Super Smash Bros Wii U Features: The Top 5 Exclusive Additions To The Upcoming Console Version

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Nov 12, 2014 05:45 PM EST

The 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros share a lot in common, but the console version has some upgrades and features not offered by the handheld edition.

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In addition to the superior graphics, larger screen, and controller support, these exclusive Wii U features will make the console version very appealing. Here are the best of the game's additions:

1. Custom Stage Creator

Even if you don't plan on making elaborate competitive stages, this is surely a feature everyone will be pleased to see included. Whether you want to make a real level to battle on consistently or just experiment with layouts and designs, a full-blown stage editor (you can use the gamepad's touch screen to draw the level, too) is a pretty great addition. As Sakurai demonstrated, you could even fight on top of giant Kirbys, and who wouldn't want that?

2. Eight Player Battles

Expanding well past the established limit of four people, the game will offer some stages that allow up to eight players to fight it out at once. These levels are large to accommodate the increased traffic, which is bound to be frantic and fun. Sure, maybe you won't have eight friends sitting around all the time ready to play, but it's a great option to have.

3. Smash Tour

This is a somewhat tentative inclusion, as the 3DS's Smash Run mode is a bit disappointing, but Smash Tour looks like it could be fun. Part Super Smash Bros, part Mario Party, Smash Tour allows players to traverse a game board and collect powerups than can be used in a final battle. It remains to be seen how long the board game portion lasts (full Mario Party-style length, or a few minutes like Smash Run?), but it sounds enjoyable.

4. Amiibo Figures

This will only apply to the segment of players who choose to venture down the path of collecting Nintendo's statues, but the Amiibo toys add another layer of depth to the Wii U version. You can integrate any compatible characters you have a statue of with the gamepad, and then upgrade the customized character through playing. You can level up and add equipment, resulting in different battles and rewards.

5. More Stages

Super Smash Bros for Wii U will offer more stages than any previous game in the series. The 3DS version has many playable levels, but the upcoming game will boast some even it does not include. We've already seen the Pilot Wings level, a Mario Kart 8 stage, and Yoshi's Wooly World--more are no doubt in store.

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