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Super Smash Bros. Direct Offers a Ton of New Info

Super Smash Bros. Direct Offers a Ton of New Info

by Steve CullumApril 8, 2014


The Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct has ended, and boy was it filled with a ton of info about the upcoming games! Let’s dive right in to some of the main points. If you weren’t able to watch it, you can check out a recording of the Direct at the bottom of this post.

  • The 3DS version is coming in summer 2014.
  • The Wii U version is coming in winter 2014.
  • Most elements of the 3DS version will be 60 frames-per-second.
  • The fighter line-up will be the same for both 3DS and Wii U.
  • Stages will be different between the two versions.
  • Some stages that are on both versions will have different designs.
  • There are two songs per stage on 3DS, but multiple songs on Wii U.
  • Info about how the two versions link together will be offered at a later date.
  • The stages seem to have a ton of variety.
  • Some stages are returning from past games.
  • Boss Battles can happen during a match, which allows for the last person who hit the boss to get the benefit of the attack.
  • It looked like Ridley will appear as a Boss.
  • Both versions will have online modes.
  • Two online modes available – For Fun and For Glory.
  • For Fun: Random stage, all items on, smash battles only, only wins recorded.
  • For Glory: Final Desination stages, no items, 1 on 1 possible.
  • Matches with friends: Whatever rules you want.
  • Almost all stages have a Final Destination form.
  • Anonymous online battles are no more; all linked to Miiverse name.
  • Devs are looking into cutting down on online cheaters.
  • Global Smash Power is based on scoring competition in solo mode.
  • No online rankings for online battles, except somewhat in background to match up skill level.
  • GSP: Bigger the stat = stronger player; ties directly into how many players you are better than.
  • New items include Beatle, Black Shield, Bombchu, Fairy Bottle, Ore Club, X Bomb, Cocotate Bomb, Rocket Belt, and Steel Diver.
  • Assist Trophies factor into all-star mode, so there are a ton include this time.
  • Skull Kid, Mother Brain, Dark Samus, Chain Chomp, Isabelle, Elec Man, Color TV Game 15 are all included as Assist Trophies.
  • Master Ball coming for hard-to-find Pokemon, like Arceus.
  • All characters who use to change forms mid-match no longer do so.
  • Zero Suit Samus is a separate playable character.
  • Shiek is a separate playable character.
  • Kirby has a hammer flip, powered-up hammer, and an ultra sword.
  • Dedede now throws Gordos, instead of Waddle Dees.
  • Lucario has stronger attacks when powered.
  • Lucario has a mega evolution.
  • Olimar can only have 3 Pikmin following, and they pluck in the order of red, yellow, blue, white, purple, red.
  • Winged Pikmin are used for Olimar’s recovery.
  • Pit’s gliding mechanic has been cut, but he has a new flight recovery.
  • Pit’s final smash also changed.
  • Yoshi is confirmed as a returning fighter.
  • Yoshi now stands upright and is stronger.
  • Rosalina can keep Luma or shoot it out.
  • Rosalina and Luma have different move sets.
  • Little Mac is very strong on the ground, but weak in the air, including a poor recovery.
  • Little Mac has a special power meter, and when full, provides a KO punch.
  • Wii Fit Trainers use yoga to power up their moves.
  • Smash Run is a new mode only on 3DS, which allows up to 4 players to battle on a large map gaining power-ups before they go into a brawl.
  • Charizard is returning as a separate fighter.
  • Greninja is joining as a new fighter.

Like we said earlier, that was a ton of information! Be sure to join us for our live podcast, later at 9:00 PM Eastern, as we discuss Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8.



Super Smash Bros. Blowout! Nintendo Direct Video Details Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Games

Nintendo Announces New Characters, Launch Windows, Online Functionality and New “Smash Run” Mode

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A new Nintendo Direct video revealed numerous details about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. video games for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. At the start of the video, series creator Masahiro Sakurai announced that the launch of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is planned for this summer, with the Wii U version planned for winter 2014. Both games will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop for their respective platforms. Sakurai also detailed many of the stages and items in both versions, described the games’ online functionality, revealed a new mode exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version and announced fan-favorite Greninja, a Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games, as a new playable character.

“New Super Smash Bros. games are a major event for video game fans everywhere, and present an experience that only Nintendo can offer,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Fans have two launches to look forward to this year, and they will want to get in plenty of practice with the Nintendo 3DS version so that they can be prepared for the launch of the Wii U game later in the year.”

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit Today’s announcements included:

  • Launch windows: The Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is planned to launch this summer. The Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. is planned to launch in winter 2014.
  • Silky-smooth 3D: Most game-play elements of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game will run at 60 frames per second, all in stereoscopic 3D.
  • “Smash Run”: Exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is a new mode called “Smash Run.” In this mode, four players have five minutes to enter a dungeon and explore the surroundings, fight enemies and obtain power-ups to enhance their fighters. Once the five minutes are up, all four fighters enter a battle arena using their newly equipped items and power-ups. Enemies encountered in the Smash Run mode are from a wide range of game series. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems and games are required for multiplayer modes.
  • New challenger!: Greninja, the awesome final evolution of Froakie from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, joins the roster as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
  • Oldies but goodies: Many of the classic characters from past Super Smash Bros. games that are returning in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS have new powers and abilities. Four characters that have appeared in previous games, but had yet to be announced before this Nintendo Direct, include:
    • Zero Suit Samus: That’s right, Zero Suit Samus is back, but this time she is her own fully playable character, separate from suited Samus. In the new game, she is given jet boots to make her even more powerful.
    • Sheik: As with Zero Suit Samus, Sheik is another character that appeared in previousSuper Smash Bros. games, but will be a unique playable character for the first time in the new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. Sheik has new moves like Burst Grenade and Bouncing Fish.
    • Yoshi: In previous games, Yoshi stood on two legs and hunched over, as if Mario were going to jump on top of him at any moment. This new version of Yoshi stands completely upright, making him an even stronger fighter.
    • Charizard: After appearing from a Poké Ball in Super Smash Bros. Melee and becoming playable by using Pokémon Trainer in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, this fire-breathing Pokémon is now a selectable character.
  • Online play: 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.
  • Variety of stages: While the cast of playable characters is the same in both versions of the new games, the stages where the battles take place are vastly different, depending on which system a player chooses. The Wii U stages are primarily based on past home console games, while the Nintendo 3DS stages draw from hand-held games for inspiration.
    • Boss characters, such as the Yellow Devil in Dr. Wily’s Base, will make appearances in some stages. When bosses appear, fighters will have to battle the boss, as well as one another. The boss can even be used in strategic ways to damage other fighters.
    • Almost all the stages in both versions of the game will have a “Final Destination form,” an alternate form of each stage that is inspired by the relatively simple layout of the much-loved Final Destination stage.
  • Items, trophies and Pokémon: Items, assist trophies and Poké Balls all return in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. New to the games are Master Balls, special Poké Balls that contain Legendary Pokémon like Arceus and Xerneas.
  • Get connected: There will be elements in Super Smash Bros. that link both versions of the games. More details about this will be revealed at a later date.
  • Custom moves: In a series first, players can now customize move sets when playing locally or online with friends. More information about this feature will be announced in the future.

For even more new information about Super Smash Bros., visit to view the Nintendo Direct, or and the new

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About The Author
Steve Cullum
Steve is a Senior Editor for NintendoFuse. He has been a Nintendo fan since the NES and Game Boy. His favorite types of games are action platformers, multiplayer “party” games, and any game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours. Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since 2008.

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