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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ludwig's Live Reactions to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Mr. Sakurai Presents "Byleth"

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I got spoiled in the title, and so will you.

This is a live reaction not in the sense that I reacted to it right at 9 AM Eastern. I wasn't available. I have a job. Miraculously, I resisted the temptation to goof off during my job and look at anything gaming-related at all. Totally focused on my work. So I had no idea what was going to happen when I got home.

Because of me being totally absent throughout the whole day, including KoopaTV's Discord server, I couldn't coordinate any multi-staffer viewing of the Direct. Radio silence, you know. So I did it all by myself. But I'm pretty qualified, since I have Fire Emblem: Three Houses and have played through it twice already, as you'll read me repeatedly state that during this log.

Do you think I'll like the information presented by Masahiro Sakurai as he describes the fifth Fighters Pass character/stage/music (paid downloadable content) for the best-selling Nintendo Switch game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Check out my reactions and see if your thoughts are correct.


[4:55 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ALRIGHT.
[4:55 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: WELL
[4:56 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I'M GONNA START THIS AT 5 TO REPRESENT THE PLIGHT OF THE 9 TO 5 WORKER
[4:56 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: BUT
[4:56 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aqVlLlKkcg
YouTube
Nintendo
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Mr. Sakurai Presents "Byleth"
[4:56 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: THE TITLE OF IT ALREADY SPOILS THIS.
[4:56 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: SOOOO
[4:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Thanks a lot, Nintendo. >_>
[4:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Otherwise, I haven't read anyone else's messages and reactions and believe me, there's a lot of people trying to get a hold of me.
[4:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, besides the like:dislike ratio on the video.
[4:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The thumbnail also spoils it. >.>
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: starts
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Everyone 10+ to Teen? There's two ESRB ratings?
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, I know this cutscene.
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's directly from Three Houses.
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Apparently male Byleth is canon.
[5:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Female Byleth should be canon)
[5:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Due to story-related reasons)
[5:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Join Smash Brothers already!"
[5:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Dorothea spotted <3
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: All the swordspeople just pwned Byleth.
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Too many swordsmen, are there?"
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf female Byleth
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (To be a swordswoman?)
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Ooohh not at all.
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Byleth Recruits Byleth" wot
[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Byleth is using the Heroes Relics of Dimitri, Edelgard, and Claude.
[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I guess as opposed to them appearing.
[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Byleth additionally uses the Sword of the Creator.
[5:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Cool, guess Three Houses is a third-party game now.
[5:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai appears. "Still very new."
[5:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Available January 28.
[5:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: RIGHT AFTER EVO JAPAN 2020
[5:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai explaining "What is Fire Emblem" as if it's as obscure as Fatal Fury.
[5:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai references "Fire Emblem police".
[5:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (I don't know what he's talking about)
[5:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I want to skip over this part since I'm quite familiar with what Fire Emblem is!
[5:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But I wouldn't know what to skip to.
[5:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai referencing permanent death, and then discusses the casualisation of the series with "strategic withdrawals"
[5:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: He keeps showing the first Fire Emblem game.
[5:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Six fighters from the Fire Emblem series have a counter move"
[5:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: IKE DOESN'T NEED ONE.
[5:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: GIVE HIM HIS RAGNELL BEAM.
[5:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai is now listing 17 Fire Emblem titles.
[5:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The three fingers is Sakurai "counting in binary"
[5:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: He's wasting time on this?
[5:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "You can count up to 31 on one hand."
[5:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai boasting he played Fire Emblem: Three Houses before the game came out.
[5:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai says it's really hard to play through the game in a rush because the game has several routes and endings.
[5:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (I've only done two.)
[5:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Silver Snow and Azure Moon)
[5:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai recorded this in November.
[5:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So this may differ from the final release.
[5:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Byleth's mobility is bad and so is their grab, but they're great at attacking from a distance.
So they're Belmonts.
[5:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Byleth's Sword of the Creator doesn't differ much from Zero Suit Samus/every other sword character.
[5:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And his Up-B is sort of like Joker but can be meaner.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And it's a tether.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Like Joker's.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Areadbhar (Dimitri's weapon) is Byleth's forward and back-air (side inputs).
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's a Lance so it goes quite far.
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Forward-smash is the same deal as Belmont's forward-smash.
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Or Shulk's.
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Boring!
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The tip is more powerful.
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Side-special is "Byleth will simply swing the lance"
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Boooring.
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Jigglypuff doesn't wanna fight against this. <.<
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Downward inputs (Aymr) that Edelgard uses.
[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Down-air is a generic meteor-spike.
[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Down-smash is a generic hit back and forth.
[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Down-special is "similar to a Falcon Punch" with super armour at the start.
[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: People are gonna spam this, probably to poor effect.
[5:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You can turn around during it or drop through platforms.
[5:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (None of the songs are remixes so far)
[5:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Like Dedede's Forward-Smash, there's a shockwave with knockback.
[5:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Failnaught appears in the neutral air, which is just a spinning nair like many other.
[5:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Claude's bow)
[5:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Regular B is fire the bow, like Pit's or Link's.
[5:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You can't shoot the arrow mid-charge, but you can cancel with shield. You can change direction like Pit's.
[5:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: If you KEEP holding the button after the charge, it's a beam of light.
[5:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: This is still generic. >_>
[5:20 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Progenitor god Ruptured Heaven, which is an enhanced version of Byleth's Combat Art with the Sword of the Creator in his game.
[5:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There are colour variations based on Dimitri, Edelgard, and Claude.
[5:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Then Sothis, and then the Enlightened One hair colours when Sothis fuses into Byleth.
[5:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Though Sakurai refused to spoil that)
[5:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The stage is Garreg Mach Monastery.
[5:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I haaaaate this.
[5:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Marketplace, reception hall, bridge, and Cathedral cycling, like it's Castle Siege, another Fire Emblem stage.
[5:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Except unlike Castle Siege it's actually based on a real game)
[5:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: All of the character cameos are based on the pre-timeskip.
[5:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Byleth can destroy the merchant booths in the marketplace.
[5:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "I wonder where people will buy their supplies now."
[5:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Gatekeeper reference. (He's the best character.)
[5:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Dorothea in Reception.


