In case you missed it, Nintendo released a new Nintendo Direct on Super Smash Bros for Wii U this past Thursday. It was a bit different than the norm as it didn’t feature commentary from Reggie Fils-Aime or Masahiro Sakurai. This direct instead focused solely on 50 new facts about the Wii U version of Smash Bros., although it ended up that 54 were given. Nintendo has been silencing critics lately with its video content and humor and this Direct continued with that trend. You’d be wise to watch the Direct itself as it is extremely informative and has some great humor, but I will sum up my 10 favorite facts from the video in case you don’t have 35 minutes to spare:
1) First up was the announcement of 8-player Smash. As crazy and awesome as Smash Bros. has always been with 4 friends, imagine it with up to 4 more! There are special, larger versions of stages to incorporate enough space for 8 players on the screen too.
2) One of my biggest gripes with the 3DS version is the inability to adjust item frequency during battles. I am happy to report that the Wii U version will have a frequency slider to change the frequency at which items drop within battles.
3) Oh, you know all that awesome music packed into the 3DS version? Well (no big deal), the Wii U version has over three times the music! Nintendo stated that if they released the music on actual CDs it would cost more than the Wii U game itself!
4) Smash Bros. for Wii U will not feature the Smash Run mode from the 3DS version but has replaced it with a board-game-esque mode called Smash Tour. You move your Mii around the board and complete small challenges to gain powers and fighters to use against your opponents. I like the fact that the final battle against your opponents will take place as a stock battle. Your stock is determined by the different fighters you have acquired across the board, instead of just the same character for each stock.
5) We already kind of knew this, but Smash Bros. for Wii U will allow you to use any controller that was compatible with the GameCube, Wii, Wii U or even a 3DS! Its a bit ridiculous, yet awesome, to give players so much customization. The GameCube controller will only be compatible if you purchase the Gamecube Adapter, releasing alongside Smash Bros. for Wii U.
6) Smash Bros. for Wii U will feature a Picture Studio where you can place various trophies together and take pictures of them. This is going to be a huge hit with Miiverse fans and gives trophies even more uses within the game.
7) You can now team up with a buddy locally and play together online in Team Smash to take on other duos across the world.
8) Official online tournaments, structured similarly to Mario Kart 8’s online tournaments, will now be an option. This is going to be an awesome way to host tournaments with opponents that live across the country or world. The game will also feature a local tournament option you can use for local get-togethers as well.
9) The lackluster stage-creator from Brawl seems to be given a huge overhaul. There are now multiple stage themes to choose from but the big announcement is the ability to now use the stylus to actually hand-draw platforms and levels on the Gamepad.
10) Mewtwo was announced as the first piece of DLC for Smash Bros on Wii U & 3DS. Mewtwo will be Free-LC as long as you have both the 3DS and Wii U versions purchased by next spring, which is when he will be released. This was a huge piece of news because up until this point DLC has been ruled out for Smash Bros. on Wii U & 3DS. This opens the door for more stages and characters, but Nintendo did state that Mewtwo will be releasing next spring because of how much work goes into just one character, so who knows if any other characters will really be coming?
Smash Bros. on 3DS released earlier this month and we here at Invisible Gamer thought the game was fantastic. Until this Nintendo Direct, no one was really sure how similar or different the two versions of the game would be and I can honestly say that I was not expecting them to cram this much more content into the Wii U version. The Wii U version will release on November 21, so make sure to keep an eye out for our review. With more music, modes and content, I don’t see how the Wii U version can be any less than perfection for Smash fans around the world.