Super Smash Bros: Bundle Collection #5 DLC Review

  • Publisher:  Nintendo
  • Developer:  Sora Ltd.
  • MSRP: $7.49 Wii U or 3DS/ $9.29 Wii U and 3DS
  • Rated: E 10+
  • Release Date: December 15th, 2015
  • Platforms: Wii U and 3DS
  • Rating: ★★★★★

The latest download pack for Super Smash Brothers once again brings a third-party character into the ring from one of our favorite games of all time.  Cloud Strife joins the large cast along with an arena based off of Midgar along with music, new Mii costumes, and more.  Introducing one of our favorite video game series into the brawler brings with it giant expectations.  Could this download pack possibly live up to those expectations?

The main draw for this pack is of course Cloud himself.  Fans and non-fans alike should be happy with his transition into the game.  He moves exactly like you would expect a member of Soldier (wanna-be member of Soldier) should move.  He glides across the screen with fast movement and features his classic attacks you would expect.  Must attacks utilize his iconic buster sword, such as blade beam, cross slash, braver, and meteorain.  They all come together for a fluid move set that is great for beginners and veterans.  For a nice touch, you can actually charge up his Limit Break to make his attacks more powerful.  Of course, his final smash is his final Limit Break, Omnislash which will slice and dice whichever opponents get caught in its initial dash.  He also features his original Soldier uniform and his Advent Children costume.

Midgar actually works much better than we had expected.  While for size and layout it resembles several other arenas beyond seeing Shinra’s headquarters in the background, the real treat is the addition to summon material.  Red summon material will randomly appear throughout the match for the quickest character to snath up.  Grabbing it will unleash one of several summons, such as Ifrit, Ramuh, Odin, and more.  Each brings a different sort of attack, such as Ifrit calls forth a giant flame on one side of the screen, Ramuh electrifies the platforms, and Odin will slice the stage in half for a period, sending anyone caught in his blade flying.  It really brought the spirit of Final Fantasy to life in a way we hadn’t imagined it could.

Buying the bundle also unlocks several extras.  For your Mii, it brings along a Chocobo hat and a Geno hat and outfit for your created characters.  It naturally also includes stage music and new trophies based on Final Fantasy VII and Cloud.  While we would not have bought the costumes by themselves, getting them with the collection and saving a little money helped in the end.

Honestly you do not have to be a Final Fantasy VII fan to enjoy this collection.  Cloud transitioned well into the game and feels like his own character that anyone can enjoy.  If you are a fan like us, you can rest assured that Nintendo took great care with the character and threw in plenty of bonuses for Midgar.  This is another fantastic guest pack for Super Smash that certainly will bring some new excitement to your fights.

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