Analysis: The Mighty Morphing Power Rangers movie remake

Recently I was perusing some movie news and noticed a headline that took me back 10 years. A new Power Rangers movie is in the works, but not in the way you expect. Instead of picking up from the more recent incarnations of the Rangers, this is actually a reimagining of the series that started it all. Back when teens took orders from a big talking head with the voice of God. Back when the color of your Ranger uniform was coincidentally the same color as your skin. Back when even the biggest threat to our planet could be horribly dubbed. Ah, those were the days.

I may be too young to have watched this part of the series when it was new, but my introduction to Power Rangers was, in fact, the Mighty Morphing series. I went on to watch every other series up to Mystic Force. I have a terrible soft-spot for Power Rangers and was ecstatic when I heard this news. And though there is something to be said about how Hollywood does nothing but remake nowadays, I’m actually all for this.

It’s been a couple of months, and we have some details surfacing: some rumors, some confirmed. So, let’s first go over what we know.

This movie is being made by Lionsgate in association with Saban Brands. Lionsgate has a healthy backlog for the most part and does hold promise as the distributor of The Hunger Games. They also distribute The Expendables movies. When you think about it, this combo of epic adaption-work and over-the-top action would fit a Power Rangers movie perfectly. With Saban providing the basis of what Power Rangers is and Lionsgate providing the basis for modern-day quality films, this is promising.

The writing staff also shows promise. Ashley Miller and Zach Stentz, who are writers of X-Men: First Class, were recently confirmed to be writing the script. Additionally, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Thor writer Robert Orci will act as executive producer. I think that there is no better group of people to have their hands on this license. These people know how to properly adapt a classic license and make it accessible to both general audiences and hardcore fans alike.

And so far, the rest are rumors. The cast, director, and synopsis are currently unknown. All we can do now is speculate, and that’s what we’re going to do.

I think the choice in cast is going to be the most controversial part of this movie. We already have a feeling that the original cast will not be reprising their roles, or at least won’t be in the suits. That leads us to 2 options: a cast of unknowns or a cast of A-list actors. My preference would be to cast fresh talent to play the Rangers.

There are already rumors of well-known actors being in the film. The ones I’ve heard going around include Taylor Lautner, Liam Hemsworth, and Chloe Grace Mortez among others. It’s not that these are bad actors. It’s just that these characters are so hard to cast for in the first place. It doesn’t matter who you put there, I won’t take them seriously. I’ll immediately associate them with prior works and it will take me out of the film. With a cast of unknowns, you don’t have that problem. All you have to worry about is whether they give a good perfromance or not.

However, these aren’t the only characters who need representation in this movie. You still have Zordon, Alpha, and whichever villain they chose to be in this movie to consider. For Zordon, all you need is any deep voiced actor. Given the fact that Zordon only needs voice work, this performance can be given by a well-known actor without much controversy. Imagine Zordon played by James Earl Jones. That would be pretty cool. There are so many candidates for this role that even Tay Zonday doesn’t sound that bad of an idea.

Alpha can be played by anybody. I’m not sure who would play him, but my preference would be that whoever it is maintains Alpha’s personality.

You also have Bulk and Skull, who we aren’t sure will be in the movie at all. I’m really iffy about how they would go about this. To me, there is only one Bulk and one Skull. I can’t see anyone else taking their place, and I doubt that the original duo could reprise the roles. It would be silly to see these teens getting harassed by grown men. Then again, they were a big part of the show; several seasons of it to be exact. I’m not sure who would be a candidate for these 2. I predict that if they get in, they’ll be side-lined majorly. Kind of like Easter eggs in the background with a couple of lines.

Then there are the villains. Will it be Rita or Zedd? It would make sense to make it Rita because she was the villain during the first season and plays a big part in the story. However, Zedd has the most potential for a movie in my opinion. His design alone has a lot of possibilities. I doubt that it’ll be both, because this movie’s success would guarantee a sequel, and they’d probably save Zedd for that sequel. So my money is on Rita, if they even go with an already established villain. I don’t know who the hell would play her. Rita is such an animated and over-the-top character that casting her is an unbelievable challenge.

