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Top 10 - Characters We'd Like to See in Super Smash Bros. IV

Alright, so we've gotten some pretty awesome 1st and 3rd party characters in the form of Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog, but who else should be in Brawl?

This is a list compiled by myself and a friend of mine (TheMichaelMann) and here are some characters we'd love to see added to the roster. Here are the top 10 Characters We'd Love to See in Super Smash Bros. IV:

10. Create-A-Brawler - A staple in any good fighting game, it would be pretty sweet to create a character, run through story mode, buff him up, and then take on your favorite characters of all time. It scores low on the list because created characters generally either suck way too much or are way too cheap to provide a fair fight. If the Create-A-Brawler is done right, you've got a something special for the new Smash Bros.

9. Dante, Devil May Cry - Dante is one of those guys who has his own cult following because he kicks so much ass. In fact,over on ScrewAttack, he made the Top 10 Coolest Video Game Characters list. Don't believe me? Go ahead and check! It's right here, so just copy and past it into your URL: http://screwattack.com/videos/Top-10-Coolest-Characters

8. Joanna Dark, Perfect Dark- It's been a long time since we've heard from this girl but she is one of those characters that would fit in perfectly with the Smash Bros. Roster. Her digital darkness and her sexy air is the perfect counterpart for the much lighter, but still just as sexy Zero Suit Samus. Admit it, the thought of Joanna Dark and Zero Suit Samusfacing offmakes you wet (with perspiration!).

7. Eddy Gordo, Tekken - Bringing his stylings from the Tekken series over to the Smash Bros series may be a long shot but if it were to happen, it would be a pretty cool little experiment. The only reason he's so low on this list? He's such a cheap character. All you have to do is spam one move over and over again and you're bound to win.Butlet's see how well that works against Fireballs and GigaBowsers.

6. Spyro, Spyro the Dragon- Look, if Sega can bring on Sonic the Hedgehog, who has absolutely no fighting skills whatsoever, then Activision should be able to bring a fire/lightning/ice breathing, headbutting, ass kicking purple dragon to the series. There's no reason why Spyro can't come in and totally mow down his opponents with his wide arsenal of moves. And he comes from a platforming game, so it wouldn't even be weird to see him leaping around the stage hitting people!

5. Ryu Hayabusa, Ninja Gaiden - Sure, he's made his appearance on the Dead or Alive series, but I'm too busy feeling seasick from the bouncy physics engine that afflicts his opponents to really notice him.Okay, pointing out some facts here, Ryu's gotmagical ninpotechniques, he can kick ass with his bare hands, he is a proficient swordsman, he has a trillion weapons at his disposal,all of which could take you down, he'slight on his feet, and he's never been in a bad game!Let's bring him to a family-friendly environment and let him face off against a few other legendary swordsmen, number 4.

4. Cloud/Sephiroth, Final Fantasy - Oh, you knew this was coming. Call me a Final Fantasy lover, but if Square-Enix can make their own fighter in Dissidia, then they should let their characters jump over to Nintendo and duke it out with characters that arent from their universe. And what better characters to come over than the most iconic in the series, Cloud and Sephiroth? Hey, if I was anymore of a Final Fantasy fan, Square-Enix would probably brand their logo on my ass. Personally, I want to finally see two of my favorite characters, Link and Cloud, finally face off.

3. Ryu, Street Fighter - Capcom and Nintendo have been tight for YEARS, and to see Ryu bring the Super Hadouken to Smash Bros. as his Final Smash would be more then alright with me. Think about it: his recovery move could be Hurricane Kick, his strong attack could be the Shoryuken, and when a new challenger emerges, you just need a side shot of him with his headband blowing in the wind. He should be on here.

2. MegaMan, MegaMan- Call me a Capcom whore, but MegaMan NEEDS to be on the nextSmash Bros.I personally tried to send a handwritten letter to Nintendo BEGGING them to add the Blue Bomber to Brawl, only to be hit with the generic response that they probably just printed from an old Microsoft Word file somewhere. But all that aside, MegaMan has all the trimmings to be on Bros. IV: He's got a ton of moves, a lot of different options for a Final Smash, he's well established amongst the Nintendo (and Capcom) fanbase, and he's got a seriously crazy amount of series based around his name(MegaMan, MegaMan X, MegaMan Z, MegaMan Legends, MegaMan Battle Network...) so why not add him? You're pretty much ensuring yourself a large number of sales by just revolving around the mere presence of this guy.

