Earlier this morning, Nintendo hosted a livestream that covered all of the new content is now available for Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. (You can re-watch the livestream through this YouTube video posted by Nintendo). Alongside new characters, Roy, Ryu, and Lucas, new stages have been announced and made available for these brawlers to spar on! We have provided a round-up of all the information that was covered in today’s Super Smash Bros. livestream. Let’s a-go!
Kirby’s Dream Land & Other Classic Super Smash Bros. N64 Stages
First, the iconic Kirby stage, Dream Land, from the original N64 Super Smash Bros. game will make its return. The level design intentionally re-creates the look and style of the original game, with minor adjustments and changes present.
Dream Land now has an Omega mode as well, where all of the exterior platforms have been removed. The new Dream Land levels are available in both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions. Each version costs $1.99 individually, while the combined 3DS/Wii U level package costs $2.99.
In addition, two more classic stages from the original Super Smash Bros. have been teased for its release in the WiiU / Nintendo 3DS versions – Hyrule Castle and Peach’s Castle.
The MiiVerse come to the Wii U!
When playing on the MiiVerse stage, while being connected to the Internet, MiiVerse posts and images will appear in the background of the stage while you fight to provide your characters with extra inspiration and gusto. Where do these messages and images come from? Why, you of course! Nintendo is creating a fantastic, social media-like, integrative and immersive experience by allowing players to write, draw, and upload their messages using the Wii U GamePad. This is a great way to support your favorite characters and to show your creativity!
Each individual character will have its own Miiverse community (drawing similarities to a sub-reddit) where you are able to post your images and messages. Once posted into the community, the messages will then appear in the background of player’s matches. So, get cracking and start contributing! The fate of your favorite character in the MiiVerse depends on it!
Furthermore, exclusive tracks that were originally in the bonus CD provided by Club Nintendo consisting of unique MiiVerse Stage tracks are available now!
Finally, the most important piece of information by far – the MiiVerse Stage for the Wii U is completely FREE! Props, Nintendo. Mad props.
Duke it out with Ryu on top of Suzaku Castle!
As part of the exclusive Ryu reveal, his iconic Street Fighter II stage – Suzaku Castle, has been added to Super Smash Bros. extensive catalog of battlegrounds! Beautifully rendered and animated, the stage is divided into left and right sides with different types of terrain. The right side provides a double-tiered level of stable footing whereas the left side has a series of separate, smaller raised platforms of varying length. Depending on what side of the stage you are on, you will have to adapt your strategy and fighting style accordingly.
A neat stylistic touch is that if you are close enough to a sign before throwing and launching your opponent into the air, you can actually destroy it! Great attention to detail, Nintendo!
Similar to the other stages, Suzaku Castle will also have an Omega mode making it appear closer to its original Street Fighter II stage than ever before!
Masahiro Sakurai also elaborates in-depth the complexity and nuance that developers put into designing Suzaku Castle’s stage music as highly customization. As background music, you are to select Ryu’s original Street Fighter II stage theme, and will actually switch to a new theme song as the end of match draws closer (in which Sakurai proudly announces as a first for the series). In the Wii U version, Ken’s original theme music and a remix is also available! A remix of Ryu’s stage music arranged by Street Fighter II’s sound composer, Yoko Shimomura, is also available as a playable background theme.
As is the case with all of the extra characters and DLC content announced today, except for the yet-to-be released N64 stages, the Ryu and Suzaku Castle bundle is already available for download for both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions individually go for $5.99 each, while acquiring them for both versions will cost $6.99.
WIth the announcement of Ryu’s epic Suzaku Castle stage, this concludes the round-up all information related to the new stages. As iterated before, all of these stages except for the N64 stages, Hyrule Castle and Peach’s Castle, are available for download as of today, June 14, at 8:00 AM PT.
What do you think of the stages, old and new? Which one will be your favorite Super Smash Bros. stage? Feel to comment and share below – and enjoy the new arenas!