Super Smash Bros. for Wii U News
Talking Point In 2023, Do You Still Care About amiibo?
Or are you amiibored?
Nintendo's amiibo line has been going for over eight years now. Originally launched back on November 21st, 2014 in North America alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the toys-to-life figurine series has maintained relatively steady interest while competitors like Disney Infinity and Skylanders have completely fallen by the...
Random Masahiro Sakurai Reminds Nintendo Fans About 3DS & Wii U eShop Closure Dates
"It's my last chance"
As you probably know by now, Nintendo is discontinuing the 3DS and Wii U eShop as of 28th March 2023. And later this month on 29th August, you'll no longer be able to add eShop card funds (aka points) to accounts. This is happening worldwide, and as a result - Nintendo fans around the globe are grabbing certain digital titles...
News Super Smash Con Celebrates All Things Smash Bros. Until August 14th (US)
Tournaments, indie showcases and more
EVO 2022 provided many great fighting moments this year, but one major title missing from the event was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo appears to have moved on, instead choosing to host its own events. Fortunately, there are other events stepping up, and one of them is Super Smash Con - taking place at...
News This Latest Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Track Will Get You Seriously Pumped
Hmm, that title is familiar..!
Nintendo has shared a brand new track from the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 OST and its title might be familiar if you're a fan of the series. Titled 'You Will Know Our Names - Finale', the track will play when you encounter unique monsters as you traverse the land of Aionios. Of course, if you've played the first Xenoblade...
News Sakurai Reflects On Every Super Smash Bros. Fighter Reveal In New Blog Post
Half of them are here!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate got its final DLC character last October in the form of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. It was a hugely exciting time, Sora's arrival in the game brought near-universal joy. People who didn't like Kingdom Hearts could see that the Keyblade-wielding boy had earned his place, while fans of the series were...
News Here's How Smash Bros. Series Sales Stack Up Against Street Fighter, Tekken And Mortal Kombat
We already know that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best-selling fighting game of all time – it achieved that accolade back in 2019 when it surpassed Street Fighter II in sales – but how does the entire series stack up against its rivals? As of December 31st 2021, total sales for the whole Smash franchise now s
News Smash Bros. Wii U And 3DS Tournament Announced For Ultimate, Starts This Friday
And Animal Crossing and Ring Fit Adventure spirits return
This week, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is celebrating the 3DS and Wii U entries with a special tournament. Both of these games were released in 2014 and introduced downloadable content to the series for the first time ever. The upcoming 3DS and Wii U tournament starts this Friday on 24th July...
Random Have Super Smash Bros. Boxes Been Teasing Future Games All Along?
What are the chances?
Ever since Melee arrived in 2001, the Super Smash Bros. games have all been treated to a subtitle in their name, rather than following any sort of numerical sequel-style system. After the original Super Smash Bros. on N64, we had Melee on GameCube, Brawl on Wii, the less-imaginative for Wii U and
News No, The Wii U Version Of Battlefield Isn't Being Added To Smash Bros. Ultimate
Sakurai stamps out speculation
Earlier this week, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai uploaded a picture from the Switch entry to Twitter, featuring Pit from the Kid Icarus series (see above). It sent many of his followers into a frenzy, as the Battlefield level in the background (picturing Inkling Girl) was actually the one from
News Leading Smash Bros. Player Calls Out Nintendo For "Not Putting Resources Into The Scene"
"This is the step that you're missing"
Super Smash Bros. is one of Nintendo's most popular franchises, and has sold millions of copies over the decades. Its popularity has resulted in an active and vibrant competitive scene, but it's one that has so far struggled to gain parity with other titles in the realm of eSports, such as Fortnite and...
Feature How Super Smash Bros. Became The Ultimate Fighter
The path of a champion
What do you do if you’ve been fighting with the same people for 20 years? If you’re Nintendo, you hand out some weapons, get an announcer, and invite your friends over to watch. The Super Smash Bros. series, Nintendo’s perennial Saturday-morning-cartoon take on how fighting video games can work, turns a whopping 20...
Soapbox I Don't 'Get' Smash Bros. And I Just Don't Know Why
Confessions of an apathetic Smasher
Soapbox features enable our individual writers to voice their own opinions on various topics, opinions that may not necessarily be the voice of the site. In this piece, staff writer Gavin looks back on his history with the Smash Bros. series and tells us why he's weary of the latest iteration on Switch...
