Earlier today, the Director of the Super Smash Bros. series, Masahiro Sakurai, made a special announcement for both the 3DS and Wii U versions that relate to the release dates, new modes, characters, and much more. There are some big changes in online play, character moves, and the ranking system players will want to check out. Learn more about what was announced for Super Smash Bros. during today’s Nintendo Direct after the jump.
There was a lot of big bullet points covered in today’s Nintendo Direct announcement. I’m impressed with many of the changes, and definitely look forward to playing the Wii U version this winter. If you did not want to sit through the 40 minute video, here are the highlights:
The Wii U and 3DS rosters are the exact same, however, the stages will be different for both eversions. There are a few stages such as Battlefield, which will be featured in both versions, but the design will differ.
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3DS Stages shown in the presentation includes: Battlefield, 3D Land , Rainbow Road (Mario Kart), Arena Ferox, Living Room, Reset Bomb Forest, Spirit Train, Gerudo Valley, Tortimer Island, Prism Tower, Find Mii, Balloon Fight, Jungle Japes, and Final Destination.
Wii U stages shown in the presentation includes: Battlefield, Skylof, Mario Galaxy, Pyrosphere, Town and City, Boxing Ring, Pilot Wings, Windy Hill, Garden of Hope, Wii Fit Studio, Palutena’s Temple, Wily Castle, Halberd, and Final Destination.
New stages on the Wii U version such as Wily Castle from Mega Man will introduce boss characters such as The Yellow Devil who will obstruct fighting among players until it is defeated. The player who defeats the boss of that level will be able to use its defeat to their advantage against others.
There will be two different online multiplayer modes, “For Fun” and “For Glory.” Gamers who choose “For Fun” will get to play on a random selection of stages sans Final Destination, all items will be available, Smash Battles only, and wins are the only stats recorded. In “For Glory,” Final Destination is the only stage available, there will be no items, 1-on-1 battles are an option, and both wins and losses will be recorded.
Nintendo has gotten rid of anonymous play. Nintendo Network ID’s will now be shown so babies can rat people out. This is also to cut down on people who start and stop playing, gamers who repeatedly self-destruct, those who single out individuals, players who frequently drop out, anyone who cheats the system, and hooligans who needlessly report others. Temporary bans from online play will be enforced; the more strikes to your account, the longer your ban.
Ranking systems on online battle will not be featured in this iteration of Super Smash Bros., but a Global Smash Power ranking is introduced for those who enjoy bragging about their single player experiences. Although there will be no rankings in multiplayer, matchmaking will be based on skill.
An all new mode only for the 3DS called Smash Run is a five-minute battle game, for up to four players, where players will search in dungeon like stages looking for power-ups. After the five minutes are up, all four fighters will proceed into a battle to duke it out with their power-ups intact.
Items shown in this presentation of the new Super Smash Bros. includes: Beam Sword, Bumper, Smart Bomb, Motion-Sensor Bomb, POW Block, Beetle, Fire Bar Sword, Back Shield, Bombchus, Fairy Bottle, Ore Club, X Bomb, Hocotate bomb, Rocket Belt, Pokéballs, and Steel Diver.
Assist trophies return, such as Andross, Devil, Knuckle Joe, Saki Amamiya, Lyn, Nintendog, Waluigi, Dr. Wright, Skull Kid, Mother Brain, Midna, Ashley, Dark Samus, Chain Chomp, Isabelle, Elec Man, AND Color TV-Game 15.
Pokémon seen in the Pokéballs and Master Balls in this update includes Arceus, Meowth, Electrode, Eevee, Staryu, Metagross, Fennekin, Meloetta, Gogoat, Entei, Deoxys, Palkia, Kyurem, Victini, Keldeo, and Xerneas.
Zero Suit Samus returns as her own character with jet boots to give her more power and speed.
Zelda has been given a new down-special attack called Phantom Slash.
With the debut of this new move, Sheik has been optioned as her own solo character, with two new moves: burst grenade and bouncing fish. Other returning characters with new and updated movies, such as Kirby, King Dedede, Lucario, Pikmin and Olimar, Pit, Link, Sonic, Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Marth, Diddy Kong, ToonLink, Pikachu, and Yoshi.
New fighters reviewed are Rosalina and Luma, Little Mac who can choose Wireframe Mac as a costume, The Villager, Mega Man, and Wii Fit Trainer. Two new special introductions were also made to the roster, Charizard and Greninja.
Other points to take into consideration:
- The Nintendo 3DS version will run at 60 FPS, even in 3D
- Assist trophies and Pokemon will move at 30 FPS; this will not affect the speed of the fighters
- There will be two different songs per stage on the 3DS version
- Online multiplayer will be integrated into both versions
- Many new stages will reflect a flat, Final Destination style
- Returning fighters will no longer change after using Final Smash, such as Samus
- Custom move sets have been introduced for online play with friends or solo play
- Elements linking the 3DS and Wii U versions was not revealed, but will be introduced in the near future.
That’s a pretty big update on one of the most anticipated games of the year. What are you looking forward to the most?
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will be release this summer, while the Wii U version will hit stores this winter.
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Source: Official Super Smash Bros. Website