The last thing I’ll touch on is the story- primarily whether or not we’ll see the Green Ranger. Well seeing that this is a reimagining, we very could see a lot of changes. To me, the Green Ranger is contingent on which villain they choose. If it’s Rita, then yes. Keep in mind that the Green Ranger was one of the earliest plotlines of the show. (Second episode of the show to be exact). It would make a lot of sense to establish this into the movie. Besides, the Green Ranger is a crowd favorite.


Let me know your thoughts on the Power Rangers movie, and what you want to see from it. Is there any aspect I didn’t touch upon that you want me to? Do you agree with my opinions or do you feel differently.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Analysis: Big Bang Theory Season 8 Predictions

Our whole universe was just a hot, dense space. Then nearly 14 billion years ago… You know the rest.

The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows and one that I never get tired of watching. It’s combination of a modern TV-14 sitcom, scientific intellect and geek culture makes this show stand out. It’s a show I think anyone and everyone should at least try, because it truly is a gem when you get into it.

Season 8 of the Big Bang Theory premieres September 22 on CBS. However, since we are in the middle of the show’s break, we are starting to uncover rumors and even leaks for the upcoming season. And given all the crap that hit the fan during the Season 7 finale, I’m sure everyone is wondering where our favorite physicists go from here. So today, we’ll dissect what we know and predict them accordingly.

It should be noted that they will kick off Season 8 with a 2-part episode, potentially calling toward something special. Also, things can and probably will be elaborated during Comic Con’s Big Bang Theory panel. If new information develops, I’ll cover it later.

Penny and Leonard’s Wedding

Well we all know this is going to happen next season. It’s what a lot of us have been anticipating, and will probably be the central story arc of the season. The question seems to be “When?”.

Some are predicting it to take place in the season’s beginning, and others say the end. Given that we’re starting with an hour event this time around, I see where that first argument comes from. I say our safest bet is toward the end, because comments particularly from Kayley Cuoco imply that a chunk of the season will be spent planning the wedding. Besides, Howard and Bernadette’s Wedding ended that respective season. It could also take place midseason, though.

Penny’s Mom

Maybe we’ll finally learn Penny’s last name after all. Penny’s mother would make sense coming in now for the wedding. But that’s not the best part of this announcement.

Rumor has it that Lisa Kudrow (known as Phoebe from Friends) will play this part. If that holds true, this is ideal casting that I’m all over. She’s a hilarious actress, especially in terms of sitcoms. Plus, she’s making a pretty good comeback lately. (She was one of the highlights in Neighbors). It would make sense for her to be casted, and I can’t wait to see her if this holds true.

Stuart and the Comic Book Store

No one is talking about this one and I don’t know why. There’s no leak as far as I know, either.

Stuart is becoming a rather main character in recent seasons, so I’m interested to see how living with Raj will affect his popularity thereafter. Plus, he has a story arc being the caretaker of Howard’s mother.

One thing I’m incredibly curious about is the Comic book store. To see such a signature location of the show burnt down is kind of heart-breaking. Can it be rebuilt? Possibly. I’ll refer to a recent episode that shows Stuart highly-successful rival (played by Josh Peck if you recall). Maybe Stewart can take over that store. Hell, wouldn’t it be great to see actual good news happen to Stuart?

Raj and Emily

Here’s another one no one talks about, though I do say why. It’s just a straightforward event from the season. What will be interesting to see is whether this relationship will last through the next season.

Emily is a good character and it would be cool to see her be a permanent addition to the series. Raj is also a character in desperate need for a companion, as he is the only one of the 4 guys that is single. They seem to have good chemistry and I’d like to see them stay together.

There is a chance Emily and Raj could break up. Between Raj having a new girlfriend and a new roommate, anything can happen with him.

Sheldon Boldly Goes

And now for the biggest buzz for this season. As a result of Sheldon’s leaving to be on his own, many are saying and fearing that Shedon is gone for good.

I’m going to safely say: No he’s not!

I’ll admit that it would be a very interesting concept if they went that way, but it makes no sense to do so. Sheldon Cooper is the most profitable character on the show. He’s the one on all the T-shirts, has most of the big lines, and is the first thing everyone thinks of when you hear the show’s name. Jim Parsons not only confirmed that he will be in Season 8, but is currently renegotiating his contract with CBS where he may be receiving $1 million per episode. He’s not going anywhere.

