Friday Favorites: Smash Direct

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The Super Smash Bros Direct this past Wednesday was filled to the brim with exciting information on the development of Smash Bros. Ultimate. While my greatest wish for the game hasn’t been granted yet, I’m still pretty damn pleased with what we have seen!

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Chrom

He’s finally in the lineup! Sure, he’s an echo character, but he still finally made it in the lineup! Awakening is one of my favorite Fire Emblem titles so, while I don’t believe we need another swordsman or Fire Emblem lord, it is a nice treat to see Chrom make an appearance other than be in Robin’s Final Smash (which actually begs the question… will Chrom still be part of Robin’s Final Smash? Or will Robin appear as Grima?).

Stages

The stage mechanics seemed to have gotten a nice overhaul, and all the effort looks as if it’ll pay off. All the stages having omega forms? Throwback stages to the original N64 installment? Stages morphing into others? Having the option to turn the hazards on and off? Yes, please!

Music

I don’t listen to the radio much these days. My coworkers and cousins talk about concerts and random country singers and I have no idea what they’re saying other than a vague recollection of, “Yes, I think I’ve heard of that guy before.” My Spotify playlists are made up of video game soundtracks and covers, so when I saw the music collection that is going to be in Smash Ultimate, I loved it! Not sure if I’ll ever have the courage to take the Switch with me for a portable player, but being able to have my own playlist filled with Nintendo tunes on in the background while I’m working will be great.

New Assists and Pokemon

It’s great to see Knuckles and Krystal there for assist trophy cameos! I would have loved to see them as echo characters, if not fighters in their own right, but I’ll take them as assist trophies. Abra looks like a deliciously fun Pokemon to unleash on the stage, and it wasn’t a surprise to see the Alolan legendaries. Seeing Mimikyu made us go, “Awww!” to “OH GOD!” very quickly, haha!

What were your favorite parts of the Smash direct? Anything you were hoping to see?

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Our Thoughts During The Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Direct

For once, we were able to watch a Nintendo Direct live! We’ve been looking forward to know more about Super Smash Brothers Ultimate since it was first announced.

This is just a bulleted list of what our thoughts were as we were watching the Nintendo Direct. Keep in mind, this obviously contains spoilers. So, if you didn’t watch the Direct, do not read on.

Introduction

First, that intro was dope. They definitely couldn’t have done that better if they tried. Throwing Luigi into the new Dracula’s Castle stage was perfect. The introduction of Simon and his echo character, Richter, from Castlevania was well done.

We’ve never played Castlevania before, but do have a few games with the Nintendo NES and SNES mini, so we’ll have to try those games out soon.

New Characters

Simon and Ritcher look like amazing characters. Both seem so smooth and powerful and we’re eager to give them a try.

Chrom from Fire Emblem and Dark Samus were also announced as echo characters. We’re excited for Chrom and having another Samus thrown into the mix is great as well.

Lastly, they announced King K. Rool at the very end of the direct. This is a character we’ve hoped for – or at least thought would be cool to have – so we’re surprised he’s actually part of the roster now. We’re excited!

Stages

We have a feeling this game is going to take up a lot of space on the Switch, but that’s fine. We’re going to be able to revisit old stages from as far back as the original Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo 64. Not to mention brand new stages such as Dracula’s Castle announced in the beginning of the direct, which looks like an amazing stage.

Stage Perks

All the stages are available from the very beginning of the game and they’re all available for 8-player matches, which is amazing. We no longer have to limit ourselves to certain stages if we have more than 3 friends (rare, but it does happen).

The stages can also morph, which means you can play on two stages at once. You can pick which two stages you want and throughout the match, the stages with morph from one to the next adding a little more variety and challenge to the match.

Music

We’ve always wanted to have soundtracks to every video game we play. Though when games have the tracks listed in the settings that we can listen to, we never do. We can’t bring it with us. Well, now we can. We can bring over 800 gaming tracks with us as long as we have our Switch with us. And we’re excited about that.

Items & Assist Trophies

They’ve added quite a few new things in this department. They’ve added new Pokemon for the Pokeball item, two new swords, a bomb, and Rachel’s personally favorite – a banana. Why that hasn’t been a thing before, who knows?

The assist trophies all look great as well. Though, we’ll admit, we would have loved to have Knuckles as an echo character to Sonic, if not his own character. The moon from Majora’s Mask though is so clever and definitely should have been added long ago.

Modes & Such

They talked about the Classic mode as well as the Tournament mode. They’ve added a new Smashdown mode which eliminates characters after you’ve played as them. This allows you to try out different characters and, if you’re playing with others, allows you to rush over to certain characters before your friend does.

Overall

We were pleased with the direct overall. We’re looking forward to Super Smash Brothers Ultimate to come out now more than ever. We’re eager to test out the new characters, check out the awesome new modes, and play on the various stages.

What did you think of the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Best Nintendo Direct Ever

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

It’s weird to get back into the swing of things after a weekend away at EGLX. Something excited happened over the weekend though and that would be the latest Nintendo Direct.

Nintendo put on a Direct on Friday, March 8, 2018. I always get excited about the Directs and, like most people, I get my hopes up for certain games and features. Then the Direct happens and nothing I wanted was announced.

I have to say, however, this Direct was the best one so far.

I was hoping for my usual:

  • A brand new mainstream Animal Crossing game
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • A brand new mainstream Pokemon game
  • Super Smash Brothers
  • A new (good) Paper Mario
  • A new (good) Mario Party
  • Virtual Console features
  • YouTube, Twitch, and Netflix

Did we get all that? No, of course not. But I was still super excited for what they announced this Direct. It was filled with fist-pumping and excitement rather than disappointment.

My favorite highlights for the Nintendo 3DS:

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

I still haven’t played this game or any of the Mario & Luigi games. I still hope to though. It seems this game as the same as the last with some newly added features. I’ll be getting it at some point to finally play.

Detective Pikachu

We all knew about this one, but I can’t wait for it to come out. This isn’t a mainstream Pokemon game, but I’ll take any new Pokemon game at this time. Plus, we know they’re working on something else anyway.

Luigi’s Mansion remake

It’s not Luigi’s Mansion 3, but at least Nintendo hears us when we all say we love Luigi’s Mansion. While I love the Gamecube graphics (sue me) I look forward to playing this old classic on the 3DS. I’m still keeping my hopes up for a third game though… maybe they’re working on one for the Switch and this, in a way, is like a teaser.

My favorite highlights for the Nintendo Switch:

Octopath Traveler

We finally got a release date! I’ve played the demo and have been eagerly awaiting more information about this game. They added two new characters and it’ll be out July 2018.

Captain Toad

I loved this game for the Wii U. However, it was too short for me. I wanted more. This seems like a remake with a few extra levels built in. I’ll be getting it. I just hope there’s a good amount of new features added.

Undertale

I’ve never played Undertale, though I’ve seen play-throughs and have heard great things. Kris just downloaded it from Steam and have started playing through it herself. I’ll be getting a copy of this for the Switch though. I’d love to see it on the big screen.

Last, but not least:

Mario Tennis Aces

I was never much into the Mario sports games. I have a couple of them but never really played them that often. This game looks good though. I’m excited to give it a try.

Super Smash Brothers

I don’t think I need to explain this one. People are wondering if it’s a port, remake, or a brain new game. I believe it’s a brand new game with it’s “working title” and also new added characters (such as Splatoon) and Link’s silhouette looks like BOTW Link. It’s a new one, people. We’re excited.

Did you watch the Direct? Did you love it as much as I did? What are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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