Nintendo has teased that a “few special surprises” regarding the next Super Smash Bros. will be unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. The company is also planning to host the first-ever tournament for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS during the upcoming convention, which runs from July 24th to July 27th. The fighting game tourney will be live-streamed on Nintendo’s Twitch page.
Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has clarified a few of the differences between Lucina and Marth after yesterday’s character reveals. For those who are unfamiliar with Fire Emblem: Awakening, the two characters are interlinked throughout the RPG story but have significant differences, particularly in their weapon stance. Though the game’s director says their physical abilities are exactly the same, players will feel subtle changes in the way both characters fight. Here’s what he said on Miiverse:
“Along with Robin, Lucina joins the battle!! Her physical ablilites are identical to Marth’s–it must be in her D.N.A. However, where Marth’s power is concentrated in the tip of the sword, Lucina’s attack strength is balanced throughout the weapon, which might make her easier to control. She’s also a little bit shorter than Marth.”
Despite Lucina and Marth owning the same D.N.A, Sakurai adds that the smallest change to the way each character fights is enough to give them a separate character slot. Plus, he also reveals Lucina has a tiny albeit significant feature that differentiates her from Marth.
“With the Wii Fit Trainers, the male and female Robins, the Villagers, and Little Mac, varying their appearances and voices works just like selecting alternate color variations. However, whenever there is even a small difference in abilities, that character gets an actual roster slot. That is why you can select Lucina individually.”
“By the way…there’s probably no chance you’ll be able to see this in the game, but Lucina has the mark of Naga in her left eye.”
Nintendo’s three-minute live-stream has revealed the main player’s protagonist Robin and Lucina from Fire Emblem: Awakening, along with Captain Falcon as playable characters. The trailer – which you can see above – displayed the talents of Lucina and Robin with their various tomes in the battle arena against veteran fighter Captain Falcon, who returns once again.
But that wasn’t the full reveal, as Smash Bros fans can also play as the female Robin. Interestingly, there was also a clever tease of Chrom in the three-minute trailer – appearing as what seems to be a final smash or assist for Robin. Clearly those Shulk rumours were just rumours for the moment.
Super Smash Bros. game director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed that Ubisoft’s limbless Rayman will be a trophy ahead of the playable character announcement later today. In his daily Miiverse post, Sakurai casually revealed the platform character to his followers, saying that Ubisoft’s designers had sent Nintendo a unique character model for Rayman.
It’s certainly an interesting move from Ubisoft, but let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Remember you can catch the live reveal at 3pm BST / 7am PDT today. Here’s what Sakurai said on Miiverse:
“In order to make Rayman’s trophy, we asked Ubisoft to share their references. We were expecting to receive 2D drawing references for Rayman, but to our surprise, they sent us data of a brand new 3D model that they rendered for this game!! And that was how this trophy was created. It takes a lot of work creating each model, so it’s wonderful that the creators contributed their own efforts!!”
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Super Smash Bros director Masahiro Sakurai has shown off Little Mac’s alternative costume for the upcoming brawler in today’s Miiverse screenshot. Hot on the heels of Link’s alternative costume shown last week, Punch-Out!!’s Little Mac sports a rather fetching pink sweatshirt and trousers with his green boxing gloves, as teased previously in animated form in his introductory video. It’s a cool look for a mighty player, as Sakurai emphasises in his post:
“The pink sweatshirt looks really cool on Little Mac, so you can use that outfit in this game… How can a pink sweatshirt look so cool?”
But that’s not all the brawler’s director had to say, he also hinted that there are many things that have yet to be revealed. Whether he’s teasing more alternative costumes, we’ll just have to wait and see. Let us know what you think of Little Mac’s pink outfit in the comment section below. Here’s the additional tease Sakurai shared on Miiverse:
“Looks like some of you noticed that this version of Little Mac wasn’t shown at E3. There are many things, like Link’s Skyward Sword tunic design I posted earlier, that haven’t been revealed yet.”
The Nintendo UK Online Store are offering eager fans a chance to win a trip to EGX London – formerly named Eurogamer Expo – to play the latest Nintendo games. In order to be in with a chance of winning this exclusive early access to Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS, fans must register their interest in the upcoming brawler on Nintendo UK’s official online store, here.
EGX London will take place between September 25 – 28 in Earls Court, London. The competition winner must be available on Thursday, September 25 to be given early access to the expo. For details on EGX London, make sure to visit the official website.
Done some VO on several very exciting games so far this year. I'll tell you what they are when I know my balls won't be cut off for telling.—
Adam Howden (@A_HOWDZ) May 19, 2014
Adam Howden will apparently once again be using his vocal talents as Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles in Super Smash Bros on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The news broke on the Internet Movie Database where Howden is now credited for lending his voice in Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS is out October while the Wii U version will be coming sometime in the winter and will support Amiibo.
Update: As many of you have pointed out this is likely to be fake as the main IMDB site is apparently editable by anyone. The tweet above suggests he’s been doing some gaming voiceover work, but that was posted back in May. Thanks to those in the comments.
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Following the Mii Fighter reveal during Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event last week, Super Smash Bros director Masahiro Sakurai has taken the opportunity in his daily Miiverse post to explain a few details. In the latest Wii U screenshot, the Mii Swordfighters are getting to grips with various weapons within the upcoming brawler, including shruikens, chakrams and gale strikes.
Players can choose one of three categories for Mii Fighters in Smash Bros; long-range Mii Gunners attack with projectile weaponry, Mii Swordfighters slice and dice their enemies with style and Mii Brawlers bring the battle up close and personal with hand-to-hand combat. As we learned last week, Mii Fighters will also have use of up to four special attacks. Here’s what Sakurai said on Miiverse for the above screenshot:
“Here are some weapons the Mii Swordfighter can use: Shurikens of Light, Chakrams, and Gale Strikes. You can control the direction the Chakram is thrown, or even make it stall in midair. The Chakram is also the only one of these tied to the side special move, so you can use one of the other items consecutively with this one.”
Comedian and TV host Conan O’Brien recently had the opportunity to get his hands on Super Smash Bros for the Wii U. In the amusing video Conan and his assistant Aaron take on Super Smash Bros and deliver the ultimate verdict. Super Smash Bros Wii U is out this winter.
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Leading third-party manufacturer for video game accessories PDP has given Super Smash Bros players a better look at its new wired fight pad. The Nintendo-licensed GameCube controllers were shown on the E3 show floor yesterday and will come with a choice of three different character motifs – Yoshi, Mario and Peach.
According to PDP, the wired fight pad will retail for $24.99 and is available for a limited time at GameStop. Differing from a classic GameCube controller, the pad has two matching thumbsticks, two shoulder buttons and a home menu button, similar to the Wii Classic Controller Pro. But if you’d rather play Smash Bros with the classic GameCube controller than the slick PDP pads, a special adapter, which will allow you to hook up your GameCube controller to the Wii U, is also available. Take a look at the gallery below for a better view on PDP’s controller.
*Please note the character Wii remotes featured in the images are merely for show.