SUPER SMASH BROS WII U/3DS
Publisher/developer Nintendo Format 3DS, Wii U Release October 3 (3DS), winter (Wii U)
Nintendo’s crossover juggernaut has been answering ‘Who would win in a fight?’ questions for 15 years, and that’s the problem: who’s left to add to its roster? With new IP so rare, Nintendo’s down to back catalogue strip mining (hello, Greninja, Rosalina, Little Mac, Palutena, Wii Fit Trainer and the Animal
Crossing Villager) and threadbare ’80s icons (Mega Man, Pac-Man). Nintendo’s big E3 reveal was you, or rather Miis, the trailer highlighting the chance to punch out Iwata and co. Customisation is more promising: equipable items will boost one attribute at the expense of another, while every fighter has a choice of 12 or more special attacks. We’re concerned by Amiibo integration, but still optimistic for even an iterative Wii U update. Smash on 3DS, however, has a lot to do before October to make a case for a party brawler on such a tiny screen.