After selling roughly 2.8 million units at last count, it’s safe to say that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS has been a rousing success for the Japanese gaming giant. Critics all seem to agree that the franchise’s portable debut is worth investing in for consumers (our review of the game was equally as encouraging), but diehard Smash fans have already torn through the latest game and are now eagerly anticipating the contents of the Wii U version.
Gamers have been left largely in the dark in terms of the version-exclusive modes that await them in the forthcoming console iteration of Super Smash Bros.. It was only a couple of days ago that the creator of the series, Masahiro Sakurai, began teasing fight aficionados with a new and exclusive mode for the Wii U version, but now details about several new gameplay features found within the title have been outed by the game’s official Amazon listing.
According to the online retailer, the upcoming all-star beat ’em up will have a new offering called ‘Board Game’ mode and a Challenge mode of sorts that’s overseen by series’ antagonists Master Hand and Crazy Hand. Meanwhile, the stage creator is said to be making its triumphant return in the new game, and it’ll allegedly allow users to completely build their own unique battlegrounds utilizing the system’s GamePad controller.
“Whether you’re creating stages on the GamePad, competing in challenges crafted by Master Hand and Crazy Hand, or outwitting your opponents in a brand new board game mode, there’s no doubt that the ultimate Smash Bros. game has arrived.”
The new Board Game mode sounds the most intriguing out of all the leaked offerings and it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. Admittedly, the first thing that comes to mind when Nintendo is associated with board games is Mario Party (or maybe even limited edition Monopoly sets), which could be an interesting layout that adds a fun dynamic to fans that want to switch things up a bit when they have company over.
That said, it’s hard to imagine that the Big N would create a fight-fuelled version of the popular party game when Mario Party 10 is well into development and scheduled to arrive on the Wii U at some point next year. Cannibalizing the market isn’t something Nintendo is looking to do at this point or ever, so we’d imagine that this mode will march to the beat of its own drum and mix things up a bit.
Do you like the sounds of any of these leaked modes? What else are you hoping for from the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.?
Super Smash Bros. is currently available on the Nintendo 3DS, with the Wii U version scheduled to hit on November 21, 2014.
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