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SBox Soapbox: What Is the Big Deal About Lucky Chloe?

Look at me! I’m talking about a fighting franchise that isn’t Super Smash Bros. What madness is this?

I’ve been meaning to talk about Tekken ever since Tekken 7 was first announced at EVO. I remember first playing the Tekken 2 cabinet while I was camping in New York. It was just sitting there in the camp’s activity center towards the back, and I played the ever-loving crap out of it until I left.

Since then, Tekken has been solidified as my favorite fighting game franchise ever. (Yes, even more than Smash Bros). I love the characters, the crazy as-hell storyline, the core fighting system, and pretty much everything else about it. Any fighting game fan should pick this up and give it a try if you haven’t already.

And because I’m such a big Tekken fan, I’m naturally excited for the next installment of Tekken coming next year. Tekken 7 is going to be a pretty big deal with it being the end of the Mishima storyline, which has spanned throughout the entire series. This final showdown is worth the price alone.

But that’s not the only reason to be excited for the new Tekken game. The best part of any fighting game sequel is new characters. Tekken 7 will be packing several new fighters, three of which were already announced. More recently, a new face to the series, Lucky Chloe, was announced.

Lucky Chloe from what is currently understand is a female fighter with a juggle-heavy, dance-based moveset. She has long, blonde pink-tails and sports a cat like outfit. She speaks Japanese and some English. That’s pretty much all we know as of right now.

What makes this character noteworthy, though, is her quickly established infamy. People didn’t take to kindly to her to say the least. Primarily North American audiences voiced their dismay which reached the ear of series producer Katsuhiro Harada. In fact, he heard so much backlash that he responded through Twitter, calling people out on how much of a fuss they’re making. He even mentioned removing the character from the North American version of the game.

While this is not yet official, this could be the first Tekken character to be exclusive to specific regions if it goes through. However, this is an entirely possible scenario given how much hate Chloe is getting from the West.

But, I must ask: What is the big deal?

I’m not sure I can really give a valid opinion on whether I like the character or not at this time. I tend to judge characters only when I get the chance to play them. But for what its currently work, I kinda dig her moves so far. She appears as a very kick-heavy fighter and has a unique hip-hop style not yet seen in Tekken. Dance style fighting may not be new because Tiger Jackson, Christie Montaro, Eddie Gordo, but at least she’s different.

I’ve watched this reveal trailer a few times following the controversy and have yet to see a problem with her. Originally, I thought people were hating on her for possibly being furry. When I heard things like “K-pop star”, “cutesy”, and “pandering to Asia only”, I began to laugh.

Am I missing something here? Since when is it an issue in a Tekken game to be cutesy or to look like a teenage celebrity? Have we forgotten what franchise we’re talking about here?

And that’s my first point. This is Tekken we’re talking about. In seven main installments, we’ve had the most insane array of characters in a fighting game, bar none: demons, angels, robots, magical wooden men, androids, hip-hop stars, kangaroos, and reptiles. This is what makes up our roster, and its been this way for decades. So, how is this drawing a line? In fact, she fits right in the more you think about it.

Is it the whole cat thing that’s bothering people like I originally thought? If it is, why does King and Armor King get away with it and not Lucky Chloe?

Is it her bubbly attitude? We’ve had plenty of cutesy and bubbly characters like Alisa. (Granted she is a freaking android). Pandas are also the most adorable animals in history and no one calls foul on her. (Granted she is a freaking bear).

Is it the fighting style? Again, there’s nothing wring with it that I see. Hell, no one is even talking about her moveset which is supposed to be the most important thing about a character. Unless she doesn’t attack at all, what really is there to complain about?

And since when was pandering to Asian audiences suddenly a problem? Many of the Tekken characters, if not most, are Asian. Many of the fighting styles seen in Tekken have Asian origins: karate, sumo wrestling, kung-fu, ninjitsu, etc. Asian culture is present in many aspects of Tekken. Take a good look at the reveal trailer.

It’s an Asian game whether you like it or not. Asian influence within the game are only inevitable. Besides, there are plenty of European and Western characters also present on the roster.

If many of these complaints are purely aesthetic as they seem to be, I still don’t understand what the issue with her is. When you step back and really think about it, this isn’t as much of a stretch as people are making it out to be.

The main reason I’m not hating on her right away is because of something I said earlier: Don’t judge a character until you actually play as them. That’s what is most important at the end of the day. You shouldn’t care how weird or unappealing a character as long as they’re fun to play as. If her moveset was bad, then you have every reason to complain, because that’s a hindrance to the game’s quality. However, if the only reason you have to hate a character in a fighting game is because she has a cat get-up, I’m sorry, but that’s kind of petty.

