Nickelodeon broke the internet yesterday with the revelation of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, a Smash-like fighting games with faces from the comics channel’s past and present. The hype is so high for this game that people are looking for information everywhere, as a piece of placeholder art that can actually reveal a highly sought-after Nickelodeon character with a penchant for elemental punches.
Nickelodeon All-Star BrawlPlaceholder art is what you expect from a game that is still months away from release. It has the logo, a clean background and some basic silhouettes for confirmed admissions like SpongeBob Squarepants, Ren & Stimpy‘s Powdered Toast Man, and Aaahh !!! Real monsters‘Oblina. But, as first discovered by Twitter user El Blitzy, there appear to be a number of unannounced warriors hiding in the shadows, including Avatar: The Last AirbenderKorra.
Korra has made several video game appearances in the past, most recently in the 2020s Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix. Her show also received two solo adaptations (a PlatinumGames-developed beat-em-up and a Nintendo 3DS strategy game, both released in 2014), and she’s even available as a skin in mythology-based MOBA Hit.
Apart from Korra, characters such as Ren, Stimpy and CatDog can also be clearly detected among the masses of bodies. Some people have also claimed that Aang, another Avatar protagonist, is a place there too. I’m having trouble getting him out, but it’s definitely possible. The artwork was previously available on the American retail chain Target’s website before it was replaced with a silhouette-free version sometime between yesterday afternoon and now. The images still exist on Target’s servers, but they are Kotaku managed to obtain them.
And here lies the power Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. Many of us who grew up watching these comics would like to see our favorites make it into the game. This desire is further reinforced by the fact that despite its licensed nature, the platform fighter can actually be good. Development is partly handled by Ludosity, a studio that was previously known for making its own popular Smash-which, Slap City. The game is going to have return web code, OMG. This feels like more than just another cheap crossover cash grab.
We will find out if that is the case when Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will be launched this fall for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, Switch and PC.