Super Smash Bros. For 3DS Will Let You Turn Off The Characters’ Outlines

By Ishaan . August 21, 2013 . 6:00pm

In Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS, the game’s characters have black outlines in order for the player to be able to keep track of them when the screen zooms out or the action gets too hectic.


Series creator Masahiro Sakurai confirmed via Miiverse (thanks, GoNintendo) today that this feature is optional.


“I guess we haven’t shown the Villager or the Wii Fit Trainer on the 3DS until now,” Sakurai posted, along with the above screenshot. “By the way, their outlines can be made thinner or made to disappear completely.”


Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U are planned for release in 2014.


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  • XypherCode

    I like the black outlines. It really sets it apart from the Wii U version. Kinda adds to the cel-shaded feel to it.

    • Johnathan Lenig-Lopez

      Well, they aren’t getting rid of them or anything. Personally, I like that we can get rid of them or make them thinner.

    • d19xx

      Yup. It also helps in making the characters standout more from the background specially when the camera zooms or pans out.

      Kinda like Metal Gear Acid 2.

    • leingod

      Yeah, I was even hoping for a cel-shaded mode for the Wii U one.

    • Spirit Macardi

      I think it almost makes them look like sprites, which is kind of cool~

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I personally like the black outlines. Always makes games look better.

  • Ferrick

    the black outlines kinda add to the scariness factor of the villager…

    • Arcana Wiz

      Those eyes, i feel that they can stare our soul…..

      • Ferrick

        that explains this eerie feeling that i’m being watched…

        • Arcana Wiz

          yes he can see all….. insert villagerwatching.gif

          • Ferrick

            game over man… Game over!

      • SuperSailorV

        You mean… to the right of your soul…

    • leingod

      Fun thing is, he isn’t scary at all on animal crossing and he has that same expression.

      • Thatguy

        Because in Animal Crossing, he don’t use his axe on people.
        Or shovel. Or net.

        • Or Trees…
          Or Tarantulas…

          or THE BEES!!!

        • leingod

          Because in Animal Crossing, there’s no people besides you. That’s even scarier.

  • KingGunblader

    It’s good that they’re optional, although I have the feeling that they’ll be highly necessary given the limited real estate on the 3DS screen.

    • Barrylocke89

      This is exactly how I feel. It’s nice to have options, but I can totally see the outlines being useful between the fast paced action and the fact that it’s on a smaller screen.

  • ndjn3979

    Man, they can really make the characters look cheap. I guess lines on designs like the Villager looks all right, but the Fit Trainer?

    • How can outlines make anything look cheap?

      • SuperSailorV

        Because if you really give it some thought, there’s no indication that the screenshot WASN’T just a copy-paste job! (Copy-paste the characters onto a background)

        • ndjn3979

          That, and it makes her look like a GBA sprite in the age of 3DS.

        • Never

          Do I put on my tin foil hat before or after I think?
          I always mix that part up.
          You should edit out the (*) section, it makes it sound like you’re actually serious.

          • No need. It’s better to let this unfold.

          • SuperSailorV

            You put it on before you ridicule others (so as to retain seriousness), but after you wrack that giant brain of yours so it can re-absorb precious energy lost.

            Also, if you call the “(*)” outlines, I may consider it.

  • Arcana Wiz

    I kinda like the black outlines. But great for those who dont.

  • I was going to gripe about it, but they gave me the option to not see it. What am I gonna complain about now?! >_<
    How dare you convenience me!

    • Arcana Wiz

      Yes what we’ll do if we cant complain about a upcoming game? praise it?

      • AuraGuyChris

        NO! We can’t praise the gem! Gems are superfluous and stuck-up! It begs to be complained about!

        • Virevolte

          This game looks amazing, that sucks !

  • The option to remove them or just make the outlines thinner is a nice option/touch.

  • Hairee Pothead

    That’s Awesome cause Outline look ugly and turning them off makes the 3DS version look just like the GameCube version.

  • Seta Soujiro

    customization is always good in these cases.

  • azureknight

    It’s like Nintendo doesn’t want me to buy a Wii U lol

    I was kind of wary about that black outline thing on the 3DS, but now that we’re given the option to toggle it, don’t really have to worry about it.

  • Professor Dickly

    My question is, can I turn it ON in the Wii U version?

  • Ying

    This is a nice option for those that don’t like it.
    I’ll have to decide whether or not to use it once I get the game. On the one hand I don’t like how it looks, but it might be very hard to see the characters once the stage zooms out

  • Ronldbx6

    I didn’t really like the black outlines so, I’m glad you can turn them on and off. Then again, I have played with my own two eyes to know if I want them or not.

  • J_Joestar

    choice is always great to have. i’ll probably opt for the thin outline instead of thick/none.
    The sample pic’s thickness looks a little awkward on WFT but looks fairly natural on Villager.

  • Kaihaku

    Smash Brothers has always been great when it comes to options… I wish that some other Nintendo franchises would take a note and give the player more control in that regard.

  • Leonard Norwood Jr.

    Well it was nice of Sakurai to give us an option to those outlines. Just as long as players keep an eye out of the characters they chose, Outlines won’t be a problem when turned off.

  • Rafael Budzinski

    …watching back previous Sakurai games, as heavily customizable as they are, I’m not surprised with it…

  • kansasborn2314

    This is just what Sakurai would do. I love the amount of content and options he puts into his games.

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