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Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Bandai Namco Games & Sora Ltd.
Release date: November 21st, 2014

Super Smash Bros has always been the must-have title since it was released back in 1999. From the Nintendo 64 all the way to todays generation – the Nintendo WiiU – Super Smash Bros has seen countless hours of casual and competitive play throughout the world. Does Super Smash Bros for WiiU deliver upon expectations and if so, does it exceed them?

It has been 15 years since we saw the release of the original Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 64 and I still go back to play the classic roster of characters. The one thing I have to credit Nintendo on is the ability to remake old games but put a twist on them that makes them feel new and refreshing. They did exactly that with Super Smash Bros for WiiU as they brought the same, old fashioned game mechanics with a plethora of new game options to expand on the already perfect formula.

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Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct yesterday which went into detail regarding some of the newest releases coming to the WiiU and 3DS in the upcoming months. In it’s first trailer, Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will be seeing the light of day in early 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo announced this via a trailer (seen below) which shows off some of the revamped graphics which will be seen in the N64 Remake.

This title was one of the most requested titles to make its way to the handheld ever since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D was released back in June 2011. Since the announcement, news has spread across social media outlets like wildfire, becoming trending on Facebook and Twitter.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will be hit store shelves sometime in Spring 2015 and will be available exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS. Personally, I am excited to revisit this title… It had a dark and mysterious atmosphere that kept me on-edge. I would personally recommend this title to those who have yet to experience Majora’s Mask.

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Fans looking forward to the latest Pokemon remakes that launch on November 21st will be able to pick up both Pokemon Alpha Sapphire & Pokemon Omega Ruby in a dual-pack.

Available exclusively through Best Buy in North America, the bundle will retail for $79.99 and include a code which will unlock a whopping 200 potions for use in both games. While the bundle doesn’t actually save you any money for purchasing the games together, the potions should come in handy when you are exploring the old Hoenn region in the Pokemon universe. Unfortunately, it is unknown if this bundle will be available in Canada, we have reached out to Nintendo for more information.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will launch on November 21st exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. Also launching on this day is Super Smash Bros for WiiU and the Amiibo figures which should prove to be a strong day for Nintendo.

Image courtesy of MyNintendonews.com

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The wait is almost over! Nintendo has confirmed Super Smash Bros for WiiU will launch in North America on November 21st, 2014.

This news comes via a press release which also details the success of Super Smash Bros for 3DS. In less than a week of North American sales, Super Smash Bros for 3DS has already sold over a whopping 2.8 million copies with no signs of slowing down. Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager states “Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is already in the hands of more than 2.8 million people worldwide” which makes this one of the fastest selling Nintendo 3DS products of all time.

tndodzzj8zpx2ejeyddzSuper Smash Bros for WiiU will also launch alongside the special edition Gamecube controller & Gamecube adapter as announced at E3 this year. The Gamecube adapter allows you to play select WiiU titles including Super Smash Bros for WiiU with up to 4 Nintendo Gamecube controller’s and will retail separately for $19.99.

The Gamecube adapter will support any Gamecube controller, whether be first or third-party and will even support Nintendo’s official wireless Wavebird controllers which were made available back in 2001. Additionally, Nintendo will also release a Gamecube controller with the Super Smash Bros insignia on it for $29.99 on November 21st.

If you are a seasoned veteran of the game, you may also be interested in the Super Smash Bros for WiiU bundle which includes one Gamecube controller, the Gamecube adapter and a copy of the game for $99.99. In the U.S. these will be available at many retailers including Gamestop, Best Buy, and Amazon. In Canada, these will only be available through Canadian retailer EBGames.

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We had the opportunity to play an early version of Super Smash Bros for 3DS which included playable characters such as Pac-Man and Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles. In this nearly completed build, we were able to try out these new characters as well as a majority of stages that were going to be included in the final game. Unfortunately, the characters featured in the recent leak were not playable at this time.

I can confirm that all of the menus were functional including the functionality that allows you to use the 3DS as a WiiU controller for the upcoming Super Smash Bros for WiiU. The main menu was very clean and easy to navigate as it followed the same menu patterns that was shown in Kid Icarus 3DS or Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Needless to say, Super Smash Bros for 3DS plays very smooth and I surprisingly got a good handle of the circle pad – One of my many complaints from when I played Super Smash Bros for 3DS at Best Buy. While I still experience difficulties playing with the 3DS control style, one of the Nintendo Reps mentioned thatyou can fully customize the control scheme, meaning jump can be moved from the X button to the Y button and so on.

Based on the couple times I have played the games, I would strongly recommend that 3DS owners pick up Super Smash Bros for 3DS. It packs everything that was good about Super Smash Bros and crams it in to a handheld for on-the-go gameplay.

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