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3:15 PM on 07.17.2014

Skullgirls lead animator fantasizes about Fatal Frame in Smash Bros.

[Update: Mariel wanted you to know that the heavy lifting on the animation for Double was done by Dave Smith and BahiJD. The original concept for the character came from Skullgirls creator Alex Ahad.] Mariel Cartwright i...

Jonathan Holmes

1:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Nintendo's Comic-Con lineup includes Super Smash Bros., Hyrule Warriors

Nintendo is calling their San Diego Comic-Con lineup their biggest ever. To me it looks like they packed up their E3 showing and saved it for SDCC. That's great news as their E3 showing was fantastic.  They're back at th...

Dale North

4:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Lucina has the same moves as Marth in Super Smash Bros.

Lucina, originally introduced to us as Marth in Fire Emblem: Awakening, will in fact share his move set in the upcoming Smash Bros. Masahiro Sakurai explained on the Miiverse: "Her physical ablilites are identical to Mar...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Every 3DS Super Smash fighter, stage in next month's CoroCoro

Following surprising Fire Emblem additions to Super Smash Bros, CoroCoro announced (translation via GoNintendo): "We're including an additional jam-packed volume containing all of the characters and stages for the u...

Steven Hansen

6:45 PM on 07.14.2014

No Brawl, no fall

[Continuing our 'round the clock Super Smash Bros. coverage, here's a wonderful rebuttal to Jonathan Holmes' recent "tripping" piece from the creator of Soundodger+! I love promoting differing opinions, so if you have somethi...

OneMrBean

5:00 PM on 07.14.2014

Here's a new batch of Super Smash Bros. screenshots with Captain Falcon, Lucina, and Robin

Following this morning's announcement that Lucina and Robin from the Fire Emblem series would be joining the fray along with Super Smash Bros. mainstay Captain Falcon, Nintendo has released a new batch of screens showing off ...

Darren Nakamura



EVO 2014 recap: Here's who won photo
EVO 2014 recap: Here's who won
by Jordan Devore

And just like that, another EVO has come and gone. What a weekend.

Despite not playing fighting games much myself, I'll never miss watching the year's big tournament. The audience's energy, the drama that unfolds on stage -- it never ceases to amaze.

If you missed out on the grand finals for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Ultra Street Fighter IV, or any of the other featured games, look no further.

You're gonna want to watch that BlazBlue final.

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Those new Smash Bros. mystery characters are Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem photo
Those new Smash Bros. mystery characters are Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem
by Chris Carter

Today, Nintendo was set to tease a "New Fighter Intro Video" at 7AM PST, and tease they did. The new fighter was revealed to be none other than Lucina from Fire Emblem: Awakening. But wait, there's more! Robin from Fire Emblem is also in, and he has a female gender swapped costume! Chrom was revealed as well, but it isn't clear if he is a playable character or just a skin/assist trophy/Final Smash, but all signs point to the latter.

Finally, Captain Falcon was revealed as a returning fighter. That's three confirmed characters with two new additions and one returning character (we'll see what Chrom is soon enough). Sakurai noted last week that they were "nearing the bottom of the stash" in terms of new announcements, so I wouldn't expect a whole lot more.

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8:00 AM on 07.14.2014

Sakurai teases Rayman trophy for Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS producer Sakurai has been steadily providing us with a "pic of the day" series on Miiverse -- some of them more enlightening than others. Today is one of the more interesting days, as Ubis...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 07.13.2014

Two pros are 'edgy' about slight landing lag in Smash Bros. 4

Yesterday I wrote an article about why I'd like to have the option to turn on tripping in Smash Bros for the Wii U and 3DS. It upset a lot of people. Sorry, guys. One part that some people found particularly insulting was ins...

Jonathan Holmes



I'm going to miss tripping in Super Smash Bros. 4 photo
I'm going to miss tripping in Super Smash Bros. 4
by Jonathan Holmes

[Art by Fallen Party]

[Update: Some of you are pretty upset about the article! Sorry about that.

Also, a few people pointed out a couple of mistakes I made. First, I wrote that you can block in the air in Smash Bros. Looks like I "tripped" up! I meant to say "dodge." Sometimes when you type too fast, you put down the wrong word, and it may not get caught in the proofread. My apologies.

Also, there is some dispute over if "L-canceling" is an "unintended abuse" of the game's system, or something intended by the developers. My guess is that it's both -- that "L-canceling" was intended by the developers, but players learned to exploit it to a degree that Sakurai and the gang didn't intend, which could be why it was removed from Brawl entirely. It's hard to say for sure though, as Sakurai hasn't made any comment on the subject that I know of. Either way, you should know that "L-canceling" may be an intended mechanic in Melee and Smash Bros on the N64. Hope that helps, and if you find any other mistakes, you can let me know on twitter- @tronknotts. Thanks everybody!]

[Update 2: I asked Michael "Mr Bean" Molinary to write a counterpoint to my point and it's really good.]

There's a Smash Bros. tournament going on tonight at a local comic book store. The creator of Catlateral Damage and I were planning on attending, but they changed the game from Brawl to Melee at the last minute. We both backed out, resigned to the reality of the situation, but still disappointed. It's totally understandable that the majority of competitive Smash players prefer the increased level of fast and precise character control that Melee offers over Brawl, but as diehard Lucas, Olimar, and Squirtle fans, Melee isn't worth the $15 entry fee. 

I figured I'd get over it by watching some Melee at EVO, and I quickly found myself feeling frowny. It seems like the longer the game is played, the less high level competitors try new things. Most of the matches were just a high-speed poke and fake contest. The only times things got really interesting was when a character is in the clutch, trying to recover from being knocked off the edge, but those mechanics are just as fun to watch in Brawl or even the original N64 Smash Bros

I wondered how much more interesting it would be to watch some aggressive play in Brawl. Yes, even though it has tripping. Especially because it has tripping. 

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11:30 AM on 07.11.2014

Another Super Smash Bros. reveal will happen next Monday, nearing the 'bottom of the stash'

Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS director Sakurai took to the Miiverse to make another announcement about the game -- on Monday, July 14th at 7:00AM pacific, we'll see another character reveal with yet another challenger video...

Chris Carter

2:15 PM on 07.10.2014

Going to Comic-Con? Nintendo's doing a 3DS Smash Bros. tourney

E3 attendees could take part in a t-shirt-prized Wii U Smash Bros. tournament, but it looks like Nintendo's letting the 3DS version strut at Comic-Con (July 25), ahead of its October 3 release.  "Starting at noon, t...

Steven Hansen

1:15 PM on 07.10.2014

Haha, this alternate Mario costume in Super Smash Bros.

I love Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai's description of these palette swaps: "The character farther in the back isn't from the Imperial forces, and the character in the front is not the infamous drum-playing pupp...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 07.08.2014

When's Marvel? Just consult the EVO 2014 schedule

EVO 2014 is this weekend. We had a lovely time covering it last year, though it doesn't look like we'll have a get together watch party this time around. That's okay. There are three different streams to watch home and a...

Steven Hansen

5:45 PM on 07.03.2014

Miyamoto wanted Pac-Man in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Pac-Man being in the new Super Smash Bros. is pretty wild, but apparently it's been a long time coming. In his column in Weekly Famitsu, series creator Masahiro Sakurai explained that Miyamoto wanted the world's mos...

Steven Hansen