Nintendo’s Smash Bros announcement for E3 revealed a lot of new features for the game. First of all was the announcement for Roy and the new Mii costumes, which were already leaked a day before, but it still felt great to see them for real in the official announcement. Roy himself looks a little different from Marth this time around, as he was a clone of him in Melee.
The new Mii costumes include characters from Tekken and Virtua Fighter, as well as the Inklings from Splatoon, Isabelle from Animal Crossing, MegaMan.EXE, and Zero from Mega Man X.
Next up was Amiibos. Sakurai said that every fighter in Smash Bros would get an Amiibo, including the newly announced fighters and the Mii Fighters. He also showed off Amiibos for ROB, Duck Hunt, Mr. Game and Watch, and Falco. The Mr. Game and Watch Amiibo comes with different poses for the character that can be switched out on the base.
Stages were also included in the announcement. Sakurai confirmed the Dream Land 64 stage from Smash Bros 64, as well as other stages from the original game, like Peach’s castle and The Hyrule Castle stage. I can only hope that Saffron City is given a chance.
The Miiverse stage is available for free and features different Miiverse posts based on which characters are fighting. People can posts drawings of a certain character on that fighter’s respective page on Miiverse. That post will continue to show up on fights that certain character participates in.
A new tourney mode will be available in August. It includes online features.
By far the biggest announcement, though, was the reveal of Ryu from Street Fighter, specifically Street Fighter II. Again, Ryu was already previously leaked yesterday, but the details Sakurai mentioned about him were not.
In Street Fighter, there are six buttons, but in Smash, there are only two. To work around this and at the same time keep Ryu close to his source material, the harder and longer you put an input in, then Ryu will do a different attack. For example, if you put in his side tilt, but did it breifly, it would come out as a light attack. If you did it for a little longer, then it would be a mid attack, as so on for a heavy attack. This gives so many possibilities for combos. Sakurai himself said that Ryu is mainly focused on combos.
He also touched up on Ryu’s specials. Ryu sports his iconic attacks like Haduken and Shoryuken. If the original input for these moves are put in, (for example, down/right-down/right) then the attack will be stronger. This goes for some of Ryu’s other moves, too. One can only imagine how awesome it would be if this would be done for the other fighters. It would add so much more depth and combo potential to Smash then there already is.
Ryu is the first fighter to ever have two final smashes. That’s right, TWO. The first one, a projectile, is activated if you are separated from everyone else. The second one, a close-quarters killing combo, is activated if you are, you guessed it, in close quarters with someone.
Ryu also has his own stage from Street Fighter II, which also has an omega form.
Ryu AND Ken’s trophies will be included, as well as other trophies for Roy, Ryu’s final smash, Roy’s final smash, and the Inklings.
And the best thing about it? It’s all available RIGHT NOW. So go ahead and enjoy all the Smash Bros goodness!
Remember, Nintendo’s Digital Event for E3 (just like last year) happens on the 16th. For now, tell us what you think about all the new announcements in the comments section below!