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Super Smash Bros. Available on VC This Friday

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

If you want to relive the original Nintendo fighting game, you can do so in just 2 days.

The official website for Official Nintendo Magazine has revealed all plans for this Friday's European Wii and DSi updates.

On the VC side of things, Europeans will finally be able to download Super Smash Bros., the game that started it all. Japan got it back in January, before even getting Majora's Mask - But now we'll finally be able to download it as well.

If you're familiar with the series (Who isn't?) you should know what it's like - You pick one of eight Nintendo characters (Plus four unlockable ones) as you duke it out against up to 3 opponents. If you haven't played the original Smash Bros. be warned that it's fairly bare-bones compared to its sequels - There's only a single player game and a multiplayer versus mode to keep you occupied, no special minigames or collectables (Such as trophies)! If all you're going for is the multiplayer aspect, however, then it's still quite a fun game.

WiiWare will only be getting one new game this week - Cocoto Platform Jumper. This is a port of a PS2 game, but it's actually fairly decent - As North America has already had it for a while, we've naturally already reviewed it, so read our review to see if you'd like the game or not.

DSiWare will be graced with two more new titles as well. Gameloft will bring us the first DSiWare racing game, Asphalt 4: Elite Racing, while Hudson Soft will bring the popular game of sudoku to the DSi in the form of Sudoku 150! For Challengers.


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^^ I doubt it, well probably have to wait until the 400th game or something, but we can hope XD



worrybomb said:

Congrats on getting Super Smash Bros., Europe! I hope this compensates for the lack of VC updates that occurred the last couple of weeks.

And now starts the hype train for SSB release this Monday in NA. I hope the train doesn't get derailed. =P



Link79 said:

Crap I was pretty excited until I realized this was for Europe. It better not take forever to get this in America. I've never owned the original game. It will be strange going back to this after playing Melee and Brawl but it will be nice to finally have all three.



irken004 said:

i still have this on cartridge but i've also been wanting this on the VC

congrats Europe



Bahamut_ZERO said:

Eh, I still have my cartridge, and the other two are superior anywya.

But then again, this does have Hyrule Castle....



Philip_J_Reed said:

I think NA will get it fairly soon. No more than a month would be my guess.

Enjoy it, EU! This is STILL my favorite Smash Bros. game.



JTC-Pingas said:

Sweet action. You guys really deserve Smash Bros after somehow not getting any VC games for a while. Enjoy it. Looks like it should arrive in the North American region within a month.



Djungelurban said:

God dammit! Where the hell is Gradius? Wasn't it rated already ages ago? Dammit! Instead we get some kind of GameCube port and a ridiculously overhyped budget title that has been improved upon in a big way since... Twice...



Mike1 said:

Hopefully that means it will come out next Monday in the U.S. It's high time for America and Europe to finally get this game after Japan has had it for months!



motang said:

All these cool games are coming out when my HDTV isn't working, can't wait for the weekend as I will be picking up a new Plasma!



Crazed said:

Hmm...we get Eduardo the Samurai Toaster, while EU gets Super Smash Bros for N64... as long as Eduardo is as good as I hope it'll be, then I think I can wait for Super Smash Bros.



Machu said:

Don't need it, got Brawl.
Can I have Excitebots now please, waaaah!



Don said:

I rather that NA get Super Mario Kart before Super Smash Bros on VC.



Philip_J_Reed said:

By quite a wide margin. Melee's stages were too busy and focussed more often on surviving the obstacles and scrolling screens than on the fighting. It also felt a little too fast-paced on top of that, meaning that it was harder to get a good "skill" match going. It was more chaos than anything.

Brawl was a step back in the right direction, and a big one, but its major innovation (online fighting) is, pretty much, unusable. The new control scheme adds nothing, and while it's nice to see the pace of the play slowing down again (and the stages becoming more conducive to actual combat), those are still just baby steps toward where the first game already was!

SSB64 is one of my all time favorite games, so I'm probably pretty biased. I bought the other two out of wishful thinking, but I guess you can only catch lightning in a bottle so many times.



