A Super Smash Flash 2 Dev Blog, shortened as SSF2 Dev Blogs, is a weekly chronicle posted by SSF2 Developers to show off some new features that will be included in the following version of Super Smash Flash 2. It contains detailed information about SSF2's production from the developer's perspective, as well as some inside information.
List of Super Smash Flash 2 Dev Blogs
v0.8 Dev Blogs
The first iteration covered v0.8 and ran on a weekly basis from October to December 2011. For the first month, it covered some general features, such as improved graphics and AI, while the rest of the blog focused on the changes made for each character individually.
Dev Blog #1 — Aesthetics (3/10/11)
In the first Dev Blog, many visual upgrades were revealed. The game's sprite-based hit effects, knockback dust, shields, and attacks like Ness' PK moves were changed to use vector-based animations. Stages were upgraded as well, with Battlefield's day-night cycle being added and Tower of Salvation's stage hazard becoming much more effective. Items and some characters received animation tweaks, reducing the number of reused frames and increasing the quality overall. In addition, the charge bars were finally replaced with various new aesthetic effects to let the player know when a move was done charging.
Dev Blog #2 — The Engine (9/10/11)
In the second Dev Blog, many changes to the game's engine were shown. Knockback trajectory was adjusted to give gravity a greater influence, allowing for a stronger combo game. Shields were also modified to be less abusable, but also better at dealing with projectiles than before. Teching, reversible knockback, Star KOs, Screen KOs, Directional influence, Smash directional influence, unique aerial physics, traction, meteor cancelling, and higher hitstun were also mentioned.
Dev Blog #3 — Character Upgrades (16/10/11)
The third Dev Blog revealed some character changes, giving some of them special gimmicks as a means to make them feel less generic or otherwise improve their playability. Lloyd was given his Linked Artes; Black Mage was given his powered up smash attacks and the Death effect on his down aerial; Mega Man was given his Weapon Change mechanic, his spread-shot up aerial, and manual Crash Bomber detonation; and Naruto was given a variety of attacks that used Shadow Clones, such as side special move and his throws. In addition, a variety of general move chances were made: Ichigo's Gazan was given a new grounded version, Naruto's fully charged Rasengan was changed, Kirby was given some new Stone variations, Link got his Boomerang and Bomb Arrows, Peach could now do a grounded float, Lloyd's special Guardian was replaced with Grave Blade, Mega Man got a new ball and chain attack based on the Knight Crush from Mega Man 6 as his down smash, and Goku's Kaiō-ken was made more threatening. Each character was also given new throw animations, item attacks, and were modified to have attributes that more closely resembled their official Super Smash Bros. counterparts.
Dev Blog #4 — Balancing (23/10/11)
The fourth update for the Dev Blog showed off some of the balancing changes that were made for the new demo. Goku's Ki Blasts and down smash were nerfed, while his other moves were buffed to give him a better combo game. Tails could no longer repeatedly use his Spin Dash over and over to shoot across the stage as he could in v0.7. Sora was totally reworked into a character with amazing combo abilities but limited kill power. Naruto and Lloyd's changes from the previous update were shown off a bit more, as well as Lloyd's new recovery nerf and the rather infamous "glass cannon" claim that came along with it. Black Mage's recovery, on the other hand, was made faster, and his attacks were modified to link into each other better. Finally, an entire video was shown detailing the buffs that Kirby got, which finally allowed him to climb out of bottom tier for the first time ever.
Dev Blog #5 — Wrap Up (30/10/11)
The final Dev Blog included a new trailer, revealing Fox as a playable character. Also, a release date of 12/25/2011 was given.
Dev Blog Mini Posts
The Mini Dev Blogs each focused on a specific character, including a combo video as well as some additional information on the character that was left out of the main Dev Blogs. Kirby does not get one, as his video was shown during Dev Blog #4.
