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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will let you use the 3DS as a controller

Posted on September 12, 2014 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News, Wii U

Update: An image from the English version has surfaced (see below). There’s the reconfirmation of exchanging custom fighters, but no hints of any additional functionality.


A very interesting tidbit has come to light regarding the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. Based on a menu shot found in the 3DS title, it appears that you’ll be able to use Nintendo’s handheld as a controller in the upcoming game for Wii U.

That’s not the only connectivity between the two versions of Smash Bros. Nintendo previously confirmed that you’ll be able to exchange customized fighters.

Also, while we don’t want to make too much of this yet, the way the image above discusses using the 3DS as a controller and exchanging custom fighters leaves room for even more features. The grammar structure suggests something like “among other things”.


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  • Richard Blanco

    Now I have more than enough controllers for Smash!

  • LazerTurkey

    I’m not going to lie, that is totally awesome.

    The only problem is the 3DS has less buttons than the Wii U’s gamepad. I wonder how it will work.

    • Deathbringer2206

      (just a guess here haven’t played the demo yet)
      A = normal attack
      B = special attack
      Y/X = jump
      R = dodge
      L = grab
      taunt = D-Pad
      makes sense really, this is how it was on the wii classic controller and lets not forget they’ll let you customise the controls like in the other smash bros games.

  • Operative

    Well, those poor 3DS players will be at a severe disadvantage when going up against people with actual sticks and reliable triggers.

    • Akhaten

      not really, i intentionally play against my friends using a wiimote in brawl and i let them use gc controllers (to even it out since i have been playing smash a lot since melee, they all started with brawl but have played a lot too) i nearly always win so i could see myself using the 3ds and letting them use the gamepad/pro

    • kthanxyousuck

      Actually. This has nothing to do with 3DS players. You’re referring to Wii U players who would for some reason use their 3DS.

      • Operative

        Not necessarily. What about 3DS only players who visit someone with a Wii U and don’t have any extra controllers?

        • Rich N✓gga Agiri

          Assuming they’re skilled enough, they shouldn’t have an issue playing on the 3DS since it’s what they’re most familiar with.

  • Taedirk

    “Among other things” – Amiibo support via the New 3DS models at least.

  • Who the hell wants to use the 3DS as a controller when you have so many good controller options?

    • Someone who has friends over and happens to not have enough controllers for everyone. Someone who spends the entire time between the two versions’ releases playing and becoming acclimated with the 3DS controls and don’t want to have to adapt again. Someone who just plain feels more comfortable with the 3DS than the other controller options. There’s lots of potential reasons why someone would use the 3DS. The optimal way to play is up to the individual after all.

      Sure, this feature is probably not going to be necessary for most people, but I think it’s a nice touch to include.

      • Well, for casual players, I don’t think there is a problem at all.

        But for hardcore players, I don’t see the use for the 3DS as a controller on the home console. Specially with the GameCube controller as an option.

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Platform: 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release date: October 3rd 2014 (3DS), Nov. 21, 2014 (Wii U)
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