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

  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

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REDMOND, Wash. -- 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-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
http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. 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 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
http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct to view the Nintendo Direct, or
http://www.smashbros.com/us/ and the new http://www.facebook.com/smashbros.

Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults
manage the content their children can access. For more information about this
and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu and
http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its Wii U^™ and Wii^™ home consoles, and Nintendo
3DS^™ and Nintendo DS^™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it
launched the Nintendo Entertainment System^™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.2
billion video games and more than 669 million hardware units globally,
including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as
well as the Game Boy^™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi^™ and
Nintendo DSi XL^™, Super NES^™, Nintendo 64^™, Nintendo GameCube^™ and Wii
systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known,
household names such as Mario^™, Donkey Kong^™, Metroid^™, Zelda^™ and
Pokémon^™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in
Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the
Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the
company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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