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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS E3 2014 Character Guide

Mario, Link, Kirby, Pikachu

by the NWR Staff - July 1, 2014, 9:33 am PDT

How have these four characters changed in the new Smash Bros.?

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Mario

Berube: Mario feels and plays how you would imagine. Sure, his moveset doesn’t feel changed at all from Brawl, but he does seem to hit a bit harder now. This is good news as the character was somewhat weak in the previous version of Smash Bros. Hopefully now Nintendo’s iconic character remains a viable threat.

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Link

Neal: I’ve never really liked Link in a Smash Bros. game before but I was very encouraged by what I played in new game. He lunges more with his side A move in a way that makes him a little more versatile. I’ve always wanted to like Link in Smash Bros., and I’m encouraged that I think he might be fun to play for the first time since 64.

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Kirby

Berube: Kirby’s moves haven’t changed much, but they do feel a lot stronger now. On top of that, I felt like more of his moves would start combos more easily than before. Combined with what felt like increased throwing power, Kirby may be a force to be reckoned with in the new version of Smash Bros.

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Pikachu

Aaron: Having been a fan of Pikachu since the N64 days, the electric mouse feels pretty much the same as in Brawl. But his charged attacks seem weaker, meaning that you’ll need to play even more nimbly and evasively than the past. His Volt Tackle Final Smash also seem less spastic than Brawl.

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Talkback

MythtendoJuly 01, 2014

I'm not happy about how it sounds like they nerfed Samus AGAIN. They already made her much weaker in Brawl (she was awesome in the first two Smash games, but much weaker in Brawl), and it sounds like they made her even worse. Is Sakurai trying his hardest to make people not want to play as her for some reason?

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterJuly 01, 2014

hopefully some of the buffs given to DK and Bowser end up reaching dedede and charizard.

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bigger as well as faster than before,

So he's bigger, faster, and stronger too and he's the first member of the DK crew?

Honestly how did you write that and not end up making a reference to the DK rap.

KhushrenadaJuly 01, 2014

I'm hoping for a more powerful Kirby. I always play him regardless of how good he is as he is my favorite character and he's the one I've used for the majority of single-player sessions so I know his moves controls real well.

That said, I suddenly realized while doing the latest Mafia game that I am hooked on Animal Crossing in a big, big way still and I really, really, really, really, am looking forward to playing the Villager and it is now my biggest reason for wanting the new Smash games. I hope he turns out to be a blast and (and is secretly very powerful like Meta Knight).

The Smash Bros. fever is upon me!

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterJuly 01, 2014

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I'm hoping for a more powerful Kirby. I always play him regardless of how good he is as he is my favorite character and he's the one I've used for the majority of single-player sessions so I know his moves controls real well.

Don't worry, I'll always have Dedede around so I can "Clobbah dat dere Kirbeh."

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Honestly how did you write that and not end up making a reference to the DK rap.

Restraint.

The fact that he was able to write it without it devolving into that is a testament to how consummate a professional he is.

OblivionJuly 02, 2014

If Wolf doesn't come back, Zero Suit Samus will definitely be my main since she was the only other character I was decent with in Brawl.

KhushrenadaJuly 02, 2014

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I'm hoping for a more powerful Kirby. I always play him regardless of how good he is as he is my favorite character and he's the one I've used for the majority of single-player sessions so I know his moves controls real well.

Don't worry, I'll always have Dedede around so I can "Clobbah dat dere Kirbeh."

You know, I do like King Dedede. I've been able to play Kirby: Return to Dreamland with a friends a couple times and I always take King Dedede when we've done it because I just want to play as a big penguin with a large mallet and smash things. My favorite thing about Kirby 64 is the couple times you can play as Dedede and smash things with his mallet. I don't know why I like that so much but something about it is pure awesome.

Spak-SpangJuly 02, 2014

I can't believe they are making Kirby more powerful.  I always thought Kirby was one of the stronger characters in all the games.  Brawl he was perhaps weaker. 

I felt Samus was really good in the original, but Melee and Brawl seemed weaker.  Link has never been bad, just pretty boring.  Him and Mario are just sorta average players...and not that fun to use. 

Luigi DudeJuly 02, 2014

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I can't believe they are making Kirby more powerful.  I always thought Kirby was one of the stronger characters in all the games.  Brawl he was perhaps weaker. 

Kirby was only one of the strongest in the N64 game.  In Melee he was one of the worst where his attacks were way too weak combined with his lightweight status made him basically worthless in that game.  Brawl buffed a lot of his attacks which made him a decent character again but he was still no where close to as strong as his N64 counterpart.

Spak-SpangJuly 03, 2014

My wife used Kirby well in both Melee and Brawl...but in Brawl he seemed too powerful.  He is one of the hardest characters to kill, specially in Brawl.  You basically have to send him to instant KO to kill him, because he will come back from any normal launch.

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