Nintendo has rolled out the official tournament for Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, it's gotten underway and has compiled 16 of the very best players from around the world to compete to be the undisputed grand champion for Nintendo's invitational for Super Smash Bros.
Nintendo dropped massive bombs for this year's E3, ranging from brand new IP such as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and the highly anticipated Splatoon, but they also brought a lot of the content and intellectual property that helped shape the Nintendo brand over the years, including a live Super Smash Bros tournament that's currently take place, as of the publishing of this article.
Earlier in the day Nintendo revealed during their Nintendo direct for E3 that there is a brand new character joining the roster for the game's launch this holiday season, along with brand new features such as the Wii Brawler and the NFC figurines that interact with the Wii U's GamePad called amiibo.
These amiibo figurines will be collectable for various games, including but not limited to Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, Skylanders and more. The amiibo will completely change the way a lot of gamers interact with games on the Wii U and could completely help revive and keep the Wii U moving regularly in the retail market, especially amongst casuals. We've seen how big a game like Activision's Skylanders can be using figurines in correlation with an interactive game, and Nintendo is now hoping to achieve the same thing with their amiibo, which will be introduced with Super Mario Bros. exclusively on the Wii U.
Super Smash Bros. has looked unbelievably impressive so far. As far as balance goes, it's almost impossible to tell exactly how well the game will work in its final form given that it's still quite a few months off from release. However, I can say that from what I've seen so far the game looks absolutely stunning.
During the tournament it was such a cool thing to see Mega Man on the screen and opening up a can. The biggest drawback of the tournament was that we didn't get to see Mega Man's smash special in action. The hype levels would have gone through the roof if we would have been able to see Mega Man's smash on display.
Even still, new characters like Greninja and Wii-Fit Trainer were also part of the tournament, along with Little Mac from Super Punch Out. Little Mac really is a surprising entry here because his limited mobility is definitely compensated for with some amazing up-close-and-personal melee attacks.
Thankfully you won't have to wait for too long to get in on the Smash Bros. action because the game is due for release this holiday season, exclusively for the Wii U.