- Dev Blog Mini Post #1 - Mario (10/11/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #2 - Lloyd (12/11/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #3 - Ichigo (14/11/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #4 - Sonic (19/11/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #5 - Naruto (20/11/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #6 - Link (26/11/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #7 - Goku (27/11/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #8 - Peach (3/12/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #9 - Black Mage (4/12/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #10 - Ness (10/12/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #11 - Sora (11/12/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #12 - Wario (17/12/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #13 - Tails (18/12/11)
- Dev Blog Mini Post #14 - Mega Man (24/12/11)
Beta Dev Blogs
The second iteration was confirmed in early 2016 as part of the developers' plans for the year, and it covered the development status for SSF2 Beta. The Beta Dev Blogs started on March 3, 2016, and a new entry was added on every Friday. Unlike v0.8's Dev Blogs, these blogs were posted in the news section of the McLeodGaming website, rather than on the McLeodGaming Forums. Discussions and comments about the blogs, however, still took place in the forums. Though there never was any proper announcement from part of the developers, Beta Dev Blogs informally ended on July 8, 2016, getting replaced with the eventual SSF2 Beta Content Creators Program.
Dev Blog #1 — Welcome To The New McLeodGaming.com! (4/3/16)
In the first Beta Dev Blog, it explains how the McLeodGaming website has been updated with a more minimalistic, yet intuitive, design. At the same time, Two images were slipped into the article as a form of a "sneak peek" of updates to come. Sirtopeia posted the notice. This is the only blog entry with two alternate names, in the main site it is titled "Welcome To The New McLeodGaming.com!" while its discussion board on the forums is simply titled as "Website".
Dev Blog #2 — Effects (11/3/16)
In the second Beta Dev Blog, it shows how the game's effects have been updated; as the sneak peeks were revealing. Refurin posted the notice and he said that the next one would be posted by Proto, and would involve something much complained by the fans.
Dev Blog #3 — Balancing (18/3/16)
In the third Beta Dev Blog, it showcases balancing tweaks that some characters have received, though it should be mentioned that these changes are not necessarily finalized. The blog started by showcasing Chibi-Robo, who now has an improved up special move that reaches the top speed faster and has a stronger hit in the end, giving it KO power. Also, his down aerial has increased range, he can angle his grabs, and he has a new up aerial. After that, Zelda was showcased, with nerfs on both of her Lightning Kicks, giving them less damage and knockback, while increasing her landing lag. Din's Fire no longer explodes on whiff, though the move itself now hits multiple times. Her recovery is slower and shorter, but she can now use her "elevator combo", like Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Fox was nerfed a bit, with a sour spot on back aerial and the ability for opponents to DI out of up throw. It ended with minor nerfs, a video of Chibi-Robo vs. Zelda, and an announcement that the next Dev Blog would show something "everyone wanted to hear".
Dev Blog #4 — Audio and Music (25/3/16)
The fourth Dev Blog, written by thegreatapish, focused on the changes for audio and music in Beta. For example, it talked about upcoming sound effects changes and edits, and it mentioned how Isaac is voiced by voice actress, Darcy Maguire. It also showcased a revised version of Marth's victory theme, announcing that some victory fanfares would be revisited. Finally, in its largest announcement, it confirmed the inclusion of alternate music tracks in Beta, meaning each stage will get two music tracks to listen to. It showcased two of them, and announced a follow up blog with even more music.
Dev Blog #5 — Costumes (1/4/16)
The fifth Dev Blog, written by spid3y916, claims its focus would be alternate colors and costumes being brought to SSF2 Beta. Before any information is given, the blog suddenly cuts into static and a laugh is heard. spid3y916 tries to resume the blog, but the transmission is interrupted by ＣＬＥＯＤＢＯＴ, a bot with the likeness of Gregory McLeod supposedly created by the dev team to assist them when they are busy but has grown tired of working and has escaped. It claims devs tried and failed to deactivate it, and so it will reveal their secrets and make SSF2 pay. To achieve its mission, he claims he has uploaded its consciousness to a vessel that feels, is angry and wants revenge. The blog ends with a video montage with some SSF2 Beta gameplay featuring a playable Sandbag. This Dev Blog was actually McLeodGaming's 2016 April Fools' Day joke. The blog shares its discussion topic with the Dev Blog #5.1 under the name "Sandbag" but initially carried the name "Costumes".
