Nintendo released Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U Oct. 21 and Nov. 21 respectively, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Both games feature new characters, as well as discontinues some available to the player in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Fans of the series will be surprised to see Pacman, Greninja, Wii Fit
Trainer, Little Mac, Duck Hunt Dog, Rosalina and Luma, Dark Pit and many more add new variety to the game. Discontinued characters include Snake, Ice Climbers, Pokemon Trainer, Lucas and Wolf. Some of these characters were excluded in the new games because of broken mechanics. Sheik and Zelda are now separate playable characters. Samus and Zero Suit Samus have undergone a similar separation.
The 3DS and Wii U versions of the game are fairly similar. The characters have the same move sets and there is a similar feel to how the characters respond to the controller. However the Wii U’s graphics are of vastly better quality. All of the characters have been tweaked.
Compared to older versions of the game, the graphics are much smoother and flow well. There have been major reworks to the character artwork, making their designs bubbly and old-school Nintendo styled when compared to SSBB, where the characters were highly detailed. Improved mechanics make it much easier to maneuver and they have discontinued character tripping from SSBB, which is a big time saver in competition. The physics in the game are also much more realistic; the further one is from a character, the less damage the hit will deal.
The new SSB has also brought the gaming community together. It is common to see students playing SSB on their 3DSs at BC in the cafeteria and hallways. And yet, even with all these changes, there is still no lasting love for Luigi.