News Super Smash Bros. EVO 2018 Tournament Winners Crowned
The EVO Championship Series is an annual event held in Las Vegas bringing together top players who specialise in a variety of fighting games and finding out who’s the best. This year was no different, with multiple games represented including Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and, of course, the Super Smash Bros...
News Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Will Be Playable At Evo 2018 Alongside Melee Tournament
So much Smash Bros. action!
Nintendo has revealed that it will be bringing a demo of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to Evo 2018 this year, alongside the Super Smash Bros. tournaments already scheduled to take place. Evo, or the Evolution Championship Series, is a yearly esports event that has players battling it out in the...
Rumour Your Super Smash Bros. Ballot Votes Might Not Have Been Used For Smash 4's DLC
You may remember that, back in 2015, Nintendo asked fans of Super Smash Bros. to vote for characters that they'd like to see appear in-game in a ballot; lasting for six whole months, this gave players the chance to get their personal favourites added as DLC to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. As it turns out, recent...
News Super Smash Bros. Ultimate May Have Been Teased Years Ago In Smash For Wii U
The wording is uncanny
The news is out - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is headed to Nintendo Switch this December, bringing back every single character that has ever appeared in the franchise. Amazingly, it appears that all of this information surrounding the new release may have been teased by Nintendo years ago in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. ...
Random Play Your Wii U Anytime, Anywhere With This Fan-Made Playable Coat
We've seen a whole host of weird and wonderful fan-made things over the years here at Nintendo Life, and this latest invention is certain to kickstart the week in the best way possible. Introducing the Wii U Gaming Coat. Created by My Mate VINCE, this coat allows you to take your precious Wii U anywhere you like, giving you the...
Talking Point What Games Are You Playing This Weekend
Here are our picks, but what are yours?
This weekend, Team Nintendo Life are giving their respective Nintendo consoles a good workout with all manner of virtual gems. We've got plenty of Neo Geo action; some 'Nindies' for good measure; the occasional shooter; and lots and lots of a certain game involving Inklings (can you guess which one?). As...
News EVO 2018 Will Feature Two Super Smash Bros. Games
Guess which ones?
EVO is one of the biggest fighting game tournaments in the world, bringing together the best of the best across several different fighting games and franchises. Super Smash Bros. has long since been a staple of the tournament, specifically the latest entry and Melee. EVO 2018 will be taking place this summer from 3rd August to 5th...
Random Check Out This Awesome Fan-Made Super Smash Bros. Board Game
Deal a master hand
With no announcements or mumblings of a new Super Smash Bros. game coming to the Switch just yet, fans of the series may well be starting to desperately crave something new. While this isn't the game you've likely been dreaming about for months, this fan-made board game adaptation is certainly a fun twist on our favourite brawler...
News This Year's Genesis 5 Smash Bros Tournament To Officially Partner With Nintendo
No, we don't mean that Genesis
Genesis? No we're not talking about the North American alter ego of SEGA Mega Drive or the first book of The Bible, we're talking about something even holier: Smash Bros! Based in the United States, Genesis is a semi-regular tournament that brings some of the best players from around the country (and the world) to...
News Alas, The World's Best Smash Bros. For Wii U Player Is Retiring
From ZeRo to zero
If you're a fan of the Super Smash Bros. series (or at least it's Wii U instalment), there's a great chance you would've come across Gonzalo 'ZeRo' Barrios – a highly talented player in the Smash Bros. competitive scene and the world's best when the franchise's Wii U outing is concerned. Barrios has won dozens of...
News ARMS to Feature in Inaugural Evo Japan Tournament
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U makes the cut, Melee doesn't
This year's Evo extravaganza brought a range of reveals along with the high-end competitive play, and included some details related to the first ever Evo Japan. It'll take place in Tokyo from 26th to 28th January and will feature two prominent Nintendo titles in its line-up. Tekken...
Feature The (Sadly Fictional) Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch Fighter Ballot - Results!
Y’all pulled through
Back in May we launched our very own “fighter ballot” to hopefully gain some excitement for the possible E3 announcement of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch. Unless you completely missed all-things E3 2017, you'll know that this sadly never happened. Nevertheless, you all voted by the thousands – 13,824 to be exact...
Poll Who Would You Like To See In Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo Switch?
Let the hype train begin…
It’s no secret that this writer is a huge Smash Bros. enthusiast - we’ve already covered what we’d like to see in the dreamed-about enhanced port/Director’s Cut edition of Smash 4 for Nintendo Switch, but what we have here is something arguably more exciting. As E3 looms near, we at Nintendo Life would like...
