Thursday, May 3, 2012

Smash Bros.: TNG - Day 2

The King and his Princess of the Sky.

Now I'm doing ridiculous titles where I combine the three things I'm talking about. So there's that.

Veteran - King DeDeDe

   The King made his debut in Smash Bros. Brawl, and was mostly met with lukewarm reception by the tournament scene. Well nuts to them, because I fucking love DeDeDe and I don't care how bad he is. I make myself better with him. I don't know what kind of mechanics Sakurai-san is planning for the next Smash, but I'd love to see DeDeDe with something more useful than an inhale that can't copy and tossing minions that occasionally aren't worthless. That said, I absolutely adored his running attack; it's pretty much the greatest thing ever for a long-time fan of the character.

   If he could have an alternate costume, I would love it to be him in Yarn form. Because that shit was mother-fucking precious.

Potential Newcomer - Princess Daisy

  Oh daisy. We all know your up-taunt is "Hi, I'm daisy!" and it will be infuriating. You will be the greatest tank character Smash Bros has ever devised. When you taunt, nobody will resist the swelling desire to annihilate you; and that will be your greatest weapon. You'll be dressed there in your soccer uniform from Mario Strikers, and you will bring a flurry of kicks, Chie-style, while tossing around soccer balls and maybe throwing some Mario Party dice or something. Whatever. The fact is you'll be surprisingly heavy and brutal; something no female character is. And dat wiggle. You might flip-kick me for saying that... but the priiiize...

  Your alternate costume will most likely be a dress, and that's fine. It'll somehow be better when that's what you wear to a fist fight. Your Final Smash could be similar to the Strikers :Charged Mega Hits. You'll leap into the air and make it rain deadly, flaming soccer balls. And it will be grand.

Setting the Stage - Skyloft

  Skyloft is a big place. Now, while it's tempting to just create another New Pork City or Sky Temple from Melee, I also think individual pieces of this could make interesting stages. The Goddess Statue, for example. Her hand could be an upper platform, the ground is the main platform, with a wall to the left as a sort of obstacle. Not the most dynamic stage ever, but if it could... Spoilers... Re-enact an important moment from the end of the game in the background, well that would be something cool to watch. Maybe even add in a similar low-gravity element that we saw in the iceberg-slide of the Ice Climbers level in Brawl.

Music Selection for Skyloft

Zelda: Skyward Sword - The Ballad of the Goddess
  The first super-obvious choice is the, oddly underused Ballad of the Goddess. This proper version of the song did not show up anywhere in the game that I can recall, despite being a super important component of it.

Zelda: Skyward Sword - The Sky
  Flying may have been one of the worst things about that game, but the music helped make it all the more tolerable. It's a bit more adventurous than combat flavored, but it's still a pretty great piece.

Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess - Ballad of the Windfish
   This one is a dedication to the love of my life, Michael, who is probably the only one reading this right now. But that's fine by me. We went together to see The Symphony of the Goddess in Dallas, and this song was a secret second encore that they played, and my god. It's fucking brilliant. If you listen, they do a rendition of the chorus with each of the different instruments you acquire throughout the game. Whoever put this symphony together wasn't just some person they hired to do it. This person knew their shit, and put together a brilliant god damned show. This piece is personal, not just to him, but to my love. I only a few months ago finished Link's Awakening for the first time, and I wish I had done so sooner, because this is just.. It's beautiful.

Zelda: A Link to the Past - Mini-Game House
  That's right, I just linked you the best thirty god-damned minutes of your life. Enjoy. In all seriousness, though, I think it could be a cool piece to maybe combine with some other mini-game themes from other Zeldas, or just make into a really weird piece. They did more with less in the last Smash Bros., so I say why not.

Symphony of the Goddess - Gerudo Valley
  A fan favorite to be sure, this is the best version of Gerudo Valley's myriad covers that I've ever heard. I'm really surprised this theme hasn't been revisited in any Zelda's despite having returned to the Valley on a number of occasions.

MOKA - Title Theme (Ocarina of Time)
  Here's something with a little more flavor that I thought you might enjoy. If you like it, I recommend checking out the rest of the album, it's quite nice.

Twilight Princess - Howling Medley
  The Song of Healing's appearance in Twilight Princess was... Let's just say it was nice. Majora's Mask may not be the best game in the Zelda series, but it's most certainly my favorite. For this idea, however, I would like it if all the songs featured as the songs you howl in that mysterious domain were put together in a cool medley (perhaps with a few surprise additions) similar to the Ocarina Medley in Brawl.

  Alright, so it's a little late, but there you have it. So much Zelda music in that one, and there will be more! What do you think so far? Am I on track? Do you like where this is going? Do you wish I was making the next Smash Bros. as badly as I do? Probably not... but oh well. That's okay. I can live with that.

-Make it a good one.


  1. Dedede is actually a very good character in competitive play - He was top three at one point.

    Dedede is disliked because of his chaingrab, and infinite on several characters:

  2. This is me standing corrected. I remember seeing videos of that tactic back before Brawl even came out (people on demo-stations in stores recording footage), but I had always assumed that the tactic was busted as I never heard about it again. Apparently I haven't been paying enough attention. Thanks for the info!