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From a Japanese commercial.

While Brawl's version ordered every character up by the time their series made its debut, this version looks like it will more specifically arrange everyone by the year or years they first appeared. Maybe the end of Pac-Man's trailer was foreshadowing this.

If it's as literal as I can make it, including some of the unrevealed leak characters, it should look something like this:

  1. Mr. Game & Watch
  2. Pac-Man
  3. Mario
  4. Donkey Kong
  5. Luigi
  6. Little Mac
  7. Duck Hunt Dog
  8. Peach
  9. Bowser
  10. Link
  11. Zelda
  12. Samus
  13. Pit
  14. Palutena
  15. Mega Man
  16. Ness
  17. Marth
  18. Yoshi
  19. Captain Falcon
  20. Sonic
  21. Kirby
  22. King Dedede
  23. Meta Knight
  24. Fox
  25. Falco
  26. Diddy Kong
  27. Wario
  28. Pikachu
  29. Charizard
  30. Sheik
  31. Ganondorf (via his human form's debut in Ocarina)
  32. Villager
  33. Olimar
  34. Bowser Jr.
  35. Toon Link
  36. Zero Suit Samus
  37. Ike
  38. Lucario
  39. Mii Fighters
  40. Wii Fit Trainer
  41. Shulk
  42. Dark Pit
  43. Robin
  44. Lucina
  45. Greninja
All of these are based on each character's original Japanese debut, so I may have screwed up a couple characters a little bit, though.
Either way, completing this mode with everyone on one stock is going to be an even bigger challenge.
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So I was right about that, but it's more like Iron Fist in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, instead of Phoenix Wright.

Miiverse Page:

Based on his trailer, using Shulk at his best means managing the 5 different Monado Arts he has. The difference between him & Iron Fist is that each of Shulk's arts raise one stat AND drop another or two, a lot like the buffs and debuffs in his own game.

Besides the physics changes, each art has its own Chinese symbol & color to go with it.

翔 (Jump): Higher jumps, lower defense.
疾 (Speed): Faster movement, weaker attacks.
盾 (Shield): Higher defense, slower movement.
斬 (Buster): Stronger attacks, weaker launch ability.
撃 (Smash): Stronger launch ability, weaker attacks, lower defense against launching.

Looks like you'll have to shuffle through the art you want first, then select it to activate it, with Shulk saying the art. I bet this will leave him open for an attack, however, and I don't know yet if this will work with his Final Smash.

Besides Palutena & her Lightweight move, I don't know anyone else in the game that works like this. Shulk's shaping up to be a complex-but-rewarding character in this game with a sword that's longer than Ike's.

A smart Shulk main will likely wreck in tourneys if he manages all of these arts carefully, but I'm not gonna say that he's overpowered like everyone does with almost every newcomer.

Shulk is also a milestone for the roster, because with 40 characters revealed (leaks for the rest aside), the game now officially has more characters than Brawl.

Now let's see those trailers for Bowser Jr. & the Duck Hunt Dog, next!
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Anyone at all, even the leaked characters. Who will their players usually be?

I filled in everyone with my own predictions. Some of this is based on some of your own in this blog, as well as the stereotypes of Brawl's roster.

  • Villager - Lucas fans, & shota fangirls in general for male. Nana fans & loli lovers for female.
  • Wii Fit Trainer - *** lovers for SheFit. Gays & Falcon fans for HeFit. Yoga pants & barefoot fetishists for both.
  • Rosalina - Gays & hentai fans. Magical girl fangirls. Fans of Cynthia from Pokémon D/P (they look alike). Kiddie fans of Elsa from Disney's Frozen who thinks she's her. Maybe just everyone because she'll likely be a top tier.
  • Little Mac - Blacks (because Doc Louis). Gamers who actually work out. Boxing fans, Dudley & Balrog fans. Traditional fighting game fans in general. People that like him but didn't even buy/know about his Wii game. Chocolate fans.
  • Greninja - Naruto fans. Any X/Y player with the Protean ability for it in those games. Scrubs who don't ever learn how to use him well.
  • Mii Fighters - Casuals. Anyone who plans to overuse penis/Goku/Hitler Miis. Reggie fans(because their bodies are ready). Kids in general. All of this assuming they weren't banned online With Anyone.
  • Palutena - Hentai fans to the nth degree/Ultimate Waifu Bait.
  • Lucina - FE Awakening fans. Chrom fans. Chrom haters. Fanboys & girls in general.
  • Robin - Any Awakening fan that takes that game's Marriage system too seriously(mai waifu!), shippers. Chrom fans again. Fire Emblem fans that have grown to hate raw swordsmen being playable only.
  • Mega Man - Casual fans. Nostalgia fans. Angry Capcom fans for their own treatment of him. Sonic haters. Sonic fans that don't like using Sonic in Smash (who's likely going to be higher-tiered than Mega Man anyway). Snake fans that gave up hope.
  • Pac-Man - See Mega Man, except minus the angry Capcom fans, but plus Tekken, Soul, & Tales fans out of spite(or not). Ghostly Adventures haters. Hardcore 80s Arcade Namco fans. Could either be pretty chill or pretty irritating.


