Amid the myriad of updates on the official website for the two upcoming Super Smash Bros. titles, which include a dedicated 3DS section, and How to Play tab, new information has been revealed on how customizing characters will operate, at least for the Wii U version of the game.
Customization works on the following: special movesets, character attributes, and for Mii Fighters, clothing and hats.
It is worth noting that customization does not apply when playing With Anyone online.
As has been standard since Melee, all fighters have four special moves: standard special, side special, up special, and down special. Through the use of custom parts, you can access three variations for each special move. As shown in the above example, Mario’s Fireball (standard special) can become a fast, smaller, horizontally traveling fireball, or a huge fire orb that at first glance probably would stay close to where it was fired. These variations are considered ‘custom’ special moves as opposed to the ‘basic’ special moves that you will be restricted to when playing With Anyone.
For Palutena and the Mii Fighters, the custom parts grant entirely new special moves instead of variations. Palutena’s powers from her reveal trailer, apart from Black Hole/Mega Laser (which is a Final Smash), are all potentially custom special moves, being:
Of course, this does mean her default moveset is unknown as of yet.
Each variation of Mii Fighter (Brawler, Gunner, Sword Fighter) has their own set of twelve special moves to choose from, however each type of special move (standard/side/up/down) will still have only three options to choose from. Talk about diversity!
Playing the various game modes grants you Equipment, which can then be equipped to your fighters. They are used somewhat like Stickers from The Subspace Emissary, although on a more simplistic three-attribute system of Attack, Defense and Speed. As it currently stands, equipment appears to grant a boost to one these attributes, although at the cost of another; some pieces of equipment also have other interesting bonuses which are explained beneath the item’s name.
Experiment with different equipment combinations and create your own personal fighter! Do you sacrifice speed to make yourself difficult to knock back, perhaps move faster at the cost of weaker attack, or perhaps you want to make every hit count – both your’s and the opponent’s?
Also, equipment with the same name may not have the same performance. Consider this when creating your ideal fighter.
Mii Fighter Cosmetic Customization
Mii Fighters can equip different costume and hat parts to make them truly representative of U! (Well, Mii.) The Mii designs are sourced from Miis created in Mii Maker. As has been stated elsewhere, Mii Fighters are not available in With Anyone online matches, but it’s expected that they will join the fray when you battle With Friends online.