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Our personal game of the show picks for E3 2014 photo
Our personal game of the show picks for E3 2014
by Steven Hansen

You saw our E3 2014 Game of the Show. It was Metal Gear Solid V. Saved you a click. 

Now, it's a good one. In fact, I wrote about why it was our Game of the Show in that very post you just didn't click. But E3 was full of games like I'm full of curry. And Destructoid is an island of misfit toys sort of collection of miscreants, not a hive mind. So let's see what tickled everyone else's earlobes this year. 

And, hey, now you can tell like 20 different people why they're wrong about games instead of just one! 

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'Is it more like Melee or Brawl?' Your Smash Bros. questions answered photo
'Is it more like Melee or Brawl?' Your Smash Bros. questions answered
by Jonathan Holmes

[Photo by Zalno]

Six years ago, I shot my first video for Destructoid at the Worcester Polytechnical Institute's Smash Bros. Brawl Pre-release tournament. Things have come full circle. My how I've changed.

What hasn't changed is the fact that the Smash Bros. fans (including the developer of the Katamari fan-prequel cat simulator Catlateral Damage!) have the most trustworthy, meaningful opinions on how the next game in the series is coming together. We talked about what characters they were most excited to use, which they were afraid will be cut, how the game compared to past Smash Bros. games, and a lot more. The general consensus seemed to be that characters with fast, powerful normals and less hang-time while in mid-air like Little Mac and the Wii Fit Trainer often had the advantage to characters with wider mobility and flashier moves, though that may have been due to the fact that they were more effective for beginners. As for the marketing effectiveness of the event, about a third of the people I talked to at the event didn't have a Wii U yet, but after playing Smash Bros. for the Wii U, they all said they were planning on getting one.

We also saw a lot of the 3DS-specific Smash Run mode. It felt like the Zelda-stage of Melee's Adventure mode, but much more densely packed with enemies. We saw Robotnik robots, Rios from Metroid, Bullet Bills, 16-bit Cuckoos taken straight out of A Link to the Past, Mites from Subspace Emissary, and tons of other enemies. It didn't seem like more than a few seconds would go by before a new group of enemies was filling the screen, only to be cleared fairly quickly. If Subspace Emissary suffered from spreading the good parts too thin across a large, inconsistent world, Smash Run looks to make up for that by packing every inch of the game with action and and an all-star cast of Nintendo enemies.

We're hoping to get someone from the Nintendo Treehouse on for Sup Holmes (which airs live today at 4pm EST right here) to talk about what's next for Smash Bros., so stay tuned!

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9:00 PM on 06.13.2014

Rhythm Heaven enemy surfaces in Smash Bros. 4

Buried under all the other E3 news this weekend as the eagle-eyed observation that one of the Sneaky Spirits from the original Rhythm Tengoku/Heaven on GBA is an enemy in the Smash Run mode of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS....

Jonathan Holmes



Video: Smash Bros. is pretty much what fans want photo
Video: Smash Bros. is pretty much what fans want
by Jordan Devore

After playing Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS at E3 this week, Bill says the new installment is for the most part exactly what fans want. He tried out several characters during his hands-on but chose the Wii Fit Trainer first, like you do.

While the match is being set up in the 3DS version of the game, once you pick your character and confirm, you can practice against the sandbag while waiting for everyone else to select theirs. Nice little touch. Also, if you hadn't heard already, the Home-run Contest mini-game is back!

Yup, going to buy both.

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11:30 AM on 06.12.2014

Conan O'Brien takes on Smash Bros. in latest Clueless Gamer

Comedian Conan O'Brien has gotten his hands on an early build of the Wii U version of Smash Bros., for one of his Clueless Gamer "review" segments. This seems to be a build that has 20 characters on-hand, much like the one f...

Chris Carter



Smash Run in Super Smash Bros. 3DS can really change things up photo
Smash Run in Super Smash Bros. 3DS can really change things up
by Darren Nakamura

Nintendo has been doing a lot to build hype for Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U off at E3, but that does not mean the company is neglecting the fighting game's little brother, Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS. In the upstairs area of Nintendo's booth, there was a row of 3DS XLs ready to demonstrate the 3DS-exclusive Smash Run mode.

What initially seemed like a simple addition ends up being an interesting exercise of risk and reward. It turns out to be a pretty cool mode; the only downside now is that we will not see it for the Wii U version

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The new Super Smash Bros. characters each bring a unique feel photo
The new Super Smash Bros. characters each bring a unique feel
by Darren Nakamura

Since the first game in the series, one of the most exciting aspects of the Super Smash Bros. series has been watching for the appearance of unexpected characters. Back then, it came in the form of unlockables, but it evolved into a pre-release hype-building machine that spawned the "confirmed for Brawl" meme.

