This is a question that has come up a lot recently: how much do we really need to know about a game before launch?
When Mario Kart 8 launched, we knew practically everything about the game; we knew who all the characters were, what all of the stages would look like, and what all of the items would do. Fast forward to now, and the same thing seems to be going on with Hyrule Warriors, and Smash Bros. isn’t far behind.
Think about this: in the past month, we have gotten two live streams for Hyrule Warriors, with a third coming tomorrow and a Hyrule Warriors Direct coming on Monday. We’ve also had four new characters announced, and two new weapons were announced for existing characters; we’ve also gotten nine new trailers for the game, and there have been two sets of magazine scans detailing features for the game.
Smash Bros. news is even worse: we’ve gotten three new characters (two newcomers and one veteran) and three new alternate costumes in the past month. We’ve learned about five new stages, and we’ve learned additional information about previously-announced characters or stages seven times; we’ve learned about one new assist trophy, and we’ve gotten a look at the main menu for the 3DS version. We’ve also had one set of magazine scans that had new details. To top all of that off, we’ve gotten two huge screenshot dumps that gave us 165 screens total, and we have gotten at least one screenshot every week day (with many days having two or even three screenshots).
Have the developers of Hyrule Warriors and Smash Bros. spoiled every aspect of the game yet? No. Are they going to? Maybe, maybe not. There are still plenty of things we don’t know about Hyrule Warriors (like the online play that it supposedly has), and Sakurai seems to be making a conscious effort to not spoil everything about the upcoming Smash Bros. games while giving us new details.
Personally, I enjoy learning more about a game before launch, but I don’t want to know everything about it; I enjoyed Mario Kart 8, but I found myself hoping that I would find some new character that was hidden and unannounced. I certainly hope that there are secret items, characters, stages, and more in both Hyrule Warriors and Smash Bros.
What do you guys think? Are we learning too much about Hyrule Warriors and Smash Bros.? How much information do you want to know about a game before it releases? Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think!