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

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

VANCOUVER, B.C., April 8, 2014 – 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-favourite 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 Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “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 previous Super 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 customisation is available – players can set the rules.
  • 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 customise move sets when playing locally or online with friends. More information about this feature will be announced in the future.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Coming This Summer

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In a somewhat shocking announcement, during today’s Super Smash Bros. Direct, Sakurai announced that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will be released this summer. That’s fantastic news for 3DS owners, but Wii U owners are left out, at least for now. Wii U owners won’t be able to score the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U until Winter 2014.

Greninja, Charizard, Yoshi, Zero Suit Samus, and Sheik Confirmed for Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U

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The biggest announcements to come from today’s Super Smash Bros. Direct are the new and confirmed character returns.

First, in the trailer shown at the end of today’s stream, it was confirmed that Greninja and Charizard will join the battle. Greninja, a starter in the latest Pokemon games, will be making his Smash Bros. debut, but Charizard is returning without the Pokemon Trainer.

Also, to satisfy Yoshi fans, Sakurai finally confirmed the dinosaur’s existence. This time, however, Yoshi will fight on his legs as opposed to on all fours. A tidbit that has eluded me until today.

Lastly, Sakurai confirmed the return of Zero Suit Samus and Sheik, however, both can only be chosen outside of battle. It’s unknown if they will take up a spot on the roster, or just be character swaps of Samus and Zelda respectively.

Super Smash Bros. Direct – April 8, 2014

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Lots of new info to enjoy in the latest Super Smash Bros. themed Nintendo Direct.

New Club Nintendo Reward – Featured Game Rewards for April 2014

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Another month, another Club Nintendo featured games update. Nintendo is offering four different games again this month with some heavy hitters amongst the bunch. Here is the list of Club Nintendo featured game rewards for April 2014:

Keep in mind, DSiWare games can be downloaded to your 3DS and Wii Virtual Console games can be accessed on Wii U via the Wii menu.

New Kirby: Triple Deluxe Trailer – Oh Kirby, You’re So Silly

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Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball Trailer

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Warning: Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball is oddly addictive.

European Conqueror 3D Announced for Nintendo 3DS eShop

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European Conqueror 3D, developed by Lionaat and published by Circle Ent., has been announced for the Nintendo 3DS eShop. This game will take place during World War II and feature over 10 playable countries.

Super Smash Bros. U/3DS Direct Coming Next Week

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Nintendo will be airing a Super Smash Bros. U/3DS Direct next week on April 8. This special edition of Nintendo Direct will bring a variety of information regarding Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and for Nintendo 3DS. The presentation will be aired globally, so everyone can enjoy the fun.

This edition of Super Smash Bros. Direct will air on April 8, 2014 at 3 P.M. PST (6 P.M. EST).

Retro City Rampage: DX – Update 1 Trailer

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Nintendo Download for April 3, 2014

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Wii U eShop

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition – $19.99

Evofish – N/A

Nintendo 3DS eShop

Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball – Free-to-play with micro-transactions for additional mini-games.

Super Monkey Ball 3D – N/A

Mystery Case Files Ravenhearst – N/A

Mystery Case Files Dire Grove – N/A

Virtual Console

Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA on Wii U) – $7.99

Metroid Fusion (GBA on Wii U) – $7.99

Advance Wars (GBA on Wii U) – $7.99

Nintendo eShop Sales

Buy Dr. Mario and get $5 off Dr. Luigi starting today and lasting until 8:59 A.M. PST on April 10, 2014. This deal applies if you already own Dr. Mario on the Virtual Console, as well!

6 Mega Man Games Coming to Nintendo 3DS in May

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May will be a huge month for Mega Man fans as Capcom is set to release six handheld Mega Man games on the Nintendo 3DS. These games include the rest of the Mega Man series on Game Boy, Mega Man II, III, IV, and V, and the two Game Boy Color editions, Mega Man Xtreme and Mega Man Xtreme 2.

The first game will be released on May 1, with the others following on subsequent Thursdays. You can head over to this Capcom Unity blog to vote on the title you want released first.

Classic Two Tribes Games to Receive a Permanent Price Reduction

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Toki Tori, EDGE, and RUSH will all be reverting to their introductory prices of $1.99 starting April 3, 2014. The reason for this price drop appears to be sales related as Two Tribes has said that $1.99 appears to be the sweet spot when compared against the regular price of $3.99.

This sale isn’t affecting only the Wii U titles (Toki Tori, EDGE, and RUSH) either as EDGE on the Nintendo 3DS eShop will also be seeing this permanent price reduction.


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