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News Flash! Smash Bros. Dojo: Jigglypuff

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This is a translation of Jigglypuff’s character page from News Flash! Smash Bros. Dojo, Melee’s version of the Smash Bros. Dojo. Thanks to PushDustIn for his help with the translation.

I was utterly torn over whether to keep it, but I didn’t want to leave players who like Jigglypuff (which sounds like they have a sweet tooth [1]) behind, so I brought it back.
It is probably the first hidden character unlocked for a lot of players.

In the last game, Jigglypuff was designed to be the weakest character.
(But even so, it could be rather powerful depending on one’s playstyle)

But this time around, since Pichu has taken over the role of ‘intrinsically weak character’, Jigglypuff was re-designed a little bit.

Above all else, Jigglypuff’s midair speed is terrific.
It is faster to jump than to run, and she can change direction in midair cleanly and quickly.
Jigglypuff can also perform five jumps, and is undisputedly ranked first in horizontal aerial movement and control.

Jigglypuff’s behavior is very unique, which means it can be hard to use, but if you can understand its midair movement and hit with the powerful Rest attack, it is possible to dominate other characters.

In exchange, Jigglypuff can be easily launched, and its reach and power are bad.

Unlock criteria:
Clear Classic mode with any character.
Alternatively, play 50 multiplayer matches.

Translator’s notes:

[1] The Japanese name of Jigglypuff is Purin (プリン), which is also the Japanese word for pudding.

  1. Slow news day?

    Delzethin on October 13 |
    • Slow news day? No way! There’s a lot of stuff to be said and talked about. However, part of Source Gaming’s normal posting cycle is to translate the Smash 64/ Melee websites. I think it’s pretty important that we provide accurate translations for older stuff, in addition to talking about newer stuff.

      PushDustIn on October 14 |
  2. This is the part I found most fascinating:

    “I was utterly torn over whether to keep it, but I didn’t want to leave players who like Jigglypuff behind, so I brought it back.”

    So that means Jiggs could’ve been potentially cut in Melee as well as Brawl. I guess Sakurai isn’t too fond of it anymore, but kept it around for the fans.

    Winturwulf (@winturwulf) on October 13 |
    • I don’t think Sakurai’s opinions on Jigglypuff have changed over the year. It’s always been a low priority character during developement due to its simplicity. It’s simply a sphere, and giving its increasing obscurity in the Pokemon franchise, fans shouldn’t be too upset over its exclusion when compared to species like Charizard and Mewtwo if roster cuts had to be made. However, again through its simplicity, Jigglypuff always gets finished and seems to have just as much love given to it as other more concrete members of the roster. I love how expressive Jigglypuff is in Smash 4, its multitude of hats, and its updated model from X & Y. I’m sure Sakurai is still fond for the little thing even if it has less priority. Besides, Jigglypuff is great promotional material in Japan. I myself find its amiibo absolutely adorable. Here’s to the hope that ‘puff will return in Smash 5. Cheers.

      the101 on October 13 |