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Nintendo unveils Wii U GameCube controller adapter

Nintendo unveils Wii U GameCube controller adapter

Supported by Super Smash Bros.

The Wii U is getting a GameCube controller adapter, Nintendo has announced.

The upcoming peripheral was revealed in a promotional video for E3's Super Smash Bros. Invitational, then later confirmed on Twitter where Nintendo noted that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will support this control scheme.

This device plugs into the Wii U and allows up to four GameCube controllers to connect to it. Could this mean that Nintendo will start manufacturing GameCube controller's again?

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Smash Bros. Melee was "too difficult"

Nintendo picks apart its classic fighter.

Nintendo's classic GameCube scrapper Super Smash Bros. Melee was "too difficult", according to the game's creator, and any future title in the series will not be aimed at the same hardcore crowd.

UK chart: Smash Bros. still victorious

Buzz! PS3 playing catch-up.

There's little change at the top of the UK all-formats chart this week, as Super Smash Bros. Brawl continues to fight off opposition from Battlefield: Bad Company at two and LEGO: Indiana Jones at three.

UK charts: Smash Bros. is smash hit

Muscles way to No. 1. Full top 40 inside.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl has headbutted its way to the top of the UK all formats chart this week, thumping previous leader LEGO Indiana Jones down to three.

March Wii sales top 720,000 in US

March Wii sales top 720,000 in US

Wii beats PS3 and Xbox 360 combined.

Nintendo managed to sell a whopping 720,000 Wii consoles in the US last month.

Sales were boosted by the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 2.7 million copies were sold in March, three times as many as the game's nearest competitor.

According to NPD data Nintendo's name was on 58 per cent of all hardware sold across the US, with the DS shifting 698,000 units.

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The other week we joked that if OutRun 2 was fan service, SEGA Superstars Tennis was dinner, dancing, cocktails and fellatio. We'd lose our jobs if we tried to put Super Smash Bros. Brawl on that scale. It's so completely, bonkersly in love with Nintendo that it's hard to imagine how it will be topped. Perhaps if the next Mario game prints money out of the disc slot every time you find a star. And Princess Peach turns out to be Scarlett Johansson, who lives in the box, and needs a backrub.

Like the other Smash Bros. games, this is a side-on beat-'em-up with platform game elements, where the object is to knock the other player (or players) off the side of the arena. Doing lots of damage to the enemy - as indicated by a percentage - means they will be blasted further away, until it's impossible for them to jump back to safety. Depending on the game rules, players are rewarded for knockdowns and penalised for their own trips into the abyss, with the winner usually a logical synthesis of the two. And the winner is always a character from a Nintendo game, or a welcome intruder from a friendly competitor.

The cast is massive to begin with - Kirby, Mario, Link from Zelda, Zelda from Zelda, and lots of other much less obvious ones - but gradually deepens as you progress through the single-player adventure mode, Subspace Emissary, where you meet Ike from Fire Emblem, Pikachu, Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid and others. It's even got Sonic the Hedgehog, who has been welcomed into this orgiastic, Return of the Jedi Endor campfire scene of a game like Darth Vader pulled lovingly from the crumbling Death Star of the broken old-days SEGA, his past attempts to destroy Mario ignored as he dances gaily with Admiral Ackbar and the Ewoks.

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SSBB discs causing problems in US

Nintendo repairing Wiis for free.

Nintendo of America is offering to repair Wiis free of charge if consumers in the US and Canada have problems playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Smash Bros. conquers Japan chart again

Nintendo claims 22 spots in top 30.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl has battled its way to the top of the Japan charts for a second week running, after busting through the one-million-sales barrier after just 11 days on sale.

Nintendo trio roll out for GDC

Talking Wii Fit, WiiWare, Smash Bros.

Takao Sawano, Takashi Aoyama and Masahiro Sakurai - three of Nintendo's top men - will be at GDC next week banging on about their experiences with the likes of Wii Fit, WiiWare and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

June SSB date "a mistake", says Nintendo

Official website gets it wrong.

