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Dojo Day: Japan’s Got Dibs

Ness and Lucas, together at last!

This was an exciting week for Smash fans.
After months and months of trickling information and tiny leaks, the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. Brawl released, garnering huge sales.
And of course, the good people of Nihon decided to treat us jealous Americans to some spoilerific screens, videos, and confirmations of our favorite characters.
While we already posted the list in a quick news post, here at Dojo Day we like to get a little more in-depth with our coverage.
(Why do you think we’re always late? It takes time to formulate our brilliant opinions!)

In case this isn’t already evident, this particular edition of Dojo Day, and for that matter all editions henceforth, will contain spoilers of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
If you still want to retain your Smash virginity, please…stop reading?
Aww, but that means less readers.
I guess we gotta do what we gotta do, right?
Here goes. List of characters in 3, 2, 1.

Bold names are newly leaked

  1. Bowser (Mario)
  2. Captain Falcon (F-Zero)
  3. Diddy Kong (DK)
  4. Donkey Kong (DK)
  5. Falco (Starfox)
  6. Fox (Starfox)
  7. Ganondorf (Zelda)
  8. Ice Climbers (Ice Climbers)
  9. Ike (Fire Emblem)
  10. Jigglypuff (Pokemon)
  11. King Dedede (Kirby)
  12. Kirby (Kirby)
  13. Link (Zelda)
  14. Lucario (Pokemon)
  15. Lucas (Mother)
  16. Luigi (Mario)
  17. Mario (Mario)
  18. Marth (Fire Emblem)
  19. Meta Knight (Kirby)
  20. Mr. Game & Watch (Game & Watch)
  21. Ness (Mother/Earthbound)
  22. Peach (Mario)
  23. Pikachu (Pokemon)
  24. Pikmin & Olimar (Pikmin)
  25. Pit (Kid Icarus)
  26. Pokemon Trainer (Pokemon)
  27. R.O.B. (Gyromite)
  28. Samus/Zero Suit (Metroid)
  29. Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
  30. Sonic (Sonic)
  31. Star Wolf (Starfox)
  32. Toon Link (Zelda)
  33. Wario (WarioWare)
  34. Yoshi (Mario)
  35. Zelda/Sheik (Zelda)

  1. Battlefield
  2. Battleship Halberd (Kirby)
  3. Bridge of Eldin (Zelda)
  4. Castle Siege (Fire Emblem)
  5. Classic Mario Bros. (Mario)
  6. Delfino Plaza (Mario)
  7. Distant Planet (Pikmin)
  8. Electroplankton (Electroplankton)
  9. Final Destination
  10. Frigate Orpheon (Metroid)
  11. Green Hill Zone (Sonic)
  12. Luigi’s Mansion (Mario)
  13. Lylat Cruise (Starfox)
  14. Mario Circuit (Mario Kart)
  15. Mushroomy Kingdom (Mario)
  16. New Pork City (Mother)
  17. Norfair (Metroid)
  18. Pictochat
  19. Pokemon Stadium 2 (Pokemon)
  20. Pirate Ship (Zelda)
  21. Port Town (F-Zero)
  22. Rumble Falls (DK)
  23. Shadow Moses Island (Metal Gear Solid)
  24. Skyworld (Kid Icarus)
  25. Smashville (Animal Crossing)
  26. The Summit (Ice Climbers)
  27. WarioWare (WarioWare)
  28. Yoshi’s Island (Mario)

Yeah, that’s 35 characters and 27 stages for you.
I’m liking these additions, though a few are missing that should have been included.
Where’s Megaman?
Where’s a Tetris stage?
There were a lot of things left out, but the complaints are far outweighed by how awesome some of these inclusions are.
Toon (Wind Waker) Link, R.O.B. (who has made cameos in various Nintendo games since his debut on the NES), and stages like Electroplankton round off an already extremely varied game.

This week, we’re still going with the normal article format, but next week we just might switch it up, since the Dojo is now only telling information that we already heard from Japanese spoilers.
Do you have an idea for a new format?
Email us, use the contact form, or comment in the Forums to let us know what you think!

This simple update really just shows off the features we already heard about in the “Vault” section, such as Trophies, Challenges, and Video Replay.
A new feature is the “Chronicle,” which gives a chronological list of Nintendo’s release history that fills in as you complete the game.
Not too useful, but an interesting addition nonetheless.

First Songs in My Music:
This massive list tells us what songs you begin with in Brawl.
The sheer number should leave any fans of Nintendo music frothing at the mouth.
There are some interesting additions, like songs from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Chosoju Mecha MG, Balloon Fight, Shin Onigashima, Brain Age/Big Brain Academy, and Wii Sports.

This really just goes over how to set up a Brawl for newcomers to the franchise.
However, in the process of his explanation, Sakurai revealed three things:
First, the fact that Random now does not show the character it has selected for you until you start playing,
Second, the ability to choose which Pokemon the Trainer starts with and if you want to start as Sheik or Zelda.
Finally, there is a full shot of the items roster, including a few we haven’t seen yet.

Game Mode Introduction Movie:
This simple yet fast-paced video is a fun little intro to the insane amount of game modes that Brawl has.
Nothing new, but still interesting for antsy fans.

At this point and on, Sakurai announces that there will be spoilers, and anyone who doesn’t want to know secret characters should stay away.
Essentially, this is admission that most people already know all the characters, so he’s only giving repeated information now.
To make up for it, the info will now include things like how to acquire the character, and tips on how to use them.
Ness is back (and I breathe a sigh of relief), with a slightly different moveset from Lucas.
Lucas’ PK Thunder passes through enemies when it hits them, and moves slower than Ness’, while his PK Thunder-propelled self-launch makes multiple hits unlike Ness’ single big hit.
The Dojo page has full info and pics for you Ness fans.

So, the Dojo takes a backseat to the actual leaks this week, as we really start to look over who we’ll be playing as in March.
I don’t have a full analysis for you this week, because the Dojo blog is still going.
But come on, I want to change this format as much as you probably want me to.
So go ahead and send me in some emails.
Whether you want to suggest a new format, ask a question, or even just tell us how much you love the column, send in an email or comment in the official thread.
Next week, unless the format is changed by one of your suggestions, I can guarantee some hardcore opinion-giving on the new characters and such.

[via Smash Bros. Dojo]

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