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Super Smash Bros. / Re: Smash Bros. Character Merit (Ultimate Edition)
« on: February 16, 2019, 11:12:14 PM »
What are your thoughts on Chocobo?

Well after the bit of blueballing from the last direct when we were almost certain we'd get our next Fighter Pass character. And specifically the Square Enix character guess it's fair to get to something close to that.


Level of Want

It's not exactly an ideal choice for another Square character. Not only is it another Final Fantasy character, it's also a generic species. However, I'd be more then willing to forgive the choice if Chocobo came along with this:

Estimated Chance

As silly we can think about this, I think we already very well know who's our next Square rep. And it's certainly no generic. I think the best shot a generic species character out of all of Square's franchises is Slime from Dragon Quest. But I do think we're probably getting a certain hero from that franchise instead. Hell, Dragon Quest got some decent focus in that last direct. It almost seemed inevitable a Dragon Quest character was going to appear at the end. But I guess we're going to have wait a little bit longer. Going to be a bit painful if we have to spend another 2 months speculating and the data mine speculation we've had for weeks turns out correct still. Would rather have had it revealed in that last direct so we can finally move on to characters 3 and/or 4 which will probably have their reveal during E3.

Super Smash Bros. / Re: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
« on: February 14, 2019, 03:41:56 PM »
That's nowhere near comparable to adding a new mode as a lot of people have been predicting.

They blurred/pixelated one or two things during the notice for it during the direct (Behind the question mark). There will be a new mode or two. That's pretty much certain. We just don't know which. Though my bets would be on more Stadium Modes like the return of Home-Run Contest and/or Stage Builder.

Alright, it's been 2 months since Smash Ultimate has released. So feel free to give an update on your favorite now there's been plenty of time to get accustomed to all the newcomers. And it's also been about a week since Piranha Plant has been released. And has been added to the poll

My favorite is still Inkling, I was right to say the Inkling felt more like my style and in fact have put them as one of my 10 most used. I've given most of the other newcomers a good shot but they just don't feel like they fit me. Most of them are pretty cool still though. So yeah, Inklings still top for me and I'm not sure anything will top them for me personally unless it's something really cool in terms of either being a character I personally like alot or if there's an interesting enough moveset that I like using alot.

To everyone's surprise the game became a defensive slugfest that feels like it hasn't been seen since the 70's. And the Patriots pulled it off by limited the 2nd best offense in the season to only 3 points. It was just a masterful plan set by Belichick. And while Brady doesn't have his usual numbers, he did just enough to get the win and his 6th Super Bowl and now has more then any player in history and Brady himself can say he's tied with the entire history of the Steelers. An amazing feat.

It feels like it was already cemented by the 28-3 game. But it only furthers the fact that both Brady and Belichick are up there for the greatest in their respective positions in the game.

If this turns out to be the Patriots last Super Bowl with Brady at the helm. It will make for an amazing bookend where his Super Bowl career started with an upset victory over the Rams. And finishing with what may not be as much of an upset in hindsight, an amazing team performance that still shocked the world in just how the Patriots were limiting any oppurtunities for the Rams.

Overall in terms of play from an objective standpoint. This was probably one of the least entertaining Super Bowls in a long time. And not many commercials nor the halftime show really made up for it. But nonetheless an interesting ending to the season in a year it looked like high-flying offense was going to be the future of the game. Only for defense and timely offensive play to decide this one. And that benefits none other then the players and coaches that have been in this sitation time and time again. McVay and Goff are relatively new and they have quite a bit more chances in the future, for now though. They were just taken to school by their historically great counterparts in this game.

Super Smash Bros. / Re: Smash Bros. Character Merit (Ultimate Edition)
« on: January 31, 2019, 03:40:48 PM »
Pardon for not responding to news earlier then I did, just been busy alot playing the actual game and other stuff going on. I just thought I'd give a quick lowdown on the character that was revealed at The Game Awards. I don't actually have too much to say but thought I'd get my thoughts out there at last.


It's another I'm just kind of neutral on. If I had to compare it to previous inclusions. It's a mix between Cloud and Bayonetta's inclusion. Persona isn't a heavy Nintendo-focused franchise albeit it did spin off from Shin Megami Tensei. A series that does have a long history with Nintendo. That brings up some memories of Cloud's inclusion. Though Joker is a relatively newer character and his debut game was on competitor consoles like Bayonetta was. I don't personally know much about the Persona series but from what I've gathered it's definitely a popular series and for that reason alone I can't say it's a bad choice. It's just going to be one of those characters that I know mostly through Smash rather then their game(/s). RPGs aren't really my thing and I've heard Persona 5 on average just to beat the main story takes more then 200 hours. No thank you.

