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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS online modes detailed

Nintendo' Direct presentation today revealed lots of new information on online play for their upcoming 3DS and Wii U brawler.

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During today's Nintendo Direct, we learned a lot of new 3DS and Wii U Smash Bros. details, including how online play is going to work.

Like online matches for the Wii's Super Smash Bros. Brawl, you'll be able to play against anyone online, not just friends. However, Nintendo recommends using their LAN adapator on Wii U and a fast wireless access point on 3DS for the most ideal experience.

When playing against friends online or playing locally, anything goes. But when playing against non-friends online, you have two modes to choose from:

For Fun

  • Stage select is random (but won't include Final Destination)
  • All items
  • Smash battles online
  • Only wins are recorded

For Glory

  • All battles are on Final Destination
  • No items
  • 1-on-1 battles are possible
  • Bboth wins and losses are recorded

To keep things from getting boring in the For Glory mode, almost all stages will have a Final Destination form. They'll have the same flat uniformity, but at least there'll be something different to look at besides the vastness of space.

Online matches, unlike Brawl, will not be anonymous--your online account will be linked directly to your Nintendo Network ID. To that end, you can report players for bad behavior, and temporary bans may be instituted for the following:

  • Starting matches and not playing
  • Repeated purposeful self-destructs
  • Relentlessly targeting one character
  • Frequently dropping out of matches
  • Cheating
  • Baselessly reporting other players

Rather than a global ranking leaderboard, Smash Bros. will have a skill-based matchmaking system called the Global Smash Power. Details are hazy on how exactly your score will be calculated, but the bigger your number, the better you are. So, if your rank is 6,000, that means you're better than 6,000 other Smash players.

The 3DS version of the game will also feature an exlusive Smash Run mode. Inspired by Kirby's Air Ride, you'll explore a four-player dungeon collecting power-ups that increase your speed, attack, defense, etc. After five minutes exploring and grabbing power-ups, you'll jump into all-out battle.

Want more details on the game? We also learned about the game's new and returning characters. And Smash Bros. is coming out this summer for 3DS and this winter on Wii U.

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