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Friday, May 23, 2014

Ike, The Radiant Hero


So did you hear? Republican President Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower has been resurrected. He's running for president in 2016, and he's screwing the 22nd Amendment. (The Supreme Court doesn't know if it applies to zombies.) Eisenhower is notable for being the last popular Republican president among the people of the Democrat Party, and he was pretty cool.

Personally, I'm still a Rand Paul kind of guy. Oh, and this announcement came from Japan, for some reason. Unfortunately, the truth about Ike is that he was a progressive Republican. He's not progressive in the tactics of today's progressives that attack private companies for not putting gay marriage into their products, but the guy is quoted as saying that the Republican Party needs to be progressive or else. The federal government grew to spending 70% of its budget on the military! Granted, under Eisenhower, the budget was at least balanced most of the time.

Wait, what's this? Wrong Ike?

Oh noooo!

We got reports of a storm coming in!


Oh, that Ike! From Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn! He's... in Super Smash Bros. 4?!?!

It's true!

Oh, wow. He's sporting his Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn look this time. Don't listen to IGN, that's a great game. Here's what he looked like from Path of Radiance to Radiant Dawn, a span of 3 years. I made a handy picture guide to explain this.

Ike models for Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Fire Emblem: Awakening
Ignore that weird thing on the right. No, I'm not talking about the KoopaTV logo.

In other words, Ike's muscle growth is a canon, in-game thing. And it's even made fun of in-game.

More excitingly, Ike can use Axes in Radiant Dawn. You think he's hiding an axe somewhere in that cape? Maybe! He's portrayed as a "Hero" here, but that didn't stop "Ranger" Ike from using Ragnell. Hell, Ragnell is mostly reserved (he gets it for two chapters in Radiant Dawn prior to promotion) for Vanguard (Axe-using final promotion tier in Radiant Dawn) Ike and Lord (final promotion tier in Path of Radiance) Ike! I also see no fire in any of his moves on the official site. You know what that means? Eruption and Great Aether might be replaced by things he actually does in his games! And with any luck, Aether will feature the Luna animation, too.

Also exciting, match-up potential-wise:

MY BOY LITTLE MAC! (Being Countered.)

Ike is known for being absurdly powerful. Sakurai even says:
"Pic of the day. Ike, the swordsman of magnificent strength, joins the battle!! Strike your foes down with his powerful smash attacks. For this game, Ike's design is based on the hero that appears in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. His sword deals heavy damage in Smash Bros., so this design suits him very well! Rest assured, he can use Aether as well."
Little Mac is also very powerful. How will these powerhouses do against one another? ...Well, Ike gets a disjointed hit-box, so there's your answer. He's actually slower in Radiant Dawn than Path of Radiance, so that might be a hint as to how he'll play. Perhaps his recovery won't be so pathetically linear this time.

Either way, I personally hope Chrom isn't a playable character. He's a jerk.

Ludwig is a Fire Emblem fan because of the Radiance saga, and hopes this will bring a third game in that saga to the Wii U. In the meantime, you can Follow him on Miiverse at NNID PrinceOfKoopas.

Sword-Arm Ike is made fun of here, so how about Axe-Arm Largo?
Chrom ended up not being playable after all.
Sword-Arm Ike sort of returns in Code Name S.T.E.A.M.'s representation of Ike.
Ike is the hero of Tellius... He would never work for Abraham Lincoln!
Ike's games are actually affordable compared to the modern Fire Emblem games.


  1. Just want to note how Brawl Ike to Smash 4 Ike parallels Brawl Mac to Smash 4 Mac.

  2. i like both editions of ike but where is the wii U edition

    1. ...There is no Fire Emblem Wii U, if that's what you're getting at.

    2. oh. so ike's last appearance in the nintendo series was Super Smash Bros Universe. 3D

    3. Ike's videogame history, chronologically:

      Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GCN) → Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii) → Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) → Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) → Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (3DS) → Super Smash Bros. For Wii U (Wii U)

      ...Yeah. Popular guy.


    1. Thanks to YouTube for fostering creativity so bloggers like me can repurpose it years later!

    2. i posted it on Ïkê Gåwâìñ's timeline :) on facebook to make him happy

    3. do you have a facebook ludwig??? what is your real one

    4. ...Uh, we're literally Facebook friends. Isn't that how you found this? >_>;

    5. And thanks for sharing KoopaTV (...which I assume you did).

    6. (So that's... not inserting much of anything.)

    7. Well, welcome to my neck of the woods. Enjoy.

    8. oh. yeah. same name as facebook

    9. are you litterally as uncle of mine on facebook. i forgot wich ludwig you are on facebook

    10. (I'm probably the one that posts about KoopaTV...)

  4. I only came to this article for Republican President Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower

  5. Fire Emblem Awakening is the1st Fire Emblem game that I liked (since they gave us a way to turn off perma-death) and therefore would've wished that Chrom or even Lucina be in Super Smash than Ike. I know I'm in the minority here since Ike is in the series much longer than Chrom.

    1. So you like it because it didn't have a feature people associate with Fire Emblem?

      Well, Chrom or Lucina could still be in. ...Maybe as a costume, but I don't think they just won't be there in any forme. At minimum, a trophy!

      Sounds like you're more an Advance Wars type.

    2. "So you like it because it didn't have a feature people associate with Fire Emblem?"
      Oddly enough, yeah!

      I've tried Advance Wars but I didn't like it much because the whole capturing buildings to get supplies thing isn't my cup of tea. RPGs are my thing and Fire Emblem has it in spades but I'm not into super hard core games that requires perfection to make it fun, and perma-death does require perfection. You lose all those hours progress you made with leveling up your characters.

      Same with Etrian Odyssey 4. When they came out with a mode that let's you keep your experience even after you get wiped out, I felt a sense of progression without wasting hours to get to the next level. I know lots of people love that kind of challenge from these games and for me I like the challenge too but I'd rather have the ability to keep my progression (stats, equip, etc.) Just my opinion anyway.

    3. I understand where you're coming from.

      With Awakening, supposedly you should be able to complete maps pretty quickly. That's... kind of the same outcome with other Fire Emblem games, although Intelligent Systems made that a design decision in Awakening.

      Chapters in FE games usually take under an hour, mostly under half an hour to clear through. So resetting chapters when someone dies usually isn't *that* big of lost progression. And you can figure out a more efficient way of doing things the second time around. (Or the third or the fourth or...)
      (And Radiant Dawn and Fire Emblem 4 I know allow you to permanently save mid-chapter as opposed to quicksave-suspension you see in other FE games.)

      Personally I prefer FE more than Advance Wars not necessarily because it's more RPG-y, but because FE puts more time into character development. (That said, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin on DS has more character development than Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on DS.) And that's important to me!

      I wouldn't say it requires perfection. You can make tactical errors and still not have your dude die. :p

    4. there was roy in super smash bros melee. but he is discontinued because the hackers hacked offline mode Roy
      The Glitches Are Fixed In Super Smash Bros Brawl. But They Forgot To Remove Texture Hacks From All Nintendo

    5. ...Um, what?

      Roy didn't come back to Brawl because he's irrelevant to Fire Emblem.


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