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  • BladedFalcon - January 31, 2014 6:29 a.m.

    Bleh, Lucario again? Seriously? /Team Hawlucha
  • Vonter - January 31, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    Blaziken is still better :p
  • BladedFalcon - January 31, 2014 10:25 a.m.

    Blaziken's not bad, but he's an oversized chicken, not a Hawk. Hawks are inherently cooler :P 'sides, Blaziken's uniqueness has been greatly diminished by being one of THREE fire starters that are ridiculously similar and also share the same typing. And while his stats may be better than hawlucha, fire/fighting is not nearly as cool a combo as flying/fighting is. Lastly... Hawlucha knows how to do flying presses, Blaziken doesn't. Point, set,match. :P
  • Vonter - January 31, 2014 4:04 p.m.

    I'll take your word for it, haven't played Pokemon since the yellow version and I mainly remember Blaziken because it was one of my friends favorite pokemon. I also mention him since he seems to have the same body type as Lucario and also was a special gift (if I remember) for Pokemon X & Y, and he also has a MegaEvolution. Anyways I think the logic in Lucario (besides popularity) is because he has that unique attribute of gaining strength through damage (I don't know if other Pokemon have that).
  • BladedFalcon - January 31, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    The special gift you got in Pokemon x/y was the stone required to make him mega-evolve, yeah :P And er... He doesn't work that way in the games, actually. At least, it isn't that straightforward, and there ARE some abilities that increase attack if damaged by a certain type, but it's not at all unique to lucario. Anyway, I don't think Lucario is really that popular so much as it's the kind of Pokemon Nintendo decided to focus on. At least, most people I know don't even like him. (And honestly he's not a very good pokemon in game, too fucking weak in his defenses.)
  • Vonter - January 31, 2014 6:30 p.m.

    Yeah, I think he might be popular in Japan, since I don't see much reason (maybe just rehashing the character from Brawl) keeping him instead of just going back to Mewtwo (who I think still has a chance to return (maybe as a boss)). I also like a theory (I heard today) that maybe Lucario's megaevolution may be triggered after certain damage is taken, at least that'll be more amusing than Aura covering his body after taking damage. But who knows.
  • Shigeruken - January 31, 2014 5:56 a.m.

    I still think Dragonite would have been the perfect choice.
  • universaltofu - January 31, 2014 5:12 a.m.

    Cool, this shakes up what message boards have been predicting as far as cuts go, but I liked Lucario so I'm happy.
  • Swedish_Chef - January 31, 2014 3:14 a.m.

    Wow, I have to say I actually didn't expect it to be returning. I thought Lucario would be replaced by either. Mewtwo (to advertise the latest Pokemon movie in Japan) or a new Pokémon from X/Y.
  • codystovall - January 31, 2014 7:35 a.m.

    didnt expect or didnt really want to.
  • UberPyro64 - January 31, 2014 1:47 a.m.

    At this point I doubt there will be any cuts whatsoever. Sakurai knows the fans hate cuts. So no one not even Pokemon Trainer, Ike or Snake will get cut. Plus Mewtwo will come back bringing the vet total up to 40. I think they will also add 12 newcomers to the games. Besides the 4 we already know, I think Chrom, Little Mac and Palutena will be added. This leaves 5 who I'm not sure about though if that E3 rumor is in fact true then Pac-Man and Mii would also be added leaving only 3 slots left.
  • Swedish_Chef - January 31, 2014 3:12 a.m.

    Hate to be pessimistic but I don't think Ike will return if Chrom is being added, the past two games they've been trying to market the newest Fire Emblem game at the time by including one of the main characters from that game (Roy in Melee, Ike in Brawl). Also as sad as I am to say it (he was my main in Brawl) I don't think Snake will return either.
  • GOD - January 31, 2014 12:37 a.m.

    Hmmmm now to see if Mewtwo comes back as well after his hiatus..... Also, not sure if this had been confirmed previously, but in one of his pics you can see the Megaman stage with the Yellow giant, so it looks like it is only there as a stage hazard of some sort.
  • GOD - January 31, 2014 12:38 a.m.

    *Yellow Devil
  • shawksta - January 31, 2014 1:10 a.m.

    That was already officially confirmed He appears in the background first and attacks like this
  • J-Fid - January 31, 2014 6:12 a.m.

    So you're telling me that he's a giant stage hazard? That's awful, this was shaping up to be my favorite stage, and this would ruin it (my favorite stages to play on have no hazards (except Big Blue)).
  • shawksta - January 31, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    Lets be fair here, the stage wouldve been entirely generic if it was just the platform and had those roating platforms on the top
  • J-Fid - January 31, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    Yes, I enjoy fighting on neutral stages such as Final Destination, Yoshi's Island, and Smashville. I don't enjoy fighting on stages such as Spear Pillar because the interferences from the Palkia and Cresselia are too great of an interference. Now, if Yellow Devil attacks similarly to Dialga, where he's on the field for a couple seconds, that won't be as bad. Even still, I'll probably be playing here a lot because I can't just ignore Mega Man music. It's the same reason why I love fighting on F-Zero stages.
  • shawksta - January 31, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    Yellow devil, from the way it seems, wont actually attack you in its form, it looks like its that specific attack he does. Stages that are more neutral but atleast have a flair can make wonders, like you said with Yoshi's Island's season chages and the occasional pot ghosts. and Wii U's Animal Crossing stage is a transforming background one which is neat. The only thing i really find annoying in Spear Pillar is Palkia's gravity change where he tilts or flips the stage upside down, otherwise i find the lasers pretty easy. Everyone has their preference that can be catered, thats the magic of Smash
  • shawksta - January 30, 2014 10:43 p.m.

  • Vonter - January 31, 2014 12:36 a.m.

    But what does that mean for Mewtwo? I think at this point no one will be cut besides Snake. But still was expecting Jigglypuff or Pokemon trainer being revealed before this guy. IMO he was hard to use in Brawl.
  • shawksta - January 31, 2014 1:14 a.m.

    We wont know for sure im afraid, his exposure in X and Y and the new movie with Genesect should help but we'll have to wait and see. Sakurai pointed out today that "Lucario joined the battle for the first time in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which was released six years ago. The production staff of Brawl worked really hard to expand the character roster--without their efforts, Lucario probably never would have joined the battle."
  • J-Fid - January 31, 2014 6:14 a.m.

    After reading that statement, I will guarantee that someone is announced on 3/9. I'm guessing R.O.B. or Mr. G & W.
  • shawksta - January 31, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    Every month a character is announced but it seems Lucario became a second character for this month similar to Toon Link and Peach in September. as for February, there's either 2 choices. 1. The most likely choice, Diddy Kong to return as a veteran OR 2. Sakurai goes with his original plan to have Diddy and Dixie as a Tag Team newcomer/veteran from Brawl IF he somehow found a way around the problems that emerged with the idea.
  • BloodyShenlong - January 29, 2014 6:59 p.m.

    Man, if friggin' Palutena gets in but not Magnus, I'm gonna be pissed...

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