The way I see this happening is that Sheldon disappears for the first couple of episodes and returns soon after. Or he can have a separate story arc for the first half of the season, then return. It makes no sense to get rid of him entirely. Besides, that’s a theme with these season cliffhangers. Someone leaves and returns all the time. Howard went to space, all 4 went to Antarctica, and Leonard went on an expedition. Just as they came back eventually, so will Sheldon.


Now that I’m done with my predictions, what are yours? Do you agree on any of these points, or feel a bit differently. Was there anything I missed that you want me to elaborate on? Are you excited about the new season? Let me know  in the comments, and we can discuss things.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Soapbox: Should There Be a Friends Reunion?

Fan-made, fake promotional poster went viral.

For those of you who don’t know, Friends is my favorite TV show of all-time. I have watched each episode at least 3 times and at most 17 times. I own the entire series on DVD. I have memorized entire episodes inside and out. I still make references to the show in my everyday life. Smelly Cat is my ringtone (not really).

Well 2014 marks a lot of anniversaries for a lot of different entities like Seinfeld (25 years), Tekken (20 years), Forrest Gump (20 years) and SpongeBob SquarePants (15 years). Friends happens to be one of them as it celebrate its 20th anniversary. It also means that it has been 10 years since rumors of a Friends movie arose. And ever since the start of the year fans have been clamoring for the Friends to reunite now more than ever.

However, among that clamoring exists a decade’s worth of denial from cast, crew, and the creators. We’ve been scratching our heads for so long that most fans are tickling their brain-stems. So I am here to give some insight as to whether this Friends movie/special/reunion/thing is likely, what nature this event should be, and what I would like to see from this.

Is the reunion likely?

Although they tell us it isn’t, it most certainly is possible. It’s been a long enough time, the show is relevant to this day, the cast is still alive and well, fan demand is still very high, and there’s almost no better time than an anniversary to make it happen. As long as everyone who makes the show possible is on board, we can have a Friends reunion.

I do understand the quotations made by several members of the cast and crew that state otherwise. Co-creator Marta Kauffman once said “Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore.” Basically, the characters by now would be in a different stage of their lives which defeats the purpose of the show. This makes sense.

To me, though, that’s not what made the show special. It was the characters and the situations that made Friends work. The quality of sitcoms in general are contingent on 2 factors: the comedy and the characters. It wouldn’t matter whether the cast were in their thirties or their seventies. When backed by the right people, it all comes together.

But that’s the only asterisk. You need everybody or it won’t work. More on that later.

It’s now or never.

Maybe not NEVER, but it would be unlikely if it doesn’t happen soon. In 2014, we managed to have pretty much all the members of the cast and crew still alive and active. All the cards are pretty much in place, so they should act now while they can.

Not to mention that Friends is still popular today. Just the fact that a fan-made poster went viral back in January (seen above) speaks volumes of how relevant the show remains. We all were fooled and disappointed. This made headlines. It’s best to strike when the iron is hot. At this point a Friends announcement would be big news today.

How do you go about it?

Like I said before, the only way this can work is if all the essential people are involved. This especially goes for the actors. We need all 6. Not 5. Not 4. SIX! Friends is one of those shows without a main character. Actually there is a main character, and by “a” I mean SIX!

While the show was going on, the cast members all requested to be paid equally in order to avoid the idea of a main character. And even today, when the former cast is asked about a reunion, their one condition is that everyone is involved.

But when and if they do get the entire writing staff and cast together, what could they do and how?

For starters, in terms of format I would say that Friends shouldn’t aim for the big screen. I know a lot of people would prefer it that way, but I’m not sure if that’s the right move. On paper it sounds excellent, but the film would lose a bit of the essence of the original show. Sitcoms are especially difficult to put in a full-length movie. The direction I would take is in a TV special. Make the special about an hour long, get a live-studio audience, and there’s your reunion. That way the event is available to everyone, budgets are lower, and the tone is maintained.

Now don’t get me wrong. If they make a reunion and put it in theaters, I will watch it on day one and enjoy it; then watch it another 3 times. If they can pull it off, they pull it off. I’d support whatever it is, but I think it would excel more on TV.

Will it happen?

All-in-all, now that I’m done dreaming it’s time to be realistic. Does this project actually have a shot of being made. Honestly, this is anyone’s guess. I really don’t have an answer. It all depends on what the writers want to do. And even though fans are banging on their doors for it, there’s no obligation to do so on anyone’s part.

