Super Smash Bros. Ultimate received its final DLC character last October in the form of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. It was an extremely exciting time, and Sora’s arrival in the game brought almost universal joy. People who didn’t like Kingdom Hearts could see that the Keyblade-wielding boy deserved his place, while fans of the series were delighted to see a character they all thought was a pipe dream.
Of course, it was also a sad time as Sora was the final DLC character and Ultimate was essentially over. Masahiro Sakurai, director of the game and voice of King Dedede, finally got to take a break.
Now, almost six months after we found out about Sora, Sakurai takes a look back at his time on the series. In particular, he goes through every reveal trailer for every character starting with Wii U Smash Bros. Here’s what he has to say in a recent blog post:
The Super Smash Bros. series is a project where we have collaborations that you can’t see anywhere else. We wanted to take this opportunity and create nice content for people to enjoy, so we started making the fighter reveal videos.
It was a lot of work making the videos and working on the game at the same time, but there was always a great response from the fans, so it was worth the effort. In this article, I’ll be providing some brief comments over time, so I hope you enjoy watching all of these videos.
Please take this opportunity to reflect on the history of Super Smash Bros. by watching the scenes where each new fighter first appeared.
We think you’ll agree with us when we say there have been so many incredible reveal trailers over the years, so let’s see what Sakurai has to say about some of our favorites. Don’t worry if your favorite isn’t there, there’s a second blog coming next week!
Mega Man joins the fight!
This is the first official fighter reveal video. However, the announcement was on the same day as trailer 1. Considering it’s the first video, it came together nicely! This was made by Digital Frontier. After that, they worked on many reveal videos until the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game was released.
Champion of the Ring (Little Mac)
For this one we tried to change the style to make it look like it was out of a comic book. It was partly just to save budget, but it has a good pace and gives a good sense of Little Mac’s rigorous training attitude, so I think it worked well. The arcade machine at the beginning is from the original Punch-Out!! inspired. arcade game. Even then, Nintendo often used two screens
Seems we don’t have a choice! (Pupils)
We always think carefully about that point in the reveal video where fans will know what it is. In this video, from the first scene, fans will realize that this is the plane of Gaur and that Shulk will join the fight. I thought it would be good.
This video is also notable because it contains so many references to things that appear in the original and the Super Smash Bros. series, such as visions, changing Monado Arts, and Metal Face.
An Unlikely Team (Duck Hunt Duo)
The Duck Hunt gameplay in the beginning is not from an original Nintendo Entertainment System console, but from something new that we made. I like the feel of the tempo in the first part of the in-game section as it overlaps with the music. The lightgun accessory seen in the video is the NES Zapper, the lightgun accessory for the NES. The concept for Duck Hunt Duo’s smash attack is that the shots come from off screen, so I’m glad we were able to explain it here.
Here comes a new challenger! ryu
It’s obvious to those in the know, but that first shot is based on the opening to Super Street Fighter II Turbo. The phrase “I’m looking for a challenge” is the slogan of the original Street Fighter II commercial in Japan. It was a perfect fit for both Ryu and an reveal video. There’s a lot of movement, but for the video, like in the original game, we moved a lot.
This isn’t every single trailer covered on the blog, so check out what Sakurai has to say about the others in the post. Then check back next week for even more memories of the greatest Smash game of all time.
What’s your favorite reveal of this first batch? Let us know in the comments.
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