Quattro Bajeena Muses About the Smash Sequel Part 15: Sootopolis City (3Ds)
by, 26th March 2012 at 11:35 PM (513 Views)
THE BATTLEGROUND HAS BEEN DECIDED!
NOW ENTERING SOOTOPOLIS CITY!
What is Sootopolis City?: The final city in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire's Gym Challenge, as well as the site of the climatic battle between Groudon and Kyogre, Sootopolis City, emerged in the middle of the conflict, is now the site of a different kind of battle...a Smash Battle! As the Smash Brothers fight, they must deal with the ever-changing battlefield caused by Groudon and Kyogre. One minute giant, pieces of land rise out of the ground and then, the next moment, the battlefield is covered in rough waves!
Why Sootopolis City?: Well, even though Black and White 2 is in the immediate future, I think it's still possible we may see Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remade for the 3Ds, perhaps before Smash 4 is released even since it is likely still at least 3 years away I'd reckon, so I thought it'd be fitting for the 3Ds Smash to have a stage based off the most iconic scene of the 3rd Generation...technically Emerald...the confrontation between Groudon and Kyogre. Plus I think the notion of a stage changing as the two battle it out in the background would be a neat idea.
Which version would it be in?: It's the Pokemon Series' 3Ds Stage.
What is the general layout of the stage?: There are three layouts...normal, drought, and flooded. The level in general, however, is a vertical stage, meaning to die you must get knocked off the screen. Or drown in the water when it's present.
The normal layout consists of a large, central island in the middle sticking out of Lake Sootopolis that fills the center of the screen. There are two other little islands situated on the edge of the screen as well, and they stretch all the way off the screen into the KO-zone. Above the central island are two medium-sized platforms to the left and right of it providing additional fighting ground. There is a tiny platform above those two in the middle as well, so you have six platforms in all.
The drought layout has the water completely dry-out, expanding the stage horizontally. The islands now become mountains, with a ravine between each of them that you will die if you fall down into it. Rather than having to worry about simply being knocked off the screen, or drowning, now you must also worry about being thrown down the ravine. Furthermore, the ravine curves downward in a v-shape, so opponents are capable of taking advantage of you if you try to get back to the platforms after falling in. Be careful!
The flood layout has the water rise considerably, leaving only the top three floating platforms, with the bottom most platform barely floating above the water. There's not much room to battle in now. Make sure you don't drown!
The level always begins in normal mode, but randomly either Groudon or Kyogre, who are warring in the background, will roar and take prominence showing what field will now come into play. The water will either slowly drain, or slowly rise, giving you a chance to adjust. You might get lucky and fall down into the ravine only to have the water begin to emerge, saving you, for instance. Occasionally Rayquaza will make his grand appearance, letting out a roar and temporarily stopping the fight and returning the field to normal for awhile. Thanks Rayquaza!
What about hazards?: Apart from the pits and drowning hazard, the two weather scenes have their own hazard. During the flood scene, sometimes large waves will come up over the platforms and push you away. If you aren't careful, you may be pushed off screen! And during the drought scene, sometimes an earthquake occurs, shaking the stage and causing everyone to fall and trip unless they jump while the earthquake is occurring.
How does the stage look?: It's pretty much a faithful 3D render of Sootopolis, with the fighters fighting on the central island with the Pokemon Gym. Behind the island is Groudon and Kyogre, emerging from the ocean, fighting one another as the sky is darkened by their violence. When Groudon is in control, the clouds part a bit and powerful beams of sunlight strike down onto the ground and when Kyogre is in charge, it starts to rain extremely hard, although this doesn't push you like the Murasame Level. You'll also see various pieces of debris being pushed away by the flood. Rayquaza sometimes appears from the sky, clearing the clouds and causing Groudon and Kyogre to temporarily submerge back into the ocean. But they'll return!
What music would the stage have?: Two songs, per a 3Ds stage...
* Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire: Legendary Pokemon Battle, with Drought and Flood mixed in.
* Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire: Team Aqua/Team Magma Leader
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