Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has received numerous updates that have added content and also tweaked mechanics, from individual fighters down to broader improvements. It's also become a notable part of the competitive gaming scene, with the latest entry attracting levels of interest to bring it into the same ball park as perennial eSports favourite Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Naturally, fans and aspiring game designers have plenty of opinions on how the title could be better; when a title is as loved and complex as that created by Masahiro Sakurai and his team, that's an inevitability. One fan, Jeff P, has now produced an extensive 68 page report under the 'game improvements' banner on how he thinks the game can progress to the next level.
20 key areas are outlined, with the most notable being a third form for stages - alpha. These would be intended as neutral stages, without the 'gimmicks' we see in full stages but with fixed platforms to closer resemble the unchanged stage. Alpha stages would be a middle ground, in other words, intended for casual and competitive play - the document has screengrabs to show how these could work.
That's just one of the 20 points, with others addressing online modes and changes to their structures (such as removing sudden death) along with changes to offline modes, visible hit boxes in Training and far more besides. Overall there's painstaking detail, though there are some aspects that aren't necessarily practical - there's a mix of ideas that could be interesting and others that will, quite simply, never happen.
The writer's aspiration is that Sakurai-san and his team see the suggestions and consider them for development; unfortunately the timing seems too late, even if the legendary game designer was open to considering external analysis. In all likelihood a reduced team is probably wrapping up the final DLC characters for the game before the staff move on to different projects or pastures new.
Nevertheless, we admire the effort and attention to detail in this document - you can read the full thing right here, while some are debating its positives and flaws over on Smashboards. Check it out and let us know what you think.