Garreg Mach Monastery Super Smash Bros Ultimate Reception Hall Dorothea Edelgard Petra Black Eagles House
It's a REALLY bad sign that I didn't take any screenshots until this point in the presentation.
(Ludwig has thought Dorothea is adorable ever since before buying the game. He had male Byleth marry her in his first playthrough.)

[5:24 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You can destroy chandeliers, which are never used for anything in the game.
[5:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The Golden Deer folks appear in "The Bridge", which is an irrelevant area in the Monastery.
[5:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You don't do anything, just walk through.
[5:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "It's just a long pathway, plain and simple."
[5:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Pretty good description of this whole DLC so far.
[5:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The last area is the Cathedral, with the Church folks.
[5:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Flayn doesn't eat fish.)
[5:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's "a simple layout with platforms only" but it's also still a walk-off.
[5:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai doing a 1 vs. 5 of Byleth vs. 5 other Fire Emblem characters.
[5:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai is just camping with Failnaught.
[5:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Yeah, real fun.
[5:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai pleased he won against the low-level CPUs.
[5:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Song Collection"
[5:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 11 tracks total, with only two new arrangements (both being of the Fire Emblem: Three Houses theme).
[5:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: New Spirit Board, with Dorothea.
[5:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai claims Classic Mode is "amusing" though he refuses to spoil it like he did with Terry's.
[5:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Mii Fighter Costumes...
[5:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf
[5:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Altair?
[5:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: RABBIDS?
[5:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
[5:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: UBISOFT IS INVADING
[5:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: OOH MEGA MAN X
[5:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...Literally costume of X.
[5:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Mega Man Battle Network, for costume of MegaMan.EXE.
[5:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Why couldn't we have a CAPCOM character?
[5:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf
[5:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Cuphead?
[5:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Includes a music track"
Cuphead is a Gunner.
[5:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, hopefully that'll decrease the number of people using Sans Mii Gunner.
[5:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I like X, but you might as well just play as Mega Man. >_>
[5:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: SANS AHH


Shared Content Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Sans
STOP PROLIFERATING SANS.

[5:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "The Fighters Pass is now complete!"
[5:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Joker, Hero, Banjo & Kazooie, Terry, and Byleth.

BOY AM I GLAD I DIDN'T BUY THE FIGHTERS PASS.
[5:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Introduced new game mechanics"
[5:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (What's Byleth's new mechanic???)
[5:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Seriously, WHAT IS BYLETH'S NEW MECHANIC?
[5:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai "have a look"
[5:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Even more fighters in development"
[5:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf
[5:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Challenger Pack 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11?
[5:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Six additional fighters will join the battle!"
[5:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Releasing them all in one bundle, by December 31, 2021.
[5:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "The contents will remain unknown."
[5:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Screw you.
[5:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Please only pre-purchase it if you're OK with that."
[5:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai says not to message him on Twitter because the fighters are already decided.
[5:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "There's a special bonus for purchasing"
[5:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's...
[5:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: A Mii Fighter of the Ancient Soldier costume from Breath of the Wild?
[5:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...Why would anyone want that??
[5:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai: "Is it a fighting game?"
[5:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Referring to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate being the best-selling fighting game)
[5:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: He thinks Street Fighter 2 is the best-selling because it's been released in over 5 versions.
[5:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "I don't know if it can be called JUST a fighting game. It is a celebration of gaming."
[5:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Celebrating of gaming" isn't, uh, a genre.
[5:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "No breaks for me."
[5:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And so he waves bye.
[5:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, I can look at messages now.
[5:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But even if I'm infatuated with Dorothea, I'm not buying this. >_>
[5:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And I LIKE Three Houses.
[5:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But Byleth himself is the worst choice from there.
[5:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: He's designed to be BORING and creepy.
[5:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And... that's accurately represented, I suppose.
[5:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Pft.



Ludwig is going to buy Hero's Fighter's Pass individually, and he's going to skip the other four. To make it clear, at no point in his reaction did Ludwig express his problem with Byleth is that they are from the Fire Emblem series, but that Byleth him/herself is lame and offers nothing interesting mechanically. If you think the weapon change is interesting, explain how it's different than Ludwig being able to change between the wrecking balls, boxing gloves, hammer, and drill throughout his moveset.


Try comparing Ludwig's reactions here with his reactions towards Terry Bogard.
Ludwig expanded more on the whole Koopalings-did-weapon-change bit as its own article.
Challenger Pack 6 will be something about ARMS.

2 comments :

  1. I would take 50 playable Fire Emblem characters if it means no Sora in Smash ever.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. By that point it'd be a matter of Sora cameo-ing in a Fire Emblem game.

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