Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS sold like gangbusters over its launch weekend. Nintendo put a number to how well the portable fighting game sold and revealed pre-Black Friday release date for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and he accompanying amiibo figures.
The Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. performed solidly on the review front and currently has an overall Metacritic score of 85, out of 100. The sales performance was perhaps even more impressive with Nintendo reporting that the game sold more than 2.8 million units worldwide since its launch in North America and Europe on Friday, October 3 and its September 13 release in Japan.
That’s the kind of positive news that Nintendo would to build on so it went ahead and announced the release date for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as well. Upcoming retail sales flyers had suggested a November 21 launch date for North America and that has now been confirmed. The amiibo line of figures that interact with the game will be released at the same time.
Europe will receive Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on December 5. The amiibo figures will be available earlier though on November 28.
“Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is already in the hands of more than 2.8 million people worldwide, and the road ahead looks great,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Nintendo’s holiday software lineup is more than impressive, and our amiibo figures start a new chapter in the world of Nintendo interactive entertainment. With so many great experiences available, this holiday season is going to be an amazing time to be a Nintendo fan.”
The amiibo figures cost $12.99 each and allow players to progress their characters by playing them using the Near Field Communication (NFC) device built into the Wii U GamePad. It’s similar to the Skylanders and Disney Infinity franchises, but Nintendo will allow the figures to work with future Wii U releases such as Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Wooly World. Mario Kart 8 will also eventually be patched to support amiibo figures as well.
The first wave of figures includes Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth. A second wave will launch in December with Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit and Captain Falcon.
College football fans who are interested in Super Smash Bros. can check the game out over the next several weekends. Nintendo will be hosting a Tailgate Tour at select rivalry games for fans to go head-to-head in Super Smash Bros. for Wiii.
Have you picked up Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS? What do you think of it so far? Let us know in the comments below and also let us know if you plan on picking up the Wii U version and any amiibo figures.
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