I think now is the time for everyone to prepare themselves for the idea that all we’ll ever have is the original show. It’s a disappointing revelation, but it’s best for a series to go out on a high note and be remembered fondly than to create a new note just to make a new note. Always remember that the show did have an ending, and a dang good one at that.

However, never lose ALL hope. There’s always a way. Hollywood is always looking for the next big thing to reincarnate. It could also be that the cast and crew are just toying with us. If so, this is one of the best kept secrets in entertainment history. Maybe even the fan demand will get to them some day.

The message I’m trying to convey here is to basically have an optimistic doubt. Don’t expect anything, but never stop asking for it.

That’s my take. Do you agree at all? What elements for a Friends reunion would you want to see if it were to happen? Do you think there is hope or is there not a chance?

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Update (7/17/14): Plans, Schedule, and Whatnot

Greetings peeps!

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank anyone and everyone who read my content so far. In 4 days I have gained 6 followers and had the pleasure of talking to and meeting many interesting people. My first couple days at WordPress have been nothing but positive and it is my hope that I can extend the appreciation I have to you in whatever way I can. Hopefully giving you some good content to read can be a good place to start.

With that said, because this is a developing blog I am still in the experimentation process. I apologize if there isn’t much consistency in the next week or so, but I’m still trying to get into a groove with things. However, I have been coming up with a plan of action and a means of scheduling that will make up the blog a source of regular and consistent content.

First I want to discuss the schedule. This was the aspect I struggled the most with deciding. You see, this isn’t my first blog. I had it running for 2 months until I abandoned it due to real-life conflict. I intend for this not to happen again so I developed a schedule I can work around.

Between July 21 and August 17 of this year, there will be 1 (maybe 2) post per day. There will be some exceptions to the rule because life may very well get the best of me, but I will do my best to keep that schedule. August 18 and beyond will see a different schedule pattern. The site will switch to at least 1 post per week. The reason for this change is due to schooling in my area beginning at that time.

For the remainder of time before July 21, content frequency will be random because of an outing this weekend.

Speaking of content, some of you may not know what I will cover on this blog. I basically cover gaming, television, film, and other assorted means of entertainment. This ranges from editorials to reviews, to news coverage. I do take requests on topics to discuss, so be free to ask.

To give you an idea, as a form of gratitude to you all for being reading my work, here are some of the upcoming content I will cover at one point or another:

  • Analysis: The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie reboot
  • Should there be Friends reunion?
  • Big Bang Theory Season 8 Predictions
  • Supernatural Season 10 Predictions
  • Rant: Games Left in Limbo
  • How to Bring Crash Bandicoot to the Next-Gen
  • Analysis: Ready Player One movie

These are ideas I have for the coming weeks or months. Hopefully this gives you an idea of what this blog will cover.

That’s all I have for now. Once again, thank you for everything guys! Please let me know if you have any questions or requests for me.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Club Nintendo’s Elite Status awards are here!

Every year in July, Nintendo gives us all a free virtual or physical item free of “charge”, if you meet the elite levels of Gold or Platinum by June 30. If you have been waiting around for the announcement like I have, rejoice fellow Nintendorks for they have arrived!

This year, Nintendo ditched the physical rewards entirely in favor of the digital content they started giving last year. That’s right, everyone gets a free game this year. Here are your options:

For Gold members (and Platinum):

  • Ice Climbers (Wii U)
  • Kid Icarus (Wii U)
  • Super Mario Bros. (Wii U)
  • Zelda II: The Adventures of Link (Wii U)
  • Donkey Kong 3 (3DS)
  • Wario Land 2 (3DS)
  • Metroid (3DS)
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Gold Coins (3DS)

For Platinum members only:

  • Game & Wario (Wii U)
  • NES Remix (Wii U)
  • Earthbound (Wii U)
  • Dr. Luigi (Wii U)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
  • Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DS)
  • Dillon’s Rolling Western (3DS)
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS)

What do you guys think of the elite rewards this year? If you qualify for this free reward this year, what are you getting and are you a Platinum or Gold member?

I’m a Gold member this year and I am actually a bit jealous of the Platinum members for just one reason. They get Earthbound and I don’t. I do like the rewards this year though. I’m not sure what I’ll decide on, but I’m leaning toward Kid Icarus or Super Mario Land 2.

