Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is ranked in the 100th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 68 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

92

Top Critic Average

100%

Critics Recommend

Based on 68 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Examiner
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 21, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is an excellent fighting game and the best Smash Bros. game. With smooth online play, crisp graphics, diverse roster of characters, and imaginative stages, this game is the reason people play games. It's fun for the entire family but is challenging enough to push you to achieve greater heights. Play it. Love it.

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Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Nov 23, 2014

Chaotic fun, or an intense, technical game, Smash Brows. is a fighting game like no other.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 25, 2014

[I]t's a confirmation of what Smash Bros. has been all along: a raucous, reverent celebration of Nintendo games and the people who play them. And the best part is everyone's invited.

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Nintendojo
A-
A-
Nov 30, 2014

This game needs to be in every Wii U owner's collection. The replay value, from playing to collecting and unlocking everything, is almost endless. And it's going to be pretty hard to not want to play this game endlessly. This is a title that players will keep coming back to for years to come.

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GameXplain
Loved
Loved
Nov 19, 2014
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TechnoBuffalo
Buy
Buy
Nov 19, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has instantly become my go-to game for couch multiplayer, and it's an absolute must-buy for Wii U owners.

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Washington Post
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 16, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U holds these two opposite impulses — the creative and destructive — together for a few moments. While it's impossible for that union to endure, there is some magic in seeing the worlds overlap for a few moments, swollen to the point of bursting, with the kind of make-believe that one forgets about in adult life but never really outgrows.

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Scored Reviews

GamingTrend
100 / 100
100 / 100
Nov 21, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U exemplifies the best the console —heck, Nintendo itself- has to offer. The overall experience has a trim and polish that is exceptional even by Nintendo's standards, and while there are a few nitpicks that longtime fans of the series might find, it's hard to argue against this being the best game in the series to date. There's never been a better reason to invite a room full of people over to your house.

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Fintendo
Jan 31, 2017

"Glorious return to form."

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Impulsegamer
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Dec 7, 2014

Ask me what the best experience is on the Wii U and I would tell you Smash Bros. in a heartbeat. After a long winter of Nintendo titles that didn't quite hit the high note that people expected, Smash Bros. makes up for any shortcomings Nintendo has had in recent years. You don't even have to be a fan of fighting games to love Super Smash Bros. because it's a genre of its own. Its Nintendo's finest hour and I'll still be enjoying this game long after %100 completion.

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Arcade Sushi
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2014

As a seasoned veteran of the series from the very beginning, believe me when I tell you that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the pinnacle of Smash.

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Rectify Gaming
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2015

When all is said and done, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is a fantastic entry into the series. The amount of content in the game is truly incredible and Mr. Sakurai and the teams at Sora Ltd. and Capcom have put a ton of work into the title. When the title was first mentioned at E3 2011, fans were ecstatic to finally be getting some new Smash, and the long wait up until 2014 was a hard time for many Nintendo fans.

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GamingBolt
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the perfect game.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Nov 24, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U lives up to and exceeds expectations in nearly every way. Expect to put dozens of hours into this truly exceptional multiplayer brawler.

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Digital Spy
Nov 26, 2014

It's not just an exercise in fan service - it's an example of what happens when a company that really cares about putting out a truly great product does just that. Kudos, Nintendo.

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Toronto Sun
Nov 19, 2014

In a holiday season rife with games that are riddled by bugs and glitches of all sorts, it's beyond refreshing to know that I can sit down and repeatedly wail on Mario or pummel Samus into submission to my heart's content in lag-free glory. Smashing truly never felt so good.

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Game Revolution
Nov 18, 2014

Smash is fun. That's one of the most boring words to use in a video game review, I know, but I can't sum it up any other way. Nintendo's developers made it an obvious objective and they've unequivocally hit the motherload. You'll feel like you did too, so make sure you're tossing opponents off-stage to explore it all.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Dec 3, 2014

Amiibo aside, Super Smash Bros. is a triumph of good design, a generous approach to content, and making smart refinements to an already stellar franchise in order to keep fans interested. It is also much, much better than the 3DS version of the game, and caps off a stellar end to the year for the Wii U that included Bayonetta 2 and Hyrule Warriors. There's no better time to buy into the console.

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The Escapist
Dec 7, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U delivers hour after hour of fun fighting game play, even if you hate fighting games.