The only real bummer I could say is because Persona is under ATLUS which is Sega owned, it destroys any sliver of hope of other Sega things such as my support for Tails as another Sonic character. But I'm not going to allow that to make me judge a character. The writing on the wall was kind of already there when Tails showd up front and center in the Spirits section of that last direct (And while I admit it's a bit selfish, at least Shadow didn't get in even as an echo either).

But anyway yeah, it's an okay inclusion to me. It's not a character that excites me personally, but I have seen a few who are overjoyed about this and that's a good thing. Should be interesting what the other 4 are (With rumors of one possibly already being known). And with how the sales are doing for the game (Nearly more then Brawl's lifetime sales in a single month), if we could be getting more then just these 5 in the future. ^^


#1. Ridley
#2. King K. Rool
#3. Simon Belmont
#4. Isabelle
#5. Inklings
#6. Incineroar
#7. Joker


#1. Ken
#2. Dark Samus
#3. Chrom
#4. Daisy
#5. Richter Belmont


#Potato. Piranha Plant

Super Smash Bros. / Re: Do you think Petey Piranha is actually robbed?
« on: January 28, 2019, 11:40:32 AM »
We can't look at Piranha Plant's inclusion like any other character. It's plainly obvious this is a character they added where for once they wanted to ignore any pre-conceived notions about a character inclusion for something a little more humorous as well as what Sakurai has said about a little more variety. We can't exactly say Piranha Plant took someone's spot as much as the jokes about Waluigi persist.

Piranha Plant is not an inclusion where they picked it over another character, it's literally a "just because" kind of inclusion. This game focused mainly on fan service inclusions with Ridley, K. Rool, and even some of the echo fighters that probably would have not gotten in any other way. What Piranha Plant does tell us that we know for sure now that Sakurai loves his surprises. Albeit the earlier surprise characters had some merit to them one way or another (Ness, Mr. Game & Watch, ROB, and Wii Fit Trainer are the characters I'd consider the main surprise inclusion in previous games). The base game newcomer list for Newcomers had no surprises on that big of a level, so when Sakurai finally got the room to add a character literally no one asked for he really snapped and went with a Piranha Plant.

Also regarding Mario representation, it is Nintendo's flagship franchise so they could very well put as many as they wanted there. The only  big hole remaining in Mario's representation in Smash is some sort of playable Toad character (Whether that's Regular Toad or Captain Toad). I think something as random as Piranha Plant's inclusion may be a little more palatable if Mario was already completed with some kind of Toad.

As for Petey, well he's featured in the Final Smash. It's kind of hard to say Petey got "robbed" when this is a a character/species that literally no one was expecting to have any shot at being playable in Smash. This isn't a case of "We'll go with a normal Piranha Plant instead since Petey's a little too large" it's a "Hey wouldn't it be funny if we added a Piranha Plant?!"

Fan Creations / Re: Mach Speed Mayhem (Superchao 'Shroom Section)
« on: January 21, 2019, 01:06:12 AM »
I'm giving a vote to Phoenix

Well the Super Bowls has been set...

...And it's a rematch of the 2001-2002's season's Super Bowl. Patriots Vs. Rams (Albeit the Rams have moved from St. Louis since then)

On the NFC side of things, it definitely feels like the Saints got robbed on that non-call and it should be Brady Vs. Brees right now. But woulda coulda shoulda. The Rams advance. And they should probably be the favorite and probably have a decent chance at taking it all. Gotta feel bad for all the St. Louis fans who might see the team that moved out win in front of them in a different location.

And on AFC, once again the Patriots came out on top in a close matchup. But it was an interesting game for sure. The Patriots are actually sort of an underdog this year. And they'll need a shutdown gameplan probably similar to the 2002 Super Bowl if they're going to take out the Rams. Because the Rams are an offensive explosive team and they have defensive playmakers that can screw with Brady if he's not protected well enough.

I think the Rams will win it, but Super Bowls with Brady and Belichick leading the Patriots all have been interesting. So it should be fun.

Entertainment & Media / Re: 2018-19 NFL Playoffs
« on: January 13, 2019, 11:56:56 PM »
Been an interesting first two rounds. But both of the teams with first round bye fend off any Wild card round challengers as the #1 and #2 team's of each conference all advance.

In the AFC it's the Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium against the Chiefs. I do think the Chiefs are likely to win this time. The Patriots have not done very well on the Road, and this is a different Chiefs team then the ones led by Alex Smith as they have an explosive young QB in Mahomes. Though the Chiefs certainly shouldn't take the Patriots lightly. As if the Chiefs make too many mistakes the Patriots can take advantage and still win. But overall, I think it's still the Chiefs game to lose here.

