Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

As I said in my Super Smash Bros. for 3DS review, my main concern with playing Smash is having fun. With 8-Player Smash, the return of Event matches, a stabler online system, and ridiculous — but not cheap — stages, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U emerges as the Wii U’s go-to multiplayer experience. No other game I’ve played this year will offer me so much fun for such long periods of time, making Smash Wii U a strong competitor for my game of the year. In fact, it’s the definitive Smash experience.

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This Week’s Nintendo eShop Downloads (12/18)

3DS

This week on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, we have FairuneI Love My HorseLeague of HeroesMes ComptinesMetal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3DToys vs Monsters, and Asterix The Mansions of the Gods.

Wii U

As for the Wii U eShop, we have 99MovesBLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSIONCake Ninja 3: The Legend ContinuesMeme RunPlenty of Fishies, and TOSS N GOMega Man Zero and Natsume Championship Wrestling are also on Virtual Console.

Shigeru Miyamoto Makes an Appearance on Nerdy Nummies YouTube Show

Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of many of Nintendo’s classics such as the Mario and Legend of Zelda series, made an appearance on Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies show on YouTube. While on the show, Shigeru reconfirmed we’ll still be seeing Legend of Zelda Wii U and Star Fox U in 2015, as well as other games like Splatoon and Yoshi’s Wooly World. What titles are you most excited for next year?

 

Possible GamePad Redesign Shown in a Mario Kart 8 Commercial

During a newly released Mario Kart 8 Japanese commercial, it seems as if a smaller, thinner GamePad shows up during the first few second, which you can see a still of up above. The commercial focuses on the TV and blurs the GamePad, however you can still see that the screen is larger and the controls are closer together and overall smaller. Could this be a new redesigned GamePad that has been hinted at, or possibly just the result of the blur and making the screen more visible?

This Week’s Nintendo eShop Downloads (12/11)

3DS

Kicking this week off, we have XeodrifterMoshi Monsters Katsuma UnleashedMoshi Monsters: Moshling Theme Park, My First Songs 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Stealth Force Edition, Talking Phrasebook, Hazumi, Angry Birds TrilogyAngry Birds Star Wars, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney TrilogyHarvest Moon 3 is on Virtual Console.

Wii U

For the Wii U, we have Lucadian ChroniclesAngry Birds Trilogy, and Angry Birds Star Wars. Crash ‘n the Boys Street Challenge is on Virtual Console.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sell over 1.5 Million Copies Combined in America

Nintendo has revealed the sales for the recently released Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, setting in at 1.5 million combined units sold in its first 10 days, as well as Super Smash Bros. for 3DS also selling 1.5 million units in North America alone. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is also catching up at 710,000 combined sold units, bringing the Wii U to its best selling week since the system’s launch in 2012. Here’s the official info:

Overall sales of Nintendo 3DS software in November increased by more than 40 percent over the same month in 2013, thanks in part to three huge games:

  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire:The next great Pokémon adventures for Nintendo 3DS launched on Nov. 21 and have already sold nearly 1.5 million combined physical and digital units in the U.S. alone.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS: The best-selling individual portable game in the U.S. so far in 2014, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has sold more than 1.5 million physical and digital units in the U.S. since it launched on Oct. 3.

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Half of amiibo Wave 2 available at Nintendo World in New York City

The official Twitter account for the Nintendo World Store has revealed that the first three characters to be shipped in the wave 2 of amiibo figures are now available to be purchased. The first three include Zelda, Little Mac, and Diddy Kong which will also be released in all other stores sometime this weekend, and Pit, Captain Falcon, and Luigi releasing sometime later this month. You can check out more info about the Nintendo World Store here.

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse Wii U Trailer

WayForward is back with their latest game, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for the Wii U and 3DS. In the third installment in the Shantae series, Shantae is set to save Sequin Land from Pirate Master, while joining Risky Boots, her nemesis. The game is set to release this month on the Wii U eShop in North America, and is already available for the 3DS on the eShop as well.

New Firmware Update for the 3DS is Now Available

Nintendo has released a new firmware update for the 3DS, update 9.3.0-21. The update brings a shuffle feature for Home Menu themes which were added in a previous update, as well as being able to download updates for software from the Home Menu rather than launching the Nintendo eShop. 9.3.0-21J and E (Japanese and European updates) also brought amiibo support for the New 3DS and New 3DS XL model line, but unfortunately they have not been released in North America. You can check out the update notes below:

Version 9.3.0-21U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements:

Changes to the HOME Menu:

  • A Shuffle Favorites feature has been added under Change Theme in HOME Menu Settings. Users can choose multiple themes and have their theme change when the system is left in Sleep Mode from the HOME Menu or turned on after being off
  • Available software updates can now be downloaded from the HOME Menu
  • Users can now capture screenshots with both the upper and lower screens included

Improvements to system stability and usability:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience