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Shovel Knight in Smash Bros. Ultimate could be a turning point for the series

"I’m sure you have heard by now that the indie darling Shovel Knight is going to be an assist trophy in the upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive. This is quite a big deal considering there have not been any American-developed characters featured in the Super Smash Bros. series thus far. Oddly enough, there hasn’t been any non-Japanese-developed characters in the franchise’s history. Including both playable characters and assist characters; so Shovel Knight’s inclusion in the game is a pretty big deal." -- Nintendo Enthusiast

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FallenAngel198496d ago (Edited 96d ago )

“This is quite a big deal considering there have not been any American-developed characters featured in the Super Smash Bros. series thus far.”

Commander Video was a trophy in SSB4 and Dark Samus will be playable in SSBU.

“Oddly enough, there hasn’t been any non-Japanese-developed characters in the franchise’s history. Including both playable characters and assist characters”

Diddy Kong, Dark Samus, King K Rool, Krystal & Klaptrap say otherwise.

“Technically, King K. Rool and Diddy Kong were created by a British studio, Rare — and Dark Samus by the American developer, Retro Studios. However, all of them are owned by Nintendo and have been under the wing of the Japanese publisher since conception.”

So you’re talking about third party characters rather than just non-Japanese characters in general being added to the roster and assist trophies in general.

“One thing worth noting, Shovel Knight was published by Nintendo in Japan on Wii U and 3DS.”

It’s the same reason Rayman, Globox, & Barbara were included as trophies in SSB4.

ptownjbo96d ago

“Commander Video was a trophy in SSB4 and Dark Samus will be playable in SSBU.”

You’re right, Commander Video was a trophy. Not an assist trophy. Dark Samus is still owned by Nintendo

“Diddy Kong, Dark Samus, King K Rool, Krystal & Klaptrap say otherwise“

Diddy Kong, Dark Samus, King K Rool, Krystal & Klaptrap are all owned by Nintendo

“So you’re talking about third party characters rather than just non-Japanese characters in general being added to the roster and assist trophies in general.”

No he’s talking about non-Japanese IPs that aren’t owned by Nintendo or a Japanese publisher.

“It’s the same reason Rayman, Globox, & Barbara were included as trophies in SSB4.“

What?

Concertoine96d ago

Thats just grasping at straws, western characters have been in the game since the original considering DK’s design and character are derived from DKC (by British studio Rare)

FallenAngel198496d ago

“No he’s talking about non-Japanese IPs that aren’t owned by Nintendo or a Japanese publisher.”

Yet the author included Lara Croft amongst a list of characters people ask for, and she’s now owned by Square Enix.

The author has inconsistent wording throughout the article.

Nintendo published Rayman Legends in Japan

PhoenixUp96d ago

“For years now, gamers everywhere have been clamoring for non-Japanese developed intellectual properties to be a part of the Super Smash Bros. series. With popular characters like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Banjo-Kazooie, and even Bethesda gems like the Skyrim protagonist and B.J. Blazkowicz at the top of everyone’s lists.“

Who’s seriously asking for the nameless Skyrim protagonist as a character? People would rather be asking for Lara Croft, Vault Boy, Scorpion, Rayman, Sam Fisher, Chell, & Ezio Auditore over the Skyrim protagonist.

G3ng4r96d ago

I used to question people's choices as to who gets in smash. Then people started demanding waluigi and I understood how meaningless it is.

capjacksparrow96d ago

I'll take my nameless Skyrim protagonist over Lara any day, she has no character. One of the assassins from AC would be chill.

PhoenixUp96d ago

@ G3

Many of people’s previous outlandish wishes came to fruition later on.

However with Waluigi people are seriously taking the joke way too far. They’re really blowing that situation out of proportion.

@ cap

Lara Croft has no character? Lmao wow gtfo with that.

I’m sure you were happy when Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, & Simon Belmont who have far less dynamic personalities than Lara were added to the roster, but you go on hating the Croft.

lptmg96d ago

he's still just an assit trophy, that's a wasted opportunity to create a very unique fighter

BadElf96d ago

I respect the hell out of Shovel Knight. Hes a legend

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