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11:30 AM on 07.11.2014

Another Super Smash Bros. reveal will happen next Monday, nearing the 'bottom of the stash'

Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS director Sakurai took to the Miiverse to make another announcement about the game -- on Monday, July 14th at 7:00AM pacific, we'll see another character reveal with yet another challenger video...

Chris Carter

2:15 PM on 07.10.2014

Going to Comic-Con? Nintendo's doing a 3DS Smash Bros. tourney

E3 attendees could take part in a t-shirt-prized Wii U Smash Bros. tournament, but it looks like Nintendo's letting the 3DS version strut at Comic-Con (July 25), ahead of its October 3 release.  "Starting at noon, t...

Steven Hansen

1:15 PM on 07.10.2014

Haha, this alternate Mario costume in Super Smash Bros.

I love Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai's description of these palette swaps: "The character farther in the back isn't from the Imperial forces, and the character in the front is not the infamous drum-playing pupp...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 07.08.2014

When's Marvel? Just consult the EVO 2014 schedule

EVO 2014 is this weekend. We had a lovely time covering it last year, though it doesn't look like we'll have a get together watch party this time around. That's okay. There are three different streams to watch home and a...

Steven Hansen

5:45 PM on 07.03.2014

Miyamoto wanted Pac-Man in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Pac-Man being in the new Super Smash Bros. is pretty wild, but apparently it's been a long time coming. In his column in Weekly Famitsu, series creator Masahiro Sakurai explained that Miyamoto wanted the world's mos...

Steven Hansen



Buff Pikachu, emaciated Sonic: WWE x Smash Bros. is terrifying photo
Buff Pikachu, emaciated Sonic: WWE x Smash Bros. is terrifying
by Steven Hansen

Wii Fit Trainer fits right in, though, as a human and not some monstrous approximation of such.

I feel like character customization quickly became the best part of wrestling games when it was introduced. Probably because the games themselves weren't always that great, but they allowed you to go wild. Maybe that was a bad idea, taken to this horrible extreme.  

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10:45 AM on 07.01.2014

Little Mac's pink sweatsuit will be in Super Smash Bros.

When people think of Little Mac, they generally think of one of two things: punching and that radical pink sweatsuit he wears in the training scene of the original Punch-Out!! In a Miiverse post (embedded below), Super Smash ...

Darren Nakamura

5:30 PM on 06.24.2014

Link brings back his Skyward Sword style for Super Smash Bros.

My favorite Super Smash Bros. alternate costume to date is Wireframe Little Mac, but here's something for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword fans. Director Masahiro Sakurai hopped on Miiverse to share this image of Link's out...

Jordan Devore



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