E3 has come and gone, the Super Smash Bros. Invitational has passed, and I got to play both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the new Super Smash Bros. game (which I will be labeling as “Smash 4“). Here’s my take:
NOTE: This game is not in its final stage. It is still in development! Mechanics can (and probably will) change.
What is it like?
It’s like Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Brawl). It felt less floaty and faster, but it definitely retained the Brawl feel. The music and the overall look is great. The move streaks are an awesome touch, and I’m loving some of the new characters. I only got to play as Kirby (my old Brawl main) and Villager, but I had fun playing both!
Also Smash Run is going to be the best mode of all time.
– A lot of people were complaining about aerial landing lag, but I didn’t see a lot of it. With both Villager and Kirby, landing on the ground with an aerial felt exactly like it did in Brawl. I was still able to link Kirby’s Back Air -> Forward Tilt, which requires little landing lag on the Back Air. Some characters have a lot of landing lag (See: Marth), but overall the game didn’t look like a total lag fest when landing with aerials. I have no idea why everyone’s complaining when it seems to be only a few characters.
– The hit lag, while more than Brawl, feels really satisfying when you hit. Grabbing someone also feels satisfying.
– Air dodging into the ground produces significant lag. This is great because it used to be an incredibly safe option in Brawl, and now it can be punished. Also they appear to be much shorter, which is great.
– The jab finishers are really cool. I hated all the rapid-jabs, so I’m glad they’re gone.
– Hit Stun can’t be canceled with an air dodge. Combos do exist!
– The new ledge mechanics to prevent sharking are cool. I’m actually on board with the whole “kick-off” mechanic, too.
– No dash dancing. I think this is something Smash 4 needs so that the primary movement isn’t air-based.
– Throws are really odd. It’s very hard to follow up with them and it doesn’t really put the thrown opponent in a bad spot so it feels like they’re always the less superior choice. A few characters, however (MegaMan and Villager are the two that come to mind) have some follow ups out of throws.
– KO’ing takes a very long time. I saw people live up to 150% from Smash attacks.
– Auto sweet spot ledges with Up B.
And that’s really all I have to say about it. Overall, I’m really hopefully for Smash 4. I was worried I wasn’t going to like it, but after watching the Invitational and playing both versions myself, I can confidently say that I’m very excited for this game!