Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s title alone promises the biggest, best and most complete Smash Bros. to date. Yet the word “ultimate” can also be read not as an enthusiastic superlative, but merely as a coda to the franchise, a blunt culmination of its design. This is the ultimate Smash Bros. because its scope is so massive that it’s hard to imagine adding anything else. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, developed by Sora Ltd. and Bandai Namco Studios, unapologetically adopts “do what the fans want” as its compass. You want all the characters, even the ones that were ever-present, half-joke rumors? Here they are. You want to play every stage in the series’ history? Say hello to an inscrutable collage to pick from. It feels primed to satiate its most passionate players first, but the developers didn’t throw out its party game soul during its creation. [Ed. note: We were unable to test Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s online multiplayer features … [Read more...] about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review
An alleged Smash Bros Ultimate roster leak appears to include Banjo-Kazooie, Shadow the Hedgehog, and more unlikely characters. Though in no way confirmed, a Nintendo Switch banner for the game was seemingly shared on Snapchat, allegedly posted by an employee for a manufacturing company that works with Bandai Namco. With Bandai co-developing Smash Bros Ultimate alongside Sora Ltd., many believe this leak to be the real deal. An image allegedly featuring final character art of the entire Smash Bros Ultimate roster was posted to Snapchat, with it promptly being screenshotted and shared online. The art contained unannounced newcomers Banjo-Kazooie, Isaac from Golden Sun, Mac Rider, Geno from Super Mario RPG, and Chorus Kids from Rhythm Heaven. It also features Echo fighters Ken from Street Fighter and Shadow the Hedgehog. If true, these 7 newcomers would make a total of 77 characters, with these new characters also … [Read more...] about Rumor: Smash Bros Ultimate Roster ‘Leak’ Includes Banjo-Kazooie, Shadow, and More
Player-made rules and regulations regarding Super Smash Bros. Ultimate won’t really be in place until December, after the game launches. I’m going ahead and making one right now, however, other thoughts be damned: Don’t you dare hurt Isabelle. Nintendo has given the OK to Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s most goodhearted character, who wants to try her hand at something other than offering mayoral assistance and motivation. Isabelle is very game for new challenges, and her latest is beating up folks as diverse as Mario, Ridley and Simon Belmont of Castlevania. From the quick highlights reel that dropped following yesterday’s Nintendo Direct presentation (where Isabelle’s place on the Smash roster was revealed as part of an evil, anxious teaser), Isabelle is more than just game: Sister is ready to wreck. She uses a broom to happily whack people around. A net she borrowed from village bug enthusiasts becomes a torturous whip. With a smile on her face, she … [Read more...] about Don’t you dare hurt Isabelle in Super Smash Bros.
The nominees for this year’s Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 have been announced. Chosen by a group of 51 global media and influence outlets (including Polygon!), these 56 nominated games represent the best of their genres and platforms. The winners will be announced on Monday, July 2. In order to qualify for nomination, games must have been able to play for at least five minutes during E3 2018. As such, some notable titles (Cyberpunk 2077, Fallout 76, Death Stranding and The Last of Us Part 2 among them) were disqualified from consideration. Below are the playable titles that were nominated for the Game Critics Awards. Best of Show Best Original Game Anthem (BioWare/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One) Days Gone (SIE Bend Studio/SIE for PlayStation 4) Dreams (Media Molecule/SIE for PlayStation 4) Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One) Skull & Bones (Ubisoft Singapore/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One) Best Console Game Assassin’s Creed … [Read more...] about Here are the 2018 E3 Game Critics Awards nominees
Over at Game Informer, Nintendoof America’s Bill Trinen and localization manager Nate Bihldorff provided some more insight into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which got an extensive showcase at E3 2018 and will be arriving later this year. In an interview with Game Informer, one of the biggest clarifications that Trinen provided was in stating that Nintendo and the game’s director, Masahiro Sakurai, consider this “a new game” in the series and not just a “definitive edition” or “port” of the series’ previous iterations. A large part of that, as Trinen explained, comes from the fact that Ultimate are the ways that it is making “core change to the core mechanics,” such as speed, movement, animation, and more, and players as a result will have to “re-learn every character” compared to previous iterations in the series. In addition to those details regarding the game’s development, … [Read more...] about Nintendo Says Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is “a New Game” in Series, Not a Port; Bandai Namco and Sora Ltd are Co-Developers