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Wii U 'Super Smash Bros.' has eight-player fights on gigantic battlefields

Wii U 'Super Smash Bros.' has eight-player fights on gigantic battlefields


And Mewtwo is coming soon

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The Wii U version of frantic fighting game Super Smash Bros will support eight player matches, introduce a range of new modes, and allow players to build their own stages on which to battle. The new additions to the long-running series, which sees Nintendo mascots and lesser-known characters beating each other up with ridiculous special moves, were confirmed by the company in a 35-minute video designed to explain the differences between the Wii U version of the game and the recently released 3DS Super Smash Bros.

Up to eight players will be able to play together, but only if they're in the same room — the mode won't be available online — and only on a handful of specially designed stages. These stages, Nintendo says, are so big that they couldn't have been included in the 3DS version because they'd make the fighters too small on the handheld's screen. Players will also be able to build their own levels using the Wii U's touchscreen controller, drawing shapes with the stylus to build platforms, place obstacles, and set backgrounds.

Eight people can play 'Smash Bros' at once, but only if they're in the same room

The newer version of the game comes with a set of modes missing from the 3DS version, including Smash Tour, which puts players in a Mario Party-esque board game, Coin Battles, and Special Smash, which lets you define which items your fighter starts the game with. Also included are "masterpieces" for each of the fighters — small vignettes let you play a short burst of the game that made the playable character famous.

Nintendo closed out its video by promising to bring the genetically modified Pokémon Mewtwo back to Smash Bros. Mewtwo will be playable on both Wii U and 3DS, but will only be downloadable for people who purchase both editions of the game, and only once Nintendo has finished work on the character at some unspecified point in the future. Forcing players to buy both versions of ostensibly the same game to round out their fighter rosters is something of a cynical move from Nintendo, but at least it's shown that the new Wii U Super Smash Bros. has a set of features and modes that separate it from its more slimline 3DS cousin. The Wii U version of the game is out in the US on November 21st.