Super Smash Bros Wii U - Palutena's Temple

It’s no secret that the new stages in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. titles on Wii U and 3DS will be exclusive to either platform, based on other games in the appropriate console’s library–which is why today’s “pic of the day” has really thrown me. This screenshot is for the Wii U version of the game and shows a brand new stage, based on Palutena’s Temple from Kid Icarus: Uprising–a 3DS game. You see what’s not adding up here?

On Miiverse, series director Masahiro Sakurai says:

“You can find this statue of the Goddess of Light in one of the stages. She’s watching over the arena.”

Behind the statue is the Colisseum, from Uprising‘s first chapter. It’s true that the original Kid Icarus was released on a console, so perhaps that is Sakurai’s reasoning for including this stage on Wii U. But it’s hard not to be sceptical when this stage seems to be so specifically Uprising-centred.

Another possibility is that this is a tease for a future Wii U port of the game. There were rumours spreading across the internet early last year when Amazon France listed Uprising for Wii U. Well, that listing is still available for pre-order… Whatever the case may be, I’m not opposed to seeing a portion of Uprising in beautiful HD.

You know, perhaps those screenshots of Palutena as a playable fighter are indeed fake and this is just Sakurai getting his revenge and playing mind games with us. That would be so brilliant that I’d probably forgive him.

Source: Miiverse
  • NasiDe

    Or it could just be that the consoles have to be evened out. If the 3DS version gets a KI stage, then that would need to be evened out with a KI stage on the Wii U, no..?

  • Inferno Uprising

    I think that it is a possibility that it will come to the wii u. but i am not going to get my hopes up. I loved kid icarus uprising and its my favorite 3ds game, but in an interview about the game with sakurai after it came by IGN, he said that there were no plans for a sequel or prequel so I don’t think that is is going to happen

  • LittleGreen

    Please, KI for Wii U, Uprising was awesome

  • DekuLink

    C’mon guys. Pit is a playable character and each playable character has at least one stage related to them. So naturally Pit would have a KI stage for him, even though it’s a 3DS game. Sakurai said that MOST of the stages on the Wii U version would be from console games and MOST of the stages on the 3DS version would be from handheld games. This is an obvious exception.

    Also, the screenshots of Palutena were never proven to be fake, and it’s quite possible that they are very real. But it doesn’t mean she’s a playable character. She could be an assist trophy for all we know. We just don’t know yet.

    • Reece Heather

      Regarding what this stage is and why it is in this version of the game, I’ll return what you said: “we just don’t know yet”. I didn’t rule out that this is an exception, I just laid out every possibility I could think of. I didn’t state anything as fact any more than you did.

      As for the Palutena screenshots, see my other comment.

  • HomicidalBluePikmin

    It’s best not to say something like “Fake screenshots of Palutena…” when they haven’t in fact been proven fake yet. While they may not be real, you don’t know.

    I’m actually surprised. I’d expect something that unprofessional from ZeldaInformer, but I always held ZU in higher regard.

    I’ve already said my piece about the stages only being “mostly” exclusive to handheld/consoles, so I won’t go into that again.

    • True Davad

      Please don’t call them “that unprofessional” over a single viewed mistake that would be considered a minor honest mistake anyway. So what if it isn’t confirmed fake? That comment makes you look bad more than Reece. It makes you seem like a troll, hater, or something.

    • Reece Heather

      The last paragraph was a joke but clearly it fell flat with some people due to the way I worded it. That I have fixed.

      However, if you’re that sensitive about inaccuracies, I wouldn’t recommend going on most news publications. Or Wikipedia.

  • Jaidyn Reiman

    Do note that if they add characters exclusive to handhelds or consoles, they’re going to have to have a stage from a handheld or console on the opposite version of the game anyway. For example, if they later add Isaac, they’ll have to add stages from handhelds on one of the consoles as Isaac to date is exclusive to GBA/DS (with one appearance on console in Brawl).