Nintendo recently confirmed that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will showcase 8-player battles, and the reaction from fans was predictably positive.
However, it's worth considering how will this addition will impact professional Smash tournaments. Could we see chaotic 8-player matches become the norm, or will they be relegated to the sidelines while one-on-one fights remain the major focus? Red Bull has been speaking to famous Smash players to find out.
Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada is in favour of 8-player matches, and sees it as a natural progression for the series:
There will be side events at some tournaments like some sort of crew battle. At KTAR [keitaro] will be hosting a 4v4 event and if it is successful, I'm sure he will continue to host more 4v4s or maybe a 3v3 event. An All-Star show match seems possible to do in the future so we'll see!
Swedish Smash player Adam “Armada” Lindgren is also in favour of larger fights:
I have always been leaning more towards teams rather than singles, so for me this sounds very cool. I think it will be a lot of fun to discover in terms of general strategy, tactics and so on.
Playing teams as we are used to now is 2v2. And already here you see some teams having a lot of synergy and understanding of how to play to benefit their team-mate and team as a whole. With four players in the same team, the interaction and a full game plan would become even more necessary. Having long discussions on what to do, when to do stuff and how to do it would become much more normal, and you already see this in Dota 2 for example.
In terms to make it possible to run all these kind of events I would say that events need to be even more efficient. We do see people like "Juggleguy" and "Crimson Blur" being extremely good with holding a schedule so I'm positive they would be able to pull it off.
The lone voice of dissent comes from Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios, who isn't convinced that 8-player bouts will be anything more than a distraction:
It will most likely not be used very often at all. Though, it'd be fun for me to have some use personally, since I have three other very good buddies I'd like to team with in this format.
Do you follow any professional Smash players or events? Do you think 8-player fights would be too difficult to watch, or are they the future of the franchise? Throw some punches in the comments section to let us know what you think.