Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has officially launched. Those with a copy of the game are likely setting their sights on unlocking all characters and stages early. Although Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has all of the same characters as its counterpart on the 3DS, it has different conditions for unlocking the full roster and a few extra stages to take care of as well.
Half of the unlockable stages are within the returning Event Mode. The first event, “The Original Heavy Weights” unlocks Kongo Jungle 64, Smashville requires the player to beat “Playing Tricks,” and Pokemon Stadium 2 unlocks after clearing “Lighting Strikes.” The Pac-Man themed level PAC-LAND requires the player to play the new Smash Tour on all different maps. Playing as Mr. Game and Watch in Trophy Rush and destroying 100 blocks in a single game will reveal Flat Zone X. The final level, Duck Hunt, only requires the player to get a one KO in the single player version of Cruel Smash.
10 matches – Falco
20 matches – Wario
30 matches – Lucina
40 matches – Dark Pit
50 matches – Dr. Mario
60 matches – R.O.B.
80 matches – Mr. Game and Watch
100 matches – Duck Hunt
Like past iterations, all characters can be unlocked by playing enough matches of standard smash, however, there are alternative ways to unlock these characters besides playing a certain amount of matches. For Falco, simply beat Classic mode, the difficulty does not even matter. Lucina can be unlocked if Marth beats Classic on an intensity level of at least 5.5, Master Core also must be defeated. Beating Classic mode on any difficulty five times total will unlock Mr.Game and Watch. For Dark Pit, All-Star mode needs to be beaten on at least normal difficulty. Duck Hunt requires at least one KO in Cruel Smash. In order to get R.O.B. players need to go into the new Crazy Orders mode, complete ten matches and defeat Crazy Hand. For Wario, 100 man melee needs to be cleared and finally to get Dr. Mario one Master Order needs to be completed on Hard difficulty,
There are four characters that needed to be unlocked in the 3DS that start out on the roster in the Wii U version of smash. These characters are Jigglypuff, Ness, Ganondorf, and Bowser Jr. Although it has been said that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will not have any downloadable characters, there is an exception to the rule. Mewtwo will be coming back to the smash roster in Spring 2015 for those that have the 3DS version.
Recently Nintendo released an update for both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. They did not detail the specifics and instead only said that they worked to more properly balance the game. However, gamers have discovered one big difference in the update that also carries over to the Wii U version of Smash; Vectoring is gone and Directional Influence is back.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee players could survive for longer depending on how they directed their character when hit. Many know that technique as Directional Influence or DI. Smash on the 3DS did not have DI, but something similar called Vectoring. The concept confused some and was not quite clear, but still influenced the direction of the character when hit. In order to more clearly understand the difference between the two, here a video that dives into the specifics.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launches in North America November 21, Europe November 28, Australia November 29, and Japan December 6. The game features the new eight player version of smash, which can be quite a lot to handle. If any new character unlocks are discovered, feel free to leave specifics in the comments.