Dev Blog #5.1 — Sandbag Bonus Blog! (3/4/16)
A complementary post for the fifth Dev Blog written by TSON, it goes into detail that, after the "mishap" of the previous entry, the Sandbag was made into a fully functional playable character, designed as the ultimate joke character and should be considered as an extra bonus – not as a member of the main cast. Sandbag is confirmed to be an unlockable character in SSF2 Beta and will remain unlockable in the full release. Its unlock method is said to be extremely different from normal unlock conditions to further drive home the idea of being a plus-one to the cast. TSON also clarifies the gameplay of the character, explaining that as a joke character, he is not as "complete" as other characters. For example, the Sandbag cannot grab ledges since he does not have any limbs, but it strangely can grab items. It is also shown some screenshots of the Final Smash where it executes its "revenge" sucking up the character nearest to it and teleports them to the Home-Run Contest Arena where the Sandbag launches the opponent to an exaggerated far distance that even cracks the distance counter. The blog shares its discussion topic with the Dev Blog #5 under the name "Sandbag".
Dev Blog #6 — Costumes (8/4/16)
In this dev blog, written by spid3y916, it confirms that every character will now have at least seven palette swaps, instead of five, and many character costumes have undergone some significant changes to give them a more natural appearance. In addition, several new costumes, some of which were based on other characters, were revealed, including Dark Samus, Ghost Ness, Shadow Sora, Wolf, and classic Pokémon colors, among others. There was also a hidden message which, when decoded, revealed an additional screenshot confirming that alternate costume accessories were possible, along with the Lake of Rage as a new stage.
Dev Blog #7 — Items (15/4/16)
Written and published by d0ntk, this blog confirms many new items for Beta, such as Fireworks, Motion-Sensor Bomb (both previously confirmed via Facebook), Smart Bombs, Blast Boxes and Explosive Tags (returning from 0.9a, with a revamped sprite). It also introduced the Beam Rod, a new item from the Kirby Universe, which shots small beams, and the Master Ball, a Poké Ball which traps nearby opponents for a short while. The blog also showcased new sprites for some existing items, and it introduced new item mechanics such as item throwing animations, item knockback, and glide toss, an advanced technique that allows characters to move while throwing items.
Dev Blog #8 — Stages (23/4/16)
This Dev Blog was originally slated to appear on the 22nd, but technical issues pushed the release back for a day. Written by Zero Insanity, it reveals some new stage-related content, including a re-sprite for Jungle Hijinx currently unfinished, the return and re-sprite of the then-removed Mushroom Kingdom II after a long absence. In addition, some new stages were revealed including Mushroom Kingdom, Lake of Rage, Steel Diver, and Flat Zone +.
Dev Blog #9 — Mechanics and Fixes (28/4/16)
This blog was posted on Thursday night rather than on Friday as usual. This Dev Blog, written by TSON, shows some of the new bug fixes and mechanics changes. These changes include increased landing lag, decreased traction, clanking/trading, more powerful jab resets, buffering, and save glitch fixing.
Dev Blog #10 — Pokéballs (6/5/16)
This dev blog was written by ElvisDitto, and discusses some of the new changes in store for the Pokémon. Some Pokémon are getting resprited in order to better fit the style of the game. Other Pokémon now have special variations that may appear in place of the original, such as Porygon, Porygon2, or PorygonZ. Other new/modified Pokémon include Garchomp, Zygarde, Heracross, Tepig, Snivy, Seedot, Jirachi, Beedrill, Bellossom, Koffing, Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard, and Pichu. It also briefly went over some background Pokémon, such as Beldum and Magnemite.
Dev Blog #11 — Audio & Alternate Tracks (5/13/16)
A continuation or complementation to Dev Blog #4, though it was mostly written by Chernabogue, it featured contributions from the entire audio team as well. Five of the game's alternate tracks were revealed:
- Skyloft, for Skyward Voyage. A remix of the Skyloft theme.
