A new gameplay balance change has been implemented into “Super Smash Bros 4” for Wii U and 3DS. According to a report from Kotaku on Sept. 20, Nintendo decided to increase the effectiveness of characters who suffered a high percentage of damages. As a result, they will be able to send their opponents flying further into the air.
The technique, which is called “rage effect,” was discovered by the Clash Tournaments YouTube channel. As the characters accumulate more damage, smoke will being to shoot out of their body. During this state, the fighters have more knockback power. So, although the amount of damage dealt will be the same during attacks, the recipient of the hits will travel farther when knocked into the air. The new element should give players a better chance, especially when fighting against others who have lesser damage percentages. The alteration should also change how competitive players strategize for the matches.
Nintendo introduced a similar element in “Super Smash Bros Brawl” with Lucario. The “aura” feature allows the pocket monster to deal more damage based on how injured it is. In “Super Smash Bros 4” for Wii U and 3DS, the development team decided to increase the effectiveness of Lucario’s special ability.
Along with the rage effect, the development team also addressed some of the complaints from the aforementioned “Super Smash Bros Brawl,” which angered many competitive players due to the slower speed and the addition of random tripping. The response from the community who purchased the 3DS version has been positive so far. As a result, it appears that the fourth main installment will be a hit in the competitive gaming scene.
“Super Smash Bros 4” for 3DS launched in Japan on Sept. 13 and will be coming out in a few weeks on Oct. 3 for the North American territory. The handheld version quickly became a million seller when combining the units sold digitally and at retailers. It should most likely outsell the Wii U version due to the 3DS install base being much bigger than the home console.
Nintendo is saving the “Super Smash Bros 4” for Wii U release date until sometime during this holiday season in North American and other regions. Several retailers listed the software product with a Nov. 21 launch, the same day as “Dragon Age Inquisition,” “Far Cry 4,” as well as the PS4 and Xbox One ports of “GTA 5” and “WWE 2K15.” You can take a look at the screen from the fighting game near the top of this article (via the series’ official Facebook webpage).