Nintendo, makers of the Wii U gaming console, have revealed that Super Smash Bros. Wii U’s final release date in North America and around the world – and that’s only the beginning.
Super Smash Bros. Wii U’s release date in the United States is November 21st. Nintendo announced that release date along with a slew of others around the world early this morning in a post on its corporate blog. Super Smash Bros. Wii U will arrive in Japan on December 6th and Europe on December 5th
As those following closely might have already guessed, when Super Smash Bros. Wii U arrives on store shelves it’ll cost $59.99. That’s the same price as other new high-profile titles made for the Wii U, Xbox One and PS4.
That may be a relatively a low price, but Wii U owners looking to pick up Super Smash Bros Wii U might want to save a bit of cash beyond that $60. That’s because, Nintendo also revealed that it has plans to roll out its first wave of amiibo figures on that date as well. Announced earlier this year, amiibo is Nintendo’s way to capitalize on the popularity of its characters and take advantage of the interactive toy craze that’s consuming the video game market. Like the instrument controllers for Guitar Hero, they’re meant to be physical things that users can collect and build out their gaming experience.
Amiibo will let users get their favorite Nintendo characters in Super Smash Bros Wii U using an NFC chip built into the Wii U’s GamePad. Mario Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth are all included in the first set of amiibo figures that’ll cost $12.99 each. In December Nintendo plans to reveal a second set of amiibo figures that include Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit and Captain Falcon. Amiibos will work across multiple Nintendo games in the near future.
There haven’t been any official reviews just yet, but the stage is set for a blockbuster Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date. Super Smash Bros 3DS launched earlier this month to tons of praise. Many of the things that’ll make Super Smash Bros. Wii U a must-have title this fall were included in that 3DS version. Level design seems consistent between the two and users will be able to create their own character based on a legendary Nintendo character’s moves too. Naturally, Super Smash Bros. Wii U will have better graphics due to it being available on the more powerful Wii U gaming console that Nintendo released back in 2012. Nintendo announced this morning that Super Smash Bros. 3DS had already sold around 3 million copies since its launch in September.
Other than offering better graphics than the Wii console it replaced, the Wii U’s claim to fame is the GamePad controller. In addition to being able to communicate with amiibo action figures, it features an infrared transmitter so that it can control user’s televisions and allows users to bypass their television entirely and play games in their lap. Even though it’s pretty essential to the experience, it’s not exactly comfortable to use in a fighting game like Super Smash Bros. Wii U. To that end, Nintendo also revealed that it’s including a Wii U GameCube controller, Super Smash Bros. Wii U and an adapter that’ll let the controller communicate with the Wii U for $99.99. Users who already have a GameCube controller and just need the adapter can expect to pay $19.99. A special edition Super Smash Bros Wii U controller is coming too for $29.99.
All three of these essential accessories will also launch on November 21st. The Nintendo Wii U with a bundled game starts at $299 at GameStop.