Snake Kept You Waiting!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Snake. Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Who Are They?Snake… had a hard life. There are actually a whole lot of boys from the Metal Gear series who have some kind of “Snake” codename. But here we’re talking about the legendary mercenary Solid Snake, clone son of Big Boss and threat to walking tanks everywhere. Despite all the sci-fi anime shenanigans surrounding him and his origins, Snake’s appeal comes not just from his super soldier/spy competence but also his Die Hard-esque everyman fallibility. David Hayter’s voice acting also helps.Smash HistorySnake’s reveal at the end of the first Super Smash Bros. Brawl trailer, when he climbed out of that cardboard box, will never be topped as the hypest moment in Smash Bros. history. Not only was he the franchise’s first non-Nintendo character, but the very mature Metal Gear Solid series feels practically dangerous and transgressive compared to the rest of the cuddly cast. Why is this grown man snapping the necks of cartoons? It makes a little more sense in retrospect. Kojima and Sakurai are friends. There was a Gamecube Metal Gear Solid remake. And the original Metal Gear was on NES. But nothing can compare to how brain-melting Snake’s appearance in Brawl was, and how disappointing his absence in Smash Wii U/3DS then felt.What Looks New in Ultimate?Along with being a great surprise, Snake wound up being a very powerful character in competitive Brawl. And despite taking a decade-long break from the franchise, Snake arrives in Ultimate mostly the same. He’s lighter, now feeling like a person instead of a sack of weights. He only has the remote mines and instead kicks for his down smash attack. And his aerials connect better. He also has a new “!” logo, probably because the old Kojima Productions Foxhound logo wouldn’t fly with current Konami. But your favorite Snake tactics, from powerful tilts to grenade set-ups and missile pressure, are all here.Our Hopes?We’re so grateful Snake is even here at all. But now that he is, we just want as much Metal Gear Solid content as possible in this game. New codec conversations! Phantom Pain music! A Snake Eater stage! More observations about how online interactions are destroying society! Snake can’t coast by on his third-party novelty anymore. He needs to bring what makes his series truly special.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. 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