Donkey Kong Country [Game Review]

Video Game Review: Donkey Kong Country | Nintendo | SNES | DoublexJump.com

Title: Donkey Kong Country
Developer: Rare
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
SNES
Category: 
Platformer
Release Date: 
November 21, 1994
How we got the game: 
We have the game on the Nintendo SNES Classic

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Donkey Kong Country probably makes up some of my earliest memories of video games. It was one of the few games that our older sister played, with her mostly in control of the player one controller, and it was a fun activity for me to join her in. Hearing that this game made it on the SNES Classic’s roster wasn’t a big surprise to me.

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I remember watching Kris and our other sister play this when we were kids. If I remember correctly, I think our Dad might have played a couple of times as well. Whenever I played I was also Diddy and never did very well, but it was still fun nonetheless.gameplay

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Donkey Kong Country had some simple gameplay in terms of the controls. The D-Pad allows you to move left or right through the levels, and you had your basic jump and run buttons as well. Along with speeding up, the Y button allows you to pick up items, like barrels, to toss at enemies. Both Donkey Kong and Diddy, the two playable characters, had similar controls, but Donkey Kong was stronger and Diddy was quicker.

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Donkey Kong was able to defeat certain enemies while Diddy was useless against them. Meanwhile, Diddy was faster especially in the underwater levels. All the levels were well done, each world catering to different types of biomes, if you will, such as jungles, wintery scenes, caves and mines, and more. The levels are pretty straightforward though they can be tricky.

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Throughout the levels, there were sometimes other animals that were allies of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. A speedy ostrich, a strong rhino, a flashlight-carrying parrot… They’re all helpful additions and fun to see. They’re included in the bonus stages, each one able to collect tokens to help bolster your life count after you collect three golden pieces in their shape to access the bonus stage. Other bonus stages are hidden throughout the levels, most helping you collect more bananas or extra life balloons.

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Throughout some of the levels, there are hidden shortcuts as well. After completing a bonus stage, you’ll often get placed right back where you were or sometimes a little further into the level. There are some shortcuts that allow you to skip parts of the level – sometimes just about half of the level.

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Some of our favorite shortcuts were the ones that allowed us to skip half of the level, haha! Donkey and Diddy weren’t the only Kongs in the game, considering they had half of their family playing important roles as well. Candy Kong was in charge of the save points and Funky Kong flew DK and Diddy to other worlds if need be. Cranky Kong gave out advice, if one deigned to ask him.

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I would actually be interested in playing as them. I think that would be fun. (Super Smash with just the Kongs, anyone?) The map outside of the levels was straight forward, a Diddy or DK icon on the completed level showing off who was the one who completed.graphics-music

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The graphics of Donkey Kong seem to have held up well throughout the years. Being over twenty years old, the designs of the levels and characters are still well done enough to make the game fun without being annoying or frustrating. Sure, there are the occasional glitches here or there while playing, but for the most part, the graphics were still nice and nostalgia-inducing.

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If anything, the glitches made us laugh. But yeah, the graphics have certainly held up well and I think the level designs were great and aesthetically pleasing.

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The music is some of the best, in my opinion, for Nintendo games. Donkey Kong has some iconic music, and every tune matched the levels well.

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This is the kind of music that I hum to myself in the shower or randomly get stuck in my head! I absolutely love it and wish I had the soundtrack. The sound effects are also great. I love the sound of collecting the bananas or the klaptraps’ (the little crocodile guys) mouths chomping.
story

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The banana horde has been taken! DK asks Diddy to keep an eye on the bananas, but he’s attacked and trapped inside a barrel. When DK comes back, he frees Diddy and then together they go off on a journey to get their bananas back.

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…That’s it. The story is simple enough, prompting Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong traversing through multiple worlds to find King K. Rool, the fiend behind the banana hoard theft. Considering how many bananas are littered throughout the worlds, K. Rool didn’t do a very good job.

replay-value

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This is a game that we’ve gone back to once in a while, even if it’s purely for nostalgia reasons. There are a few modes to play — single-player, two-player cooperative, and two-player versus — when it comes to completing the levels and game, so that’s not too bad.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
We’ve come back to this game a couple of times within the past few years – we have it on the SNES Classic now, but we also have it on our Wii from the virtual console. It’ll definitely be a game we go back to again.

