Smash Bros. Articles RSS Feed | Smash Bros. RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Announced With Whole Roster, Release Date Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:22:26 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Rumors were flying that we'd hear about a new Smash Bros. game during this year's Nintendo Direct at E3 -- and those rumors turned out to be true, but no one could have anticipated it to have turned out to be such an ambitious project. This seems like it could be Smash's final form -- though that is surely not the case.

The new entry to the series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, aims to pull Smash of all generations together to make for one big cohesive fight-off. Within its roster lies every single fighter previously found in a Smash Bros. game. Newer combatants, like Kid Icarus, will be able to fight with old staples like Ice Climbers and each crossover character the series has seen in previous entries, such as Snake and Sonic.

There's a lot more to get excited about in this upcoming release than just the character roster, though. The game was shown to have a number of changes from previous iterations during today's Nintendo Direct Smash presentation with Masahiro Sakurai. Instead of boring you with a bunch of paragraphs, let's go over some of the new features/changes in some easily digestable chunks.

  • The game will have directional air dodging
  • Perfect shielding will be done upon release of the block button
  • Many characters have different Final Smash moves
  • Ryu will automatically face opponents
  • There will be male and female Pokemon Trainer options and players will be able to "main" a particular Pokemon out of their three
  • "Echo Fighters" are being introduced, which are slight variations of the character they are echoing (Daisy is an echo for Peach, for example)
  • Returning stages have been balanced or changed aesthetically
  • All stages will now have the standard as well as Omega forms, with the Omega form being universal across all stages
  • More assist trophies are being added, including the Squid Sisters from the first Splatoon
  • Many characters now have unique mechanics that will be displayed above their health gauge, like Cloud's Limit Break and Villager's pocket

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release on December 7, 2018

Announced roster

As it stands, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has 65 characters announced and three Echo Fighter variations. You are sure to see some of your favorites from previous entries below, as Ultimate will feature every character ever introduced into the Smash Bros. Universe.

Two new characters have been announced for this release: Inkling and Ridley.

  • Mario
  • Samus
  • Kirby
  • Bowser
  • Link
  • Donkey Kong
  • Falco
  • Marth
  • Fox
  • Shiek
  • Zelda
  • Meta Knight
  • Villager
  • Mewtwo
  • Sonic
  • Ice Climbers
  • Pikachu
  • Captain Falcon
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Pokemon Trainer
  • Ness
  • Lucas
  • Peach
  • Captain Falcon
  • Inkling
  • Cloud
  • Sonic
  • Ike
  • Snake
  • Jigglypuff
  • Donkey Kong
  • Pichu
  • Roy
  • Olimar
  • Lucario
  • Dark Pit
  • Lucina
  • Robin
  • Bayonetta
  • Greninja
  • R.O.B.
  • Corrin
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Rosalina & Luna
  • Wario
  • Mii (3 modes)
  • Little Mac
  • Young Link
  • Toon Link
  • King Dedede
  • Shulk
  • Wolf
  • Yoshi
  • Ganondorf
  • Ryu
  • Luigi
  • Mega Man
  • Pac-Man
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Pokemon Trainer
  • Mr. Game & Watch
  • Dr. Mario
  • Palutena
  • Ridley

Nintendo had a pretty great Direct this E3, but Smash Bros. was by far the icing on the cake. Look out for more Smash Bros. Ultimate news on GameSkinny. Don't forget that ever-important December 7 release date!

All Nintendo Direct (11/12) annoucements Sat, 14 Nov 2015 13:53:10 -0500 Lad Johnson


Did you hear the news you were hoping for? Did anything blow your mind, foregoing your imagination. Let us know in the comments; and remember today several pieces of Nintendo history were made.


Super Smash Bros


For some this is the biggest piece of NEWS this year. Fans of Final Fantasy and Smash Bros will be pleased that one of the most requested characters has been announced. Cloud Strife is here with his buster sword and a new stage in tow. There are no dates on when he will be available, but we were told to expect news in early December. Have fun playing matches to the classic Final Fantasy theme song that will also be included.

The Wii U has not been totally abandoned by third party developers. There are still quite a few games coming to the console.

Hive Jump- Q1 2016


Kerbal Space Program- Q1 2016


Mighty No. 9- 2/9/2016


Lego Marvels Avengers- 1/26/2016


Terarria 4/12/2016




Dragon Quest: VII & VIII


Both games were announced and are set to release next year.


