(SSBB for short. Approved by RedStarWarrior.)
Right, welcome to the new and improved SSBB thread.
Release Dates (VERY Important)
Japan - TBA 2007
North America - 3rd December 2007
Europe and UK - TBA
Australia and New Zealand - TBA
NB: The realease for NA was exactly 6 years after Melee. If this is true for the other dates, expect JP on Nov 21st 07, EU on May 24th 2008 and AUS on May 31st 2008.
General Information about SSBB
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the third title in Nintendo’s fighter series. It ensembles a cast of old and new game characters, most of whom are owned by Nintendo. Super Smash Bros. differs from traditional fighting games, in that simply hitting an opponent will not result in a KO. The enemy must be hit hard enough to fly out of the screen. Each hit will increase damage applied to an opponent, and the more damage (or percentage) that has been accumulated; the more likely the character is to fly off the screen. The man who directed the last two games, Sakurai, is directing the game.
So far, 13 characters have been confirmed to appear in this game, and it cannot be assumed that all characters from the previous titles will return. The characters revealed so far are (in order of revelation):
Samus/ Zero-Suit Samus
Snake (the first 3rd party character to ever appear in a SSB game)
(* Although Yoshi has not been officially confirmed, in the Nintendo World trailer for SSBB, a Yoshi stage was shown, blatantly suggesting that Yoshi will be playable. Further more, Yoshi's icon (see top of post) and Yoshi's Story: Ending track have been posted. It is only a matter of time before he is confirmed.)
Another key factor of the games so far are the stages battle takes place in. So far, confirmed stages include.
The Halberd - aka Meta Knight’s Ship (Kirby)
A Mario Kart (Mario Kart)
Pokemon Coliseum (Pokemon)
An Ancient Greece inside of a temple (Kid Icarus)**
An Ancient Greece temple in the sky (Kid Icarus)**
A Metal Gear Solid Stage (Metal Gear Solid)
(** These two stages may in fact only be two parts of one stage.)
Battlefield makes a welcome return to Super Smash Bros. but with some new visual effects. Firstly the actual stage has been revamped so that it looks far better. And secondly, as the battle continues, the background, which is gorgeous, changes from Day, to Evening, on to Night and round to Dawn, sort of like the new Pokemon games. The music for this stage is called "Menu 1" and is a re-recorded version of the menu tune played in Melee. The song can be found on the main Super Smash Bros. Brawl website. There is nothing else to this stage and it doesn't change at all.
 Delfino Plaza
Delfino Plaza is the same is every detail to the Plaza seen in the game it comes from, Super Mario Sunshine. The stage works similarly to Mute City from Melee, where a stage would fly around and land at certain points, merging with the floor. Here, the stage flies around Delfino Plaza, as if touring it, and landing at specific points. The most exciting part of this stage is that it is an exact replica of the Plaza from Sunshine; incredible detail has gone into it. It is likely this stage will be open from the start, as it seems to be Mario's Stage.
 Yoshi’s Island
This seems to be Yoshi's main stage. Based on the games Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island DS, this complements the games by using the same graphics, more like a drawing. The centre stage here tilts backwards and forwards whilst a "Support Ghost", a small platform balanced on top of a ghost's head, appears and disappears from time to time to the sides of the stage. he stage also changes via seasons, similar to Battlefields day to night cycle. Here the stage goes from Autumn to Winter, with Spring and Summer obviously also expected. This change in seasons does not seem to actually effect battle and is only an aesthetic quality.
 Lylat Cruise
This was shown at the end of the second trailer. It features a new high-speed spaceship known as the Pleiades, which soars through various locations in the Lylat System (hence the name). The ship passes through the Asteroid field, Corneria's outer atmosphere and through a space war. It seems that there are more locations as these only make up a very small part of the Lylat System. The ship passes through these places face on, meaning the battle takes place on the back end of the ship. This is new approach to the format of the old stages where the ship was side on. It seems that this is Fox's main stage, suggesting that Corneria has been removed n favour of this.
 Bridge of Eldin
This is an exact replica of the bridge featured in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The stage is initially very flat with nothing but a beautiful background. However, the boss from TP's bridge, King Bulblin, does appear every now and again charging across the stage at full pace, knocking players backwards and causing large damage. He will also drop bombs, making holes in bridge, which will eventually collapse. As in the game, after a while, it will be teleported back to allow original play to continue. These events are on a continuous loop.%0