@GuykeaExecArguably the best part of Nintendo as a company is that it relishes in throwing all their most iconic and beloved characters into one big fighting game to see who will come out on top. 1999’s Super Smash Bros., 2001’s Super Smash Bros. Melee and 2008’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl have been some of the top games for their consoles (N64, Gamecube and Wii respectively). This time, instead of firing up their Nintendo 64s, fans will be firing up their Wii Us and their 3DSs. The as-yet-untitled Wii U (and 3DS) installment of Super Smash Bros. has been slated for release sometime in 2014 since their official announcement at the E3 Conference in June of last year. Just this week, a huge update came in during Nintendo Direct in regards to not only the gameplay but also which characters will be in the game, and when it will be available for the public. Though no official release date was confirmed, the 3DS version of the game is supposed to drop this coming summer while the Wii U version supposedly drops this coming winter likely to capitalize on the holidays. Joining the already impressive roster of classic characters including Mario, Link, and Pikachu, are two of Pikachu’s friends from the Pokemon world. Charizard (no. 6 in your Pokedex), easily the most popular Pokemon of all time, and Greninja (no. 658), a new fan favorite, were revealed to be playable characters. Charizard was once part of a team of other first generation Pokemon commanded by the Pokemon Trainer playable character while Greninja is brand new only having arrived in the world last October. Charizard might be seen as more of a fan-service for those who grew up with him and Greninja may just be a forceful way to try and include recent generations of Pokemon into the public eye. Other characters that were announced today include Zero-Suit Samus and Shiek. Both were alternate forms of other playable characters (Samus an Zelda respectively) but the overwhelming popularity and preference among players of both forms must’ve forced Nintendo into making them more than options. Other game-play announcements include the decision to have both fun and competitive modes of play for casual and more self-defined “gamer” players. Nintendo has been trying to legitimize themselves as a hard-core and respectable gaming company since Microsoft and Sony started to take video games more seriously. Is this latest Super Smash series entry going to do that? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpT0gLC7-vU[/embed]
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