Hyrule Warriors: Legends 


Another bevy of good news; Hyrule Warriors: Legends gives us much to look forward too. A new original character was announced; a girl named Linkle that uses double crossbows. She is the first female version of Link. The release date was announced as March 25, 2016. You will also get a new home menu theme for your 3DS when you purchase the game.


Pokemon: Blue, Red, and Yellow


We were all blindsided by this one. All three of the first generation Pokemon games are coming to the eshop. The games will be true to their original versions sans one feature; players no longer need a link cable to trade Pokemon. You can now use wifi to trade and battle with your friends. These release the same day as the originals did twenty years ago -- February 27, 2016.


MegaMan: Legacy Collection


A collection of the first six MegaMan games; this title offers a lot of content for fans to collect in game. The game will have exclusive challenges that can only be accessed using a MegaMan amiibo. On that note there was also a new gold colored Megaman amiibo announced. It can only be obtained by purchasing a copy of the game's collector's edition. The game is available February 23, 2016.


Final Fantasy: Fates


Fans already knew the game would be releasing in two parts simultaneously. But today all the options for obtaining all three games was revealed. After completing one of the two launch games players will be given the choice to purchase the other game as half price. There is also a bundle available, as well a collectors edition that comes with an art-book and carrying pouch for your DS. This is available for $79.99. Other DLC maps are also planned for the games.


Final Fantasy Explorers


This game was initially released in Japan last December and has received a few updates since. The North American version of the game will gave players access to all of the game's released DLC free of charge. There is also a collectors edition releasing. It will include the game, an art-book, a CD sampler. and exclusive quests. Pick this up on January 26, 2016


Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam 


A release date of January 22, 2016 was announced. If you love Mario RPG's then you need this title. New battle cards with effects to help you get past tricky levels and challenges were revealed. You can use your amiibo to create character cards which are more powerful than battle cards. Mario party amiibos will be compatible with this tittle.


Pokken Tournament


The fighting game everyone is waiting for received some new footage. It was also revealed how players would be able to access the Shadow Mewtwo character that leaked a while back. If your copy is from the first production run; players will receive a special card that allows them to use the character immediately. If not, players can complete a few things in game and use him later. The game releases Spring 2016 for Wii U.


StarFox Zero


Starfox Zero was finally given a new release date. After being pushed back from this holiday season, the game is now slated to release April 22, 2016. Mark your calendars now, people.




Of course these popular little trinkets were center stage. Almost every game had a mention of them. We also received a release date for some of the Animal crossing and the Lucas figures -- January 22nd


There are also four great new games coming to the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo is obviously eyeing its casual gamer market.

  • Typo Man-November 19th
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  • Fast Racing Neo-December
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  • Steam World Heist-December
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  • Pokemon Picross-December
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Nintendo Badge Arcade


A free to start title, this game gives you badges to customize your 3DS home screen. Collect the badges using a claw game. Players can pay to receive more chances to collect the badges. Some badges will be limited edition, so make sure you check back often if this is something you are interested in.


Xenoblade Chronicles X


For those waiting on a new Metroid or Legend of Zelda game this is the best Nintendo is offering; an open world space adventure that will release on December 4th. If buying the game physically, there are four packs that can be pre-installed to allow the player to load up the game faster. It is recommended to download the first pack at the least.


Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash


An all-new move was revealed for this game. Performing a jump smash will allow players to jump up and attack the ball before it has had a chance to bounce on their side. This will add a new layer of strategy to matches. Knock your opponent off balance then use the jump smash from the designated point to perform an ultra smash.


There are also mega battles where Toad will add mega Mushrooms to the match to make characters larger; how exciting? Add in amiibos to use as a partner in online and expedition matches.


Animal Crossing amiibo Festival


This game will initially launch packaged with two amiibos and will be the only way to acquire the Isabelle and Digby amiibos. Digby will be even more exclusive as he is only available with the launch copy of the game. Some of the games puzzles and game modes were also showcased. 


Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon


This game will release on November 20th and feature every single known Pokemon.  The new connection orb will allow you to send and receive rescue requests. The game will also come with a free theme for your 3DS.




Nintendo has done well keeping this seasons sleeper hit stocked with new content. This was the largest update to a previously released game announced.