Donkey Kong Country gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Ace Attorney Anime [Episodes 1-4]

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Ace Attorney is one of our favorite video game franchises, with the original trilogy being some of the best games. And, while neither Rachel nor I were ever really into anime except for Pokemon, we were both interested in hearing that Ace Attorney got its own anime series.

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It’s been a long time coming, but we finally got a chance to sit down and watch it. Of course, we were going to get Crunchyroll when I noticed the website sells DVDs of Ace Attorney. I checked on Amazon, it was cheaper, and BAM! Impulse buy. We got it just in time too because the season one, volume 2 DVD set comes out in less than a month.

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Anime is definitely more dramatic or over exaggerated, if you will, than the American cartoons that I grew up watching, and Ace Attorney wasn’t an exception. It was great, of course, and we’re really enjoying it so far. We’ve watched the first four episodes which mirror the first two cases from the original game.

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We’ve played through the games a couple of times, so, for the most part, we remember what happens in each case. There are a couple of times we forget something here and there, but watching the anime we knew how everything was going to play out. Since each episode is only about 20-30 minutes long, the cases go by pretty quick. A few hours of gameplay is squished into 2 or 3 parts of 20-minute episodes. But it’s enjoyable all the same.

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Seeing the game scenes and characters come to life is so much fun. Phoenix and Maya tend to act as we always pictured they would, and we’re enjoying all the voice actors so far — the English voice actors, of course. It’ll be interesting to re-watch the episodes in Japanese to hear how the characters sound.

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Yeah, watching it in Japanese is something I want to try. Maya’s voice sounds a little young for her age, but it’s easy to get used to. Detective Gumshoe is more serious than he is in the games, but I enjoy his character all the same. And then there’s Edgeworth… his voice actor and animations are all sexy. I love it.

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I was actually really impressed with Redd White from the Turnabout Sisters case. His voice and mannerisms were spot-on, with his narcissism and arrogance. I do hope that the later episodes will show more of the scenery outside of the courtroom. While the trial portion of the episodes are fun, I would like to see a little more exploration.

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We’re starting to see a little bit more investigation as the episodes go on. That’s how they did it in the games too, which is pretty cool. I’m sure as the cases get longer we’ll start to see more. I love the show, but I would also love to see a movie. I know they do have a movie in Japan, but even if it’s anime, that would be amazing.

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Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting [Game Review]

Video Game Review: Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting | SNES | Capcom | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Title: Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: 
Arcade (Nintendo SNES)
Category: 
Fighting
Release Date: 
December 1992
How we got the game: 
We got it on the Nintendo SNES Classic

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This game is older than me! Our grandparents used to have a copy of the game at their house, with their SNES and our uncles’ other video games, and Street Fighter was one of those games that Rachel tended to pick up rather than me.

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I don’t know why, but I remember always playing this at my grandparents’ house. I always picked Chun Li to play and had such a great time. Maybe it was because I just enjoyed button mashing?

gameplay

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Street Fighter is a fighting game (duh). Players pick a character, each with their own unique looks and fighting styles. Characters move left to right on the fighting stage and can duck or jump if the D-Pad’s down or up directional is pressed. The rest of the buttons enable the characters to kick or punch, with combos being possible.

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The gameplay really is as simple as it sounds. Of course, there are combos to be created, though Kris and I aren’t that good. We tend to just button mash and whoever manages to hit the other one first, wins.

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After every couple of matches, there were also these bonus stages to rack up more points, with the three being about destroying objects. The first was busting up a car, the second was a stack of bricks, and the third was going against rolling barrels, of all things.

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I dominated in the rolling barrels one since I kept hitting Kris instead! Still, the bonus stages were quick, easy, and totally random. It broke up the battles a little bit though.

graphics-music

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The graphics for the game aren’t too bad. The stages are simple enough with the backgrounds decorated to resemble the part of the world that the characters are fighting in. The movement of your characters is fairly well done, the graphics responding smoothly to the controls.

