It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Indeed, since Project M (a massive Super Smash Bros Brawl mod to turn Brawl into Melee 1.5, with new characters and content) was cancelled in December 2015, it seems things have been slow on the Project M news front. No obvious revivals, no new developer information, no news on gaming sites… it’s like everyone completely forgot about the title!
But now things might be getting interesting again! Why?
Because over on 4chan in May, someone leaked a ton of cool stuff from Project M’s development. Here are the links to different parts of the leaked ‘pack’ (via Mega):
- Ported Maps
- Melee Translation Data
- Bumblebee Ness
- Pig Ganon
- [Missing] – Fireball Bowser
- Main Menu
- Concept Art
Which can be downloaded from this resource post.
As well as an archived version of the topic:
So what’s in the pack?
Well, quite a lot of random things really. Some of them seem to be personal projects by Project M team members, some just other mods that the guys may or may not have been willing to integrate or play around with (like the Pichu one). Here’s a list of what’s in each pack:
- Bumblebee Ness (presumably some sort of alt costume for the character)
- Pichu (based off a mod by Smashboards user called [TSON])
- Pig Ganon (redone Ganon based off his earlier appearances)
- Fireball Bowser (Bowser with the ability to shoot fireballs instead of breathe fire)
- Tons of ‘ported maps’
- Various edits for Fox and his attacks and hitboxes
- Lots of announcer comments, by whoever was playing that role for the Project M development team.
- Melee Translation Data (presumably something tech related)
- Something called D1 (seems to be early takes for a new announcer)
- The main menu resources. Which were on KCMM for months now, but are also included in this leaked ‘selection’ too.
Out of these, the announcer quotes one has to be an interesting download. Why? Because it includes comments for LOTS of characters that weren’t ever added to Project M, but might have been planned at one time. Namely:
- King K Rool from Donkey Kong Country
- Pichu Bros from Pokemon
- Isaac from Golden Sun (well, he was in the leaked dev build)
- Pichu (see above reference)
- Ridley from Metroid
- Saki from Sin and Punishment (see leaked dev build)
- Skull Kid from Zelda
- Slippy from Star Fox
- Black Shadow from F-Zero
- Bowser Jr from Mario (like in Smash 4)
- Dark Samus from Metroid
- Dixie Kong from Donkey Kong Country
- Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog series
- Lyn from Fire Emblem (see leaked dev build)
That’s a pretty insane list of possible playable characters. Of course, only three of them got anywhere near being included in the actual game before its cancellation, but I give props to the team for their ambition.
Another interesting download here is that for the concept art. Unfortunately, it has nothing for King K Rool, Dixie Kong, Slippy, Bowser Jr or anyone else that wasn’t in the leaked dev build. But what it does have is some pretty nice art for the likes of Isaac, a redone version of Sonic the Hedgehog and Lynn, among other things. I’ll post it here for everyone to see anyway:
The other packs are pretty minor by comparison. A few neat character concepts, a few stages from older games and a few menu resources already released to the public, but I guess they could be useful for some people out there.
Which brings me to another point.
Remember that legal notice I mentioned earlier?
That one which supposedly killed off Project M?
Well, the topic about this on 4chan puts that whole rumour into question, yet again. Basically, the person posting these leaks (who was presumably on the development team at some point) claims there was no lawsuit. Just Warchamp supposedly destroying the project.
Said person claims Wavedash (some of the Project M team’s new project) didn’t want competition, so they made up a lie that the project had to shut down to get people off their back and focus on their commercial work. Bit like how some people claim Redigit of Super Mario Bros X claim faked the legal notice to work on Terraria.
In their own words:
there was no lawsuit, only warchamps destroying project m
cause of wavedash dude
they didnt want the competition, so they had warchamp kill with some bullshit story about a lawsuit
they believed his shit cause of paranoia of some council members and gamer lawyers
they didnt even bother to check or have the balls to keep on developing
But is this true? Did Project M really get shut down because of future commercial interests rather than Nintendo legal action?
Well, that’s a hard one to call. On the one hand, quite a few people in the development team have at least hinted that something was going on behind the scenes, or that they could get in trouble if the game’s development continues. And their lawyer does have a good reputation here.
On the other hand, there’s an equal amount of comments that hint that various conspiracies and backroom deals and other instances of drama might have gone on here. So it’s quite hard to really know, unless a team member wants to come out and talk directly to the media about the project’s cancellation.
Either way, enjoy the Project M resources, and perhaps cry a bit at all the great characters and concepts that never came to pass due to its cancellation. Poor old King K Rool eh? Screwed over by Sakurai, then dropped by the Project M team as well, right when everyone wanted him to be a playable character! And with everyone from Saki to Isaac to Pichu and Pig Ganon and Black Shadow on the potential roster, it really does make you wonder what the game could have become if development had continued right through 2016. Perhaps something even better than Super Smash Bros for Wii U?
What do you think? Do you wish all this Project M stuff was in the game? That development was continued and some of this beta stuff was included?