Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Smash is still too unrefined to be the choice of the Nintendo connoisseur, but if you don't take it too seriously, it is riotously good fun.

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Super Smash Bros. announced for Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. announced for Nintendo Switch

UPDATE: Series boss Masahiro Sakurai back once again.

UPDATE 9/3/18: Smash Bros. series boss Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed his involvement in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch.

Writing on Twitter following last night's announcement, Sakurai said he had been working on the Switch version in secret for some time:

"Right now we're just at the stage where we revealed this game, but I've been working on this game in silence day after day," he wrote. "Please wait until we can release more information, or until release day!" (Thanks to SourceGaming for the translation, which we've independently checked.)

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Nintendo finally unveils the last Smash Bros. amiibo

Nintendo finally unveils the last Smash Bros. amiibo

Plus three new Link figurines, and three more Splatoon figures.

The last few Super Smash Bros. amiibo have been given a release date - nearly three years after the game launched for Wii U and 3DS.

Final Fantasy's Cloud, Bayonetta and Fire Emblem's Corrin were all shown off in last night's Nintendo Direct broadcast. Each of the three will come in two variants, and all six will launch here in the UK on 21st July.

These figures were confirmed a long while ago - and there's been no reason given for the long wait. Some had suspected Nintendo was waiting on the launch of a potential Super Smash Bros. port for Nintendo Switch.

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Smash Bros. 3DS, Wii U update adds tournaments, YouTube uploading

Nintendo has updated Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS with the games' long-awaited tournament mode and YouTube upload function.

Version 1.1.0 adds the two new features for free. Tournaments let you compete online with scores of other players, while the in-built YouTube upload lets you save replays to the streaming video site and Miiverse simultaneously.

Support for another wave of paid-for DLC has also been added, although you'll need to purchase all of it separately.

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U Lucas DLC release date

Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U Lucas DLC release date

Miiverse stage and Splatoon costume add-ons dated too.

Nintendo will launch Earthbound's Lucas as a downloadable character for Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U next Sunday, 14th June.

Lucas costs Ł3.59 on either 3DS or Wii U, or Ł4.49 as a combo pack for both platforms.

The pint-sized fighter was part of the regular roster for the Wii's Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but was left out of the default Wii U/3DS line-up.

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Nintendo nerfs Diddy Kong in Smash Bros. Wii U patch

Nintendo nerfs Diddy Kong in Smash Bros. Wii U patch

But Diddy need to be changed this much?

The latest Super Smash Bros. for Wii U patch has introduced a range of balance changes for much of the game's character roster.

But the fighter that has been most affected is Diddy Kong, DK's diminutive sidekick, who was previously regarded by many players as being overpowered.

The character's attacks now cause less damage, upset Diddy fans have reported. Moves which have been reduced in power include Diddy's aerial attacks, throws, Banana Throw and Monkey Flip.

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U Mewtwo DLC release date, price

Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U Mewtwo DLC release date, price

Lucas coming as DLC next, then player voted characters.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U will be expanded with its first DLC character, Mewtwo, on 28th April.

The fighter will cost Ł3.59 in the UK, or comes free for owners of both games that have registered the titles with Club Nintendo.

Nintendo has also announced the second DLC character - blonde-haired Earthbound and Super Smash Bros. Brawl fighter Lucas.

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS patch adds Amiibo support

Nintendo has released a new Super Smash Bros. for 3DS update that adds Amiibo support to the title.

The patch arrives just in time for this Friday, 13th February, when the Amiibo-compatible New 3DS and New 3DS XL arrive in Europe.

Armed with a shiny new handheld, you'll be able to scan in and level up your Amiibo figurine - the same as you can on the game's Wii U edition.

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Smash Bros. Wii U update unlocks 15 more stages for 8-player mode

There's a new update for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U that unlocks 15 more stages for the game's 8-player mode.

The 316MB download brings the brawler's version number up to 1.0.2.

Smash Bros. previously limited its hectic 8-player mode to just a few stages, as some are simply too small to include all of the action.

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Pokémon, Smash Bros. sales help Nintendo back to profit

UPDATE 28/1/15 5pm: Nintendo has sold "about 5.7m" Amiibo toys since their launch in late November.

Company president Satoru Iwata confirmed the figure during a conference with investors today, Bloomsberg reports.

If all 5.7m were sold at the UK price of Ł10.99, Nintendo would stand to have made around Ł63m in sales.

