Next month (21st November), Nintendo are releasing their highly anticipated fighting game, Smash Bros for the Wii U in North America; whereas European gamers have to wait slightly longer until the 5th December in order to battle their favourite Nintendo franchised characters. Despite the extensive leaks for the game and the character roster already known by the 3DS release, Nintendo still decided to host a Nintendo Direct to show off to fans of the series what to expect in the upcoming game.
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Within the Nintendo Direct, various (well in fact 50) new facts are announced. Rather than stating each individually, how about we just focus on the most exciting announcements?
Call your friends in for a tournament!
The series usually followed a formula so that the battles had a maximum of four characters on a map – all of which was hectic enough – so now that Nintendo has announced not only five or six player Smash Bros, but there can be a chaotic amount of eight players in one map! Eight players smash is limited to only a few maps which are specifically designed to have more space to fit the characters on the map – one can only imagine the feuds that are to arise in a closed environment with eight players. Eight players is only limited to offline play, so unfortunately you cannot have eight players online.
Provide inspirational messages on Miiverse while playing.
Rather than most games which function with Miiverse, Smash Bros Wii U doesn’t intend to push the player out of the gaming experience, but rather allows the doodles and messages to be received while playing in an immersive experience, there is aa specific Miiverse stage which showcases these Miiverse posts in the background. The stage won’t be available at release, but should be included in a later update.
Coin battle takes a return!
Yes, you can have coin battles again in the Wii U version, although it’s not available on the 3DS.
Dual-pane stages is perfect for Smash Bros!
There was a brief mention of Dual-Pane stages, taking inspiration from the Donkey Kong Country Returns series; the new dynamics of fighting in either the foreground or the background is sure to start some disputes, but in a good way! So far, Dual-pane battles has only been confirmed for the stage ‘Jungle Hijinxs’.
Mario Party meets Smash Bros?
Smash Run is an exclusive feature for the 3DS version, however Wii U users aren’t deprived of a game mode, as they have an exclusive mode called ‘Smash Tour’, which essentially transforms your game into a board game with various battles and quirky obstacles, which completely feels like a perfect version of Mario Party.
Varying from the Wii U Gamepad, the Wii Remote, Pro controller, Classic Controller, Gamecube controller and even the 3DS; you essentially have a diverse choice of any game style you like. To top matters, Nintendo are also offering a custom button set-up allowing you to chose the button triggers as you see fit!
Photo Studio is beautiful.
Many modern games are implementing photo studios in which players can pose game models in order to take photos and share it around – main examples can be The Last of Us: Remastered or Infamous; however Smash Bros Wii U now also has it, allowing you to take the perfect poses with any Smash Bros character you enjoy!
Grab a friend when playing online!
Not only is online multiplayer offering you to verse people around the world (hopefully with a stable connection), but you can also bring along another friend and have two players teaming up everyone else online, similar to what Mario Kart 8 offers. Soon you will also be able to host tourneys.
Unfortunately, Nintendo still haven’t learnt from their mistakes from Mario Kart 8, causing players to only have voice chat when hosting private games and only able to communiacte in the lobby, not during actual stages.
You can pause your game and draw on your Wii U gamepad with a paint tool, so you can doodle whatever you want onto your characters in hilarious pauses.
Create-a-stage is improved.
Create-a-stage seems to allow users to have more control over the stages compared to the Wii version, allowing players to draw their own landscape onto the Gamepad and creating the terrain from that – it sounds genuinely exciting and more similar to creative games such as LittleBigPlanet!
Please don’t stop the music!
The more Nintendo tunes, the better. Renditions of classical Nintendo songs as well as new ones made especially for Smash Bros Wii U result in an apparent extraordinary number of songs, which should make the soundtrack for the game an absolute delight to listen to.
Koopalings join the stage!!
As if you haven’t had enough of the bunch in Mario Kart 8! The Koopalings are playable characters too! This shouldn’t be a surprise for current 3DS Smash players, however the animation for this scene was fantastically edited for me not to mention!
Mewtwo exclusive to both Smash Bros 3DS and Wii U owners.
We wrote an article before helping users to decide which Smash Bros to get if they were to get it on only one platform; however we never mentioned the apparent pro of getting both, which is users being able to download a Mewtwo as an extra playable character for free! Although users may have both platforms, Mewtwo is still in development and is expected to be able to download during Spring 2015.
So that was a pleasant catch-up of what Nintendo has to offer for the Wii U versions of Smash Bros – is it making you anticipate the release anymore?