Player Outlines in 3DS Smash Bros. are Optional


Remember those strange black outlines surrounding all characters in the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros.? Well, it turns out they are completely optional.

The game’s director Masahiro Sakurai recently took to the Miiverse to reveal a comparison image of Super Smash Bros. with and without the bold outlines; the left half portraying the game without the outlines and the right half with the filter active. Sakurai also confirmed 3D effects for the handheld version.

Which do you folks think looks better? I’m personally leaning towards playing with the outlines on. It seems to make character models more defined. If Link was standing slightly to the left, he’d probably get lost in the trees without some obvious distinction from the background.

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i mileson iMiles is the mad commander of TEAM XBRO. He is a Seattle native who recently moved to the sweltering heat of Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an avocado farmer. When he’s not up writing until his eyes bleed, he likes to play a Prince level of instruments and listen to terrible death metal. Follow him on the official What’s Your Tag? Twitter page – @whatsyourtag


  1. I’m with you here – It’s all about the outlines. I’ve always enjoyed a character with outlines, personally. I think it adds a ton to personality, just by having some black lines around them!!

    1. The resolution of the 3DS version isn’t really high enough to give the definition necessary, either. I think the black lines give it a cool, stylized look. I know how that’s I’m rolling!

  2. Keeping them on gives a rad looking cel-shaded feature. With the 3DS resolution not being anywhere close to the Wii U version, leaving the lines off may cause characters to meld in to the background a bit too much, but you can’t escape that deep black outline.

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