There are some (like me) who were a bit disappointed in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. Functional problems aside, the 3DS version feels like it’s lacking in content even with stuff like Smash Run. As such, I was a bit concerned if the Wii U version would be up to snuff. Luckily, after seeing the latest Nintendo Direct for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, I’m more hopeful.
Nintendo aired a special Direct last Thursday called the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 50-Fact Extravaganza that focused entirely on features not in the 3DS version. The entire DIrect can be watched below, but I’d like to highlight some of the coolest features I saw.
Right off the bat, one of the biggest reveals was 8-Player Smash. In this mode, up to 8 players can duke it out in chaotic matches simultaneously. These can be any combination of Human, Computer or Figure players and any combination of supported controllers. This has also confirmed that the Wii U will support 2 GameCube Controller Adapters.
Since the space required for enjoyable gameplay is much larger, only select large stages can be used. Previously revealed stages like Mario Galaxy and Palutena’s Temple will support this, along with newly revealed stages like Big Battlefield, Temple (Melee), and The Great Cave Offensive.
A couple new stage designs were detailed as well. The Great Cave Offensive features Danger Zones that cause damage and can instant K.O. if you touch it while having more than 100% damage. Jungle Hijinx is a Dual-Plane stage, where action can take place in both the foreground and the background. To account for the larger screen space for the background, players will be able to be launched easier while back there. One stage that may take a bit to get working is the Miiverse stage. Its layout is identical to Battlefield, but the twist is that the background will display player-generated Miiverse posts that can cheer the fighters on.
As we’ve known for a while, some stages will feature boss character appearances, like the Yellow Devil in Dr. Wily’s Castle. Two more have been revealed as of now, and they are Metal Face and Ridley. Metal Face from Xenoblade Chronicles appears in Gaur Plains at night and will attack the players. As with all of the boss characters, he can be K.O.ed and he currently doesn’t have any other known abilities. Ridley from the Metroid series is a bit more interesting. If you damage him enough, he can fight for you against the other players. Once he’s joined a player, Ridley can be K.O. and it will count towards the match score, even if the joined player K.O.s him.
Some other features that have been confirmed are pretty cool as well. Special Smash will be returning like in Melee and Brawl. Special Smash allows you to manipulate everything from damage ratios to item permanence in special matches. Any matches played in this mode won’t count towards your game record, so this will be the perfect for-fun mode. The Stage Builder from Brawl is also returning and will make use of the Wii U Gamepad for drawing out platforms. A special party board game mode called Smash Tour will be in the Wii U version, but I’m frankly not sure how to describe it right now.
One last thing that is really cool for owners of both versions was also announced. For players who buy both Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U and register them at Club Nintendo will receive a special soundtrack for free. This will include music from both versions on physical discs. In addition, Mewtwo will also be available for free to players who own both. I really hope that Mewtwo isn’t only for owners of both versions and will be sold later, otherwise it would be a pretty lame move on Nintendo’s part.
It looks like we’re going to be seeing a ton of content packed into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Everything in terms of stages, trophies, music, modes, and even amount of simultaneous players will be making the most of the Wii U’s power.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, along with the first round of Amiibo figures, launches in November 21st in North America, December 5th in Europe, and December 6th in Japan and Australia.