The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu has been released, and once again we are treated to a column written by Masahiro Sakurai. This is a summary of the column, as translated by Nintendo Life.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has exceeded the lifetime sales of Street Fighter II to become the best-selling fighting game of all time.
- In Japan, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is classified as a Battle-Action game rather than a Fighting game.
- With so many variations of Street Fighter II having been released on so many different platforms, a decision has to be made on what makes a title unique under the same name. (Is Street Fighter II Turbo and Super Street Fighter II both considered the same Street Fighter II?)
- Sakurai adds that despite Super Smash Bros. Ultimate exceeding its sales, he feels Street Fighter II will continue to be the king of fighting games.
- The recent DLC fighter, Terry, has a playstyle like that of a classic fighting game, such as a command input. His inclusion makes for a fun and exciting eSports game.
- Even though Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can be a challenging game, particularly online, it's still fun for fans of any age.
- Super Smash Bros. is a series based on the idea of a fighting game. A fighting game with many tactics is interesting once you get the hang of it. To keep from being stale, Super Smash Bros. is designed closer as a party game.
- Super Smash Bros. is a paradox of a game, but Sakurai is happy to see it top the fighting genre. Although he had always planned for it, it's not his achievement alone. As always, thank you for supporting Super Smash Bros. and Sakurai will continue to work hard.
What do you think of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate becoming the best selling Fighting game of all time? Who do you think the next DLC fighter will be? Let us know in the comments below!
Well deserved. The amount of dedicated even just for the Terry inclusion for an IP that does not even belong to Nintendo is outstanding.
You can tell a lot of work went into this game, and I'm glad its been so successful. And yes, Smash Bros is indeed a fighting game. Arena brawler is a sub genre of the fighting game genre.
If all third party licences are on the table, I'd like to see a superhero like Batman or Spiderman (or both!!!) included. Based on their recent mainline games, they both work great as melee brawlers with close and ranged attacks. See also the Injustice games for further proof. Also note that both characters have appeared multiple times on Nintendo hardware in the past. The stages would be awesome too. Yeah, I know, it's a dream, but at one point Solid Snake vs Pikachu was a moronic idea so who knows?
They got me to like inceneroar due to how much personality it had. That alone is amazing to me.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate is truly one of the greatest achievements it has ever been my pleasure to play. All of the work, detail, and polish put into this game, and the dedication to making it fun and accessible by all is truly incredible. Sakurai should really pride himself on how well this game is selling, because it is 100% deserved.
@JohnnyC I don’t think they are all on the table now. Sakurai has stated that it is only characters of video game origin that get into Smash. Spidey and Bats have had some amazing games but they originate in comics so sadly I think they are off the table along with the oft requested anime characters.
But there are tons of great video games characters still out there that would fit really nicely! And Hellboy got into Brawlhalla so maybe those guys will turn up there? It’s not Smash but it’s pretty good!
@Kalmaro Same. The show-off heel wrestler nature in the voice acting and animations really sold the character. Good thing, too. Terry's proven extremely fun as well! These command inputs, I can do and am actually enjoying.
I can't wait to see what they do for the next fighter wHiCH wE hAd BeTtEr fInD OuT AbOUt sOOn
I would like to someone from Sony or Ubisoft as a playable character like Ray-man or Sam Fischer
I hope this game kicks the pants off of Death Stranding at the Game Awards.
Yeah, I said it. Come at me, bros.
In all seriousness, I have no idea who the next DLC fighter will be. I'm not a fanatic for this game but all I know is how much love went into it. At least I don't walk around delivering packages drinking Monster Energy with celebrities I don't care about. /sips coffee
Well deserved, Smash is one of the greatest series in videogame history.
However, during an interview the director of "Bubble Bobble 4 Friends" didn't want to answer a question about the chance of Bub and Bob in Smash. We can start dreaming...
@Iacobus I don't think you'll find any arguments on this site. Most people seem to agree the GOTY isn't Death Stranding, or possibly isn't even on the list of nominees.
Hopefully Death Stranding won't be too much of a juggernaut to overcome, but that's just wishful thinking on my part.
That said, DS does have a major flaw holding it back - the excessive focus on the cinematic aspect of the modern gaming industry. I've heard from someone who played it that in the first two hours the controller is barely touched, for, like, five minutes at best. That's Academy Awards stuff, more than, well, Video Game Awards stuff. So here's hoping the gaming aspect will get enough focus for Smash to win, given Sakurai's effort to bring the biggest gaming crossover ever to life. I mean, Smash itself is a celebration of gaming, period.
And besides, Kojima wins even without Death Stranding getting the crown - Snake is in Smash, after all.
"Super Smash Bros. is a paradox of a game, but Sakurai is happy to see it top the fighting genre. Although he had always planned for it, it's not his achievement alone. "
Wasn't he against it being a competitive game?
@AlexSora89 @link3710 @Iacobus Death Stranding absolutely deserves it. Please don't talk poorly of a game you haven't even played. If you like BOTW you would like this game even more.
@CooperFrank Whew! And I thought ST Falcon Mk II or Mk III (would be new) was a stretch! But hey, you never know with this series, so lets see what happens!
Remember when Ultimate was "clearly just Smash 4 deluxe", how it was a "disgrace" that Nintendo would charge full price, and how it was going to "bomb".
Well that didn't play out.
Played it once and never since as you can't unlock characters by playing online with friends. Lame
@Trajan shrugs I'm not talking poorly about it. I'm simply stating the fact that most people on this forum seem to not consider it GOTY so the previous comment wouldn't be unpopular. I offered no personal opinion on the matter.