KoKoO_Psy said:

I am so unsure about weather i want Smashbros. or not. I mean it was a great game, and it still is. But i dont think any of my friends will wnat to play multiplayer with me if i got it, because they will want to play brawl. I might hold off a little.
Besides, i have other things i would rather spend points on, like Cavestory, and Samuri Toaster, later this month.



Pj1 said:

I'd rather we got Super Mario kart but it's still really GOOD News!!! Can't wait till Friday, however I might buy some points before hand!



dizzy_boy said:

YAWN. why does everybody rate smash bros so highly. it`s dull. games like street fighter and soul calibur are way better.



Rapadash6 said:

Seriously Nintendo, you had better give this to North America on Monday or you'll have some VERY pissed off people to deal with. We had to wait for Majora's Mask, don't make us wait for this one too.



TwilightV said:

It's not about the gameplay. Some of us want it for nostalgia, posterity or both. In this field this game is a must have... NOA, NOE, please get off your asses and get to work on our services.



carson said:

@ my_point_is

wow, so you're saying SSB is boring? You're just mad because you can't unlock Jigglypuff.



hamispink said:

Thank you chicken
this is my favorite game because it has the best levels, more powerful attacks (the grab moves actually do damage) and the Items are the best of all of the games. the multiplayer is king, and the single player is pure fun.

P.S. Kirby has strong attacks on this game <(o_o)>FTW!!!



Cheezy said:

Are you kidding me? Damn, the US gets everything last, my jealous rage has slowly been building more and more!



Objection said:

Wow Europe, I honestly don't see how you can complain about VC right now. So what if you had a few weeks with nothing? You'd probably get the mediocre offerings we got. In exchange (not literally of course), you get Majora and SSB before us. Not that I want either, but I don't see how you guys can complain.



KnucklesSonic8 said:

SSB64 = Instant download indeed. People keep bashing it but the fact of the matter is: the nostalgic factor is high, the slapstick humor is great, the levels are enjoyable, multiplayer is timeless, and the replay value is pretty good. This is my favourite Smash Bros. game. So enjoyable. I'm gonna play this like crazy when it does come here and given that Majora's Mask came soon after EU got it, I got a feeling we'll get this Monday or the Monday after that. At least, I hope so.



Starwolf_UK said:

You'd probably get the mediocre offerings we got.
A few of us are green with envy over those Koei stratagy games (I'm green with envy...for a different issue, a speed related one).

I seriously hope not to see a repeat of Majora's Mask, for everyone's sake.

Also, I just noticed this de confirms any hope of Icarian Kindred Spirits hitting WiiWare on Friday.



JTC-Pingas said:

Looks like it won't be long till we get SSB64. Would be a great birthday present. I'm turning 19 July 16th.



astarisborn94 said:

Finally! One of my most anticapated games is coming to Europe! It won't be long before Americans see it! I'll give it 7 weeks to arrive before even complaining about it not being here yet. Even if Super Smash Bros. is the only game we get when it's released, if it gets at LEAST an 8/10, that's enough to make it an good week for me.



ToneDeath said:

As generous as they were with the extra content in the Smash Bros. sequels, the actual fighting has never been as satisfying as in the original. The random chaos of Melee & Brawl is great, but sometimes you just want to go into the options, turn things off and take it back to basics; a pure battle of skills.
The brilliance of Smash Bros. is that everyone can use the attacks (they're mapped to single buttons instead of complex combinations), but it's how, when and where you use them that counts.
Also, I used Kirby all the time, whereas I mostly use Link in Melee & Brawl.

Anyhoo, call me greedy, but I WAS in the mood for another VCA game.



Kenji510 said:

Yeah lets hope it does come out on Monday and we'll find out and see if they really care... if we dont get it, people will not gonna be happy, angry and pissed off.



mariofan5000 said:

it says on wikipedia that SSB64 is coming to the NA VC in 2009 but the month and day is not confirmed yet. my response:YES! YES!



Hawker said:

If this does come out in america I'll pass on it. I didn't really think too much of this game when it 1st came out, and besides, I have brawl & like that one much better.



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

So how does this differ from Melee? I understand that Brawl is far different from even Melee, but is there anything that makes the original unique?



