Despite stating that their last mature game on Wii U will be Watch Dogs, Ubisoft still thinks there’s a chance Nintendo can turn things around with the Wii U. Alain Corre, Ubisoft’s European boss, says that two games will improve the fortunes of the console. Those two games are Super Smash Bros and Just Dance 2015.
“To be honest, we always want more consoles,” Corre said. “Just Dance 2015 is resonating very well. We think it will please a lot of [existing] Wii U owners and push more families to buy extra Wii Us. But we also believe that Super Smash Bros. will be a trigger to increase the momentum of the Wii U at Christmas. As a gamer, I was playing [Super Smash Bros.] over ten years ago, and it has some of the best moments that Nintendo has shared. I think that franchise could be magical [for the Wii U]. Nintendo has some of the best franchises in the world and it knows how to make great games. It proved that with Mario Kart, and it will prove that again with Super Smash
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Smash Bros series creator Masahiro Sakurai has explained in his weekly column in Famitsu why Wii U owners will have to wait for Super Smash Bros. Sakurai says that the reason for the delay is simply because of the debugging period during which they test for bugs. By delaying the Wii U version Sakurai says they could shift the debugging periods and get the Nintendo 3DS version out the way.
“Checking is done both domestically and overseas, so for a game like Smash Bros., several hundred people are employed.” Sakurai explained. “So, debugging alone becomes a huge project. So much so that one of the biggest reasons for the separate release dates for the 3DS and Wii U versions was so that we could shift the debugging periods.”
“In a previous Smash Bros., we found a bug during the debugging process where if fighter A hits item B and fighters C and D are simultaneously affected, the game would freeze.” Sakurai recalled. “Considering not only the different fighters, but items, stages, color settings, play rules, and game modes, the number of varying combinations are astronomical. In order to properly debug, every pattern must be tried, but such a task would be impossible no matter how many decades or centuries you take.”
“There are many reasons why a game’s release date will be delayed, but eight or nine times out of ten, it’s usually because a bug couldn’t be fixed in time.” Sakurai wrote. “But it’s better than releasing a product like that.”
Super Smash Bros producer Masahiro Sakurai has revealed via Miiverse that Ghirahim will appear as an Assist Trophy. We can now rule out Ghirahim as a playable character in Super Smash Bros which is coming to Nintendo 3DS on October 3rd and Wii U this winter.
Pic of the day. “No, I’ll just beat you within an inch of your life!” Demon Lord Ghirahim makes an appearance in Smash Bros!! He’s an Assist Trophy, so he could conceivably back up Link, too.
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A member of the NeoGAF forums has posted the Japanese packaging for Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS. The details on the back of the box state that the file size will be 2.1GB which falls in line with other Nintendo 3DS titles. The next entry to the Smash Bros franchise launches first on the Nintendo 3DS this October 3rd.
Amazon.com has recently listed the Super Smash Bros bundle for the Wii U and it’s currently available for pre-order. The bundle will set you back $99.99 once it’s released and includes the Super Smash Brothers Game for the Wii U, GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U, and Super Smash Brothers Edition of the GameCube Controller. Remember the money won’t be taken from your account until the item ships. So if you’re thinking about pre-ordering, take the plunge.
Nintendo Canada recently sent out an email listing upcoming titles for the Nintendo 3DS that gamers can play this year. Among the titles listed is Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 3DS. The advertisement says that the game is coming to Canada on October 3rd which is the same day as the game arrives in the United States.
A reader of My Nintendo News has snapped a pre-order box shot of Super Smash Bros Wii U in one of the HMV stores in London. The accompanying label claims that Super Smash Bros for the Wii U will be arriving in stores on November 28th. Of course, this could simply be a placeholder, but as Nintendo has yet to officially confirm anything other than winter, this is one of the closest things we’ve got to a release date for the game.
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Japanese manufacturing firm Cyber Gadget has announced that it plans to sell a special arcade stick for the Nintendo 3DS XL in Japan. The accessory will go on sale sometime in late October and looks to be perfect for those considering getting Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS XL. It will cost 3,000 Japanese yen, around $30.
Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has revealed on Miiverse that the Nintendo 3DS version of the game will feature as stage based on the iconic Game Boy. Sakurai also said that if players turn on the 3D effect on the Nintendo 3DS, it actually looks as though there’s a Game Boy inside the screen.
If you turn on the 3D effect, it really looks like there’s a Game Boy inside the screen.
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French Nintendo publication Nintendo Town have managed to get their hands on a document from Nintendo France to French retailer GamesWave. The publication says that the day one stock for the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros will be 300,000 copies. The document also says that Fantasy Life will have 50,000 copies available at launch. However, the document reveals that French retail won’t be getting any new stock of The Wonderful 101
and New Super Luigi U.