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|04-07-2014, 10:27 AM||#1|
Super Smash Bros. Will Be The Sole Focus Of April 8th's Nintendo Direct
Theyíve been teasing bits and pieces about the game from skill changes to roster additions for months now, but Nintendo is about to unleash its biggest information torrent yet about the new Super Smash Bros. Nintendo will devote the entirety of their April 8th Nintendo Direct webcast to the Wii U/3DSís Super Smash Bros.
Nintendo Directs are usually anywhere from fifteen to forty plus minutes long. Itís not unusual to have Directs devoted entirely to particular games, and itís happened most recently with Wii U Fit and The Wonderful 101. No telling how long the Smash Bros. one will be, nor what it will contain.
Hopefully weíll get to see more of the new characters in action, and perhaps a final rundown of the complete roster.
What we really is a release date. The game has been confirmed for 2014, but unlike Mario Kart 8, it still does not yet have a specific date attached.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (I canít believe thatís the official title) will be a hugely important title for both Wii U and the 3DS.
Without fail, the generational Super Smash Bros. installment for each Nintendo home console, N64, Gamecube and the Wii, always ends up being one of the best selling games of the entire console generation, and easily the most played.
Few Nintendo games have replay value even close to Smash Bros, and it will be a reason for players to keep their Wii Us from collecting dust.
The addition of a 3DS version this time around is also a big deal, as the handheld is performing better than Nintendoís home console, and 3DS Smash Bros. could be a monster portable hit, provided it plays well.
Given how the console and handheld are selling compared to one another (~5.6M to ~43M), I wouldnít be surprised at all to see the 3DS version dramatically outperform its console counterpart.
As important as Super Smash Bros. is for Nintendo, Iím not positive how much of a system seller it will be at this point.
This is now the fourth iteration of the game, and it seems that very, very few Nintendo franchises have the ability to move consoles by themselves these days.
The only games I can see even possibly falling into that category are Smash Bros. (again, maybe), a new fully-fledged Zelda game (coming someday, hopefully), or an open world Pokemon console RPG (never gonna happen).
I just donít know if Smash Bros. is still a franchise that will make people pick up a Wii U just to play it.
Even with new additions and tweaks, Iím not sure how much the gameplay will vary from past games, and even if it plays well, it could fall into a ďbeen there, done thatĒ category for many.
Those who already own a Wii U will likely snap up a copy instantly, but as weíve established, sales of the console have not been great, so that customer base isnít particularly large.
Super Smash Bros. will be a hit for Nintendo, but the scale of which remains to be seen.
Now with the console space opening up a bit between upcoming VR, Amazon/Ouya/Steam consoles and traditional Microsoft /Sony systems, Nintendo occupies a cool little niche of family friendly, local multiplayer gaming at a reasonable price.
Iím not sure they need to directly compete with Sonyís PS4 or Microsoftís Xbox One at this point.
Obviously they wish the Wii U was selling better, but I think itís now more well-established than it has been previously, and the 3DS is obviously going strong.
Thereís a place in the industry for a more family-focused system, and I do think Nintendo is the best in that category.
No, it likely wonít be the top choice system to play Watch Dogs, but intense rounds of Mario Kart and Smash Bros. are a welcome alternative to non-existent local multiplayer content on its competitorsí consoles.
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