In a slew of updates related to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in the early minutes of Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event broadcast, several updates were given in regards to the highly anticipated mascot brawlers.
First was the new inclusion of Mii Fighters, which would allow players to finally place themselves into the games. Apparently, this creation tool was planned for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the series’ previous Wii entry, but ended up being dropped. Player Mii’s can tailor their movesets according to one of three weapon choices: The melee-focused Brawler, the blade-brandishing Swordfighter, and the projectile-sporting Gunner. They can also select four special moves from a list of twelve. The announcement was humourously complemented by an anime-style battle between Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime and Nintendo CEO, Satoru Iwata.
Mii Fighter marks the 31st character to join the roster of the 3DS and Wii U brawlers. The 32nd was also revealed during the broadcast, that being Palutena, the Goddess of Light from the Kid Icarus series, who introduced herself by bailing Kid Icarus protagonist, Pit out of a near-defeat by The Legend of Zelda’s Link. There was also a slight tease that Dark Pit may be featured in the game, as he was shown to be ready to menace Palutena after a showcase of her special moves and personality in the new games.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be among the first Wii U games to make use of Nintendo’s newly-revealed NFC Amiibo technology, which allows players to scan special figurines into their game via the Wii U Gamepad to unlock new bonuses and play assets. The recently-released Mario Kart 8 will also eventually support the technology, though Nintendo didn’t reveal specifics at this time.
Unfortunately, despite the exciting news on the new Super Smash Bros. games, there was one bit of disappointment that came with an otherwise exciting revelation. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS was given a release date during the broadcast, but said release date is October 3rd, marking a delay from its planned Summer 2014 debut. This could be an effort to buoy an otherwise sparse lineup of Nintendo 3DS games for the Fall and Holiday quarter, since Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire were formerly the only high-profile 3DS games releasing during the Q4 months of 2014.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is still releasing after Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and will still arrive on schedule for Holiday 2014 at this time. It will also launch with a special adapter that allows players to plug in GameCube controllers, allowing them to use the same control method that they may have always preferred on the Wii’s previous Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Don’t forget that during the E3 days, fans can test out the unreleased Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at participating Best Buy locations across the U.S. and Canada! Nintendo will also be holding an invitational E3 tournament for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at E3 that you can tune in to.
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