While the Smash series' well-received handheld debut has been available worldwide for several weeks now, there are plenty of fans waiting for the home console version to really sink their teeth into the game. The good news it that the wait for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is nearly over — and a video of every Final Smash in the game has been released to tide you over to the game's launch.
First added into the mix in Brawl, a Final Smash is the series' take on a finishing move. Unlike the typical fighting game mechanic of building up meter, you earn your Final Smash by competing with other players to land the finishing blow on a Smash Ball, a floating orb that flies around the stage from time to time. The combatant who collects the Smash Ball then has access to a character-specific Final Smash.
That Final Smash might be a screen-filling projectile, a buff to your character abilities or an opportunity to rid yourself of some damage. However, the gameplay ramifications of your Final Smash are only half the story; as fans have come to expect from Smash Bros., no opportunity for a nod to some aspect of its roster's history is passed up.
From Bowser Jr. returning to his Mario disguise from Super Mario Sunshine to Mega Man calling in for assistance from a few familiar faces, the role of a Final Smash in competitive play might be contentious, but they're certainly a lot of fun. We've known for some time that the 3DS and Wii U versions of Smash will be identical, so we've seen all these Final Smashes already — but it has to be said, they look rather spectacular in the console version.
While a boost to graphics and the addition of local multiplayer would perhaps be quite enough to make the Wii U version of Smash a success, it's clear that everything is being done to make sure that it's the runaway hit that its handheld counterpart has been thus far. New modes like a series-first eight-player brawl look set to help differentiate the two games — and anyone who already owns the 3DS version might just be swayed to double dip by the prospect of playing as Mewtwo.
There's a lot of pressure on Smash to deliver the goods, with the Wii U version being the console's big holiday release. It remains to be seen whether the strategy of a staggered release over both Nintendo systems will pay off — but based on the 3DS version, there shouldn't be any concerns about the quality of the game itself.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is set to release on November 21, 2014.