Super Smash Bros. Director Talks 3DS, Wii U Version Differences

Super Smash Bros. Director Talks 3DS, Wii U Version Differences

Masahiro Sakurai also talks at length about the Villager, Mega Man, and the Wii Fit Trainer's movesets.

In a special Nintendo Developer Direct video, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and 3DS (couldn't they have just given it a proper subtitle?) director Masahiro Sakurai talks about the differences between the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game, as well as discussing the three newly revealed characters at length. A lot of new gameplay footage is shown, as is a majority of the Villager, Mega Man, and the Wii Fit Trainer's special moves.

Sakurai starts off with the 3DS version, explaining that because the screen shows all the characters from a distance, they have been given a black outline to make them much more distinct. Sakurai says that every player on the 3DS version will be playing on a separate console, so he is thinking of ways to use this to his advantage.

He, unfortunately, neglects to share his thoughts with us on that, but does assure us that the 3DS version will have the same amount of characters as the Wii U version. The main difference will be in the stages: the 3DS version will feature more stages from Nintendo's handheld games, while the Wii U will have more home console-themed stages.

Speaking of the Wii U version, Sakurai basically tells us that the game looks a lot prettier because it's in HD, uses a more primary color-based color scheme, and adds visual effects on attacks, to make them look like they are "cutting through the air." He also goes through some of the makeovers series veterans like Link, Samus and Pit will see.

Sakurai then goes on to detail how the Villager, Mega Man and the Wii Fit Trainer will play. The Villager will use items from his collection (such as the shovel, flower pot and bowling ball) as his standard attacks, and features a unique special move where he can "collect" a projectile attack and throw it back at his opponent. Mega Man will mostly be focused around his mega buster's variable weapon system, which will allow him to change his buster arm into various different attacks. The completely out of left field Wii Fit Trainer will attack with Yoga poses and stretches. Yeah.

Sakurai ends his Developer Direct by announcing a new Smash Bros. community for the Wii U's Miiverse, promising that his personal Mii will be making appearances and posting Smash Bros. screenshots five days a week.

Permalink

Megaman looks broken as fuck. Great range on normal attacks, 8-directional projectile for range control, solid and diverse melee, decent looking speed and weight. Definitely top tier despite how silly he looks.

I'm sort of hoping that it will also be possible to import your Mii as a playable character.

Maybe you could copy over any other character's move set to it, and the game would adjust the Mii's body proportions to fit that character for balance.

All of these characters look sweet, even the wii fit trainer gave me a good laugh and will probably be a lot of fun. The only thing that has got me down is that we still haven't gotten any Chrono Trigger characters. That would be really sweet. But you can't have everything I suppose, and I've been wanting a portable Super Smash Brothers for so long I really can't complain. Go Nintendo!

Shame they didn't give us the Wii Fit balance board as a character. All of his attacks could be shattering comments on players physiques.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comics/stolen-pixels/5877-Stolen-Pixels-76-Cheering-You-Up

So i take it that there is no cross-play between the two versions? Figured they would go that route after playstation all-stars pulled it off.

Xiado:
Megaman looks broken as fuck. Great range on normal attacks, 8-directional projectile for range control, solid and diverse melee, decent looking speed and weight. Definitely top tier despite how silly he looks.

Only time will tell. I kinda see him having the same problem as Samus - great at building damage, poor execution of the kill. Sure, he's got the Hard Knuckle, but Samus has a meteor smash as well and she's pretty low-tier.

OT: Okay, THIS is interesting. The Wii-U now officially has my interest, as the internet meme goes. Turns out E3 was slightly more relevant to me than initially planned, what with this and the PS4s showing. I'll be intrigued to see what/who they'll be including in this one, given they've promised a tighter roster this time around.

Next Smash Bros. Confirmed to run at 1080p! So that's going to look amazing!

Loving the emphasis on the Shoryukens.

The villager seems really op, and Megaman seems a bit self destructive.

I know Sakurai said the game's will have different stages to reflect the platform they're on, but I'm hoping the roster for each game is fairly different too. I am pretty excited to finally have a portable Smash Bros., and it I like the idea of outlining the characters to help differentiate between fighters when it gets really hectic. I was worried they were going to change Link's moveset to reflect his Skyward Sword appearance and equipment, but it looks like he still plays the same, so I'm pretty happy.

Mr.Mattress:
Next Smash Bros. Confirmed to run at 1080p! So that's going to look amazing!

Now I can look at Link's beautiful fluffy hair in HD.
One day, one day Nintendo will make my dirty dreams reality. Until then, I have to rely on r34.

Half-jokes aside, I'm not really a graphics whore when console games are in question. 1080p is great, but as long as the game is in 60fps. Since it's a fighting game (and party for some people), 60fps 720p is better than 30fps 1080p. Ofc, 60fps and 1080p would be awesome, but if it's not possible, subHD at 60fps is my choice.

Hero of Lime:
I know Sakurai said the game's will have different stages to reflect the platform they're on, but I'm hoping the roster for each game is fairly different too.

I'm on the opposite side of this.

