SSB Pics of the Day – 8B1T’s Top 10s

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E3 2014 is just around the corner, meaning that the daily Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS images have been going up each weekday for nearly a year. SZ has already posted his top 10 earlier in the week; in this post you’ll get to see me choose my top 10 in a number of categories. General top 10 is now at the bottom – check it out!
 
 

Joke Images – Top 10

 

10.) Friday, January 17 (Week 31, Image 154b)

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Any image with King Dedede’s over-the-top expressions is sure to be a hit. What really stood out in this image, however, was that someone as regal as Zelda would still be tempted to give ol’ Dedede a little slap/pinch/whatever you would do to a giant stuffed toy.

 

9.) Friday, June 28 (Week 3, Image 14)

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If this were the Olympics, WFT and Mario would make for great synchronized divers. I know there’s an image from later on where ZSS and WFT do it together, but you can’t help but admit this one takes the gold.

 

8.) Friday, October 11 (Week 18, Image 89)

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…you sure you’re comfortable like that WFT? Though I suppose you won’t fall off the plane as easily in such a contorted posture…

 

7.) Wednesday, April 23 (Week 45, Image 222)

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Charizard, don’t even thinking about eating that cute, defenseless Waddle Dee.

 

6.) Tuesday, January 28 (Week 33, Image 161)

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Hey! Get me off this mechanical… bug-thing! I sure hope any character caught on the Beetle’s deceptively powerful lift-off will have as bewildered of an expression as Marth has – while they are launched to their starry demise, no less.

 

5.) Monday, December 23 (Week 29, Image 140)

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Mario, just who are you more interested in, hm…? This image certainly captures the innocence of Peach and mysterious charm of Rosalina – two foils for Mario’s affections… or rather, you, the player’s imagined ships…?

 

4.) Friday, May 9 (Week 47, Image 234)

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Donkey Kong, don’t just stand there, get out of the way! Don’t you know what it’s like to be finished?!

 

3.) Tuesday, September 17 (Week 15, Image 71)

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Peach, didn’t they tell you when you were young, hands to yourself? Tsk tsk…

 

2.) Monday, August 5 (Week 9, Image 40)

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Kirby Aran, bounty hunter.

 

1.) Monday, August 5 (Week 14, Image 69)

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Eek! You’re not Mario! Peach’s eyes and horrified expression make this an easy winner.

 
 


 

Technical and Visual Images – Top 10

 

10.) Monday, April 21 (Week 45, Image 220)

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An item like the Fire Bar, while I’m not really sold on, certainly brings a refreshingly new take on limited use items – both visually and in actual gameplay. You have to admit Link looks cool dual-wielding as well.

 

9.) Friday, April 11 (Week 43, Image 214)

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This was already explained in the Direct, but honestly, I’m such a sucker for City Trial inspired gamemodes, this has me sold. Certainly feels like it’ll be a lot more fun than figuring out how to place stickers on trophy bases in The Subspace Emissary.

 

8.) Friday, December 20 (Week 28, Image 139)

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Knowing that Lumas have limited lifespans like Pikmin, but also like Pikmin can be regenerated, all while being able to function like Nana of the Ice Climbers does (but with more flexibility and independence) will make playing Rosalina a real treat for mixup favoring players. And of course instils hope for those wanting to see a return of the summit climbing, condor fighting duo.

 

7.) Tuesday, February 25 (Week 37, Image 181b)

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I’m glad the people who thought this stage was a Punch-Out!! stage were right. Having alternate forms of stages (Final Destination forms notwithstanding, they’re special cases) is unprecedented, unless you really want to count Mushroomy Kingdom (which isn’t a terribly fun stage); I’m sure I’ll be playing on both versions of the Boxing Ring. Keep it clean, let’s go Smashing! (Or boxing, in a Little Mac only affair.)

 

6.) Thursday, May 22 (Week 49, Image 243)

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Freedom of palette swap in team battles will certainly make for happier players who really want Green/default Luigi on the Red team, or like a classical Zelda palette on – let’s say for example – Blue team. Sure this is only confirmed for 3DS so far, but they could easily achieve a similar effect on the WiiU with player auras of their team color. Let’s hope players don’t get TOO confused with this change…

 

5.) Friday, May 16 (Week 48, Image 239)

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Admit it, you wanted playable Female Villagers as much as I did (that means – VERY). I do hope that there is a degree of customization with Villagers such as using your personal Mii or ACNL villager as a basis. Pity for those (like Mii… I mean, me) who don’t have ACNL…

 

4.) Friday, November 29 (Week 25, Image 124)

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There’s always something satisfying about landing a devastating critical blow on a hapless opponent. Lightning effects like this one have also been used in fighting games like Soul Calibur to highlight the effectiveness of certain moves. Given this image is relatively old, I wonder if they’ve tweaked this – or perhaps, made it a visual effect that can be turned on and off (like the cel-shade outlines on the 3DS, or those damage percent indicators or high damage steam which I do hope are toggleable…).

