I’ve been a pretty casual player when it comes to the Super Smash Bros. franchise. I have played the game with friends and family over the years, starting with the Nintendo 64 version. It was always a good time to plop down on the couch and battle it out. Sometimes, these battles would consume much of my free time I had as a younger lad. I had less responsibility then and more time to let the clock tick by.
Even though I’m much older now, I still enjoy the free time that I have to play video games. I have no problem plowing through lengthy games and/or storyline when I’m able to. But there was one thing that began to frustrate me with the system in place for unlocking characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
You just gotta do all the things, dude!
I probably already know your response: “All you have to do is unlock them in World of Light! It’s fast.” Or maybe: “You just wait until a new character prompt shows on the versus screen, close the game from the main menu, go back in, and then kill yourself to get it again.” And my favorite thus far: “It’s based on steps. Just run endlessly on a large map to track the steps. Oh, and use a fast character.”
The problem has been that I’ve done all of these things. I’ve run through a decent number of hours in the World of Light adventure mode, unlocking 15 characters or so. I’ve also run through the Classic Smash mode to break up the monotony of doing battle after battle. The prompt was working just fine — until it wasn’t anymore.
The problem isn’t necessarily with how each of these is unlocked, but a simple thing that should have been in place when you first launch the game. Why wouldn’t you be given the option to pick your main character? Ya know, the one you’re probably going to play online matches with, the one that would probably make all of this a little bit more fun given that you know their move set? Of course, not everyone playing Ultimate is a veteran player. But why wouldn’t you give that to returning players?
It’s the principle
I do like the fact that the game has an adventure mode to it. I enjoyed the feeling of sustenance that the Subspace Emissary delivered in the past. The same can be said in regards to World of Light. The problem I have with it is not knowing where characters are plotted on the map to unlock.
I have had friends and others tell me after the fact to go here or do this. Which would be fine and dandy if I hadn’t already unlocked the majority of the other characters and still, still none of them are mine. Also, the fact that portions of the map become locked during a certain point doesn’t make the journey go by any faster.
Desperate times call for desperate measures
I appreciate the fact that Nintendo updated its amiibo page. There is, in fact, a very detailed list of characters that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate supports. For example, if you collected very few amiibo when the craze hit, you’ll likely have a few of your favorite characters in their box unopened. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering if your Joy-Con is capable of reading it through the plastic and cardboard, but then you realize it doesn’t. If you’re like me, you’re probably going to tear open the box and weep into your pillow tonight.
Not so Mega, Man
I was hoping that it wouldn’t come to tearing open my Mega Man amiibo. It’s been sitting around since Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. But I don’t really have the time either to spend even more time playing rounds of matches, running in circles, or traversing areas in World of Light.
There is a very small audience of fans like myself that just want to wind down for a few hours at the end of the day and play maybe a dozen matches. My friends have kids, wives, and lives. Just wanting to play together has turned into a marathon of anxiety solely to unlock my single favorite Smash Bros. character. And now, I’m
salty saddened to be tearing open the box to him.
Here lies my Mega Man amiibo. A once pristine display piece in my gaming collection, you must now be tarnished by the outside air. You are now nothing more than rubble, truly living up to your overseas Rockman name. May your previous cardboard and plastic cell now be shed, and you are free to live out your life covered in dust. I’ll always think of you when I’m getting slaughtered in online matches to some kid on the other side of the world.
Rest easy, sweet prince.
A console gamer gone rogue. Collector of retro games, pun and dad joke enthusiast. My spotify playlists are out of control. Rocket League anyone?