Change of Plan for Smash Bros Wii U Release Date in UK

Nintendo will release Super Smash Bros. for Wii U one week earlier than expected in the UK and Europe.

Previously the game was set to launch across Britain and mainland Europe on December 5, but Nintendo has pulled that forward a week, with the new release date set as November 28.

That revised date comes just a week after the US launch, which commences on November 21.

Nintendo has also confirmed that it has moved the release date of its custom Smash Bros GameCube controller, and the Amiibo bundle to match the new UK release date.

See below for Super Smash Bros Wii U details–19 Essential Facts, 130 New Images, and 3 Latest Videos

  • Characters: The Wii U offers 40 characters, plus Mii Fighters, all from the start.
  • Release date: The Super Smash Bros. Wii U launch date is November 21 in the US and November 28 in Europe.
  • Eight-Player Mode: Up to eight players are allowed to play at the same time, with the game offering enlarged stages for all to compete on. This is a single-screen, offline multiplayer option.

  • Amiibo integration: Once an Amiibo figure (sold separately) makes contact with the Wii U’s NFC-enabled GamePad, the corresponding character will materialize in the game as a “Figure Player,” which technically can be upgraded through experience and become more powerful.
  • Online Multiplayer: For the first time, players can team up locally with a friend to compete online with others.
  • Online and Official Tournaments: At a later date, players will be able to set up custom tournaments, while Nintendo will also host its own official tournaments.

  • Voice Chat: Players can talk to each other via the GamePad, but only before and after battle, on the Fighter Selection and Results screens.
  • Build Your Own Stages: Players can use the Wii U GamePad to create their own personal battle arenas.
  • Numerous Control Inputs: Players have an entire arsenal of controllers they can choose to play Super Smash Bros for Wii U. That includes Wii Remotes, Pro Controllers, GameCube pads (if players also have the adapter) and synced 3DSes.

  • 3DS Importing: Players can import custom Nintendo 3DS fighters (including Mii Fighters) to the Wii U game, along with their customized equipment, costumes, and hats.
  • Soundtrack Offer: Those who own both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros can receive a two-disc soundtrack of the game for a limited time. In order to access the disc, players will need to register each game on Club Nintendo.
  • Mewtwo: This rare Pokemon will be part of the first Smash Bros Wii U DLC package, which comes in spring 2015 for those who register both their Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game on Club Nintendo.

  • Smash Tour: A new board game party mode, where players move around the map, gaining fighters and power-ups which can be used in a final battle.
  • Master Hand Mode 1: First is Master Orders, where the master hand gives the player a task to overcome, which results in rewards if successful. The harder the challenge, the bigger the reward, but players can only try each order once.
  • Master Hand Mode 2: In Crazy Orders, you pay to enter and battles get harder the longer you survive. Players are given the option to cash-out at any point.

  • Special Smash Mode: Players can customize battles and play any way they like.
  • Masterpieces: This menu unlocks abridged versions of classic games which some of the Smash Bros. cast feature in. Players can play small demos of these, before being prompted to buy them at the eShop.
  • Stages: Nintendo promises that the Wii U version offers more stages than any other Smash Bros. game to date. Nintendo writes: “There is now an expanded version of the original Battlefield stage named Big Battlefield. Meanwhile, the Great Cave Offensive, based on the underground labyrinth found in Kirby Super Star, challenges players to avoid potentially lethal danger zones–or throw their opponents into them.” It adds: “The Jungle Hijinxs stage, based on Donkey Kong Country Returns, features dual-plane battles with a foreground and background, and blast barrels that shoot players from front to back and vice versa. After launch, a new Miiverse stage will feature players’ posts from Miiverse, where posts will appear in-game to cheer on the fighters.”
  • Ridley: The iconic boss from the Metroid series makes its appearance in Smash Bros for the first time, but only as a non-playable character on the new Pyrosphere stage. As Nintendo puts it: “If one player attacks Ridley enough, Ridley will join that fighter’s side and attack others. Players (including the one on Ridley’s side) can KO Ridley to earn the point for match results.” However, if Ridley consumes the energy that appears on the stage, he will mutate into Meta Ridley, and become far more powerful.

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Another Minecraft Clone, Cube Creator 3D Coming To 3DS eShop

Big John Games enters the fray

The race to create a compelling Minecraft clone for a Nintendo console is on and now Big John Games has revealed that it will be jumping on the blocky bandwagon with Cube Creator 3D for the 3DS eShop.

The game is due to hit the eShop early next year, however Big John Games do hope to have a demo ready for December so you can get a feel for what the finished product will be like. The demo will offer a Creative Mode which allows players to explore the stereoscopic 3D world and also makes use of the 3DS’ touchscreen so players can access the game’s inventory easily during play.

