Hey all, PushDustIn from Source Gaming here.
Recently, there has been a bombshell that has dropped on the Smash community.
For those who don't know Lucas, Roy, Ryu, Cloud and Bayo DLC character slots were added on patch 1.0.6 (which was released 2 weeks after Ballot was opened), the last character slot to be added was Corrin and that was done on patch 1.0.8
— Ruben (@Ruben_dal) July 2, 2018
Ruben on Twitter posted that in the 1.0.6 patch for Smash for Wii U, Ike and Zero Suit Samus’ parameters were copied and added at the end of the character list – shifting the data for the final Smash forms and bosses down.
Eventually, these copied parameters would later serve the basis for the DLC characters, Cloud and Bayonetta.
For reference, Corrin’s preliminary data was eventually added in 1.0.8.
Marioking64DS and Ehm from TCRF were able to confirm the existence of Bayonetta’s parameters in 1.0.6 and were nearly 1 to 1 to Zero Suit Samus’.
1.0.6 was released on April 15th, 2015 while 1.0.8 was released on June 14th, 2015.
Cloud would be released on December 15th, 2015 with Bayonetta and Corrin releasing on February 3rd, 2016.
This does lead some credibility that Bayonetta was chosen VERY early in the Smash Ballot – as her data started appearing in the game about 2 weeks after the ballot was announced. It’s unknown when Bayonetta’s concept was finalized, or if the team had chosen the character very early in the ballot’s lifespan.
Sakurai has discussed how much time and energy character development took.
Previously, we reported on the ‘MarioSlots’ that were uncovered by Shiny Quaqsire within Smash’ DLC Development. However, this goes a step earlier than the MarioSlots as the parameters predate it.
According to MarioKing64DS, using another characters’ parameters as a base isn’t that uncommon in Smash. For example, Little Mac was probably built off of Captain Falcon. When Little Mac and Captain Falcon climb a ladder and get to the top the last frame of the animation is actually the same as Captain Falcon’s.
As we all know, Captain Falcon plays very differently than Little Mac. It’s just easier to start with something than nothing.
While many fans may be disappointed to know their votes didn’t actually impact the DLC selection, the silver lining is that the Japanese site DOES mention that the ballot would be used for future installments of Smash. The ballot may have also impacted Mii Fighter costume selection or inspired Sakurai to try to bring all the veterans back for Smash Ultimate.
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