The Super Smash Bros series is a fighting game made by Nintendo with a mix of their own characters and since the Wii version, characters from other game series. It would seem that Nintendo are keen to keep the sales going, and at Nintendo Direct, their own press event, they were keen to reveal the newest roster of characters for their game.
The initial roster was boosted by the likes of Roy, a character who has previously appeared within the series, Mewtwo and even Ryu from the street fighter series. The latest characters to be introduced to the series include Cloud Strife, the protagonist from the Final Fantasy series. Famous for his giant broad sword and lion emblem, Cloud won’t be joining the series alone.
Cloud will be joined by both Corrin, an armour clad warrior with a flaming serrated blade and a selection of dragon inspired moves and powers. Check out the video below if you want to see Corrin take on the “champions of smash”.
As if this wasn’t enough, Bayonetta is also joining the fight. With pistols strapped to her legs and the ability to summon demon’s limbs to smash her opponents off the screen,check out the video below to see just why you should avoid her in a fight.
E-mails from last year’s Sony Pictures hack have revealed that the studio has been actively pursuing the film rights to Nintendo’s mass beat ‘em up franchise, Super Smash Bros.. The discovery of these e-mails follows the entire contents of the hack being published on Wikileaks earlier this week.
Former Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal – who lost her job in the wake of the leak, after she was seen to criticise movies with black casts – received e-mails in February 2014 that named Super Smash Bros. as a potentially lucrative franchise, and linked producer Avi Arad – responsible for the vast majority of Sony’s Marvel Comics adaptations – to a potential rights grab, with Arad “planning to meet with his Nintendo guy (who he has been courting for a couple of years) when he goes to Japan.”
A later February e-mail between Arad and Pascal referred to the “five year chase” of trying to acquire the rights to every character featured in the game series, from Mario to Zelda to Donkey Kong. Arad referred to his Japan trip again, saying, I am going to try and bring back a little plumber […] I guess we can all use our pipes cleaned.” He then pitched the idea of a Pokemon movie to Pascal, saying that it was “the other property I am working on with Nintendo.”
For those of you who thought Nintendo stopped making profits, prepare to be amazed. Wii U’s mega hit, Super Smash Bros, is making a lot of buzz in the United States with a sales figure of 1.5 million. The rate is based on worldwide sales of the Wii U, but given that the console has around 9.2 million units sold worldwide, Nintendo’s title is able to get a decent attachment rate.
Even Amiibo has had its fair share of success, even if Nintendo gambled a bit with the figurine. It is said that Amiibo sold 3.5 million figurines throughout the United States, making the company a huge profit. This is why Nintendo is now keen on launching another wave of figurines, including the Mario and Mario Party 10 cast.
After a shaky first year, the growth of Nintendo’s Wii U – in the wake of impressive sales of Mario Kart 8, which doubled sales of the console – continues with the success of Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, which has sold over 490,000 copies in just three days since its release, making it the fastest-selling Wii U game in the console’s short history.
Nintendo hope that another rise in console sales – like with Mario Kart 8 – is set to follow Super Smash Bros.’ strong showing. But Nintendo have another potential cash cow ace up their sleeve, that they hope will benefit from proximity to Super Smash Bros., called Amiibo. Amiibo are a series of character figures – such as Link from the Zelda games, or Fox from the eponymous Star Fox series – similar to the Skylander figurines, that can connect to Wii U or 3DS via NFC. They are compatible with Super Smash Bros. and offers players stats boosts and unlockable content.