Super Smash Bros’ Direct showcased five new fighters, new stages, and gave us release windows!

Nintendo held a Direct this afternoon entirely dedicated to Super Smash Bros.  It gave us new characters, stages, and very detailed announcements about the game’s specs.  The show opened with Smash Bros creator and director Masahiro Sakurai, speaking to fans about the lineage of the game.  Thankfully though, he quickly got down to business by announcing release windows for the games.

  • Super Smash Bros 3DS is scheduled for release this summer, with the Wii U version coming in Winter 2014.  Likely guess for Wii U version is November or December.
  • 3DS version will run at 60fps and full 3D.  Some trophies will run at 30 fps
  • Designs between stages will differ from 3DS to Wii U.  3DS will get two tracks per stages, but Wii U will come with a “treasure trove” of songs.
  • Some 3DS stages were shown, they include Rest Bomb Forest (from Fire Emblem), 3D Land (from Super Mario 3D Land), Spirit Train (from Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks), Arena Ferox (from Fire Emblem), Tortimer Island (from Animal Crossing), Living Room (from Nintendogs), Prism Tower (from Pokemon X/Y), Rainbow Road (from Mario Kart), Find Mii, Balloon Fight, and Jungle Japes (from Donkey Kong).
  • The Wii U had some stages shown as well.  They included Mario Galaxy (from Super Mario Galaxy), Pyrosphere (from Metroid), Town and City (from Animal Crossing), Boxing Ring (from Punch Out!), Pilot Wings (from Pilot Wings Resort), Skyloft (from The Legend of Zelda), Windy Hills (from Sonic: The Lost World), Garden of Hope (from Pikman), Wii Fit Studio (from Wii Fit), Palutena’s Temple (from Fire Emblem), Dr. Wily’s Castle (from Mega Man) and Halberd (from Star Fox).
  • Some Stages, like Battlefield and Final Destination, will appear on each system.  The 3DS and Wii U versions will be linked, but no information on that was currently available.
  • Boss characters like The Yellow Devil (Mega Man) and Ridley (Metroid) will be present on certain stages.  The Yellow Devil attacks characters, and explodes after it is attacked enough.  It will only do damage to the players who did not strike the final hit.
  • Two hoppers for Smash Bros Wii U online: For fun and For Glory.  For Fun has random stages,  For Glory will feature only Final Destination, no items,
  • Every map has flat, Final Destination form.
  • Temporary bans from online play could come from starting and not playing, only targeting one player, cheats, frequent droppings, and repeated self destructs.
  • No ranking modes for online battles, though their will be some sort of matchmaking based on skill.  Players will get a Global Smash Power, which is earned by completing Scoring Competitions in Solo Play.  These will give you a rank that sets you above that many player for your Scoring Competition score.
  • Items shown include the Beam Sword, Bumper, Smart Bomb, Motion Sensor Bomb, the POW block, Beetle, Fire bar, back shield, bombchu, fairy bottle, Ore Club, X Bomb, Hocotate Bomb, Rocket Belt, and Steel Diver.
  • Pokeballs will also make a return, and with them comes Master Balls.  These will include only rare and hard to find Pokemon like Arceus and Entei.  Other Pokemon included in the game are Meowth, Electrode, Eevee, Staryu, Metagross, Fennekin, Meloetta, Gogoat, Deoxys, Palkia, Kyurem, Vectini, Keldeo, and Xerneas.
  • No more character changes mid-match.  Zero Suit Samus is her own character.  Zelda is back as well.  Her Down X move is summoning a Phantom.  Shiek is her own character as well.
  • Many returning characters have been tweaked.  Kirby’s Hammer can now be charged, but charging it too long causes damage.  His Ultra is the Ultra Sword.  Dedede throws Gordos instead of Waadees.  Lucario can mega evolve into Mega Lucario.  Olimar can now only have 3 Pikman followers.  Pikman now comes in a fixed order.  His recovery move involves winged Pikman flying you to safety.  Pit can’t glide anymore, but is powered up a bit.  Yoshi will be returning for the new games, and stands upright as well.
  • Custom Move Sets will be available for games with friends, but not online matchmaking.
  • 3DS get Smash Run, a four player battle mode where players search a dungeon for power ups.  During the game’s five minute time limit, you will fight enemies for power ups.  After the five minutes, players will be put into a showdown for fighters all augmented by the power ups from the dungeon.
  • Sakurai closed the show with a video of the game’s large growing roster.  This was followed by a trailer that showcased two new surprise fighters:  Charizard and Greninja.  Charizard will have his Mega Evolution available.

Some surprising news of the day was that the game will exceed it’s previously confirmed number of fighters.  The sky is now the limit for how many fighters will join the fray, but the site now shows 36 boxes for fighters.  A litany of screenshots of each of the new fighters can be found on Smash Bros’ website.  The biggest surprise is that the 3DS version is coming out many months before the Wii U version.  Is this bad news for the Wii U?  Or are they just hoping to increase their Holiday push for Wii U’s?  I’m sure we’ll learn more about why in the months to come, and almost certainly at E3.

by, Bobby Marquardt

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