Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Bros. 4, has shared new information concerning some of the changes impacting the characters of the upcoming Wii U and 3DS title. According to a report by NintendoWorldReport from Jan. 2, Sakurai has disclosed details on how he plans to balance the characters of Super Smash Bros. 4 and what type of changes have already been made.
Published in a recent Famitsu column, Sakurai revealed some of the balancing techniques he is applying to the characters found in Super Smash Bros. 4. To explain the type of changes players can expect to find in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, Sakurai decided to detail some of the power enhancements made to heavyweight character, Bowser.
According to Sakurai, Bowser will be stronger than ever in Super Smash Bros. 4. While Bowser has always had significant power in previous entries of the series, the changes made to Bowser in the Wii U and 3DS game will make him a deadly opponent as his ability to knock players out has been increased. Find Sakurai’s full explanation below:
Now that Sunday’s day off is past, I’m currently working on the character adjustment for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. At the moment, Bowser is very strong. He’s really strong. Fans of Smash Bros. probably never saw him as too much of a strong character, but this time, his ability to knock others out is very strong!”
As we reported earlier this week, Sakurai is looking to create a perfect balance between the characters of the game and their abilities. Strong attacks will leave a character vulnerable to counter-attacks or they may recover at a slower pace. Find Sakurai’s full statement below:
Rather than directly weakening an attack’s advantageous parts, we’re putting effort into keeping them strong, while adding other weaknesses to them. Like giving the attacks punishable openings, or weakening the character’s mobility or recovery rate. We’re making comprehensive adjustments to characters, even for parts that might seem completely irrelevant.
Super Smash Bros. 4 will be released on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014. Sakurai previously stated that the game’s development has reached the point of getting it out as soon as possible. Hopefully an official release date is announced at E3 2014 or sooner.