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Life Lesson in . . . Super Smash Bros.? Pt. 3

John Rowland

Posted on September 15, 2018 21:35

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(NOTE: This piece is given to us by a special friend.) When it comes to wanting to see your favorite characters join Smash's roster, life certainly gives reason for living and being hopeful, especially if you're lucky enough to have your wishes fulfilled. But what happens if you raise your expectations to a dangerously high level, only for them to be potentially crushed in the end?

Ladies and gentlemen, the Nintendo Direct has come and gone, and there isn't too much news on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, except that Isabelle from Animal Crossing has been confirmed, but Villager's echo fighter isn't, as many speculators thought she would be. Still no sign of my most wanted newcomer, but that's not the topic here.

Well folks, we're less than 3 months away from Ultimate's release, and as we draw nearer to launch day, the eagerness & anxiety levels continue to rise. Despite everything that's already been announced, there are still countless fans who are itching to see numerous newcomer requests filled, and as discussed in the second part, I'm no exception. It poses the question, how's this all going to end?

It's bad enough there are followers who were upset to see characters like Lyn, Krystal, Ashley, Knuckles, Zero, Bomberman, Shovel Knight and of course, Waluigi, confirmed as assist trophies. Eventually, there will be others who might not appear in the game at all.

To make matters worse, after getting characters like Ridley & King K. Rool, who many have wanted since Melee, along with Dark Samus & Isabelle being promoted from assist trophies to full-fledged fighters, some are raising high hopes for Geno, Isaac, Shadow, Skull Kid and other characters who are highly requested, or were previously assist trophies.

Now, by no means are any of these candidates unlikely, and it's great that Nintendo seems to be listening to their fans, but sooner or later, many more hopes & dreams will be shattered, and some followers could very well snap.

Some of you might be thinking, "What about DLC?" Yes, DLC does open up a new realm of possibilities, but even so, only so many new challengers will be added. Then there's the issue of deciding if certain content is worth buying or not. All in all, DLC could go either way. Of course, that's coming from someone who isn't much of a DLC fan.

So, although it's not the chief purpose of Smash, it's perfectly fine to desire more content, but it's crucial to remember that Mr. Sakurai and his team are doing their best, and simply can't please everybody. Granted, there are plenty of followers who know this, and are realistic enough to know that certain characters they're rooting for probably won't make it, and that's good.

As for me, I still have a glimmer of hope that my own most wanted character will appear as an assist trophy at a bare minimum, but I'm not holding my breath to it. I've already made that mistake once; I'm not making it again.

The only question now is, what will we do if our wishes aren't granted? Well, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. So for now, the best we can do is to try to suspend any hopes for new content we might have, and basically live under the mindset that our demands might not be met, so as to avoid distraction and further disappointment.

John Rowland

Posted on September 15, 2018 21:35

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