Super Smash Bros. fans should be very aware of Smash Attacks (not to be confused with a Final Smash); powerful hits that are activated by tilting in a chosen direction while hitting the attack button. Little Mac’s Side Smash is a standard, straight punch — but there are additional layers of complexity that can potentially come into play.
I’ll let series director Masahiro Sakurai take it away with his latest message on Miiverse:
“Little Mac’s side smash attack is his straight right punch…but it can transform into an uppercut if you tilt diagonally upward, or a body hook if you tilt diagonally downward. The body hook is the most devastating of these moves and it doesn’t blast the opponents away.”
In a further comment, he continues:
“The trick in activating these punches is to avoid tilting the controls diagonally from the get go–instead, tilt up or down right after the smash attack starts kicking in. You can also tilt up or down while you’re powering up.”
This is an intriguing development, and one fitting for Mac considering he’s one of the few Smash characters that was already a natural fighter. It’ll be interesting to see if others on the roster will also have variations in their Smash Attacks.