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Samus Amiibo misprint sells for $2500 on eBay

Samus Amiibo misprint sells for $2500 on eBay

"I am very happy with how it turned out."

The erroneously constructed Samus Aran Amiibo we reported on last week ended its eBay auction with an astronomically high winning bid of $2500.

The misprinted figurine has arm cannons on both arms, rather than just the one. This prompted 19 users to place a total of 75 bids over the one-of-a-kind toy.

We've reached out to seller jetfour to confirm that these bids are on the level, but have yet to hear back. However, the seller told GameSpot, "I am very happy with how it turned out," suggesting that the winning bid is legit.

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Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire UK's biggest Pokémon launch ever

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire UK's biggest Pokémon launch ever

Super Smash Bros. in at 13. DriveClub up 999 per cent.

Combined sales of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have earned Nintendo its biggest UK Pokémon launch of all time.

The combined sales total beat last year's launch of Pokémon X and Y by 17 per cent, UK numbers company Chart-Track announced - despite Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire being remakes of the series' Game Boy Advance incarnations.

Previously, the UK record for a Pokémon launch was held by 2011's Black and White on DS.

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It seems Samus Amiibo interfere with Moscow's metro barriers

Rare dual-wielding variant now almost $1000 on eBay.

UPDATE 3.30pm: Moscow commuters beware - we've been told that while the Amiibo interacts with the gate's locking mechanism and changes its light to green, the gate itself will still close on you should you try to pass through.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U review

At this stage, the underlying game is almost one of the least interesting things about Super Smash Bros for Wii U. Smash (as it shall henceforth be known, for brevity's sake) is a party game in the sense that it is a game that is also a party. It's a celebration of Nintendo; a get-together for stars of past and present to beat seven bells out of one another. Perhaps more significantly, it's a shindig at which we can be assured of having a good time: we know the guest list is strong, we know we'll get to hear some killer tunes. What we're interested in is the finer details. What surprises will our host Masahiro Sakurai have in store for us this time?

And let's spare a thought for Sakurai, because organising this party must be a logistical nightmare by now. What began as a fun little leisure time experiment is now a phenomenally successful series, and expectations are raised accordingly. We all want more, and so that's what he delivers. More fighters, more stages, more songs, more moves, more modes, more options. More pixels.

It's well worth spending a little time on Smash's presentation. Some will say this is the best-looking game on Wii U. It isn't, but let's not dismiss its visual achievements. It might not be the technological miracle that Smash 3DS was (seriously, compare it to Pokémon, which can't even manage a smooth frame-rate for turn-based combat) but it's sharp, its fighters are nicely rendered and well-animated, and the stage backgrounds are often stunning - sometimes distractingly so. Xenoblade Chronicles' Gaur Plain is a sumptuous sprawl; Orbital Gate Assault is a space opera in miniature; Kalos Pokémon League takes you on a tour of the elemental halls of X and Y's Elite Four; Wuhu Island makes you wonder whether Nintendo's working on Wii U Sports Resort. The pick, perhaps, is Game and Wario's Gamer stage, as the illuminating gaze of 9-Volt's terrifying mother damages any fighter who doesn't retreat into the shadows in time.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U release date changed in the UK

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will now be released a week earlier in Europe - on 28th November, Nintendo has just confirmed.

This applies to the game itself, the new Smash Bros. themed GameCube controller and the game and controller bundle.

The only bundle whose release date hasn't been changed is the Smash Bros. and Mario Amiibo bundle - that's still down for 5th December.

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Sakurai teases a couple of Wii U-exclusive Super Smash Bros. modes

Sakurai teases a couple of Wii U-exclusive Super Smash Bros. modes

Begins with the words "Master" and "Crazy".

Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has teased a couple of exclusive game modes coming to the Wii U version of the popular brawler series' latest.

Taking to the Miiverse, the series director posted the following image of the game's menu under what appears to be single-player game modes. "Now, what mode is this...?!" Sakurai teased.

The first word of one mode is "Master", while its second half is blurred out, and the other mode begins with "Crazy". Any ideas what they could be?

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Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Amiibo release dates announced

Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Amiibo release dates announced

3DS version has now sold 2.8m worldwide.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will launch in Europe on 5th December, Nintendo has announced.

North America will get the game almost two weeks earlier, meanwhile - on 21st November.

The first wave of Amiibo, the company's new Skylanders-style toy range, will arrive here a week earlier on 28th November. 12 figurines will be initially available: Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth.

