[Gamer Review] Nintendo’s Brawler Returns: Super Smash Bros for Wii U!

Super Smash Bros for Wii U delivers big time fun for both casual and hardcore players alike. Launched on 3DS a couple months ago, now it’s out for Wii U in full HD glory.  Whether you remember playing Smash for N64, Gamecube, or Wii, or you’re new to the series, it’s easy to jump right in and have fun playing as your favorite Nintendo characters. The game’s roster supports 49 fighters you can play and unlock, including Starfox, Mario, Luigi, Pac-Man, Link, Olimar and his Pikmin, Bowser, Samus, Sonic, and newcomers Megaman, Wii Fit Trainer and Shulk, from Xenoblade. One of the things I enjoyed the most was adding custom Miis you can find online and scan in with QR codes. Then you can add your own fighters to the game. I used  Hellboy, Adventure Time, Beavis & Butthead, Hank Hill, Daria and even the Trailer Park Boys to add custom Miis to Smash Bros. Then, you can upgrade them with costumes, balance their speed, defense, offense, and put them into classes such as brawler, sword fighter, or gunner.  The game allows you to fight with up to eight players at once, which makes for absolute chaos on the screen – however, this mode is restricted to larger stages and isn’t online. The game also supports virtually every controller option imaginable; even letting you use a 3DS as a controller if you have a copy for both systems. My only real complaints were the lack of touch controls in menus and lack of pointer support when playing with the Wii remote and nunchuck, which isn’t that big of deal and could be patched later.

For some reason this game requires a SD card in the slot to take screenshots.  There is a wide variety of  stages to play from small to large, some of them flying and turning through the air to create a trippy and disorienting background. There is even a mode where you can draw your own levels using the touchpad and save them to share online.  Other modes include Special Smash which allows you to change all the rules. Smash Tour plays like a board game where you play a real match when you land on the same piece. The game has challenges and milestones to track your achievements. You can collect in game trophies and play demos of the original games the characters are from. Mewtwo has been announced as the only upcoming DLC.

However, I think it’s nice to see a complete game ship intact without having to pay more for the full experience. Super Smash Bros for Wii U is also the first game to support Nintendo’s new Amiibo figurines that allow you to track leveling up your character and they also will support unlockable content for multiple games unlike Disney Infinity and Skylanders similar figurines. Super Smash Bros is best played as a party game when you have two or more people in the room, but it also supports four player matches online. A couple friends dropped by and we got beat by his girlfriend who remembered playing an older version of Smash. If you’re a super competitive player, or just want to throw down with friends for fun, Super Smash Bros is easy to pick up and hard to put down for anyone who’s ever been a fan of Nintendo, Pokemon, or video games in general.

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