Alex Phillimore: (alex.phillimore-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2014-04-13 04:17:37
There Ain't No Substitute For Smash Bros.
Look up there.
You see it, don't you?
Nintendo surprising everyone with new Smash Bros. revelations and demonstrating the power of their HD machine. I was there, Gandalf - I was there three thousand years ago. I was there the day the strength of Men failed. I was there to see Nintendo's Smash Bros. Direct, during which time they focused on the many new additions that have been made to the upcoming games. I say games, of course, because this new Smash is going to be two separate titles - Smash Bros. X and Smash Bros. Y, which I am assured by Nintendo are completely different games with many unique features. They will even link up so you can trade your characters between both games and go online and battle friends - and there's 'Smash Bros. Amie', which will allow you to stroke the cheeks of your favourite Smash characters.
The biggest revelation in the trailer is right up there. Do you see him, in all of his HD glory? A newcomer from the world of Pocket Monsters that many of us grew up with. That's right - the Substitute Doll! I cannot get enough of how impressive that Substitute Doll is up there. Look at the material! It's as if the Gods themselves crafted it. I just want to squeeze it in my ogre-like grip until the stuffing pops out. It's nothing like the Substitute Dolls of old - all plastic-like and crap. This new one looks as if I'm standing in the room with it - methinks the Smash Bros. team have been hanging around with the Yarn Yoshi crew, supping generously from leftover copies of Kirby's Epic Yarn.
If there's one reason to buy the new Smash Bros. it is because it features this high-resolution Substitute Doll, which will surely have a divine purpose, looking roughly five times better than the other character models put into the game. The power of the Wii U is in rendering materials and making them look like real fabric. Pokemon fans young and old will get a kick out of the Substitute Doll - I'll surely be spending a lot of time with mine when I buy the Smash Bros. Limited Edition version of the game, which comes with Smash Bros. X, a blue shell model and, of course, the Substitute Doll.
But the real question is: which version will you be picking up? Smash Bros. X or Smash Bros. Y? And will the Substitute Doll also appear in Y or is it an X exclusive?
Only time will tell for sure.