Nintendo is in the middle of an important point in their history. Generally speaking, the Wii U has not done very well since its launch back in November 2012. However, Nintendo is making an effort to turn it’s luck around. The first (and perhaps, one of its biggest) steps in this change is the long anticipated release of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. Usually the question I pose in my reviews is whether a game is good or not. This time that is simply not the case. My new question for this review is just how great is Smash Bros.? Keep reading to find out.
Super Smash Bros. returns with the same fast paced combat seen in previous Smash Bros. games. For those unaware, Super Smash Bros. is a fighting game, but it plays differently than other fighting game, in the sense where there are multiple fighters on one stage. Smash Bros. also has more movement than fighters in traditional fighting games. Normally, Super Smash Bros. features 4 players in a game of smash. But now, Smash Bros. now features up to an 8 player smash mode in addition to the previous mode.
There are plenty of options in the regular smash mode. Players can play timed battles, stock battles, coin battles, HP battles and even special battles with some custom options.
When I originally played the 3DS version pf Super Smash Bros. I was extremely displeased with the Smash Run game mode. In the Wii U version, Smash Run has been replaced with Smash Tour, a board game like mode where players will travel around a board game board and collect stats and fighters. This mode is much better than Smash Run and I really had a good time with it.
Classic mode returns but with a twist, in Smash Bros. Wii U, players will face off against large groups of enemies in a 5-8 man smash. This mode is more exciting than it has ever been before.
Players can now participate in the Special Orders game mode also. Special Orders, known as Master Orders and Crazy Orders, are special scenarios or challenges where players can play a specific game of smash in attempts to get rewards. Master Orders are cost coins to take on. Crazy Orders also use coins, but also takes Crazy passes. Once you start a Crazy Order, you can keep playing until you either lose or defeat Crazy Hand in a battle. These modes were a good challenge that gave me more to do with my time in Smash Bros.
Event mode returns, and it was my favorite mode in Smash Bros. Even mode will place characters in special scenarios and gives them challenges to complete. You may have to do an HP battle or stop enemies from landing on the ground. The scenarios in Event Mode are fun and challenging, even epic at times. There is also a wide variety of the types of things to do Event Mode.
Like in the 3DS version of Smash, All-Star mode returns in the Wii U version of Smash Bros. All-Star mode tasks players with facing every character in the game in waves. However, instead of fighting characters in chronological order, from oldest to newest, players will fight them in reverse (newest to oldest).
There is even the stadium which allows players to play Home Run challenge, Target blast and the Multi-Man Smash, which has a plethora of choices itself. Home Run contest will have players attempting to send a sandbag flying for as far as they can get it to go. Target Blast is an angry birds-esque mode that has players launching a bomb at a group of targets. Multi-man smash has players taking on a set of enemies or an infinite amount of enemies for certain amounts of time.
Players can use the Wii U Gamepad to create their own stages for fighters to battle on. Players can also customize their Mii fighters, or regular fighters. Players can even transfer their content from the 3DS version of Smash Bros.
Possibly, the best part about all these features is that ALL of them can be played with two players. This is an awesome addition to an awesome game.
Players can also collect trophies, music, and customization parts for your characters. There are even over 100 challenges to complete. There is plenty to do in Super Smash Bros.
The roster and map selection of Super Smash Bros. is huge. Both have a wide variety and were so much fun to play around and experiment with.
Controllers and Amiibo
There are a lot of ways to play Smash Bros. on the Wii U. Players can use a Gamepad, Pro controller, Wii Remote, Wii Remote with a nunchuck, Wii classic controller and a 3DS. Players wanting to use a 3DS will have to own the 3DS version of Smash Bros. to use the 3DS as a controller. The best addition is the ability to use a Gamecube controller. However an adapter is required to play with a Gamecube controller.
Super Smash Bros features Amiibo support. Amiibos are the new Skylander like figure system that Nintendo has released. Amiibos can be purchased in stores separately and there are a variety of characters that can change the game up! The Amiibos are used like a CPU player in Smash. You can fight with, or against them. As you play, they will learn and level up.
Super Smash Bros. features online multiplayer that can be played casually or competitively. The casual (For Fun) lets you play with custom rules. Competitive (For Glory) follows a more set of rules. Both are a lot of fun to play, and I was very happy to say that there was not too much lag. A lack of voice chat is a bit odd but it barely bothered me at all.
Nintendo continues to show that it is the best at the style that they craft. Despite the Wii U not being as powerful as the Xbox One or PS4, Super Smash Bros is one of the best, if not the best looking games that the Wii U has to offer currently. Everything runs at 60fps and it looks amazing.
The sound design is also incredible, from the massive amount of awesome music, to other sound design, it is all just perfect.
I went into Super Smash Bros. with an incredible amount of hype, which is a bad thing to do, as video games very often fail to live up to the hype. No matter how good they may be, you may come out disappointed. But Super Smash Bros. is most definitely the exception. The game is just simply perfect. There is just so much content, that listing it here would make me seem obnoxious but excited for the game’s overall achievement. The game is just so much fun to play, both alone and with others. Cover it with beautiful presentation and you have a reason to buy a Wii U, as Nintendo begins a journey to regain their throne.