E3 last week offered an explosion of new details for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS, with the reveals of new characters, new modes and a release date keeping fans beyond excited. Throughout the madness, series director Masahiro Sakurai has kept on going with his daily “pic of the day” feature on Miiverse, so here’s a round-up of the most important screenshots and information that may have slipped under the radar.
Mii Swordfighter attacks
If you caught the announcement of Miis becoming playable fighters, you will have heard that they are categorised into three different types: Brawler, Gunner, and Swordfighter. The Swordfighter’s combat style is self-explanatory, but it turns out that this type has more weapons at its disposal than just a blade.
“Here are some weapons the Mii Swordfighter can use: Shurikens of Light, Chakrams, and Gale Strikes. You can control the direction the Chakram is thrown, or even make it stall in midair. The Chakram is also the only one of these tied to the side special move, so you can use one of the other items consecutively with this one.”
Eggrobos are a recurring enemy in the Sonic series, which are now setting foot into Nintendo’s all-star brawler. You can see them in trophy form below, but the real news comes from Sakurai’s caption. You’ll now be able to defeat them with Link’s sword or Zelda’s magic in Smash Run mode.
“Here’s Dr. Eggman’s machine, Eggrobo. It’ll appear as a guest character in Smash Run and attack you with laser beams.”
Sakurai also teased a new mode for the 3DS version of the game called Trophy Rush. The name of the mode combined with the fact that he mentioned Brawl‘s Coin Launcher makes it safe to assume that this will be a mode designed for collecting the game’s many trophies.
The screenshots appears to indicate that you smash boxes, and string them together for a “chain”. It’s not yet confirmed whether or not this will also appear on the Wii U instalment.
“Here’s a new mini-game that’s quite a bit different from Coin Launcher in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It’s called Trophy Rush! The details…will be kept secret for now.”
Pac-Man’s Bonus Fruit attack
“Pac-Man’s standard special move, Bonus Fruit. As you charge this move, the bonuses will change, and all of them have different characteristics and movement patterns when thrown. The bonuses cycle in the same order as in the original game, and the charge-up period doubles once you cycle beyond the orange.”