Nintendo has dismissed suggestions a 1st June date has been set for the UK release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl - despite said suggestions having appeared on the company's own website.

Smash Bros. Brawl spoilers emerge

Early Japanese retail copies to blame.

Early copies of Super Smash Bros. Brawl going on sale in Japan have resulted in floods of spoilers making their way onto the Internet.

Nintendo clarifies Q2 dates

Not finalised as yet.

Nintendo has sent out a note this morning explaining that Nintendo software release dates issued yesterday for Q2 2008 and beyond "have not been finalised or confirmed", although it did describe Mario Kart's as "fixed".

Gamble on fights in Smash Bros.

In new Spectator mode.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl is set to include a new Spectator mode that allows you to watch random matches over the Internet and gamble on the results.

Another MGS char in Smash Bros

Assist Trophy swordsman.

Not content with letting us play as Solid Snake on PictoChat levels, the developers of Super Smash Bros. Brawl have revealed that we can have Metal Gear Solid's Grey Fox as an Assist Trophy. (Or "Gray Fox" if you're American, which is fine now because we've had our diversity training.)

Smash Bros. maps every day

Get creative with Stage Builder.

The official Super Smash Bros. Brawl website has trumpeted that Super Smash Bros. Brawl will come with its own Stage Builder.

PictoChat level in Smash Bros

Beat someone up on a penis.

The latest Smash Bros. Dojo update reveals plans for a Super Smash Bros. Brawl level based on Nintendo DS text communication app PictoChat.

Smash Bros. Wi-Fi detailed

Do it with friends or anyone.

Nintendo has thumped a fistful of details for Super Smash Bros. Brawl into our news face this afternoon, covering the various options for battling online.

Smash Bros, Mario on for 07

Zelda DS, too. Phew.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy and DS title The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass are all still on track for release this year.

Smash Bros. Brawl trailer

Smash Bros. Brawl trailer

The one from Nintendo World.

What's that? You weren't at Nintendo World? Haha! No wonder your parents hate you! Oh well, despite this you can still have a look at the trailer Nintendo produced to show off Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii.

Just scoot over to Eurogamer TV and there it is, looking mighty handsome with Kirby and Pikachu and Pit leaping around with Link and some of the others. You know, Wario etc. We can't be bothered to list them all.

Although we will mention Zero Suit Samus and Solid Snake, as they've just crept onto our screen behind this document window. Or in Snake's case crawled and then rocket-launched onto the screen.

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Smash Bros. shown in Japan

With Fox back in the line-up.

Nintendo has shown off a new Super Smash Bros. Brawl trailer at its Nintendo World event in Japan today, "comprised almost entirely of gameplay" according to reports.

Super Smash Bros. details

Super Smash Bros. details

Sakurai spills the beans.

Those excited by the prospect of forthcoming Wii title Super Smash Bros. may already know that the game's creator, Masahiro Sakurai, likes to keep everyone informed about how it's coming along via his blog.

Problem is, it's all in Japanese - but the good news is that a fan has been hard at work translating the info into English, as reported by 1up.

Hence we now know that a Fire Emblem character could make an appearance in the game, along with Mario, Link and Solid Snake. As previously announced, you'll be able to play the game online, but it'll all be pretty simple stuff - there won't be any leaderboards, for example.

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Miyamoto and Sakurai on Nintendo Wii

E3: Smash Bros., Mario, more.

Nintendo spent Wednesday afternoon fouling up our meticulously planned Wednesday evenings here in Los Angeles by keeping us tied up in an hour-long press conference to unveil Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as you may already have read about. Still, it was their own party in West Hollywood they were forcing us to miss, so perhaps there's no harm done.

Super Smash Bros. coming to Wii

Brawl to feature Wario, Kid Icarus, Solid Snake.

Speaking at a special event after the first day of the E3 show in Los Angeles, Nintendo's creative boss Shigeru Miyamoto has announced another title for the Wii - namely Super Smash Bros. Brawl.