The full game will feature a Survival Mode which offers a bunch of crafted worlds, along with some random ones to mess about in. There will also be enemies to keep you on your blocky toes.

With Battleminer also coming to the 3DS soon, along with UCraft and Stone Shire also planned for the Wii U, Nintendo fans will soon be spoilt for choice when it comes to Minecraft clones. How do you think this one measures up judging from the screenshots in our gallery below?


Nintendo President Explains Delay Of New 3DS For US And European Markets

nintendo new 3ds 2014 11 640x413A few months ago, Nintendo announced new Nintendo 3DS & 3DS XL handheld consoles. With the slightly upgraded specs and with the addition of a new control, it certainly looks like Nintendo has made the console a little more desirable, especially for those who were still on the fence regarding the console.

That being said if you were thinking about getting your hands on it, you will be disappointed to learn that Nintendo has delayed the release of the new consoles for both the US and European markets. The console was released in Japan this month and according to Nintendo, they have since managed to sell 234,000 units so far.

However it seems that the delay of the console for the US and European markets is due to the lack of popularity. According to Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata, “To the contrary, neither of the cumulative sales figures of Nintendo 3DS in the U.S. nor Europe is more than that in Japan. Based on these observations, some might wonder if, apart from the domestic market, the sales of Nintendo 3DS will really be able to gain momentum in the overseas markets.”

Interestingly enough it seems that Nintendo has chosen to launch the new 3DS in Australia later this year, so we guess if you absolutely have to have it and you want an English version of the console, perhaps getting one imported from Australia should do the trick. That or you could always wait until next year.


Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Release Date Moved Up in Some Countries

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be arriving earlier than originally anticipated in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. While Nintendo had been saying that the game would be released some time in December, that has now been moved up by a little bit. The new official release date for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in Europe  will be November 28th with Australia and New Zealand following the day after.

You know how we said Super Smash Bros. for Wii U would arrive in December in Europe? Change of plan: 28/11/2014

This new date also puts it only one week behind the North American release of the game. However, Japan will still have to wait a little longer, as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is scheduled to hit there on December 6th. This is a bit different than how the release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS was handled. That game was available in Japan almost a month ahead of anywhere else. It then was released in North America and Europe at the same time.

While players have had plenty of time to enjoy Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSmany are still waiting for the Wii U versions release with great anticipation. It will not only improve the visuals, it will also include tons of exclusive game elements such as more stages, new game modes, and even an increased player count. Nintendo has also given gamers reason to own both versions beyond the exclusive content. Owners of both games will be able to download Mewtwo as a playable fighter for free when he becomes available next year.

Nintendo reveal that certain amiibo will be “limited-time offers”

It isn’t long until Nintendo’s amiibo toys will be lining retailer shelves, although recent comments made by Satoru Iwata indicate that collectors will want to be quick to snap them all up.

Their foray into the toys-to-life category will see retailers stock what the company has deemed “staple choices,” although certain others will be “limited-time offers” that they will replace once stock runs dry.

We can largely interpret that to mean that regulars such as Mario, Yoshi and Donkey Kong will be in plentiful supply, whereas certain characters expected to sell in smaller quantities – like Marth and Wii Fit Trainer.

“The amiibo figure lineup for Super Smash Bros. will continue to be released even after this year-end sales season, and we hope that this will help to update store shelves,” Iwata shared with investors this week.

“As store shelf space is limited, some amiibo will remain stocked on the shelves as staple choices while some will be limited-time offers which will cede their positions to new ones once they are sold out.

“With these offerings, I believe the Nintendo characters lined up on shelves, which usually only contain standard-sized boxes, will have an outstanding presence, and this means a lot to us.”


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Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS National Championship 2014 (UK)

We’ll be there, why don’t you join us?

Super Smash Bros. fans across the UK have been battling it out for a chance to be crowned National Champion 2014. The qualifying heats took place at selected GAME stores which determined 32 finalists — 4 from each of the 8 regional heats — who are now ready to battle it out one final time tomorrow, Friday 31st October at York Hall in London, all to take home the prestigious Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS National Championship title and prizes:

  • Ultimate Champion: Wii U Premium Pack, a copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. goodies
  • Runner Up: A copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. goodies
  • Cosplay Winners and Runner Ups will receive Nintendo eShop vouchers

Nintendo UK has kindly provided us with 50+ pairs of tickets for the special event at which you’ll also be able to get your hands on upcoming titles Ultimate NES Remix, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.

