Today’s Nintendo Direct held a lot of promise for Super Smash Bros. fans, as the presentation traditionally reveals newcomers and returning veteran fighters alike. The last presentation revealed that Rosalina and Luma would be joining the fray for the first time in franchise history, and now another new participant will be making his debut in the forthcoming games. Fight fans prepare yourselves for the hard-hitting arrival of Little Mac.
As one of the most requested characters in Super Smash Bros. history, the eternal underdog from Punch-Out!! will finally be making his debut as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Little Mac was previously featured in Brawl as an Assist Trophy, but has now obtained the mettle to be considered a serious contender in Nintendo’s crossover-fueled beat ’em up.
As his comic-esque reveal trailer confirms, the boxer will be able to go toe-to-toe with Nintendo’s elite — and his devastating punches will aid him in that endeavour. The most devastating move that’s executed in the trailer is none other than Little Mac’s patented Knockout Punch, but just how powerful is this technique? According to Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, landing it will reward players with a one-hit K.O..
“His biggest feature is his Power Meter. When this gets charged up, his standard special move changes! It turns into a one-hit-K.O. uppercut.”
Sounds just a tad overpowered in my humble opinion, but Sakurai must have some balancing restrictions in place to keep it from being grossly overused. Little Mac’s notoriously small stature is also apparent right from the get-go, but his nimbleness should be able to aid him and help the fighter avoid overtly powerful attacks from foes.
Last but not least, the character’s Final Smash makes itself known in the trailer and it appears to transform Little Mac into Giga Mac — a character that made his debut in the multiplayer mode of Punch-Out!! on the Wii. Admittedly, Big Mac would have sounded better, but Ronald McDonald’s endorsement is nowhere to be found in Super Smash Bros. so we can’t imagine the move will be called that.
One more tidbit to grab from Little Mac’s reveal is that the boxing ring that appeared in the very first Super Smash Bros. trailer has received a few updates to resemble the Punch-Out!! arena. It looks like Sakurai was teasing the boxer’s inclusion all along, although some fans had already drummed up that conclusion. Regardless, it’s a good thing Little Mac was confirmed so that at least one fighter from our top 10 character list made the cut.
What do you think of Little Mac’s inclusion? Which character are you still hoping gets announced?
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