Ever since Nintendo announced the upcoming Nickelodeon All Star Brawl earlier this week, fans from across the gaming world have been speculating in excitement about what kind of characters and content will be included from childhood memories. Although we’re really only seen virtual cartoon content for All Star Brawl so far, there̵
Although it’s a bit difficult to see an actual roster member emerge from Legends of the Hidden Temple, the iconic children’s game show will certainly lend itself perfectly to the creation of a NASB arena.
For those who have not seen legends, here is a quick overview. Teams of two children, a boy and a girl between the ages of 11 and 15, would compete against other similar teams in a variety of physical and trivia-based challenges. While the show began with seven teams, elimination rounds would reduce them to just one.
The final team would then run through the temple, which was a 12-room maze filled with riddles that participants had to solve to move from room to room on their way to obtaining a special item deep inside. The whole test played in just three minutes, after which the participants would fail if they had not picked up the item and escaped with it.
Temple Guards would lurk in random rooms and would pop out to intimidate / hinder participants’ progress, although said guards could be averted with special pendants earned during the games leading up to the temple race. If a runner was taken without one of these pendants, they would be removed from the temple and their partner would run in to try to complete it.
Here is a very quick video summary of the very first episode from Jomboy Media which shows the whole experience quite nicely. There is some NSFW language.
Those who have played a good part of Super Smash Bros. know how important and influential stage design is in a platform fighting game like the Nickelodeon All Star Brawlers. The Legends of the Hidden Temple set was an Indiana Jones adventure for children, and included incredibly memorable dead balls from Olmec (a giant talking Mayan head who sat at the entrance to the temple and wanted to tell large parts of the show) to the various iconic rooms (like the infamous shrine to the Silver Monkey).
We do not know if NASB will primarily have poor KOs, where you just have to beat the opponent outside the arena boundaries to defeat them, or if they will take a hit-point-based approach to character vitality, but a Legends scene can certainly be done for to accommodate one or the other.
There were more than 50 different rooms featured in the temple during the show’s three seasons, and perhaps a revolving collection of greatest hits could be featured in a Legends NASB scene. Maybe it’s similar to Luigi’s Mansion scene that has been part of Smash since Brawl, where we see six different rooms that can each contain different dangers based on temple rooms from the show?
With numbers from shows like Aaah! Real Monsters and Ren and Stimpy, Nintendo have already shown that they are willing to appease older audiences who saw Nickelodeon 20 years ago. Legends of the Hidden Temple was easily the most memorable game of the 1990s Nick (who certainly says something) and fits very well as a suitable addition to the upcoming platform fighter.
But what do you think? Let us know in the comments if you agree, disagree or would have done things a little differently as imagined here in this article. The Nickelodeon All Star Brawl will hit PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC this fall.