It looks like Wednesday's Nintendo Direct presentation won't have been the last time we hear about "Super Smash Bros. 4" before the first screenshots are released at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.
It's been an announcement packed week for Nintendo, after the company finally confirmed two upcoming "Legend of Zelda" releases, "Mario Kart 8" and eight other games during the latest Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday. Of course, the biggest head-turner was likely confirmation that, more than five years after Nintendo released "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" for the Wii, the company plans to release images from the next "Super Smash Bros." at E3 2013.
Many will be happy to know that early 1UP reports weren't wrong either; Nintendo also confirmed that "Super Smash Bros." is currently being developed for both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. While it's unclear if one will be a port of the other, the confirmation does also lend a certain amount of credibility to other 1UP reports which claimed the game would be called "Super Smash Bros. Universe" and that there will be some form of connectivity between the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions.
Shortly after company president Satoru Iwata announced that both new versions of "Super Smash Bros." would be appearing at E3 2013, game director Masahiro Sakurai hopped on Twitter to give a little more information about both games' public debut.
"Wii U and 3DS versions -- I would like to show you both." said Sakurai, according to a rough translation by IGN. "Other games have had visuals shown, but you still have to wait for Smash Bros. But we'll be able to release something better."
What could possibly be better than screenshots which offer visual confirmation of Wii U and 3DS entries for the greatest franchise mash-up to ever grace a Nintendo console?
Many are speculating that Nintendo could be planning to show off full trailers for the 3DS and Wii U iterations of "Super Smash Bros.", though neither Nintendo or Sakurai have offered any further comment on the game's E3 debut at this time. We're hoping the company surprises attendees with a "Super Smash Bros." release date announcement, but the chances seem slim after Iwata denied just such an announcement during Nintendo Direct.
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What are your thoughts on the future of the "Super Smash Bros." franchise? Any characters you really want to see added or pulled from the roster when "Super Smash Bros." debuts on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS? Think you know what the mysterious "something better" might be?
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