Fans of Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U will discover a rather awesome surprise the next time they boot up their favorite fighting game, namely 15 new stages built specifically with eight-player combat in mind.

Originally announced on Nintendo of Japan’s website and coming to us via IGN, these new stages equate to quite a nice chunk of fresh content for a game that wasn’t lacking in that department in the first place.

So the next time you boot up your Wii U and dive into Smash Bros., expect a 316MB download to pop up, containing these new stages. Given the fact that many official tournaments will likely be of the eight-player variety, you’ll want to get in plenty of time on these new stomping grounds if you ever hope to outmatch Gary, that obnoxious eight-year-old who somehow manages to wreck everyone with Yoshi Every. Single. Freaking. Time.

The eight-player mode in Smash Bros. has gotten a lot of buzz following launch, as many felt there would be no way to keep the game’s fast and fun gameplay sane with that many people jumping around the screen. Those worries turned out to be unfounded, as it turns out, but we’ll certainly take new arenas especially designed for more fighters any day. And that goes double for when they’re on the house.

The new regular stages are as follows:
-Animal Crossing – Smashville
-Animal Crossing – Town and City
-Luigi’s Mansion
-Lylat Cruise
-Mario Circuit (X)
-Norfair
-Pokemon Stadium 2
-Pyrosphere
-Wii Fit Studio

As for the special Omega stages, get pumped for the following:
-Animal Crossing – Town and City
-Kirby: The Great Cave Offensive
-Lylat Cruise
-Mario Circuit (X)
-Mario Galaxy
-Pokemon Stadium 2



With this, Nintendo once again proves that there’s no telling what they’re going to do next. Just when they start to figure out DLC and squeezing a few extra dollars out of their games, they go and release something like 15 new stages for Smash Bros., 100 percent free of charge. I don’t think I’m wrong in assuming most fans would be happy to fork over a few bucks for all of those new levels, but here they are giving it out for free.

Honestly, I’d love to see a few more levels pop up on the 3DS version of the game, too, but I doubt that’s in the cards. That game already pushes the console to the limit, so I doubt that trying to cram a few more stages or fighters into the equation is very realistic. Still, a guy can dream.

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