 

3.) Monday, January 27 (Week 33, Image 160)

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Rosalina’s unique mixup playstyle makes her one character I’ll be sure to try out early on. The Gravitational Pull exemplifies her style with a move that effortlessly nullifies incoming projectile attacks, and draws items nearby her. If only the incoming attacks could be redirected at another unfortunate victim… I would like to see this move have an effect on enemy players as well, but then she’d probably share a function like PSI Magnet or a weak Inhale, which doesn’t really scream individuality.

 

2.) Thursday, March 6 (Week 38, Image 188)

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Little Mac is another character whose fighting style really doesn’t have a past representative in Smash. The ground-powerful, air-hapless infighter harks of 2D fighting games, and it’s the technicality that Little Mac brings that I really appreciate. Take for example his forward smash, and how it has tilt variations – I like to think of it as something similar to Marth’s Dancing Blade (you probably guessed that I like Marth as well) in that the role of each variation is different. I hope this paves the way for other characters to have neat technical bonuses such as this.

On another note, I’m not a big fan of Little Mac’s Power Meter as it is – allowing him to have a free KO opportunity even if he’s doing badly feels a tad wrong for me, and this is coming from someone who loved exploiting Revenge Meter and Ultra Combos in SSFIV3D. :p I’d personally tweak the Power Meter a bit so that he either loses a bit, or doesn’t gain any meter, when he gets hit too much – that way it’ll be more faithful to his source games, and also not feel overtly cheap. (Whether it’s cheap in-game remains to be seen…)

 

1.) Monday, March 31 (Week 42, Image 205)

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SZ’s pretty much already explained the reason I chose this as number 1 for technical/visual. Honestly, a Final Smash that serves more of a bizarre utility role isn’t fitting of the name. Let’s hope other characters (like Peach, Donkey Kong and Jigglypuff) get Final Smashes that not only represent them better, but also feel like an ultimate move. And if anything is to go by the preview image for this post (the five Mega Men), let’s hope for more cinematic Final Smashes too.

 
 


 

General Images – Top 10

 

10.) Tuesday, June 11 (Week 1, Image 1)

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Back to where it all began one year ago. Seems a long, long time, doesn’t it? Mega Man’s reveal as a playable character took me a little by surprise, but I’ve had nothing but praise for the faithfulness Sakurai has done for the Blue Bomber.

 

9.) Friday, October 4 (Week 17, Image 84)

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Iconic flagship characters in the middle of a fray. For some people, this image (and Sonic’s return reveal vid) was the realization of a childhood dream, to see Mario, Mega Man and Sonic fight together in an official licensed game. For me this image represents the respect, I suppose, that Sakurai has for some particularly important characters in video gaming history. I do question his choice in adding the Color TV-15 though, for I doubt anyone would have thought of that as a historical representative for anything…

 

8.) Friday, February 7 (Week 34, Image 169)

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Out of all the Assist Trophies, Mother Brain is by far one of the craziest. How does one propose to summon the main antagonist of a series from a teeny tiny stand? That aside, it’s good to see Metroid getting some much needed love – it’s a great series and is in dire need of a reboot.

 

7.) Wednesday, April 30 (Week 46, Image 227)

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This image demonstrates many of the things that make Smash the game it is – vibrant characters and stages, fresh new items that have their own charm (the Super Leaf might even rival the Bunny Hood…!), and cheeky expressions for those in the heart of the action. Marth, don’t you think you should… let your hair down (and Falchion, while we’re at it) for just a bit?

 

6.) Tuesday, April 29 (Week 46, Image 226)

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We already knew that there would be ledge grab trumping mechanics introduced from an earlier image. But you can’t help but marvel at two courageous fighters hanging on for dear life by their tethers, with the eerie majesty of the Battlefield in the distance… unless they were practicing their stunt routine. But I highly doubt it, given how Samus vs. Link is becoming the archetypal “For Glory” rivalry in these games.

 

5.) Monday, July 8 (Week 5, Image 20)

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I have a quite a soft spot for Kid Icarus Uprising; it’s a wonderful game and for those of you that haven’t played it, you’re missing out. Back at the time I saw this image (and the one with the Upperdash Arm), I was incredibly pleased that it appeared Pit had a revamped special moveset. Naturally, his Brawl moveset really only had his NES game to draw inspiration from – and even then, to come up with something like the ever-spammy Angel Ring (side special) and the bow/dual sword is unique in itself; but it’s reassuring to see Pit’s moveset reflect Sakurai’s commendable work on Uprising. I like to think that any character deserves to have some element of evolution and revamping – not just graphically, hopefully. :p

 

4.) Wednesday, January 29 (Week 33, Image 162)

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Two Kid Icarus themed images in a row… This stage reveal was so fittingly timed following the supposed Palutena leak image (there still hasn’t been a hard confirm or deconfirm last I heard), it’s almost as if Sakurai had been planning something like this all along. While the stage itself might not be everyone’s cup of tea (if comparison vids are anything to go by, it’s bigger than New Pork City, eep) the context in which it was revealed was certainly memorable.

