One of the problems that some players have while playing Super Smash Bros. is keeping track of their character in the chaos of a four player match. This is even tougher when teams enter the fray, causing you to have to focus on their character as well as their teammate’s. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS sought to alleviate this problem by having thick character outlines that will follow your team color, and this seems to have been partially added to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as well.
In this picture, the outlines may seem faint, but the color intensity is consistent
Today’s Miiverse update from series creator Masahiro Sakurai details how character outlines will work in the upcoming game on Wii U. It seems that the outline idea remains pretty much the same, but with some minor changes for the larger screen. On 3DS your character always has a thick outline around them, but in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U they do not. The outline is added during a team match and will look fairly small and faint while zoomed in close. However, it will remain the same “intensity” as the camera pans out, making it a more distinct element of your character.
Sakurai summed it up by saying “In the 3DS version, your fighter gets outlined by your team color. So, how does this work in the Wii U version? Check out this screenshot. In this picture, the outlines may seem faint, but the color intensity is consistent. This means that the farther away and smaller your fighter appears on the screen, the clearer the colors will look.”
This should help players keep track of their teammates during a frantic four player match on your big screen TV.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will hit later this year with a rumored release date of November 21st.