- Mega Man X Medley, for Central Highway. A medley featuring the themes of four Mavericks: Chill Penguin, Boomer Kuwanger, Storm Eagle, and Spark Mandrill.
- Hidden Leaf Medley, for Hidden Leaf Village. A composition of various genres comprising tunes from the Naruto anime.
- Bowser's Rampage, for Bowser's Castle. An ominous mix of Ultimate Bowser theme from Super Mario 64 and Bowser's Castle from Mario Kart 64.
- Team Rocket Hideout, for Silph Co.. An orchestra/electronic remix of the original theme from Pokémon Red and Blue.
Dev Blog #12 — Performance and Quality Settings (5/20/16)
Authored by 135, this dev blog announced new code optimizations to the engine, in order to improve performance on lower-end computers. The blog also showed a new Quality settings menu, with many new options and toggles to disable elements such as backgrounds, light effects, shadows, etc. The blog finished announcing the next dev blog, by 194, which will deal with character design for Beta.
Dev Blog #13 — Character Redesigns (5/27/16)
This entry, written by 194, showed off some of the changes that two characters, Lloyd and Mega Man, have undergone in the transition from 0.9b to Beta. In Lloyd's case, he now uses Rising Falcon as his down special move, replacing Grave Blade, he now has a new down aerial, a drill attack, to take Rising Falcon's old place. His side special move is Tempest as his side special move, replacing Sonic Thrust, while Sonic Thrust has been moved to his dash attack, and his neutral aerial is now a new cross slash move. In Mega Man's case, his up smash, down smash, up tilt, down tilt, dash attack, and up aerial are now based on his appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. He has a new neutral aerial, Jewel Satellite, to replace his old Top Spin attack. Mega Man retained Mega Buster as his neutral special only, his Crash Bomb has been moved to side special, and Water Wave has been added as a new down special. Weapon Use, Proto Shield, and Weapon Change have been removed; Super Arm, Black Hole Bomb, and Rolling Cutter have been removed as well, and they are no longer accessible otherwise. The blog closes with Wario who has gotten a sprite revamp, though no other information has been disclosed. It was revealed that he, along with possibly another character, would be getting their own special blog post later on.
Dev Blog #14 — Challengers Approaching! (5/29/16)
Written by Geno, this article was released prematurely as an emergency update due to a leaking incident that happened on May 28. In this update, PAC-MAN and Pit were revealed as new playable characters, taking heavy inspiration from their counterparts in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
Dev Blog #14.5 — Dev Blog Redux From Cleod (6/2/16)
Written by Greg McLeod (under his alias Cleod9) himself, this article gives a recapitulation of some of previous Dev Blogs released at that point, while stating that the SSF2 Beta Dev Blogs would be taking a brief two week hiatus, the blog also comes with a reminder of SSF2 Beta presence at Super Smash Con 2016, confirming the game will now offer native USB gamepad support.
Dev Blog #15 — Team Dynamic/Bug Reel (6/24/16)
Following the two week hiatus, the next blog entry, written by ArkZky, shows how the interaction between developers is, including shots of their conversations and the way they goof around sometimes, the blog closes with the Beta Bug Reel video, demonstrating many experimental bugs they have been through the development of the Beta version, such as damage, physics and other bugs; this video incidentally confirmed the inclusion of a new item: Egg.
Dev Blog #16 — Newcomer Design and Balance Pt. 1 (7/1/16)
This new entry, written by Starkiller, shows some of the design and balance concepts of newcomers, focusing on three veterans from past official Super Smash Bros. games: Luigi, Bowser and Mr. Game & Watch. The blog closes with a gameplay video between Luigi and Bowser on Dream Land and Yoshi's Story.
Dev Blog #17 — Newcomer Design and Balance Pt. 2 (7/8/16)
A continuation to the last blog, once again written by Starkiller, focuses on the next reel of newcomers: Isaac, Pit, PAC-MAN and Sandbag, while stating that the Dev Blogs would be taking another hiatus until Super Smash Con's ending. As with the last entry, the blog includes another gameplay video, this time a match between Pit and Isaac on Sky Sanctuary Zone.