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The backgrounds are actually my favorite aspect of the game. They aren’t stiff, things are happening and moving in the background and it’s pretty cool. I especially loved India because the elephants cheered when someone was declared the winner.

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The music was fun as well, the tunes getting you pumped up for the fights. The music wasn’t overpowering, however, allowing you to focus on the fight without getting too distracted. Rachel and I did find ourselves bobbing along every once in a while, of course.

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I was bobbing along with the theme on the main menu of the game. I did enjoy the music, but I’ll admit I didn’t hear too much of it during the battles. I was too focused on battling and… well, I was shouting most of the time.

replay-value

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Street Fighter is one of those games that you may pick up once in a while just for fun, with it being one of the simplest fighting games in the genre. It’s pure button-mashing at its finest, with the rounds being quick enough to play a few matches during some downtime.

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It was certainly a great game to get back to. I’m not sure if I’ll pick it back up again anytime soon, but it’ll be something quick and fun when I need something mindless.

Street Fighter gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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Double Jump Bakes Galaxy Cupcakes [Star Fox]

We entered the kitchen once more! Instead of making chicken nuggets like the children we are, we decided to bake galaxy cupcakes for playing Star Fox and Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic.

The galaxy cupcake recipe we used was from Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies Cookbook, the same book we used for our Pokemon sugar cookies that clearly came out awesome.

The galaxy cupcakes, after watching the YouTube video, seemed easy enough to bake. “Easy enough.”

We forgot to take pictures while we were baking, but we do have a picture of the final product and what it was supposed to look like.

The cupcakes were easy to bake, we’ve baked cupcakes before. They tasted good, which is a plus. The frosting came out well. We bought food coloring gel, which is different food coloring than what we usually use. However, we got funky colors: electric pink, electric blue, electric purple, and a couple others but those are what we used.

We dyed the frosting, placed each color into their own piping bag and put them in a bigger bag together to allow the colors to swirl when we squeezed them out.

It didn’t come out as well as we thought it would and the colors were lighter than we had originally planned as well. It looks more “unicorn” than “galaxy” but we’ll take what we can get. It still looks cool and they tasted great.

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The Liebster Award

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The wonderful TWOTALL4UFOOL has nominated Double Jump for the Liebster Award, which is an appreciation of other bloggers for their hard work and dedication in the blogging world. Thank you, TWOTALL4UFOOL! Be sure to check out his blog, he’s great!

Rules:
-Display the award, explain it, and thank the person who gave it to you linking back to their blog.
-Answer the questions and create your own for the people you nominate.
-Let the people you nominate know you’ve thought about them for the award. (We’re kind of boring and don’t typically nominate people, we like people to join if they choose. Plus, there are too many bloggers for us to mention!)

What made you want to start blogging?

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It honestly just seemed to be a fun way to connect to fellow writers and readers. I’ve enjoyed writing since I was in my early teens, if not before then, and blogging seemed to be a great outlet to share the love. Since then, my main focus is Double Jump to connect with other gamers and writers.

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I originally started blogging about six years ago and it was mainly to be an author platform for myself. I still don’t have any books published, but I’m getting closer each day. My blog has grown so much and there are some days where I wonder if I was meant to be a “blogger” more than an “author.” I started this blog a little over two years ago because I love video games, I wanted to do something creative with Kris, and similar to my writing, I wanted to share my love of video games.

What is something you’ve learned from blogging that has been valuable to you?

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It’s definitely a time commitment, something that I’ve needed to kick my butt into gear with my goals. Between working full-time and my flair for procrastination that I haven’t grown out of from high school (I’m working on it), having the commitment and passion for blogging has been valuable to me.

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Blogging is a lot of hard work and no “get rich quick” scheme. I’d like to make a steady income from my blog, but no one should blog because they want to make money out of it. It shows and it’s not easy. If you don’t have the passion for it, it’s just going to be work.

Any blogging advice you care to share with the blogging community?

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Keep being passionate about your work. Don’t pander to the masses or do what you believe to be “popular” at the time you start. Write about what you love, have fun, and you’ll make real connections with others.

