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.