1. Geno, Super Mario RPG - Okay, So a lot of you may be wonder how I could possibly place this guy, who's only appeared in one game, over guys like MegaMan, Ryu, and Spyro. Well, this guy is so popular, he only needed to be in one game, and not even as the main character, to get himself a cult following. TheMichaelMann was the one who placed him at the top, and I personally placed him at number 2, but there's no denying that it's well overdue. There's no excuse for NOT adding him. You can add the likes of Sonic, Kirby, a bunch of Pokemon, Diddy Kong, The Ice Climbers, Ness, and both Fox McCloud AND Falco, who play pretty much identically, but you can't add Geno, a guy you know people want to see? I'm sure even Stuttering Craig would agree with me, (since he's a fan of Super Mario RPG) Geno needs some kinda comeback and on a series like this where you're basically just cameoing all your franchises, a fighter like him would be welcome in the ranks.

Alright, let's go back to the old recap:

10. Create-A-Brawler
9. Dante, Devil May Cry
8. Joanna Dark, Perfect Dark
7. That freakin' cheat, Eddy Gordo, Tekken
6. Spyro, Spyro the Dragon
5. Ryu Hayabusa, Ninja Gaiden
4. Cloud/Sephiroth, Final Fantasy (VII)
3. Ryu, Street Fighter
2. MegaMan, MegaMan
1. Geno, Super Mario RPG.

Also, I would like to add on that I want the Duck Hunt Dog added to the game just so I can pull a Stuttering Craig on him and pound him in the face. In the FACE!

So that was my top 10 list, but what about your top 10? Who did I leave out that you wanna see added to the Super Smash Bros IV? Maybe somehow, Nintendo will actually READ this thing and take our opinions into account. =]

5 Video Game Characters that Need to Die

Here's IGN's list. http://wii.ign.com/articles/955/955082p1.html

I didn't agree with a lot of the names on this list. So here's mine.

The 5 characters that need to die in video games. In no particular order. Unless designated in the explanation.

1. Slippy Toad,StarFox series- Why are you so useless, Slippy? I put him first for a reason. He needs to be the first one togo."Fox, get this guy off me!" HA! No.

2. Everyone from Sonic other than Sonic, Dr. Robotnik, and on lesser levels,Knuckles, Shadow, and Tails, Sonic the Hedgehogseries - None of the other characters really serve a purpose in the franchise except to give some lame backstory to the other lame characters in the series. I just want Sonic, Robotnik, and lightning fast speed.

3. Tingle, Legend of Zelda series - Unlike Navi,this dude justkeeps coming back. If I can't kill off Slippy, then this dude will be the first to go.

4. Hope/Vanille, Final Fantasy XIII- While I love Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy as a whole, I despise these two characters. Vanille has a great backstory and she's the driving point of the plot but there's just one problem: her voice grates my ears. And the guys at GameSpot agree with me (http://www.gamespot.com/ps3/rpg/finalfantasy13/review.html). Look at their review of Final Fantasy XIII and look at one of the points on "The Bad." As for Hope, he's just extra whiny. I mean, all characters in Final Fantasy are whiny to a degree, but this kid...Ohhhhhh, my god. This kid need to get the hell over it.The other charactersin Final Fantasy have problems but they're not whining as much as you.

5. Superman - If you've played his games, you know why.

So here's the old recap

1. Slippy
2. Every character from Sonic sans Sonic, Robotnik and maybe the other 3.
3. TINGLE
4. Hope/Vanille
5. Superman

Here are some honorable mentions though.

Dan, Street Fighter

THE NOID, The Noid (Thank you, Adam West)

Toad, Super Mario Bros.

Dog, Duck Hunt (He's not technincally dead, but he's probably gone since he's well past his dog years)

Diglett, Pokemon. This is a personal hatred thing, butI find Diglett useless, especially in the first 3 (4 if you were in Japan) games. He evolves once, he's tiny as hell, and he has low stats. The only reason to get one is for "DIG" since you can catch one at like level 30 just before fighting the electric gym leader and any other rock/ground type is superior. Why not Magikarp? He evolves into one of the most badass Water Pokemon in the original games, as well as one of the best in the current games, Gyarados. Hell, in the first games, Bug Pokemon were more useful. ALL OF THEM.

Coming up next, I'm gonna tell you the "Top 10 Characters I'd Like to See on Super Smash Bros. IV"

Best and Worst - Video Game Movies

Since a lot of guys do a lot of best and worst lists, I'm gonna hop on this and do something I'm not sure anyone has done before.

So I'm Asai Nero Tran and this is my best and worst video game movie adaptations, along with why. Everyone's list is gonna be a little different, but this is my list and this is my opinion, and the movies I chose for both lists, I'm sure you guys can agree with.

