Super Smash Bros. Ultimate got its final DLC character last October in the form of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. It was a hugely exciting time, Sora's arrival in the game brought near-universal joy. People who didn't like Kingdom Hearts could see that the Keyblade-wielding boy had earned his place, while fans of the series were delighted to see a character who they all thought was a pipe dream.
Of course, it was also a sad time, as Sora was the last DLC character, and Ultimate was essentially over. Masahiro Sakurai, director of the game, and voice of King Dedede, was at last allowed to take a break.
Now, almost six months after we found out about Sora, Sakurai is taking a look back at his time on the series. Specifically, he's going over every reveal trailer for every character from the Wii U Smash Bros. onwards. Here's what he has to say in a recent blog post:
The Super Smash Bros. series is a project where we undertake collaborations you can’t see anywhere else. We wanted to use that opportunity and create nice content that people could enjoy, and that’s why we started making the fighter reveal videos.
It was a lot of work to make the videos while working on the game at the same time, but there were always big reactions from fans, so it was worth the effort. In this article, I’ll give some brief commentary as we go, so I hope you’ll enjoy looking back over all these videos.
Please take this opportunity to reflect on the history of Super Smash Bros. by watching the scenes where each new fighter first appeared.
We think you'll agree with us when we say there have been so many incredible reveal trailers over the years, so let's see what Sakurai has to say about some of our favourites. Don't worry, if your favourite isn't here, there's a second blog coming next week!
Mega Man Joins the Battle!
This is the first official fighter reveal video. That said, the announcement was the same day as Trailer 1. Considering it’s the first video, it came together well! This was made by Digital Frontier. They worked on many reveal videos after this, until the release of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game.
Champion of the Ring (Little Mac)
For this one we tried changing the style, to make it seem like it’s from a comic book. It was partly just to save budget, but it has good pacing and gives a good impression of Little Mac’s strict training attitude, so I think it worked well. The arcade machine at the beginning is inspired by the original Punch-Out!! arcade game. Even back then, Nintendo used two screens a lot
Looks like we don’t have a choice! (Shulk)
We always think carefully about the point in the reveal video when fans will realize what it is. In this video, fans will realize from the very first scene that it’s Gaur Plain, and that Shulk will be joining the battle. I thought it would be good that way.
This video is also notable for having so many references to things that appear in the original and in the Super Smash Bros. series, like visions, changing Monado Arts, and Metal Face.
An Unlikely Team (Duck Hunt Duo)
The game footage from Duck Hunt at the beginning isn’t from an original Nintendo Entertainment System console, but something new we made. I like the feel of the pacing in the first part of the in-game section, with it overlapping with the music. The light gun accessory that appears in the video is the NES Zapper, the light gun accessory for the NES. The concept for Duck Hunt Duo’s Smash attack is that the shots are coming from outside of the screen, so I’m glad we could explain it here.
Here comes a new challenger! RYU.
It’s obvious to those who know it, but this first shot is based on the opening to Super Street Fighter II Turbo. The phrase “I’m looking for a challenge” is the tagline from the original Street Fighter II advert in Japan. It was a perfect fit both for Ryu and for a reveal video. There are a lot of moves, but for the video we prioritized moving around a lot, like in the original game.
This isn't every single trailer covered in the blog, so go and see what Sakurai has to say about the others in the post. Then check back next week to reminisce even more about the biggest Smash game ever.
What's your favourite reveal of this first batch? Why not let us know in the comments.
Out of the first run of Smash 4 trailers, Mega Man has got to take the cake. To have the first 3rd Party character after Sonic and Snake be a character who many had clamoured for basically since Melee and was thought to be irrelevant in the climate of 2013 was awesome. The way they went about it was incredible as well, showcasing every single one of his dozens of moves and calling back to the Robot Masters they're based off of was a love letter to fans of the series. A high hounourable mention to Cloud as well for being hands-down the best in-engine trailer ever made. Once the Ultimate trailer dissections come out, I'll be sure to say my favourite there as well!
Also, I've always liked Little Mac's trailer but to find out the artstyle of it was chosen to save on money makes me love it even more.
Fighters Pass Vol. 3 with Waluigi pleaseeee!!!!!!!
Oh maaaaaan, I'm nostalgia tripping hard watching these again for the first time since they originally were released.
@marcelominucelli I wanted Waluigi as much as the next fan, but man, it is beyond time to let it go.
@marcelominucelli The final fighters pass was months ago waluigi isn't coming, get over it.
There won't be another game quite like this one I don't think and I was so disappointed Ori didn't get added to the Roster but when Sora was revealed I couldn't help but smile.
Mega Man was the best Smash 4 reveal by far. I love how gritty the trailer looks at the start, and then you have Mega Man show up with his silhouette, and it just makes the whole trailer feel so exciting.
As for my favourite in the first batch? I believe that would be Joker.
I wanted to be happy for Castlevania and Sora fans but the company's that own them are douche's so I wasn't happy to see them, That and there's f all to do in ultimate anyways.
@Marioracer It's a fighting game. You fight. Get some friends and fight them.
@Bret I know it is, I do I discuss this with them and I don't scoop so low as to insult other peoples opinions.
@Marioracer I fail to see how what I said was insulting at all, especially compared to your "douche's" and "f all to do".
My favorites for Smash 4 trailers have to be Mega Man, Little Mac, Rosalina (made me think we'd have Kirby in Mario Kart 8 or Kirby Air Ride 2) and Duck Hunt.