News New Splatoon, Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. amiibo Announced
The amiibo train steamrolls on, for Nintendo have announced 12 new amiibo coming to store shelves this summer in its latest Nintendo Direct. New The Legend of Zelda amiibo: First up is an arguably strange choice - more Zelda amiibo! To be specific, this includes three versions of Link from past The Legend of Zelda games Majora's...
Reminder Corrin amiibo is Still Coming, Yet the Wait Continues for Bayonetta and Cloud
We're left with rumours and longing looks
It's fair to say that, although its profile and sales have dipped, the amiibo series is still very much alive. Just recently there were multiple figures accompanying The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, cards with Mario Sports Superstars, and the upcoming Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will come...
News Pokkén Tournament and ARMS in the Running for Evo 2017 Player's Choice Spot
Can't do any 'arm, surely?
Evo is always one of the year's most anticipated competitive fighting game tournaments, with Super Smash Bros. Melee (and the Wii U entry in the series) often drawing huge crowds on location and online. With the 2017 tournament coming on 14th July, the hype is building early for this year's contest. Eight games have been...
Rumour A New CPSIA Listing Implies More Smash Bros. amiibo Are Coming
A new challenger approaches
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U saw the debut of the explosively popular amiibo line, and after several waves, nearly every fighter was given a figure. Nearly is the operative word there, as some of the newest DLC characters still have yet to receive an amiibo figure, but we do know that they're on the way. Now, a new CPSIA...
Random Store Employees Buy Wii U For Teen Who Visited Every Day To Play Smash Bros.
Tis the season, after all
Christmas is a time when heart-warming gestures are commonplace, and this tale of selflessness should warm even the coldest of souls. According to staff at Best Buy in Valley Stream, New York, a teenage Smash Bros. fan would come to the outlet every day in order to play the Wii U outing on the store demo pod. Such was this...
Rumour Bayonetta And Cloud amiibo Delayed Until Release Of Super Smash Bros. On Switch
Not coming at launch, apparently
Although amiibo sales are down, the range of NFC-enabled toys is still an important revenue stream for Nintendo. However, we're now hearing reports that fans might have to endure a wait for the remaining two Smash Bros. amiibo - Bayonetta and Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Strife - until next year. The rumour comes from
Talking Point Ports vs. Sequels On The Nintendo Switch
A unique switchuation...
In this Talking Point, Arjun gives his perspective on the ports vs. sequels considerations for the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo NX - erm, Switch - has finally been unveiled, and it's arguably the lion's roar that the big N needed after troubles with its last home system. The Wii U has suffered a similar fate to that of the...
Random Stranger Things Star Was In Smash Bros. Wii U Commercial
Well I never
If you're a Netflix subscriber then you'll no doubt have watched the excellent Stranger Things. If you're also a keen watcher of Nintendo commercials then you may have recognised one of the series' big stars from a Smash Bros. advert back in 2014. The commercial focused on how amiibo interacted with the game itself, and Joe Keery - who...
News Super Smash Bros. Was the 7th Most Watched eSport in August
In your face, Call of Duty: Black Ops III...
The growth of eSports remains a major talking point in the games industry. When the Rio Olympics rolled around it was an opportunity to debate where eSports stand in the broader picture, and it's not hard to find eye-watering viewing figures and revenues from the global industry, with full stadiums in...
Feature Ten Ideal Launch Year Nintendo NX Games
In one writer's humble opinion, at least
Just recently we ran a poll asking you which Nintendo games / franchises you'd like to see in the NX launch window, assuming that to be a period of around six months. Plenty of you pitched in, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a 3D Mario title being the leaders, with a new Metroid Prime title...
Video Catch Up With the Smash Bros. and Pokkén Tournament Grand Finals From Evo 2016
Including the epic Melee showdown between Hungrybox and Armada
For followers of the competitive fighting game scene few events are as exciting as Evo 2016, one of the year's most hyped occasions. Pleasingly Nintendo games have a notable presence every year through Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and now Pokkén Tournament...
Watch Catch the Day Two Smash Bros. and Pokkén Tournament Action from Evo 2016 - Live!
Smash Bros. Wii U and Pokkén champions will be crowned
One of the biggest events in the competitive fighting game scene, Evo 2016, is now getting serious. After a day one of qualifiers we now head into later rounds for Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and
Watch Catch the Day One Smash Bros. and Pokkén Tournament Action from Evo 2016 - Live!