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS requires day one patch to play online

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS requires a day one patch to unlock the game's online multiplayer mode.

The update is not automatically applied when starting the game - instead, you can head to the handheld's eShop and nab it from there.

You'll also need to make sure your 3DS is updated to the latest firmware version, Nintendo has cautioned.

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EGXNintendo brings huge line-up to EGX London

Plus all sorts of tournaments, competitions and discounts.

Gamer Network, which publishes this website, has announced Nintendo's line-up for this year's EGX London, taking place next week from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th September at Earls Court.

Watch this Super Smash Bros. 3DS stream confirm playable characters

The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. isn't due to release in Japan until Friday but copies of the game are already out in the wild.

Twitch user Hayama is currently streaming the game and confirming a number of characters that have yet to be officially announced.

As previously revealed in an earlier character roster leak, new playable entrants include Bowser Jr, Dark Pit from Kid Icarus: Uprising and the Duck Hunt Dog from the classic NES game.

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Xenoblade Chronicles headed exclusively to new 3DS models

Xenoblade Chronicles headed exclusively to new 3DS models

Shulk confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS, meanwhile.

UPDATE 12.50pm: Xenoblade Chronicles' just-announced 3DS port will only be available for the new 3DS and 3DS XL designs.

Nintendo's new hardware revisions include a beefier CPU, which will be required to get the Wii game running (thanks, Siliconera).

ORIGINAL STORY 12.20pm: Xenoblade Chronicles character Shulk is playable in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo has confirmed.

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Meta Knight return confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

Kirby character Meta Knight will be playable in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo has confirmed.

The returning fighter first appeared in the series' Wii entry, Smash Bros. Brawl.

Meta Knight's Brawl appearance was deemed too powerful by some - leading to the character been banned from some professional tournaments.

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You can dress up your Mii as a Nintendo character in the forthcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U according to an official tweet from the game's director Masahiro Sakurai. You heard, Gamescom - frankly, everyone in Cologne might as well pack their bags and come home because when it comes to video game news, this week we are done.

FeatureDoes Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U feel new enough?

Hands-on with the game in HD and on handheld.

Speaking shortly after the success of Smash Bros. Brawl, series boss Masahiro Sakurai swatted away the notion that the series would be released on a more regular basis. There wouldn't be enough new features to add, he argued, and he didn't want a quick and easy sequel to consist of just a few extra characters.

Pac-Man confirmed for Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U

The 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. will include another new fighter - Pac-Man, Nintendo has announced.

Namco's spherical yellow fighter can throw fruit and spawn fire hydrants. His Final Smash move appears to be his powered-up form, albeit grown to a screen-filling size.

Smash Bros. series boss Masahiro Sakurai revealed the latest addition to the games' roster last night during an E3 roundtable discussion. Namco is aiding Nintendo in the game's development, so the inclusion makes sense.

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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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Diddy Kong confirmed for Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

Diddy Kong confirmed for Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

He's back again and about time too.

Donkey Kong sidekick Diddy Kong will again be a playable character in the upcoming versions of Super Smash Bros.

Diddy's return was confirmed today in the latest update from Smash Bros. series boss Masahiro Sakurai, timed to coincide with the launch of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

The diminutive ape first joined the fighting series' roster for Wii incarnation Smash Bros. Brawl and quickly became a popular fighting choice.

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Kirby villain King Dedede confirmed for Smash Bros. return

King Dedede will again be playable in Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo has confirmed.

A rotund hammer-wielding villain from the Kirby series, Dedede was announced as returning for the latest installments overnight via SmashBros.com.

Smash Bros. series boss Masahiro Sakurai first introduced Dedede to the series with Wii installment Brawl. A fan of the Kirby series, Sakurai in the past directed half a dozen Kirby titles.

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FeatureMost Anticipated: Super Smash Bros.

It's going to be mega, man.

There's something about playing Nintendo games at Christmas. Maybe it's their colours, rich and gaudy like pristine wrapping paper. Maybe it's the giddy sense of fun they elicit that fits so well with the festive season. Whatever it is, I spent much of my holiday smiling my face off at recent favourite Super Mario 3D World, or visiting my Animal Crossing: New Leaf town to see it covered in snow.

Majora's Mask revival teased in New Smash Bros. Assist Trophy

Note its easter egg in A Link Between Worlds too.

