Super Smash Bros 4 Release Date: Latest Reveals From This Week Show Off Redesigned Revival Platforms, Ike's Eruption Attack, 3DS Botton Screen & More

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated May 31, 2014 01:23 PM EDT
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The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS details have been consistently coming from Nintendo ahead of the release of both versions. The game will be out this summer on 3DS and this winter on Wii U, but it seems we'll have to wait until E3 this June for a specific release date.

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What we do get for now is Nintendo's daily updates on the game's official website, which mostly consists of daily pictures with captions. The last significant info drop came from a Nintendo Direct video a while back (you can watch it below), which revealed several new characters and details.

Nintendo does not update the site on the weekends, however, making it a good time to look back at what has been announced this week--especially if you missed it the first time around.

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The week started off with the first of several features from the past game that have been tweaked or redesigned, with series director Masahiro Sakurai showing us that the revival platforms now have a visual timer showing how long until you must rejoin the fray after respawning.

Next we saw a new item from Pilot Wings, the jet pack called the Rocket Belt that can give characters limited flight abilities--useful for those who have a hard time when knocked off the stage. Another new visual cue is being added to the game in the form of steam emitted by players who are highly damaged. The damage percentage does accomplish this fine, but this feature adds some drama when a player is likely doomed.

We also got a look at an attack for recently revealed character Ike called Eruption, an ability that was present in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Eruption charges up to deal a lot of damage, but it hurts Ike as well if you let it charge all the way--but there's a visual cue that tells you when to let go.

The last update from the week was a first look at the 3DS's bottom screen during Super Smash Bros., which displays character names, pictures, and damage amounts. You can tap a character to highlight them on the combat screen above, as seen in this image. That was all theSuper Smash Bros. information we were given this week, but keeping checking back for more details and, hopefully, a surprise release date announcement.

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