A short while back, we posted about how hackers had found evidence that DLC was in the works for Super Smash Bros 4. But while the character select screen arrows found in the Super Smash Bros for 3DS data files were a pretty big clue in themselves, they weren’t exactly a guarantee of extra content. After all, lots of stuff ends up ununused in video games. For all we knew, those arrows could be from a scrapped sixty character roster that was in development before the game’s release date.
But now, it seems like some more decisive evidence has been found. Consisting of Japanese text strings found within yet more files, these actually spell out DLC in the clearest way possible. So let’s dive in and take a look!
First up, some data that supposedly displays messages for DLC:
『だいらんとう大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS』 のついか追加データをSDカードにつく作ります
SDカードがさ差さっていません でんげん電源をき切って SDカードをさ差してください
SDカードをにんしき認識できませんでした でんげん電源をき切って SDカードをさ差しなおしてください
ついか追加データがこわれているため SDカードに 『だいらんとう大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS』 のついか追加データをつく作りなお直します
Don’t understand what the above means? Well to put it simply, it’s saying to insert an SD card to save downloaded data to. Or in other words, to save content you bought as DLC on.
They’ve already long been found by people playing the Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo (as seen here), but now Nintendo themselves have posted up pictures and information of them on the official site. So here’s all the info the official website has for these Pokemon:
Let’s start with Mega Glalie. Looks pretty scary with this new appearance, right?
And if the creepy looks weren’t enough… well, the backstory given on the official site makes it even worse. In Nintendo’s own words:
The excessive energy from its Mega Evolution gushes out of its mouth, blasting away and destroying its jaw. It is no longer able to close its mouth
So yeah. It destroys its own jaw when it Mega Evolves and can’t close its mouth as a result. Kind of creepy that, isn’t it?
Looks aside, its typing is the same (just Ice), but it gains the ability Refrigerate, which turns all its Normal type moves into Ice ones. Pretty cool, even if its typing means it’ll probably last about five minutes in battle before getting completely wiped out.
Well, the hackers sure are quick aren’t they? Apparently, despite the game only being available in demo form, they’ve already gone and datamined literally the entire game, complete with all the trainer Pokemon, all move tutors and all Mega Evolutions! So if you want to see stuff like all move tutors, all trainer teams, all Mega Evolutions and all other stuff, click the read more link below! You won’t be disappointed!
Just be warned though, there are obvious spoilers. Because this is an absolute ton of stuff that you’re probably not meant to know until about a week after the game’s been released…
And so the Mega Evolutions keep on coming! This time, somewhat obscure ice Pokemon Glalie and less obscure Steel snake Pokemon Steelix have been spotted with Mega forms in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire! Here are the pictures, as taken by someone online:
As you can see, the designs are… somewhat less impressive than the others we’ve seen in the last few weeks. Steelix for one looks more like a fan than a steel snake monster, and Glalie? Looks kinda bizarre if you ask me. More like a giant mouth floating in mid air.
There’s also some official artwork of both, which was posted on the official Pokemon press site for reasons unknown. Here they are:
They’ve been unavailable for a while now (after the former disappeared off the Wii’s eShop back in about 2012). But now, thanks to some generosity over at Nintendo of Europe, the entire Donkey Kong Country series will be heading to the Wii U Virtual Console!
And that’s not all. Just like in Japan, the Donkey Kong Land titles for Game Boy will also be heading the VC’s way, with the series being available on the 3DS’ Virtual Console.
Oh, and if you buy them, you can get 33% off Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D or 33% off Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Depending on what games you buy from what Virtual Console of course (the DKC series gets you a discount for Tropical Freeze, the DKL series a discount for Returns 3D). This extra promotion will be running from the 16th of October to the 6th of November, as part of what Nintendo UK calls ‘Donkey Kong Country Weeks’. Here’s the Twitter post about it:
All thanks to another issue of Coro Coro Magazine, which has also revealed a few other interesting pieces of information. For example, lots more legendary Pokemon from past regions can be found across Hoenn, and Mega Latias and Latios are obtainable with the Eon Ticket.
First up, here are some pictures of the new Megas:
Mega Beedrill has greatly increased Speed and Attack, with the new ability Adaptability. This increases the power of STAB moves (ones of the same type as Mega Beedrill) so they do twice the normal damage rather than 1.5 times it. So in other words, all its Bug and Poison attacks act like they’re Super Effective against Pokemon they’re normally neutral against, and almost lethal against ones they’re actually effective against.
