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News: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Announcement Revealing its "True Potential" is on the Way

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Announcement Revealing its "True Potential" is on the Way

Development isn't finished yet

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U isn't far away, due in late November / early December depending on your region. Logically development should be drawing to a close, as a result, though Masahiro Sakurai — in his most recent Weekly Famitsu column — has said "I'm not done yet...". There's still work to be done. Of course,...

Exclusive: Masahiro Sakurai on Planned Accidents and New Ways to Play Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Masahiro Sakurai on Planned Accidents and New Ways to Play Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

"We need to listen not just to the biggest fans"

This week sees the launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the first portable iteration of the famous fighting game franchise. As you'll already know if you're a seasoned reader of Nintendo Life, we've delivered our critical verdict of the game and found it to be something of a smash hit, and...

Review: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)

The smash-hit 3DS owners have been waiting for?

Ever since being announced alongside its Wii U counterpart, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has been scrutinised by fans around the world to an almost excessive degree. Being the first game in the popular crossover fighting series to be released on a handheld system, there were understandably some...

Developer Profile: Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai

About the man behind two of Nintendo’s most significant franchises

"I decide what goes in the game; nobody else." These were the words of Masahiro Sakurai during a 2008 interview with Official Nintendo Magazine about Super Smash. Bros. Brawl. It's a quote that stands out because it contrasts quite starkly with the modest way in which the man...

Feature: The History of Super Smash Bros.

The History of Super Smash Bros.

How Nintendo's crossover fighting series smashed its way to fame and glory

Despite its immense popularity — not to mention the frenzied hype and anticipation that comes during the lead-up to each new instalment — the origins of the Super Smash Bros. series are in fact remarkably humble. When its creator, Masahiro Sakurai, initially came up...

News: New Online Multiplayer Modes Revealed for Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U

New Online Multiplayer Modes Revealed for Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U

Prepare yourself for a smashing time over the net

The online modes for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U were finally revealed to the world in Nintendo's recent Super Smash Bros. Direct presentation, and it seems that both inexperienced and competitive players have something to be happy about. The online portion of the game, which has been...

News: Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai Seems To Quite Like The PS4

Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai Seems To Quite Like The PS4

Isn't it nice when everyone gets along?

Masahiro Sakurai may be famous for working on Nintendo hardware, but that doesn't mean he can't say nice things about the company's rivals. Speaking in his regular column in Japanese magazine Famitsu, the Smash Bros. director heaped praise on the Sony PlayStation 4, describing it as "good-looking" and capable...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Confirms Smash Bros. Reveal For Next Week's Nintendo Direct

Masahiro Sakurai Confirms Smash Bros. Reveal For Next Week's Nintendo Direct

"For the first time, simultaneously worldwide!"

Masahiro Sakurai has taken to Twitter to confirm what we perhaps already knew — next week's E3-flavoured Nintendo Direct will contain footage of the new Super Smash Bros. title. The tweet — which has been translated by Kotaku — reads as follows: Notice: On the June 11th 11PM Nintendo Direct,...

News: Sakurai: Online Play Will Be Improved in Upcoming Smash Bros.

Sakurai: Online Play Will Be Improved in Upcoming Smash Bros.

"We've learned a lot about net play since Brawl was released"

Super Smash Bros. Brawl was one of the few Wii games to venture online. By delving into the Nintendo WFC players from all four corners of the world could brawl with each other in what was a decent experience in some battles, and a more turbulent one in others. Unfortunately, as with most...

News: Rest Easy, New Characters Are Coming To Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U

Rest Easy, New Characters Are Coming To Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U

Masahiro Sakurai confirms new additions to roster

Super Smash Bros. supremo Masahiro Sakurai's recent comments regarding the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game have caused a little concern amongst fans. Speaking a few weeks ago about adding more cameos to the game, he said: "Introducing more non-Nintendo characters willy-nilly will lose the focus of...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Steps Up as Keynote Speaker at CEDEC

Masahiro Sakurai Steps Up as Keynote Speaker at CEDEC

Talking about video games, presumably

Masahiro Sakurai has gained a reputation as the go-to man for some of Nintendo's key franchises that don't necessarily have Mario in the title. As a young employee at Nintendo he created Kirby, and has also masterminded the three entries in the Super Smash Bros. series, while also taking on the upcoming Wii U...

News: Sakurai: Dual Analogue Control in Kid Icarus: Uprising Was "Technically Impossible"

Sakurai: Dual Analogue Control in Kid Icarus: Uprising Was "Technically Impossible"

Stylus aiming speed "is on a whole different level"

Kid Icarus: Uprising enjoyed an excellent critical reception from the majority of the gaming press, though even some of the most positive reviews raised the controls as an issue. We argued that they work well 'with practice' in our Kid Icarus: Uprising review, but it was nevertheless a common...

News: Sakurai: Smash Bros. to 'Change Direction a Little' on Wii U and 3DS

Sakurai: Smash Bros. to 'Change Direction a Little' on Wii U and 3DS

Still a long wait ahead

Masahiro Sakurai has been busy with Kid Icarus: Uprising for a while now, but it seems that he's finally turning his attention to the next entry in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. The confirmation of a new title for both Wii U and 3DS was actually made at E3 2011, though we later learned that the announcement was premature...