This should be an exciting weekend for fans of the competitive fighting game scene, with Evo 2016 underway. Nintendo games have a presence, as always, through Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Pokkén Tournament. The world's best players will be battling it out, and today is a day for the early qualifying round
News See Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Pokkén Tournament Champions Crowned at CEO 2016 - Live!
The final day
This weekend a number of top competitive gamers have been in Orlando to battle it out at CEO 2016. The Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament finished off in front of a huge crowd on 25th June, with Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma seeing off Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman with final score of 3-1. Now it's the turn of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and...
News Catch Day Two of CEO 2016 as Top Smash Bros. and Pokkén Tournament Players Do Battle - Live!
They all want to be the very best...
As the week ended you may have caught some of the action from the first day of CEO 2016, a big competitive gaming event in Orlando which is being supported by Nintendo and various other big-name partners. Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Pokkén Tournament are all part of the event. As...
Video Catch Some Day One Super Smash Bros. Melee Action from CEO 2016 - Live!
Melee, Melee, then a bit more Melee
As we reported in late May, Nintendo of America is a sponsor / supporter of this year's CEO 2016 in Orlando, a fighting game tournament that features a host of titles that include Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
E3 2016 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Get a Discount in Europe
With an extra discount for My Nintendo members
Nintendo of America has unveiled a hefty list of eShop discounts (we're compiling the list at the time of writing), and Nintendo of Europe has also pitched in. It's added two titles to its existing 5 year anniversary sale to give an extra retail treat for the region. Both iterations of the current-gen...
Interview S.O.S Gamers on The Gauntlet's Debut and Plans to Bring More Teams to Competitive Super Smash Bros.
"We're simply adding another format to help expand the scene competitively"
Throughout May we wrote about 'The Gauntlet', a team-based Super Smash Bros. for Wii U competitive format that utilises the game's 8-player Smash option, allowing two teams of four to duke it out. With matches split into quarters and with opportunities for substitutions and...
Video Fans Enact 'Palutena's Guidance' With Smash 4's Latest DLC Characters
"Here we go, another sword fighter..."
'Palutena's Guidance' is a feature in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS that allows secret conversations to be held, much in the same vain as Snake's Codec Conversations in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Palutena advises Pit about the opponent he's up against, and these conversations can only be activated on her...
Feature Check Out The Team-Based Super Smash Bros. Competitive Format, The Gauntlet - Live!
A big battle in the Big Apple
Update: And now it's finished, thanks for watching! Original Article: In recent weeks we've written about 'The Gauntlet', a team-based format that aims to provide a new twist to competitive Smash Bros. gaming. It utilises the 8-player Smash mode in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U; you can get the full lowdown in our...
News Nintendo of America Partners Up With CEO 2016 for Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U Tournaments
It's going to heat up in Orlando
Super Smash Bros. Melee and the current-gen Wii U entry have established their popularity in the competitive gaming scene, with the latter perhaps benefiting from Nintendo's efforts to support its inclusion at events. Nintendo of America seems keen to continue that for the coming Spring and Summer events, confirming...
Feature Teams and Details Take Shape as The Gauntlet Aims to Revamp the Super Smash Bros. Competitive Scene
We learn about the rules, teams, and early reactions to the concept
Not long ago we ran an extensive feature about The Gauntlet, a team-based format that could potentially become a notable part of the Super Smash Bros. competitive scene. That's the aspiration, in any case, being led by S.O.S. Gamers - a charitable organisation in New York - and...
Rumour Smash Bros. Update 1.1.6 Only Seems To Impact Bayonetta
"Someone else caught your eye?"
As we reported recently, version 1.1.6 of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS launches soon, and according to Nintendo it will add some additional balance the game. While that might sound like quite a thorough process, it would appear that this update is focused solely on a single fighter: the recently-introduced...
News Super Smash Bros. 1.1.6 Patch Is Landing Soon On Wii U And 3DS
Nintendo has confirmed that version 1.1.6 of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS will launch soon. The patch - which will require 61 MB of space on the Wii U and 325 MB on 3DS - will balance the characters in the game. Once the patch is applied, existing replays will no longer be viewable, so be sure to backup any special ones you're...
Feature Team-Based Super Smash Bros. Format, The Gauntlet, Aims to Transform the Competitive Scene
Could "bring Smash to the level of League of Legends" in eSports
Through a mix of determined strategy and the benefit of plenty of open-minded competitors, Nintendo has seen Super Smash Bros. for Wii U establish itself in the competitive scene. Though the franchise as a whole is still lagging behind some huge franchises in eSports, it has a loyal...