Redeem your reward here: https://club.nintendo.com/elite-status-gifts.do

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Soapbox: Super Smash Bros. 4 Character Probability (Veteran edition)

The roster from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Welcome back to the Sbox Soapbox!

They say with change comes consequence. Sometimes in order to move forward you have to leave some things behind. These are good morals for life in general, but you can make the same argument with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. While all the excitement is around which newcomers will make it in the game, there’s still something to be said for veterans who won’t.

This is Part 2 to my previous post about Smash Bros, where I covered potential newcomers. Now I think it’s time to discuss the veterans’ chances. Like last time, I will run through currently unannounced characters and measure their odds of returning via a percent rating and provide an explanation. Note that this will only cover veterans from Brawl; not from Melee. (Mewtwo was already discussed in Part 1).

Let us begin!

Ness (Probability: 95%)

Ness practically has a golden ticket to this next game. Ness is of the original 12, and those 12 characters are constants throughout the series. That alone puts his chances quite high. I’d place him at 100%, if not for a couple of variables. Earthbound is a very obscure franchise nowadays. Some also think that he could be shelved for Lucas. However, relevancy has never mattered in Smash Bros, and Ness is diverse enough from Lucas to qualify.

Lucas (Probability: 60%)

Speaking of which, Ness’s chances are boosted by Lucas’s fewer chances. Let me make it clear that Lucas was my main fighter in Brawl, and I freaking NEED him in SSB4. Compared to Ness though, Lucas doesn’t have that much of a chance. He’s not impossible to believe, but Lucas isn’t as popular as Ness. There could be a non-verbal majority I’m not seeing, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he went. However, Lucas is moderately popular and diverse enough from Ness.

Jigglypuff (Probability: 95%)

Like Ness, Jigglypuff is a near-guarantee due to him also being in the original 12. Almost no part of me denies that Jigglypuff will return. The only way he’d be out is if Sakurai had to pick between him and Mewtwo; a scenario I find unlikely. Rest assured Jigglypuff fans. He’ll be in the game.

Falco (Probability: 90%)

Falco will get in due to popularity alone. He’s one of the most loved characters in Brawl and Melee and is even a tournament favorite. There’s also another Star Fox game on the way for him to promote. The only doubt I have is that another Star Fox character takes his place. Even that I find unlikely, because Falco is most likely more popular than the alternative.

Wolf (Probability: 25%)

While we’re talking Star Fox, let’s talk about Wolf. I think Wolf is most likely to sit this one out. He was never really that popular in Brawl and there’s not much about him worth placing him in over. He’s a decent character, but not a favorite. He very well could make it in, but I don’t see it happening.

Wario (Probability: 70%)

Wario was such a weird character in Brawl, but it worked. I know people who really enjoy this guy and seeing him not make it would just confuse me. I guess he wasn’t the best character in Brawl, but he has a lot of popularity.

Ganondorf (Probability: 85%)

You know how many Zelda fans would go into a frenzy if Ganondorf gets canned? I’m completely certain that Ganondorf will make it into the game with just one doubt to me. Ganondof needs a new move-set. Even in Brawl he resembled Captain Falcon too much. Rest assured that he’s going to make it in… if not another villain.

R.O.B. (Probability: 50%)

To me, it goes either way with ROB. He’s right in the middle when it comes to popularity and he was okay in Brawl. There’s no evidence that could lead one way or the other, so I really don’t know what his chances are. Guess we’ll see what happens.

Mr. Game & Watch (Probability: 70%)

Mr. Game & Watch is a tricky one. He probably wouldn’t be so tricky if Sakurai didn’t tease him in the Pac-Man reveal. Maybe he was just there to pass the baton over to Pac-Man as many say, but to me there would be no reason to show Game & Watch if he wasn’t going to be in. Plus, he’s a very popular character.

Ice Climbers (Probability: 60%)

Strangely, the Ice Climbers are nowhere to be seen. Barely anyone brings the Ice Climbers up, either. I’m not sure whether people just expect them to be in by default, or no one really cares one way or the other. I’ll lean a bit more on them being included just because of a hunch.

Snake (Probability: 25%)

This method of thinking comes from Sarkurai’s comment of not putting too many third-party characters in. I don’t know if there’s too many people who would be bothered if he doesn’t make it in, but he’s not a bad choice. It doesn’t help that Phantom Pain isn’t coming to Wii U, though.