There is a metal version of smash. Gotta keep on smashing. BREAK RIBS FACE LEGS TOES. KEEP ON SMASHING LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!. FUNNY😂 BUT is a great game.
@Trajan I watched some reviews for Death Stranding and it looks like nothing I'd ever want to play. I love BotW though.
"Super Smash Bros. is a series based on the idea of a fighting game."
"To keep from being stale, Super Smash Bros. is designed closer as a party game."
See...not a fighting game. It's even classified as an action game in Japan.
@Ogbert Like I said, it's a dream. Stranger things have happened though.
@NESlover85 if you watched reviews on BOTW you would feel the same.
Its because you're not doing the exploring.
@Trajan Comparing DS to BotW is...kind of hilarious. They're definitely not in the same league. BotW stands on its own due to its design and paradigm, all without relying on star power or product branding let alone self-indulgent storytelling that should've been pared down. You say, "slow burn," where I say, "should've hired a story editor".
Seriously, is there anything to do in DS once you're done? I can go back in BotW and do another play-though and its not even the same. As many hours as I've put into BotW, I still haven't seen everything, despite having all the shrines. I have so many undiscovered areas on my map. And I still play it and fully expect to return to it after I get done with Olive's files in Chapter 12 of Astral Chain. (This is after I just got all the gems and Boos in Luigi's Mansion 3. I still need to go after the rare ghosts in ScareScraper.)
@Iacobus It sounds like you are bashing a game you know nothing about besides famous people and some product placement.
It's funny when people thought this was going to be a port
@Trajan nah. I watched reviews on BotW and it looked amazing. Death Stranding looks like a box carrying simulator.
@NESlover85 I watched reviews of Mario Odyssey. It looks like a jumping simulator.
@Iacobus and there is just as much if not more to explore in DS.
Idk about replay since I'm only on chapter 5 so far. I've tried many times to go back and play BOTW and I can't. There's no reason to explore anymore. The environments also don't hold a candle to DS.
I will say I wish they didn't use real actors. Let them stay in movies. However their performances so far have been great.
Regarding DS. I have seen enough reviews to see it's definitely not for me.
No way I am dropping £40 on that game.
ARMS is one of Best Fighting game in my opinion.
If Smash isnt GOTY at the game awards I will sue the CEO of gaming
SSBU is an awesome game but it’s been nearly a year now: how much would it have cost to get an intern to type up some museum text for the spirits and add them to the game?!
Smash is a fun game. More of a party game to me than a fighting.
Streetfighter is king
I am the high bishop of the Church of Hideo Kojima, I request you to stop your blasphemy and repent to our God, Kojima.
Rayman, Ryu Hyabusha, Chrono, Sora.
@AlexSora89 All of you arguing about Smash or Death Stranding, but you all forgot about the real winner. GOOSE GAME!
I mean. I like the game. But I’m not enjoying it anymore than Smash U. It’s past the point of diminishing returns for me.
Wel deserved, the blood, sweat and tears this guy put into smashbros from the beginning, lots of respect from me.
It apparently is very challenging indeed. Trying to get those pesky lvl. 9 challenges that cannot be unlocked with a hammer is very frustrating that I continue to rage quit every time I try to complete those ones.
now people can have a field day discussing whether smash is more of a party, fighting, or battle-action game now lol
It took me a little while to like Smash 4 over Melee. But now I do. Melee is second place in which I prefer to play more. Cool achievements for Sakurai and Nintendo. The "fighting & party game" comments are really going to others make their own categories about it. I'm having occasional fun with it though. And Terry is a main i enjoy using.
Street Fighter II is a before and after in the industry. And it’s best version it’s exclusive to the Switch.
Here's some (unlikely) fighters I'd personally love to see:
I know, but--to quote the "final minute" song of both Splatoon games--it's now or never when it comes to a crossover that's truly not going to happen again on such a massive scale.
I'm sorry for DS, but SSBU has got to win.
At least Nintendo is guaranteed to win an award in the... [puking noise] faaaaaamily game category.
That category was born as the offspring of the never-ending snubbing of Nintendo as "teh kiddie" and keeps being that way.
Thank goodness for Breath Of The Wild, the equivalent of Beauty And The Beast (1991) winning the Best Picture Academy Award.
@AlexSora89 I love that SSBU is a celebration of all gaming, but that doesn't make it GOTY. To me GOTY should go to complete package.
I do expect SSBU to win though. Only because I'm cynical. Xenoblade 2 was robbed last year. Game critics are as trash as music critics.
Top 40 is what? Cardi B? The real album of the year is Blut Aus Nord's Hallucinogen. But good music isn't made to appeal to everyone...
But saying Ultimate is "incomplete"... well, no. It's more complete than several AAA games that came out this year.
@AlexSora89 Oh no, SSBU is very complete. It just isn't what I would consider a GOTY. It's a fantastic game, but I view amazing games as single player experiences that are narratively driven.
SSBU absolutely deserves Nintendo GOTY.
I wouldn't mind Smash winning, to be honest. I do know someone who won't hear the end of it from me if Smash becomes GOTY.
@AlexSora89 I think Nintendo will win it all the way. There Switch is amazing. In fact, I am having trouble of thinking of future consoles that can be better than this.
If Sony/Microsoft can keep the power gap and go hybrid, we're gonna get sent straight to square one.
@AlexSora89 I talked about this today. Nintendo needs power and backwards play for their next system. Also to still be a hybrid.
Power is where it's still at. If PS5 and XbSc go hybrid, they likely won't manage to keep up the pace with whatever power they're gunning for. Which would mean Nintendo might be left out of the next big multiplat releases for a few more years, but when the Switch's successor comes out the Big N will manage to come out on top yet again, only on a bigger scale.
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