  • 80 pieces of new gear and outfits
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  • 27 new weapon
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  • New maps- Both have features that will have you changing your strategy as the match progresses.
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    • Museum d' alfonsino
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    • Mahi-Mahi Resort 
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  • New updates through July
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  • New matchmaking
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  • No additional charge
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  • New website to track stats
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  • A Nintendo treehouse tournament is also planned for next year. There are also player tournament modes in development.
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Super Mario Maker


A new portal site was announced that will allow you to search for particular levels on your PC or mobile device. Search for the type of level you wish to play or bookmark one you find while browsing. 


The Legend of Zelda Tri-Force Heroes.


A free update is being developed that will add the Den of Trials areas. Unlike normal dungeons where there might be 4 challenges, these levels will have an overwhelming amount at 30 plus! Did we mention that you and your team must defeat every single enemy in a stage to move on to the next one. But don't be discouraged; the den has checkpoints littered throughout to help you make it a little further.


New outfits are also planned: Linebeck's Uniform, which will let you see inside of chest before opening them, and The Fierce Deity Armor, which will make your sword fire off beams in four different directions.


These are both free updates that will release on December 2nd.


Zelda Wii U


New gameplay footage for this tittle was shown after the reveal of Twilight Princes HD. The new WolfLink amiibo will have an effect when used with this game.


The release window was not updated and the game is still slated for a Wii U release sometime in 2016.


The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD


After a weeks of speculation and rumor, Twilight  Princess HD received an official announcement. The first announcement of the event included enhanced visuals, a new wolf Link amiibo, and other enhanced features. This will be a fun experience even for those who have played this classic a few times. The game will also be compatible with other amiibos from the smash series. Twilight Princess HD releases March 4th 2016. Preorder now to receive the official soundtrack for free.


Did you miss the Nintendo Direct event? Here's a recap of all that was announced earlier this week. Everything Nintendo has planned through early 2016 now has a release date. If you're a Nintendo fan, there is much to celebrate.

The List: Every E3 2015 Conference Stream Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:20:15 -0400 Elijah Beahm

Hype is coming. E3 2015 is upon us. Brace yourselves for the fan fair and the CGI trailers. To help you keep track of it all, here is our full E3 2015 livestream archive and schedule list. We'll keep adding streams as they appear

Nintendo Super Smash Bros.

Status: Completed

Highlights: New DLC characters for Smash Bros., including Ryu from Street Fighter. New Amiibos revealed.


Nintendo World Championships

Status: Completed

Highlights: Four solids hours of eSports competition.



Status: Complete

What:  Fallout 4 has crafting, Doom has Timesplitters-style mod tools for PC and consoles, two mobile games got announced, and Dishonored 2 got announced alongside the reveal you can play as both Corvo and Emily.


When: 9:30 a.m. PST / 12:30 p.m. EST.

Highlights: Halo 5: Guardians, Fable Legends, Gears of War 4/Remastered, and more to be revealed.

 Electronic Arts

When: 1 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. EST.

Highlights: Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay reveal, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, the Need For Speed reboot, and more to be revealed.



When: 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. EST.

Highlights: Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, The Division, and an unnanounced new game.



When: Monday, June 15 at 6 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. EST.

Highlights: The Last Guardian, PlayStation Video, Guerrilla Games' new project, Unchated 4: A Thief's End, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.


Nintendo E3 Direct

When: Tuesday, 9 a.m. PST / 12 p.m. EST.

Highlights: Zelda Wii-U, possibly Metroid, Mario, Splatoon DLC, and more to be revealed.

You can watch Nintendo's E3 Direct right here (no link available currently).



When: Tuesday, 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST.

Higlights: Rise of the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex; Mankind Divided, new Hitman game, Final Fantasy XV, and more to be revealed.

You can watch the stream right here.


PC Gaming

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. EST.

Highlights: AMD and PC Gamer are the main show runners, reportedly bringing in several PC-specific publishers. Microsoft and EA are also reportedly showing off some PC specific content.

You can watch the stream right here.

Wii U Owners, Don't Lose Hope Wed, 14 May 2014 00:48:31 -0400 Mary Yeager

Not all Wii U owners are happy with their purchase. Nintendo acknowledges this about their system. While some critics are clamoring for a new console release as soon as possible to replace the Wii U, Nintendo says no. Instead, they want users content with the purchase they made. This year, Nintendo will release the new Smash Bros and the new Mario Kart. Anything else new comes out at E3 come June.