Squirtle and Ivysaur (Probability: 10%)

I think that if these two or the Pokemon Trainer were to be playable at all, they would’ve been announced with Charizard during the April Direct; especially since they said alter egos and companions are separate now. I don’t have faith in them being announced standalone either, because there’s already a lot of Pokemon.

Meta Knight (Probability: 90%)

I’ve been told by some that Meta Knight was their favorite character in Brawl. Whether you agree with them or not, that just goes to show you that he is very popular, and therefore likely. I don’t even know anybody who hates Meta Knight or who would mind him being back. I say he’ll make it.


 

And with that concludes my Smash Bros character predictions. Like I said, I made a Newcomer edition recently. Check here for my thoughts on likely newcomer probability. If I missed anyone on that list (or God forbid this one) that you want me to discuss, let me know and I’ll tell you. And please leave a comment letting me know if you agree with me or not.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

The SBox SoapBox: Super Smash Bros. 4 Character Probability (Newcomer edition)

 

Welcome to the first ever Sbox Soapbox!

One of the most anticipated games for the Nintendo platforms is Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U. As the release date draws closer, the hype grows stronger. However, the best part of any Smash Bros game is, of course, deciding who will get in.

Today saw the announcement of two brand new challengers and a returning veteran. Because of this I decided to to take a look at what is left of our unannounced characters and see how their chances of inclusion lay currently. Since Smash Bros for 3DS is only 3 months away, it won’t be long before the entire roster is revealed to us. So it’s time to weigh out our options. In the words of Sherlock Holmes, “When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains must be the truth”.

This will be 2 parts: 1 for newcomers and 1 for veterans. This version will cover the newcomers as this is easier to predict. I will cover an assortment of highly requested characters that have yet to be confirmed and give them a percent rating based on their probability along with a short description of my reasoning. Obviously, I won’t get every requested newcomer, as there are hundreds of those. I’m only covering some of the most prevalent.

Let’s do this folks!

Mewtwo (Probability: 90%)

Yes, I am counting Mewtwo as a newcomer. He wasn’t in Brawl and therefore would be considered new.

I am thoroughly convinced that Mewtwo will be in the game with only one factor against him. The only thing that could be in Mewtwo’s way is the current amount of Pokemon already announced. We already have Pikachu, Charizard, Lucario and Greninja. Usually there are only 4 slots for Pokemon characters, and Jigglypuff will most likely have seniority over Mewtwo if it comes down to it. However, if Mario can have 6 characters, so can Pokemon. Mewtwo is probably the most requested character- period. He already has a move-set to work with. He manages to remain relevant all these years through both the video games and the anime. He was even in Project M. I have every reason to believe that he is a shoe-in.

Ridley (Probability: 85%)

Ridley is the most controversial character request ever. You’re either the most die-hard believer in Ridley’s inclusion, or you think that it’s downright impossible. I’m sure you all have heard all the reasons he should and shouldn’t be considered. He has a lot against him from his size to the fact that he’s an established boss character throughout Smash Bros. Then again, he is first-party, Smash Bros isn’t canon to size at all, there’s a lot of fan demand, and Metroid deserves a second character. What put me over the edge though was that tease in the Nintendo Direct back in April. I’m almost certain that if Sakurai had that blunt of a tease for Ridley, then I have reason to believe this character is more than just a boss.

Krystal (Probability: 35%)

I’m not the biggest follower of Star Fox so I can’t argue too much for what she would bring to the roster. However, I can definitely say WHY she would be in the roster. Like Ridley, she is first-party, substantially requested, and has a pretty big franchise to back her up. What might set her back, though, is the hate she has as a character. Sure she’s popular, but I can see a good bunch of backlash from her inclusion. This could make her a bit off-putting to Sakurai who just wants to make fans happy. Maybe she can get in because of the new Star Fox coming to Wii U, but she is quite a gamble.

Geno (Probability: 15%)

I think you can understand my reasoning for this decision. Geno has a massively big following and his inclusion would be unanimously accepted either because you don’t care or you care too much. The big issue blocking his chances is of course Square Enix. Geno is currently in a licensing limbo, which means he can barely be considered first-party nor third-party. (He’s practically zero-party). Plus, Geno would technically be considered a Mario character, and some would say that the Mario series is taking up a lot of room in on the roster. It’s disheartening to a lot of people, but Geno has very few chances left. However, since Geno data was found in Brawl, he still has that small ray of hope.