The NFC is a little more interesting with both the Saints and the Rams as they have some balance on both sides of the ball. It's also kind of likely that whoever wins this game will be favored in the Super Bowl. As both the Chiefs and Patriots have an achilles heal in their defensive play this year. I think it will take the NFC team in the Super Bowl screwing up too many times if the AFC team wins it all.

I considered making the thread for the season months ago. But I just couldn't get to it and maybe was just suggesting maybe someone else would start it though discussion of this season came in the past season's thread. But thought I'd at least open this up for the Playoffs. It's been an interesting Season, I feel there's no team that's the real runaway favorite this time. Not even the Patriots feel guaranteed to make the AFC Championship, let alone the Super Bowl this time. Though I would still say they're a threat if they get clicking at the right time.


#1 Chiefs
#2 Patriots

#3 Texans Vs. #6 Colts
#4 Ravens Vs. #5 Chargers


#1 Saints
#2 Rams

#3 Bears Vs. #6 Eagles
#4 Cowboys Vs. #5 Seahawks

Here's my thoughts on the Wild Card matchups:

Colts @ Texans: Should be a good match between two big division rivals seeking some glory. The Colts are the team on the bigger hot streak, but the Texans defense I imagine are still going to be an obstacle in their path.

Chargers @ Ravens: The Chargers seem to have figured things out as of late, however they did show some flaws when they faced the Ravens just a few weeks ago. Can Rivers and the rest of the team get revenge for that game, or will the Ravens just simply have their number?

Eagles @ Bears: This game I feel entirely depends on how much "Big Dick Nick" shows up. Cause either Nick finds some seemingly divine given talent to torch the Bears, or the Bears defense may prove too difficult for the Eagles who are a much depleted team from the one that was a champion last year.

Seahawks @ Cowboys: I don't think either team in this matchup was expected to do as well as they did this Season. Which is either a testament to how these two teams survived or just showing how weak or incompetent some of the other teams have been

Super Smash Bros. / Re: Who are you maining in Ultimate?
« on: December 26, 2018, 09:54:43 PM »
10 is actually perfect for me since I kind of decided that I would at least begin with a set of 10 I'll use the most. I think I've mostly decided by now though I've dabbled and considered a few and even ended up dropping a character or two that I initially planned to use alot.

I'll go by character in the order they are in the game by number

Link: I thought the Timed bomb thing plus the no hookshot grab may have made it enough for me to consider not using him as much since it wouldn't be like Smash 4 Link how I used him. But after trying it out a bit more, Link's pretty awesome and seems to have better options then Link's ever had before.

Pikachu: For a character that's so called one of the best competitively I don't think I'm all that good with him yet but I just refuse to not use Pikachu considering he's just historically always been in my mains since the first game. Not sure if I'll ever get to doing any of the pro strats that Pikachu may be able to perform. But even if I'm not a good Pikachu user, I just refuse to budge on that front.

Luigi: Luigi's clearly not as well set-up as he was in Smash 4. But I still find him fun to play here, his grab while longer feels kinda hard to land but I still just like Luigi's set a good amount.

Ness: I still like to play as Ness quite a bit and it's no different here. I think the biggest change though regarding his moveset is I'm using a certain other character that has similar but different enough kit alongside because I really enjoy the additions they gave that character

Lucas: That being Lucas of course, I always will like Ness more but in Ultimate I really feel like Lucas stands out with his moveset enough for me to use him quite a bit more. PK Freeze can kill especially in Edgeguard situations. And of course that up-smash has always been no-joke. But yeah, I'm using both of the MOTHER boys this time around.

Sonic: You don't know me if you didn't know I was going to use Sonic. Always will have Sonic to use for hours upon hours. I do know he's clearly not as strong as he was back in Smash 4. But he still feels fun to me, and the upgraded Homing attack is amazing in his kit.

Mii Brawler: I actually have to use a nearly entirely different set from Smash 4 because most of the moves I used on my Mii in Smash 4 either did not return or are not as effective as they once were. But I still get a kick out of playing the Brawler. If the Tails costume ever returns in DLC I'll also start using Gunner again. But until then Brawler's the only character of the Miis that I'll use regardless of costume.

Shulk: His Monado modes are still so fun to switch between. Even better now that's it's easier to pick the one you want.

Cloud: Was my favorite DLC character from the last game and he's still fun for me to use here.

Inkling: I was correct in saying that the Inkling was the newcomer I was most interesting in using and they turned out to be really fun. I definitely plan on using them quite a bit.

Super Smash Bros. / Re: Who is your punching bag?
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:53:04 PM »
-PacMan, because I hate his design and would've preferred they went with the classic one.

