Super Smash Bros. (Video Game Review)

Super Smash Bros. is now available for Nintendo Wii U. The game originally released for Nintendo 3DS in October, but the new release packs more exclusive game modes, additional fighters and some new content that makes the Nintendo Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. the must own version of the Nintendo blockbuster. Super Smash Bros. is the newest release for one of Nintendo's most popular franchises, and the new title includes iconic, non-Nintendo characters such as Mega Man, Sonic and Pac-Man for the first time ever. If you own a Nintendo Wii U, you must pick up a copy of Super Smash Bros. this holiday season.

Nintendo teamed with Namco Bandai for the release of the new fighter game, and the result is a highly addictive and surprisingly strategic game that offers enough fun gameplay to hook casual gamers and enough of a challenge to make the game a popular release for fighting game tournaments. The core gameplay of the series has not changed a whole lot over the years, but new game modes, tons of collectibles and plenty of new fighters makes the game well worth checking out for fighting games fans.

Super Smash Bros. features three type of fighters across a roster of nearly 50 characters. Melee, sword and gun fighters are all available, and players will have access to all-time great characters such as Mario, Bowser, Link, Samus and Sonic to use to create epic battles. Additional characters can be unlocked by completing unique challenges and beating the new challenger in one versus one matches. Players can also create custom fighters with unique statistics from equipped items or Mii fighters with customized fighter types, equipment and attacks.

Super Smash Bros. adds a few new game modes for players to experience on Nintendo Wii U. Smash Tour has four players assembling a team of fighters to battle for prizes with boosted statistics with board game type objectives. Special Orders has players fighting with unique objectives such as fighting off a team of powered up, duplicate fighters. Event mode is similar to Special Orders but allows for multiplayer action. Each mode adds something different to the game and the multiplayer options included in the game helps make the title a very good choice for a party game with a lot of friends.

Super Smash Bros. features the same four-player game modes available on the Nintendo 3DS game, though the new game does exclude the fun Smash Run game mode available exclusively on handhelds. The new game alleviates any problems stemming from large scale, four-player battles on a small screen and adds local multiplayer matches for up to eight players. The eight player matches takes the action to larger levels available only in the Wii U version of the game, and the chaotic matches can be a lot of fun for players looking to enjoy the game casually with a group of friends.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Wii U also supports the new Amiibo figures. The figures are sold separately and allow players to import a computer controlled character into the game, train and then use in local and online matches to see who has the best fighter. The Amiibo AI is comparable to that of any other computer controlled character in the game meaning the fighters can be impossibly difficult to battle against at times, while the characters will seemingly fall off levels and intentionally lose matches from time to time as well. Amiibos are not must owns for fans of the game, but they do add additional ways to play the game in non-traditional modes.

Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Wii U adds high definition graphics that makes the game look even more impressive than the handheld version. The improved graphics make level effects and character animations look fantastic and really shows off the power of the Nintendo Wii U with some of the best looking gameplay the console has to offer. Super Smash Bros. also supports the Nintendo Wii U gamepad allowing players to enjoy the fighting game even when the living room television is tuned to a different channel. Though the Nintendo Wii U version of the game includes enough additional content and a better presentation that makes it the better version of the game, it is worth noting fans that own both versions of the game will gain access to an exclusive fighter not unlockable any other way.

Super Smash Bros.
is best played on Nintendo Wii U, and the game is one of the must own games currently available for the console. The game packs additional game modes, fighters, levels and an improved presentation that makes it the definitive version to own, though it's disappointing that either version of the game should include exclusive content. Super Smash Bros. is a great game for casual players and diehard fighter fans alike, and the release is likely the best the franchise has ever produced. Put a copy of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Wii U under the tree this holiday season.

Super Smash Bros. is now available for Nintendo 3DS and can be purchased for $39.99. Super Smash Bros. is rated E by the ESRB for Comic Mischief, Cartoon Violence & Mild Suggestive Themes. For more information on the game, check out the official Super Smash Bros. website.

Game Features:
  • Online Multiplayer 1-4
  • Includes Exclusive Smash Tour, Special Orders and Event Modes for Nintendo Wii U
  • Over 40 Fighters Including Non-Nintendo Characters
  • Create Custom Mii Fighters With Customized Stats
  • Earn Trophies and Unlock Hidden Fighters
  • Amiibo Support

Game Information:
Developer: Namco Bandai & Sora Ltd.
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U (reviewed) & Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: November 21, 2014

Score: 9 out of 10
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