Smashing Saturdays! Week 57: June 25-30, 2018

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Well boys and girls, it’s another Saturday, which means it’s time for another Smashing Saturdays! While it may be hard to capture the same level of excitement I had coming off the heels of the E3 reveals, I’ll do my level best to entertain. This week was much more fixated on recapping character profiles, with a couple fun new reveals tossed in for good measure. If nothing else, this week is a good example of how diverse and insane the Smash Bros. universe truly is. Now let’s get Smashing!

Corrin is easily one of my favorite representatives from the Fire Emblem universe. Not necessarily cause I think they’re the best character, but just because I’m tired of so many Fire Emblem reps falling into the same trap of “guy or gal swinging a sword”. Granted, there’s some differences, such as the speedy Marth / Lucina or the bulky and explosive Ike / Roy, but there’s not many like Corrin. The closest parallel is Robin, and that’s a totally different story, since Robin relies primarily on magical attacks. Whereas Corrin is a terrifying, shapeshifting beast of a character, who is hard to classify one way or another. The only thing that’s easy to say about Corrin? The best version is the pink haired lady Corrin.

The reason I’m excited for Snake’s return to Smash is perhaps a bit different from the typical gamer. While I’m sure many are just happy to play a humanoid with a shit ton of explosive armament on hand, I’m excited because the Snake we’re getting reminds me of the heyday of Metal Gear Solid greatness. You know, long before Konami ruined the series. If nothing else, I’m happy about Snake coming back because he’s just so peculiar to play as. I’m looking forward to seeing what quality of life improvements have been introduced to this classic character as well. Now to go and find a cardboard box to hide under…

I admit I never really got into Snipperclips, but even that quirky game is making its way into Smash Bros. Ultimate. Sort of. It’s at least getting a song called Noisy Notebook, which is pretty peppy and delightful. You can listen to it here.

Smashing Saturdays | Sukapon

We get a lot of crazy Assist Trophies in Smash, but this next one might be one of the absolute weirdest. I even had to do some research to discover what game he was from, since I was that unfamiliar. This pink gentleman is named Sukapon, and he’s from a Japan only series called Joy Mecha Fight, released on the Famicom. Even stranger? He’s apparently a robot from a game about fighting robots. But you’re probably wondering what he does in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Well, apparently he attacks foes with his nubby little detached fists and feet, and is even capable of grabbing and tossing the foe away. Pretty epic for a little pink robot.

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Fans should be very familiar with this next duo, at least if they’ve played the latest Pokémon games. They are none other than the Legendary Pokémon from Sun and Moon, as well as Ultra Sun and Moon. The fiery Solgaleo charges back and forth across the screen, trying to inflict massive damage to players. Lunala, meanwhile, blasts the entire stage from afar with a devastating laser beam. Sounds like you don’t want to cross these Legendary beasts.

Finally, we have the big ape, the top banana, Donkey Kong himself! It took me a while to get accustomed to the super simian, but I’ve grown to like how he plays in the last Smash Bros. game. He’s much faster than people realize, and can do heavy damage pretty quickly. Best of all, he appears to have a brand spanking new Final Smash that is much more visceral than his lame drum based one.

Not a bad Saturday, huh? I’m still blown away by how eclectic and massive the roster for Smash Bros. Ultimate is shaping up to be, so much so that it spoils me for other fighting games. Chime in and let us know what reveal from this week you’re most excited for.

Author’s Note: Many thanks as always to Brodie for his awesome work crafting this fantastic new featured image.

About Josh Speer

Josh is a passionate gamer, finding time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He discovered Operation Rainfall while avidly following the localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, having played the series since he was eight. As Head Editor and Review Manager, he spends far too much time editing reviews and random articles. In his limited spare time he devours indies whole and anticipates the release of quirky, unpredictable and innovative games.