Masahiro Sakurai Thanks Super Smash Bros Fans

It’s been a while since Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U was first announced, but now it seems development has finally come to a close. In his last column in Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, series creator Masahiro Sakurai has thanked the fans for their love and support for the series, and mentioned how he’s taking a well deserved vacation. Here’s his comment about the situation, in his own words:

The last two DLC fighters for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, Corrin and Bayonetta, are now available. At long last, the development on Smash for has ended!! To all of the staff who were involved in this project, thank you for all your hard work. To all who supported and followed the game and its development, thank you so very much. Personally, I’m happy I can finally take an extended vacation.

The fighters themselves become the sources of new excitement. That’s why the new fighters can do things the others cannot, to bring to life a number of battles that did not previously exist. Smash is much more extravagant in its design than other fighting games, development is difficult, and I have to deal with oversight from the original creators, but I have to do my best.

But now that raises one more question. Namely… will he be back for part 5?

Because with the Wii U failing to really find much of an audience and the Nintendo NX release date right round the corner, it seems inevitable than a fifth Super Smash Bros game will be announced to go with it. Heck, even Sakurai didn’t know he was going to working on the last game til Iwata came in and basically said it needed to exist! And with all the rumours that the new console will actually launch with a Super Smash Bros game (even if it’s just a modified version of the Wii U one), we’re starting to suspect his holiday this year won’t be a particularly long one.

What do you think about this announcement?

Source:

Sakurai’s Famitsu Column 499 (translation) – Source Gaming

New Super Smash Bros Game Coming As NX Launch Title?

Well, this would certainly be exciting if true, though I certainly wouldn’t count on it. Basically, the current rumour going around at the moment (courtesy of a Twitter user and known gaming info leaker called Dr. Serkan Toto (and his anonymous source) is that a new Super Smash Bros game will be coming to the Nintendo NX as a launch title. Here’s the tweet about it:

But is it true? To be honest… that’s hard to say. I mean, it’s an anonymous source, that’s already a sort of red flag in itself, regardless of what user or publication is passing on their message.

What’s more, nothing says this has to be a NEW game. Oh sure, it’s supposedly got something to do with Super Smash Bros. But it’s just as likely (and somewhat hinted at) that it could be an improved version of an older title, like an improved Smash Bros 4 with the DLC stuff included by default. Or heck, if you want a really insane idea, maybe a HD Melee remake or something equally crazy.

Either way, Smash Bros might be coming as an NX launch game. Maybe this might be what the system needs to sell right off the bat!

Super Smash Bros Hacker Destroying People’s Games?

Remember how a while back, hackers were accidentally bricking people’s copies of Splatoon by playing against them with usually unplayable characters and weapons (like the Octolings)?

Well it seems like something similar is happening in Super Smash Bros for Wii U.  Basically, someone calling themselves gamergibbons on Reddit was playing on For Glory with a ‘really salty’ (read, obnoxious) player.  Said player apparently changed his name to ‘YOU’RE GONE’, at which point the topic creator’s game crashed to a black screen with an error message.  It then continued to be unusable whenever he tried to boot up the game again, or copy the save data.

Above: Apparently, this is the result of the hack.

So something is apparently not right on For Glory in Super Smash Bros.

But is the story true?  Well to be honest… we’re not really that sure.  It’s a compelling one, and if true, certainly one that’ll scare a few die hard Nintendo fans and Super Smash Bros players.

But it’s also a very suspicious one, one which has a lot of ‘points’ which bring it closer to a creepypasta that a real telling of events.  Like the hacker changing his name in a cruel way right before destroying the game.  Okay, the person mentioned was apparently a douchebag or what not, but come on… changing his name to taunt his opponent before attacking?  That’s the kind of thing you’d see in a movie, not real life.  It made me think of that scene in Skyfall where Raoul Silva attacks MI6 with a virus on an encrypted laptop.

There’s also the somewhat technical infeasibility of the attack.  What data does your Wii U share with other consoles when playing online?  Well, in Smash Bros’ case… not a whole lot as far as attack vectors go.  So the theories in the thread are that the attack used a hacked nickname or messed up replay data for the task.  But how would that work?  Is Nintendo’s security really so bad that someone can figure out how to brick someone’s copy of the game or save data via injecting code into a nickname or replay data?  Cause that seems pretty unlikely.  Also, the kind of bug that many companies would offer thousands of dollars in reward money for, since it’s clearly dangerous for people using their products.

