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Sakurai says the new Super Smash Bros. is more dynamic than previous releases


Earlier this week we told you about the massive feature that Edge Magazine has on Shigeru Miyamoto, including several different interviews with other Nintendo developers. One of the Nintendo developers interviewed was none other than Masahiro Sakurai, the man behind the Super Smash Bros. franchise. The interview discusses the differences between the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game and those in the past, including Melee and Brawl.

Perhaps the most notable quote from the portion of the interview that has been made available online is Sakurai discussing how the battles flow between the new game and previous games in Melee and Brawl. This is something fans have been fighting over in forums, as many hope that the renewed focus on tournament play means the new Super Smash Bros. will be geared more towards those who take Smash seriously than those who just play for fun.

The most important thing is that the game have breadth and depth, since we would like them to be popular with both novices and hardcore gamers. We think that people who aren’t so good at turning the tables and coming back from behind can still get enjoyment out of the [new] game, even if they turn off items and Smash Balls.

Although the pace of the game had to be lowered compared to Melee in order to achieve this balance, we have managed to keep the dynamism because we didn’t have to gear towards novice players like we did with Brawl. In fact, we recreated all characters almost from scratch. Also, I feel on a personal level that this game is more interesting than the three previous games in the series.

It’s interesting to see Sakurai discussing the novice aspect of the game, as many people felt that Brawl was too easy for those who grew up playing the original Smash Bros. Either way, this issue of Edge is certainly something any die-hard Nintendo fan will want to check out.

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  • Mario

    So is not as easy as Brawl, but is not as hard as Melee. Is that what you’re saying Sakurai?

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      He has achieved perfect balance

      • Squid

        He has mastered the avatar state.

        • His evolution is now complete.

          • Afo

            He reached his perfect form

          • YamiryuuZero

            He did a good job 😀

        • Cry_Zero


      • Edgar Tapia

        He has reached the Nirvana

    • Merry_Blind

      He had already stated in the past that this was precisely what he was aiming for. He understands that there is an hardcore audience for Smash, but he also wants to keep the game noob-friendly. Basically, he tries to refine the “easy to get into; hard to master” motto. Which, I think, all game should aim for, particularly competitive games.

    • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

      A Balance of the 2 My Friend

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    “Sakurai says the new Super Smash Bros is more dynamic than previous releases”

    I’m counting on that. On the Smash side of things, I haven’t been disappointed yet.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Interesting stuff. Make sure to let us in on anything else that gets mentioned in that issue of EDGE magazine Ashley.


    Smash 4 is aiming to be the best in the series, keep up the good work! 😀

    PS: I’m a competitive Smash player so yes even from a competitive perspective I think it’s gonna be the best. Only time will tell of course.

  • William Cole

    Preordered on Amazon, hopefully it’ll be here for Christmas.

  • Merry_Blind

    I expect nothing less from this Smash than to trumps every other previous Smash before it. Yes, even the legendary Melee. Everything seems perfect so far, though obviously, I’ll have to reserve my final judgement for when I’ll actually play it!

  • Timothy Mercier

    Is it just me or does Sakurai seriously look like a little boy..

    • He looks younger than he actually is. That is because he has achieved perfect synergy with nature through all kinds of meditation techniques. His body is readier than ever.

    • Merry_Blind

      He does, but he’s 44 though. He also looks younger than he did 10 years ago.

      • J_Joestar

        Benjamin Button?

      • matthew garcia

        He got off the crack

        • Merry_Blind

          LOL that would make perfect sense!

    • Ryan Michael Riñon Nillo

      Asians do not age until we hit like…50. Then we age 10 years in a single night. Trust me, I’m Asian.

  • LunarNinja

    I would like to see that myself if they were to actually get a eShop demo of the fixed E3 Build…

  • MewtwoWillBeBack

    Final Destination (No items) Sakurai destroyed trolls 😀
    Thanks Nintendo!

    • YamiryuuZero

      What Trolls?

  • Thomas Vienna

    Is there a place I can pick up just this copy of Edge, or do I need to suscribe?

  • MetroidZero

    I’m just wondering what the single-player is like on Wii U. 3DS has Smash Run, but I, personally, haven’t heard much of the single-player for the Wii U; but I know there is no Story Mode, like the Subspace Emissary on Brawl that I enjoyed very much.

    Wait and see, I guess.

  • bakedapplepie

    Anybody else see this? …Pretty interesting