Nintendo Direct 4.8.14 Recap

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It’s time for your recap for the latest Nintendo Direct in the third installment of this accidental Nintendo Week. There is a lot to cover, so let’s get right to it.

First off, we have an official planned release period. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will be releasing this summer, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is coming this winter. According to Masahiro Sakurai, this is because the titles are “packed with content, so we need time to do them justice”. It is also a possibility that this will be the game that gives the Wii U the holiday boost. Either way, this gives the game even more polish time and will make the game that much better.

On the technical side with the 3DS, Sakurai briefly mentioned that the game engine is designed to run at 60 FPS for smooth gameplay. Some Assist Trophies and Pokémon will run at 30 FPS, but the players will still run the same, so gameplay will be unaffected.

Both versions have been confirmed to have the same roster, but most of the gameplay footage shown with specific stages will be version-exclusive. Some levels like Battlefield will appear in both, but they will have different designs. In the 3DS version, players will be able to choose between two different themes for each stage. For the Wii U, there is the My Music feature that lets you pick between several tracks for each stage. The cross connection feature between the two consoles hasn’t been talked about yet, but will come at a later date.

The video also shows off the current lineup of stages, with various and different designs for each console as well as some themed after the console’s exclusive titles. Some stages from previous games, like Jungle Japes and Halberd, will be returning with each version having exclusive older stages.

A new feature was shown off on Dr. Wily’s Stage in the form of the Yellow Devil. The Yellow Devil acts as a boss character which, in the case of this stage, can be defeated in order to damage the other players. No other boss appearances were announced, but it was teased that Ridley will make an appearance in the Pyrosphere stage.

Some new trophies were shown off as well in a cute segment called Trophy Quiz that ran throughout the Nintendo Direct. The trophies shown were Tiki, Fi, Pseudo-Palutena, and King Kihunter. A reel of Assist Trophies was shown as well and are confirmed to appear. These trophies are;

  • Andross

  • Devil

  • Knuckle Joe

  • Saki Amamiya

  • Lyn

  • Nintendog

  • Waluigi

  • Dr. Wright

  • Skull Kid

  • Mother Brain

  • Midna

  • Ashley

  • Dark Samus

  • Chain Chomp

  • Isabelle

  • Elec Man

  • Color TV – Game 15

When it comes to handling online, both the 3DS and Wii U versions of Smash support online play with friends or strangers. When playing online with friends, you can any rules you like. When playing with strangers, you can pick between two modes, For Fun (random stages not including Final Destination, all items, Smash battles only, and only wins recorded) and For Glory (Final Destination only, no items, 1-on-1 battles possible, and Win/Loss recorded). Those worried about playing the same stage over and over in For Glory need not be concerned, as Sakurai stated that almost every stage will have a Final Destination variant.

Sakurai also addressed the issues that plagued the online functionality of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and what the team is working on to fix them. With the new Smash, there will no longer be anonymous play. Now, each player will have the avatar associated with the Nintendo Network ID displayed to report cheaters.

Smash will have a Code of Conduct similar to Miiverse, and players can be temporarily banned for breaking the rules. “I hope we can all work toward creating an online environment where everyone can enjoy themselves,” Sakurai said.

The Nintendo DIrect also touched on a ranking system that Smash will be using called Global Smash Power. Instead of function like a global ranking system, Global Smash Power is based on how much better you are than other players at certain modes. There won’t be a ranking system for the multiplayer in Smash, but some matchmaking will be based on this figure.

The video also showed some new and returning items. The items currently confirmed for the game are;

  • Beam Sword

  • Bumper

  • Smart Bomb

  • Motion-Sensor Bomb

  • POW Block

  • Beetle

  • Fire Bar

  • Back Shield

  • Bombchu

  • Fairy Bottle

  • Ore Club

  • X Bomb

  • Hocotate Bomb

  • Rocket Belt

  • Steel Diver

Along with the new items, some new Pokémon have been confirmed as well as a new Pokéball, the Master Ball, that only contains rare and Legendary Pokémon. The Pokémon that will be in the game as items are;

  • Arceus

  • Meowth

  • Electrode

  • Eevee

  • Staryu

  • Metagross

  • Fennekin

  • Meloetta

  • Gogoat

  • Entei

  • Deoxys

  • Palkia

  • Kyurem

  • Victini

  • Keldeo

  • Xerneas

With the returning characters, Sakurai mentions that there will be some tweaks to the combat design. First, characters that had different forms (like Samus into Zero Suit Samus or Zelda into Sheik) will no longer have them. Instead, Zero Suit Samus and Sheik are different playable characters. To make up for Zero Suit Samus being relatively weaker, the team has added jet boots to improve her combat and recovery abilities. Most of the other character tweaks are pretty interesting, but the coolest to me is that Lucario will now have the ability to Mega Evolve, boosting its aura attacks to maximum levels.

Now with the returning characters out of the way, Sakurai provides some details on the new ones;

  • Rosalina & Luma – ability to send out Luma and call it back. Both can attack, so it is possible to coordinate attacks together to take out other players. Their Final Smash is Power Star.

  • Little Mac – limited to punch-style attacks and extremely powerful on the ground, but incredibly weak in the air, and recovery move is terrible for getting back up. Unique feature is Power Meter, which can charge up by attacking or taking damage to unleash a one-hit finishing move called K.O. Uppercut. His Final Smash is Giga Mac.

  • Villager – standard fighter attributes, with interesting projectile-absorbing ability called Pocket. Pocket allows any physical character projectile to be picked up and stored for later use. His Final Smash is Dream Home.

  • WiiFit Trainer – specialized in two techniques called Deep Breathing and Sun Salutation. Deep Breathing increases your attack power, while Sun Salutation is a charged projectile similar to Samus’ Charge Beam. Combining the two results in super powerful projectile attacks. The Trainer can be either male or female, and no Final Smash has been announced yet.

  • Megaman – almost all of Megaman’s moves incorporate a certain Robot Master’s weapon. His Final Smash has not been named yet, but it will use all 5 Megaman iterations.

Sakurai then teased at the ability to have custom movesets for each character, which are only available for local or online play with friends. Some were demoed in the video, but more details will have to wait until later.

A new mode, called Smash Run will also be coming to the 3DS version exclusively. This mode plays similar to Kirby Air Ride’s City Trial, with 4 players collecting as many power-ups as possible  in a massive stage before facing each other in various game modes. The modes shown were Reflect Smash, Flower Smash, Easy-Launch Smash, and Climb!.

With that, Sakurai concludes this Nintendo Direct with a look at all of the character announced for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. This may not be the final roster, but given the number of characters there are, it’s quite possible. The current roster is;

  • Mario

  • Donkey Kong

  • Link

  • Samus

  • Yoshi

  • Kirby

  • Fox

  • Pikachu

  • Luigi

  • Peach

  • Bowser

  • Zelda

  • Sheik

  • Marth

  • Pit

  • Zero Suit Samus

  • Pikmin & Olimar

  • Diddy Kong

  • Dedede

  • Lucario

  • Toon Link

  • Sonic

  • Villager

  • Megaman

  • WiiFit Trainer

  • Rosalina & Luma

  • Little Mac

Oh, yes, I almost forgot. A trailer at the end of the Nintendo Direct also shows two new characters;

Charizard returns after debuting in Brawl as one of the 3 Pokémon used by Pokémon Trainer, alongside Greninja, the final evolution of the Water-type starter in Pokémon X and Y.

*Whew*. Now that that’s over with, we can look forward to the upcoming games even more. The best part? 3DS owners won’t have to wait long to get their hands on Super Smash Bros..