Nintendo unleashed a deluge of information about its upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game, including an eight-player mode, the ability to build and share custom stages and an exclusive soundtrack offer. Nintendo revealed these and many more details in a live-streamed Nintendo Direct video announcement.
“Super Smash Bros. fans got a full look at the unbelievable variety of options and surprises that await them in the Wii U version of the game,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “Millions of fans around the world already can’t get enough of the Nintendo 3DS game, and we want the Wii U version to build on that momentum.”
Some of the topics covered in the video include:
8-Player Smash: In a major first for the franchise, a special mode lets eight players fight simultaneously in local multiplayer. This option appears only in the Wii U version, and lets players compete on even larger stages to accommodate all the characters.
amiibo Figures: When a player touches an amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad, the character joins as a “figure player.” The amiibo figures can gain levels to become stronger and add equipment as they gain experience through battling. Players can have amiibo fight one another, and amiibo will bring you presents from the battles they fight in.
Custom Stage Creation: The touch screen of the Wii U GamePad makes it easier than ever for players to build their own stages and eventually share them with friends and other players around the world using broadband Internet access.
Importing Fighters: Fans of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can immediately benefit from the fruits of their smashing labours. Players can import custom Nintendo 3DS fighters to the Wii U game, along with their customized equipment, costumes and hats.
Special Soundtrack Offer: Everyone who buys both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and registers both games on Club Nintendo by January 13 will receive a two-disc soundtrack of music from the games.
Mewtwo: Like the soundtrack, this series veteran fighter will be made available as free downloadable content in spring of 2015 for anyone who buys both versions of the game.
Modes: The Wii U version of the game offers many new modes and different ways to play that keep players coming back for more:
- Smash Tour: World Smash is a fighting party game that looks like a board game. Players use items, spin a wheel and advance around the map. Up to four players can compete at once as they navigate the board and gain fighters and power-ups they can use in a final battle.
- Special Smash Mode: Players can customize battles with unique parameters.
- Coin Battles: Players compete to collect coins from other players.
- Stamina Matches: Players fight until their hit points reach zero.
- Classic Mode: One or two players fight through a series of battles and advance as long as they survive. Many random events can shake things up, and players can adjust the intensity settings. The more difficult the game, the greater the rewards.
- All-Star Mode: Like in the Nintendo 3DS version, opponents appear in chronological order. Only this time, the newest fighters appear before the older ones, and two players can battle through this mode together.
- Event Mode: One or two players take on set character- and theme-based battles. Clearing stages helps players see the way forward.
Masterpieces: This menu gives players a peek into the past lives of some of the Super Smash Bros. characters. Players can play cut-down versions of the characters’ greatest games.
Stages: The Wii U game offers more stages than any game in the series. The expanded Big Battlefield makes its debut in addition to the traditional Battlefield Stage. The Great Cave Offensive, based on the underground labyrinth found in Kirby games, challenges players to avoid potentially lethal danger zones – or throw their opponents into them. The Jungle Hijinxs stage, based on Donkey Kong Country Returns, lets players fight in the foreground and background. Blast barrels shoot players from front to back and vice versa.
Tunes: The game includes hundreds of music tracks, songs and jingles that players can listen to and settings to customize what music plays during game play. Players add songs to their library by collecting CDs that appear while smashing or after completing challenges.
Movies: When players clear Classic or All-Star modes, they’ll be treated to a brief movie featuring whichever fighter they used. Every fighter has a movie, so it’ll be a challenge to view them all.
Ridley. Yes, Ridley: Fans have been clamoring for Ridley to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game for a while, and now they’re getting their wish. But true to form, Ridley appears in an unexpected way. Players will find him in the Metroid series-inspired Pyrosphere stage, but he does more than just hassle players. If one player attacks Ridley enough, Ridley will join that fighter’s side and attack others. Players (including the one on Ridley’s side) can KO Ridley to earn a point toward the match result total. And if Ridley consumes enough energy, he will become Meta Ridley and all the more vicious.
Characters: The Wii U version offers 40 characters and the use of Mii characters from the start. Each character’s moves match those found in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, so players who hone their skills in the portable game will have an edge over opponents in the console version of the game.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Super Smash Bros. fans gathered at District 28 in Toronto on Saturday, October 18 to celebrate the launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the world-wide phenomenon that has sold more than 2.8 million copies since its launch on October 3. Fans took part in on-site battles and were treated to Super Smash Bros.-inspired giveaways, with a grand prize raffle winner going home with a limited edition blue Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS XL courtesy of Future Shop.
Buzz for the Canadian-exclusive events started when fans received a Canadian-inspired video challenge from Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, to create the official rules for Super Smash Club. The ten fan-created rules were shared on Nintendo of Canada’s Facebook and Twitter pages earlier this month.
If you missed the action, a video featuring the highlights of the Toronto Super Smash Club main event is available on Nintendo of Canada’s YouTube channel, while more photos from the event will be posted on Nintendo of Canada’s Facebook page.
Future Super Smash Club gatherings are happening across Canada in October and November – the full schedule is shown below. Don’t forget to follow Nintendo of Canada on Twitter for more smashing updates.
|Super Smash Club Gatherings|
|18-Oct||London||ON||Medway Community Centre||19 Sherwood Forest Square||1:30pm – 5:00pm|
|18-Oct||Vancouver||BC||Future Shop||798 Granville Street||12:00 pm – 4:00 pm|
|25-Oct||Calgary||AB||University of Calgary CHC 119||2500 University Dr NW||12:00pm – 3:30pm|
|25-Oct||Montreal||QC||Future Shop||460 Rue St Catherine Ouest||12:00 pm – 4:00 pm|
|1-Nov||Vaughan||ON||Father E. Bulfon Community Centre||8141 Martin Grove Rd||12:00pm – 3:30pm|
|1-Nov||Ottawa||ON||Algonquin College Number T102||1385 Woodroffe Ave||12:00pm – 3:30pm|
|1-Nov||Edmonton||AB||Future Shop||1320 – 99 St NW||12:00 pm – 4:00 pm|
|8-Nov||Calgary||AB||University of Calgary CHC 119||2500 University Dr NW||12:00pm – 3:30pm|
|8-Nov||Montreal||QC||CCSE Maisonneuve||4242 Rue Ontario Est||12:00pm – 3:30pm|
|8-Nov||Toronto||ON||Future Shop||10 Dundas St E||12:00 pm – 4:00 pm|