King K. Rool (Probability: 20%)

This was another popular choice, since Donkey Kong is rather under-represented for being Nintendo’s first franchise. King K. Rool is first-party with a moderate request rate and a good move-set potential. Plus, Smash Run includes Kremlings as villains, which could possibly be a tease. What holds him back is how irrelevant he is currently. For some reason, he is not in either of the 2 recent Donkey Kong Country games, which places him in a rough spot. And while he is a popular choice, he’s not too popular of a choice. Then again, when has relevancy stopped character inclusion before?

Bowser Jr. (Probablity: 45%)

Part of me wants to say 50% but I’m less hopeful of his chances. Granted, he’s brought up a lot. I can make a move-set for him in my sleep, he’s such a shoe-in. My only reservation is that (again) Mario as a series already takes up a pretty big bunch of the roster, especially if you count Yoshi. That puts his chances kind of lower than likely. Other than that, he’s a great choice.

Ghiradim (Probability: 40%)

As a Zelda n00b who has never played Skyward Sword, I have no real opinion for or against his inclusion. He can utilizes melee attacks, swordplay and dark magic. Even to me that sounds awesome! He seems to have a considerably high campaign for inclusion, and Zelda is a series that could use a newcomer. The 2 things holding him back to me are the Twilight Princess designs of Zelda and Link and the fact that there are already 4 Zelda characters on the roster. (5 if and when Ganon is announced). Though I will concede that Toon Link defeats the first argument. I guess he has a pretty good shot.

Shulk (Probability: 70%)

This is a Gematsu character prediction. Depending how you feel about the rumored leak, Shulk could have a pretty good chance. (They were wrong about Chrom, though). Xenoblade Chronicle was a big deal for the Wii and there’s even a Xenoblade game coming to Wii U. He has a good amount of supporters. I have no experience with the series, but I know he’ll have a pretty good move-set going for him. Honestly, I see no reason he shouldn’t get in.

All Third-Party Characters (Probability: 10%)

Finally I will touch on the third-party candidates. I know some of you might question my judgement, but I honestly don’t see there being any more third-party characters. Back when Pac-Man was revealed, Sakurai’s wording suggested that he was the last third-party inclusion (at least it sounded like that to me). He also stated before that there won’t be that many third-party characters. Rayman being announced as a non-assist trophy doesn’t help much either. Granted, anything is possible when it comes to Smash Bros, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up… But if there is, I would say Bayonetta, Simon Belmont, Sora, and Ryu Hayabusa are the most likely.


Those are my thoughts on newcomers. Please join me for my veteran predictions coming soon. If I left anyone out that you want me to discuss, let me know and I’ll give my thoughts on their probability.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Where Am I? | About The Ranting SBox blog

Greetings to you, sir or madam! Welcome to my blog which I call “The Ranting SBox”.

I know what you’re thinking though. What is this place, what is it for, and who is this clown? All very understandable questions that I am about to answer in this very post. And I promise you that if you can survive my bad jokes, you’ll fit in just fine here.

Allow me to introduce myself. I am a life-form known across many galaxies by many names. You may call me SBox. I am a nerd to say the least- mainly the video game kind. Besides gaming, I love watching movies, TV and YouTube. I also read on occasion.

What you’re looking at here is a blog where I offer my opinions and views on various topics. More specifically, I will write reviews, interpret news, analyze topics, and much more. I might even rant on occasion.  The most common topic of discussion on this site is going to be video game related, but there will be a good presence of other entertainment mediums here, too.

My goal as a novice blogger is to share my thoughts with the world and to, in-turn, get conversations going between you and me. I love getting into conversations with people who share my interests. Even if we end up not agreeing, I still enjoy receiving new insight, ideas, and perspectives from others. I will dedicate myself to getting very involved with the community that ends up reading my work. I will read your comments, accept your feedback, and respond to you as best I can.

So, that’s pretty much all I have to say. I’d like to personally welcome and thank anyone who takes the time read this post. If you like my work, then please click the “follow” button that is currently on my home page. Apologies for the interface changes the next couple of days as I am just starting out. I look forward to what will be in store for this site, and hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Thank you!

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