There was a new Nintendo Direct video last night dedicated exclusively to the upcoming Super Smash Bros., and many TASTY TIDBITS regarding the title were revealed. In case you missed it, here are some of the most important announcements made:
New Challenger Greninja – the final evolution of Froakie from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y makes their debut in Super Smash Bros., and, based on the footage from the Nintendo Direct, looks like they will MURDER EVERYONE.
Old Challengers Return With New Abilities – fan favorites Zero Suit Samus, Charizard, Yoshi, and Sheik make their return, with some differences: Zero Suit Samus is her own character separate from regular armored Samus, and now has jet boots; Charizard is no longer part of Pokémon Trainer’s team and presumably ate him, Squirtle, and Ivysaur; Yoshi is no longer hunched over and stands completely upright, making him stronger than before; and Sheik is their own character separate from Zelda and has new moves like Burst Grenade and Bouncing Fish (?).
Sexy Smooth 3D – most of the gameplay elements from the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will run at 60 frames per second, all in stereoscopic 3D.
Launch Windows – the 3DS Super Smash Bros. is planned for the summer, while the Wii U Super Smash Bros. is due in the winter (that gap fills me with a seething rage).
“Smash Run” – a new mode made exclusively for the 3DS Smash, “Smash Run” sees four players enter a dungeon filled with enemies from a variety of Nintendo series, beat the stuffing out of them, gain power-ups for their fighters, and then fight each other with said enhancements in a battle arena. As expected, multiple 3DS handhelds are required for multiplayer modes.
Online Play – both versions of Smash will feature online play. When playing with buddies, full customization is available – gamers can set the rules, stages, and items however they want. When playing with random peeps, two modes can be chosen: “For Fun” and “For Glory.” “For Fun” sees that all stages are picked randomly and all items and power-ups are available, while “For Glory” has no platforms, elevated areas, or items, and only Final Destination stage variations are available (apparently all stages have a Final Destination variant, but no Fox-Only Mode).
Stage Variety – while the Smash roster of fighters will be the same on both the 3DS and Wii U, the stages will be different; the Wii U will draw on console Nintendo games for level inspiration, while the 3DS will rely on handheld games.
Boss Character Stage Hazards – some bosses, like the Yellow Devil in the Wily Castle stage, will act as hazards, and players will have to either team up and fight them or use them to maul each other, STRATEGICALLY.
Items, Trophies, and Pokémon – all of these items make their return, while Master Balls are introduced (these contain Legendary Pokémon like Arceus and Xerneas).
Link Your 3DS And Wii U Versions – more info on this development will be revealed at a later date.
Custom Moves – for the first time, gamers can customize move sets when playing locally or online with friends.
PHEW. If you want to watch the Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct in its entirety, you can below (it is full of even more info than reported here, so definitely check it out!). More info on everything Smash can be found here. I am so hyped for this; what about you guys?!
Oh, also, Mega Man’s Final Smash: