Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS release window revealed, runs at 60fps on 3DS

During a Smash Bros. focused Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo revealed that the 3DS version is coming out this summer while Wii U fans will have to wait for the winter.

UPDATE: The presentation is over, but we got lots of new information on the Smash Bros. online modes for both 3DS and Wii U, and we learned about several new and returning characters (including newcomer Charizard).

During a Nintendo Direct presentation today, Nintendo revealed the release window for the highly anticipated fighter Super Smash Bros.

  • The 3DS version is due Summer 2014
  • The Wii U version is coming Winter 2014

No specific reason was given for the release date disparity, though it's probably safe to assume that the more graphically intensive Wii U version would require a slightly longer development period. While there will be some differences between the Wii U and 3DS of the game, the fighter roster will be the same.

Nintendo also confirmed that Smash Bros. would run at 60fps on 3DS, although some assist trophies would be brought down to 30fps.

We'll be following the Smash Bros.-focused presentation live and reporting on breaking stories as they occur, but you can also follow along live via the video above or over on the the official Nintendo site.

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PyreofKoL
PyreofKoL

Bah, the date disparity sucks. Still, I'll be playing the hell out of my 3DS copy til December. Oh, and Mario Kart 8.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Many people don't remember but it was Nintendo who made 60 fps famous. They made 60 fps gaming famous through the Nintendo 64 title F-Zero X. During development, Nintendo realized that a game as fast-paced as F-Zero was just not going to happen at 30 fps so they designed it for 60 fps. And ever since 60 fps has been some kind of gold standard.


If you go back to the N64 era you will realize that Nintendo has been through all the phases that Sony and Microsoft are just getting through. Nintendo used to be crazed about graphics, the first console to have a pixel shader and 64bit processor, complete overkill for its time. Rambus RAM that you could expand! Nintendo has seen it all and they know that graphics should HELP the gameplay not be the center of the game.


60 fps for Smash Bros makes sense.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

I'm noticing some hypocrisy with Nintendo fans believing that the 3DS version shouldn't exist because it'll "hold back the Wii U version" because first off, it won't since the 3DS carts have an 8GB capacity, to put into perspective, Super Mario 3D World doesn't even surpass 3GB and that's a Wii U title, most 3DS titles don't even exceed 2GB, so there's plenty of storage for Sakurai/Bandai-Namco to work with. 


Also, I distinctly remember Nintendo fans crying foul whenever others would say "Oh there shouldn't be a Wii U version of (said game) because then it'll hold back the PS4/XBoxOne versions." digging up a bunch of reasons why such a statement is false or methods developers can do to work around it and now it's happening with the 3DS and Wii U and you guys are doing exactly what you were criticizing others for doing. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Saying it runs at 60 fps on the 3DS is like saying it runs at 120 fps on the Game Boy Color - not exactly the point.


The question is how many FPS it will run at during online multiplayer, since that's the only reason the 3DS version exists for.  And given Nintendo's online track record predictions are not good.

el_marto2003
el_marto2003

I'd rather for the Wii U version before I get the 3ds one. Until then, it's going to be a long stretch of mario kart grinding

prime_l
prime_l

This game makes me wonder if I should get a Wii U. Thankfully, I have a 3DS.

crazyj_007123
crazyj_007123

so excited for smash bros!!  finally smash bros for the 3ds! now boring work days wont be so boring :p

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

People say the the wii U is bad because it is the cool kid thing to say. They feel threatened by it. Nintendo pushes inovation and stands on moral ground when it comes to not craming loads of DLC and Microtransactions in their games(even though they easily could in smash,pokemon,or mario kart.EASILY)They make AMAZING games that don't need help from that garbage.

(Look at cod ghosts,that game is doing awful and is being loaded with the most DLC in a COD game to date)

Nintendo is doing everything I could ever want them to do,and as a gamer and a fan of Nintendo I couldnt be happier.

Nintendos not dead.. but Sony and M$ are about to wish they were.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Nintendo tries reall hard to not sell more WiiUs

19James89
19James89

So us Wii U fans have to wait an extra few months because? Seriously Nintendo, you really have turned into one hell of a shite company.

