Yesterday, in a nearly hour long Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo divulged many new tidbits of information on the upcoming fighting title coming to 3DS and Wii U.
One of the biggest bombshells came at the beginning of the broadcast. Unlike what many people assumed, the two games will not be launching simultaneously. The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will be released this summer, while the Wii U version will be released sometime this winter. I'd be willing to bet good (none of that filthy bad money) money that gamers can expect the Wii U version to launch close to the holidays.
For anyone worried about the technical performance of the 3DS version of Smash Bros., worry no more. It was confirmed that all fighters will run in 60 frames per second, even while 3D viewing is enabled. The summoned creatures from items like assist trophies will run in 30 FPS, but every player character will move in 60 FPS regardless of what else is happening on screen.
There will also be substantial differences between the two versions. While both the 3DS and Wii U will have the same roster of fighters, they will have separate stages. Even stages of the same name in both will be tweaked and have different layouts in the two games. While the Wii U version will have a music player similar to the one found in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the 3DS will be limited to two songs per stage.
There will be some kind of connectivity between the 3DS and Wii U versions, but what form that will take and how extensive it will be remains to be seen. More details should roll out around E3.
The online multiplayer was revealed as well. Players will now be able to choose from two game modes: For Fun or For Glory. For Fun allows players to be put into games with random stages, all items on, with smash battles, and only wins are recorded. For Glory takes place on Final Destination, no items, 1v1 battle are possible, and both wins and losses are recorded. Of course, when playing with friends over the internet, players will be able to customize their settings to whatever they desire. Also, Final Destination has received an upgrade. Almost every stage now has a Final Destination form, giving more visual variety to one of the most iconic Super Smash Bros. arenas.
Instead of having an online ranking system, players will accumulate Global Smash Power, which can be used to brag show your friends how good of a smasher you are. Nintendo insists that GSP will not be what matches you up against opponents, the stat tracker for that will be hidden.
New fighters were also confirmed and shown off in great detail: Mega Man, Little Mac, Rosalina, Animal Crossing Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer. Characters that previously had multiple forms will now have a single form and move set. Meaning Samus, Zero Suit Samus, Sheik, and Zelda are now separate, playable characters. After the presentation concluded, the Pokémon Greninja was also revealed to be joining the cast.
Finally, the 3DS version was shown to have a unique game mode called Smash Run. Players are thrown into a random dungeon full of monsters and pitfalls where they need to collect various stat-boosting power-ups within a five-minute time frame. After those 5 minutes are up, players are thrust into a battle against each other where they must make the best of the stats they accumulated in the dungeon.
Overall, Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U are looking to be entertaining next-gen evolutions of one of the most popular fighting game series of all time. If you have the time, you can watch the Nintendo Direct for yourself below.