Nintendo Life Invitational

Those attending with Nintendo Life tickets will also have the chance to win a copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in our Nintendo Life Invitational Tournament. Tickets are still available if you contact us today we’ll do our best to get you on our guest list whilst tickets remain.

Event Details

Date of Final: Friday 31st October
Location: York Hall, London
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green (Central line)

11.00am – Guests arrive with drinks available
12.00pm – Welcome guests & introduce the tournament
12.15pm – 2.55pm – Round 1 (16 battles total)
1.30pm – 5.30pm – Food available
2.55pm – 3.10pm – Swag wheel
3.10pm – 4.30pm – Round 2 (8 battles total)
4.30pm – 4.45pm – Swag wheel
4.45pm – 5.15pm – Nintendo Life Invitational
5.15pm – 5.55pm – Quarter Finals (4 battles total)
5.55pm – 6.10pm – Swag wheel
6.10pm – 6.25pm – Cosplay parade & prizes awarded
6.25pm – 7.05pm – Semi Finals (2 battles total)
7.05pm – 7.30pm – SSB Melee Community invitational
7.30pm – 8.00pm – Grand Final & awards ceremony
8.00pm – Event ends
8.30pm – Venue closes to public

Want to attend?

If you’re interested in attending please email us and state your name (and a friend’s name if you wish) and we will get back to you as to whether your confirmed on our guest list. Remaining tickets are in limited supply.

Please Note: you must be able to make your own way to the venue, tickets cannot be sold or transferred to others, if you are selected and unable to attend the event please let us know so we can issue your tickets to another reader. All decisions are final.


Pre-loading coming to Wii U with Super Smash Bros., to 3DS next year

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will feature pre-downloading when it is released later this year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said during a briefing today.

“The ‘pre-download’ system is a system in which consumers who have purchased the game before its release can download most of the game content in advance,” he explained. “Using this system, consumers will not have to wait for a long time to download the game after its release. They will then be able to start playing the game by only downloading a requisite minimum amount of update data.”

Pre-loading will be available for the game both by purchasing it online through certain retailers and by purchasing download cards at stores and then entering the download code at the Nintendo eShop in advance.

“Consumers will not be required to save the download card until the release of the game if they enter the download code on the day of purchase,” he said. “This system will be implemented on Wii U first, and is planned for Nintendo 3DS next year.”

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Super Smash Bros for Wii U Playable With GameCube Controllers, Nintendo Re-Releases …

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October 30, 2014|10:05 am

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“Super Smash Bros for Wii U” is scheduled for a release this coming November 21 in the U.S. and on December 5 for Europe and December 6 for Japan. The Wii U version of the game is essentially the same as the Nintendo 3DS version.

The Super Smash Bros series of games is one of Nintendo’s most successful titles in the company’s history with its wide range of characters from different Nintendo game titles as well as its four-player local multiplayer capabilities. Nintendo is upping the ante however and is introducing eight-player local multiplayer on certain maps.

To make this possible, Nintendo has issue re-releases of its GameCube controllers. The Smash Bros for the GameCube is considered by fans to be one of the best releases by Nintendo and the controller was deemed as perfect and fitting for the game itself. Thus, Nintendo is re-releasing its GameCube controllers as well as the four-port adapters to enable compatibility with the Wii U.

Essentially, four of the eight players would be using the GameCube controllers on the four-port adapters while the remaining four will be using the Wii U gamepads to play as the GameCube four-port adapters use up to USB ports.

Players will also be able to carry their fighters from Wii U to Wii U with the use of Amiibo figurines. The figurines use the same principle as Disney’s own console game “Disney Infinity” where players would purchase figurines of their favorite characters.

A character’s progress can also be stored on the figurines but only carries one version of the character. This means that a player must decide one which version of the character he wants to carry with him. Buying two of the same figurines for different versions of the characters are possible but expensive as the figurines cost $12.99 each.


Nintendo Reveals Plans for ‘Pre-Download’ Feature for Wii U and 3DS

Saving you time on the day

President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata has announced a new system to reduce the long download times for retail games.

This ‘pre-download’ function will be coming to the Wii U with the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and will become available in 2015 on the 3DS. The process involves downloading a bulk of the data of a game before its release date, and then only requiring a small download of update data required when the release date comes about.

This new scheme is designed to reduce the enormous download times of modern retail games, which can be tens of gigabytes. It would also alleviate a lot of the strain that is put on Nintendo’s servers on the day of a big release.

Nintendo appears to be pushing the eShop as a feasible method for using the Wii U, despite the small hard drive space available on both currently available Wii U models. If this is something that Nintendo really wants to push, they’re going to have to consider a larger amount of storage space for a potential new Wii U system.

What’s your take on this new pre-download idea? Let us know in the comments!