- If you ever needed proof that my head is all kinds of messed up... last night I had a dream that I returned to LPing. And I swear that while this was going on, I could feel another fragment of my subconscious telling me, maybe making a comeback would indeed be a good idea? So how does that work? Do I have multiple subconscious...es...or something? Am I losing my grip on reality?
Of course, when I woke up, I made a point to tell my brain, thanks for the offer, but no, I quit for a few reasons, and they still apply today.
- Apparently the decision of putting Greninja in SSB4 was made before X and Y came out. This really was quite a gamble, because at that point no one had any idea if it would take off. Imagine if they released a Smash game early in gen 5, and decided to put Zoroark in the game before BW1 came out. This would've turned out to be a tragic decision, because no one gives a fuck about Zoroark. It really never took off the way Lucario did. So in a way, they really, REALLY lucked out with the Greninja pick. Just how much, do you ask? Well, in the unweighted Smogon OU stats, Greninja is a very close second behind Charizard, while in the weighted ones Greninja is all the way down to 17th (Charizard is 12th). This suggests that Greninja is indeed a formidable fan favorite, maybe even to an extent we haven't ever seen out of a non-gen 1 Pokémon.
- One excuse I've seen people give for not banning Aegislash: it's not as broken as Mega Kangaskhan was. Sorry, but why should Mega Kangaskhan be the baseline for what's OP and what's not? Hint: it shouldn't. Damn thing was so cheap Stuart Ashen could've reviewed it.
- So sick of the Koopaling bashing. So I was shown this article about video game characters no one picks, and while I can't give my two cents on most games in there because I don't know shit about fighting games or LoL, the MK8 Morton entry is absolute shit (and it has nothing to do with the fact that I main him). Where do I start? With the fact that in any game, people tend to gravitate towards top-tier characters, and Morton is one of them (along with Roy, for that matter)?
So now that that's covered, let's move on to what I was talking about: suddenly the Koopalings are the most uncool thing ever. Between their appearance in SMW in 1991 and their return in NSMBW in 2009, they've made one appearance in Superstar Saga. Otherwise, total hiatus for 18 years. And during those 18 years, people complained that the Koopalings were given the shaft, while giving the decidedly less popular (at the time) Bowser Jr. all the attention. LEAVE MY MAMA ALONE YOU BAD MAN.
So what the hell happened? The only thing I can come up with is that most gamers nowadays weren't even alive back during the Koopalings' salad days, and have no idea what they meant back then. I can't explain the outrage at them making the cut in MK8, but not Bowser Jr., any other way. Sure, the roster has its flaws. Baby Daisy and Baby Rosalina are the worst offenders, there's no reason to have them, period. Pink Gold Peach is also... well, you know, but there's a fairly valid reason for her being around. See, in order to avoid the MK7 fiasco, they had to shove Metal Mario in a different weight class from the other heavyweights, but he couldn't be alone in that class, so they needed another average-hitbox heavyweight, and thus Pink Gold Peach was born.
But the Koopalings? Really? I think if there's one thing the MK8 roster did exactly right, it's have them in there. Sure, getting rid of Baby Daisy, Baby Rosalina and the red-shelled Lakitu in favor of say, Bowser Jr., Diddy and Dry Bowser would've singlehandedly solved most of the complaints regarding the roster (including the overabundance of lightweights), but claiming, like some people do, that the Koopalings are all basically the same thing are just way off. Each of them had their unique charm back in the day, and if you're too young to remember the horror of facing off against Roy and his shockwaves for the first time, at least give them the benefit of the doubt.
Oh, right, this is the internet. Benefit of the doubt? What's that?
(By the way, I see a LOT of Koopaling players online. A lot of Iggy and Larry, among others.)