Add how said user apparently lost the replay data proving the attack (and let’s face it, saying you’ve lost/destroyed all evidence is very common for fake rumours posted online), and you’ve got a story that’s a tad suspicious in how it’s presented.  Probably not gonna stop the gaming press talking about it though.

But what do you think?  Is there really a hacker going around in Super Smash Bros destroying people’s games via exploits, similar to the problems caused by Splatoon hackers in months past?  Or is this just another tall tale that’s going to end up on every gaming website under the sun within about a week?

Source:

Game is Unplayable After Encounter With Hacker – Smash Bros Reddit

So about that Smash Bros Presentation

Yeah, that was something.  Well, it was different, I’ll give it that.

But as a final presentation?  As a way to wrap up the DLC that this game has been getting?  As a final answer to the much hyped Super Smash Bros character ballot?

What an utter joke.

First of all, we get a Fire Emblem character that literally no one gives a toss about.  Harsh?  Yeah sure, but Fire Emblem Fates isn’t even out in regions other than Japan, and this is literally the fifth Fire Emblem character in the game.  For comparison, that’s about as many characters as Mario and Pokemon got, and more than were afforded to Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid and numerous other series that are a thousand times more popular in general.

Above: There is no way in hell Corrin is more worthy than about a million other possible newcomers.

If anything has proved that Super Smash Bros is now ‘whatever random thing Sakurai likes bros’, then this is it.  A game which isn’t even out, from a niche series with a small fanbase gets a character in a crossover that’s passed over hundreds or even thousands of potential characters with more history, more iconic status or from a series which actually sells worth a damn.  Another anime style swordsman in Smash?  Screw it, we’re out.

But dramatic exit aside, what was next?

Well, for anyone who likes WarioWare, Splatoon or Super Mario RPG… proof positive that their favourite characters weren’t getting into this game as playable.

And then, we got Bayonetta confirmed as the last playable character.  Not one additional character out of a couple (since she may have gotten a certain number of votes and popularity), but the last one period.  Based on a rather questionable statement that she ‘was in the top five characters in each region worldwide’, with the comment that others weren’t ‘legally viable’ or something.

Above: No, makes no sense to us either.

Err… what?

Can someone provide an actual source for these stats?  Like, a spreadsheet showing ballot votes?

Because from what I’ve seen, the demand for Bayonetta was nowhere near high enough to justify this.  The polls don’t show her in the top five, at least the ones I’ve seen on Reddit and other such sites.  The games themselves aren’t the best sellers (the original sold a decent 1.3 million, the sequel less than a million worldwide), and the hype for the character was not there on any forum or social media I’ve visited or been active on.

So where are these phantom votes coming from?  Is there one really bored person out there who is like, the biggest ever Bayonetta fan and has gotten a botnet to spam votes for weeks on end?  Is there a secret cabal of die hard Bayonetta fans that number in the millions but don’t post on the internet for some reason?  Did the Smash Bros poll not allow votes from half the population cause of a technical fault and Nintendo didn’t bother to tell us?

And what of the campaigns?  Are you really saying all that hype for Shovel Knight, Shantae, Banjo-Kazooie, etc didn’t do anything, despite tons of Twitter users seeing and liking and retweeting the campaign material?

Legal issues?  Is there some legal issue with all the popular characters that stops them being chosen?  I doubt it.

Sorry, but this presentation and its reveals don’t make any sense, and go completely against all reasonable evidence to the contrary.  Unless we get a full break down of every single vote cast for the ballot and how the results were calculated, we will not be buying another Smash Bros game, ever.  Not until Sakurai simply steps away from development and leaves the game to people who listen their audience rather than go based on personal whims and ‘friendships’ with random developers.

Final Super Smash Bros Presentation Coming December 15th

Well, there have been a few false starts so far, but it seems like we finally know when the Smash Bros character ballot results are read out. That day? December 15th, which Nintendo of America has announced will host the final Super Smash Bros focused Nintendo Direct, with Masahiro Sakurai providing more information on Cloud and other upcoming characters. Here’s the message about it on Twitter:

So what can we say? Well, just one thing; King K Rool better be announced or else. He’s been absent from Brawl, he’s been absent from Smash Bros 4… and if he’s absent here too, then it’ll be even more clear that Smash Bros has become all about hyping up flavour of the month nobodies over characters that actually deserve to be in the game.