 

3.) Wednesday, December 18 (Week 28, Image 137b)

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a Rosalina reveal. I was rather unsure whether the hype in her camp was enough for her to earn a spot among other greats in her home series and others; but everything I’ve seen through videos and images is winning me over, and she has proven that she deserves her place in the roster; not only due to her immense popularity, but also the ways in which Sakurai has made sure the gameplay she brings to the Smash table stands out from anyone else.

 

2.) Friday, November 15 (Week 23, Image 114)

Mario Galaxy has to be one of the most gorgeous looking stages in the WiiU version. SZ’s aleady given the rundown on this stage; all I have to add is that I’ll be sure to play on this stage with its simple but unique gimmick. Sadly the Final Destination version of this stage doesn’t nearly give the same peaceful and majestic vibe.

 

1.) Friday, February 14 (Week 35, Image 174)

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Little Mac was by far the one character I really wanted to see get in – and what do you know, he usurped Diddy Kong’s expected reveal while punching in! Like I’ve mentioned in the Technical Top 10, Little Mac embodies the traditional 2D fighter in the Smash universe; and while Sakurai might claim that Little Mac’s repertoire of punches (and practically only punches) is restrictive, for me that simply adds depth through deceptive simplicity. Not that Little Mac is simplistic by any means. :p I pity those in the Japanese fanbase who cried for one of the Punch-Out!! opponents to be playable – do they not appreciate the underdog story? In any case, Little Mac perhaps embodies the spirit of playing Smash altogether – you gotta have heart, keep it clean, put in 110%, and keep on battling no matter the odds. Heck, that’s pretty much a life lesson right there.

 
 

Feel free to comment, whether it’s about my poor taste in image choices, sharing a few laughs at poor Peach’s expense, or wondering why I talk about tilt inputs and things that probably only matter to competitive players.

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SmashBrosChamp
SmashBrosChamp
June 8, 2014 5:19 AM

Hey I’m first at something this feels AWSOME just kidding 😛

Peach and mario <3
Peach and mario <3
June 8, 2014 7:19 AM

i agree with most of that list. these pictures are awesome! and yeah,the peach,rosalina and mario one is awesome! i also liked the peach and luigi one because it shows that peach has way more experssions than in brawl . in brawl she only had 2: happy and getting hurt. now she has:happy,scared,angry and getting hurt

Mr. Sushi
Mr. Sushi
June 8, 2014 8:35 AM

Kirby Aran is the best hands down.

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
June 8, 2014 11:01 AM

Mario watch out! Link is coming up behind you!

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
June 8, 2014 11:01 AM

oh, how I love King Dedede.

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
June 8, 2014 11:02 AM

in No. 1, does anybody notice DK?

Peach and mario <3
Peach and mario <3
June 8, 2014 4:29 PM

now that you said i did

DJ
DJ
June 8, 2014 12:39 PM

All those including Peach are definitely the best ones. Just totally loving the face expression and animation.

Captain Amurica
Captain Amurica
June 8, 2014 12:49 PM

I love the joke number 3 one. That may sound like me(I’m not dirty) but it just makes me laugh every time I see it :p

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
June 8, 2014 1:30 PM

Definitely agree with the number one joke image. It still makes me laugh every time I see it. And now, after the whole “Death Stare Luigi” phenomenon, I think I might actually understand her reaction!

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June 8, 2014 3:46 PM

to much rosalina.

Psych
Psych
June 8, 2014 4:05 PM
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There were only 2 Rosalina pictures out of twenty. And 1 on SZ’s list.

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June 8, 2014 7:57 PM
Reply to  Psych

2 where on the technical/visual list, personally, to me one per character (there moveset) is enough.

Peach and mario <3
Peach and mario <3
June 8, 2014 4:27 PM
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you’re saying that because you hate her.

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June 8, 2014 7:58 PM

so? I can have my own opinion.

Guest
Guest
June 8, 2014 8:14 PM
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but i hate megaman and don’t say “too much megaman” just because of that. and really,just because you hate her you don’t need to say all the time. i’ve seen you complaining about her at least 3 times in 3 posts
and i just said a little thing and you come with a “so” and that you can have your opinion like if i was close minded. no i’m not but it kills you stop complaining about her at least one time?!

