Earlier this week Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai posted an image that featured a Mii wearing a Meta Knight outfit, leading to some speculation over whether or not the real Meta Knight would be included in the upcoming game. Today however we found out that Sakurai was just teasing his fans, and Meta Knight will in fact be his own playable character.
"'Looks like there was an impostor in the earlier posts," Sakurai wrote on Miiverse. "So I introduced him to my sword!' ...I'll leave it up to your imagination if he really said that or not. The veteran hero, Meta Knight, returns to battle!! We didn't forget the Battleship Halberd either!!"
Meta Knight, who hails from the Kirby series as a rival to the game's main character, made his Smash Bros. debut as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He quickly became one of the more popular characters, as he was considered by many to be one of the most powerful characters in the game.
While he will almost certainly remain a top choice among players, Sakurai did share another post that suggest some of Meta Knight's moves may be nerfed.
"Meta Knight's Up Special Move, Shuttle Loop, changed quite a bit in this game. The glide is gone, and the attack slashes opponents twice while spinning in a large loop. This has turned into a highly technical and effective move."
The removal of the glide will make Meta Knight's recovery a little less broken, thus meaning he will be more susceptible to death. While it may seem minor, it will more than likely make beating Meta Knight a bit easier.
Like many returning veterans, Meta Knight's design looks much sleeker than it did in Brawl. His mask and wings especially seem much more details, while also having a certain gleam to make the character seem more alive.
Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS is just a month away from releasing in Japan, and as the days draw closer there will be more and more information revealed.