IAmNotWill said:

Finally more N64 games and a good one too. I might get it, if I have some points to spare.



astarisborn94 said:

@mariofan5000: You can never trust Wikipedia for anything. It's a terrible source. At least Nintendo Life has some kind of good sources that makes it partially accurate, am I right?



Captain_Jack_Sparrow said:

Well I knew they are taking forever with Super Smash Bros 64 for some reason!

Since after Majora's Mask came out, which I was eagerly awaiting for this entire time; I just now don't care when SSB64 comes out! But now since Nintendo is done take their own sweet time; I'm betting every drop of rum I got that SSB64 will be our N64 game for the month of June... or July if they make us wait longer!

Be it may though; let's not get our hopes up if we see SSB64 VC game for June 15! If not let's not panic & get so upset! So let's cross our fingers & pray to Nintendo (instead praying to God); that they release SSB64 sooner than expected this time!
But by June 15th, if we do get dissapointed; the VC game may as very well be a game we know we don't all want... be it SimEarth also is pending for a June release!
If something like that happens & we don't get SSB64 on June 15th; then I'll let out my Biggest OH BUGGER! LOL!
Which also leave the possibility that SSB64 could also come out on June 22 or 29 for us long time NA hardcore gamers who have been waiting far too long enough, BTW!

It's a shame though that Japan has had it for 5 months now; but "Look what we'll get!"
"I got a jar of dirt, I got a jar of dirt... & guess what's inside it?!" LOL! That is because I got my Wii Points saved up already & have always been planned for SSB64 only since like a long time!



KDR_11k said:

Looks like a really meh update, only one WiiWare and it's bad. I have absolutely no interest in SSB considering I just got Brawl. I'd trade SSB for Eduardo no matter how Eduardo turns out because I have no need for an obsolete version of a fighting game.



cr00mz said:

i agree with above poster, also i hate fighting games so just about any n64 game would have made me alot happier, considering how rare these n64 games for some reason seem to be.



Kevin said:

They better put something else up monday besides this game. Melee and Brawl are MUCH better!



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

I see that many people find SSB64 mediocre. I've never had it, but from the review I just watched, it looks almost identical to Melee. I'll skip this. Still waiting til StarFox SNES comes out.



Objection said:

I hope I didn't sound like a complainer in my last post. Just want you EU's to look at the bright side.
@STarfox-SSB is not mediocre at all. In fact, fighting-wise its my fav of all 3. It just doesnt hjave the depth of modes, unlockables, characters, that the others do.



Pj1 said:

I think Europe won't get any more BIG Titles for a while, I mean Super Mario Kart won't probably arrive in Europe for weeks now I think.

I bet North America gets Super Mario kart, if that happens It''ll be madness!!!



calculon said:

Super Smash Bros was one of my favorite N64 games, Melee was probably one of the most played games on my Gamecube. Brawl however, is a monstrosity that emulates the one good thing about Brawl (the fighting mechanics) and throws in a WHOLE bunch of garbage no-one really wants and fails to do the one thing everyone wanted right, which is on-line play. Anyone who rates Brawl over Melee has issues - serious issues.

For once, I'll be buying new VC and WiiWare this week.




SSB 64 and Asphalt instadownloads, so that's great. BUT where the frack is Icarian, Watergun and Overturn ffs!? Aaarrrggghhh!



KnucklesSonic8 said:

Why are you getting upset over Water Warfare? Not even JAPAN has it yet! What makes you think you would get it. Seriously, quit complaining. >_>



Kid_A said:

Hmm. Not really sure if I'll be getting Smash Bros 64. I don't really see the point considering it's basically just a stripped down version of Brawl now.



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

I agree that simpler games are more fun. They don't have the overwhelming and often confusing features that their successors do. This is why I'm glad many of these new games offer Gamecube controller support. It makes it simpler that way.

BTW: Brawl does have online mode, if you've forgotten.

Ultimately, I still won't be getting this as Melee works fine as a simpler SSB.