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GamesBeat
98 / 100
98 / 100
Nov 18, 2014

When I'm playing Smash Bros. with my friends, nothing can be better. We scream, we argue, we laugh, and we never want to stop. The Wii U version is a fantastic addition to the series. The new modes are great, but the excellent mechanics and huge, varied roster make it potentially the best entry in the franchise yet.

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Game Informer
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2014

Eight-player matches, loads of challenges, and the best stage designs yet make this a no-brainer for anyone who likes to have fun

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IGN
9.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9.8 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is an amazing game with a deep roster and diverse modes to choose from.

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Digital Chumps
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2014

It's 2001 all over again. Some thirteen years after Melee's release, Nintendo has finally formulated an experience which compares appreciably to the masterpiece that we all love (and many of us still play). Whether for fun or for glory, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the follow-up Smash fans have been anticipating since.

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Gaming Nexus
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2014

Super Smash Bros for Wii U fixes everything disappointing about its predecessor and is a phenomenal game in its own right. While I miss the Subspace Emissary story mode and the Amiibo feel a little underused, the rest of the game is exploding with content and the core mechanics are near-perfect. Get this game at the earliest opportunity and gather your friends—Smash Bros on Wii U is now the undisputed king of party games.

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GameGrin
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2014

Super Smash Bros. Wii U is a celebration, a party for gamers where they can enjoy beating the crap out of their friends all in good fun. It's a nostalgia-fuelled trip that will likely keep players busy for months, and even if you unlock everything the game has to offer you'll come back for the Smash Battles. It's a game that belongs in every Wii U owners library and indeed the big screen.

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Polygon
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2014

Pound for pound, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has been the most fun I've had playing video games in 2014, and a well-polished crown jewel in the Wii U's library. I've spent dozens of hours Smashing roomfuls of friends into oblivion, grinding through events and hunting down unlockables — and, happily, I feel like I'm just getting started.

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TechRaptor
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2014

When it all comes down to it, Super Smash Bros for Wii U is a well put together game. It knows what it wants to be - and what it sets out to accomplish, it does so in spades! The gameplay is solid, smooth, and enjoyable - and the entire product has been polished to an absolute shine! Don't let the name fool you; as this game has a personality all of its own!

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The Jimquisition
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2014

It's packed with diverse content, can be tailored to suit anybody's needs, and most important of all – it's a ridiculous amount of bloody fun!

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2014

If any game in the "Super Smash Bros." series has ever been the go-to game to play with your group of friends, this new Wii U version will replace it. A new "Super Smash Bros." game is the only suitable successor to a previous "Super Smash Bros." The king is dead, long live the King.

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U delivers all of the rock-solid mechanics that the 3DS version gave us, with the joy of playing on a big screen with friends and a heap of worthwhile modes. It certainly doesn't negate the greatness of the 3DS edition, but for those who have a bunch of friends anxious to Smash and can only get one, this is the version to get.

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COGconnected
95 / 100
95 / 100
Nov 20, 2014

I love the character roster, the newly added stages, and the fantastic soundtrack, making this installment my new favourite.

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EGM
9.5 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U offers the most modes, fighters, and stages in the history of the franchise, with a surprisingly high level of polish across the board. Whether you prefer multiplayer or toughing it out against CPU fighters, you'll find hours of excellent fun throwing down with your favorite Nintendo characters.

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DualShockers
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is, without a shadow of a doubt, my favorite title of the holiday season.

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GameCrate
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U lives up to its promise by delivering stellar gameplay, superb production value, and endless multiplayer opportunities. It is a must-have for those who own a Wii U, and a great incentive for those who don't yet have one to do so.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4.75 / 5.0
4.75 / 5.0
Nov 19, 2014

Overall, though, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U is an excellent addition to the series. It's solid when played by your lonesome but really shines when played against other people whether it be online or on your couch. Personally, I recommend gathering up as many people as you can and squeezing them in your living room for the best Smash experience. Just be warned that they might not want to leave so get ready to kick them out.

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Critical Hit
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U is a no-brainer. If you own the console, there really is no reason for not owning the title already. There is enough content, fun, and joy to keep players busy for perpetuity.

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Cheat Code Central
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Nov 18, 2014

As I mentioned earlier, I am not a fighting game expert, but I know what I like. I also know the enjoyment I had playing this with friends and the enjoyment I saw when my kids played. In the end Super Smash Bros. is a great game. It is a game meant to be played by every one who has ever wanted to fight Mario versus Peach, and then some. But it is also more about the players who love just smashing the buttons to make their character do cool things, and that's alright too. If you want a fighting game that is easy to get into and even easier to enjoy Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the only fighting game you need to have.

