‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’: Fans Worry Sora Will Prove as Broken as Bayonetta in ‘Smash 4’

Nintendo’s fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate enjoys a massive competitive scene. As such, Masahiro Sakurai and his team take care to balance every character. However, after the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Sora showcase, some fans suffer flashbacks to Bayonetta from Super Smash Bros. 4.

'Super Smash Bros Ultimate'Sora from 'Kingdom Hearts III''
Sora from ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ | Chesnot/Getty Images

Fans worry that Sora in ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ could break the game

Back when Super Smash Bros. 4 provided the definitive tournament version of the game, Bayonetta’s inclusion tore the community apart.

The character proved relentless to most other characters. Her attacks could juggle opponents in the air continuously, knocking them off stage from virtually anywhere with ease.

The competitive scene saw Bayonetta players shoot to the top. 2018’s Evo Smash 4 grand finals saw two Bayonetta players face each other in a shockingly anti-climactic fight.

Fast and deadly with endless combo possibilities shook the gaming community.

It got so bad, that Nintendo themselves released game patches to lower her abilities. However, it never proved enough and she continued dominating.

As fans saw the ariel potential Sora had in the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate showcase, many started to sweat.

Sora brings several moves to ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ directly from ‘Kingdom Hearts’

Sir Isaac Newton would hate Sora in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and in Kingdom Hearts because of how much he breaks the laws of gravity.

In the King Hearts games, attacking in the air allows Sora to stay airborne and even gain a little bit of height. The same logic carried over to Smash.

His speed and ability to combo multiple times in the air are what scares some players. In addition to his combo capabilities, he seems to carry one of the best recoveries in the game.

Youtube videos claiming Sora as “broken,” Twitter posts, and forum discussions popped up on the topic.

However, not every Nintendo fan maintains the same worry as some.

Sakurai has balanced almost 90 unique characters surprisingly well

Of course, some characters inevitably handle better than others. However, with a roster of 89 characters, Sakurai and his team at Nintendo balanced the character better than most could dream of.

Some online forum threads run short as several fans breathe a sigh of relief that Sora does not look broken in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

While Bayonetta rocked the Smash community for several reasons, Sora has proved less divisive for now. However, Sora has yet to release as DLC.

Analysis videos and breakdowns will inevitably hit the internet the instant he becomes available.

If you play Smash casually though, you likely have nothing to worry about.

As The Gamer puts it: “He can soar into the air and attack from multiple angles all while deflecting and recovering from attacks to gain the upper hand. Alright – it sounds a little broken – but we’ll leave that for hardcore players to figure out in the months to come.”

The character releases on October 18, 2021. 

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