Super Smash Bros. Wii U to Have Ridley, Mewtwo, 8-Player Matches and Much More
Nintendo has revealed all sorts of crazy features being added into the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. that its 3DS counterpart didn't have.
During the latest Nintendo Direct event (featured in the provided video above), the Big N has announced all sorts of crazy, special features going into Super Smash Bros. Wii U. The biggest news would be the inclusion of 8-Player Smash matches. You will be able to have up to eight friends compete locally. There will be a limited number of stages you can play with eight players, but it is bound to be a blast.
Registering both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros on ClubNintendo.com will get you Mewtwo as a free downloadable fighter, which is expected to debut in the spring of 2015. You also get a two-disc soundtrack of both the 3DS and Wii U versions of Smash Bros. for registering both games on the website as well (this offer ends on Jan. 13).
Speaking of new fighters (even though Mewtwo isn't really new), Ridley is... still not a playable character. Nintendo has been listening to the fans and have incorporated Ridley as a mini-boss-esque character in the Pyrosphere stage, which is inspired by Metroid. Watching Ridley on screen proves why he'll never be a playable character -- he's too big. Ridley will attack people on screen and once someone does enough damage to him, he'll join your side and attack the other players. Knocking out Ridley counts as a kill-point. Once Ridley consumes enough energy, he becomes Meta Ridley and will do all sorts of crazy antics on the stage.
In terms of the amiibo figures, scanning one will have the toy's character imported as a "figure player," or "Fii." Figure players can gain levels, get stronger and unlock all sorts of in-game bonuses, gifts and trophies.
Speaking of imports, those who have the 3DS version of Smash can bring in their custom 3DS fighters, Mii Fighters, costumes, items and equipment over to the Wii U version.
The Wii U GamePad's touchscreen will be used for the game's Photo-Editor Mode and its Stage Creator, which you will be able to share with the world online. You can also download all sorts of custom stages made by other players. Hopefully there will be a voting system in place to rank the best ones. There are all sorts of new modes in this version of Smash and big changes were made to most of the previously existing ones. Most of the game modes, including Special Smash Mode, All-Star Mode and Event Mode, can be played with two-player co-op.
Masterpieces are cut-down versions of the roster's best titles from throughout gaming history. They're pretty much game demos (including their Virtual Console links to buy each full game), but with time limits set to how long you can play.
Battlefields will be much different this time around. For example, the Jungle Hijinxs stage from Donkey Kong Country Returns allows players to fight in the background and in the foreground, with blast barrels launching players back and forth between the two fighting areas. You can customize the soundtrack (which is more than triple the size of the 3DS version and features over 20 different composers) however you prefer. You can even change the menu music now in case you get tired of the main theme. Make sure you watch the video above to see all of these features in action.
We've also thrown in the cutscene announcing Bowser Jr. and the Koopa Kids' debut in Super Smash Bros below. All of these character announcement cutscenes will be included in the game as well (such as Mega Man and Palutena's).
Super Smash Bros. will launch for the Wii U on Nov. 21.