After all the focus on the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. over the last few months, some may wonder why there is any reason to be excited for the Wii U version, if they already own it on 3DS. Luckily, with the game set to release in a little over three weeks, Nintendo blew the lid off the Wii U version with a special “50-Fact Extravaganza” in the form of basically a Nintendo Direct.
During this stream, we learned a lot of new information about that version and what sets it apart from the game on 3DS. As a result, I thought I would put together a list of 10 reasons that I am still very excited about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Also, I will not be including speculation like the previous DLC wishlist, but rather details that we know about the game so far. Without further ado, here are the top 10 reasons I’m still excited for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
10. The Gorgeous Graphics
This one deserved to go at the bottom of the list, mostly because it’s the most obvious of them all. While the Wii U may not be as high powered as the other two modern consoles, we have seen some spectacular looking games over the last year, and this appears to be right up there with the rest. As the first HD game in the series, everything has been taken up a notch, to where it looks like one of the best looking games on the system.
No, sadly Ridley is not being added as a playable character at this time. However, the iconic Metroid boss will be a major force in the Pyrosphere stage, where you can have him join your team, similar to Flying Man in the Magicant stage in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. With him being moderately sized, it would be nice to see him eventually be offered as DLC, but that’s pretty unlikely. Regardless, we will get plenty of Ridley in the Pyrosphere anyways.
8. Event Mode
While not exclusively new to the Super Smash Bros. series, after appearing in Melee and Brawl, Event mode was left out of the 3DS version. Luckily, it makes its triumphant return with not only the single player Event battles, but also two player co-op event battles. These are always an interesting shake-up on the typical Smash formula and I can’t wait to see what types of interesting challenges they have for us this time.
7. Smash Tour
Nintendo has been known for their abundance of party games over the years, and Super Smash Bros. was always one of the most popular amongst many. Now, the Wii U version has added a mode built specifically for groups, known as Smash Tour. Smash Tour is essentially a much more grand Smash Run from the 3DS version, where you start as a Mii and collect fighters across a map and eventually square off against one another. This is one that is hard to judge without actually playing, but it still looks like a blast.
6. Controller Options
After being a little worried prior to the release of the 3DS version, the control scheme was a pleasant surprise. However, nothing will be able to compete with the number of different controller options that the Wii U version will offer. There is of course the GamePad, but also the Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Wii Classic Controller, Wii Classic Controller Pro, Nintendo 3DS, and most exciting, the GameCube controller. Thanks to a special adapter that will be available for sale, gamers can play using the GameCube controller, which is a favorite of many, especially on the professional gaming circuit.
- This article was updated on:February 21st, 2017