Meta Knight returns for Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U

Meta Knight

So, it looks like another returning character has returned today, this time it’s the most broken character from Brawl: Meta Knight. We got a hint yesterday that he might be coming back with a post from Sakurai showing off a Meta Knight customization option for Mii characters.

Due to his incredibly high attack speed and power, high attack priority, good approach, amazing edge-guarding ability, unmatched aerial abilities and unpredictable recovery he was famously banned from all tournament play in 2012. Likewise he has remained at the top of competitive tier lists since Brawl’s release.

This might not necessarily be the case in the 3DS and Wii U games though as Sakurai said in his Miiverse post today that:

Meta Knight’s Up Special Move, Shuttle Loop, changed quite a bit in this game. The glide is gone, and the attack slashes opponents twice while spinning in a large loop. This has turned into a highly technical and effective move.

So at least one of his most overpowered moves has been nerfed. While it’s not specified, perhaps some of his other overpowered attributes have been toned down as well? We can hope anyway. At lest from the screenshots it looks like his attacks are pretty similar to how they were in the last game. It’s also worth noting that the Battleship Halberd returns in this game as well.

The official site has gotten a few other updates today as well. First are pages detailing the controls and all of the stages revealed so far. Most interesting though is that some information has been added describing the solo modes of the 3DS version including the Classic and Stadium modes.

Do you see yourself using Meta Knight a lot? Do you think he’ll be overpowered enough that they’ll end up banning him again? How do you think his inclusion will affect online play?