First Impressions: Super Smash Bros. For Wii U

Published November 24, 2014 by Amanda B. Greene

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Summary/Reception

I honestly forgot to do a preview before it came out on Friday, sorry. Anyways, Super Smash Bros. is the fourth entry of the Super Smash Bros. franchise (weird how Nintendo didn’t change the title by at least adding a four or something like “Dojo”, but oh well). It is popular, addictive fun for friends and family. It is a fighting game that has nearly all of Nintendo’s stars, plus some guest appearances, come together for an all-out brawl of the century.

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Do you remember my article about hype? Well, so many people like me couldn’t wait for SSB4. What kept fans excited was how Nintendo started doing character reveal trailers that were a surprize each time and done brilliantly. Nintendo also did some of their “Nintendo Directs” around this game. Here is a list of the new characters with their own videos:

  • Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Mega Man, Mii Fighters (with their different classes), Rosalina & Luma, Little Mac, Greninja, Palutena, Lucina & Robin, PAC-MAN, Shulk, and Duck Hunt Dog
    • Be sure to watch them all! If you buy the game, it includes them all in order.

Ratings listed on Wikipedia: 93/100 by Metacritic, 92% by GameRankings, 9.5/10 by Destructoid, 9.75/10 by GI, 5/5 by Game Revolution, 9.8 by IGN, and so on

The ratings for the 3DS version are similar in that it did excellent, but it does have some issues like with how the Circle Pad will often break if you play the game “extensively”. I didn’t and don’t plan to get this version only because most of my friends either don’t have a 3DS or don’t plan to get the game, so I’d be playing almost exclusively solo which is not good for a mainly multiplayer title.

First Impressions

I played so much of it over the weekend for hours on end. It is a blast, even if you’re playing by yourself. There are many single and multiplayer modes for you to try out and you’re bound to like more than a few of them. Plus, there is so much to unlock and collect that you won’t run out of motivation any time soon.

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One I have yet to try out is the Eight-Player Smash, as the name implies, you can literally have up to eight players at the same time for total chaos (if you don’t have a lot of awesome gaming pals, you can have CPUs to fill in). GameInformer did a Test Chamber series on this mode because it is so much fun; not much beats watching the crew joke and smack-talk each other in epic duels. 🙂

Another new one called Smash Tour replaces Smash Run (only on the 3DS version) that has you and others travel on a game board to collect stat boasts for the random characters you collect as you compete in multiple small, unpredictable battles before the final showdown after going through all the turns. It has interesting twists and turns to make it so anyone can win regardless of skill and challenges you to power yourself up while launching your opponents away.

Story?

Nintendo was going to have a story mode similar to “Subspace Emissary” in Brawl, but it was removed for someone had leaked the cutscenes on YouTube. I personally don’t think that was a big enough excuse to get rid of a nice feature that existed mainly for enjoyable fan fare. I was upset and so were many other fans who were looking forward to a little narrative.

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The outcry I’ve heard and read seems huge enough to me that people genuinely want a dedicated game beyond Smash that collaborates everyone together into a major story where there would be a lot of connections and conversations shown and made between franchises. I’ve had a lot of dreams about all the possibilities and opportunities Nintendo could have by creating more cross-overs in the future.

  • Maybe it’s just me, but I wonder if Nintendo thought about things like this when doing the trailers like thinking about having Kid Icarus and The Legend Of Zelda co-exist or if they only had them fighting for the sake of introducing Palutena.

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Wrap-Up

I will the review in by the end of this week. My goal is try to explore everything extensively and hopefully even be able to play online to see what that’s like. I can tell you right now that this game is one of the sole reasons to buy a Wii U and deserves all the praise it’s been getting. 😀

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I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving Break and I’ll post again soon!

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