Super Smash Bros 4 News: Pic Of The Day Shows Off K.O. Animation, Star Knockouts Not Used When Time Is Running Out [SCREEN]

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jul 18, 2014 10:02 AM EDT

The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS details will keep coming from Nintendo ahead of the staggered release of both versions, even after all the excitement from E3.

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The title will be out for 3DS on October 3, as Nintendo announced at the gaming conference, and this holiday season on Wii U. A specific release date for the console version will likely be forthcoming as winter approaches, but Nintendo has 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's post shows off the K.O. animation, which looks good and actually has a gameplay implication this time around. Here's Sakurai's description:

"Here's a Screen K.O. shot. There are also patterns where players will disappear into the sky for Star K.O.s, but as a match's time limit approaches, those K.O.s will not occur anymore."

Star K.O.s are the type where a character is seen fading into the background before disappearing with a glint of light and then respawing. These take an extra few seconds, and sometimes the game timer can run out before the star animation occurs--the knockout doesn't count until then.

This can rob players of a point even though they knocked out the opponent, so they've eliminated them in favor of only the close-up K.O.s when the clock is winding down. Keep checking back for more Super Smash Bros. news each day, where we'll hopefully see new character reveals or a Wii U release date.

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