nah, there's a lot of hype around this. smash is a series prided off of being the grandest video-game cross-over event around, and this is seen as the ultimate
culmination of such a legacy. there are over a thousand songs, over a hundred stages, and about 90 characters to choose from. in a 2021 interview with famitsu, mr. sakurai has stated that a worthy sequel is "impossible. impossible. impossible"
. he also said: “i currently don’t see a path where smash can be produced without myself.”
to that, i say: bullshit. nintendo has cracked down on the beloved, decade-long project m/+
fan-mod for being too goated and being better than brawl, so nah, there is a way. they added knuckles from sonic to the game from the ground-up, so anything's possible with some passion. to begin, after revealing solid snake from the evocative espionage series of "metal gear" who first appeared as the smash's first 3rd party rep in brawl on the wii was going to return after being cut from smash 4 on the wii u & 3ds. this text
appeared: "EVERYONE IS HERE!"
this means that every character who has ever appeared in the series will return including those who were dropped game-to-game. after sora from kingdom hearts & final 13.0.1 patch have been released, there are ~89 characters in the roster if you consider pyra/mythra & pokémon trainer's starters as separate and "echo fighters" as characters. let me quickly debunk this. in smash 64, the balloon pokémon jigglypuff was created by tweaking kirby to fit one more slot since they're both pink puff balls despite not even being from the same series. in melee's roster of 26, 6 or about 1/4!
were made clones from other fighters: falco from fox, dr. mario from mario, young link from adult link, roy (who?) from marth (who?), pichu from pikachu, and... the great king of evil ganon from the legend of zelda was made a clone of the pig-cop-turned-speed-racer captain falcon from the dead f-zero racing series. ganon has been a clone of falcon for nearly ~2 decades
. this is the case for several since melee which was rushed in around a year and somehow evolved into one of the hypest games ever. there are 15 of these suckers littered in the roster which means 17%
of the roster are clones. they've even officialized cloning by calling them "echo fighters", adding fellas like isabelle and dark samus. i can't see how this is celebrating gaming history besides ryu's partner ken since both are shotos or richter since he's only apart of a long lineage of monster slaying. i guess i'll talk about newcomers. there are 23 if you separate aegis (pyra/mythra). right off the bat, 7 of them (daisy, dark samus, chrom, richter, isabelle, ken, mythra)
are clones, so only 16 or 70%
are actually real. but i'll share my thoughts if you care to listen. daisy is not just peach 2.0 in the mario spinoffs. i'd gladly delete 5 mario characters for waluigi as the mario spinoff rep. dark samus is the second samus we've had besides zero suit (idk why they chose a version of samus from the worst metroid game lol). she's also technically an fps rep since metroid prime is an fps. i mentioned 2 shooter reps to take her spot at the end. chrom got in off a memey hypetrain from the smash 4 robin/lucina trailer. he's a worse roy without his hilt and with a worse recovery than little mac. i don't know how FE fans feel about that and i don't care tbh. ridley has been one of the most requested characters ever, so i'm really glad he's in the game. they even got his mecha drip as a skin! i'd be happy if it was just samus and ridley. the belmonts from castlevania were super hype to see. because richter is a beloved descendant of the whip, it makes sense for him to be simon's echo fighter.. my only complaint is that they didn't get sexy long hair richter from symphony of the night. k. rool has also been one of the requested characters. i'm glad this corny croc is in. isabelle is a worse clone of villager. i do see isabelle as the face of AC, so i might keep her over villager. ken master is in smash. i wish chun-li replaced both ryu/ken tbh, but having both these shoto bozos is sick. incineroar is the pokémon from the gen of then. it's a tradition in smash, but i've heard that he isn't even that liked amongst fans. plant is a meme pick. it's kinda sucks to get mario fodder a slot this time. besides botw's link, i feel p5's joker deserves the slot unlike others from weeb jrpg's of the month. i love the team's focus on style here. he's great. hero's command select is a very awesome mechanic. it's silly to think players wanted to ban him. B&K... i'm not gonna pretend i care tbh. snk's terry bogard from fatal fury/king of fighters. i believe he deserves the spot. buster wolf & power geyser are by far the funniest moves to land. byleth... remember when i was talking about jrpg of the month? min min... i don't think anyone actually played her game. STEVE FROM MINECRAFT! building with blocks in a platform fighter is a genius idea. one of the nuttiest combo games ever. SEPH-I-ROTH! it's insane that ff7 got a 2nd rep. he's arguably the most popular villain of all time, so it makes sense. pyra/mythra... mythra is just fast pyra with 3 new B's. kazuya mishima. i'm pretty sure he's the funniest character of all time. tekken is the best 3d fighter series. 7's community is so beautiful how it brings the world together. sora from kingdom fuckin hearts. it's actually insane that this is real. it makes so much sense for him to close this baby off since KH is a massive square x disney cross-over. i would love to see sora in subspace emissary 2. i wish he was as cool as ssf2 or kh2 sora tho..
if you wanna see how i look at the rest of the roster, here
you go. feel free to ask me questions. in conclusion, a better sequel is possible. if smash 6
had a sequel to brawl's story with these lame-o's cut, then it'd surpass this. a roster cut is needed, unlike what sakurai says in the interview. no one wants to see corrin hang out with charizard
. quality > quantity. if swaths of veterans were wholly redesigned to be cooler like luigi being based on his own trilogy or champ-link having stuff unique to botw, then it'd surpass this. if the sequel had better online than fan-made roll-back for melee
, then it'd surpass this. if it didn't have ~6 frames of input delay which is thrice melee's, it'd surpass this. if awesome costumes that you'd find as mods online were added, it'd surpass than this. if i could pick jill valentine from resident evil, chun-li from street fighter, master chief from halo, dante from dmc, and/or heavy from tf2 as newcomers, it'd surpass this. i'm not gonna sugarcoat it. i might update this review with a tier list once every best-player-of-a-character finalizes their match-up charts to gauge the idea of this game being balanced. - stink-face smasher