In his latest Miiverse post, Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai acknowledges the European launch of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which is now available in the region in stores and on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Sakurai also talks about the Wii U-exclusive Wrecking Crew stage, where walls are destroyed when bombs explode. Additionally, when there are only two panels or less holding up a floor, the floor will crash down, making the stage change constantly. Sakurai warns that you might get stuck inside a metal barrel that falls from above, after which other players can attack you until you get yourself out.
Nintendo has released a new update for Hyrule Warriors, version 1.4.0, which increases the maximum warrior level to 150 and allows players to carry up to 999 of a single type of material. The latest patch also adds new mixtures to the Apothecary and new medals. In addition, users can now receive amiibo presents by touching an amiibo to the Wii U GamePad while on the title screen to get a random bonus. An amiibo can grant only one present a day, and up to five presents can be obtained by using five different amiibo.
The Twilight Princess pack has also been released, making it possible to play as Midna in her true form and use the Mirror of Twilight. Priced at $7.99, the DLC pack allows players to use the Copy Rod weapon when playing as Zelda. It also introduces a new Adventure Mode map and new costumes for Link and Zelda. Hyrule Warriors is available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
Curve Studios has released a new launch trailer for Thomas Was Alone. The indie platformer, which is now available on Wii U, is about friendship and jumping. Players guide a group of sentient rectangles through a series of environments, combining their skills to reach the end of each level. It features 120 levels, 15 playable characters, a story narrated by Danny Wallace and a soundtrack composed by David Housden. Each level also includes a commentary by creator Mike Bithell. Thomas was alone can be purchased from the Nintendo eShop for $9.99 / £6.99.
Shin’en Multimedia has released a new patch for Art of Balance on Wii U. The latest update for the physics-based puzzler, version 1.01, fixes the pause crash and the Tower Tumble ‘Draw’ issue. It also brings with it stability and quality improvements. In addition to a solo experience, Art of Balance includes cooperative play with support for split-screen and online multiplayer modes. The game is available through the Nintendo eShop.
Bayonetta 2 sold about 68,000 units in October, according to a recently-surfaced rumor. This figure, which was shared by a NeoGAF junior member, supposedly comes from a “very reliable” source. Although official sales numbers for Bayonetta 2 have yet to be revealed, the NPD Group previously confirmed that the Wii U exclusive failed to land a spot on the top-10 list of the best-selling games for October. The Bayonetta sequel made its North American debut on October 24th.
It appears that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will contain significantly reduced loading times. This is based on a few comparison screenshots between the upcoming remake and the Nintendo 64 original. The shots look at the updated rendition of Clock Town, which seemingly connects to its different sectors in a way that will provide a more seamless experience to players. Nintendo previously confirmed that Majora’s Mask 3D includes enhanced graphics and added features for a smoother experience. The game is scheduled to launch in spring 2015 for Nintendo 3DS.
The latest Nintendo Minute episode sees hosts Kit and Krysta engaging in an eight-player mode in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with six of their friends. The newly-released fighting game lets up to eight players battle simultaneously on select stages in local multiplayer. The battles can be a combination of real-life players and amiibo. Available now in North America, the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. launches in Europe on November 28th and in Japan on December 6th.