Super Smash Bros., the quirky fighter featuring many Nintendo characters, is brawling onto Wii U this year after the Big N revealed the official release date. The Nintendo 3DS version of the game just launched this past week, giving fans a portable version of the fighter for the first time in the company’s history, and sales everywhere have been positive. The Wii U edition, though undergoing a bit of a delay from the handheld version, is magnified by its counterpart as many fans long for the Wii U’s larger controller, or the return of an old classic through an adapter.
The Wii U Super Smash Bros. will be released on Nov. 21 in America and Dec. 5 in Europe, and include some content that is not available on the 3DS version. The touted Smash Run mode, for instance, is a 3DS exclusive and its equal has not been revealed for the home console version as of yet. Several exclusive stages, thanks to the Wii U’s increased processing power and graphics capabilities, have been revealed and it is expected that a mode to replace Smash Run is in the cards. Nintendo has already announced that the rosters will be the exact same, which probably puts the defunct Ice Climbers duo out for this round.
Nintendo is launching several initiatives at once at the release date of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Among the game’s many features is the integration of Amiibo figurines: Near-Field Communication devices based upon favorite Nintendo characters that will interact with the game itself. Those will also be launching their first wave, including Mario, Link, Peach, Pikachu, Kirby, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Fox, Wii Fit Trainer, Marth and Villager, for $12.99 on the same day as Super Smash Bros. in America and Europe respectively. A second wave that will include Zelda, Luigi, Little Mac and others is coming to America sometime in Dec. and Dec. 19 for Europe.
A special edition of Super Smash Bros. was also announced that will bring back the use of the Gamecube controller. The controller, set to launch alongside the title, will be $29.99 by itself and the adapter needed to play will run $19.99. Both, however, will be included in a pre-order of the game that will include a physical copy, the adapter and controller for $99.99. Europe players can pick up a bundle that includes a Mario Amiibo as well at a currently unknown price.
Super Smash Bros. releasing on the Wii U looks to keep up the roll that Nintendo and the property have been on as of late. The handheld version of the game, which has been in the wild now for less than a week in most of the world, was revealed to have sold over 2.8 million units already, selling out in most Japanese markets and flying off shelves in America and Europe. Those numbers were enough for the fighter to eclipse earlier sales boon for the company, Mario Kart 8, in just under a month since Japan release and a few days almost everywhere else. This could be just the beginning for Super Smash Bros. as the whetted appetites of handheld players have them geared for more smash on the Wii U.
By Myles Gann