Monday, January 28, 2013

Board More Platforms!

In the original Super Smash Bros. there were three minigames: Break the Targets!, Race to the Finish!, and Board the Platforms! Of those, two returned in Melee and one was brought back for Brawl. Race to the Finish! had an awesome revamp in Super Smash Bros. Melee while Break the Targets! had roughly the same concept as the prior game (although with different stages.) In Super Smash Bros. Brawl Race to the Finish! was dropped entirely and Break the Targets! was severely nerfed.

However, this post is about the earliest dropped of these bonus games: Board the Platforms! Very similar to Break the Targets! in concept, Board the Platforms! challenged players' ability to reach distant platforms and land precisely where they mean to. Every stage catered to a unique character's weaknesses and ranged in difficulty from piss easy to way too fucking hard. But always always always fun. In my opinion of course.

Ever since the game was dropped I wanted it back. When Brawl revived the bumper item I was almost positive they'd return the minigames to their former glory. After all, Brawl did seem to be heavily influenced by Smash 64. I was wrong. So very wrong. Not only was there a lack of Board of the Platforms!, there was a lack of anything other than the heavily watered down Break the Targets! I mean, if they wanted to exclusively use Break the Targets! they could have at least continued to make them unique for each character.

--Blogger's Note: I left for several hours to eat dinner after the first two paragraphs. The topic of the post has changed to reflect all bonus games.--

No Board the Platforms!, no Race to the Finish!, no Snag the Trophies! Nothing. But I love all of these things. So here's what I'd like to see in the next Super Smash Bros.:

All of them.

I want all four of these bonus games to return, and I want Break the Targets! and Board the Platforms! to be unique for each character. They could alternate between which of the three bonus games play during each playthrough just like they do with which characters you fight from a specific series. It wouldn't be that hard, and it would add a lot more to do to a game that has devolved into a roster-thon.