By Carina Calderón
It’s the perfect time for an upgrade! The new Super Smash Bros. videogame has already come out on the Nintendo 3DS, and on November 21, will establish its presence in the Wii U community. As dedicated players come closer to the date, more information has been leaked about the improved fighting game. The fun and addictive videogame has truly developed over the years from where it first started: Super Smash Bros. or, as many have called it, Smash 64.
The original game was introduced in Japan and then North America on the Nintendo 64 console in 1999. Due to its involvement of multiple characters from various Nintendo games battling against one another, Smash 64 gained immense popularity. The game included both a multiplayer mode and single player mode, basic controls, and great music. Additionally, the game emerged with a new format: knocking other players off stage and with a percentage to represent how much damage a player received; the greater the percentage, the easier to knock one off stage. Smash 64 also gave each character unique moves and gave its players the freedom to create fighting methods instead of having to remember certain combinations. However, with a limited choice in characters (12) and stages (9), the game was in need of improvement.
In 2001, the game was presented as Super Smash Bros. Melee on the Nintendo GameCube console. The game still retained much of the traditional characteristics but made a number of advancements. Melee added 14 more characters from other Nintendo games (i.e. Marth, Ganondorf, Mewtwo), contained 29 stages (3 from Smash 64), more single player mode challenges, music, and more. Melee not only gave rise to the already established excitement from Smash 64, but connected people on a national level with public tournaments that still are in progress today. Nevertheless, Super Smash Bros. Brawl was added to the series.
Launched in 2008, Brawl was the new evolution of the series on the Wii console. Brawl expanded the variety with 39 characters (e.g. Wario, Pit), stages (41, ten of which are from Melee),and music. Moreover, the game even included an alteration of itself called Project M to make Brawl more like Melee due to complaints of its slower pace, attacks and characters. Also added to the series was the Smash Ball. With the Smash Ball, by hitting the b-button, players could unleash a unique and incredibly powerful attack. Furthermore, because it was on the Wii, four different controllers could play the game.
But just like the previous games of the series, with a new console comes the emergence of a new Super Smash Bros. game.
The latest Super Smash Bros. was specifically released for the Nintendo 3DS last September. It received positive reviews and reflects much of what will come with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
The new advancement involves the ability for 8 players to battle one another, new modes: classic mode (fighters matched up based on fighting performance), event mode (themed battles opening up new courses) and more, and additional control options.
Additionally, a board game setup has been revealed as “Smash Tour” for players to face new challenges and battles.
The game also offers downloadable content for a fair price, improvements on Stage Builder and much, much more.
Over the years, the game has proved itself a success and with a new addition will continue its legacy. Let’s hope the Wii U version is as impressive as the previous games of the series.