  • Bowser Jr. - Sunshine/Shadow Mario fans. Post-1997 to 2002 kids. Koopaling haters basking in their glory. Kiddie wannabee trolls in general.
  • Dr. Mario - Mewtwo fans, Melee fans in general. Project M fans.
  • Dark Pit - Emo fans. Any fan that likes dark/evil counterparts more than the original(Dark Link, Shadow, etc.). Fangirls again. Anyone that doesn't like Pit's new moveset (assuming Dark Pit ends up getting Pit's Brawl moveset).
  • Shulk - Operation Rainfall staff, Kingdom Hearts fans, FFXII fans. Square Enix, Tales, & JRPG fans in general. Roy fans. Anyone that wishes Link was better. Fans that like him and his game, but never actually bought it new when it first came out at GameStop (It's now $50 used). Fangirls that want him for his shirtless/swimsuit alt (probably won't stop the ZSS alt complains, though).
  • Duck Hunt Dog - Trolls & furries. Ice Climbers fans. Any nostalgic or retro Nintendo fan that thinks this is the only good newcomer.

Remember, this doesn't mean that everyone, not even yourselves, who will main that character fit, but then again, most stereotypes are based on truth.
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I'm only focusing on the 3 characters I've seen gameplay footage of in the leaks.

  • Shulk - I always knew he'd make it in. The Gematsu leak was right all along, even if its was wrong about his reveal date. I feel like the reason why Shulk's lined up with Sonic, Mega Man & Pac-Man in one of those roster pics is because the developer he came from used to be one. Or it would just be a random pick since its was said that there's still supposed to be missing characters in that pic.
    •  Shulk seems to have a stance system similar to Gen in the Street Fighter IV series, & Phoenix Wright from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. From the limited footage, he uses his Monado Arts to change or alter his stats and moves each time a symbol from his Monado sword lights up. It's hard to tell, but it seems that way. Also, from the looks of his down smash, he may potentially have the longest range out of all of the sword fighters.
    • I love his inclusion. It gives Xenoblade more attention, bring Operation Rainfall's success into an even greater light, and helps to promote the upcoming Xenoblade X at that. As far as post-release reactions go, he may end being up there with Little Mac & Mega Man as the most used newcomers in the game. From this, I think that he'll also end up becoming one of the most overrated characters in the game, unless it's happened already? There may be a lot of sword fighters at this point, but we still have a lot more brawlers in the roster, so the sword rants are really moot & pointless. His name's also kinda goofy, but I got over that a long time ago, and at this rate you probably should too for the sake of your own mental health of getting obsessed over it. Of course, this is all assuming that you even already knew who he or his meta-series was at all. That there lies another point of controversy & contention that I predict Shulk will have in the future, especially if you didn't like his game.

  • Bowser Jr. - I seriously didn't think that Mario would get another new character after Rosalina, and Jr. wasn't even on my mind at that. I know Mario's Nintendo's mascot, but come on! Put down those rants about Kid Icarus & Fire Emblem being over-repped, because Mario's still obviously the god of this!
    • Pretty much everyone, including me, thought that if Jr. was somehow playable, he would fight by using his Magic Paintbrush from Super Mario Sunshine. Instead, he's going to ride in his Junior Clown Car from New Super Mario Bros. Wii & U, instead. From the looks of things, his Clown Car is going to do all of the work for him, and pull off things like punching with boxing gloves, shooting cannonballs, and even licking the opponents up close. He reminds me of M.O.D.O.K in UMvC3 in this way. That won't change the fact that Bowser Jr. will likely be a small & light character, but at the same time, he'll likely be harder to hit, and have more zoning capabilities than his old man.
    • I'm not sure what post-release reactions will bring about for this Koopa Kid. Not many people like him as much as the Koopalings, especially since Miyamoto said that they were never Bowser's kids to begin with, only Jr. However, the Koopalings have still been getting more attention than him lately, and To put Jr. in at all, is still a better choice than stuffing all 7 of those others guys in what is already a huge cast of playable Mario characters in Smash. At least he counts as a brand new playable villain, so there's that to look forward to. I'm pretty curious about him, too.

