Smash Up: Episode 53 (50 Fact Extravaganza)

In the build-up for the Wii U release of Super Smash Bros, Nintendo has released a second Nintendo Direct dedicated entirely to the game.  Let’s have one last Smash Up as we detail more than 50 new features for Super Smash Bros for Wii U!

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  1. Ness, Jigglypuff, Ganondorf, and Bowser Jr. will be unlocked right at the start rather than needing to be unlocked.
  2. The Wii U version will be in 1920*1080 resolution.
  3. Up to eight players can fight at once.  This feature will only be available on certain stages.
  4. Some of the stages will be absolutely massive.  One of the new ones revealed is Big Battlefield, an enlarged version of the original Battlefield stage.
  5. Another huge stage is Great Cave Offensive.  It features Danger Zones that deal damage when touched and score a KO on anyone who touches them with more than 100% damage.
  6. The new Jungle Hijinx stage has two planes of battle.  Fighters can use rocket barrels to travel between the foreground and background.
  7. Other new stages include Mario Circuit, Wuhu Island (Wii Sports Resort), and Wrecking Crew (based on the NES game of the same name).
  8. A Miiverse stage is in development, but won’t be available at launch.  It is a reskin of Battlefield with Miiverse posts floating in the background to cheer on the fighters.
  9. The Palutena’s Temple and Orbital Gate Assault stages will have secret conversations that can be triggered by characters from those games taunting on those stages.
  10. Metal Face appears on the Gaur Plains stage as a stage boss.  He only appears at night and can be defeated.koopalings
  11. Ridley appears as a boss on Pyrosphere.  Defeat him and he will fight at your side.  He can also turn into the more powerful Meta Ridley and defeating him in this form earns you a KO.  Meta Ridley can also be KOed by the player he’s fighting for.  Enemies from Metroid: Other M also appear as hazards on this stage.
  12. Coin Battle returns.
  13. Stamina battles return.
  14. Special Smash includes Stamina mode and many other bizarre twists like making all of the fighters invisible, changing the level of gravity, or making everyone giant or tiny.
  15. You can adjust the frequency of items appearing.
  16. You can adjust the frequency of tracks appearing on certain stages.
  17. You can also adjust the frequency of the menu music.
  18. There will be a ton of songs in the game.  Almost every track that was on the 3DS version will also be on the Wii U version.
  19. There will be an even wider range of composers working on the soundtrack.
  20. You can find CDs as items to unlock more songs.  thedreamisdead
  21. Challenges task you with completing certain objectives to unlock exclusive rewards.
  22. Classic mode is now based more on survival in an onslaught of battles.  Be the best in a massive battle to advance to the next match.  Rivals and challengers will also interrupt, but how is unclear.  The difficulty scale returns from the 3DS version and the Wii U version has the addition of co-op.
  23. Beating Classic mode will play a short movie of your fighter.
  24. All-Star mode will now pit you against fighters in reverse chronological order.
  25. Event matches unlock in an intricate web.  There are also Events designed for two players.
  26. Smash Tour is a new game mode similar to a board game.  Moving across the board will earn you fighters and power-ups.  Run into another player to start a battle that gives you a chance to steal someone else’s fighters.  The game ends with a final stock match where your stock is based on the fighters you collected.
  27. The second bomb in Target Blast is bigger and packs more punch.  There are also three different layouts to blow up.
  28. Target Blast, Multi-Man Smash, and Home-Run Contest now have multiplayer options.
  29. Special Orders has you facing against a number of challenges set out by Master Hand and Crazy Hand.  Master Orders gives you a line-up of tickets with challenges attached.  Tickets can only be used once.  Crazy Orders is more difficult and it ends when you decide to take on Crazy Hard in a final battle.  smashtour
  30. Master Core has a new form exclusive to the Wii U version.  Master Fortress is a massive dungeon that only appears on higher difficult settings.
  31. The Wii U version can be played with Gamecube controller, Wii Remote Plus, Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Wii U GamePad, Wii Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro, Wii U Pro Controller, and the 3DS.
  32. Gamecube controllers require an adapter.  There will be a special Smash Bros style Gamecube controller released to coincide with the game.
  33. The 3DS can be used as a Wii U controller with a few simple menu commands.
  34. Custom characters can be transferred from the 3DS to the Wii U.
  35. There will be even more trophies in the Wii U version than the 3DS one.
  36. There will be trophies based on the Final Smashes of characters won through All-Star mode.
  37. You can display your trophies in new trophy boxes.  Each box has a different theme to complete.
  38. Photo Studio uses trophies to form amusing images.
  39. Trophy Rush is in the Wii U version and includes co-op.
  40. Masterpieces returns.  It includes brief demos of games that inspired the characters and stages in Smash.  You can also go straight from Masterpieces to the eShop to purchase any games that you want to play more.masterorders
  41. Amiibo figurines are used to train and teach an AI controlled Figure Player.  They learn as they fight, can be fed equipment to be made stronger, and collect prizes for you.
  42. The Wii LAN Adapter is compatible with the Wii U and will help stabilize your online matches.
  43. You will receive notifications on events and announcements that will scroll across the top of the menu screen.
  44. Two people can play online from a single Wii U at a time.
  45. Players will be able to host their own online tournaments.  This feature will not be available at launch.
  46. There will also be official tournaments of 64 players.  You can also watch replays of the tournament afterward.
  47. The Wii U GamePad can either display the battle on show the stats of the fighters.
  48. You can edit screenshots you take in matches with the GamePad.
  49. Voice Chat will be available outside of matches, but will be disabled during the actual fight in the interest of keeping the game running as smooth as possible.
  50. Stage Builder has received a massive overhaul.  You can now handcraft stages with the GamePad’s touch-screen and draw up the stage of your dreams.  stagebuild
  51. You can share photos, replays, Mii fighters, and custom stages online.
  52. The Wii U version will feature every mode and option in the 3DS version save for Smash Run.
  53. All of the character reveal movies will be included to watch.
  54. Buying both the Wii U and the 3DS versions and registering them with Club Nintendo will get two exclusive CDs contain music from both games.
  55. Mewtwo will join the roster as the first DLC character.  He will be a free download for anyone who has bought both versions and registered them through Club Nintendo.  Mewtwo is slated for release in spring, 2015.  mewtworeturns


Super Smash Bros for Wii U is definitely shaping up to be the biggest and the best game in the series to date.  Which of these big announcements has you the most excited.

Nick Connor

I'm an English major and History minor at UW-Parkside. I'm a big fan of Mega Man, Deus Ex, Okami, Civilization, Kingdom Hearts, and Team Fortress 2.

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