Yup it’s the middle of 2020 and it’s time to kick off the 2nd wave of DLC Characters from Smash Bros. After the reveal and release of Byleth, Sakurai did announce 6 more characters and left many of us curious to what would be coming in this pass! Especially with how well the first 6 did! So let’s talk about it!
So it was a little bit strange kicking off Fighters Pass 2 to be quite honest. It’s mostly because of the current pandemic we’re facing that kind of threw off the schedule for lots of things in Nintendo’s world. In March during a Nintendo Direct, they did announce the first character, but they only revealed that they would be coming from ARMS but didn’t announce who.
Skip to mid-June and we finally get who was being added and it was Min Min! Though, I’m pretty fair with the choice because while there was not a lot of applicable choices (Spring Man being an AT already and Ribbon Girl was a Mii Costume (not like that mattered)). Apparantly the fan favorites were between Min Min, Twintelle, and Ninjara and either of them would’ve been great, though Twintelle would be odd since her ARMS are her hair.
Though with this announcement, couple of interesting things opened up like Spirits do not mean they can’t make the cut or that more recent games can now be chosen (known fact Sakurai mentioned back before the game came out that some series like ARMS and the recently released Xenoblade Chronicles 2 were too late to make the cut, so maybe Rex & Pyra may join (or Elma still).
Back to Min Min, her gameplay of course revolves around her ARMS and it’s very unique and an interesting way to show off the mechanics. Her 2 arms are controlled by the A and B buttons and her tilts also contribute to the Smash Forwards too. She does also focus on kicks as well, with her Up Smash being a reflector of sorts, Up B propels her or if shes already in the air, latches on to the ledge if nearby. Down B is when she can change one of her ARMS (the other is permanently the Dragon. She has a choice between a quick/weak chakram ARM, a heavier and powerful electrical ARM, or another Dragon ARM. It takes a while to get used to, but her range is neat though easily punishable if you go against someone who excels in close quarters!
- Spring Stadium – So Min Min’s stage is actually Spring Man’s stage funny enough (and not the Ramen Bowl). Regardless it looks like a pretty neutral stage at first, but it’s got some quirks about it. On occasion the sides will raise a little and become launching platforms which sounds cool, but they have hitboxes when you jump which can really screw over people if they’re around. On top of that, the right side of the stage has a roof wall so if you can launched you’ll bounce down from it and on occasion another platform shows up at the bottom, lower than the stage to launch ya back up if need. Interesting stage, I think they could’ve used a different stage, but it is what it is.
Outside of that, the update brought us the ability to replay fights with Spirits anytime, I mean OK, but not really all that interesting to me, but the hints on the harder fights is grateful for the ones that are struggling (would’ve been great for some of them like Pauline, Dr. Wily, and Geno, but yeah that’s a thing.
Oh and of course Mii Costumes were included! Ninjara, Heihachi Mishima from Tekken, Callie and Marie from Splatoon and interestingly enough Vault Boy from Fallout made the cut! While I don’t know what it means, but I feel like Mii Costumes definitely made it feel like none of these will join Smash, which is unfortunate for Heihachi. (I really hope Geno isn’t a part of this).
At the end of the day though, this was what we got, nothing on the next DLC fighter, but I hope it’s soon.