Smashing update (Part 1)

Recently Nintendo released a video about the newest iterations in the Super Smash Bros. series, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. The nearly 40-minute long video gave Nintendo fans a massive update on the game, but for those that don’t have the time to watch it, here’s a quick-and-dirty rundown of the major updates:

  • The Nintendo 3DS version comes out this summer, while the Wii U version comes out this winter. No exact dates were given.

  • It was confirmed that both versions are going to have the same characters, but different stages: the Wii U version will have stages based on console games, while the 3DS version will have stages based on handhelds. Also, each stage on the 3DS version will only have two available background songs.

  • A number of stages have been confirmed for the 3DS version: 3D Land (Mario), Rainbow Road (Mario Kart), Spirit Tracks (Zelda), Gerudo Fortress (Zelda), Arena Ferox (Fire Emblem), and the overworld from Balloon Fight, among others.

  • Stages have also been confirmed for the Wii U version: Skyloft (Zelda), WVBA Boxing Arena (Punch-Out!!), Wily Castle (MegaMan), Mario Galaxy, Garden of Hope (Pikmin), and Pilot Wings, among others.

  • There have been radical changes in online play: lobbies are split into For Fun (all items, all stages, 3-4 players) and For Glory (no items, Final Destination only, can have 1v1 matches)

  • All stages have a Final Destination option, with no obstacles or platforms, just a flat, medium-sized stage.

  • There are now new rules on banning trolls and stricter guidelines for more enjoyable online play. Disruptive messages or behaviour online may lead to temporary banning.

  • The new ranking system is called Smash Power and ranks players against every other Smash Bros. user in the world.

  • New items have been announced! A sword based on the Fire Bar (Mario), a torpedo gun based on the submarines from Steel Diver, the Ore Club from Kid Icarus, the POW Block from the Mario games, the Beetle and Gust Bellows from Zelda: Skyward Sword, and more.

  • Assist trophies will be in the new iteration of Smash Bros.: Andross (Star Fox), Samurai Goroh (F-Zero), Saki (Sin and Punishment) and others are returning, while new assist trophies include Ashley (WarioWare), Chain Chomp (Mario) and ElecMan (MegaMan).

  • Pokémon are now divided into regular Pokeballs, which summon general Pokemon, and Master Balls, which are not only rarer but summon legendary Pokemon.

  • There are updates on returning fighters: Zero Suit Samus and Sheik are their own characters; Kirby, King Dedede, Bowser, Lucario and Yoshi gained several buffs, and all characters have been re-balanced for better gameplay.

  • The  Wii Fit Trainer has chargeable moves and can buff herself in battle with Yoga techniques.

  • MegaMan’s moveset is entirely based on the Robot Masters’ weapons, and his Final Smash summons all his other iterations.

  • Punch-Out!!’s Little Mac is incredibly fast and strong on the ground with his Boxing moves, but is terrible in mid-air.

  • Special Moves can be edited however the player likes. More news about this will be released at a later date.

  • Fiinally, a new 3DS exclusive mode called Smash Run combines normal gameplay with quests for power-ups.

In Part 2, I’ll bring up a few theories about the next update, so keep your eyes peeled!