The following feature contains substantial spoilers for the game Xenoblade Chronicles.
The rumors are true, and Joystiq is closing
. I had only just started my "Who The Hell Is" series, where I gave a brief history lesson on video game characters such as Johnny Gat
. After all, if you're going to be playing a game with the character's name in the title, you want to know who he is, right? So for one last time, let me help you get to know someone.
Say hello to Shulk.
For many players, Shulk's first appearance is not Xenoblade Chronicles
– the 2010 Wii game he actually stars in – but Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS
. There, Shulk can boost his abilities to become harder, better, faster, stronger. He's also the only character possessing a costume equivalent to Samus' sports bra/short-shorts combo thanks to his form-fitting boxer-briefs.
So, why does Shulk get to change his fighting abilities in a way that no one else can? To answer that, we have to go back. Way back. No, further
. To the beginning of the world.