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New Super Smash Bros. Makes Changes To Hanging Off Edges

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Competitive Super Smash Bros. players are known to employ a tactic known as “edge camping”. Edge camping can refer to a variety of strategies that involve using the edge of a stage to one’s advantage, but one of these tactics involves intentionally grabbing onto a ledge to prevent your opponent from doing the same.

In the new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, adjustments are being taken to how players can use edges. Alongside the screenshot above, director Masahiro Sakurai stated on Miiverse: “There are many changes being made to attack and defense options for grabbing edges. In this picture, Link is actually trumping Mario’s grab.”

 

Sakurai added that other changes being made in the new games include:

  • Air time and accumulated damage will determine your period of invincibility while hanging on an edge.
  • Grab controls will no longer be affected by whether you have above or below 100% damage.

 

The new Super Smash Bros. will be released sometime in 2014.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.