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New 'Super Smash Bros 4' for Wii U and 3DS character balance changes detailed

'Super Smash Bros 4'
'Super Smash Bros 4'
Photo courtesy of Nintendo, used with permission

Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed the return of another character in "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U and 3DS. According to a report from Nintendo Life on Aug 13, the series creator revealed that Meta Knight has been added to the roster for both versions. The popular character ended being one of the most powerful fighters in "Super Smash Bros Brawl" for Wii. In fact, he was so effective that many tournament organizers decided to ban him from being used in competitions.

In the upcoming title, the development teams decided to make several changes. The biggest one involve the Shuttle Loop, a special maneuver that can be activated by pressing the special button while holding up on the analog stick or directional pad. The attack will hit the opponent twice when Meta Knight is lopping around with the move. His ability to glide during this time has been removed in "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U and 3DS as well. Despite the changes, Masahiro Sakurai reassured fans that the Shuttle Loop is still quiet effective.

In addition to the character, the series creator also announced that Battleship Halberd will be brought back in the Wii U version. In "Super Smash Bros Brawl," players will start out the fight in the hangar before the air ship takes off into the sky. Masahiro Sakurai did not reveal if the same stage is going to be in the 3DS. The two iterations feature different set of stages with a handful of exceptions.

Nintendo should be revealing the final character slots for the "Super Smash Bros 4" roster in a Japanese magazine called Coro Coro later this month. The publisher is planning two tiers of launches for the crossover fighting title with the 3DS version coming out first on Oct. 3. The Wii U version got pushed back a little bit later with a holiday launch time frame. A screen of Meta Knight can be viewed near the top of this article (courtesy of the "Super Smash Bros" official Facebook page).