As many diehard fans are well aware, there will be some major changes made to the current Super Smash Bros. formula in both of the highly anticipated installments coming to Wii U and 3DS. A complete list of these alterations hasn’t been made available but information from the games’ official website, snippets from various interviews, and columns written by franchise creator Masahiro Sakurai have all contributed to the current pool of Smash knowledge.
While character balance and a completely revamped story mode have been two primary focuses, Sakurai has just revealed that one major battle strategy known as edge camping (or edge guarding) will no longer be a viable tactic. This revelation arrived during the January 22, 2014 update and was further elaborated upon by Sakurai in a post in Nintendo’s MiiVerse.
“Pic of the day. There are many changes being made to attack and defense options for grabbing edges. In this picture, Link is actually trumping Mario’s grab.”
The series’ creator then continued:
“Some other changes include:
- Air time and accumulated damage will determine your period of invincibility while hanging on an edge.
- Grab controls will no longer be affected by whether you have above or below 100% damage.”
By taking air time and accumulated damage into consideration, Sakurai has completely eliminated the heavily used edge guard maneuver — effectively altering the strategies of many hardcore players in the process. While some longtime players will understandably be upset by the news, it does open up the possibilities for some new gameplay options and should make fights much more interesting.
There’s still plenty of additional information that Sakurai has yet to reveal in regards to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, but that information should be arriving soon given that the games are scheduled to launch this year. In the meantime, stay tuned to Game Rant for additional information.
What do you think about the removal of ledge camping? What other gameplay changes would you like to see in the new Super Smash Bros.?
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