Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS may have had some modes snipped from the full game, or the unused audio clips could be a sign of things to come. Nintendo’s popular brawler has many game modes that could be patched in as downloadable content with this audio, but there are other possibilities as well. This is would not be Nintendo’s first brush with downloadable content, but it is still not a well-worn avenue for the gaming giant to tread.
The unused audio was found within the Super Smash Bros. cartridge, and it reveals the disembodied announcer of the game had other lines hidden while the corresponding modes were removed. Among the misplaced dialogue are announcements for other game types such as “Tourny” for Tournament Mode, Boss Battle, Yellow Team, Event Match, Grab the Coins, Special Smash, The Champion is, 8-Player Smash and Choose a Mii Mode. This had led to much speculation on the original purpose of this code and if Nintendo is going to offer at least some of these parts as extra, paid content down the line.
Another conclusion revolves around the upcoming Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., which is said to be using basically the same code except on a broader, higher-resolution scale. It has been previously confirmed that the Smash Run mode is exclusive to the handheld version of the title, so it would make sense that some modes would be Wii U exclusive as well. Some have speculated that an 8-Player Smash mode would not work well on a handheld screen, but seems like a great fit for home console. Boss Battle, Yellow Team, Grab the Coins, Special Smash, Event Match and Tournament Mode have all appeared in previous Super Smash Bros. iterations and seeing their return would certainly fill the Wii U fighter with content.
Should the unused audio turn into more modes in the future for Super Smash Bros., it would come when Nintendo is still tentative about the entire extra content concept. Although games began receiving paid content upgrades on Nintendo consoles about a decade ago, it is only with the Wii U’s inception where core entries of company flagship games began receiving steady paid content. New Super Mario Bros. U received a game add-on featuring Luigi that acted as a standalone title and, more recently, Mario Kart 8 offered a free Mercedes-Benz car pack and began taking pre-orders on two content packs that gave extra colors for certain racers immediately. The two packs themselves will bring a combined 16 new tracks, eight new vehicles and six new drivers or skins, and is available for pre-order still on the Wii U eShop for $11.99.
Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U will remain, fundamentally, the same game even should these unused audio clips turn into Wii U content. The rosters are rumored to be the same while stages will vary slightly with the home console able to process more at once. As stated before, Smash Run is a 3DS exclusive as well and Wii U modes have yet to be revealed by Nintendo. The Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. is due in America Nov. 21 and European territories Dec. 5.
By Myles Gann