Nintendo’s Masahiro Sakurai just finished a small E3 edition of the Nintendo Direct all about the new things that are coming to Super Smash Bros on Wii U and 3DS. There is so much that I find it hard to know where to begin. Well, the two biggest announcements during the stream were that Street Fighter’s Ryu and Fire Emblem’s Roy would be joining the ever-expanding roster of fighters. Today. That’s right, they’re live right now. To begin, Roy’s pretty much an updated version of his previous iteration in Melee.
Meanwhile, Ryu’s entire build is brand new and was shown off in depth. Sakurai stated that he is based off his Street Fighter 2 version, but carries certain moves from his later iterations such as Ryu’s Joudan Sokotou Geri or as fans call it “Ryu’s Donkey Kick” from Street Fighter 3, and his focus attack from Street Fighter 4. What stood out to me the most was that Sakurai mentioned that Ryu’s 6 button fighting style from Street Fighter had been mashed down into a two button system, but still allows you to choose between light, medium, and heavy attacks based on how long you hold the button. Ryu also will be the first Smash character to have two final smashes, one for the Metsu Hadoken and one of the Mestu Shoryuken. The last thing revealed about Ryu was that he will be shipping with his own stage, Suzuka Castle from Street Fighter 2 will be released with both an original and Omega mode in a bundle with the character starting today with a price tag of $5.99/£6.29 on both Wii U and 3DS. Roy is available for £4.49.
Nintendo announced that they will be releasing several new downloadable costumes for your Mii fighters including Akira, Jacky, Isabelle, Megaman.exe, Zero, Inklings, and Heihachi Mishima! Now your Mii can be sporting Tekken’s Big Bad Grandpa’s Amazing hair as you brawl your way across several new maps including Kirby Dreamland 64 and the Miiverse stage, along with at least 2 more maps that haven’t been fully announced yet. From what I’ve seen with the Kirby Dreamland announcement, each stage will start from $1.99/£1.79 a piece.
Sakurai also announced that a Youtube streaming app was coming to the Wii U version of the game so that you can finally save your match footage and not lose it after an update. Finally, the last announcement was that there are new Amiibos going to be released soon, including R.O.B, Duckhunt Dog, Mr.Game & Watch, and Falco. Ryu and Roy are also confirmed to have Amiibos in the works.
You can see all of today’s additions, as well as their individual pricing on the official Smash Bros website.