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Masahiro Sakurai Releases Awesome Super Smash Bros. Dragoon Screens

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Dat Dragoon

Poor DK, whether through being dim or simply suffering as a victim of other Nintendo mascots, he can't catch a break. Well, that's a slight exaggeration, but he's the victim in the latest screens published by Masahiro Sakurai on the Super Smash Bros. Miiverse Director's Room. Though we normally reserve these for a weekly round-up, the return of the Dragoon is too cool to ignore.

Sakurai-san has posted two images to show the snazzy updated targeting reticule for this item, and then a neat screen of Kirby riding it in for glory. For those uninitiated, this is activated by grabbing three separate parts during a battle, at which point a single-shot direct hit will result in an instant KO for the target.

The images and Sakurai-san's descriptions are below.

Pic of the day. Uniting three parts will complete the legendary Air Ride machine…the Dragoon! It's back! But we didn't just leave it the way it was, and added some nice touches to the design of the targeting screen. It is, of course, in stereoscopic 3D on the 3DS.

Just the target screen felt lacking so here's a pic of the Dragoon itself. I wanna get on it. I wanna get on and ride it.

It's notable that as DK taunts in the first screen, Pit is dashing out of the way. He was always a smart one, that Pit...

[via miiverse.nintendo.net]

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User Comments (35)

NintyMan

#2

NintyMan said:

DK looks like he's telling Kirby, "Come at me, bro!" Should have listened to Pit and got out of the way. The dragoon will come at you, all right!

Don't worry about Donkey Kong being pushed around for long, though, because I plan on dominating with him in both Mario Kart and Smash, especially the latter.

Azooooz

#3

Azooooz said:

They retained Kirby's riding position. And Dragoon looks awesome. Sucks to be DK.

Giygas_95

#9

Giygas_95 said:

Poor DK indeed. He seems to be Sakurai's punching bag. Like when Sakurai demonstrated the newly designed home run bat in which case DK's eyes bugged out. That was a funny one!

@EarthboundBenjy And instead of an out of the screen approach, it would go in a line across the screen. Easier to hit people with, but less powerful.

Expa0

#11

Expa0 said:

Bleh, my least favorite item in the series after the cloaking device. Always turn it off.

rjejr

#12

rjejr said:

I feel a new Talking Point post coming on - Whats better, 3D Dragoon or HD Dragoon?

Too bad it will be several months before we can make the comparison for ourselves. :-(

sinalefa

#14

sinalefa said:

Pit did not even have to move. That Dragoon had the letters DK written on it. Why won't anyone call PETA? Sakurai is clearly an animal abuser. :p

AlexSora89

#17

AlexSora89 said:

Ugh, no, no, no. I'm not gonna lie: I hated the Dragoon in Brawl and I'm going to hate it again here. I mean, it's a one-hit kill, a weapon that needs to be assembled, and something that always gets in Smash Balls' way, all combined into one item. How can I not hate it? It's the only (only!) item I ruled out in my item preferences in Brawl, for crying out loud!
And I also hate being the grumpy one in a SSB newspost, but that's it.

JakeShapiroAdmin

#18

JakeShapiro said:

In college my friends and I called it "the Boat." And that's what I still call it to this day.

LtAldoRaine

#19

LtAldoRaine said:

@AlexSora89 I kind of like the Dragoon, but I turn it off because of the Smash Ball thing. It can take a while to assemble, and during all that time Smash Balls don't appear.

TeeJay

#21

TeeJay said:

I liked the Dragoon! Glad to see it back. Didn't know it was such a hated item around here, though...

Marr_the_Great

#22

Marr_the_Great said:

Kirby! Dude! Don't waste your Dragoon on Donkey Kong!

He's just going to charge up his super punch while standing on a falling platform, he's no threat.

Haxonberik

#23

Haxonberik said:

I actually liked it because of the lack of smash balls while it was present, maybe because I just didn't really like Pikachu's (my main) final smash that much.

Funny_Moblin

#24

Funny_Moblin said:

Meh, Dragoon and Smash Balls are fun to use, but it's kind of cheap and makes the match shorter.

@rjejr ...Is that really necessary?

rjejr

#27

rjejr said:

@Funny_Moblin - "..Is that really necessary?"

Is what necessary - the delay between releases, the long wait for either version, or a debate about whether HD or 3D is better? Which will happen, that I can guarantee.

Not that any of it is necessary, it's a post on a forum, which makes it impossible to be "necessary". :-)

Funny_Moblin

#28

Funny_Moblin said:

@rjejr I'm talking about a talking point about 3D vs. HD Dragoon. First of all, what's there to talk about? One is, HD, and the other one is 3D. They both have their obvious pros and cons. Secondly, why would there be a talking point on one item...if there's going to be a talking point on 3D vs. HD, it might as well be about the whole game.

Manaphy2007

#29

Manaphy2007 said:

it almost looks like DK is saying "come at me bro" and Kirby's look is like "your wish is granted" or "don't mind if i do"

rjejr

#30

rjejr said:

@Funny_Moblin - "it might as well be about the whole game."

It might as well be, but here at NL we'll have an article about 3D vs HD, each character will get their own post, each level, each vs type. Items. Assist trophies. Have you noticed how many MK8 articles there have been recently - the ND, battle mode, characters, boxsets, bundles - and that game isn't even out yet. They haven't even written an article comparing MK7 to MK8 yet but we all know it's coming.

Anyway these conversations always start that way, but then they devolve into the nitty gritty details that nobody thinks is important and then you have 2 drunk guys siting in a bar and one is arguing how great the 3DS version is b/c the Dragoon effect in 3D is just so awesome, and then the other guy starts yeling how the Dragoon was just ok in SSBB but it looks so much more awesome in HD. I feel confident that conversation will take place somewhere. Maybe not a bar, maybe a high school boys locker room. Same conversation though.

Hortencio

#31

Hortencio said:

@rjejr
So you're basically saying that the (i.e. your) argument is juvenile, and ultimately, pointless/stupid. So why bring it up in the first place? And if you don't like especial NLife articles, then why are you here? Are you one of those drunk locker room boys?
@AlexSora89
Totally! When I saw this screenshot, I nearly forgot that the Dragoon was even an item, as it has been turned for my Brawl matches since Day One. So much nonsense for a one-hit kill...boo!

rjejr

#33

rjejr said:

@Hortencio - "So you're basically saying that the (i.e. your) argument is juvenile, and ultimately, pointless/stupid."

No, not MY arguement, ALL arguegments, aka posts on a forum on a website about video games, are not "neccassary", including yours, in case you missed the irony, which you obviously did.

The reason I post such things - because it's there, becaus eI can, becuase I like listening to the sound of myself typing, pick the cliche' of your choice.

Why you would choose to comment on such a post I believe is the bigger question.

And whatever you may reply, it's turtles all the way down after that.

AJWolfTill

#34

AJWolfTill said:

I'm somewhat suprised sakurai didn't replace the dragoon with KI:U's Daybreak. Then again I have no knowledge of the dragoon outside of SSBB.

Hortencio

#35

Hortencio said:

@rjerj
Ah! So, you're just a silly little troll! My bad, I mistook you for an intellectual...how ironic, indeed! Turtles, for the W!

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