Super Smash Bros. presentation round-up

June 15, 2015

Early this morning Nintendo’s Masahiro Sakura presented a video revealing upcoming content for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Rather than post individual news items, we’ve decided to do a wrap-up of the presentation.

Firstly both Roy and Ryu have been confirmed as DLC fighters, and have been released alongside Lucas. Roy has been updated since Melee – he’s been given a more modern appearance, his moves balanced, and his Final Smash acts similar to Marth’s except it can affect two characters instead of one. Ryu is a bit of a unique fighter in Smash Bros. He features his trademark moves (the Hadoken and Shoryuken) which can be activated with a single button press, but if players enter the original button combinations from the Street Fighter series then the same attacks will cause higher damage. Ryu also has two final smashes – he can unleash a long-ranged Shinku Hadoken which attacks multiple enemies, or he can unleash a stronger Shoryuken by using a Final Smash when right next to an opponent.

Roy will be the same price as Lucas and Mewtwo, costing AU$5.20 for one version of the game or AU$6.50 for both versions. Ryu is a bit more expensive, costing AU$7.80 for one version of the game or AU$9.10 for both versions, though this is because he comes with the Suzaku Castle stage. Suzaku Castle features Street Fighter music, and a unique feature where the stage music changes when a timed match is about to end.

The new Miiverse stage was also showed and announced to be a free download. Nintendo will open up new Miiverse Communities for each individual character. When each character is fighting in the stage, the posts from their respective community will be generated in the background. In addition to the Miiverse stage, past stages from the original Nintendo 64 Super Smash Bros. will also be available for purchase, including Dreamland, Hyrule Castle and Peach’s Castle. These stages will cost AU$2.60 for one version or AU$3.90 for both versions.

Included in this presentation alongside new characters and stages, new costumes were also shown, including Animal Crossing’s Isabelle, Zero from Mega Man X, the Inklings from Splatoon, Heihachi from Tekken, Megaman.EXE from Megaman Battle Network Zero, and Akira and Jacky from Virtua Fighter. Costumes will cost AU$1.05 for one version or AU$1.55 for both.

As part of the update for all this newly announced DLC, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will now feature the ability to upload replay videos to YouTube. Both versions will also receive new trophies for the DLC characters, Splatoon Inklings and Ken from Street Fighter.

The latest round of Amiibos were also shown during this presentation. Mr. Game & Watch, Rob, Duck Hunt Duo, and Falco will be released on September 26th. Mr. Game & Watch will be a 2D figure but will feature swappable poses. Amiibos for the Mii Fighters were also confirmed, and players will have the ability to customise their in-game appearance. Amiibo releases for all DLC characters was also promised.

Finally, two new Tourney modes dubbed Community and Regular were demonstrated. Community Tourney lets players compete for the highest points in a set amount of time, while Regular Tourneys have specific rules and will only happen at select times. These will be available to players as part of a free update in August later this year.

With the exception of the Tourney modes, all content is available for purchase right now. The game will need to be updated to the latest firmware for the DLC to work.