Best

10. Resident Evil - Now, this is the dark horse on the list. It's not considered a very good movie by a lot of people but it was good enough to become a financial success and was good enough to have not 1, not 2, but 3 sequels, each of which were fairly successful.

9. Silent Hill - It has really bad dialogue, really lame plot, and it's incredibly long, but it's visually impressive, and it can be genuinely scary.

8. Hitman - This movie was actually not all that bad. Ironically though, fans of the series wouldn't like the movie as much as someone who doesnt play the game, but at the same time, they get the most out of the movie. It was also good enough to make over 3 times its budget, something you'd rarely see in movies.

7. Max Payne - All I really have to say is that Mark Wahlburg is in the movie. But on top of that, the movie kept the dark feel of the video games and had a lot of Max Payne moments, including various points revolving around the worst video game revolution that all of us have liked at some point, the slow motion bullet time dives. Unfortunately, a lot of people disagree with me, but it's good enough to rent the movie from Redbox and watch it. At the worst, you lose a dollar.

6. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - I think Roger Ebert said it best: "'Lara Croft Tomb Raider' elevates goofiness to an art form. Here is a movie so monumentally silly, yet so wondrous to look at, that only a churl could find fault." And on top of that, at the time of this blog, this movie is still the highest grossing video game movie in the U.S., beaten only by another movie on this list.

5. Street Fighter (1994) - Sure, it had a lot of continuity errors in relation to the video game. Sure, a lot of the characters didn't look like their video game counterparts. Sure there was hardly a plot. And sure, the fight scenes were god awful andwouldn't be worth mentioningexcept that there were video gametechniques referenced in the movie.But thinking about the time period when it came out, you really didnt need a heavy plot.Do you remember the plot to First Blood (the first Rambo movie)? Or the plot to Cobra? Or the plot to a lot of other movies? I honestly don't. Full of snappy one liners, video game references, and homages to other games and films, Street Fighter wasn't all that bad a movie for the target audience, which was younger kids. One thing keeping this movie from being higher is the fact that Guile was from Brussels. But hey, it's still better than the Chun-Li movie.

4. Pokemon: The First Movie- Mewtwo Strikes Back- The only animated movie on the list, its all in all not a bad movie considering the games and the show were set up the same way. And back in the day, everyone loved the show. Admit it, you were excited when you saw this movie.

3. Mortal Kombat - The first movie really gave fans of the series what they were looking for. It's one of the better movies in video game moviehistory, and it did what a lot of movie games should do and that's pander to the audience.

2. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time- It's not very big in depth but what it lacks in depth, it makes up for in action sequences and all in all fun. And looking at it all, isnt that what video games are about? If you don't believe me, look at the numbers: it's the highest grossing video game movie in the world.

1. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete - Ohhhh, controversy. Listen, this movie had a coherent plot. It had amazing visuals. It played off the target audience. It pandered to non-fans. It had amazing action sequences. It's actually official in the Final Fantasy video game canon. And it's all in all amazing. It's greater than the sum of its parts and is a wonderfully enjoyable movie. The Complete rerelease on BluRay is even better than the original release because it added about a half an hour to the story and made the plot way more coherent than before, but even without it, the story is great. Forget for a second that it's a video game movie. You know it's a great standalone movie. Add on the Final Fantasy license and you have a movie that everyone can enjoy.

Alright, that was my best of list, now let's go the the worst of the worst. There are so many to choose from, but here is a list that anyone can agree with. A lot of these movies are so bad that they can be said to be number 1 but I think we all agree that these movies belong on this list.

Worst

10. BloodRayne- Here's the only thing you need to know about how bad this movie is: the costar of the movie, Michael Madsen, hated the movie after it was finished. THAT'S how bad it was.

9. Wing Commander - It's Scooby Doo meets Star Wars. How is it that a movie based off of a game with live action cutscenes turned out this bad when it was directed by the video game's director?

8. Resident Evil: Apocalypes - I realize earlier I said that Resident Evil had some successful sequels but I don't understand why this one was successful. It's not even scary. It's actually laughable. I was giggling throughout this entire movie. And I'm sure a lot of people were too, if not on the outside, then on the inside.

7. In the Name of the King - The number 1 reason: look at the movie's director. Uwe Boll is the director you want if you want to create a very awful movie.

6. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation - This movie took a perfectly fine movie, Mortal Kombat, and completely ruined the entire premise of the movie. The underwhelming final scene is awful. It looks like a freshman in highschool did the special effects.

