Game Boy Stage Powers On in ‘Super Smash Bros.’

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As many longtime followers of the series can attest, Super Smash Bros. is one of the ultimate fan services in gaming for anyone that’s familiar with Nintendo and any of its beloved properties. Pitting iconic characters like Mario against Pikachu or Link against one another is one way the series managed to grab the attention of consumers during its initial release, but there’s a wealth of additional content that also taps into the nostalgia of fans.

While playable newcomers, Assist Trophies and collectible trophies have been a fun means of adding more to a single game, stages have also been a perfect way of reacquainting (and sometimes introducing) players to Nintendo’s past. While stages based on multiple Game & Watch titles have made for interesting refreshers on the origins of Mr. G&W himself, it appears that the developer will be upgrading to the Game Boy in the next iteration.

The latest MiiVerse post from franchise creator Masahiro Sakurai revealed that a Game Boy stage, or at least what we believe to be one, will be debuting exclusively in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.

Super Smash Bros 3DS Game Boy Stage

“Pic of the day. “♪Ba-ding!♪” If you turn on the 3D effect, it really looks like there’s a Game Boy inside the screen.”



This revelation falls just short of the Game Boy’s 25th anniversary in North America, but (regardless of its tardiness) it’s a concept that’s sure to appeal to anyone that use to own the infamous handheld. It appears that the characters on-screen will even change their colors to better match the retro aesthetic of the actual portable — although it’s still possible that Kirby and King Dedede are simply wearing alt. colors for the sake of the screenshot.

Another bit that’s not answered is what happens on the screen while characters are engaged in battle. Could it jump to different games from the Game Boy’s prestigious library? Will we see the likes of Tetris finally make its long awaited debut in a Smash Bros. game via stage hazards? Only time will tell.

For now, this stage will have to be an appealing aspect of a title that fans still don’t know much about. With a release quickly approaching, however, it shouldn’t remain that way too much longer.


Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will be arriving on October 3, 2014, while the Wii U version will hit during Holiday 2014.

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Source: Masahiro Sakurai — MiiVerse