Smash Bros. Wii U: Beginner’s Guide and New Features

I go over the new game modes and features in Super Smash Bros. Wii U!

Super Smash Bros. Wii U is very similar to the 3DS version. In fact, it plays the same and has the same fighters. The Wii U version, however, has many more features and modes to play than the 3DS version.

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If it wasn’t for the fact that the fighters are the same and they fight the same, this would seem like a whole new game. I’m here to help you understand what’s different between the two versions as well as explain the new modes.

If you want to know the basics of Smash Bros. and everything that this changes guide doesn’t cover, please visit my Smash Bros. 3DS: Beginner’s Guide to Basics.

This guide will cover everything new in Super Smash Bros. Wii U including:

  • New Game Modes – The new modes and how they work.
  • New Features – New features and what you can do with them.

New Games Modes

Let’s start with the Smash game modes.

Smash Game Modes

One new mode is 8-Player Smash. That’s right, you can play with 8 people at the same time! Pure madness!

  • This new game mode is only available offline and you can only play on select stages.

Another new mode in Smash is Special Smash. You can have special rules to drastically change the way fights work. For example, you can make it a Stamina match, so that you have Health Points. If you lose all Health Points, you lose the fight.

  • You can also changes things like camera, movement speed, character size, and more!
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In the Solo section, you have a Special Orders game mode. This allows you to choose either Master Orders or Crazy Orders.

Master Orders
  • You spend gold to fight in one battle in this mode.
  • The fights have different difficulties and rewards.
  • You can get tickets to compete in Crazy Orders by doing this game mode.
Crazy Orders
  • You spend a lot gold, or a ticket to fight in this mode.
  • You fight multiple battles to collect prizes and your health only gets restored a little after each match, so try not to take too much damage.
  • You can select Crazy hand at any time to do the final battle to collect all the rewards you’ve stashed up to that point.
  • If you lose, you don’t get any of the rewards.

This mode is available in Solo or Group. The types of events will be different depending on whether you are playing Solo or Group.

  • These are special matches that have unique rules and requirements. 
  • Choosing one of the events pulls up another screen that shows you what the fight is about and any criteria for rewards or hidden routes.

Smash Tour

This is a special game mode, similar to Smash Run for 3DS. This has you moving around a board with a Mii to collect fighters, stats, and items.

  • The stats boost things like Attack and Jump for when you fight other players.
  • Each person starts with 2 fighters, if you bump into another player, a fight will start with everyone.
  • The winner steals the fighter used by the person who got in 2nd. 

After the specified number of turns, a final battle starts.

  • You use every fighter you’ve collected during the game in this battle. 
  • KO’s work the same as a timed match. It is still good to collect as many fighters as you can to have an advantage.

New Features

Stage Builder

You can create stages again! This time there is even more you can do.

  • You can select the size, background, and music for the stage.
  • After that you can select the land type and draw however you want the stage to be. You have to connect the lines to form a shape.
  • You can also add objects like springs, moving platforms, and lava.

In the Vaults section, you’ll find Masterpieces. This is a place to play short trials of classic Nintendo games. These trials will show which character from Smash each game belongs to. You can also buy the full versions of these games from the eShop.


These are figures sold separately from the game that you can add. 

  • When fighting in Smash modes touch the amiibo to the bottom left area on your Wii U GamePad. This adds it an empty slot like a CPU fighter.
  • You can level them up by fighting and also get custom parts and gold. The max level is 50.
  • It learns strategies by fighting enemies. For example, when fighting enemies that block with shield, it will learn to grab shielded enemies.
  • You must save your changes every time you are done for them to take effect.

That’s it for my Beginner’s Guide to get you started in Super Smash Bros. Wii U. Be sure to check back for more in-depth guides on many of the things listed in this guide. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment!

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