5. House of the Dead - Predictable, underwhelming, and non scary at all, it's just bad. The only reason it's not higher on the list is because it was low budget and had unknown actors.

4. The Legend of Chun-Li - Okay, people didn't like the original Street Fighter, but when this movie came out, despite the better visuals and higher budget, the movie still somehow came out WORSE than the original Street Fighter movie. Stupid Lana Lang...

3. Double Dragon- I don't know if this movie had a plot. And I'm sure no one else had a clue either. Just look at the Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%.

2. Doom - I was kinda excited for this movie, since Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was in it, but it came out worse than I thought possible. It was awful. Inexplicable cussing, god-awful storyline, and a final scene that tried so hard to look like the video game(and FAILED), this was just BAD.

1. Super Mario Bros.

Alright, so lets recap the best and worst

Best

10. Resident Evil
9. Silent Hill
8. Hitman
7. Max Payne
6. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
5. Street Figher: 1994
4. Pokemon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back
3. Mortal Kombat
2. Prince of Persia- The Sands of Time
1. Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children Complete

Worst

10. BloodRayne
9. Wing Commander
8. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
7. In the Name of the King
6. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
5. House of the Dead
4. The Legend of Chun-Li
3. Double Dragon
2. Doom
1. Super Mario Bros.

To end this note, I'd like to say that, with the recent success of some video game movies, here's a short list of video game movies I'd like to see.

5. CastleVania - If they can make crap like BloodRayne and Resident Evil, they can make aCastleVania movie. Just keep Uwe Boll away from it.

4. Metroid - Nintendo said that they would treat their franchises with dignity and if there would ever be another Nintendo movie, it would have to be held to the same standards as the games. Knowing that, I would love to see a Metroid movie.

3. Metal Gear Solid - I've played the games, which are just movies, but I would love tospend 7 dollars to see a Metal Gear Solid movie. If Hugh Jackman can do a Solid Snake voice, he'd be perfect for the role.

2. Assassin's Creed - Here's the thing about Assassin's Creed: there's no restriction on what you can do. Its a futuristic sci-fi flick and you can have the setting of the movie where ever you want, whenever you want, starring whoever you want. You just need an animus, a big budget, anda little bit of help from Ubisoft.

1. The Legend of Zelda - Damn you, IGN! I wanna see this movie so bad! It's basically the same as Assassin's Creed in terms of the requirements:there's hardly any.I just want to see this movie and you'd be lying if you said you didn't want to see it too.

The Legend of Zelda - Timeline

One of the most controversial, and I use that term loosely, issues in gaming, the Zelda Timeline has been guessed, worked, debated, hashed, rehashed, written, erased, scribbled out, jotted down, inked, blotted out, reduxed, flipped, tossed into the air, and ultimately, shattered in the eyes of the fans. I dunno why, but there is some need for people to have a basic set storyline.

Well, you know what? Maybe there's not timeline. Why do all the different Zelda's have to exist within one universe? I dunno, I had my own timeline theory but the whole ordeal isnt really worth arguing over.

But just for kicks, and since other people are doing it, here's my timeline, along with why:

Alright, before we begin, you guys remember those awful Zelda games on the Philips CD-i? Neither do I! So for the sake of this entire timeline, we're gonna consider those junky, worthless, pathetic, lowbrow, bugeyed, 100%, Grade A, All-American pieces of monkey fecal matter non canon.

As for the upcoming Skyward Sword, I dunno where it belongs since I haven't played it and have no idea what the storyline is, so I honestly cannot place it anywhere, so we're just gonna throw that one out right now.

Alright, so we're starting with some titles everyone should remember from the N64:

-Ocarina of Time - It was said by the creator to be first in the Zelda Canon.
-Majora's Mask - It was a direct sequel to Ocarina of Time, starring the same Link.

After we skip a few generations, we see that the world set up in Majora's Mask is much the same, albeit wider and yet somehow more clustered, and we are introduced to:

-Twilight Princess - Miyamoto said this one takes place a century after the original kid from Ocarina of Time, making it the most recent descendent of Link in the entire history of the series. No Minish (Picori) were talked about and there were no books about them (as far as we know) so we can assume that there's yet to be a connection between Humans and Minish.

Then we skip forward a couple of generations and then comes:

-The Minish Cap - People try to say this one is first but it can't possibly be first because the introduction itself, along with a pivotal point in the story, contain stained-glass images that immortalize a "Hero" of years past.
-The Four Swords - Often overlooked, but not all unimportant, The Four Swords is generally accepted to be a sequel of some sort (whether it be a spiritual or direct is unofficial) to the Minish Cap. I put it here because it stars Links that look exactly like the Link from the Minish Cap, so I'll bet that they're not too distantly related. Perhaps a grandfather-grandson relationship?
-Four Swords Adventures - It's a direct sequel, why else?