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Connect with people and keep our blog updated. It allows people to know you’re still around and you also make a lot of great friends who share the same passions as you.

What are you passionate about?

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Creativity — writing, gaming, art — is one of my top passions. Animals as well as equality among people (sexuality, gender, race, everything) are a couple of others. I also am really passionate about people being nice to each other.

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Writing, video games, anything creative pretty much. I’m not picky when it comes to the arts.

What motivates you to keep blogging?

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Rachel, haha! Aside from being able to do something creative with my sister, connections with other gamers keeps me going. I’m always interested to share my thoughts and see what other people think of regarding the posts that we throw out there for everyone to read.

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The people I’ve “met.” I’ve made friends with so many writers and bloggers alike as well as people who absolutely love video games and basically anything I love. I’ve also met people who have similar mental health issues as I do and it’s great to have others to talk to and relate to about that.

What was your favorite TV show growing up?

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How young are we talking about? As a little kid, there was “That’s My Dog,” which was about a friendly competition — talent show, a maze race, an obstacle course — between two dog contestants and their families. One of my favorite episodes was the Great Dane versus the chihuahua! Batman: The Animated Series and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were also favorites of mine.

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Pokemon, of course. But I also loved Tom and Jerry. I want the DVDs of that show, I haven’t seen it in a while.

What’s your favorite sport?

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Martial arts, really. I’ve never really played or watched sports while growing up, but my superhero-obsessed self loved the idea of having a black belt. I’ve done a couple of “free trial” classes for martial arts, but haven’t found a place to stick with just yet. Archery was fun too, does that count?

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Dancing. I’m not one for hockey or baseball or anything like that, but I love watching people dance and I enjoy dancing myself.

If we were to hang out for one day, what would we do?

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Movies and video games are always good for a fun time, but if we want to be somewhat social, I’m cool with taking my/our dog(s) for a walk or getting ice cream.

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Probably play video games or watch people stream. Or we could stream together!

Do you prefer to wear dress shoes or sneakers?

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SNEAKERS.

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Sneakers. Hands down.

What is your guilty pleasure?

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Probably writing self-insert fanfiction, haha! Does blasting music from musicals and singing at the top of my lungs when I’m home alone count?

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I don’t know if this counts, but it’s the first thing that popped into my head… I love collecting things, most notably Pokemon cards. I have no idea how to play the card game, but I love collecting the cards and hope to “catch ’em all” someday.

Here are our questions for you to answer…

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1. If you had to change blog topics, what would your new blog be about?
2. What is your current favorite soundtrack or musical artist?
3. What book has been the longest resident on your bookshelves?
4. If you could switch places with any character from any medium (book, video game, movie, etc.) who would it be and why?
5. Are you an early bird, night owl, or afternoon sparrow?

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6. How long have you been blogging for?
7. Where do you think your blog will be 5 years from now? Or where do you want it to be?
8. What’s your favorite video game?
9. How did you get started in your hobby/passion/job? (Whether it be writing, playing video games, or something else.)
10. Pineapple on pizza: Yay or Nay?

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Wreck-It Ralph Movies

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One of our favorite Disney movies to have come out in recent years is Wreck-It Ralph. Being centered on a video game antagonist and allowing us to dive into the world of video games was right up our alley when it came out. The characters and story were charming, and it was fun seeing cameos from some of our favorite video games, such as Bowser and Sonic.

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You can’t go wrong with a Disney or Pixar movie and, as Kris said, Wreck-It Ralph was right up our alley. His arcade game with Fix-It Felix is a game I would love to play myself. I loved the creativity that was put into the movie to create video games that aren’t real but definitely could be.

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The movie itself came out in 2012, over five years ago, but it doesn’t seem to have aged too badly. The sequel is coming out in November of this year, with the main characters discovering the Internet, and I’m looking forward to it. Considering how quickly technology advances, having the characters just begin to discover the Internet seems to be a little backward, but it should be amusing nonetheless. Not only that, I’m interested in seeing what other famous video game characters will cameo in it.

