Posted April 9, 2014 by Gaetano Fratto in Game News

Super Smash Bros News via Nintendo Direct

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct gave us a whole mess of goodies to wet our appetites as we impatiently await the release of Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

The first tidbit of news is a general release date. Super Smash Bros. will first drop on the Nintendo 3DS sometime in summer 2014, while the Wii U version will be released sometime in winter 2014.

Next, we’ll discuss the full character list (to date). The returning characters from the original Super Smash Bros., Melee and Brawl:

Mario, Yoshi, Link, Toon Link, Pikachu, Kirby, Fox, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Bowser, Samus, Luigi, Peach, Pikmin & Olimar, Sonic, Marth, Lucario, Pit, King Dedede, and Zelda.

The new challengers who are appearing for the first time in the Super Smash Bros. series are:

Villager (Animal Crossing), Wii Fit Trainer (Wii Fit), Rosalina and Luma (Super Mario Galaxy), Little Mac (Punch-Out!!), Zero Suit Samus (Metriod) and Sheik (The Legend of Zelda) both as standalone characters rather than forms of Samus and Zelda, Charizard and Greninja (Pokemon series).

The stages in Super Smash Bros also follow the new/returning style the series is loved for without all the weird stage gimmicks the series is sometimes revered for. The stages will vary depending on which platform Super Smash Bros. is played on. The Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. stages will be based mostly on hand-held games (Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Pokemon X and Y) while the Wii U version of the game will feature stages based on console games. Within the stages are unique bosses, in which each character must work together to battle, along with fighting one another.

Most of the items from previous games are making a return incusing the capsules, Assist Trophies and Poke Balls. This time around, Poke Balls come in two different types, Poke Balls and Master Balls.  The Master Balls will summon Legendary Pokemon such as Xerneas (Pokemon X) and Yveltal (Pokemon Y).

The multiplayer connectivity is truly where the game sees the most improvement. Players will be able to play for “Fun” or for “Glory,” with varying in-game differences, where “Glory” has no items or platforms and “Fun” has random stages, items and power-ups.

The Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will contain a “Smash Run” mode.  In “Smash Run,” up to 4 players enter a preliminary dungeon maze for 5 minutes, where they can fight enemies and acquire power-ups and items to assist them in the battle which follows the run. Sort of like The Hunger Games, only with Pikachu and Mario.

Are you excited for the new Super Smash Bros.? Will you experiment with the newest additions to the game, or will you stick with an “ol’ reliable” type such as Link? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gaetano Fratto

Gaetano Fratto
My name is Gaetano Fratto, but Nino does just fine. My passion lies in video game reviews and gaming related news. I love discussions and arguments relating to gaming news and culture.