During today’s Nintendo Direct (an archive of which has been included above), director Masahiro Sakurai revealed quite a bit about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. We’ve gathered much of the pertinent competitive information that was shared, so feel free to check out the details below and let us know what you think.
- Release Dates
- 3DS – Summer 2014
- Wii U – Winter 2014
- Online Play
- Wii U version will include online multiplayer, allowing you to play with everyone, not just friends. 3DS will also feature netplay.
- There will be two ways to play online. “For Fun” picks randomly from all stages except for Final Destination and will include all items. “For Glory” will only make Final Destination available with no items, allowing one-on-one battles and win-loss records. While playing with friends, you can set the rules to whatever you want.
- Abusive online play, like not playing, dropping, and cheating, will result in temporary bans in order to keep online play enjoyable.
- The Global Smash Power ranking system indicates how your score stacks up against other players. The overall points you gather are designated for how many players you rank over online.
- Returning Fighters
- All characters who changed forms no longer do so, allowing them to focus on a single moveset for the whole fight.
- Zero Suit Samus and Sheik will now be her own individual characters, with new moves to fill out their toolset.
- Yoshi will be returning to the playable cast.
- New Characters
- Charizard and Greninja will represent the Pokemon franchise as playable characters.
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This afternoon, Nintendo plans to broadcast another installment of their special Direct presentations. While many of these events have focused on general news on a wide lineup of games, today’s will focus entirely on the company’s upcoming Super Smash Bros. titles for Wii U and 3DS.
Not much is know about what they plan to cover, but Nintendo of America mentioned that they will reveal a release window during the stream. There’s sure to be a ton of exciting news, so tune in below to catch it all live.