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SSBB Character Critique pt. 9

Here, as promised, is the eleventh portion (including my review and bonus character) of my in-depth Super Smash Bros. Brawl critique for Rorschachís contest.

After writing this all out, I realized it is way too long for a single post. Iíll break it down into two characters at a time and release them over the course of the week so you can read who you like at your own leisure.

The following will detail my impressions and thoughts of every character in the second row of the final roster, two at a time. So, if you havenít finished unlocking the entire roster, or have been living under a fucking rock for a couple months, donít read any further. There may be a surprise or two mentioned herein. Iíll also offer up one or two suggestions for additional characters that I feel should have made the roster or deserve a spot in the next iteration. Enjoy.

Pokemon Trainer

I loved the first Pokemon game. I am man enough to admit that. I got the red version and my buddy got the blue. We did our damndest to catch all of those fucking pocket monsters, but we werenít THAT into it. I got stuck in some dungeon I could never make it out of and he bought a new game eventually. Thus our Pokemon craze ended. However, the game went on to sell gajillions of copies and Pokemon is still popular today. The fact they chose the original Pokemon Trainer as a new rep in Brawl made my pants tight.

Most of Squirtleís moves revolve around shooting water which san deflect moves and make people slip, sorta like Marioís water pack. His Up+B recovery is decently useful and it can push people out of your way if they meet you in midair.

His tail whips are decent enough for A attacks, but heís really not much of a head on combatant. That doesnít my personal play style, so I find myself rarely spending a lot of time with him, except for noveltyís sake.

Luckily, all three Pokemon come together for a pretty damn effective Final Smash. I love the little text box that pops up, just like when you attacked in the original game. Nice touch there. Plus, the beam itself is wide reaching and powerful, able to sweep up opponents trying to avoid being swept up and do a lot of damage to those caught directly in its path. Overall, itís a pretty great FS that fits the character(s) and the series. Donít know how Iíd change it, really.

Pokemon Trainer = Win (Charizard) / Win (Ivysaur) / Fail (Squirtle). Overall = Win. Two thirds of Pokemon Trainerís arsenal is full of win. Iím just upset Squirtle isnít more effective, as I loved the little guy when I played the game. If only they made him BlastoiseÖ hmm. If Pokemon Trainer returns Iíd love to see these three Pokemon return at different levels OR give us the trainer from another Pokemon game and that seriesí three starters leveled differently. Or, make alternate costume have the three be at different levels but with the same (although powered differently) move sets? Simply, keep the character fresh. There is no end to the possibilities here, so donít stifle our options.

Thanks for reading. Check my blog later for my critique of Ike and Snake!

Or read my review of the game!

Or, if you need to catch up on old critiques try these:

Mario and DK
Link and Samus
Kirby and Fox
Pikachu and Marth
Mr Game & Watch
Luigi and Diddy Kong
Zelda/Sheik and Pit
Meta Knight and Falco

And my bonus characters who should have made the roster:

Mega Man

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About B-Radicateone of us since 3:01 PM on 04.12.2007

My name is Brad. My DToid name and GT are both derived from my nickname, B-rad. Not Radicate the Pokemon. Shame on you.

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