If you had doubts about Nintendo hopping aboard the DLC bandwagon, you can shed them from your psyche now. In a Nintendo Direct released today (shown below), Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Bros., announced a boatload of content to be released for the game in the near future, if not today.
This announcement included the introduction of 3 new characters, 3 new stages, and 9 new Mii Fighter outfits, 5 in-game trophies, and 9 new amiibos to purchase, download, use, and experience in-game. A wave of DLC this large has never been seen from Nintendo, and shows their desire to modernize their approach to the games industry of today.
Before getting into the meat of this story, allow me to explain the pricing system Nintendo has employed. All DLC prices are listed in 3 versions. One version is the WiiU price, another the 3DS price, and the last a price for receiving both the WiiU and 3DS version. Because the WiiU and 3DS individual prices are the same for all this DLC, I’ll list prices as individual and package, “individual” being the standalone WiiU or 3DS price and “package” being the price for the content on both systems, which saves you a few bucks if you own both.
Now that that’s out of the way…
The biggest reveals were of the new characters. Roy of Fire Emblem and Lucas of Mother 3 return for the first time since Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl, respectively, with familiar movesets, and standard and all-star mode trophies for each.
The third and most interesting of these new characters is Ryu of the Street Fighter franchise. Ryu was said to have been given special developer attention, and it shows in his playstyle and mechanics. Ryu will feature specials like Hadouken and Shoryuken with button inputs similar to existing characters, but also improved versions of those moves when performed with a combo sequence used in Street Fighter games. For example, a 6 to 3 o’clock quarter circle and the A button will launch a better Hadouken than the standard Special (B) button will. His standard attacks also feature weak, medium, and strong versions based on how long you hold the button. For more clarification, skip to 11:30 in the video.
Ryu also gets trophies, and he and Roy are getting amiibos. These two amiibos did not receive a release date, only confirmation they were in development. Roy and Lucas will each cost you $3.99 individually and $4.99 for the package. Ryu’s price is unique because he will be sold alongside a new stage.
There will be three new stages released. The first is Suzaku Castle to be sold alongside Ryu for $5.99 individually and $6.99 for the package. Also released was the Dream World stage from the original Super Smash Bros. for N64, which will cost players $1.99 individually and $2.99 for the package. The third stage, seen below, is a free WiiU-exclusive based on Nintendo’s Miiverse.
For your Mii Fighters, Nintendo has even more content. They’re paying homage to games like Megaman Battle Network and Megaman X with a Megaman.EXE Gunner costume and a Zero Swordfighter costume. Nods go out to Virtua Fighter and Tekken with Jacky Bryant, Akira Yuki, and Heihachi Brawler costumes. From Splatoon come Inkling Boy and Girl Gunner costumes, and from Animal Crossing comes an Isabelle Gunner costume. There’s even a hat modeled after Splatoon‘s squids. Each one of these outfits will cost you $0.75 individually, and $1.15 as packages.
In the amiibo department, we’ve already heard of the development of Ryu and Roy, but there are four others with release dates set sometime in September. Those four are Game & Watch, Duck Hunt, R.O.B., and Falco. Game & Watch’s amiibo will come with interchangeable models of the flat, black character in poses from his various iterations. To top it all off, all three kinds of Mii Fighters are getting amiibos, as well.
While all this may seem like a lot, and I’ll take the blame for making it sound that way, this announcement still falls under the umbrella of “pre-E3”. The presenters at E3 have been preparing announcements for months in advance, so don’t assume a company like Nintendo would foolishly dump all the good stuff on us now. The announcements to come can only get bigger, so save some room for more.
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