For #3 we turn to what has arguably become one of the best selling games of 2014, a launch pad for the Amiibo and a celebration of all things Nintendo.
#3: Super Smash Bros
Super Smash Bros continues the series’ tradition of bringing in as many Nintendo elements as possible into one game. From characters, trophies, items, stages and even music, if you were at any point in the last 20 years a Nintendo fan, there will be something here for you.
The lineup of characters is both old and new with characters like Pac-Man and Duck Hunt joining the fray. What’s very impressive about Smash is how despite featuring one of the most simplistic control schemes for any fighting game, there is depth to how each character behaviors. From Captain Falcon’s long range and high speed, to the slow and powerhouse attacks of King Dedede. For competitive players, expect to spend a lot of time going through the character list learning how everyone plays.
It’s impossible to not find one character that you will enjoy playing as. Smash Bros for the Wii-U also has a lot of different ways to play including classic mode which features a difficulty slider like Kid Icarus, themed events, multiplayer and a lot more. And there are just as many rewards with the game’s treasure trove of trophies and new music to find which should put a smile on any classic gamers’ face.
And that ultimately is what makes the Smash Bros series so popular — That it is a celebration of all things Nintendo. There are only a few problems that I had with it, the new Smash Tour mode isn’t as good as the Smash Run mode on the 3DS and the classic mode isn’t a good substitute for the Subspace Emissary single player campaign.
While new features like 8 player matches and the Amiibo functionality balance things out. The Amiibos in particular have become a massive success for Nintendo and part of that has been their usage with Super Smash Bros, but we’ll save talking about them for another time.
Super Smash Bros since its release has become one of the best selling games of 2014 and one of the best for the Wii-U which needed more system sellers in its library. And thanks to online play, it’s now the perfect game for groups and solo players.
Up next we return to the Indie market with my #2 pick which took a depressing setting and made an engaging game out of it.