For years Zelda fans have been clamouring for a Majora's Mask remake, especially since we've recently seen remakes of Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker, yet Nintendo has never acknowledged if it's working on reviving the property. Unfortunately, that's still the case, but the Kyoto-based company has added its latest tease to the mix.

Nintendo confirms Toon Link for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo has announced another returning fighter for the 3DS and Wii U incarnations of Super Smash Bros. It's Toon Link, from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.

His inclusion makes a lot of sense - Wind Waker HD is due for release next month, and the cel-shaded version of the character has gained considerable popularity since Wind Waker's initial release, enough to star in DS spin-offs Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.

Toon Link is the latest in a line of returning characters already confirmed for the games: Peach, Luigi, Kid Icarus' Pit and Pikmin's Olimar have already been confirmed, alongside returning regulars Mario, Bowser, Link, Samus, Donkey Kong, Fox, Kirby and Pikachu.

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Peach confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS

Peach confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS

15 characters so far announced.

Nintendo has confirmed Peach will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS.

Peach's expected inclusion - she was in the last two Smash Bros. games: Melee and Brawl - raises the roster to 15 characters. They are as follows:

Peach

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS due 2014

UPDATE #2: See the Wii Fit trainer, Mega Man and Villager in action.

UPDATE #2: Nintendo has broadcast a mini Nintendo Direct starring Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, who talked about the game's three new characters in more detail.

FeatureHow Powerful is the Wii U Really?

And why, for many developers, it doesn't matter.

How powerful is the Wii U really? Is it less powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360? Is it as powerful? More powerful? And how will it compare to the next generation? What quality of graphics will we see from Wii U games?

Nintendo drafts in Namco Bandai to make Super Smash Bros. sequel

Nintendo drafts in Namco Bandai to make Super Smash Bros. sequel

Tales, Gundam, SoulCalibur and Tekken devs on board.

Nintendo has drafted in Namco Bandai to make the Super Smash Bros. sequel.

Yoshito Higuchi, the producer and director of the Tales series, Tetsuya Akatsuka, producer and director of Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs., the art director and sound director of the SoulCalibur series and the main development team staff from the Tekken series have all been enlisted to work alongside Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, who will direct the project.

The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game was announced last year - but it doesn't look like we'll see it for quite a while.

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Wii U to support two GamePads

Frame-rate halved when two pads are in use, Nintendo reports.

The Wii U will support two GamePads, Nintendo has confirmed at its E3 conference - putting an end to speculation that the new console would only be able to support a single second screen unit.

Confirmed: Nintendo will announce a new Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii U at E3

Confirmed: Nintendo will announce a new Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii U at E3

Miyamoto working on "small but important" projects for new console.

Nintendo will announce a new Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii U at E3 in June, the company has confirmed to Eurogamer.

Earlier today Spanish newspaper El Mundo, which interviewed Shigeru Miyamoto while he was in Paris to promote the Nintendo-designed 3DS tour guide at the Louvre, claimed the legendary designer "anticipates that the next E3 will present a Super Mario for the new console".

However, Miyamoto was not directly quoted as saying this - rather it was the newspaper's own text doing so. Here is the relevant passage, translated by Eurogamer Spain for Eurogamer.net:

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Nintendo announces Wii U developer tech

Nintendo announces Wii U developer tech

Wii U games to leverage core game tools.

Nintendo has licensed several slices of well-known technology for developers to use creating Wii U games.

Developers can wield both Havok's physics tech and user-interface toolset Scaleform when making Wii U software.

This middleware technology allows for quicker and easier game development using familiar tools, something Nintendo may consider useful for ensuring Wii U sees plenty of multi-platform titles from third-party developers.

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Wii U will launch in US, Europe, Australia and Japan by end of 2012

The Wii U will launch in the US, Europe, Australia and Japan by the end of 2012, Nintendo has promised.

Following the release of its third quarter 2012 financial results, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata told reporters in Japan today the Wii successor will hit key markets for the year end.

Nintendo had stated Wii U, set for a re-reveal at E3 2012 in June, would launch no earlier than April 2012 but before the end of the year - but did not specify the territory in which this would happen.

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New Smash Bros. still miles away

"We've got no plans whatsoever."

Excited for more Smash Bros? Time to calm down down a little. The new project, planned for both Wii U and 3DS, is still a long way from release.

Nintendo yet to start Smash Bros. Wii U

"We really shouldn't have announced it."

Don't expect any new information on Smash Bros. 3DS or Wii U soon - series director Masahiro Sakurai has admitted that development hasn't started yet.