Super Smash Bros. Brawl introduced third-party cross-overs with Sonic and Snake. Now it’s Bandai Namco’s turn in the new games, with Pac-Man and a new item- Boss Galaga.
Cross-overs are nothing new for the Fighting genre. Soul Calibur is one of the earliest fighting game series to feature characters from other properties, including Link, Heihachi and Spawn, and later Ezio and a few Star Wars icons. The recent Mortal Kombat title surprised fans with the addition of Freddy Kreuger via DLC. For more obvious examples, look no further than Capcom’s “Versus” games and the King of Fighters saga. Nintendo’s party-brawler featured a few cross-property characters of its own, with Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake. With Bandai Namco assisting with development for the next Smash Bros. games, it’s safe to say that even more cross-over characters are to be expected.
During E3 2014, Nintendo revealed Pac-Man as a playable character for Super Smash Bros. on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. This isn’t the first time that Namco’s yellow munching-machine has appeared in a Fighter- the gaming icon showed up as a DLC character in Street Fighter X Tekken. Another character from a beloved Namco title is making its way into the chaos, though it won’t be appearing as a playable character.
Those familiar with the iconic shoot-em-up Galaga, may be familiar with the “Boss Galaga” enemy. For the few who have never played Galaga, here’s a rundown; you’re a ship, you shoot Galaga- the aliens at the top of the screen. Some Galaga are capable of abducting your ship with a tractor-beam, to take back to the top of the screen. If the player can shoot the Boss Galaga as it tries to attack with the abducted ship, the player’s ship is returned and put back into play, thus giving the player two ships and double the firepower. A new post from Director Masahiro Sakurai via Miiverse reveals the Boss Galaga as an offensive item, available in both versions of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games. The item shoots a tractor-beam down on the stage, and carries trapped players off into the top of the screen.
While the Boss Galaga can be destroyed, “it won’t join you in battle for double the firepower.” Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will release on October 3, with the Wii U version following sometime this holiday season.
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