Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime is open to the idea of him being playable in the next Super Smash Bros. game. Although he was probably joking, Fils-Aime said today that series director Masahiro Sakurai might consider adding him to the Super Smash Bros. roster if a petition gets at least 100,000 signatures from fans. If he does join the fighting game, however, Fils-Aime’s “Final Smash” move would apparently be “MY BODY IS READY SLAM.”
In yesterday’s Super Smash Bros. pic of the day, series director Masahiro Sakurai revealed a redesigned Ray Gun. With every game in the series, the projectile item is carefully designed so that it won’t resemble an actual gun, according to Sakurai. The Ray Gun has appeared in every Super Smash Bros. game to date, and will be featured in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
“We design the Ray Gun carefully each time to ensure it doesn’t look like a real gun,” wrote Sakurai on Miiverse.
Not long after we heard confirmation that Sonic was set to enter the fight once again, Super Smash Bros. director Masohiro Sakurai has posted a new screenshot on the official website showcasing a brand new Sonic stage for the Wii U. For those who are already familiar with the newly released Nintendo exclusive Sonic Lost World, you’ll spot Windy Hill’s idyllic background – the first area from the title. A snippet in the Sonic reveal trailer briefly showed the new stage, but now we can cast our eyes over an official screenshot. The Windy Hill stage joins previously revealed stages such as Pilot Wings and Metroid: Other M. Sakurai’s keeping quiet on the details, however, but you can check out his message on Miiverse below.
“Sonic: Lost World is out in Japan today! The Windy Hill area can also be seen in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U…but I can’t tell you all the details yet!”
Speculation has been brewing about the Smash Bros release date as the computer and game site Newegg has once again posted a piece of information that has yet to be confirmed anywhere else. The website has posted that the release date for Smash Bros on 3DS will be May 16th of 2014. Their listing for the Wii U game, however, remains the same as it has been – the last date of 2014, since the year is all that has been confirmed by Nintendo. So far, there have been 17 fighters confirmed for the game, including Mega Man, Luigi, and The Villager from Animal Crossing. Do you think this new unconfirmed release date could be real? Let us know in the comments.
Speculation is stirring on the web following Sakurai’s latest Smash Bros. Wii U screenshot, pictured above. The image hints at the inclusion of Xerneas from Pokemon X & Y, but will the character be a playable fighter in the new Smash Bros.? Will Xerneas be tied to Pikachu’s abilities somehow? Sakurai has not released any definitive information regarding the screenshot, so for now, gamers will have to simply wait for the first high-def Smash Bros. game, and get their Xerneas fix from the fast-selling Pokemon X & Y on 3DS.
Australia is getting Nintendo’s budget series of Wii games, Nintendo Selects, a full two years after they were released in North America. Despite the fact that the games retail for only $19.99 in the States, regularly-priced Wii games typically sell for $89-$99 Down Under, meaning that these “budget” Selects titles will still be priced at a rather high $49.95. The list of games to be sold under the Nintendo Selects brand in Australia will include Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Wii Sports + Sports Resort, both on one disc. They will join a few additional titles recently announced in Europe for the series. Nintendo Selects titles will all be available in Australia beginning November 7th.
Development screenshots for Super Smash Bros. on both Wii U and 3DS have been flooding in through the Miiverse gates and the official website for many months. But for the first time since The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’s stage was announced, the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai has posted a beautiful view of Skyloft. Previously announced stages in Super Smash Bros. include Pilotwings and Metroid: Other M. Could you imagine both Adult Link and Toon Link fighting against each other in this arena?Accompanying the Wii U screenshot, Sakurai said:
“A panoramic view of Skyloft, a location that we’ve seen since the first announcement of the game. You fight landing on the various platforms.”
Recently when discussing his role as a judge in the prestigious Game Designer Award, Masahiro Sakurai, perhaps best known as producer of Nintendo’s Smash Bros. games, admitted that he and the other judges do not have enough time to devote toward fairly judging the titles up for the award. The Game Designer Award is one of the Japan Game Awards bestowed upon one unique new title by the Japanese government every year.
Despite Sakurai’s unfortunate admission, he went on to acknowledge the importance of the award because he feels it helps to highlight originality in an industry where remakes and ports prevail. Sakurai went so far as to say that the gaming industry’s reuse of old titles is “at an unnatural level” and that original games should be praised specifically because of their originality. Here is a transcript of his comments:
“Is there any industry that relies so much on reusing and reusing their old titles as much as video games? Compared to other media like movies, dramas, animation, novels and comics, the glut of franchises and remakes is at an unnatural level.”
“Good games attract fans, and if you have fans, you have an advantage. You try to use that to make the title something bigger, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to give up on innovation. Popular, well-made games deserve praise, but titles that have some kind of unique creative spark to them also need to be praised in this way.”
Screenshots for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS have been coming in thick and fast, but the latest one seems to hint at a possible new stage for the Wii U. The starry sky background is the key feature here, with Kirby’s character outlined in white on the foreground. And if Sakurai’s Miiverse message is anything to go by, the screenshot could possibly be teasing a new Super Mario Galaxy stage. If confirmed, the new stage would join the gorgeous Pilotwings and Metroid stages in Super Smash Bros. What do you think? Be sure to check out Sakurai’s message below.
“Isn’t Kirby drawn with a familiar artsy style?”
Masahiro Sakurai, speaking from the Director’s Room on the Miiverse today, informed fans of Super Smash Bros. that the black outline surrounding characters in the 3DS version of the game can be made thinner or turned off. The outlines have drawn the interest and concern of fans when the first pictures of the game were released. Sakurai has said that the lines help players to discern playable characters from the backgrounds on the small 3DS screen. In true Sakurai fashion, even this aspect of the game has now been revealed to be customizable. Here is what he had to say on Miiverse about the above picture:
Pic of the day. I guess we haven’t shown the Villager or the Wii Fit Trainer on the 3DS until now. By the way, their outlines can be made thinner or made to disappear completely.