NintendoGamer said:

I would rather see Super Mario Kart available on Monday than Super Smash Bros 64. Although it would be awesome if we got both games on Monday. Nintendo would never do that though. =( Oh well.



jkgatling said:

in yo face USA! we got majoras mask before you and now we get smash bros!!!

no seriosly im happy but I really hope you americans get it really soon



KnucklesSonic8 said:

"BTW: Brawl does have a crappy online mode, if you've forgotten."

And besides, not everything has to be online to be enjoyable. In the good old days on the 64, I played SSB64 with friends all around the screen and that's how I plan to play it nowadays as well. No amount of poorly-integrated online in Brawl is ever going to match 64's timeless appeal and multiplayer enjoymentm



madgear said:

Well, Calculon, I must have issues as I think Brawl is the superior game to Melee - by far!

It's not just the fighting I love, it's all the unlockables, the nostalgia and all the endless video game references. I've had the game nearly a year now and I'm still unlocking things. Melee was a great game too, but it's only half the game Brawl is. Now I hope no one is going to give me technical fighting game reasons as to why Melee is superior because it's Smash Bros, not Virtua Fighter - random items and feature filled stages are what it's all about.



JTC-Pingas said:

Why is everyone bashing SSB64 so much? Yeah Brawl and Melee may be superior, but this one is such a pure classic. I'll definately be downloading it instantly.



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

@madgear: I agree with you on the unlockables being fun. That's one of my favorite features in many video games: unlockables. The idea of working your ### off just to unlock a new character or feature. I just unlocked Baby Daisy and Funky Kong in Mario Kart Wii a couple days ago. Still working on Baby Wigi, Bowser Jr., Mii B, and Dry Bowser.

Concerning Brawl, it took me a few months to unlock most of it, but a year later I'm still unlocking tracks. My most recently unlocked tracks are Mach Rider (Melee) for the F-Zero Brawl stage (defeat fifty enemies in Endless Brawl) and Multi-Man-Melee menu 2 for the Battlefield stage (win Hundred Man Brawl in under 4:00). I still don't have all the tracks! What am I missing? That's what I love about Brawl, so much to enjoy.



MrDanger88 said:

SSB is hardly anything to gloat about when Melee and Brawl are 100 times better. SSB is probably the most horrendously aged game of all time, and soon many of you who insist on dropping $10 on something that shouldn't even have been re-released will find this out.



That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

He he, another one off the checklist. And you know, I´m actually buying an Earthbound cart. Once I´ve done that the game is sure to be avaliable on VC anyday. I´m doing it all for you!



ToneDeath said:

The gameplay is still as accessible and fun as it ever was, and that's surely what counts.
Sure, it's a little bare bones next to its' sequels, but what's here is good (It has Kirby, Link and Captain Falcon, the characters I use most in ALL Smash games) and graphically, was a bit ugly (or rather, simplistic) looking when it came out, but for good reason (See also: F-Zero X).



Will said:

I never played this on N64, and I dont think I could download it now. Those screen shots, especially the one of Samus and Yoshi, look absolutly terrible. I'm sure it plays great, but I just could not stick looking at those graphics. I know a lot of people have been waiting for this, so congrats, but not for me thanks!



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

I agree: the graphics are horrid! Fox has a big head! Samus looks like she should be on the box, not in the game. Yoshi looks awful also. Link and Pikachu are ok, but I agree, I wouldn't be able to tolerate such horrendous graphics.



KnucklesSonic8 said:

The graphics of some Commodore 64 games? Those could pass as "horrid" more so than SSB64. That's a big exaggeration you're setting up there. But graphics don't always make a game as MANY a games on the Virtual Console prove (again, going back to C64 games like Boulder Dash for example).



Nando said:

I've been wanting to play this again for ages.
My dad sold my N64 along with my games years ago in a yard sale.
I hope we don't have to wait to long for this to show up in NA.



RJay said:

The problem with no online options...
is that not everyone is fortunate enough to have friends that enjoy video games.
It's easy for people to say, "Oh yeah just get people to come around your tv like the old days"

It's not that simple for everyone.



hamispink said:

I broke out my old cart today, On brawl, I am the third best that I know at smash bros., but I am still champ on the classic
@ starfox, this isn't anything like melee, brawl is similar to melee, but this is a completely different game as far as multiplayer and control physics go.
It is better with the different physics IMO



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

@95: I agree. No one on my university campus plays or has an interest in video games. I don't really know anyone else who'd come over to play video games. The internet has ruined that experience.



