Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been a key backbone for the Switch for about half a year now. Within that time, we've witnessed a gargantuan surplus of updates, improvements, and features, from icons, to Stage Builder, to even VR support.
The future looks promising for the latest installment in a promising series. On that note, Nintendo promised the release of five DLC packs containing fighters, stages, and music by Febuary 2020. One of those has already come out, sparking a new target audience. The good news, for us at least, is that the rate in which the packs are released will have to increase if the big N is to win our attention. I have come with a single stone in my sling, with an unexpected plan. That plan is for Poochy to be a Smash Bros. newcomer. As of right now, you have no reason not to believe me. By the end of this, I hope to win your favor.
First off, who is Poochy, anyway? Poochy is a companion to Yoshi in most main-series Yoshi games. He is white, with tan spots, a large tongue, and an orange ball on the tip of his tail. Most fans find him cute, others find him somewhat creepy. Just like all new characters in media before him, the general public will eventually grow accustomed to Poochy.
There have been many candidates hoping to join the fame train in Smash Bros, with their own very distinct reasons for doing so. Remember back in December, when a good third of all Smash fans thought that Skull Kid would be a newcomer, because he hadn’t been confirmed yet as an Assist Trophy? The modern world is easily mislead, an unfortunate trump card used time and time again by the company we all love and hate. Thus, the SSB community can get their hopes up to soaring heights, only to go crashing down again at the next Direct.
The Nintendo Power Podcast episode 6 discussed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a primary focus during E3 2018. While listening to this episode, newcomers were discussed, as were the candidates for the Fighters’ Pass. The interview crew clearly stated that both the company as a whole, and Mr. Sakuri himself, go through an overwhelming process to judge whether or not that character is fit for one of their biggest ‘smash’ hits. In order for a character to be confirmed, that character must have backstory, strengths and weaknesses, and depth, among other factors. This almost certainly deconfirms the vague avatars that fans have speculated on such as Minecraft Steve and Doomguy, yet without an answer set in stone, the fans will keep going, flying right by the subtle clue that could answer their questions.
The Game Awards 2018 was certainly a point of interest in the Smash Bros. timeline. The game was due to be released, and the five DLC fighters were announced. One of them was revealed, but no release date was given, to keep the attention of the fans focused on them for as long as possible. There was one statement made, in particular, that was missed by many: The five fighters were decided upon prior to the release of the game. This means that the Spirits, collectible icons much like trophies, would be released on version 1.0 with this in mind. After this has been decided, Spirit-to-Fighter deconfirmation becomes much more believable, but not impossible. As with Joker, I propose that Nintendo did not decide on popular characters that everyone wants, such as Issac, Captain Toad, and Geno, because the attention span for the game will be minimized by doing so. This is further backed up by the realization that all the stated characters already have spirits. Am I saying that these characters will not be confirmed? Not necessarily. Am I saying that it’s unlikely? Absolutely.
If you’ve been following along to this point, I’m sure you can tell where I’m going with this. As of right now, the only reference to the recent Yoshi’s Crafted World is an alternate skin for Yoshi. When further analyzed, it seems queer that there are absolutely no other songs, spirits, or other subtle references to the game. Yes. There are other games that fit this same criteria. But none of them are as big as the Yoshi franchise.
Yoshi, naturally, has a spirit. So does Yarn Yoshi, from Yoshi’s Wooly World. And, so does Yarn Poochy, from the same game. There is a Fighter Spirit for Crafted Yoshi, the previously mentioned alt skin. But Poochy himself has no spirit. That’s right. With over 1,300 Spirits in-game, Poochy has no representation. Poochy is an appreciated character, but not obsessed over, so the exclusion of a Spirit to save room for a Poochy Fighter Spirit would pass over the careful eyes of the fans.
Another contribution to my claim is the stage roster. When all DLC packs are released, the game will contain a gargantuan 108 stages. When the game was released, careful analyzations quickly revealed the absence of several stages from previous games. Poke Floats from Melee, Rumble Falls from Brawl, and Rainbow Road from Smash 3DS are all examples. From the WiiU version, Wooly World was mysteriously take out. At the time of release, Nintendo would’ve already decided whether to add Poochy in or not. Could they have taken it out to pave the way for a Crafted World stage? It doesn’t seem impossible…
Since 1995, Poochy has been there for Yoshi. He’s stuck with him no matter what, saved islands and babies, and taken on yarn and paper forms. He is deserving of this honor. I hope you feel the same.
Poochy Ain't Stupid!
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