Through the excitement of new character announcements, it is easy to neglect to consider the work that goes into making each fighter feel unique while still maintaining a relatively balanced game. We took some time to test out a lot of the newcomers to the Super Smash Bros. series, both on the Wii U and on the 3DS, and they definitely each have their own niche.

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10:08 PM on 06.10.2014

Sakurai explains why Smash Bros. won't release simultaneously on Wii U and 3DS

Although it's the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. we want most, the 3DS version is coming first on October 3, 2014. The Wii U game isn't dropping until later this holiday season. Why's that? During a roundtable at E3 2014,...

Jordan Devore

9:45 PM on 06.10.2014

The Smash Bros. amiibo figures are AI-controlled

Even more details out of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. roundtable this evening. When you use one of the new amiibo toys for the game, the character will appear as a figure player (FP) that's controlled by the AI -- you won't a...

Jordan Devore





9:30 PM on 06.10.2014

Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS is allowing more customization than ever before

Today at E3, Nintendo shared a bit more detail about the customization elements in Super Smash Bros. at their roundtable event. Director Sakurai noted that you can now customize fighters entirely -- before, each cha...

Chris Carter



Pac-Man confirmed for Super Smash Bros. photo
Pac-Man confirmed for Super Smash Bros.
by Kyle MacGregor

During a roundtable presentation at E3 this evening, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai revealed Pac-Man as a playable character in Nintendo's upcoming Wii U and 3DS fighter. The Bandai Namco mascot will be receiving his own stage as a part of the deal. 

Sakurai asserts Pac-Man was planned for the title from the start of development, which seems to make sense since Bandai Namco is handling the project alongside Sora Ltd.

Pac-Man features "some interesting abilities like throwing fruit and eating power pellets," confirmed over Twitter. To see what the rotund yellow fellow looks like in action, check out his debut footage above and the screenshots in the gallery below. 

[Update: Mr. Game & Watch will be returning as a playable character in the upcoming fighter.]

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8:50 PM on 06.10.2014

Reggie Fils-Aime vows to 'kick your ass' at Smash Bros.

"I gotta be honest," confessed Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, on stage following the completion of the Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament. "I play all of the Nintendo games; [bu...

Kyle MacGregor

12:52 PM on 06.10.2014

The GameCube controller adapter for Wii U will cost $19.99

As you know, Nintendo is releasing an adapter for Wii U that'll let you play Super Smash Bros. with four original Nintendo GameCube or WaveBird controllers. Now we have the price: $19.99. The company will also sell "retro" Ga...

Jordan Devore



Full details on amiibo: RPG mechanics in Smash, 3DS adapter incoming photo
Full details on amiibo: RPG mechanics in Smash, 3DS adapter incoming
by Dale North

Nintendo Treehouse's Bill Trinen delivered more details on  their newly announced NFC figures, amiibo, directly following their E3 streaming event. He says that a variety of games will support these figures later this year, including Super Smash Bros., Mario Party 10, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, Yoshi's Wooly World, and Mario Kart 8. Nintendo says that amiibo will bring new types of fun and new ways to interact with your favorite characters.

Super Smash Bros. on Wii U will be the first game to work with the first run of amiibo characters. Remember that opening video of Super Smash Bros. Meele? Remember how the figures came to life in that opening movie? That will be a reality later this year.

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11:55 AM on 06.10.2014

Lady Palutena confirmed for Super Smash Bros.

The roster for Super Smash. Bros. keeps growing and growing as we found out at the end of Nintendo's E3 Digital Event. Reggie snuck in a little teaser that showed a cartoon of Palutena arriving to help out Pit as he battles L...

Alasdair Duncan



Nintendo reveals NFC toys like Skylanders called Amiibo photo
Nintendo reveals NFC toys like Skylanders called Amiibo
by Kyle MacGregor

Nintendo unveiled its new line of Skylanders-like NFC toys, amiibo, during its E3 digital event today. Confirmed titles include Smash Bros and Skylanders, and these will work "only for Nintendo systems."

It sounds like these figures will introduce RPG mechanics in Super Smash Bros., allowing you to train and customize your characters. With enough effort, you might even be able to finally best your unbeatable friends with the help of amiibo.

Each figure has a special chip inside, and it will be recognized on any Wii U using the built-in NFC technology. More details on that and other games that will make use of the technology, like Mario Kart 8, soon.

A peripheral is coming next year that allows amiibo to be used on Nintendo 3DS.

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