I'm looking forward to Smash 4 just as much of the next hawk. Well, a lot more actually. This game's unveiling has permeated my very DREAMS (one of which involved a diseased kid holding up the Nintendo E3 turnstile resulting in me having to punch him in the face).
And while I'm as hyped for the game as ever, one thing has me a tad worried as of late, and that's newcomers. I know who I want in Smash 4 and any one of them appearing in Smash 4's first trailer would likely have the game already surpassing my years-in-the-making expectations. But then I see other people's expectations/wants and can't but feel like they're scratching at the bottom of the barrel. Examples I've seen include:
1) Takamaru, also known as that lame ninja swordsman dude from That One Game That Never Released Here™.
|Smash 4 has enough swordsmen. Sorry guy.|
I understand Takamaru's in a Pit-like situation where a modern redesign and surge in relevance could resurrect him as a bonafide Nintendo character. That's all fine and dandy of course, but what would he actually do? I would normally admit that a modern Murasame game would likely rise from its decades-old ashes as something barely recognizable, yet fun and interesting to play ala Kid Icarus: Uprising. However, if its attraction in Nintendo Land is any indication for what the modern world has in store for it (a.k.a. throwing shuriken at dudes by stroking the gamepad for hours on end), then I think Nintendo should just let this property remain six feet under the cold, cold ground.
2) Geno, as in "Yes, people still actually care about Geno" Geno.
|Dude, your nose is on your head...or something.|
Super Mario RPG is home to some of the ugliest, most vile character designs in existence, and the above is right down there with the worst of them. Like your average Mario vs. Donkey Kong fan, Geno is just boring and unaesthetic. What on earth is with the obsession?
3) Pac-Man, that thing you forgot existed until now.
|One of Pac-Man Sr.'s illegitimate crackbabies.|
Now, because of Bandai Namco's heavy involvement and some other factors (Miyamoto working on a Pac-Man game, Pac-Man being in those Mario Kart arcade titles, etc.), I don't think this last one is wanted as much as its expected. But still, the Pac's a world-renowned gaming icon -- it couldn't be too bad, right?
...may Sakurai bless my tender soul.
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Despite all our efforts, Pac-Man is in the game.
He is also a terrible addition.
Let's hope Takamaru stays away.