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In 1999, gamers were given the opportunity to see who would win in a fight between their favorite Nintendo characters in Super Smash Brothers.  The series has gone on to become one of the gaming company’s most popular and lucrative franchises, and I was a bit surprised that no one else wanted a taste of the formula.  13 years later, Sony PlayStation has finally stepped into the ring to release their own exclusive character fighting game: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.  According to Joystiq, the company has decided to clone the mechanics of both Smash Brothers and the fighting game Power Stone.

Hit the jump for more including the first footage from the game:

playstation-all-stars-battle-royale-video-game-imageSony recently offered gaming journalists a hands-on demo of the game at a PlayStation event in Los Angeles.  Only six characters were available on the demo:  Kratos (God of War), Sly Cooper (hero of the eponymous franchise), Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal), Colonel Radec (Killzone 2), PaRappa the Rapper (title character of the 1996 rhythm game), and Fat Princess (based off the PlayStation Network game of the same name).  There are also support items and level designs that pull from other franchises like Patapon, Ratchet and Clank, Buzz!, Little Big Planet, and Wipeout.

While I’m sure we can expect additions to the roster, Expect Sony fans to go ballistic if Nathan Drake (Uncharted) isn’t thrown into the mix.  Personally, I don’t see how the studio can ignore Crash Bandicoot.  All of his fighting moves are in his games, and he was the company’s original mascot.

Click over to Joystiq for their full review of the demo, which boils down to: “It’s Super Smash Brothers with PlayStation characters, but it’s still a lot of fun.”  Expect more details on the game at E3, which runs from June 5 – 7th.  PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is due out later this year.

Check out the first footage from the game along with comments from the developers:

And if you’re trying to think of other PlayStation characters that could join the fray, watch the awesome PlayStation commercial, “Michael”:

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  • judasbarronx1

    …lame. Jeez.

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  • harry hartounian

    Finally. The sony playstation news I’ve been coming here for all along.

    • Melacanth

      LMFAO, couldn’t stop laughing at your comment. ha.

  • Daniel

    A bit weird to see this pop up on Collider… as for why they’re ignoring Crash, he hasn’t been an exclusive character in years. It did take Smash Bros. three games to include a third party character, so maybe Sony wants it’s first game to be all first party.

  • MisterED

    Oh great… a game that is yet another sign of Sony’s blatant tendency to rip-off Nintendo since the N64 era (analog, rumble feedback) and right up to them lifting the concept of the Wii with the Move peripheral… and now this. Ridiculous.

    It seems to me that Sony is running out of ideas. And they simply take them away from their competition. Because they are incapable of coming with ideas themselves. No wonder Sony is going bankrupt these days.

    Whatever… Still don’t get why this story spilled over on this site, though. It would be a bad idea to start covering games here.

    • renner

      Well, this is an entertainment news site.Video games are a $48.9B a year industry, with $16.6B coming from the US.Compare that to the film industry, which is only at $10B.

      A good portion of the world plays games.It’s a large part of the entertainment industry.Why wouldn’t they cover it?

  • Lizard King

    Wow, a lot of people seem down on this. I think this is a fantastic idea. I’ve thought the super smash bros formula would translate to a lot of other universes. Playstation, Exclusively Pokemon, Nicktoons, etc. All successful things eventually become stolen (see: Batman Begins’ gritty realism in other superhero films). This is a steal that can feel unique enough if given it’s own qualities. Don’t forget, at one point, what we consider the ‘traditional fighting game’ had to start somewhere, probably Karate Champ, and that style was then stolen to make…Virtua Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Samurai Showdown, etc. This is just the expansion of a new era in fighters.

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  • Phil Beta

    Another Sony rip-off. These guys are even ripping Microsoft lately.

    Somebody stop Matt before he turns collider into another gamespot or 1up.

  • Guest25

    I like the fact that collider is covering games…

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