If you’ve been looking for an excuse to throw a party, this is it: According to today’s Nintendo Direct, Super Smash Bros. Wii U will feature an 8-player Smash mode. Battling with eight players at once takes up quite a bit of space, so only certain stages are big enough to accommodate that many fighters. One of those arenas is the classic Hyrule Temple. Eight-player Smash is a special mode in the game that’s not supported online, so call up seven of your favorite (or least favorite) people and have a Smash-off!

You can watch the entire Nintendo Direct, narrated by the game’s incredibly entertaining announcer, below. Or if you want to head straight to the melee, 8-player Smash begins around the 2:15 mark.

  • Chad

    Alright Nintendo. Here’s my bank account information just withdraw the amount you want.

  • Dylan Hays

    Looking forward to 16 player smash in Sma8h

  • Anthony Moseley

    This would be so much better if it was online. Who in the heck has 8 Wiimotes lying around?

    *In his best Biff Tannen impersonation* Hello? Hello? Anyone home? Think Nintendo, think.

    • TheSammy58

      There are so many different controller options. User 3 Wiimotes, 1 3DS, 3 GameCube controllers, and the GamePad. Boom. 8 players.