Super Smash Bros. hype moved to a whole new level last week, with the 3DS version's launch in Japan revealing the final roster, the arrival of a demo for Club Nintendo members in the West and more. There were some crazy scenes.
Masahiro Sakurai's regular posts on the Director's Room Miiverse community still hold some interest, of course. While character reveals will have lost their bite, learning about mechanics and additions from the man behind the games is as informative as ever, with the past showing us more of the interface with explanations of how it'll all come together on 3rd October.
You can find those posts from last week, along with their rather tasty details, below — click on the date heading to visit the posts in question and give them a Yeah.
And here's the results screen. It shows what you gained in each stage, but you won't be rewarded until you clear it all. If you mess up in the middle, you can lose some of them too. The fighter icons are special attacks, and icons like the shield are equipment. The icons that say Mii on them are hats and clothes for Mii characters. Icons that show characters on a stand are trophies, of course, and the coins are gold you earned.
The only mode available on the demo version is Smash, but I also left open a feature called Tips. Just remember to tap that button. You'll figure the rest out once you do.
They are different characters, so they each get their own title treatment on the character-selection screen. See? It says Alph.
Even if you don't want to be spoiled, it might be wise to select the Online option at least once before you start the game. Your Global Smash Power won't appear until the first time you connect to the internet. Not only that, but there could potentially be a patch available that can resolve potential issues, like the one being released now for the Japanese version of the game. For the package version, updates can be pre-downloaded to your system even before you purchase the game, so make sure you look out for them.
If you have a fetish for user interfaces, this was the week for you — let us know which are your favourite posts in the poll and comments below.
What's your favourite Smash Bros. screen this week? (170 votes)
Toon Link strikes a pose in the vault
Rolling for some luck against the Mii Team
It's a rewarding experience, Smash Bros.
Confirmation of the demo in Japan, which is old news now
The tips screen is handy for info on the modes you can't play yet
Alph looks surprised to be included in the roster
Sakurai-san proves Alph's a different character
The World Status screen will show the global popularity of Smash Bros.
Hop online to get the best out of the game
Um, I can't decide
I don't like any of them
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