Today in the Super Smash Bros Nintendo Direct, Nintendo finally gave us a release window for the upcoming Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U. Oddly enough, Nintendo has decided to prioritize one version for some reason, so the 3DS release is coming out this Summer, while the Wii U release is coming this Winter. Yes, these are only release windows, we don't currently know specific release dates.
This marks the first time that Nintendo is releasing Super Smash Bros on a portable system, so I guess the company is going with the one-two punch of having the portable version come first. It is perplexing as the Wii U is definitely in need of system sellers and Super Smash Bros could qualify. Releasing a 3DS version already meant that some interested consumers could skip the Wii U version. With the 3DS rev coming first, that's almost a guarantee.
Alas, no sense crying over spilled milk. Both versions retain gameplay connectivity and the 3DS version will have online play just like its bigger, slower brother. The 3DS version will run at 60 FPS, even in 3D. The competitive online comes in two forms: For Fun and For Glory. For Fun features random stages, all the items, Smash battles only, and the game will only record your wins. For Glory is played on the Final Destination stage only with no item, possible 1-on-1 matches, and all wins and losses are recorded. Now, the last part might seem rather annoying, but Nintendo also announced that each stage will have a Final Destination skin.
The stages themselves are different in the Wii U and 3DS versions, but the characters will remain the same across both titles. Stages shown include a Mario Galaxy level, Palutena's Temple, and a Pilotwings stage.
Super Smash Bros will also add bosses to your matches. Bosses are larger creatures that roam each level causing havoc for everyone. The Nintendo Direct showed off Metroid's Ridley and Mega Man's Yellow Devil as boss characters players can expect to go up against.
Instead of normal leaderboard rankings for multiplayer, players can instead look forward to Global Smash Power. Global Smash Power instead keeps track of how many other players you've outscored. There will still be online matchmaking of some sort.
Nintendo also unveiled a number of new assist trophies for the game including:
- Andross - Star Fox
- Knuckle Joe - Kirby
- Saki Amamiya - Sin & Punishment
- Lyn - Fire Emblem
- Dog - Nintendogs
- Dr. Wright - Sim City
- Skull Kid - Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mark
- Mother Brain - Metroid
- Midna - Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Ashley - WarioWare
- Dark Samus - Metroid Prime
- Chain Chomp - Mario series
- Isabelle - Animal Crossing
- Elec Man - Mega Man
- and Color TV-Game 15
Yoshi, Charizard, and Greninja also joined the cast as a playable characters, while Sheik and Zero Suit Samus are now separate playable characters. (Yes, more playable Pokemon up in your Super Smash Bros.) Zero Suit Samus now looks to be Nintendo's take on Bayonetta (possible alternate costume?). The final reveals of the Nintendo Direct included custom move sets if you decide to play with your friends and Smash Run, a version of Kirby Air Ride's City Trial where players have an expansive map to fight across.