July 26, 2013

Pre-Rendered Week: A Beautiful Brawl


As our week continues, I was trying to think of a great Nintendo game to include, and then I remembered the awesome cut scenes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.We have another Nintendo game on here that I didn’t think was all that bad, but fans of the Metroid series consider it the black sheep in the series, Metroid Other M. To round out the videos, we are going to take a look at the into video to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sony’s fine attempt at a mascot brawler. On with the show!


Super Smash Brothers Brawl

This video is taken from the Subspace Emissary campaign. This video was close to the end of the campaign and features a valiant battle, with the day being saved by the pink puffball, Kirby. During high school, my friends and I had an all-night Smash Bros. (N64) tournament, and a friend and I debated the importance of Kirby. Well, it may have taken two games and two generations later, but the cute pink character delivered. The video has an awesome show of power (Ganondorf and Bowser) and the take down of the iconic Halberd. Our heroes do escape in their respective ships and poor Olimar’s has a few mechanical issues on the way out. Enjoy what I feel is the best video from that game.



Metroid Other M

Metroid Other M is a decent game. It has it’s issues, mainly giving out silent heroine a voice that is  nerve grating. The opening video is however, is impressive in giving us a glimpse as a pre-rendered version of the ending to Super Metroid, and it is glorious. There is however, her nerve grating voice at the end of the clip, but it is still a beautiful video. Nintendo doesn’t do a lot of pre-rendered cinematic’s, but when they do, they are well done.


PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale

Last year Sony tried their hand at a mascot brawler and we got Battle Royale, a fun, if not, familiar brawler. 20 characters and 4 DLC characters rounded out the roster and it included several Sony mascots as well as characters that call, or called, the PlayStation home. The intro video includes the track “Finale” by Madeon and is a well fit. I still find their character choices interesting, especially the Big Daddy from Bioshock. Bioshock was not a Sony exclusive, nor did start on PlayStation (the original Bioshock was a Xbox 360 and PC exclusive until 2008). People like Dante (Devil May Cry), Heihachi (Tekken), and Raiden (Metal Gear Solid) started on the PlayStation brand and helped bring success to their platforms. Enjoy the fun romp through some of Sony’s history.



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