Super Smash Bros 4 Release Date News Nintendo 3DS Details: New Reveal Shows Heavily Damaged Characters Emit Smoke [SCREEN]

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated May 28, 2014 10:08 AM EDT

The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS details keep coming from Nintendo, ahead of the staggered releases of both versions while we wait for specific launch dates.

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We know the title will be out this summer on 3DS, and most likely this winter on Wii U, but it's seeming increasingly likely that we'll have to wait for this June's E3 for the exact release date.

What we will consistently see are daily updates from Nintendo on the game's official site. The last significant info drop came from a Nintendo Direct video, below, which revealed several new characters and details. While the daily posts don't give as many details as that video did, rest assured that series director Masahiro Sakurai will continue to post some form of content from the upcoming titles to appease fans.

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Like the redesigned respawn platforms and the team battle color outlines before it, today's update focuses on a small new feature that will give visual cues as to what's happening during battle. I'll let Sakurai explain:

"Pic of the day. Characters that have heavy damage slowly start to emit steam. When your opponent starts to get nice and smoky, give 'em a solid attack!"

The numbered percentage indicator already did a good job of letting you know how damaged your opponent was, so I don't think this is exactly a necessity, but it adds some more drama and excitement to the battle. Seeing your opponent steaming heavily and knowing it will only take another hit or two to send them flying should add something to the fights, so I doubt this change will disappoint anybody.

Keep checking back for more Super Smash Bros. news ahead of E3, which will hopefully include an early specific release date announcement.

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