Review: ‘Super Smash Bros. for Wii U’ is quite smashing

The long-awaited fourth installment of the “Super Smash Bros.” series is here for the Wii U. If you are unfamiliar with the “Super Smash Bros.” series, it’s a game where different characters from many of Nintendo’s beloved games duke it out in an all-out brawl. With the new game out, it is safe to say it is the best in the franchise so far with its immersive character rosters, fun stages, and exciting game modes.

The fighting mechanics in the game are just as good as ever with a few significant improvements from the last game in the franchise. This time the chaos of battle has grown, with now up to eight players can battle simultaneously in “8-Player Smash,” which is the game mode that no one asked for yet everyone will love to play. Growing from the franchise original four-player limit to an eight-player limit is a big step for the series, as it makes this crazy game even crazier.

There are an impressive variety of characters to play, with up to 49 fighters for the players to choose from. Many veteran fighters make a welcome return to the franchise, granting players to once again play as their favorite fighters, including Mario, Link, Meta Knight, Lucario, and so many other characters. However, there are also 15 brand new characters for players to choose from, such as The Villager, Pac-Man, Greninja, and other new fighters to play as in exciting battles. Plus, players can now choose to tweak and improve both old and new fighters with the new customization feature.

Just like the game’s fighter roster, there are diverse locations (called “stages”) for players to battle on. Each stage is unique in its own way, as each stage offers new ways on how players can compete in battle. While some stages take place in a simple setting for players to battle on (such as a boxing ring), there are tons of crazy and unexpected locations that a brawl would not usually take place (like battling on top of a fleet of starships). However, if you are not a fan of battling on crazy and possibly hazardous locations, there is the option of the “Omega Stages” where players can face each other on a simple platform.

There is more to the game than just chaotic fights. Returning from previous installments are the classic mode, all-star mode, stadium mode, and event mode. “Super Smash Bros.” introduces many new bonuses in the game, including the new “Master Order” and “Crazy Order;” both of these are a type of risk-based game. Players may also be creative with the introduction of the improved “Stage Builder” mode, where players can be creative and design stages for the fighters to battle on.

Unfortunately, the only game mode that ended up as a disappointment is the new “Smash Tour,” a game mode that combines the game’s battles with a board game. “Smash Tour” is just boring, repetitive and does not fit with the game’s chaotic battles. Other than the dull “Smash Tour,” the rest of the game’s variety of content is fun and exciting.

“Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” is also the first game in Nintendo’s lineup that is compatible with the Amiibos. The Amiibos are little collectable figures of characters from different Nintendo franchises that can be scanned by the Wii U and deliver a bonus to certain games. For Super Smash Bros, the Amiibos create an artificial fighter that players can train and raise to be the ultimate sparring partner. Unlike other games that uses the concept of toy compatibility, the Amiibos are not necessary in order to enjoy this game since they are completely optional. However, the Amiibos are definitely something that collectors will be keeping their eyes on.

The one thing that truly makes this game unique is that Nintendo is able express all of its history in one game. Other than its variety of Nintendo fighters, the game has many decades of Nintendo history packed into it. There are many digital trophies that the player tries to collect, with each trophy representing a part of Nintendo’s history. A multitude of music can be found in the game, with each catchy tune comes from different classic Nintendo games. Then there are “The Masterpieces,” which let players play a few minute demos of many of Nintendo’s classic older games. “Super Smash Bros.” is able to express the history of Nintendo in a fun and charming way.

“Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” is awesome, with a multiple new features to enjoy, making it the best in the franchise yet. It is a game you can either enjoy by yourself or with your friends. “Super Smash Bros.” is the perfect game to have at parties, since it’s a lot of fun for both hardcore and casual gamers.

Our Grade: A
Rating: E+
Genre: Fighting
Publishers: Nintendo