I’m a huge fan of the Smash Bros series and was eagerly awaiting its release on Wii U and 3DS, hoping it would capitalise on what it’s Wii predecessor had put in place, and it did just that and more.
Being an old school smasher, I enjoyed playing the game with the Gamecube pad, but unfortunately, the adapter is in very short supply, so had to manage with the pro controller and the WiiU pad. These are not the only ways to play though, as you can pretty much use anything in your room to play! Wii remote, nunchuk, classic controller and 3DS can all be used to play on the WiiU version, which is great for people who can’t afford the extra pads.
I’m not going to spoil the unlockables, but there are so many characters and stages to unlock that you’ll have a fun time trying to collect everything including all those trophies and stickers! DLC is also planned for new characters, so you can look forward to new or veteran fighters in the games life span. There is also early access to Mewtwo to those who purchase both 3DS and WiiU versions of the game, a character I actively enjoyed playing with in the Gamecube version.
One thing I do miss from a previous game was the Subspace Emissary mode that has been replaced with Smash Tour in the WiiU. This is due to social media being too easily to access, it can spoil the nostalgia of a storyline if browsing a simple website. Smash Tour does stand tall in its place though, where it takes on the role of a mini Mario Party game, but yourself VS other Miis collect upgrades and fighters for the final battle to see who came out on top.
Nintendo have also given gamers something to take their minds off this though with the inclusion of 8 player smash mode, where the cap used to be 4 players or the slight painful rotation mode, you can now have up to 8 players playing simultaneously, all using their own controller from the many to choose from, without having to wait for someone to be smashed off stage to join in the fun!
One great feature is the ability to customise characters with new attacks and upgrades. This can lead to some pretty insane fighters like having a lightning fast Bowser that has poor strength against, a slow Sonic with super strength! Also included is the ability to use your own Mii characters in the game, which you can also personalise to use a gun, sword or fists.
Amiibos have also been released to coincide with the game, Amiibos are NFC toys like Skylanders and Disney Infinity that come to life in the game. In smash bros, your Amiibos learn your style of play, and try to find your weaknesses judging on how you move and how skilful you are. The cap on these are level 50 and it took one of my characters up to level 30 to beat me by one point, which I happen to cause myself! And just for the odd few readers who think they may not be that good, a level 50 Fox got a semi-final in a tournament, where it only lost to the winner! Nintendo’s idea to use NFC toys like this excites fans a lot as some of the lesser known characters that people may not have heard of finally get their chance to have merchandise of their own.
The game still includes its classic mode and tournament modes, but it is a real shame that Nintendo didn’t include another story mode like the Wii version did. Although there is plenty of stuff jam packed into the game to keep you entertained for hours. Make sure you collect all the Amiibos too; some may only be available for a short amount of time so it’s an idea to get your favourites in first before they disappear from shelves altogether. Nintendo has also confirmed they will be used in future games, so you’re not going to stuck with some models that will gather dust in a few years time.