Originally posted by MVS
That's kind of a let down honestly. One thing we were promised in Brawl was that alternate costumes wouldn't simply be texture swaps but full blown new models, until they released the game where most of the alternate costumes were just texture swaps. I would HOPE they would have actually gone the extra mile in 4 but I guess not >.>
Well, even though it doesn't look like it, internally by Super Smash Bros. Brawl, all of the alternate colors and costumes of characters are actually
completely different models instead of different textures applied to the same model. So you could say that Sakurai was actually
telling the truth. Everything really is
a different model, but the basic models are the same, and the textures are different. Yeah, talk about a big waste of time and space! I would agree, that really does sound like a big letdown. Sakurai didn't use his game's setup to its full potential. All he did is make modders' jobs easier. Because of the fact that all of the colors and alternate costumes for characters are completely separate models, modders can replace certain COLOR slots
of characters with completely DIFFERENT
characters or models. For example, Lucario has five color slots. You could go to Brawl Vault and grab a Mega Lucario model. Even though Mega Lucario's model is completely DIFFERENT
than Lucario's model, because of the game's setup, you can actually replace one of Lucario alternate colors
with Mega Lucario, leaving the other color slots the way they were. So, yeah, you have all of these modders creating alternate skins
for characters, even though Sakurai himself didn't put in any alternate skins into Super Smash Bros. Brawl; he waited until the next game(s). In Super Smash Bros. 4, you can play as a male Wii Fit Trainer or a female one. Those are skin swaps. (By the way a skin is a different model, and a color or a costume is a different color or texture in this context.)
If Sakurai had made only ONE model per character, and had simply changed the textures of the character model depending on the color that the player selected, then less development time and space on the disc would have been taken up. If he did this, we might have had the game earlier, or maybe some of those removed Subspace Emissary cut scenes would be watchable in the game. Modders' jobs would've also been harder and the stuff that they could have been able to do would also be decreased compared to what they can do now. Interestingly, Sakurai actually DID
do what I said at the begging of this paragraph to Mr. Game and Watch. In the game, there is only one Mr. Game and Watch model. His textures change depending on the color that the player chooses. Well, why didn't Sakurai do this to all of the other characters?
So, yeah, you can use full-blown new models in Super Smash Bros. Brawl by doing something that's unendorsed and unauthorized, which is modding the game.