Nintendo planned the latest Direct presentation to show consumers the difference between the 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros., and it's safe to say that the company succeeded in that. Aside from announcing future DLC that included the likes of the fan-favorite fighter Mewtwo, it was unveiled that some major multiplayer options would be arriving in the fighter.
More specifically, the Big N confirmed longstanding rumors by announcing that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will support 8 players simultaneously on one console. Longtime fans are already well aware that this decision doubles the amount of combatants on-screen at the same time, and the end result seems to be absolute chaos – albeit star-studded and fun-filled chaos.
This option was missing from the 3DS iteration of the game, likely as a result of the portable's lack of power in comparison to Nintendo's home hardware. Suffice to say, this new mode of play looks absolutely bonkers, but some ingenious features have been implemented to cater to the upped player count.
By adding immense new stages to the mix, as well as bulking up the scale of a handful of existing battlegrounds such as Battlefield, 8 fighters are better able to duke it out. Fans won't be able to participate on all stages with this many users, however, so they'll have a much more limited selection of areas to choose from whenever they manage to gather up enough players for an eight-player Smash Battle.
Some new areas will also feature areas in them called 'Danger Zones' that will instantly K.O. any fighter that touches them after they've reached at least 100% damage. These areas are necessary based on the sheer scale of a lot of the new stages, with the newly revealed Great Cave Offensive battleground making heavy use of the new knockout strips.
Admittedly, having to rotate controllers around a room has been a major issue that the series has faced thus far, so it's nice to finally have options to address those problems if and when they arise. That said, the end result of having this many players on-screen at the same time looks to be absolutely hectic, but at least it's confirmed that up to two GameCube controller adapters can be plugged into a single Wii U console.
Regardless, it's a huge addition to the franchise that many fans have been waiting to see for years and it's sure to sell additional Wii U units as a result. It looks as if the creator of Super Smash Bros., Masahiro Sakurai, was on to something when he said that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will reach the series' true potential.
What do you think of 8 player Smash Battles? Will you be picking up the Wii U iteration of Super Smash Bros.? Let us know in the comments!
Super Smash Bros. is currently available on the Nintendo 3DS and is scheduled to arrive on the Wii U on November 21, 2014.
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