the 3DS in October this year, so be ready to start a new adventure.

To see this new pokemon in action: