'Super Smash Bros' For Wii U And 3DS News: Home-run Contest Revealed, Lady Palutena From 'Kid Icarus' Steps Up To Bat [SCREEN]

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jun 12, 2014 12:22 PM EDT
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The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS details will keep coming from Nintendo ahead of the staggered release of both versions, and even after the E3 excitement, today is no exception.

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The title will be out for 3DS on October 3, as Nintendo just announced, and this holiday season on Wii U. A specific release date for the console version will likely be forthcoming as winter approaches, but Nintendo have plenty of time to make that announcement.

Several new characters and other details were revealed at E3 as expected, including the unveiling of Lady Palutena, Pac-man, Mr. Game & Watch, and the Mii Fighters. Even after these major announcements, though, series director Masahiro Sakurai will continue to give us comparatively smaller details through the official site in the form of a daily picture update.

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Today he's revealed that the 3DS version of the title will offer the returning Home-run Contest mini-game mode. Here's his description:

"Pic of the day. The goddess is up to bat for the Home-run Contest, a returning mini-game on the 3DS version! It's been streamlined with added features here and there, like sturdier glass and doubled speed for long hits. You can also have fun comparing your rankings for this mini-game with your Global Smash Power."

The goddess he references is the newly revealed Lady Palutena, as you can see in the image above. The Home-run Contest is an entertaining distraction, challenging you to hit a sandbag further than you have before by doing damage to it before sending it flying. Keep checking back for more Smash Bros. news each day, and keep an eye out for new character reveals or a Wii U release date.

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