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Super Smash Bros for Wii U: Review

by staticneuron

posted October 14, 2016 @ 12:08PM
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When it comes to polish in video games, Nintendo is the absolute king. The company will take one idea, such as the original Super Smash Bros., and continue to polish and tighten it with each iteration until it has the glisten of a diamond. While the original game was fun, each new iteration in the Smash Bros. franchise has continued to add new ideas, refine existing ones and strengthen the overall gameplay to a level where fans are left wondering “what else can Nintendo do?” Nintendo answers that question in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with two words: “A lot.”

 


At it's core, the gameplay is still the same as it was in the very first Smash Bros. release. Nintendo mascots will fight on a Nintendo-themed battlefield and use a combination of regular attacks, special moves and items to knock each other off the stage. Chances are good you've played Smash Bros. before in some iteration, and you're likely wanting to know what makes this one worth your hand-earned cash.

For starters, Super Smash Bros for Wii U features the largest roster yet in the history of the series: 49 unique characters in total, with the removal of characters that were duplicates of an existing character. Representatives from the Super Mario Bros., Metroid and Zelda franchises are joined by representatives from franchises such as Xenoblade Chronicles, Duck Hunt and Punch-Out. Three special guest characters make their appearance: one being the returning Sonic, the other two being the instantly recognizable Mega Man and Pac-Man.

Choice permeates throughout this iteration, from character selection to controller selection; Super Smash Bros. for Wii U supports over five different controller configurations, including a GameCube controller.

There are a number of new modes in this iteration of the game, ranging from Event Mode, where you'll play special scenarios with pre-selected characters and stages, and Smash Tour, a virtual board game mode. Both modes are fun and add life to the single player mode and serve as a nice break from fierce multiplayer battles. The Wii U version of the game ups the maximum number of players on a stage to eight, creating a cacophony of chaos and balance that will create some of the most memorable times you'll have with the series.

If you've played Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, you'll be wondering what the Wii U has to offer you beyond new game modes; the answer to that is that it has more of everything. More stages, more unlockables, more challenges, more music – Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has easily double the content of its younger 3DS sibling. This is the definitive Smash experience; even if you didn't like the game on 3DS, it's worth checking out again on the Wii U, if only to experience the graphics.

While Super Smash Bros. for 3DS was criticized for its tiny sprites and rough around the edges graphics style, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the first time the series is available in high-definition and it looks fantastic. You'll find it hard to go back to the 3DS version once you've experienced Mario and friends in a visual clarity that is unrivaled by any other Wii U game.

Super Smash Bros for Wii U is the definitive Wii U game. It's the game you bought the console for, it's the game you buy a console for. It deserves a spot in every Wii U owner's library, whether you're a hardcore single player gamer who wants to unlock all the secrets or a competitive multiplayer gamer who wants to be the best like no one ever was. When the game releases on November 21st, 2014, don't be the last on your block to get it.

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