Are you in a universe where they used the Ghostly Adventures design instead? :V

His current design is Classic enough as is. Unless you mean like literally looking like this the entire match:

Super Smash Bros. / Re: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
« on: December 10, 2018, 09:10:36 AM »
has anyone beat all star mode? Best I can do is 30-40 and I can't tell if I'm bad or it's legit difficult

Yeah it is a tad on the difficult side.

But also, turns out it's an endless survival rather then ending after all the characters are out. It loops back to Pac-Man, Game and Watch, Mario, Luigi, etc. coming at you. I did cheese it with Kirby's down B to get to that point though.

Okay ANOTHER update. This is the all the groups.

So looks like Classic Unlocking has been cleared up more

(From IGN's Unlocking guide)

Basically as reported by an earlier chart, the characters are grouped by the separate 8 characters. It is possible to get to the other groups with a character if you insist on keep doing only one character's Classic Mode. But otherwise using a character in the group will get you other characters in the groups

Though apparently some characters may still pop out randomly anyway such as Wario, Cloud, and Richter. So look out for that.

Super Smash Bros. / Re: Far-Fetched Suggestions for the next SSB Game...
« on: December 03, 2018, 02:29:20 PM »
I'm willing to guess there will probably be one more character that was mentioned in this thread that will make it into Smash Ultimate before all it's characters are through, heh.

Going back on this a bit. I was correct. Though a bit of a caveat that Isabelle is the character, who was mentioned by GalacticPetey back in 2014. And by the time Ultimate arrived, Isabelle was far from a farfetched choice heh.

No one ever mentioned Ken. And of course a new Pokemon is never seen as farfetched unless they're not a starter and they have a strange way of movement that's not typical. So I don't think anyone was going to say Incineroar was farfetched.

I don't think anyone ever mentioned Piranha Plant over this entire thread's history (Though perhaps I should look again) albeit I'm pretty sure early on common mooks like Goomba or Koopas were mentioned

Where's the plant?

As I said in the OP waiting for February when it's closer to release, where I'll reset the poll and add Piranha Plant. May also help solidify people's favorites because most people will have had 2 months of the game to figure out their favorites.

I honestly think you should've waited for the game to release before making this thread, as no-one has had a chance to try out any of the characters and see how they feel and play for themselves

I get it, but this is actually why I implemented a vote change for this one (I didn't or forgot to for the other polls in this series of threads. But those games have been out for years so I presume most by now know their favorites anyway)

I'm sure everyone has their favorite pre-release. But if for whatever reason a character impresses you more with how they play over your initial favorite. Then you can change your vote.

Weíre finally in December! Weíre still about 6 days from the release but I think itís fine enough time to finally get a clue of who are our favorites out of the newcomer pool for this game are. I have decided that I will exclude DLC characters for now. But I will at least reset the poll in every release month a new character is released. Itís looking like Piranha Plant will be out in February. So if the plant is your favorite newcomer thus far, just either wait until then or choose your favorite out of the base game cast.

As for my thoughts on this base game cast. Itís certainly an interesting mix, I feel itís a lot less controversial in comparison to Smash 4. Albeit of course will seem small for quite a bit of people, until DLC comes out it will be the lowest newcomer count of any Smash game where even the original Smash had 1 more character, though if you donít count echoes even after DLC is finished there will be less new characters then any Smash game barring a 2nd Fighter Pass season happening. But that was the price paid for the ďEveryone is here!Ē tagline. Thereís not a newcomer Iím personally SUPER hyped for in terms of personal interest in the character, but a good majority of them are very interesting. The only one I likely wonít play all that often is Daisy. I prefer Peach as a character and have really no need to use Daisy, especially since itís looking like Peach and Daisy are closer to Pit/Dark Pit levels of similarities and even the Final Smashes arenít much different. Daisy doesnít even have the potential hilarity of a ďHI IíM DAISYĒ taunt. Ridley and K. Rool are big fan favorites that have been long awaited, though Iíve never been a big user of heavier characters. Isabelle looks to be a little more interesting for me then Villager was, Iíll be sure to give Simon a good try as he is a really cool inclusion. And Incineroar might be fun from time to time as well but again he is kind of another slow, heavy kind of character.

But the newcomer from first impressions thatís probably closest to what Iím most interested to be playing as is the Inklings being one of the quicker characters. (Though apparently Ridley is actually the fastest newcomer? Maybe Iíll end up liking Ridley more if I struggle with Inklingís gimmick) If actually playing these characters have changed my mind at all. Iíll be sure to post here about it. I donít expect them to kick out some of my top favorites from Smash 4, but I am excited to try them all soon ^^

Super Smash Bros. / Re: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
« on: November 30, 2018, 11:13:12 AM »
When it releases, Piranha Plant will be the slowest character in the game.

They already have this information because Piranha Plant's stats are already in the game.

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