Nintendo’s Huge Smash Bros. Announcements

This afternoon, Nintendo announced that Corrin, from Fire Emblem: Fates, and Bayonetta will be the last additions to the Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS character roster. Though Nintendo made no promises, the characters should be available for download in February 2016.

While Corrin seems to have drawn a general “fmeh” from American audiences, Bayonetta looks pretty sweet. Not only can she riddle her enemies with bullets (emitted from her high heels), but she can create portals, perform incredible aerial combos, summon an extremely powerful demon, and even counter-attack by slowing time. In regards to the character ballots, apparently, Bayonetta was the number one worldwide favorite out of all “viable” character options, excluding the likes of Miss Piggy, Niko Bellic, and Bernie Sanders. While this may come as a surprise to audiences expecting a more “classic” character like King K. Rool, Bayonetta appears to be quite a unique, formidable, and fun opponent.

Also, for all of you Final Fantasy fanatics, Cloud Strife will be available for download today! With him, you can buy the new FFVII stage Midgar which will feature creatures such as Ifrit, Ramuh, Odin, Leviathan, and Bahamut ZERO. And in case you haven’t taken out a bank loan to fund your Mii Fighter outfit budget yet, there will soon be Chocobo hats available for purchase.

In other collector-pertinent news, Amiibo for ROB, Ryu, and Roy will be available on March 18, 2016. And you know that Amiibo totally aren’t a mass-produced gimmick when they’re being released alphabetically. Also, for those who have only dreamed of dressing up their Mii as Takamaru, Ashley from WarioWare, or Tails and Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog, the future is bright for you, my friend. However, I will warn you that the Tails costume is somehow more horrific than adorable.

Alas, this will be the end of Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS DLC but, Nintendo, in a subtle effort to say, “What more do you want from me?” reminded audiences that 58 fighters, 84 stages, 99 costumes, and 507 music tracks is nothing to sneeze at. We may all complain that Goku has been left out of the party, but you’ve got to admit that the fourth incarnation of Smash Bros. has had a pretty good run.

So what do you think? You stoked about Bayonetta and Corrin? You bummed that this will mark the end of Smash Bros. DLC? Let us know in the comment section below! And don’t forget to stop by TOP SHELF GAMING for brand new articles every week!

Source: Nintendo Direct

Written by Jesse Cupp

Jesse Cupp is a sophomore at Chapman University, double-majoring in Screenwriting and English. Outside of writing scripts and papers, he spends a great deal of time playing his PS3 and GameCube. He has a long and complicated relationship with Nintendo.

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