Skip a few more generations and then:

-Link to the Past - We come to the Link who doesn't know Zelda. There's no mention of Minish, but Vaati appears in his demon form and he only takes that form after he absorbs the Light Force, which happens in Minish Cap.

Then the world floods over, so we get:

-Wind Waker - Ganon tried to come back after being defeated and so the Goddesses yada yada yada.
-Phantom Hourglass - It was a direct sequel to Wind Waker, as stated by Nintendo.

Then we have a discrepency. The next DS game was billed as a sequel to Hourglass, but instead of boats, we had trains. So somewhere in the Timeline, the world dried out, and that would be why the next one is:

-Legend of Zelda - Ganon must have come back to cause te entire world to drain out. The Nintendo guys said that the world flooded because the Goddesses were trying to keep Ganon on lockdown, but he escapes, which causes them to dry the world off, causing most of the vegetation to die and all the people to move into remote parts of the world, a cost they had to pay if the hero were to ever stand a chance against Ganon.
-Adventures of Link - Direct sequel and the people are beginning to come back out again, since there are towns, showing civilization returning again.

Skip some odd years into the future and we have:

-Oracle of Seasons/Ages - So, before Spirit Tracks, we had to go to to the rural stages of life, and that would be where these games comes in.

Sometime after Oracle of Seasons/Ages, there same Link goes sailing, crashes, and has a trippy dream, which is:

-Link's Awakening - He dreams rurally, so he must be in a rural time person, and its fairly similar to the Oracles, and since dreams are usually relative to our real life experiences, it would make sense for this game to be close to the Oracles. But in all seriousness, this game could go anywhere in the timeline. It's a dream.

So time passes and things get more advanced and so finally, we have:

-Spirit Tracks - This is the only place it would make sense to have it, plus, it carries on the tradition of further advancing technology and civilization, something that would only make sense near the end of the entire canon. You can argue that the Phantom Hourglass had advanced engines and stuff, but you're forgetting that the world dried out and pretty much everyone died, rendering that technology not only useless, but lost altogether.


So there you have it. Let's hit the old recap:

Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Twilight Princess
Minish Cap
Four Swords
Four Swords Adventures
A Link to the Past
Wind Waker
Phantom Hourglass
Legend of Zelda
Adventures of Link
Oracle of Ages/Oracle of Seasons
Spirit Tracks

And somewhere in the timeline, Link's Awakening occurs as a trippy ass dream.

This is how I set up the timeline, but in all honesty, who really cares? The story is just a legend. Maybe there was only one Link, and each and every version is a retelling of the same "Legend" through the eyes of a different person, changed to fit the time and setting of whatever period the storyteller lived? Or maybe everything is happening parallel to the other? Who knows?

All I know is some kid gets a shield and sword and then kicks ass. That's all there is to it. And really, that's all you really need. Oh, and Light Arrows. Those are cool too.

Top 5 - Badass Video Game Characters and Their Wuss Counterparts

This is a rather contrived and hacked (a term used in comedy referring to an overly used topic) theme but I wanna know who your top 5 most badass video game characters and their 5 Bottom-of-the-Barrel ***** Ass ***** counterparts (P.A.B. belongs to ScrewAttack.com).

The requirements for the Badass?

They're otherworldly in their awesomeness, they were made for a video game and not from some other kind of media (like a movie or TV show, ANIME FANS), and they elicit some kind of emotional response from you that are in the grey areas between "awe" and "pissed" (since antagonists are fair game too).

Requirements for the Wuss?

When you see them or hear them or even think about them, you wanna take your character (unless the main character IS the P.A.B.) and punch that dude (or chick) in the throat because those dudes (or chicks) suck some serious ass.

So whats on your mind?

So far, I have a basic rough list for both 5 but I'm not telling until I see some answers. =]

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Review

Just so everyone knows, when I review a game, I go back and play it as I am reviewing. And my current PS3 favorites are as follows:

1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
2. Assassin's Creed II
3. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
4. Red Dead Redemption
5. Grand Theft Auto IV

I've reviewed Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (which you should read right now. =]) and I plan to review all of them, but I'm a bit iffy on reviewing No. 1. MGS4, since I replay the game to review it. And for now, I don't have time to be watching a movie.

So just know that I give it a 10. =]