Fighting games were a peripheral fixation of mine since I was child. Street Fighter II of course was the only real one I liked asides from Mortal Kombat. But when Street Fighter IV came out (that was fucking 2008 oh my fucking god it's felt longer) I became fully ingratiated with the fighting game community. Say what you want about how one goes about including themselves into a community, I spent classes in college just opening up YouTube and watching subscriptions uploading SFIV footage from channels like Spooky, GAMEacho, and ArcadeInfinity (RIP). I drove an hour to get a taste of Blazblue back when it was still new, Calamity Trigger, and confused as some sort of missing link to Guilty Gear. I went through the previous generation's unnaturally long cycle playing everything from SFIV, to Marvel, to Injustice, and Persona 4 Arena. I've made friendships and broken them in this genre. I should show more appreciation to Virtua Kazama.
But for the past year I've been on the Wii U, which as we all know has a notoriously shallow pool for games. Now the water is filled with herbs and oils, creating a quality experience but nonetheless you're only getting your ankles wet. You'll have fucking awesome ankles but that's it. I've been missing out on Mortal Kombat X, the SFV beta, Killer Instinct, KOFXIV was announced (HA), and who knows what else?
All of these games are not on Wii U and I'm on some serious Smash Bros. fatigue.
I want some Mika 3:16
I'm starting to really burn out on Smash's unorthodox fighting mechanics. The mobility mechanics, the air game, the edge game and percent system. I still like playing it thank god because I live for fighting games and matchmaking but my god I'm really missing a fighting game that just takes a step back into the old fashion face-to-face and life bars fighting game. I miss thinking about meter management, I miss executing special moves I find easy and hearing people complain about how they can't do quarter circle forward motions, I miss mechanics built for traditional combos, where getting hit is called hitstun and not hitlag and I can cancel certain footsie moves into special moves. And when I say combos I mean I'm tired of chasing opponents as they directional influence away from my attacks and I'm tired of seeing something being called a combo when the victim simply fell into an attack as a misjudgment on spacing or as part of an elaborate tech trap.
That's not to take away from Smash 4's amazing staying power within its balance and competitive community. I mean that from a context where when Brawl came out it just died a slow, stagnating death on the vine when it came to community. Melee continues to live as the 3rd Strike of Smash Bros. and Smash 4 is kind of like SFIV: it has its fair share of problems but people still enjoy it. I daresay Brawl is like the Street Fighter EX of Smash Bros. but anyways, I'm saying I've been playing a lot of Street Fighter IV and I want to play some Persona 4 Ultimax.
Calling you out Skullomania
Full disclosure, I play a lot of Little Mac on For Glory. So burning out is inevitable as I decide to cram nails through my hands with such ferocity as I am currently. I do like playing Bowser and a few other characters like Ike (wields a club, not a sword), Roy (hello Fsmash), and Ryu (what are inputs?). I suppose I should just cool off a bit with For Fun and goof off or work on some Classic mode runs to earn coins and trophies and round up some trophy collecting. But I salivate at the idea of playing Ken as the most different he's been in any version of Street Fighter, Ryu with his denjin fists, an Charlie with his fucking teleport shenanigans and Genocide Cutters (Rugal fucking called you Nash). I want to give Tremor a go and play as an Earthbender in the Mortal Kombat universe, with its fucking wacky variant system expanding matchups (even if most people just play one version of Sub-Zero apparently and why would anyone play as the version of Kung Jin that uses arrows when you can just beat people with a big stick?). Hell yeah I'd want to play as a Buick-sized Native American named Chief Thunder in Killer Instinct and stomp on insensitive white people (and werewolves, and skeletons, and aliens) or play as a giant golem who can create his own corner combos. All of these examples have unique strategies in using meter, using special traits and powers, and doing actual high-low attacks (holy crap I miss actually worrying about blocking high or low).
To add salt to the wound, I also don't have much a PC gaming presence despite my obviously answer being Steam like Rising Thunder. Though if my laptop can run Skullgirls and KOFXIII (King of Snores XIII), I guess I should try out Yatagarasu. I'm not good at 3rd Strike but its not exactly like 3rd Strike at least. Hell, Yomi is receiving some praise in my circles and that's half card game, half fighting game.
Yes Smash 4 has it's own unique set of mechanics to make it stand out like knocking people off stage, edgeguarding, ledge trumping, tech chasing, pivoting, and meteor smashing people into the disrespect hole. But hopefully you see where my fatigue is coming from. It's honestly just the Wii U complaint about the availability of games and diversity on the platform and repurposed to specifically talk about fighting games.
Now before you call me out on it, yes Pokken Tournament is on the way to attempt to save the day. Ironically I'm not a big fan of Tekken and this might be the first Tekken game I'll take seriously (Pikachu is basically Heihachi by the way). Even though it'll still be comparatively wacky with respect with the form of fighting I miss, it'll still have many of the mechanics I miss in Smash which are in most mainstream fighting games like meter managment, life bars, and it'll even have assists like the faster, team-based fighters. Weavile might be my jam as the speedy, technical type but I'd love to play as Gengar as the tricky type, or even Suicine as a fucking quadrupedal beast looking to hang out in a bipedal fighting party and let's not forget that not only is there's Heihachi reborn as Pikachu but an alternate Pikachu dressed as a luchador who justifies grappling moves by way of grabbing Pokemon with electromagnetic waves.
I'm seriously thirsty for a different fighting experience from Smash but all I have is the Wii U. I don't read frame data spreadsheets but I love counting frames in training mode. I'm not travelling to competitive tournaments but I like getting online to see the dumb shenanigans people will cook up to compensate for lag, lack of skill, or a combination of both. I'm ready for a new experience. That may be par for the course in the context of Wii U ownership but I'm not salty about it. I want some new salt is all.