|[April 08, 2014]
Super Smash Bros. Blowout! Nintendo Direct Video Details Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Games
REDMOND, Wash. --(Business Wire)--
A new Nintendo
Direct video revealed numerous details about the upcoming Super
Smash Bros. video games for the Wii
U and Nintendo
3DS systems. At the start of the video, series creator Masahiro
Sakurai announced that the launch of the Nintendo 3DS version of the
game is planned for this summer, with the Wii U version planned for
winter 2014. Both games will be available in stores and in the Nintendo
eShop for their respective platforms. Sakurai also detailed many of the
stages and items in both versions, described the games' online
functionality, revealed a new mode exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version
and announced fan-favorite Greninja, a Pokémon from the Pokémon
X and Pokémon
Y games, as a new playable character.
"New Super Smash Bros. games are a major event for video game
fans everywhere, and present an experience that only Nintendo can
offer," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice
president of Sales & Marketing. "Fans have two launches to look forward
to this year, and they will want to get in plenty of practice with the
Nintendo 3DS version so that they can be prepared for the launch of the
Wii U game later in the year."
To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.
Today's announcements included:
Launch windows: The Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros.
is planned to launch this summer. The Wii U version of Super Smash
Bros. is planned to launch in winter 2014.
Silky-smooth 3D: Most game-play elements of the Nintendo 3DS
version of the game will run at 60 frames per second, all in
"Smash Run": Exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version of the game
is a new mode called "Smash Run." In this mode, four players have five
minutes to enter a dungeon and explore the surroundings, fight enemies
and obtain power-ups to enhance their fighters. Once the five minutes
are up, all four fighters enter a battle arena using their newly
equipped items and power-ups. Enemies encountered in the Smash Run
mode are from a wide range of game series. Multiple Nintendo 3DS
systems and games are required for multiplayer modes.
New challenger!: Greninja, the aweome final evolution of
Froakie from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, joins the roster
as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for both Wii U and
Oldies but goodies: Many of the classic characters from past Super
Smash Bros. games that are returning in Super Smash Bros.
for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS have new powers and abilities. Four
characters that have appeared in previous games, but had yet to be
announced before this Nintendo Direct, include:
Zero Suit Samus: That's right, Zero Suit Samus is back, but
this time she is her own fully playable character, separate from
suited Samus. In the new game, she is given jet boots to make her
even more powerful.
Sheik: As with Zero Suit Samus, Sheik is another character
that appeared in previous Super Smash Bros. games, but will
be a unique playable character for the first time in the new Wii U
and Nintendo 3DS games. Sheik has new moves like Burst Grenade and
Yoshi: In previous games, Yoshi stood on two legs and
hunched over, as if Mario were going to jump on top of him at any
moment. This new version of Yoshi stands completely upright,
making him an even stronger fighter.
Charizard: After appearing from a Poké Ball in Super
Smash Bros. Melee and becoming playable by using Pokémon
Trainer in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, this fire-breathing
Pokémon is now a selectable character.
Online play: Both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Super
Smash Bros. will offer online multiplayer game play with other
players on the same platform. Players with broadband Internet access
can battle it out with anyone else who is online and also has the game.
When playing with random players online, two modes are available:
"For Fun" and "For Glory." In "For Glory," only Final Destination
stage variations are available. There are no platforms, elevated
areas or items in this mode. It is a nice, clean battle between
characters. In "For Fun," all stages are picked randomly and all
items and power-ups are available.
When playing with friends, full customization is available -
players can set the rules, stages and items however they want.
Variety of stages: While the cast of playable characters is the
same in both versions of the new games, the stages where the battles
take place are vastly different, depending on which system a player
chooses. The Wii U stages are primarily based on past home console
games, while the Nintendo 3DS stages draw from hand-held games for
Boss characters, such as the Yellow Devil in Dr. Wily's Base, will
make appearances in some stages. When bosses appear, fighters will
have to battle the boss, as well as one another. The boss can even
be used in strategic ways to damage other fighters.
Almost all the stages in both versions of the game will have a
"Final Destination form," an alternate form of each stage that is
inspired by the relatively simple layout of the much-loved Final
Items, trophies and Pokémon: Items, assist trophies and Poké
Balls all return in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo
3DS. New to the games are Master Balls, special Poké Balls that
contain Legendary Pokémon like Arceus and Xerneas.
Get connected: There will be elements in Super Smash Bros.
that link both versions of the games. More details about this will be
revealed at a later date.
Custom moves: In a series first, players can now customize move
sets when playing locally or online with friends. More information
about this feature will be announced in the future.
For even more new information about Super Smash Bros., visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct
to view the Nintendo Direct, or http://www.smashbros.com/us/
and the new http://www.facebook.com/smashbros.
Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let
adults manage the content their children can access. For more
information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™
and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and
Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.2 billion video games and more than 669 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi
XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo
GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™,
Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and
Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America
Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about
Nintendo, please visit the company's website at http://www.nintendo.com.
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