Much like its gaming competitors, Nintendo has already begun to work on their next generation console. Developing these gaming technologies takes a good amount of time and development usually begins once a new console or device releases. President Iwata did state this:

"I of course believe that launching new hardware will not produce good results unless we first make sure that those who have already purchased our platforms are satisfied. We will continue to work hard to ensure that consumers who already own our platforms are satisfied, nd make sure that people will continue to see great value in our software, but I would like to say that we are preparing for our next hardware system, and in fact, we already have a clear idea to some extent about the direction our next hardware is going to take."

Nintendo has hopes to sale 3.6 million new Wii U consoles this year. They will be focusing on the continuing sales of the 3DS as well. It will be interesting to see what the rest of the fiscal year has in store for the company.

Charizard and Greninja Playable In New Smash Bros. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:11:02 -0400 Chris Coccaro

It's no surprise that the iconic Charizard is blaring out of its pokeball and leaving its trainer behind to become a playable character in the new Smash Bros. He's been featured as Red's starter in the Pokemon Origins anime reboot, he's won plenty of voting contests, and let's face it: He was the first fire-breathing dragon that fans got to love and adore. What's not to love about a fire-breathing dragon? Nothing.

The surprise pick here from Nintendo is Greninja, the water-ninja-frog Pokemon. Popular in many of the competitive battle circuits like Smogon, Greninja is often a banned pick for its overpowered ability Protean. This allows the glass-canon frog to switch its type based on the move it just used. More than likely the inclusion of Greninja is Nintendo's marketing department looking to promote the somewhat new releases of X and Y.

This brings the total of Pokemon in the fray up to 4: Charizard, Greninja, Lucario, and Pikachu. Pokemon Trainer will not be in this new title. Both Charizard and Lucario are confirmed to feature their Mega evolutions in combat as well. Maybe as part of their Smash attacks?

The beauty of Smash Bros. has always been that Nintendo gives a game-long advertisement to each of its games' stars. Someone who's never played a Fire Emblem game may pick up Marth in a Smash Bros. title and decide "Hey, maybe I'll pick up Awakening since I like these characters." You like Greninja? Well, we just happen to have him featured in our newest Pokemon title on the 3DS.

What do you think Nintendo will reveal next? I'd love to lay some smackdown with Professor Layton.

Wii U Sales on See Significant Increase After Xbox One Reveal Thu, 23 May 2013 23:59:27 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Europe has been a difficult market for the Wii U, with just over 630,000 units having been sold since the console's release in the region seven months ago.

Things have been looking bad for Nintendo, but the Wii U's slow growth in Europe may be coming to an end: The console has gone from the 390th to the 7th spot (down to 10th at the time of writing) in sales on since the Xbox One reveal on Tuesday.

The reasons for this change in sales could be numerous, but the spike's relation to the time of the Xbox One reveal is worth mentioning because this is the highest sales spike the Wii U has seen since its release in Europe.

Were European gamers waiting to see what Microsoft was bringing with the Xbox One before deciding to spend their money elsewhere? It may be a combination of the reveal and the fact that Nintendo has announced they will be revealing the next Smash Bros. title before E3.

This is no doubt exciting news for Nintendo fans, but keep in mind there are no actual sales numbers to speak of, nor are there visible sales rankings from other retailers. We'll have to wait for this month's sales numbers or something more concrete before determining the Wii U has turned around in Europe.

Smash Bros. and Mario Kart to Be Discussed in Nintendo Direct Before E3 Mon, 20 May 2013 04:08:31 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Nintendo may not be holding a large E3 event, but that does not mean they don't have some big things in store. The Nintendo of America Twitter confirmed they would be giving some information on the next Mario Kart, 3D Mario, and Smash Bros. title via Nintendo Direct prior to E3.

Nintendo's decision to speak on these console-selling titles at smaller events is nothing short of a testament to their new focus on smaller, more personal promotional efforts. The effectiveness of this approach has yet to be seen, but giving a look at the next Smash Bros. game before E3 - when the company theoretically has the most attention - is a bold move.

With the recent announcement that select retailers will have some of the unreleased Wii U titles being shown available to play during E3, one has to wonder if the three games mentioned in Nintendo of America's tweet will be playable during this time. Even if not, pre-E3 and the company's smaller event during E3 are sure to bring some surprises.