Super Smash Bros. Online Features Detailed

Sakurai gives fans an overview of the improved online mode.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 04/08/2014 17:30 2 Comments     ShareThis

During today’s Smash Bros. Direct broadcast, series director Masahiro Sakurai reconfirmed that both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. will feature online play. Players will have two options when they compete against one another online: For Fun, and For Glory. Matches contested For Fun will feature every stage (with the exception of Final Destination), and will allow the combatants to use items. For Fun matches will also only record your number of wins.

For Glory matches, by contrast, are for more serious Smash Bros. players. These bouts will be contested solely on Final Destination and will not feature any items. For Glory matches will also record both the number of wins and losses you’ve accumulated. Since the scenery of Final Destination can get drab, nearly every stage in Super Smash Bros. will feature an alternate “Final Destination” form that players will be able to battle on in this mode, allowing them to experience all the sights and sounds the games have to offer.

Unlike Super Smash Bros. Brawl, players will no longer be competing online anonymously in the Wii U and 3DS installments of the series; now everyone’s name will be linked to their Nintendo Network ID. Sakurai also announced that there will be a strict “code of conduct” enforced for online matches to make the experience as enjoyable for everyone as possible. Players will be penalized if they do any of the following:

  • Starting a match, but not playing
  • Harassing a single opponent
  • Repeatedly self-destructing
  • Dropping out of matches frequently
  • Various other cheats
  • Baselessly reporting other players

Players who violate the code of conduct often enough may even be banned from competing online for a certain amount of time.

Finally, Sakurai announced the unique way in which players will be ranked when they play Super Smash Bros. Rather than featuring broad leaderboards, each player will be ranked in terms of their Global Smash Power, which will be determined based on his or her scores in solo modes. Your Global Smash Power indicates how many other players you’ve outscored, so the higher the GSP, the better the player. Online matches will not be ranked, though the games will feature some matchmaking based on your skill level.

Source: Smash Bros. Direct

2 Responses to “Super Smash Bros. Online Features Detailed”

  • 111 points
    roykoopa64 says...

    Sounds good!

    I like the fact that nearly every stage has a Final Destination form. Nice touch.

  • 819 points
    Toadlord says...

    I was happy to see they addressed the shortcomings of Brawl’s online in the Direct. It seems like they’ve learned from their mistakes. I look forward to building my skills in “fun” mode and then going “for glory”!

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