I'm not up for paying the money to get both versions of a largely similar game when I'd have to buy both a Wii U and 3DS to get them, and it would disappoint me greatly if I missed out on a large number of characters I'd love to play because of it.

Separate stages I can live with, but a highly diverse character list? That's going to be far more of a problem.

I'm hoping that there'll be a feature to link up the 3DS and Wii U so you can at least access the unique stages from either version with the other ones.

JediMB:
I'm sort of hoping that it will also be possible to import your Mii as a playable character.

Maybe you could copy over any other character's move set to it, and the game would adjust the Mii's body proportions to fit that character for balance.

I think at most you'd have a middle of the road average Mii body with only the head getting moved over, and a moveset based on Wii Sports.

Space Jawa:

Hero of Lime:
I know Sakurai said the game's will have different stages to reflect the platform they're on, but I'm hoping the roster for each game is fairly different too.

I'm on the opposite side of this.

I'm not up for paying the money to get both versions of a largely similar game when I'd have to buy both a Wii U and 3DS to get them, and it would disappoint me greatly if I missed out on a large number of characters I'd love to play because of it.

Separate stages I can live with, but a highly diverse character list? That's going to be far more of a problem.

I believe the video in the OP has Sakurai mention both versions will have the same character roster. I agree, that's probably for the best.

verdant monkai:
Loving the emphasis on the Shoryukens.

The villager seems really op, and Megaman seems a bit self destructive.

The price of having an 8-directional projectile I suppose.

Other than that, crash bomber doesn't seem difficult to avoid having turned against you; just launch from a distance.

Hero of Lime:
*snip*

In all honesty, despite the usual complaints of TP having too washed out of a color palette (which I agree with to an extent), I loved its semi-realistic but still clearly anime-ish design style, Link's look particularly. It's one of my favorites.

Space Jawa:

Hero of Lime:
I know Sakurai said the game's will have different stages to reflect the platform they're on, but I'm hoping the roster for each game is fairly different too.

I'm on the opposite side of this.

I'm not up for paying the money to get both versions of a largely similar game when I'd have to buy both a Wii U and 3DS to get them, and it would disappoint me greatly if I missed out on a large number of characters I'd love to play because of it.

Separate stages I can live with, but a highly diverse character list? That's going to be far more of a problem.

I can understand that position considering you need two platforms, I think it would be cool if the handheld version featured a few handheld centric characters that could be transferred to the Wii U version. I guess it's easy for me to say since I have both already, but I guess it would be kinda lousy to buy two systems and two games to get the full experience.

Innegativeion:

Space Jawa:

Hero of Lime:
I know Sakurai said the game's will have different stages to reflect the platform they're on, but I'm hoping the roster for each game is fairly different too.

I'm on the opposite side of this.

I'm not up for paying the money to get both versions of a largely similar game when I'd have to buy both a Wii U and 3DS to get them, and it would disappoint me greatly if I missed out on a large number of characters I'd love to play because of it.

Separate stages I can live with, but a highly diverse character list? That's going to be far more of a problem.

I believe the video in the OP has Sakurai mention both versions will have the same character roster. I agree, that's probably for the best.

But they will have different stage selection. I wonder how else they'll differ though

Ne1butme:
So i take it that there is no cross-play between the two versions? Figured they would go that route after playstation all-stars pulled it off.

Actually, as far back as the game's initial announcement at E3 2011, it's been confirmed that the two versions will interact. That was literally - like - the third sentence. "We're making Smash 4. It'll be on both Wii U and 3DS. They'll be compatible with each other."

VinLAURiA:

Ne1butme:
So i take it that there is no cross-play between the two versions? Figured they would go that route after playstation all-stars pulled it off.

Actually, as far back as the game's initial announcement at E3 2011, it's been confirmed that the two versions will interact. That was literally - like - the third sentence. "We're making Smash 4. It'll be on both Wii U and 3DS. They'll be compatible with each other."

The announcement of different stages for 3DS and WiiU would indicate that interactivity would be limited.

what i'm wondering is if every character in the previous games will be coming back. i just want snake back so i can snap the wii fit trainers neck

Ne1butme:

VinLAURiA:

Ne1butme:
So i take it that there is no cross-play between the two versions? Figured they would go that route after playstation all-stars pulled it off.

Actually, as far back as the game's initial announcement at E3 2011, it's been confirmed that the two versions will interact. That was literally - like - the third sentence. "We're making Smash 4. It'll be on both Wii U and 3DS. They'll be compatible with each other."

The announcement of different stages for 3DS and WiiU would indicate that interactivity would be limited.

Or it could be an indication that allowing the systems to interact will let you to play 3DS stages on the Wii U or Wii U stages on the 3DS. I have a hunch that may be Nintendo's plan, but of course I don't work there.

I'm looking forward to seeing this. Megaman's main weakness seems to be that his melee abilities are much more limited then most other characters, meaning that he needs to keep his distance a little bit and only come in for the attack when given the chance.

He didn't answer the biggest question though. Can Mega Man finally shoot up?

 

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here