This Day in Video Game History – November 21st, 2014 – Super Smash Bros. for WiiU Released

The fourth home console installment in a massively-popular Nintendo fighting franchise was released two years ago today.

Super Smash Bros. for WiiU was developed by Sora Ltd. and Bandai Namco Games and published by Nintendo. It was released in North America on November 21st, 2014 as an exclusive for their WiiU platform.

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The cover art for the game highlights characters both new and old. Courtesy: Nintendo

The game follows in the footsteps of other games in the franchise, where players can control a variety of popular and iconic Nintendo characters. They can battle each other across a variety of stages based on settings from those games with a variety of attacks and moves. The more damage a character sustains, they easier it is to knock of them out of the arena–which takes away one of their lives. Characters can also use a massive variety of items for offense and defense in combat and use the stages themselves to their advantage.

The game includes a variety of modes for both the single player and multiplayer, with both offline and online play for the latter. New to the series for the WiiU edition are high-definition graphics, an 8-player mode for certain stages, a board-game-style mode called Smash Tour and mode.

New characters were added for the game, making for a total of over 50 playable. These included the Wii Fit trainer, Palutena from Kid Icarus, Mega Man, Pac-Man, the dog/duck duo from Duck Hunt and more. Further characters such as Mewtwo, Bayonetta, and Ryu from Street Fighter were later made available as downloadable content. These characters join staples of the series such as Mario, Princess Peach, Jigglypuff, Bowser, Samus, and many more.

The game was considered a success by fans and critics, and became one of the top-selling games for Nintendo’s WiiU platform. Nearly 5 million copies have been sold around the world. There are rumors of a port or upgraded version for Nintendo’s upcoming Switch console, but nothing has been confirmed at this time.

 

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