  • Ganondorf - Looks like he's the most upsetting reveal of those videos, because he still plays like a slower, heavier Captain Falcon. He'd probably fight like that anyway without swords or his ranged magic, due to his brute strength and Triforce of Power, but if he did use his sword, he'd likely look like a slower, heavier Ike instead, and Ike is already kinda like that himself.
    • It does look like Ganondorf's gonna be faster, though, but that was really just a customized final battle from Smash Run. At least hope that his Custom Specials will be different from Falcon's. Either way, after Smash 64, the Zelda series can't be represented without him in any way.

Although I was already convinced a long time ago that Smash 4 would have an even better, larger roster than both Brawl & Melee, I still have to feel bad for Sakurai for these leaks. Now these remaining new characters won't be as surprising anymore once he reveals their trailers by himself on the website and his Miiverse.

We'll likely find out the rest of what the 3DS game has to offer even before Japan gets it, as the leaker still has his final copy of the game, and as of now, Nintendo of America hasn't done anything with that problem besides firing him. There's a better chance that they will take action if he decides to give us everything else, but who knows for sure?

I hope Sakurai takes this well, again. It's Brawl's leaks near its own release all over again.
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It was better than last year, and that says a lot. Saturday night had a rave party that I ended up breaking my voice in. So much hype, but I gotta get that treated.

There's was a lot of Skullgirls love at this con. There was a tournament for it funded by LabZero games themselves. The winner gets some kind of bundle from them, but I don't know or remember all of the details.

I managed to win at that game, alongside a Brawl & Project M tourney, all 3 for medals, but due to some technical issues I'll have to wait longer for that Skullgirls bundle, plus I lost one of my 3 medals without noticing it. Still got its ribbon, though.

For Smash, for once, Brawl entrants outnumber the P:M entrants in my area. That's usually the other way around nowadays. This will continue once Smash 3DS drops, I'm sure, because EVERYONE had a 3DS, there. I'll play all 3 & Smash Wii U if I have to!

For more Skullgirls, I got to meet, take pictures with, and play that game with four of the game's cast: Christine Marie Cabanos (Filia), Sarah Williams (Peacock), Danielle McRae (Painwheel), & Lauren Landa (Squiggly). Danielle told me that the entire cast never manages to be together at once in a con and hopes that will change someday.

Some of the other VAs I met were Scott McNeil again (the original Canadian Piccolo), Chuck Huber again (Android 17), and Ian Sinclair (Space Dandy himself). Matt Mercer (FE Awakening's Chrom), & the legendary Johnny Yong Bosch (Adam Park/2nd Black MMPR, Ichigo, DMC4's Nero, MvC3 Zero) were also here, but I didn't get to talk to them in person. Their lines were really long!

Y'know, thinking about it, with names like these and the army of fans I've seen them have, alongside the auction at the end with even more English VAs signatures, these cons make me realize that people still appreciate dubbed anime a whole lot more than I was shot down for online. ESPECIALLY with Ian being really convincing Dandy all on his own.


Most of my service here was to take cosplay pics for friends and such. I have a lot to look through before I upload them to Facebook, as I used my phone & camera for repeat takes and different types of lighting.

That pretty much covers most of my weekend. Now I can focus a little bit more on getting ready for Smash 4.

UPDATE: After what we've been through today, we're all gonna need to. A LOT.


UPDATE 2: The cosplay albums are ready!

Phone Album

Camera Album
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Look through there. It's really good stuff.

There are several powerful names that I know of. This list is mainly a combination of Nintendo, Bandai-Namco, Sega, and Capcom composers, but I also see several names I know from Square Enix, such as Masashi Hamauzu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito, & Yoko Shimomura.

I even see a Metal Gear composer in there! There's quite a few here that returned from Brawl & KI: Uprising.

Finally, 3 out of 4 parts of Xenoblade's team of composers are in this, too: The group known as ACE alongside Shimomura & Mitsuda. Could Shulk really be in this game, afterall?!

