With just a month away for the release of the highly anticipated game, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Nintendo had a Nintendo Direct about 50 features about the soon to be released game. Here are some highlights:
Game Modes: The Wii U version of the game offers many new modes and different ways to play that keep players coming back for more:
- Smash Tour: World Smash is a fighting party game that looks like a board game. Players use items, spin a wheel and advance around the map. Up to four players can compete at once as they navigate the board and gain fighters and power-ups they can use in a final battle.
- Special Smash Mode: Players can customize battles with unique parameters.
- Coin Battles: Players compete to collect coins from other players.
- Stamina Matches: Players fight until their hit points reach zero.
- Classic Mode: One or two players fight through a series of battles and advance as long as they survive. Many random events can shake things up, and players can adjust the intensity settings. The more difficult the game, the greater the rewards.
- All-Star Mode: Like in the Nintendo 3DS version, opponents appear in chronological order. Only this time, the newest fighters appear before the older ones, and two players can battle through this mode together.
- Event Mode: One or two players take on set character- and theme-based battles. Clearing stages helps players see the way forward.
8-Player Smash: This is the first time in the series for this to happen. It can only be done locally (Imagine the lag if this was an online feature). There are even stages that were created to accommodate this many fighters.
Characters: Instead of having to unlock all 12 characters like in the 3DS you only have to unlock 8 because in this version you will start with 40 fighters and the Mii Fighters. Also they announced that Mewtwo will be added to the roster in Spring of 2015. It will be free if you own both versions of the game. I feel there will be either more unlockable characters that the 3DS will not get (I hope) and I also think there will be more DLC in the future for more characters. Also Ridley was confirmed as a stage hazard on the stage Pyrosphere that will join you in battle if you attack him enough. You can also import your customized fighters from the 3DS version onto the Wii U version.
Amiibo Figures: Gave a little more detail on how these things work. Other than being able to customize a fighter that browns and learns as you fight it they actually become stronger and bring you rewards when you take them to your friends house to fight against them.
Stages: The Wii U game offers more stages than any game in the series. The expanded Big Battlefield makes its debut in addition to the traditional Battlefield Stage. The Great Cave Offensive, based on the underground labyrinth found in Kirby games, challenges players to avoid potentially lethal danger zones – or throw their opponents into them. The Jungle Hijinxs stage, based on Donkey Kong Country Returns, lets players fight in the foreground and background. Blast barrels shoot players from front to back and vice versa.
Custom Stage Creation: Possibly one if the coolest features and a huge upgrade from Brawl’s stage creator. You actually use the Wii U Gamepad to draw the stage! Whatever you draw can be made into a stage. You can also add hazards and DANGER ZONES, areas that kill you if you are about 100% damage.
Controls: You can use the Wiimote Plus , Wiimote Plus/Nunchuck, Gamecube Controller, Wii U Gamepad, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro, Wii U Pro Controller, and the 3DS if you own the 3DS Super Smash Bros.
This version is clearly going to be the superior version of the two games. I still however worry about online game play. The Nintendo Direct warned about if you have poor Internet connection use the Ethernet adapter… One can only hope that it won’t be laggy. The game releases November 21, 2014.