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Super Smash Bros 4 Release Date News: Wii U Version Will Feature Mii Characters [REPORT]

By iDigitalTimes Staff Reporter on June 5, 2013 11:57 PM EDT 0

Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date news time. As you know by now, Super Smash Bros 4 is being unveiled at E3. It will be our first taste of the latest iteration of the smash fighting hit. We've already covered characters who definitely won't come back (sorry, Ike -- you still have no chance), so today let's talk about the one new character who is nearly a sure thing (a lot more likely than Tom Nook): Mii.

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Get ready for Mii to show up on the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date, if not at E3. (Image: Nintendo of America)
Get ready for Mii to show up on the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date, if not at E3. (Image: Nintendo of America)

That's right: Mii is the closest thing to a sure bet for a new character available on the Super Smash Bros Wii U and Super Smash Bros 3DS release date; we'll probably even have this confirmed during E3. I know it sounds outlandish. But it really isn't. I believe Mii will join the Smash Bros 4 roster for three reasons: Nintendo needs a major new series character. Mii has already featured prominently in two Wii U games. And Nintendo has doubled down on the social elements Mii represents.

First, Nintendo needs a new major addition for the Super Smash Bros Wii U release date, to help with marketing if nothing else (Nintendo expects and needs Smash to be a major Wii U system seller). And there's no one else. Nintendo did not launch any major new first party series during the Wii era. Except the Wii series itself, most notably Wii Sports. Oh, by the way, Wii Sports is the single best selling video game ever, according to VGChartz (well... if we count each version of Call of Duty separately). Leveraging that massive success by adding a customizable Mii could, in Nintendo's eyes, bring some of those mass market gamers back into the fold -- and potentially get them attached to some other Nintendo characters too.

Mii characters were playable in Nintendo Land, Super Mario Bros. U, Mario Kart 7, and throughout the basic Wii U & 3DS interface. We are almost definitely going to see them on the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date as well. (Image: Nintendo of America)
Mii characters were playable in Nintendo Land, Super Mario Bros. U, Mario Kart 7, and throughout the basic Wii U & 3DS interface. We are almost definitely going to see them on the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date as well. (Image: Nintendo of America)

Second, it would hardly be a divergence for us to see Mii on the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date. That's because Nintendo has done this before. The two key first party launch titles for Wii U, Nintendo Land and Super Mario Bros U, both feature Mii. In Nintendo Land, the Wii U Deluxe pack-in title, you can only play as Mii characters, although they often dress up as other Nintendo characters. And New Super Mario Bros. U lets Mii characters take the role of no illustrious a personage than Mario. If Nintendo is willing to let Mii into as sacrosanct a role as Mario platforming, the odds of Mii getting into Super Smash Bros. 4 are pretty darn high.

Third, Nintendo has increased their commitment to social gaming, which has Mii as its face. Mii exists on both Wii U and 3DS, and is used extensively in both (Mario Kart 7 for 3DS had a Mii racer too). StreetPass Mii Plaza and Swapnote both feature Mii characters heavily. Above all else, Miiverse and WaraWara Plaza on Wii U make use of Mii. To the extent that Wii U has had a breakout feature at all, it's Miiverse (and hey, it's why Nintendo is finally bringing EarthBound to the North American Virtual Console). And WaraWara Plaza, the opening screen of Wii U, presents players with dozens of Mii characters as soon as they start up the system.

So Mii characters have gotten more and more prominent over the last year or two, and it seems extremely likely that a Mii character will join the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date roster (and probably Mario Kart 8 as well). The real question, then, is how Mii would play. Would all Mii characters have the same moveset, based on the games they have appeared in? Would the moveset come exclusively from Nintendo Land and Wii Sports/Sports Resort? Would their moveset be customizable outside of battle to make it feel even more like your own character?

Even in the realm of speculation, I won't try to figure that out about the Super Smash Bros. Wii U release date. I'm positive of one thing, though: if Mii joins Smash Bros Wii U & 3DS, Mr. Sakurai will find a way to make it work.

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