Really this whole “situation” makes no sense to me at all. Tekken 7 as a game I have a lot of hope for. With a game as popular as Tekken there is a lot of factors to worry about not turning out right. The last thing we want is for this game to be bad. So, why don’t we save our criticism and concern for issues that will actually affect the game’s quality. And last I checked, one character is not going to make or break the game.

I really do hope they don’t cut her from North American versions of the game. That will affect the game’s quality in the long run. You need the full roster of characters in order to get a complete experience, especially for a fighting game. No matter how much you don’t want to play this character, at least side with me on this.

Maybe you see something I don’t see, though. Please feel free to enlighten me in the comments why I shouldn’t approve of this character. I’m open to discussion as always and would love to find out why Luckly Chloe shouldn’t be allowed in Tekken 7.

Also feel free to comment if you are just excited about Tekken 7. There will be more Tekken related posts in the future, so stay tuned.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

My Quick Thoughts on Shulk in Super Smash Bros

Yesterday was a crazy day for Nintendo fans. Between the new handhelds and the Amiibos, the house of Mario was going nuts with a ton of announcements both exciting and controversial. With the latest announcement about Super Smash Bros, I guess it hits somewhere in the middle of those 2. It’s exciting because Smash fans get a new character and Xenoblade fans have gotten what they wanted. It’s controversial because just last week, we had a big leak that I guess can be considered real now. (A retraction has already been posted to my previous post on the Super Smash Bros leak).

But yes, to the surprise of just about no one and the excited of just about everybody, Shulk of the popular Wii game Xenoblade Chronicles is the latest addition to the Smash Bros roster. He is now #38 in our ever-growing list of fighters.

You know, I like this announcement a lot more than I thought I would. I knew dang well that Shulk was going to be announced some time. He was leaked by both Gematsu and by 4Chan, and he was one of the most requested first-party characters ever. I really didn’t care before since I never played a Xenoblade game before. But when I finally saw the trailer, I was singing a different tune.

This guy is a beast! No joke, He has this awesome sword thing called the Monando that can just launch a motherfucker. His counter ability is just devastating. Don’t even get me started on his range. Yikes! He can definitely hit you from a good distance. Yeah he’ll do just fine.

I do like his moveset, and his trailer. But my thoughts were very limited. So I took the video to my little brother to get another opinion. He, like me, has never played a Xenoblade game, but is excited for the new Smash Bros. His response was that while he does like the character, he feels that he’ll be a bit overpowered in the game.

I do doubt that Shulk will be overpowered when the game is finally released, but I will agree with him on the fact that the trailer made him seem that way. Just a small nitpick. Overall, I’m pretty happy to see Shulk finally get announced. I believe there are Xenoblade fans that were very happy yesterday (before they heard about Chronicles being New 3DS exclusive).

I’ll close this out with one more thing. It appears that Gematsu’s tack record is near flawless. The only thing they get wrong so far was Chrom being playable. Chrom is technically in the game, though. That’s still about a 94%, which is still an A. With that said, there is just one character left on the Gematsu list: Chorus Men from Rhythm Heaven. So what do I think about his/their chances? It’s very likely. The thing about them is that I can just as easily see him/them as assist trophies. And given Chrom, it’s likely Shulk was it for Gematsu. The way people are describing them, I think it would be interesting. I won’t hold my breath or anything, but it is seeming very likely. We can at least be assured that he/they are in the game somewhere. That’s one thing they have always gotten right.

That’s it for me. What do you guys think of Shulk’s inclusion? Are you surpised at all? Do you like the character trailer? Are you excited at all for the new Smash Bros game? And what are your thoughts on what this means for the Chorus Men? Let me know in the comments.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Soapbox: Super Smash Bros. 4 Character Probability (Part 3 | 100 Views Edition)

It is true. As of August 6, 2014 at around 1:56 PM, The Ranting SBox blog has reached its 100th view. You guys have no idea how shocked I am of this news. I mean, this is only week 4 for this blog, and just a couple days ago I was making a thank you update celebrating 50 views.

Sincerely to everyone reading this or who has read anything I wrote even once, thank you from the bottom of my circulatory organ. It’s an honor to be worth your click and your attention, and I hope that I can continue to be worth your presence on this blog in the future. This is something I never thought would happen to me this early, so thank you.

To celebrate, it is abundantly clear to me that my most popular content are my two posts on Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U. In those 2 posts I discussed characters who were not yet confirmed to be in the game both veterans and newcomers, and measured their probability of getting in the final games. I always meant to make another post on the subject, so what better a time than now.

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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.┬áNow 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!