Video Game Tuesday: Newcomers I Want In The Next Smash Bros

This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m looking at who I want to see in the newly announced continuation of Nintendo’s best fighting game. It’s all about Newcomers I Want In The Next Smash Bros!

Isaac (Golden Sun): I’ve been wanting Isaac in the series since before Melee came out, but the fact he’s only appeared as an Assist Trophy is nearly criminal. He has so many different moves with his Psy powers and is perfect for a game like Smash Bros since he can mix it up with some melee abilities. Summoning could easily be his Final Smash if they decide to keep that as a thing in this version of the game.

Son Goku (Dragonball): If even Funimation is asking for Goku to be added to the next Smash Bros, you know it probably ought to happen. I mean with characters like Mega Man, Ryu or even Cloud getting into the game, having everyone’s favorite Saiyan in the next installment would be perfect. I can just imagine him slamming a massive Spirit Bomb into the stage for a Final Smash.

Velvet Crowe (Tales of Berseria): I know that Bandai Namco helped out with the last installments of the game, so letting them pick a character from their RPG series would be awesome as a thank you. Velvet being the first solo Female lead would make an excellent addition to the roster with her various Therion skills and Martial abilities. Any of her Mystic Artes could easily become her Final Smash, or even just making it a powered up version where she uses her Therion abilities for like 20 seconds for increased damage would be cool as well. And let’s be honest, we could use more female characters in the next Smash game.

Banjo and Kazooie (Banjo-Kazooie): I loved the Banjo-Kazooie games and frankly they’d make an awesome addition to the Smash roster. I have no clue what they’d use as a Final Smash, other than some sort of Mumbo transformation.

Real curveballs I never really expect to happen:

Someone from the TYPE-MOON franchises: Any of the multitude of characters of the Nasuverse might be fun to play in a Smash Game. It’d probably end up being Artoria, because of course it would. But I can always hope for Tamamo no Mae, Ryougi Shiki, or Arcueid right? Noble Phantasm’s would be perfect fits for awesome Final Smash abilities.

Nightmare (Soulcalibur): I don’t really want to see Nightmare in a Smash Bros game, but if it was anyone from the Soul series it’d probably be him. Please choose one of the above though Nintendo if you are actually reading this and seriously considering these character suggestions.

Crazy Taxi (Crazy Taxi): I don’t mean the cab drivers, I mean the freaking car itself. Yeah I absolutely expect this to never happen, but if they were to pull it off somehow, it’d be interesting to say the least.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. Are there any characters you’d like to see added to the Smash Series? Leave your answers below in the comments!

Retro Game Friday: Beast Wars Transmetals

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering one of the worst games I remember playing. It’s Transformers Beast Wars Transmetals!

Plot Synopsis: Borrows elements from the second season of the TV show. Or at least that’s what Wikipedia says.

Plot: I don’t remember it, which wasn’t a good sign for this game…

Gameplay: It’s probably one of the worst fighting games I can remember, where games like Soul Calibur are complex, but nuanced, and Smash Brothers is simple but fun as hell, Transmetals tried to merge the two philosophies and failed miserably. You had three modes of fighting for each character, but the third robot form drained energy that you had to regain by spending some time and doing damage in either of the other forms, beast or vehicle. So the game came down to who could hit each other faster and get the most energy to go into robot mode and beat your opponent before your opponent. That’s really all I can remember of the gameplay and even then I needed to dredge up some info off the internet to get even that much.

Art: The art has aged terribly, but that’s par for the course with a N64 era game.

Music: Don’t remember it, though it probably had a lot of music from the TV show.

Overall: Stay far, far way from this piece of crap. You’ll be doing yourself a huge favor.

For those who like: Terrible Gameplay, Even Worse Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above…

Manga Monday: Karate Apocalypse by Takajou Masahiko

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Karate Apocalypse by Takajou Masahiko!

Plot Synopsis: Kimon Daisuke is a young man doing time in a juvenille detention facility for getting into a fight while on probation to protect a female classmate from being sexually assaulted. He was taught Karate by his brother who is the reigning national champion. This is his story….

Plot: I wasn’t expecting this to be such a serious series, but after reading this first chapter I’m pretty intrigued. The series is only three volumes long however so once I get around to reading the rest of it, it shouldn’t be a super long read.

Characters: Daisuke is a pretty decent dude, if a delinquent. I’m curious to see why he was on probation in the first place, but I’m guessing we’ll learn that in later chapters, probably. Akiyama on the other hand seems to be decent female lead, although a little bland. That’s pretty all of the cast we’ve met thus far.

Art: The art is pretty old school, but considering that the series is from 1986 that shouldn’t be a surprise.

Overall: A decent read, not the best I’ve read, but I’ve read much worse series.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Intriguing Plot, Great Art.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Retro Game Friday: Bloody Roar

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a game that very few people remember now a days. It’s Bloody Roar!

Plot Synopsis: The game’s story centers on a group of warriors known as “zoanthropes”, who have the power to transform into half-human half-animal “Beasts”, and the Tylon Corporation, an underground organization that seeks to use zoanthropes as mind-controlled weapons.

Plot: The plot was decent enough for a fighting game, but it wasn’t anything amazing either. Average would be the best word for it. I’ve played games with worse stories though, so at least this has a semi decent premise.

Gameplay: The gameplay was pretty fun, even if I only button mashed at the time, I was a kid, bite me. The main draw of the game was to morph into each character’s animalistic forms to deal more damage, allow more moves, and be even more of a badass in general. The cast was pretty fun, although this being the first game in the series the character list to select from was fairly small.

Art: The art was great for the time, but it’s aged poorly like most 3D games do.

Overall: This is a great game, if you get the chance to play it do so. It’ll give you an hour or two of good fun.

For those who like: Weres, Fighting Games, Action.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Retro Game Friday: Killer Instinct

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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a real classic! It’s Killer Instinct, the 1994 version!

Plot Synopsis: Ultratech is a very powerful megacorporation which organises a tournament called Killer Instinct. Along with regular participants, experimental creatures created by Ultratech also fight in the tournament so their strength can be tested.

Plot: The plot is pretty sparse, but given that this is a fighting game I wasn’t expecting one.

Gameplay: The gameplay was quite fun and was like a mix of both Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct also had it’s own unique features like an automatic combo that occurred after a series of inputs. That being said it’s not the most amazing fighter I’ve ever played and lacked Smash Brother’s simplicity and mayhem.

Art: Decent, this was made during the beginnings of the 3D era of gaming, so it definitely has aged, but it also has some of the timeless qualities of 2D.

Music: Don’t remember a whit of it, sorry.

Overall: They made a reboot of the game, so it might be worth trying out the original if you get the opportunity of doing so.

For those who like: Fighting Games, Fun Gameplay, Decent Graphics.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.