JTC-Pingas said:

All you guys need to stop bashing this game just because Melee and Brawl are better. This was and still is a great game.



Nathan said:

At least it's out of the way... (prepares for incoming barrage of ad hominem attacks)



AlexSays said:

No one on my university campus plays or has an interest in video games.

So you go to school with what.... like three other people?




@KnucklesSonic...hahaha..I was just venting, I have plenty to be getting on with so I'm not THAT fussed. "Quit complaining" about ME complaining fella (lol ;-p) Forum comments are no substitute for face to face converstaion so you can't guage how peed off someone is (or not in this case, lol). Anyway, we were promised Icarian and Overturn presumeably before the end of July, so let's see what's going to happen.



Kelvin said:

Honestly, I think I would have preferred Super Mario Kart. The original Smash Bros has been superseded in my mind by the superb Wii version, but there's still lots of play in SMK, even with the newer release. Oh well. I know lots of people will be happy about this, so it's all good.



ToneDeath said:

Well, I think we can all agree that ANOTHER N64 GAME, whatever it is, is a GOOD THING. I just hope there are some (decent) third party N64 games on the way.




Nintendo of Europe April-July Ware release list:


Bonsai Barber (Nintendo)
Cave Story (Nicalis)
ColorZ (Exkee)
Crystal Defenders R1 (Square Enix)
Icarian: Kindred Spirits (Over the Top Games)
LIT (Wayforward Technologies)
Overturn: Mecha Wars (Gamebridge)
Robocalypse: Beaver Defense (Vogster Entertainment)
Spaceball: Revolution (Virtual Toys)
Squibs Arcade (Alten8)
Swords & Soldiers (Ronimo Games)
Water Warfare (Hudson Soft)


A Little Bit of... Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: Maths Edition (Nintendo)
Art Style: PICOPICT (Nintendo)
Mighty Flip Champs! (Wayforward Technologies)
Mixed Messages (Activision)
Pop Superstar: Road to Celebrity (Gameloft)
Real Football 2009 (Gameloft



LGamer said:

O YEAH! I'm SO happy!
Too bad that the most of you guys still have to wait

1 more day... I hope I can get my sleep.



Lotice-Paladin said:

It's a good update but I already have Melee and Brawl. Was expecting at least 2 to make up for the absense...

Hope you Americans get it though.



Bass_X0 said:

and what if the magazine is wrong?

how much nerd rage will we see tonight if they are?



City_Of_Delusion said:

Judging ONM's record, that's a possibility.

That said, the website has a better record than the mag when it comes to predicting VC games.



Drake said:

There won't be any, SSB is also listed on NoE's site now. The WiiWare/DSiWare games aren't yet though.



Bass_X0 said:

great. i was quite annoyed with ONM last year when they reviewed Secret of Mana and Mario Golf in the summer and said they would be coming to the UK VC soon.

Which as we know, they didn't.



Jolted85 said:

I wonder if ninty of Europe's servers are gonna crash cuz everyone will download it at release

Hope this comes state side until then I have Melee and Brawl to enjoy



Croz said:

Dang, i was hoping we wouldn't get SSB, and that the Hanabi Festival would start this week. Looks like it'll be another 1 or 2 weeks until something interesting comes out on VC.



famicom said:

My dream came true.
Now I can legally play this monstrously good game on my TV instead on an emulator on the PC.

The best would've been if they added multiplayer and it would all be set.



Pj1 said:

I bet North America gets Super Mario Kart on Monday but I so hope you guys get Super Smash on Monday. As for Europe getting the game we're probably have to wait months for our next Big VC release... Such as SMK I think will appear at Christmas!



SuperMarioFan1995 said:

@ my_point_is
No it's not dull! This is the best Super Smash Bros. game! If you hate it, fine. But I'm gonna be getting this on VC.

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