Nintendo Direct Roundup: Charizard and Greninja added to the roster, new online modes, and more!

In a Nintendo Direct presentation today, Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai divulged some juicy tidbits regarding the upcoming Super Smash Bros.: New characters, online modes, and even release windows were announced for both the Wii U and 3DS versions.

Hightlights will be given after the jump.

Characters:

In a move away from previous titles, character transformations have been removed from the game. Rather than allowing Zelda or Samus to shift into alter-egos Sheik and Zero Suit Samus after fulfilling certain conditions, Sakurai announced that they will instead be added to the roster as stand-alone characters.

The return of series regular Yoshi is also confirmed.

The Pokemon roster of fighters has not only grown, but been enhanced. Not only have Greninja and Charizard been added to the character roster, but players will now be able to Megaevolve.

Several characters, such as Captain Olimar and Pit, have been rebalanced and given moveset overhauls for this new installment.

New Mode: Smash Run

Smash Run is a new mode developed specifically for the 3DS version of the game, in which 2-4 players dash through a dungeon-esque stage filled to the brim with randomized enemies in search of power-ups to buff up their characters’ stats, from melee strength to jumping. After five minutes, the players, with their boosted abilities, engage in a normal Smash match to determine the final victor.

Online Play:

Online play has been changed considerably from that in Smash Bros. Brawl.

First, say goodbye to anonymous matches. All players will sign in and be recognized by their Nintendo ID, and are thus expected to uphold a positive, friendly playing environment. Much like in Miiverse, players will be able to be reported for misconduct, however reporting a player baselessly will also have negative consequences.

Secondly, playing with friends will be a different affair than playing without them. When playing with friends, anything goes, however if the player wants to play online without friends, they may choose between one of two modes:

For Fun mode: An online mode that chooses a random stage (all but Final Destination and its variants), where all items are available for use. Losses are not recorded in this mode; only the player’s wins are noted in their For Fun statistics.

For Glory Mode: Unlike For Fun Mode, the only stage available is Final Destination. Luckily, all stages in this installment have a Final Destination variant in which the stage hazards are removed, and the playing field is a flat surface. Also unlike For Fun Mode, players are not allowed to use items, and One-on-One matchups are allowed. Both the player’s wins and losses will be recorded in their For Glory statistics.

Release Dates:

The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is expected to hit store shelves this summer, while the Wii U version won’t arrive until Winter.

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