Smash Bros. ≥ Mortal Kombat

Ultimate_MK3Why am I comparing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to Ultimate Mortal Kombat? One is a game that comes out in December of this year, while the other in 1995. Well… both are the Ultimate version of their previous incarnations, right? Adding old characters, and tweaking things. If anything though… all of the dlc for Super Smash Bros. 4 was basically what Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is more like the second title update to Mortal Kombat 3, known as Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Every single characters they could put into it, plus some bonuses like the pallet swapping Chameleon (PSX) or Khameleon (N64). All that being said though… Ultimate Super Smash bros. goes a step beyond that.

Mortal Kombat Trilogy is great, and I hope it is re-released one day with all of the differences from each console port put in, but also… there was one that was maybe even better… and that was Mortal Kombat Armageddon. It had every character up to that point except Khameleon who was only on the inferior Wii port.

Mortal Kombat Armageddon

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might be closest to Armageddon, except Sakurai says that we might start out with the same number of characters as the Nintendo 64 Smash Bros. What this means is that this game might be an ultimate version of the entire franchise, where you are nostalgically unlocking characters expanding the roster count to Melee, Brawl, 4, and then the ultimate roster. No clue on if that is the case, but it certainly feels like that.

Switch_SuperSmashBrosUltimate_illustration_02Where am I going with all of this? I have no idea. Maybe I want Switch versions of Trilogy and Armageddon? Or Steam versions? No clue.

SoulCalibur has sexy ladies?

Ivy Soulcal6Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio interviewed the creators of SoulCalibur 6, and had the very important question: Why dem titties? Their response? We like titties. Titties sell. We HAVE to make money with this game. I mean… we didn’t mean to make them that hot?

Seriously though… in a world where we are getting stories like how Dead or Alive is toning down the sex appeal to make their games be known for being cool instead, I get where Cecilia D’Anastasio is coming from. Besides… these costumes are impractical for the world and genre that they reside in… as proven by Rooster Teeth in 2010.

When I watch a fighting game youtuber live react to SoulCalibur reveals, they have one thing on their mind… Will they nerf Ivy’s outfit? Will they tone down her body? The breast physics? Will they have Nightmare and Siegfried? Okay… there are other questions as well… but Ivy was the top one that I kept seeing.

Remember one of the largest fears that male gamers had during the whole #GamerGate kerfuffle? The supposed SJW’s are commin fer my sexy lady games! Well, some people behind the scenes argued that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 wouldn’t come out to North America do to views on how women are depicted in video games. When Wii U’s Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water came to the west, they replaced swimsuits with Samus’s Zero Suit from Metroid instead, and people cried censorship.

Keeping Ivy the same prevents those geeks from raging and boycotting the game. You don’t want those people feeling justified in their fears that liberal politically correct people took their anime video game boobies from them… unless you know, that is what you are trying to do.

Here’s what I have to say. I want my games to be as close to the original version as possible… unless you are legitimately adding in something instead of taking something out other than bugs. If the choices are: Leave the game the same, Don’t bring it to the west, or modify out whatever was obscene…. most of the time, I’m picking Leave the game the same.

UNLESS, of course, the game can not come out without changes. For example… and this is an extreme one in a different genre, the book IT has the kids beat IT by no longer being kids with a sex scene, or something. The movie, changed a bit, and lost that.

Ivy militarySo if SoulCalibur receives an AO rating, for example, because of Ivy’s outfit and breast physics? Change Ivy. It sucks, but at least we got the game. Mai Shiranui’s outfit being censored in the western SNES version of Fatal Fury where her boobs also do not bounce at all? Wow that was terrible. Please, do not do that to Ivy.

I feel like the answer for future SoulCalibur games is to just have more conservative costumes as well as introduce diverse characters who are dressed more… ready for a sword fight.