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I didn’t even think of that. It is a little backward. It’ll be interesting though because they did such a cool job of showing us what goes on with the characters “inside” the game when it’s turned off and even “unplugged.” I can’t wait to see how they portray the inside of the Internet. I’m also looking forward to seeing the characters again. Ralph is a unique guy and all the characters, as diverse as they are, just seem like a great cast.

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I can’t wait for more Sergeant Calhoun! She was my favorite! Considering we saw Bowser in the first movie, I would love to see other characters from the Mario franchise appear. Imagine Calhoun and Peach chatting! I’d love to see homages to the Fire Emblem and Pokemon series, as well. Considering the video games from the movie are all based on arcade towers, it’ll be really interesting to see what else the arcade owner will do to bring his business up to date with the times.

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They’re in the internet though, so what kinds of games are on the internet? Remember Neopets? Club Penguin? I don’t think that’s a thing anymore, but it’d be cool if they explored those a bit. We saw in the trailer a couple of app games, so I’m sure they’ll do a lot with that as well.

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Oh, God, Neopets! That would be hysterical! There is so much mischief and nonsense they can get up to with the Internet. Plenty of spoilers and images for other video games, games for consoles, app games as you mentioned… What if they found fanfiction and fanart? I doubt Disney will creep down those paths, but you never know. It was fun revisiting this movie, and it will definitely be interesting to see how much bigger the main characters’ world will be once they get connected to the Internet.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Them finding fanart would be hilarious. What I would love to see though is maybe they’d find they’re remaking their game. Then there’d be trouble! Wreck-It Ralph is a great movie and I’m looking forward to the sequel!

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Switch Smash Characters

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With the latest Nintendo Direct making the Internet go crazy with the Smash Bros announcement for the Nintendo Switch, there have been plenty of speculation about what characters will be featured in the fighting game. We can make out a few characters from the silhouettes about the characters that will return to the game, but I’m sure we’re going to get plenty of spoilers as new characters are slowly introduced before the game comes out.

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Then, of course, there are the characters we want to see in Super Smash Bros. Some are practical, some not so much. Still, it’s fun to dream and think about various characters trying to fight each other. Kris, who do you want to see in Smash this time around?

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Geno was always my number one character to see in this game. Hell, I’d love to see Geno in any other game considering how awesome he was in Super Mario RPG! I think his attacks are versatile enough for a fighting game and his Final Smash could have something to do with the stars, such as a meteor shower or something. Seeing as we’ve had Cloud from Square Enix, perhaps they could also add Geno…? What about you, Rachel?

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Geno would be awesome, of course. I want to see Phoenix Wright or Godot or any of the Ace Attorney characters. I know Phoenix is technically in his own fighting game, but that’s all the more reason to add him. He has experience.

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Phoenix would be fun, or Professor Layton, too! In cut scenes on a few of his games, we’ve definitely seen Layton defend himself well. I’d also like to see Chun Li in the series. Street Fighter was a series that was fun for playing once in a while to me, but I think Chun Li would be an awesome addition as a female brawler. Considering Ryu was put in the series, it shouldn’t be a stretch to add Chun Li.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Oh, yeah. It’d definitely be nice to see another female thrown in. I think they’ve done a pretty good job keeping a balance though. Another character I would love to see is Professor E. Gadd from Luigi’s Mansion. He could certainly use the Poltergeist 3000 or 5000 (or whatever number he’s on) to his advantage. Similar to Kirby, he could suck his opponents up and spit them out without taking their powers. Some of the ghosts from the mansion can be used as assist trophies or items as well. Or the ghosts can be his final smash.

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He would certainly be an interesting addition! Does Luigi do anything with ghosts or the vacuum for his moves? I can’t remember. Speaking of assist trophies, I think it’d be great to see the Breath of the Wild Champions appear. Since the silhouette of Link in the direct seemed to be of his Breath of the Wild counterpart, having Urbosa show up with her lightning attack or Mipha doing a bit of healing to those who called on her would be a treat!

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I don’t believe he does. Having the champions thrown in would be amazing. That could be Link’s final smash. He could call all four of them and just destroy everyone on screen!
I would also love to see Toad. That is all.

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