Sony fans, meet Super Smash Bros. It is one of Nintendo’s finest franchises and its legacy cannot be understated. Super Smash Bros. is a love letter to Nintendo fans, and has truly lived up to its name. The latest instalment came out four years ago, yet is still frequently the reason my Wii is ever turned on. And I am not alone. Listen to the crowd at E3. The mere mention of the series has everyone cheering. If the Wii U doesn’t save Nintendo, Smash Bros. certainly will.
Any veteran of the industry knows when Nintendo innovates, Sony follows. While the Nintendo Wii will never host such powerhouse-shooters such as Resistance 3 and Killzone 3, it is hard not to give Nintendo some credit. This brings us to Friday morning. On April 27th, almost every gaming website had an abundance of coverage on Sony’s new game, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale.
Looking at the footage, Sony’s inspiration is fairly obvious. Sony is developing their own Smash Bros., complete with a ridiculous title. According to many previews, the controls work similarly and gameplay is essentially identical. After watching all there is to see, and reading all there is to read, I can honestly say that I can’t wait for this game. Regular readers know my opinion on the industry’s lack of innovation and surplus of recycled ideas. Why is it that I am so excited for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale?
There is never a single reason to explain a phenomenon, but there is one leading factor; I want more Smash Bros. Masahiro Sakurai, the man behind the wheel of the franchise, is known for taking his time during development. He will push deadlines to add more content. This is in addition to the huge gap between each release. Simply put, I am so excited for All-Stars because it is released this year.
While Sakurai’s charm and generous philosophy of game development will surely give Nintendo’s crossover-fighter the edge, The Big N’s faithful followers should smile. This is Sony’s way of applauding Nintendo’s work. Furthermore, Sony fans simply can’t deny the clear inspiration, and it is essentially a whole new roster to your favourite game. Just remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.