Playing Smash Bros is as fun with your buddy on the couch as it is when you play on the internet, and that is probably one of the stronger aspects of Super Smash Bros for the Wii U. Connecting with other plays was, in general, a breeze and competition was always heated.
Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo Wii U can be seen as a fighting style platform title which was developed by Bandai Namco Games and later published online by Nintendo. The game contains over 50 playable characters from various nintendo franchises.
The Super Smash Bros franchise has been a stalwart part of any self-respecting Nintendo fan’s library since the title first released on the Nintendo 64. Since that iconic release, Smash has gotten four releases on every Nintendo console in between, with the final release being Super Smash Bros for the Wii U. Many people were hesitant when the title was first announced. If the franchise ever took a poor step it could ruin what had thus far been one of the true golden franchises in video games. So with that slight bit of trepidation in our hearts we picked up the title for the Wii U and, within moments, found ourselves fully immersed in a fighting game that had no peers. Keep on reading to find out why you should run, not walk, to your nearest gaming store in order to buy this game.
While Super Smash Bros was also developed for the 3DS, and has its own merits, we will focus entirely on the Wii U version of the game. Most of us can remember our first time picking up Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 64. For us it was freshman year of high school. At the time the internet wasn’t as big of a deal and there weren’t previews, demos, and other sneak peaks into the game being thrown at us every couple of months. So we went into the fighting title with relatively constrained expectations. We had heard that all of our favorite Nintendo characters would appear together in a fighting game. That was it. And then we got our hands on the title and the rest is history.
Fortunately the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros completely captures the golden age nostalgia of the first title while amping up the pressure and making it a game worth buying a console for. Many people were understandably concerned that the first Wii U iteration of the title would merely be a rehash of the less than perfect Brawl entry. Users complained that the prior entry pushed competitive gamers away from the center of attention with its floatier gameplay and slower speeds. This turns out to be a non issue, but we will get to that later.
The first thing gamers will notice after they boot up Super Smash Bros is that there has been a major graphical upgrade on everything in the game. While the Wii U is far from the strongest console for gaming right now, lagging behind the traditional powerhouses, it is still substantially better than the Wii and the Gamecube - both consoles that had previously been home to a Smash Bros game. Characters are richly detailed in HD glory, levels are full of intricate new textures and details, and the very backgrounds - always so popular, seem to be actually alive in the game.
Despite this graphical overhaul the core of the game remains the same. You want to knock out as many Nintendo characters from your designated platform as quickly as possible. Preserve your life, learn combos, and whatever you do - don’t get smashed. Rack up damage to your opponent and then line up a smash hit of your own to send them flying into basically outer space. There are few game mechanics more satisfying than successfully smashing an enemy into orbit.
If you have already played the 3DS version of the game and are worried about lacking any differences, then you will be happy to know that the Wii U title has a plethora of game mode exclusives. There is the traditional campaign, multiplayer head to head, and then a few other modes as well. Themed battles add a whole new spin to the way that you fight as they add in tasks right in the middle of your battles. These themed battles keep the gameplay fresh, hectic, and push you to always learn how to do something new in the game with new characters.
For a departure from the standard gameplay elements you can go ahead and boot up the Smash Tour mode. This Wii U exclusive pulls from the hit gameplay of Mario Party. You play on a digital board game with your own Miis. There are power ups all over the board. Your job is to collect as many of those power ups during your turns. When every player has run out of turns you will all then be zapped into a battlefield and you will battle each other in traditional Smash Brothers style, only you will be armed with the power ups and lives that you collected on the game board. This changes the fundamental nature of the game in a new and fresh way and it is a whole lot less gimmicky then we were at first concerned.
One of our favorite features in Super Smash Bros is the Eight Player Smash mode. The Smash Bros games have always been predicated on insanity, confusion, and taking advantage of the melee and ruckus that is going on on screen. Now you can have twice as many playable characters on screen at once, causing the violence to sometimes overwhelm you. Thanks to the Wii U’s improved hardware you never have chugging issues either. The game looks as gorgeous with 2 players on screen as it does with all 8. These new player totals allow for some truly hectic gameplay and it gives you and your friends so much more to do.
Playing Smash Bros is as fun with your buddy on the couch as it is when you play on the internet, and that is probably one of the stronger aspects of Super Smash Bros for the Wii U. Connecting with other plays was, in general, a breeze and competition was always heated. The Nintendo community has always been a bit more mature to play with, despite being on average younger, and games never really have a mean edge to them.
At the end of the day if you are even slightly familiar with the Smash Bros name then you know that you are getting this title. We don’t blame you.