A lot of things happened for Super Smash Bros over the last day, including the Super Smash Bros invitational. We’ll go through the details with you below, but right out the gate, the 3DS version has been delayed for debugging to October 7.
Smash was the 1st topic of the Nintendo Digital Event. Nintendo revealed that you will be able use Mii avatars as players in the game, with a host of customization options. Nintendo also unveiled Amiibos, their line of NFC figures, and how they will be used for Smash. At the end of the Digital event, they revealed Palutena as a playable character.
A few hours later, Nintendo held the Super Smash Bros Invitational in held of a packed audience in the Nokia theater. 16 competitive Smash players showed off their skills and Smash, and they also held short matches between members of the gaming press and some celebrities, including surprise guest Zelda Williams. In the end, CT/Zero, using Zero Suit Samus, came out on top as winner of the Invitational.
Shortly after, Masahiro Sakurai held a no-photos, no-video presser where he revealed more details about Smash’s development. He explained that not only Miis, but all characters will have 2 variations of their four special moves, giving them 12 options for special moves overall. These variations will not be usable when playing in ‘with everyone’ mode, but will be in ‘with friends’ mode.
Other possible customizations including speed, equipment, etc. These customizations will be transferrable between the 3DS and Wii U version. Sakurai told fans to wait until the Wii U version’s release to find out how this would play out, but I’ll wager it’ll be done via Amiibos.
Sakurai also dropped an interesting tidbit, explaining that they decided on the roster very early on. In fact, they worked on Greninja separately from Game Freak while Game Freak was making Pokemon X and Y. They handpicked Greninja when deciding they had an extra slot for a Pokemon, and got an explanation on what the new Pokemon was like from Game Freak, for Sakurai to then work on separately. So, if you’re wondering why Greninja uses completely different moves between the two games, this is the reason.
Finally, Sakurai unveiled Pac-Man as a new playable character for Smash. Pac-man usually appears in his classic (non-cartoon) humanoid form with arms and legs (but no teeth!). His moveset has been expanded to reference other Namco games, and he can switch to his classic pizza pie form as well.
You can watch the Pac-Man trailer and the full Smash Invitational below.