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.

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