Super Smash Bros For 3DS Coming Summer 2014, Wii U In Winter 2014

By Ishaan . April 8, 2014 . 3:05pm

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will be released in Summer 2014, director Masahiro Sakurai revealed during an ongoing Nintendo Direct presentation this afternoon.


The 3DS version of the game will run at 60 frames-per-second with stereoscopic 3D turned on. Certain Assist Trophies will run at 30fps, but all of the game’s main fighters will run at 60fps.


Meanwhile, the Wii U version is planned for release Winter 2014.


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  • Aaron K Stone

    I suppose there may be some sense in not releasing them at the same time…

  • The Watcher


  • Yan Zhao

    The 3DS game is like a preview of the Wii U version, giving us a taste of the characters. Since Im pretty sure all competitive play will be on the Wii U. I just cant see it working with 3DS’s wireless, lol.

  • Guest

    I’d have thought the inverse strategy was better :P

  • TheGioG

    MegaMan’s Final Smash brought me to goddamn tears. Seriously guys, go look it up. :’)

    • s07195

      Yeah, I literally paused the video in tears than nearly missed the next bit about Wii Fit Trainer.

    • AuraGuyChris

      Inafune is going to cry.

      • TheGioG

        Tears of joy, I hope. Someone’s doing his legacy justice these days.

    • Kaetsu

      When I saw Megaman from Network and 64 I screamed :D

      • StarForce gets recognition! I assume it’s everyone’s least favorite, not mine though.

    • Alastor701

      I’m just going to leave this here…

      • SetzerGabbiani

        Quick! Someone put “For Glory!” as a caption on here!

      • Kuromadou


  • flameraver64

    I can see why people would want the WiiU version first, but honestly I think the WiiU version being released during the Christmas season is better

  • Revolver Jesus Super Pimp

    well time to put $40 or $50 aside for summer.

  • Darkwing7

    And this was the information i was waiting for <3

  • SirRichard

    This is literally the only downside to this Direct, for me, everything else was good to absolutely wonderful, especially that ending. I hate having to wait for the console release, though I’ll definitely get both.

  • Lol at everyone “so sure” about 2015.
    Also, gifting my hubby (cough cough, for me) a Wii U.
    I guess I better save my money for that 3DS preorder though~.

    • malek86

      I should point out that “Winter 2014” means pretty much 2015, either February or March. I totally called it, too.

      And I seem to remember that Brawl also came out in January, so it wouldn’t be a first.

      • kylehyde

        I think that considering the Wii U situation is very possible that they want to release it on christmas.

        • Edzo04

          if smash doesnt get out before xmas nintendo will be in some serious trouble with the wii u.

        • malek86

          I think that too, but if it’s not ready, they are not going to anticipate the times and release an unfinished game. It’s just not their style.

          I also think this game is aimed at Nintendo enthusiasts more than other players (unlike Mario Kart, which is aimed at every player) so the release date is not as important as you think.

        • Cazar

          They already screwed up any potential their marketing strategy may have had for the Wii U version by releasing the 3DS version first.

  • PreyMantis

    I don’t mind waiting for the Wii U version if they still need to polish it a little.

  • celery

    Since they’re being released separately, I’ll have a better chance of being able to get both! So this is fine by me.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Certainly didn’t expect the 3DS version to come FIRST! That may piss of some folks. I on the other hand am glad to have Smash in SOME form. Hopefully Winter 2014 doesn’t really mean early next year

  • sd28

    not surprising 3ds games take less time and resources to make than wii u games and thus can be completed faster

  • KingGunblader

    I honestly didn’t expect them to stagger the releases, although it makes sense the more I think about it. I’m also now way more excited for the 3DS version than I thought I could be.

    • デ オオカミ

      Same here, the backgrounds aren’t as spectacular as the WiiU’s version (obviously), but having the characters run at 60fps makes up for it. Mini-games, multiplayer all look fantastic too… Insutanto pre-ordaaa

  • Even if the 3DS version is logically less time consuming to prepare, it would be logical from a business POV to release it after the WiiU version, so it pushes people excited for the game to get the WiiU.

    • Guest

      Maybe, but this is the strategy they are going to apply.

      So I think they are confident in the product and probably we’ll see a bundle of some sort; with the help of what we’ll see at the E3 Direct, release dates before December for the other upcoming Wii U titles: X, Bayo 2, Hyrule Warriors, etc., to consolidate a stronger game library and persuade easier potential consumers.

      • I’m well aware this is their strategy, hence my comment? Just saying they’ve been pushing the 3DS a lot more, while it’s the WiiU that needs the push at the moment. And a game as hyped as this one, it was a golden opportunity to stall the 3DS version for a little while, in order for it not to cannibilize potential purchases of the home console. As for the titles you cited; X is relatively a new IP which is always a potential risk for a firm. Hyrule Warriors is not that much of a system seller IMHO. Bayo 2 is actually a good chance to bring over dedicated fans of the franchise.

        • XaviIniesta

          I think they believe people are more inclined to buy the “upgraded” version after already owning the 3DS version, than the other way around.

          The appeal is for people to be able to play the new Smash Bros. up to six months before it gets released for the Wii-U, and that is a very good selling point.

          Personally, I assumed both games would be released simultaneously, or close to each other, so I planned to buy a Wii-U and Smash when it got released (along with Mario Kart 8), but now I’m seriously considering also getting the 3DS version first.

    • Kaetsu

      Works for me. I usually go on vacation during the summer so having Smash on the go is perfect. During Christmas holidays I usually stay home so I’ll have Smash on the U :)

  • There. Now will you calm down?

  • I KNEW they’d say a season or quarter and that season/quarter would be Winter 2014/Q4 2014. I don’t know everything, though. I thought both games would be released together and I never would’ve expected one to be released in or before September 2014.

  • Kornelious

    ….Is it really a good idea to release the 3DS version BEFORE the Wii u version, seeing how the Wii U is doing right know? I’ll be getting both either way, I just hope Nintendo knows what they’re doing….

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Hoo. Thats interesting.^_^ Well, for most of the normal and casual fans, they can get 3DS version first and then when Wii U comes out, all the fans both the hardcore and casual can choose to upgrade or not there.^_^

  • Maumac77

    I would assume that with the WiiU version being at the end of the year they will have some special console bundle for it. Kinda hoping they do actually

  • ddh819

    did they explain how the 3ds and wii u games will connect?

  • James Enk

    i was sure they would have separate release dates but i was expecting the WiiU version first but i don’t know which one is better for Nintendo

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