Monday, October 18, 2021

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's Michelangelo Banned From Super Smash Con 2021

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo will not be playable at Super Smash Con due to balancing issues.

The popular new fighting game Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will be featured at Super Smash Con this year, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character Michelangelo will not be playable.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will be the first non-Super Smash Bros. game to make an appearance at the major fighting game event, which has been around since 2015 and is making its return this year following its 2020 cancellation due to the pandemic.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl was released on October 5 has been earning praise for succeeding at the fighting game mash-up formula in ways that previous titles like PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale could not. The game is heavily influenced by Nintendo's long-running Super Smash Bros. franchise in that it is a massive crossover extravaganza featuring iconic characters from several different popular properties. Up to four players can compete in a single match, playing as characters from beloved shows like SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender. The characters April O'Neil, Leonardo and Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also make an appearance, with the latter gaining some notoriety for being overpowered.

In an effort to keep matches balanced, Super Smash Con director Michael Brancato recently announced via a published ruleset that the party dude Ninja Turtle would be banned from the competition. Speaking with Kotaku, Brancato explained that this decision was made due to an unbreakable combo that Michelangelo is able to perform. The character can also stall matches with one of his specials, though Brancato has stated that this was not the reason for the ban.

As demonstrated in Super Smash Bros.'s recent Sora moveset showcase, this subgenre of fighter game hinges on meticulously designed mechanics that keep matches balanced. This balance becomes invaluable when entering the competitive space, as players need to feel that matches are fair for the competition to mean anything. If the organizers of Super Smash Con feel that Mikey needs to be banned to maintain the integrity of the event, then it will be important for attendees to understand and respect that decision.

Even though Michelangelo won't be playable at this year's convention, upcoming patches could balance the character and potentially make him an option for competitors next year. The developers intend to continue their support of the game, even teasing that third-party characters like Dragon Ball Z's Goku could be added as future DLC, so rebalancing characters doesn't seem so unlikely. Either way, Super Smash Con attendees planning on competing with Michelangelo this year might need to start honing their skills with another character, such as Mikey's bro Leo.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is out now for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. To find out more about the game, click here.

Original source: Screen Rant.

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