|Source: Smash Bros.|
Nintendo have today announced official UK and US release dates for their imminent third-person brawler video game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Wii U. Primed - as one would expect in light of its title - to launch exclusively on the publisher's latest home console, the spiritual successor to this month's Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will sport a number of gameplay modes that weren't featured in its immediate predecessor, meaning that the likes of Smash Run and StreetSmash won't make an appearance this time around.
Credit to the seemingly fledging company, they've demonstrated a fair amount of nerve once again by electing to launch the Wii U edition of the fourth full iteration of the Smash Bros. saga in by far the least crowded - and therefore, somewhat paradoxically, least commercially profitable - month of the latter quarter of the non-fiscal year. Will this admittedly risky approach pay dividends down the line? Perhaps - indeed, Super Mario 3D World didn't suffer too harshly from doing likewise last Winter - but we can't help but wonder whether Nintendo now inherently know that they're no longer shooting for as wide or as mainstream an audience as they once were with their first-party titles, hence why they're not as fussed - or indeed confident - about putting those products up against the Call of Dutys and Assassin's Creeds of the world at this particular moment. Time and the industry's consumers will tell, as ever, yet for now, the previously-quiet marketing campaign for this particular incarnation will need to ramp up considerably if the development team have any hope of matching the critical and commercial success enjoyed by both Melee and Brawl during the first decade of this industrially revolutionary century.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Wii U will explode onto Nintendo Wii U consoles via UK video games retailers on December 5th, with its US launch following swiftly on December 6th.