Earlier today, Nintendo hosted a Nintendo Direct (as they usually do) dedicated to their upcoming game, Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. It ran about forty minutes, was hosted by Sakurai himself and there was a lot of news, so let’s jump in!
First off, the planned release timing was revealed. 3DS owners, hold on to your pants, because Super Smash Bros. will be landing on your system this summer! However… Wii U owners… the dust will have to settle just a little longer, as the Wii U version will not hit shelves until this winter.
Sakurai took a moment to discuss some of the more technical parts of the 3DS version. All playable characters will run at 60FPS with both 3D on and off. Some assist trophies and Pokemon will move at a perfect ably acceptable 30 FPS. No news about how well the Wii U version will run, but I expect THE BEST!
Of course, the Wii U and the 3DS are very different systems… kind of… so it’s no surprise that there will be differences between the two versions of Smash Bros.
One thing that remains the same between the two versions is the playable Roster. All the characters you can find in the 3DS version, you will find in the Wii U version.
Stages however, will be very different for each console. 3DS stages will circle around games only available on handheld, and Wii U stages will circle around games only available on Nintendo’s home consoles. When playing on 3DS, each stage has two different songs to choose from, while each stage on the Wii U has many different songs to pick from.
Sakurai hinted at connectivity between the two systems, but of course, he doesn’t mention any of them, so stay tuned!
As stated, each version will have their own exclusive stages! Here is a list of stages shown:
- Reset Bomb Forest
- Spirit Train
- 3D Land
- Gerudo Valley
- Arean Ferox
- Tortimer Island
- Living Room
- Prism Tower
- Rainbow Road
- Find Mii
- Balloon Fight
- Jungle Japes
- Wii U
- Mario Galaxy
- Town and City
- Boxing Ring
- Pilot Wings
- Windy Hill
- Garden of Hope
- Wii Fit Studio
- Palutena’s Temple
Of course, this is only the stages that we know, so expect even more when the games release later this year.
Yellow Devil and other bosses
New to the series is stage exclusive bosses. They started this off by showing off the Yellow Devil, who appears on a Megaman stage randomly. His only weak spot is his eye, so fighters must work together to defeat him. Yet, it’s also a race to get the last hit, because when he is destroyed, he explodes and hits everyone in the blast radius except for the player who hit it last.
It’s a very interesting and welcome addition to the series, and there will be more than just the Yellow Devil. A Ridley boss was hinted at near the end of this segment, but nothing is confirmed quite yet!
Online Play is confirmed for both 3DS and Wii U versions! Woohoo!
Two Game Modes
Two game modes were confirmed for online play. For Fun and For Glory.
For Fun is for the more casual player. When selected, you’ll play on a random stage, all items on, smash battles only, and it only records wins,
For Glory is for the more hardcore player. Final Destination is always selected, no items, and win/loss recorded.
Playing on Final Destination over and over would be kind of boring except…
Almost any stage can be played as a Final Destination stage!
Online Play Details
Nintendo will be doing their best to make sure that playing online is both fun and stable for all players. The anonymous aspect of playing online is no more, and players can report others if needed. No news on if voice chat will be available or not.
Another new feature is a Global Smash Power. The Ranking system was too broad and boring, so Sakurai and the team decided to revamp it into something new. You get a score the more you play online, and whatever your number is means you are, for the lack of a better term, ‘better’ than that many people. Try not to get number 1!
Many items are going to be in the game, as always, but this time around, quite a few of them have gotten a redesign of some sort. Here is a list of items that appeared:
- Beam Sword
- Smart Bomb
- Motion-Sensor Bomb
- Fire Bar
- Fairy Bottle
- Back Shield
- POW Block
- Ore Club
- X Bomb
- Rocket Belt
- Hocotate Bomb
- Steel Diver
Back from Brawl are Assist Trophies featuring many different characters from the franchises we know and love. Here is what was shown:
- Saki Amamiya
- Knuckle Joe
- Nintendog (I’m hoping for a Nintencat too!)
- Dr. Wright
- Skull Kid
- Mother Brain
- Dark Samus
- Chain Chomp
- Elec Man
- Color TV-Game 15
Pokémon are back! Duh! You can’t have a Super Smash game without them! Only this time, they’ve been given a slight change!
There is a new type of Pokeball; the Masterball. The Masterball only holds the rarest and most legendary Pokémon there are! Of course, the original Pokeball is still there, and as always, players will scamper to get them to release one of the following Pokémon (shown in the direct):
Hopefully the other 700~ will be available too RIGHT SAKURAI?
Returning and new Fighters
One of the first things shown in this part is that characters will no longer alter. That means if you pick someone, you stick with that character and that character alone until the battle ends. Which means characters like Samus/Zero Suit Samus and Zelda/Shiek are now separate characters. This is so you can focus on just a single moveset instead of juggling two or even three characters.
There were quite a few buffs and nerfs to some of our favorite characters, which is too in-depth to talk about here. However, some notable changes are:
- Lucario’s Final Smash is now Mega Lucario
- Olimar only has three Pikmin following him, and they appear in a fixed order
- Pit’s Final Smash now allows him to equip the Three Sacred Treasures and blast his foes
- Kirby’s Final Smash gives him a huge sword from his Return to Dreamland
- Yoshi now stands more upright instead of a dinosaur
- Megaman’s Final Smash summons 4 other iterations of Megaman to blast by his side
There are also many moves showcased for newer characters such as Rosalina, Little Mac, and Wii Fit Trainer. There is a lot to cover though, so if you are in interested, look around on the official Smash Bros website to find out more.
Mysterious Special Moves
In a first for the series, Super Smash Bros. will allow custom move sets! Woah! Sakurai didn’t go too in-depth about it, but he did note that they will not be allowed online with strangers.
Smash Run – 3DS Exclusive Game Mode
There is a new game mode that is only available on the 3DS. It is called Smash Run, and can be played with four players. The goal is to search a dungeon-like stage for powerups, defeated foes and finding treasures. Once the time is up, everyone playing will fight to the death using what they found in the dungeon. It’s very interesting, and I’m very excited to give it a try when it comes out!
Charizard and Greninja!
After seeing the current roster, we thought the direct was all over. It was time to turn out the lights, cover up, and sleep until release. But then…
IT’S RAINING POKEMON!
Charizard Fires It Up!
He flies into action to fight the other brawlers, when suddenly… is… is that Mewtwo in the shadows? No… It’s… IT’S…
Greninja Makes a Splash!
In a very surprising turn of events, Greninja, the final evolution of Froakie, has joined the battle! I hope to see attacks using that tongue scarf of his. Charizard’s Final Smash was confirmed to turn him into Mega Charizard X, and Greninja’s Final Smash will allow him to attack an enemy in quick succession with the pale moon in the background.
Well, there you have it folks! There was a lot shown today during the Nintendo Direct, but if you want to learn even more about Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, then head on over to the official Smash Bros website! Sakurai updates it almost immediately with news about the game, and there is a new picture every weekday.
What are you most looking forward to? Leave a comment below!