Originally Published on the Official Blast Away the Game Review Facebook Page
Written by Dustin Murphy
Have you been rumbling on your 3DS with Super Smash Bros? If so you could easily be one of those players who have helped the game surpass it’s 2.8 million copies sold globally, which has also brought out the first-ever portable title of a series that has grabbed the attention of both critics and the fans. With it having sold so strong, Nintendo has its initial sales set for Nintendo for a strong and promising season this holiday season. Now that can be even more promising as the Wii U finds itself preparing to come out right around the holiday season sales window.
As of this week, Nintendo has also unveiled their plans for the Wii U version as well as the interactive amiibo figurines will be launching side by side on November 21st for North America. Super Smash Bros will be going for a suggested retail price of 59.99 USD, which puts the game in the same price range as many of the currently releasing prices, so prepare those wallets, but also prepare to spend a tad bit of money as the amiibo figures are to sell for a suggested retail price of 12.99 USD each, which puts twelve of them out at launch. Within the following days a round of six more will also be heading your way to allow for more interactive characters to enter your nintendo titles through your Nintendo 3DS as well as your Wii U this holiday season!
“Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is already in the hands of more than 2.8 million people worldwide, and the road ahead looks great,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Nintendo’s holiday software lineup is more than impressive, and our amiibo figures start a new chapter in the world of Nintendo interactive entertainment. With so many great experiences available, this holiday season is going to be an amazing time to be a Nintendo fan.”
So who are these mysterious launch figures? Lets take a peak at the ones who are announced to interact with many of the released and previously released Nintendo titles that will be compatible titles? Donkey Kong, Fox, Kirby, Link, Mario, Marth, Peach, Pikachu, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Samus, and Yoshi will be debuting as the first official amiibo figures that will be finding themselves heading out on November 21st. Shortly to follow them in December will be some of the iconic characters many of you possibly can’t wait to load into Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, and many other upcoming titles: Captain Falcon, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit, and Zelda.
So exactly how do this figurines work? Unlike previously released titles such as Skylanders and Disney Infinity; amiibo figures will interact wireless through the Nintendo Wii U Gamepad by tapping the figurines to the handheld itself. This will also sync the figures to the Wii U, which will offer them to every compatible game out there; this will require no future equipment as previously stated. A few games that will also be compatible with the figures will include Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World. Mario Kart 8 will also be compatible with them to allow for more drivers in order to enjoy the game even more.
Think that’s all? There will also be a bundle releasing for the Wii U, which will register at 99.99 USD and will include the Nintendo GameCube Controller, Adapter, and a copy of Super Smash Bros for Wii U! For those of you who want to wait can obtain the WaveBird controller for Wii U for 29.99 USD, an adapter will run for 19.99 USD while a unique GameCube controller that is marked by Super Smash Bros. will launch at at 29.99 USD.
Nintendo has also announced that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which smashed its way as a fan favourite at E3 2014 back in June, will launch on December 5th for 39.99 USD. This title will allow players to enjoy his adventure as an explorer while he goes through haunted houses, escaping volcanos, or simply running through very Mario-esque terrains. This title will also be one to support the amiibo figures sometime in 2015, and will be quite exciting to see them within.
To also celebrate the launch of Super Smash Bros. Nintendo is holding the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS National Open Tournament in New York on the 11th of October (this month for those interested). The tournament will feature 16 players who smashed their way through local tournaments around the country this past weekend. So what does that mean? They are some of the best of the best and look to show that they are this weekend at 6 p.m. ET and will be there for you to watch on both Nintendo’s Twitch and Youtube channels. That’s not all though; players will get to use their customized character, which will set up a very important role in this tournament. Some characters may focus on defense, others speed, while others focus on pure brute force or a hybrid of the two sources while taking a penalty to another. So where can you watch this tournament? Over on their Twitch Channel (http://www.twitch.tv/nintendo) or their YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/Nintendo)
Please stay tuned for our upcoming reviews for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
About the Writer:
Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, MMO’s, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable and can’t be softened by even the biggest names in the gaming industry. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. To follow Dustin, hit him up on Twitter over at@GamingAnomaly, find him on his Google+. Wanna game with him? You can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.