Thank goodness. Well, that was the longest week ever; being unable to escape people on the internet talk about and give their impressions on the biggest game of the year, while I sat here and waited. After launching in the United States last week, European Nintendo fans have been waiting feverishly for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U to arrive in their territory, and at last, it releases today!

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is fantastic, but if the handheld title is the preliminary round, then the Wii U version is the big event. I’ve been using my 3DS to sharpen my skills as Little Mac at every opportunity in frenzied anticipation for the console version, and I’m looking forward to destroying fellow fans on the big screen — whether that be local friends or online players. The US needed that week-long head-start to get some training in before I got involved, if you ask me.

Not only do we now have Smash, today also sees the debut of Nintendo’s new NFC figure range, Amiibo. Already, the Link Amiibo is compatible with three of the Wii U’s top games: Smash Bros., Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8. With two more “waves” of the toys to come and many more Amiibo-compatible titles planned, this is just the beginning.

Speaking of Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart, how does Nintendo expect me to play those recent DLC packs as well as Smash in one weekend? Looks like those Nintendo naysayers who criticise the Wii U for its “lack of games” will be keeping quiet for a while.

Or, you know: we could settle it in Smash.

  • Mark

    I like how most of this post turned into shameless promotion of your Smash skills Reece. Hee hee. 😉

    • Reece Heather

      It’s only fair to warn Smash players in advance that Reece the Beast will soon be online 🙂

      • Amanda

        Just remember Reece, I have a medal!

    • Amanda

      Smash launched a week after the US release so we Americans can practice before going head to head with Reece the Beast.