Nintendo Direct on Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

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Did you watch the latest Nintendo Direct? It was a joy to watch, but it was pretty hard to take in and remember all of the Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS-related news that came out of it. We sat through the entire live stream and had a blast taking notes on every bit of important information on this mega crossover fighting game. You’re welcome, Super Smash fans!

Here’s all the new details you need to know from the April 2014 Nintendo Direct!

1. The 3DS and Wii U Versions of the Game are Releasing at Two Different Intervals

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The 3DS version of the game will be released first sometime during the summer of 2014, while the Wii U version will arrive sometime in the winter of 2014. The 3DS version’s fighters will move at 60 frames per second in stereoscopic 3D and its assist trophies/items will move at 30 frames per second.

2. Each Version of The Game Will Feature the Same Characters, But Different Stages

Both the 3DS and Wii U versions will come with the full roster. However, the 3DS will feature exclsuive stages that pay tribute the Nintendo’s handheld games while the Wii U version will feature its own line of stages that only reflect Nintendo’s home console titles.

Check out the full list below to see each system’s appropriate stages:

Wii U

– Mario Galaxy
– Pyrosphere
– Town and City
– Boxing Ring
– Pilot Wings
– Skyloft
– Windy Hill
– Garden of Hope
– Wii Fit Studio
– Palutena’s Temple
– Halberd


– Reset Bomb Forest
– 3D Land
– Spirit Train
– Gerudo Valley
– Arena Ferox
– Tortimer Island
– Living Room
– Prism Tower
– Rainbow Road
– Find Mii
– Balloon Fight
– Jungle Japes

3. Charizard and Greninja Have Been Added to the Game’s Official Roster

Two new Pokemon representatives will be fighting alongside the rest of the roster – Charizard and Greninja. Make sure you watch the new gameplay trailer above to see both characters in action.

4. Boss Characters Will Appear on Some Stages, Plus Each Stage Will Come in a “Final Destination” Variation

One of the cooler and newer additions to the game’s stages are the appearance of retro boss characters. For instance, the Yellow Devil from the Dr. Wily’s Base stage will show up and challenge each fighter on the battlefield. You’ll have to aim at its familiar weak spot and kill it, which triggers an explosion that kills off the other fighters caught in the kill area. More boss character reveals (RIDLEY?) are sure to come…

Also revealed were the stage variation ability that will allow players to play on a “Final Destination” form that adopts the simple layout of this stage favorite.

5. The Online Play is Split into Two Modes

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A press release provided by Nintendo spoke about everything regarding the game’s online features:

Both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. will offer online multiplayer game play with other players on the same platform. Players with broadband Internet access can battle it out with anyone else who is online and also has the game.

When playing with random players online, two modes are available: “For Fun” and “For Glory.” In “For Glory,” only Final Destination stage variations are available. There are no platforms, elevated areas or items in this mode. It is a nice, clean battle between characters. In “For Fun,” all stages are picked randomly and all items and power-ups are available.

When playing with friends, full customization is available – players can set the rules, stages and items however they want.

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