Mega Pidgeot on the other hand, has better Special Attack stats, and the ability No Guard. This ability means that all attacks used by or against it will hit. Or in other words, a very nice ability if you’re not against a Pokemon that just happens to learn Thunder or Blizzard…
For the Mega Latios and Latias Pokemon… well, you encounter one of them in normal form during the game, and befriend it in the process. This lets you fly across the region on it, in a way far more interesting than Fly ever was. I mean, you actually control the Pokemon as it flies about, and can speed up and slow down mid flight! Hopefully this turns out to be how all Flying in the game works, although part of me says you probably shouldn’t count on it.
Above: Latias, Latios, their Mega forms and the Eon Ticket. Also note the third person flying sections!
And the Eon Ticket? That lets you travel to Southern Island and capture the other member of the duo. Like in the original games.
Finally, some good news for anyone who likes catching legendaries from other regions. All legendary Pokemon will apparently be obtainable within this game, via the means of Mythical Places (islands and clouds in the sky). These include the trio of dragons from gen 5, Dialga and Palkia from gen 4, Ho-oh and Lugia from gen 2… Literally, every legendary you can think of will be in this game somehow. Here are some pictures showing examples:
Above: Legendary places, with various legendaries from past regions and generations.
So yeah, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is looking better by the day, and even more so due to all these great new Mega Evolutions and additions!
Which most interestingly, shows that some very specific songs are going to be present in the Wii U version. What ones? Well, here’s the soundtrack CD picture, have a look yourself:
Notice anything interesting? Well, I do. Namely, that Gear Getaway is included as a Wii U song. So it’s likely that the Donkey Kong stage for the game will be factory or cave themed instead of a traditional Jungle level, especially given how said theme was already used in the 3DS game as bonus music.
Other songs of note include the Great Cave Offensive (which backs up rumours of a level based on said game being revealed for the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros 4), and the Xenoblade Medley (which shows that a lot more songs from the game will be present in the Wii U version).
So yes, interesting potential information in this song list. Pity the soundtrack itself will probably be ignored, what with all the music ending up on Youtube within a week or so of the game’s release.
Well, it’s not the playable character role we all wanted. But according to some hacker who’s been dumping data from the Super Smash Bros for 3DS ROM, textures for Ridley have been spotted hidden within the game file.
And that’s not all. Oh no, not only is there a suspiciously named entry for ‘Ridley’ near the Smash Run data, but also a whole ton of Brawl stuff including data referring to every boss from the game. Here are some samples from the text file, showing this interesting information in action:
That’s from what’s obviously a Smash Run enemy/enemy texture listing. As you can see, unused characters like Ridley and Nabbit (the latter from New Super Mario Bros U) appear alongside enemies actually present in the mode, like Hammer Bros, Peahats, Darknuts and Ghosts.
There’s also pretty obvious Brawl remnants like this:
Which would correspond to Duon, Petey Piranha, Ridley, Meta Ridley, Raquaza, Galleom and Tabuu respectively, all of which were bosses featured in Brawl’s Subspace Emissary. What are they doing here? Not sure, but to be honest, I suspect they’re probably just remnants of the last game, and that the 3DS game was initially built/tested using resources from it. They could also be from a scrapped Boss Battles mode (to correspond with the unused announcer clips shown in the last article), but that’s pretty unlikely.
Either way, looks like Ridley has just about been utterly deconfirmed in every way possible. He might end up as an Stage boss or Smash Run enemy instead of a DLC fighter given this stuff.
If you’ve been playing the recent Super Smash Bros game for 3DS, you’ll probably know that quite a few major features have been removed. Like Event Matches, Boss Battles, Tournaments, etc. Those minor things from games like Melee and Brawl which added extra play time to the experience.
Well, that could be changing. Hackers have found some VERY interesting voice clips hidden away in the game files, and as you can see below, they hint at all kinds of currently unavailable modes:
Namely, the announcer talks of ‘Boss Battles’, ‘Event Matches’, ‘Grab the Coins’, ‘Special Smash’ and ‘Tournaments’. In other words, many interesting features that just happened to not be present in this game.
Worldwide, as of less than a month after the game’s release date. So in other words, the game is selling out fast even BEFORE the holiday season begins. Which is pretty impressive given the series and system. I mean, Super Smash Bros for 3DS is merely the ‘lesser’ copy of Super Smash Bros 4, the toned down 3DS version meant to get people used to the characters and stuff before the real version hits. And what’s more, it’s a rate of sales that’s nearly at Pokemon levels (2 million copies in 2 days for Black and White and their sequels), something which is extremely rare among standard Nintendo titles.
Here’s a quote from Nintendo summarising this level of sales success:
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is already in the hands of more than 2.8 million people worldwide, and the road ahead looks great. Nintendo’s holiday software lineup is more than impressive, and our amiibo figures start a new chapter in the world of Nintendo interactive entertainment. With so many great experiences available, this holiday season is going to be an amazing time to be a Nintendo fan.
Above: Quote by Scott Moffit, Nintendo of America Vice President of Sales and Marketing