Rostal
Rostal

Watch it release in the 10 day window of winter 2014 part 2.

It may be a pipe dream, but a q4 release of the Wii-U version seems like a sound tactic to boost console sales for Christmas.

Dare I say, a possible game changer.
Though I was positive the Wii-U version would come out first.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

This shouldn't surprise anyone. The 3ds is the safe money for Nintendo and given the amount of games that are coming out on the wii u and the fact sony and microsoft are going into high gear with their new systems Nintendo needs something on the wii U to at least compete during the holiday season.

Arachnofunk
Arachnofunk

It's okay to wait until winter for the Wii U version, that way i don't have to spend on both versions the same day. 

nurnberg
nurnberg

Winter 2014?!?!  WTF?  Winter 2014 is over.  This is seriously misleading.  I thought they were talking about winter 2015.

tomservo51
tomservo51

LOL, now even 3DS 'news' details FPS.

noandno
noandno

It's official. WiiU >>>> Xbone Huge Piece of Sh**

SuplexKirby
SuplexKirby

Looks like I'll be getting the 3DSversion  first which I had no plans sadly.

Poodger
Poodger

That kind of stinks. I have (and continue to) view the 3DS version as Smash Bros Lite. I feel like the 3DS version will steal a bit of the thunder from the main version.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Thanatos2k  

Considering that pretty much every 3DS title that supports online is smooth, I would say Nintendo has a pretty good track record so far.

TheJamin
TheJamin

@arrow2thekneeXD  If they dropped the 1990's portable television gamepad and reduced the price of the console and the games i'd buy it. 


but they haven't and they won't.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@arrow2thekneeXD  I'm sorry but when they have a game line up as shabby as the Wii U has and its only advantage of having a nice looking screen on the controller is utilised as a gimmick at best, it isn't really threatening anyone. 

More like lying down in its own grave and paying people to throw soil in.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@19James89  

Because amazing games take time to develop? Have we forgotten this common piece of knowledge? 


From how I see it, Nintendo will most likely use the 3DS version to stem more excitement for the Wii U version. 

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

@nurnberg  You're an idiot man. They obviously mean sometime around December. You must have no brain.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

Why is everyone obsessed with the Xbox so much? Do you want one that bad?

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

@noandno  lol poor WiiU fanboys. So little joy becuase of their last-gen system with no games.

Poodger
Poodger

@SuplexKirby I still won't be, which sucks because that means I won't have the extreme joy of unlocking secret characters myself and discovering on my own all those surprises these games usually pack in.

xhawk27
xhawk27

@nhall00195  


You do know that Xbox One is more powerful than the Wii-U, right? Enjoy the 36% more powerful Bore4. 


19James89
19James89

@abHS4L88 Amazing games do take time to develop, but that's not the reason Nintendo is pushing the Wii U version to the Winter is it? 

It's to make consumer double-dip and purchase both versions and it also enables Nintendo to bundle Smash Bros with the Wii U for the ideal Christmas present to boost sales. 

Also Nintendo's Wii U is engulfed in yet another year of game droughts, so gotta spread those limited releases...

dani3po
dani3po

@RiKanKiDD @nurnberg  No, In fact, he is right. There are only ten days of winter in 2014 (from 21 to 31 December), and I doubt that Nitendo will release the game three days before Christmas Eve. So either refer to winter 2015, or the game will be released in fall.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@AyatollaofRnR@noandno No games my ass, I have at least 26 games on the Wii U excluding Digital Indies.  X1 barely has anything worth spending $500 for. I can play the definitive version of Titanfall on my PC

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@YearoftheSnake5

So true, I had always intended on buying both versions, and having both spread out will give me time to really enjoy the 3DS version while waiting for the Wii U version. 

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

@19James89 @abHS4L88  

That's an assumption. Nobody is making the consumer buy anything. Some people will buy both anyway, regardless of the release date(I'm one of those). Don't be so cynical.