Super Smash Bros to arrive in Summer 2014 for 3DS, Winter for Wii U
The new Nintendo Direct had quite a bit of information regarding Nintendo’s upcoming brawler. At the very beginning Masahiro Sakurai, the series creator, revealed that the company was planning to release the 3DS version of the game this summer. He went on to state that the Wii U version is slated for a winter 2014 release.
Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales and Marketing, Scott Moffitt, stated, “New Super Smash Bros. games are a major event for video game fans everywhere, and present an experience that only Nintendo can offer. Fans have two launches to look forward to this year, and they will want to get in plenty of practice with the Nintendo 3DS version so that they can be prepared for the launch of the Wii U game later in the year.”
The new Nintendo Direct also revealed that the majority of the game-play elements of the 3DS version of the game will be running at 60 frames per second in stereoscopic 3D. The 3DS version will also have an exclusive mode known as “Smash Run”, which will place four players in a dungeon. These players will need to explore their surroundings, take on enemies (which will be from a wide range of series), and obtain power-ups which will enhance their fighters, and they will have to do it quickly as there will be a five minute timer. Once these five minutes are up the players will be teleported to a battle arena in which they’ll utilize their newly acquired items and power-ups to duke it out.
A new fighter will also show up, namely the fan favorite Greninja, which is the final evolution of Froakie from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. There will also be a few classic characters, such as Zero Suit Samus, who will be her own fully playable character and utilize jet boots to make her even stronger. Another character that had appeared in previous games, but will be playable for the first time, is Sheik.
Yoshi has been updated in the new game. Gamers may recall that in the previous games he tended to stand on two legs and hunched over, as if he was expecting his plumber pal to jump on him at any second. In the new game he will stand completely upright, which, according to the developers, will make the green dinosaur an even stronger fighter.
Finally we have Charizard. Though he was playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl by utilizing Pokémon Trainer, until this game he was not a selectable character.
In addition to online play and the standard items/trophies that appear in the games, the upcoming title will also allow you to customize your move sets while you play online or with pals. Not many details were revealed about this during this Nintendo Direct, but they promised that more information would be made available soon.
Two final things to note are the variety of stages between the two versions of the game (the Wii U version’s stages will be based on home console games while the 3DS version will utilize stages from hand-held titles) and the fact that there will be elements in the upcoming game that will link both Wii U and 3DS versions. Not many details were revealed about the latter, but we will keep you updated as we learn more.
Are you excited for the latest brawler in Nintendo’s series?