This game's soundtrack's gonna be so good. Remember, this is just the 3DS version. Expect the Wii U version to have a whole lot more.

Smash isn't just a crossover of characters. It's also a crossover of many, many video game musicians, the largest list of them in a single game.
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Round Shapes! That's the character theme for Famitsu, today!

Since this is a translation, some names may be different, like "Fruit Target" instead of "Bonus Fruit".

So far, Meta Knight hasn't changed too much besides his new Shuttle Loop. Notice the changed properties of his 2 Custom Side Specials. Remember that his lack of gliding & the game's new ledge grab rules should still mean that he should be more manageable to fight against.

Likewise, Pac-Man's shown with all of his specials, including his 2 Custom Down Specials. He looks pretty cute and fun to play as. I might actually main him while keeping the other mascots in reach.

Here's also some info on 3DS stages & items that were already confirmed. They seem to have all been made with strategy & gimmicks in mind.

That Pac-Maze looks pretty fun to play around in. It's more fitting than the Pac's Wii U stage even though I've found out where that came from.
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Here's the translation of the Japanese back cover which says this.

Just a quick heads up for anyone that's planning to download this game, whenever the option is available. 3DS Game Carts are typically either 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB.

Also, look at the character copyrights. Unless this is like Melee where "INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS" appears in them after Marth is unlocked, this may have even further raised the chances that Snake is, indeed, not coming back.

Especially since Sonic, Mega Man, and Pac-Man are grouped together in one pic on here like I predicted.

This may have even disconfirmed Shulk if Monolith Soft is required to have their name in this list, too. Let's see the rest of the newcomers already, Sakurai.
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"Pic of the day. Here's Beat! And Plant Barrier!! These are some of Mega Man's custom special moves. You might also be able to use some signature boss-like moves from the Mega Man series, too."

Did Sakurai add custom specials just for the sake of giving Mega Man access to more of the weapons and moves he had in his own games?

It was said that everyone besides Palutena & the Mii Fighters only have variations to their specials.

While Mega Man's Plant Barrier from Mega Man 6 sounds like a good replacement for his Leaf Shield, his Beat Call from Mega Man 5 seems more like a completely different move than just a variation of his Rush Coil.

I knew he would use more of his shield weapons, but I didn't put down Plant Barrier as one of them in one of my blogs.

Just for fun, try comparing the two shields here and predict what Plant Barrier will do differently from the Leaf Shield in Smash 4.

I wonder what Mega Man's 3rd Up Special & Down Special will be. Maybe Rush Jet & Jewel Satellite like I made up & predicted before? And speaking of that, what will his other 2 Neutral Specials & Side Specials be?
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This means Smash 4 currently has the exact same total as Brawl's! Let's count the ways!
  1. Mario
  2. Peach
  3. Bowser
  4. Luigi
  5. Rosalina & Luma
  6. Donkey Kong
  7. Diddy Kong
  8. Yoshi
  9. Link
  10. Zelda
  11. Sheik
  12. Toon Link
  13. Samus
  14. Zero Suit Samus
  15. Kirby
  16. Meta Knight
  17. King Dedede
  18. Fox
  19. Captain Falcon
  20. Pikachu
  21. Charizard
  22. Lucario
  23. Greninja
  24. Marth
  25. Ike
  26. Lucina
  27. Robin
  28. Pit
  29. Palutena
  30. Olimar
  31. Villager
  32. Little Mac
  33. Wii Fit Trainer
  34. Mii Brawler
  35. Mii Sword Fighter
  36. Mii Gunner
  37. Sonic
  38. Mega Man
  39. Pac-Man

Again, this assumes that you treat each type of Mii Fighter as a separate character.

For those that still aren't convinced, this one and for all proves that the 3DS isn't holding back the count. In fact, it's actually adding to it. Even the clone count is lower than Melee's & Brawl so far, with just Toon Link & Lucina.

All of the remaining characters left in Brawl's roster are Ness, Jigglypuff, Ganondorf, Falco, Lucas, Ice Climbers, Mr. Game & Watch, R.O.B, Wolf, and Snake. Squirtle & Ivysaur, too, if you want to be bold. All of them, plus there's still just a bit more newcomers left to reveal, before we see the full roster and see who made it in and who didn't.

Japan is getting the 3DS version in exactly ONE MONTH from now. We'll get the full roster by then, but Sakurai will likely reveal the rest of the characters by himself as secrets on Miiverse after the game comes out.
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