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Masahiro Sakurai

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Here’s a special stage exclusive to the 3DS version, Balloon Fight!! The stage loops on the left and right sides so you can walk off one side and appear on the other.

Along with today’s screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following message on Miiverse:

For the first time in the Smash series, Beam Swords will feature graduated colors. The attack item on the left is the Fire Bar. This is a peculiar weapon that becomes shorter after each swing.

Along with today’s screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following message on Miiverse:

The 3DS version will have roughly the same types of Assist Trophies and Pokémon. Just roughly…

Along with today’s screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following screenshot on Miiverse:

Tac (on the left) steals your charged power. If you’ve charged up a lot, he might steal a ton of it. Chase after him quickly to get it back!!

Along with today’s screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following message on Miiverse:

Ready now? Together with me!

Along with today’s screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following message on Miiverse:

This is the final destination version of Gerudo Valley. No more surprise visits from Koume and Kotake, and the bridge is gone. There are no distractions and there’s nowhere to run. And the score that plays in the background is “Gerudo Valley.”

Along with today’s screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following message on Miiverse:

Here’s a very, very new fighter in the upcoming Smash games, Greninja. Greninja’s sophisticated moves are extremely fun to use once you get used to how it controls!

Along with today’s screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following message on Miiverse:

Your character starts a Smash Run as a relatively ordinary fighter. But before the game, you can outfit yourself with certain items that can help power you up early, which will give you a big advantage later on!! These items are much like the Powers you’d find in Kid Icarus: Uprising.

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Samus and Zero Suit Samus!! How will she match up with her new jet boots?

Nintendo announces new characters, launch windows, online functionality and new “Smash Run” mode

8th April, 2014 – A new Nintendo Direct video revealed numerous details about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. At the start of the video, series creator Masahiro Sakurai announced that the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is planned for this summer, with the Wii U version targeting winter 2014. Both games will be available in stores and on Nintendo eShop for their respective platform. Sakurai also detailed many of the stages and items in both versions, described the games’ online functionality, revealed a new mode exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version and announced fan-favourite Greninja, a Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games, as a new playable character.

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect. Today’s announcements included: