It’s safe to say that the arrival of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS has been a rousing success for Nintendo. The game has managed to sell an impressive 2.8 million units worldwide thus far, and the portable iteration’s success isn’t likely to slow down any time in the foreseeable future. Since the game has now been available in major markets (i.e. North America and Europe) for almost a week, it’s likely that fans have already unlocked a majority of the hidden characters.
Not content with allowing gamers to simply glance at the in-game models of secret combatants on 3DS, the Big N has updated the official Super Smash Bros. website to showcase a pair of new fighters duking it out in glorious high-definition on the Wii U.
The newly revealed (albeit at this point likely widely known) characters are none other than Dr. Mario and Dark Pit. This duo of clones will likely agitate many fans that didn’t see their favorite Nintendo all-star make the cut (Mewtwo being one that we really had hoped would return), but those that have unlocked the pair in the 3DS iteration of Super Smash Bros. know that they are both a lot of fun to play as.
After missing out on a playable appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Dr. Mario makes his triumphant return as a playable fighter. The good doctor unleashes pills in lieu of fireballs and resurrects the Tornado that first made its debut alongside Mario in the original Smash game, the latter of which was replaced by the plumber’s F.L.U.D.D. attack.
Dark Pit will also occupy his own spot on the expansive roster and his moveset differs slightly from Pit overall. For starters, the fighter can be seen wielding an Electroshock Arm instead of Pit’s Upperdash Arm in one screenshot, meaning that the launch direction and damage will change as a result. Dark Pit also utilizes a Silver Bow which does more damage than Pit’s Neutral Special, but it comes at the cost of being harder to control.
Both combatants also have modified Final Smashes in an attempt to set them both further apart from the existing veteran they’re based on, which makes playing them feel that much more unique.
Since Nintendo has already begun pulling the curtain back on some of the unlockable fighters (it kicked off this initiative with a trio of returning veterans), it’s only a matter of time until players get a good glimpse at the additional upscaled character models that await them in the Wii U version. Those remaining fighters should be revealed as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U steadily approaches its November release, so we should have more screenshots arriving in the very near future.
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Super Smash Bros. is currently available on the 3DS, and is scheduled to release on the Wii U on November 21, 2014.
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