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New Super Smash Bros. – Somewhere Between Brawl and Melee


Game Director, Masahiro Sakurai, says that the New Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be a return to the more hardcore four-player fighting game experience of its GameCube predecessor.


Sakurai said, “To paint in broad strokes, Melee is for the maniac, the veteran player, while Brawl is for a newer, more casual gamer, as far as the speed goes.”


He then continued, “Melee, of course, is super fast, and the people who are used to that game love that gameplay. But it may be a barrier for folks who found it a little imposing. Brawl was designed to be more approachable and accessible by folks who might [used to be playing] Wii Fit or Wii Play.”


“Now, with the new Smash Bros., we’re thinking the positioning will be really right in the middle.”

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In an effort to keep the game balanced, the new game for Wii U will not be using any of the system’s GamePad features, such as the touchscreen.


Sakurai explained, “The idea with Smash Bros., you have four players come together, and it’s a fair playing field. The idea of having one person with this special controller and special features that are only available to the gamepad player flies in the face of that. Right now, we’re not adding any additional [GamePad] functionality at all.”


“With Smash Bros. being a four-player game we want people to be on equal footing. That’s our main philosophy when it comes to control features.”


Nintendo is planning an update to the game’s single-player content, but will take a different approach this time.


“There will be a single player [campaign], but it won’t be like the [Subspace Emissary] mode in Brawl,” Sakurai explained. That game’s adventure mode offered a series of unlockable movies that explained the Subspace Emissary plot. “One thing we can do with the Smash Bros. series that’s unique to us — because we have all these different disparate characters brought together — is we can create that sort of fan-movie experience as a special gift. But now those things are posted on the internet, it doesn’t really become a gift for people who played the game.”


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