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Super Smash Bros Mele Turns 15

Yesterday, the smashing sequel to Super Smash Bros. turned 15 years old. Yeah, the game's old enough to drive now.
Few games have ever boasted such incredible longevity. The game has always been regarded by fans as the best in the series and the competitive is still seeing going strong, and even surging in popularity.

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Watches video. Looks down at hands. Shakes head and disgustedly tosses controller...

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No, but all kidding aside if players out there are willing to substitute pride and dignity and their GameCube controllers for wireless controllers, they'll be able to play with the Bidou technique. Granted, smash tourneys don't allow wireless controllers, but hey why not mess around with this during recess?

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Bidou allows for players to near perfectly execute pivots/crouching pivots, sliding spot dodges, standing dash attacks, and sustain frame accuracy during wall jump attacks. 

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Just four days after the release of Nintendo's really neat looking Super Mario Maker creation game, the Big N has gone ahead and announced that Super Smash Bros. for both the Wii U and 3DS will receive DLC based on the creative platform.

Though they did not announce a price, the video says that it will be available Sept. 30.

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ROB, Duck Hunt, Mr Game and Watch, Falco, and the Mii Fighters have all been confirmed as upcoming Smash Bros Amiibo.  Additionally, Nintendo of Europe's official site slipped up and gave us a glimpse of new Mario Maker and Animal Crossing Amiibo that have yet to be announced.  

Back to official news, Nintendo announced Street Fighter's Ryu joining Smash Bros as a fighter, as well as Roy from Fire Emblem.  Ryu for either version of the game will run you $5.99, or get him for both versions for $6.99.  Included with that purchase is a new stage from Street Fighter, Suzaku Castle.  Roy is available for $3.99 for either version, or $4.99 for both Wii U and 3DS packaged together.  Both character DLCs plus the previously announced Lucas are available now (for $3.99/4.99).  Eventually, all Smash fighters will have corresponding Amiibos.

More paid DLC announced today includes new costume for the Mii fighters, and the Dreamland stage from N64.  If you want all of the DLC Nintendo announced today, it'll cost a total of $21.96 for either or $29.16 for a Wii U/3DS bundle.

There's also a new free Miiverse stage available today, and "Tourney mode," which will come out for free in August.  

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Mewtwo has no official special moves in Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS, but you can hackily achieve them through the use of Miis.  In order to do it, you have to download a Mii not created on your system, then select it for play, deselect it, and select Mewtwo.  Mewtwo inherits that Mii's custom moves, but since this isn't supposed to happen things get pretty glitchy. 




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The “Fire Kirby” exploit was first found by Swedish Smash player Enis Al-Maatooq, the guy who previously discovered a nifty and highly technical way to reduce character lag in the latestSmash Bros. He told me that he poked around with Fire Kirby to see if the exploit had any similarly game-changing consequences, but didn’t find any...yet.


Here's a how-to on the exploit:

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Update 1.0.2 to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has added eight player support to fifteen total stages: 

Regular stages

  • Mario Circuit (X)
  • Luigi's Mansion
  • Pyrosphere
  • Norfair
  • Lylat Cruise
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
  • Animal Crossing - Town and City
  • Animal Crossing - Smashville
  • Wii Fit Studio

Final Destination stages

  • Mario Galaxy
  • Mario Circuit (X)
  • Kirby: The Great Cave Offensive
  • Lylat Cruise
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
  • Animal Crossing - Town and City



Now if only I could find seven friends.

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YouTuber Mema Haxx posted the above video of a Duck Hunt Duo amiibo.  The video doesn't show Duck Hunt dog in action, but he also posted a similar video of a Game and Watch amiibo that includes creation, editing, and levelling the character (check it out below).  Presumably, Mema Haxx is using a modified NFC chip to get the game to detect data for unannounced characters that are already on the disk. Nintendo hasn't announced amiibo figures for either character, but it's entirely possible that we'll see them in the future, especially given the success of amiibo so far. Keep your fingers crossed if you're hoping for more Smash amiibos.



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A problem has arisen with Smash for the Wii U that's causing some users to encounter error codes, leaving their games and sometimes their consoles unplayable. The most common error codes are 160-0103 when the game is booted up, and 160-1710 on the Data Management page. Many are suspicious that this error is related to an update, but there's no official word yet. These errors can sometimes leave a console bricked, especially after deleting an update, so proceed with caution. Affected users who have contacted Nintendo are being directed to format the system (which can leave it bricked), or mail the console to Nintendo.


The issue is not currently very widespread, but be careful out there, Wii U owners.

UPDATE: Internet sleuthing has revealed that it isn't necessarily Smash's fault; it's been happening with a variety of games.


UPDATE 2: Nintendo is investigating the issue, but maintains that it's only affecting a small percentage of consumers.

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Good guy Nintendo isn't working on any paid DLC for Super Smash Bros. because they don't want people to feel shorted. In an interview with Videogamer, Sakurai said, "I understand that DLC could add a lot to the appeal of Smash Bros., and I appreciate that a major part of the excitement for these games come from which characters will appear in the roster, so I think fans could really enjoy DLC that could keep this excitement going. However, I think there might be criticism that we are cutting up content to sell characters one by one, or that we are adding things later that should have been there from the start."

Creating a character is a lot of work and costs a lot of money, says Sakurai, and he doesn't know that adding more DLC characters would be worth it. Unfortunately, that also means he thinks adding characters like Reggie and Iwata isn't a good idea. When asked about it, he said, "I don't think the inclusion of these characters would be very interesting to a wide audience. For the amount of effort involved, I would actually prefer to add another roster character. As it takes a lot of work to add a character to the game, it's not a decision that can be taken lightly."

For now at least, it looks like Mewtwo is the only DLC character we can look forward to.

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In an interview with Bloomberg, Reggie Fils-Aime stated that pre-orders of Smash have surpassed those for Mario Kart 8, and that "The launch of Mario Kart 8 has essentially doubled our Wii U sales year-on-year. Our expectation is that the sell-through for Smash is going to be very strong, certainly on par with what we saw with Mario Kart 8. We think the impact on hardware will be similarly dramatic."


Meanwhile, Sony has sold 8 million PS4s, Microsoft has moved 3 million Xbox Ones, and Nintendo has sold 2 million Wii Us this year. We'll see what happens after the holiday season.