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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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UPDATE: We have just confirmed that Bowser Jr. will also be one of the playable characters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Super Smash Bros for WiiU.

ORIGINAL: The user ‘hamayama‘ from Twitch has confirmed that the Duck Hunt Dog, Dr.Mario, Dark Pit, Ganondorf, Falco, Jigglypuff, Mr. Game & Watch, Ness, Wario, and ROB are all available characters in Super Smash Bros for 3DS via a live stream. It appears that he was playing a copy of the full retail game as Super Smash Bros for 3DS is set to launch on Saturday, September 13th in Japan.

This also confirms that these characters will also be playable in Super Smash Bros for WiiU when it launches later this year. Unfortunately, it is also very unlikely that characters such as Wolf, Lucas, Snake, Ice Climbers, Ivysaur & Squirtle from Super Smash Bros Brawl have been cut from the game.

Last month, Nintendo confirmed that Lucina, Robin, Captain Falcon and Shulk would be playable in the next iteration. Super Smash Bros for 3DS is expected to launch on October 3rd, 2014 while Super Smash Bros for WiiU is slated for release this holiday season.

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UPDATE: Nintendo has announced via press release that the red Super Smash Bros 3DSXL (Shown above) will be exclusive to EBGames and Gamestop while a blue version of the same 3DSXL will be exclusive to Futureshop and Best Buy. This means that the handhelds will launch in Canadian markets as well.

Original: Nintendo and Gamestop have partnered up to bring three new 3DSXL designs to the North American Gamestop stores. Nintendo announced at the Gamestop Expo today that the European exclusive Super Smash Bros 3DSXL will make its ways overseas next week and will launch on September 19th, 2014.

Nintendo also revealed that a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) themed 3DSXL and a Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DSXL will be made available later this year as well. The NES-styled 3DSXL will be released on October 10th, 2014 and the Persona 3DSXL will launch on November 25th, 2014. Unfortunately, the Super Smash Bros and Persona 3DS’s will not include their respective games.

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All three handhelds will retail for $200 at Gamestop Locations across the US and is available for preorder starting today. There is currently no word on if these handhelds will retail in EBGames locations throughout Canada.

Source: IGN

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In an earlier announcement today via Nintendo Direct, the company has announced that a new version of the Nintendo 3DS will be available in the Japanese market later this year.

The new console will be titled ‘The new Nintendo 3DS” and will be improving on the original 3DS and introducing frequently requested missing features such as dual triggers and improved 3D imagery. The complete breakdown for the currently announced features of “The new Nintendo 3DS” are listed below:

- A new 3DS c-Stick which is supposed to simulate a smaller sized circle pad as featured on the current 3DS.
- 3DS tracks your movement so that the 3D effect isn’t lost when viewing it at different angles.
- Game card slot moved to the bottom of the 3DS console.
- Faster Processor and GPU (Graphics).
- Two Triggers on either side (ZL and ZR as seen on Wii U and Circle Pad Pro).
- 3DS will adjust brightness depending on the light in the area (similar to what the iPhone features).
- Micro SD slot as opposed to a standard SD card slot.

The console is slated to be released in Japan on October 11th, 2014 with no news detailing other markets at this time. For more information regarding “The New Nintendo 3DS” and everything gaming, please stay tuned to Gamingbits.com

Source: Kotaku

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