8B1T
8B1T
June 8, 2014 11:28 PM
Reply to  Guest

Guys, knock it off. Why are you arguing over why you guys hate such and such character anyway? 😛

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June 9, 2014 10:17 PM
Reply to  8B1T

He started it…..

8B1T
8B1T
June 10, 2014 4:25 AM
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Just remember that feeling the need to have the last say in arguments like these doesn’t make you any more of a man/boy/insert appropriate male descriptor here. We’re done here, carry along now. ;3c

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June 9, 2014 10:16 PM
Reply to  Guest

no. I don’t care. I’ll complain all I want. I don’t care if you complain about mega man. complain all you want. I don’t care if I’m being close minded either.

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
June 8, 2014 4:16 PM

how come nearly all of these pics have a female in it?

Peach and mario <3
Peach and mario <3
June 8, 2014 4:38 PM

maybe he prefer the females. my mains will be all the females except samus

DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
June 8, 2014 7:10 PM

Ur a female video game character person aren’t you? I have a question, who would u rather have? Daisy or Rosalina?

Peach and mario <3
Peach and mario <3
June 8, 2014 7:24 PM

yes i am,but i’m not feminist. and i’m a girl,but if i was a boy i would choose… i don’t know the 2 are perfect but i would choose rosie because daisy’s heart belongs to luigi

DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
June 9, 2014 12:30 PM

yeah i guess. don’t worry, you’re not a feminist. if you were almost everyone on this site would fear you lol. also i always made rosalina and waluigi a couple since mona and wario have each other but waluigi has no one and neither does rosalina

8B1T
8B1T
June 9, 2014 4:16 PM

I’ve seen Bowser-Rosalina ships too, which is pretty weird to say the least. :p
Also Sakurai was instrumental in having the joke images the way they were – if anything, ask him why he put the female characters in the poses and images they are in. 😛

DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
June 9, 2014 6:54 PM
Reply to  8B1T

Bowser and rosalina?! Okay, that just is disgusting… So 8-B1T, r u going to the e3 event for nintendo? If so, you r so lucky! I would’ve loved to go, but I’m not 18. Also, and it know you may not be interested, but if their was mk8 dlc, who do you want to see as a playable character?

8B1T
8B1T
June 9, 2014 7:08 PM

I’m in Australia. 😛
MK8 character DLC… I suppose what everyone else has said. Needs more Diddy and Bowser Jr first tho.

DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
DaisyYoshi4LIFE!
June 9, 2014 7:21 PM
Reply to  8B1T

Oh. Whoops! Lol. Yeah I live in USA. Of course I live in Pennsylvania so e3 is on the other side of the country aka 5 hrs away by plane. Also I’m not 18. I say birdo though. I know there’s already 9 females but still, mario in general needs female characters

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
June 8, 2014 4:53 PM

how come nearly all of these pictures have a male in them?

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
June 9, 2014 7:28 AM
Reply to  E.Gadd

why is everybody being mean to me! I WAS JUST ASKING! G0SH!

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
June 9, 2014 7:30 AM
Reply to  E.Gadd

I’m just surprised because there a lot more males in ssb4 than females. so it’s surprising they appear in half the photos./

E.Gadd
E.Gadd
June 9, 2014 1:55 PM

Why would you be surprised though? It’s a list of 8B1T’s personal favorite images released for the game. He even explains why he picked every single image. There being more male characters in the game has nothing to do with what 8B1T finds interesting. Your question only served to portray you as having problems with female characters. Which may not be what you were trying to communicate(I haven’t known you to be a anti-women kind of poster so I don’t think it’s what you meant), but it is what most people who read your question are going to take away… Read more »

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
June 8, 2014 5:40 PM

Sorry, I guess I’ll just have to get Nintendo to modify their game and all of their promotional images, force people to change their opinion, and then commit mass genocide on 50% of the population. Once again, truly sorry that you didn’t get enough attention. The innocent people who didn’t do anything and are getting shit because of their physical aspects are really to blame.

Peach and mario <3
Peach and mario <3
June 8, 2014 5:43 PM

nice saying!

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
June 9, 2014 7:28 AM

i was just asking.

Psych
Psych
June 8, 2014 9:35 PM

That’s saying… somethin’.

And only half of em have a female in them. And not many prominently feature them.

GameGuy5
GameGuy5
June 8, 2014 9:13 PM

Peach’s face in the #1 image for Joke Images always cracks me up. :p

Kirby
Kirby
June 9, 2014 7:36 AM

Dat Poor Waddle Dee Became a Snack For Charizard

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
June 9, 2014 12:55 PM

While I feel kinds mean saying this, congratulations! Your list is a whole lot better than SZ’s. XP The only thing I have a legit problem with is how high Luigi’s Final Smash is. I would bump it down to #5. New FS are cool and add a bit more originality, but newcomers are completely original as whole, so how do they beat FS?