At the end of their Nintendo Direct E3 2013 presentation, Nintendo closed with a first look at Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and for Wii U. The games are subtitle-free at this point, and are expected in 2014, though we are thinking late-2014 is a must, and the games may be delayed if Nintendo’s track record is to be followed.
The 3DS version of the game features stylized characters and gameplay that seems to mirror the first three games in the series. While the Wii U version uses a much higher resolution and better looking visuals, there aren’t any other apparent differences in the main gameplay. This is contrary to what we’ve heard about the games being radically different, though we haven’t really seen a lot from the games yet.
The graphics look like what we’d expect on Wii U, but the 3DS is probably where they really shine. They’ve got a quasi-3D and cel-shaded look, but they’re all gorgeous. With a slight marker-like outline, they look fantastic and really blend into their worlds beautifully.
Nintendo teased the Villager from Animal Crossing as a new character, as well as the long-awaited Mega Man, though we’re hoping to be seeing a lot more in the coming weeks and months. Luckily, the Super Smash Bros. Dojo is open again where we can expect to get new content for the upcoming game on a pretty regular basis.
We’ll be looking forward to getting some more face-time with Super Smash Bros. for both consoles on the show floor, though we’re not exactly sure that will happen. We do have a booth tour with some behind-closed-door access, so here’s hoping we see more of the game there.
If not, well, there’s always E3 2014.
Check out a couple of screenshots from the games below.