Super Smash Bros director Masahiro Sakurai has talked in depth about the importance of balance in his feature column in this week’s edition of Famitsu. Sakurai has reiterated that he is extremely careful about finding the right balance between the characters and delivering a game that ultimately lives up to the fans expectations. Earlier this week, Masahiro Sakurai also stated that he is putting every effort to get Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U “sooner rather than later”.
Here is what he had to say regarding the highly anticipated title:
“Now that Sunday’s day off is past, I’m currently working on the character adjustment for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.At the moment, Bowser is very strong. He’s really strong. Fans of Smash Bros. probably never saw him as too much of a strong character, but this time, his ability to knock others out is very strong!”
“Doing things like simply ‘lowering the performance’ can make games lose its fun. Additionally, making a strong attack weaker can take away from the ‘good feeling’. By making adjustments that get rid of all advantages and disadvantages, it can turn a game into a mediocre one without any challenge.”
“Rather than directly weakening an attack’s advantageous parts, we’re putting effort into keeping them strong, while adding other weaknesses to them. Like giving the attacks punishable openings, or weakening the character’s mobility or recovery rate. We’re making comprehensive adjustments to characters, even for parts that might seem completely irrelevant.”
“The game balance of Super Smash Bros. Brawl started six years before its release, and it most likely goes back even further during its time of development, and it’s never been reformed even through the updates afterwards. We’re at a stage where we’d like to release the new title as soon as possible, and offer something more enjoyable than ever.”