Some runner-ups are Pac-Man's trailer for having the third-parties at the time (Mario, Sonic, Mega Man and him) interacting at the same time and Cloud's trailer scene in Boxing Ring where he's seen fighting Mario, Sonic and Ryu.
Dude I remember these, I didn't even have a wii u but the one I was hyped for the most was megaman and pac man, I didn't know who he was, but thank god I liked it, and it makes so much sense now.
@Bret Look at Square and Konami at the moment and how they are treating their fans, and by f all to do I mean look back at other smash bros games and modes compare them to ultimate.
@Marioracer I loved Ultimate's 1P campaign, it's only overshadowed by Subspace Emissary. The only side content mode I'd rank above those is the 3DS version because Smash Run is my absolute favorite mode in Smash history due to the Kirby Air Ride City Trial DNA all over it.
Pac-Man was my most-wanted character in the Wii U days, so it was awesome when he made the cut. I distinctly remember watching Nintendo's E3 2014 Digital Event, then our power went out for over 24 hours, and I was really upset to be missing the next day of the show. (I didn't have a cell phone at the time, so I just had no internet until the power came back on.)
When we finally had power, I immediately went to YouTube to see what I had missed. I was so elated to see the the thumbnail of Pac-Man, winking and giving a thumbs-up in his classic pose. I knew it was a long shot for him to even get in, but I also expected they'd probably go with the gross redesign that had been in use for years at that point. But Sakurai delivered, and it wasn't just any Pac-Man, but the same old Pac-Man I fell in love with. And Namco hasn't gone back to that hideous design ever since.
I may not have gotten Crash Bandicoot, which would have been my absolute pie-in-the-sky dream character. In the Wii U days, his franchise was dead, so I never even considered the possibility as being very realistic. I had high hopes with Ultimate, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. It was disappointing for sure, but I'm hopeful that one day he may still make the cut. In the meanwhile, I appreciate all the hard work Sakurai has done, and I hope he's proud of himself. He certainly deserves to be.
I'm just upset my boy Pac-Man got snubbed of a proper reveal trailer, lol. They spared every expense on that one. 😭
Honestly? Bowser Jr and the Koopalings was probably the one I enjoyed the most overall. Other characters were more shocking or had more elaborate production value, but Ithink overall that was my fav.
Sora was a waste of space and a wasted character slot. Should had just give us Crash Bandicoot instead. All the Kingdom Hearts games aren't even native on Switch. Both Square Enix and Disney should be a shame for lazily taking the cheap way out.
@Specter_of-the_OLED kingdom hearts melody of memory is native on switch. So technically Sora inclusion is justified
@Bret Yeah I miss Smash run it was very unique.
Megaman, Simon Belmont, Pac-Man, and King K Rool were the coolest to me. I actually watched those multiple times. Min Mins was really well made but I really wanted another ARMS rep over her or they could’ve fairly easy had multiple echo characters for that one.
@anoyonmus Also three handheld games.
@PtM well like on previous nintendo handhelds?
@anoyonmus Ya, afaik 1 each on GBA, DS, 3DS.
I was just glad to hear that Sakurai still acknowledges Kirby Air Ride’s existence. Sequel?
@PtM I see. That makes sense now.
thanks for the help.
So we had an at the time exclusive Kingdom Hearts game for GBA, DS, and 3DS.
Now why not an exclusive Kingdom Hearts game for Switch, built from the ground up for Switch (won't happen most likely but I can dream right?)?
my favorite reveals for smash... Well, I saw no reveals for 64/Melee.
Brawl's dojo was real important to me though. I stayed up til midnight every night for it. It was Pokemon Trainer that I really popped off for, since I was already a big Bulba/Ivysaur fan and the concept was REALLY cool.
Smash 4, I had been despairing because there was a long string of reveals that I just didn't care much about. Villager was cool I guess, but Mega Man, Wii Fit, Rosalina, Little Mac, Greninja (I picked Chespin in X, didn't use Froakie til I played Y later), Miis, Palutena, Pac-Man? All of these I was like "alright, fair enough I guess, I don't get that hype feeling for this character though."
However, just a couple months before July, I played Fire Emblem Awakening (my first FE game) for the first time. And I absolutely fell /in love/ with the game. I immediately was cheering for Chrom or Robin to join the smash roster. I expected Chrom, but had hoped for Robin since they were more unique and generally a better character. You would NOT believe the sound I stifled myself from screaming that morning in July, because I was in the office at that time when Lucina and Robin were revealed. I wanted to scream VERY loud in triumph and joy. Really, probably my favorite ever reveal for smash bros, even if I'm not naturally good with the character in smash.
Smash 4 DLC... I guess Lucas, since he was my secondary in Brawl. Though I was excited for Corrin too, despite obviously not having played Fates yet.
For Ultimate... Uhh I guess K. Rool. I didn't really think it would happen. Really, my answer is the return of Ivysaur though.
Ultimate DLC, easily Banjo. That mf should've been there from the very beginning and I was so stoked to see Banjo-Kazooie in smash, it was incredibly satisfying. I was also thrilled with Byleth (Because Three Houses is a freaking fantastic game, the best switch exclusive no contest), but there was an undercurrent of stress because I immediately knew that the internet would be a terrible place for weeks afterward.
As a person that spent way too much time looking at the opening for super street fighter II, Ryu was one of my favorite reveals.
Sakurai voiced King Dedede?!
@Dogorilla Ever since Brawl.
@PtM That's amazing, I had no idea!
My absolute favorite video is the ARMS one, with Kirby and Captain Falcon eating ramen together! ^_^ Such a cute moment that felt like a Nintendo Slice of Life crossover.
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