5/12/06 11:06 am - Obligatory Post-E3 Rant Post
GameSpot is offering free downloads of the COMPLETE version of the Super Smash Bros. Brawl main theme (IE, no interruptions when Wario shows up). Good to see Uematsu's getting work nowadays that's not for the Microsoft 3shitty and Blue Dragon. Excellent little piece of music, although it almost seems a tad too dramatic for a Smash game. Go hit it up, though. Contrary to popular belief, Uematsu hasn't lost his edge. FFX was just such a shitty game that his music suffered by association to it. Note the Black Mages albums and Advent Children's soundtrack if you're a cynic.
That being said, I'm staying out of the whole MICROSOFT IS ALLYING WITH NINTENDO bullshit argument. Microsoft is just using words to try and draw people away from what they really see as competition. They always do this, and Peter Moore is a notorious douchebag. Remember his promises before the 360 came out? "The XBox 360 will promise movie-quality graphics (a bullshit statement that's still on 360 ads in game stores TODAY), and a truly innovative game experience (Oh, so the latest EA Sports game is innovative? Coulda fooled me)." They have no interest in befriending Nintendo. They're just not afraid of the Wii. Sony is who they fear, because they know that the graphics fanboys and FFHeads will still be loyal to Sony. Not to mention the fact that even after E3, the 360 STILL has no notable titles that aren't PC games as well. Not to say the PS3 is doing much better, but at least they have the next Suikoden game, Kingdom Hearts 3, Devil May Cry 4, and yes, Nippon Ichi (even if they've become a real one-trick pony lately). If Sony can solve the pricing issue, I foresee a lot of people's cynicism evaporating. $500 and $600 isn't a good enough staggered price stage, especially since the "cheaper" PS3 loses A LOT of functions, whereas the low-standard 360 is at least upgradeable to have a hard drive later. If they can somehow price down the ridiculous amount of new technology they're using, Sony would win a lot of people back.
As for the Wii...eh. I still hate the system, and after hearing the TRUTH about Red Steel (the gun parts are not as responsive as a light gun game, and the sword parts are really just a simulated virtual experience, where the sword doesn't follow your movements at all), I've got little faith in its survival, but I'll probably end up buying one for two reasons: Twilight Princess and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Both are playable with the GameCube controller, and I've loved Smash games since the original came out. I can't pass up a chance like that. Nintendo's even accepting character idea submissions for Brawl on their website! How cool is that? I personally think it'd be an all-star idea if Nintendo pulls in a guest character or two from each of their biggest third party developers. My own personal submissions are as follows:
Terra from Final Fantasy VI, with human and Esper modes - It's not particularly likely, but FFVI is getting a rerelease on the GBA later this year, which means putting someone from the game in Brawl could be good publicity, much like Marth and Roy did for Fire Emblem.
Sonic the Hedgehog - C'mon, Mario vs. Sonic has been brewing for YEARS, and Sakurai's already trying to get Sega to let them put him in.
King Dedede, from the Kirby games - Relatively likely, since there hasn't been another Kirby character added up until MetaKnight's confirmation.
King K.Rool / The Kremlings - Donkey Kong needs a villain, and if they add Diddy Kong, which is an extremely high possibility due to Rare reviving the franchise, K.Rool could fit well.
Mega Man, X, or Zero (Mega Man/X) - Possible, but Capcom would more likely donate MegaMan.EXE or the GBA version of Zero, unfortunately, and both of those characters suck ass.
Ryu, Akuma, or Dan (Street Fighter) - Their Pocket Fighter modes would make the transition quite well, and Chibi Akuma doesn't get enough love.
Soma Cruz, Alucard, or Simon/Trevor/Richter Belmont (Castlevania Series) - There are rumors one of the stages shown in the trailer is a Castlevania-based one already, and a Belmont would make an awesome transition. Alucard and Soma would also work well with the fanboys.
Crono or Magus (Crono Trigger) - unlikely as hell, but I can dream!
One or all of the Koopa Kids - These guys need some more exposure. They're extremely unlikely, as Nintendo seems to have phased them out in favor of the incredibly boring Bowser Jr., but even a name or trophy reference would be awesome.
A Fire Emblem character that ISN'T a Lord (Jaffar, Lyn or Karel, for starters) - At least ONE Emblem character is likely to make it in, be it Marth or Roy, or a new one. Let's hope they don't just have cloned Marth/Roy movesets.
Sure, most of this is likely wishful thinking, but maybe Nintendo will wisen up and add some more characters from the less blatantly obvious titles. Captain Falcon, Ness, and the FE boys were a huge smash.
That being said, if the Wii is truly 200 bucks? I'll have no problem putting down some cash for one, although I'll be fucked if I have to pay for my entire SNES/GB/N64 library all over again. They should work out some way that if you have games for the old consoles, you input their serial numbers or something and they let you download them for free. I'm sure it'd be abused, but eh. We'll see.