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Super Smash Bros. Director Ponders Link’s Moveset In The New Game


Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai doesn’t just use his Miiverse column to post screenshots of the game, but also to occasionally lends bits and pieces of insight into the development process. Among the latest batch of screenshots is one of Link’s Downward Strike move, which currently serves as his Meteor Smash—a move that launches airborne opponents downward—in the game.


Sakurai writes: “Link’s downward strike was designed to change to a Meteor Smash when the tip of the sword is aligned just right at the start. However, it will be removed if it’s deemed too powerful overall after some multiplayer play tests.”


Sakurai also shared a new image of Fire Emblem’s Marth, who was revealed as a playable character last week, noting that he has been given a full makeover, incorporating elements from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and newer games.


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.