During last month’s Super Smash Bros. focused Nintendo Direct, we saw a quick glimpse at a really neat Assist Trophy that was brand new to the series with the TV-Game 15. We saw it utilizing a Pong type game in battle in some way, but now Masahiro Sakurai has given us a little more information on it, including the level of detail done to make the Assist Trophy feel authentic.
Pic of the day. The unexpected Assist Trophy, the TV-Game 15! Color TV-Game 15 is a home entertainment system that was released in 1977 in Japan before the release of Space Invaders. This is the oldest game to join the Smash Bros. series.
Normally, controllers for these types of games had knobs with variable resistors–these allowed the players to control in-game movement by how far they twisted the knobs. The TV-Game 15 used microswitches instead. We’ve worked a little too hard to reenact the behavior of the original, so the paddles always move in linear paths with the same, consistent speed. We pay attention to such peculiar details!
We also got a pretty useless update yesterday with the reveal of just a regular trophy with Brittany from Pikmin 3, which just happened to deconfirm her as playable, which wasn’t much of a surprise. It still would have been a cool alternate costume though.
Pic of the day. Here’s one of my personal favorites, the trophy of Brittany from Pikmin 3. She won’t be joining the battle, but her model and expression is well-designed.