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New Game Network
91 / 100
91 / 100
Dec 6, 2014

If you're looking for a reason to buy a Wii U, Super Smash Bros is your best bet. It's the most polished and fun Smash Bros. game I've played. For someone who loves video games like I do, seeing all these characters, as well as the extra trophies and the amazing soundtrack, I have just as much fun perusing the little extra details as fighting itself. With so much content, I'll be playing for years to come.

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GameZone
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2014

The stages might be hit or miss, but Nintendo proves once again that pitting its various mascots and characters against each other is still the best way to spend your way around a crowded TV.

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games(TM)
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 22, 2014

The best Super Smash Bros. game yet.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2014

It's got silky smooth gameplay, tons of single-player features, cool new custom moves and equipment, and is extremely well-polished all over.

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Telegraph
Dec 3, 2014

Nintendo's hyperactive brawler is an absolute riot, whether you are in it for fun or for glory.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 19, 2014

There was little doubt Nintendo would deliver its absolute best with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, but somehow the Japanese company has managed to blow past the expectations for a title of this magnitude.

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Dealspwn
Dec 1, 2014

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U brings brilliant brawling back to the big screen. Though Smash Tour and the lack of a true story mode are disappointing, the exceptional character roster, great stage design, handsome visuals, addictive extra modes and timeless fun factor make for a guaranteed good time. Just add mates, whether online or on the couch.

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PCMag
Nov 19, 2014

The fourth home-console version of Super Smash Bros. adds more characters and modes to the Nintendo brawling experience. It's an excellent game, even with some unbalanced and unpolished elements.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2014

Smash is yet another reason to own Nintendo's machine, and anyone looking for a fun romp would be wise to pick it up, along with some Gamecube controllers for maximum enjoyment.

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Game Rant
Nov 21, 2014

The definitive installment of the fan-favorite fighting franchise has established itself on the Nintendo's latest home console in the form of the appropriately titled 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U'.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 23, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is among the best fighting games ever made.

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GamesRadar+
Nov 23, 2014

Same great Smash Bros. gameplay, amazing new presentation on the Wii U. Whether you're looking for technical depth or enjoyable chaos, you'll find it here.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 29, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is an exceptional product of Nintendo's devotion to getting things right - an enjoyable, addictive format for the veteran player, and one with plenty of bite for the newcomer. It's a bright, bustling multiplayer fest that deserves a place in any Wii U library. The fight is on; it's time to settle it in Smash!

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 23, 2014

The search for the perfect offline mode continues, but even without it this is the best Smash Bros. so far and one of the best fighting games of all-time.

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Digital Trends
Nov 20, 2014

The action's the same as Smash 3DS, but the Smash Wii U package itself is unexpectedly different in ways both big and small.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 18, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is an expertly crafted, deep fighter that is a pure joy to play no matter your skill level.

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USgamer
Nov 19, 2014

As a tribute to all things Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. can hardly be topped. The attention to detail afforded to its characters is matched only by the comprehensive nature of its soundtrack and stage selection. On top of that, the Wii U brings with it a huge amount of single-player and multiplayer content, putting it a notch above its similarly strong handheld counterpart. Running through Classic Mode and the like to unlock characters can be the tiniest bit tedious, and the Amiibos don't stand out as a particularly worthy addition, but there's otherwise very little to complain about in this excellent high-definition update of Nintendo's much-loved mash-up.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 20, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is out now and it's a full-blown celebration of all that is Nintendo.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2014

The Super Smash Bros franchise captures Nintendo's videogame history beautifully and its arrival in HD means that you can now enjoy it in finer detail.

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Slant Magazine
Jan 21, 2015

There's only two questions that matter: "Do you love Nintendo?" and "Do you enjoy hitting things 'til they go flying off into the stratosphere?"

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Wccftech
8.8 / 10.0
Wccftech

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the best title in the franchise and inevitably will have players fighting the incredible and nostalgia-fueled cast from Nintendo's franchise lore.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2014

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U gives the franchise one hell of a technical facelift, plays like dream, and is sure to suck up dozens if not hundreds of hours of your life through endlessly addictive gameplay.

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GameTrailers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2014

As it stands, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is special game, and one of the best multiplayer experiences available on any system.

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GBAtemp
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2014

This game is definitely what the Wii U needs for a huge boost, and the popularity of smash probably is going to give it atleast some of that much-needed boost. It polishes everything the 3DS version lacks in, though gets rid of the underwhelming Smash Run game mode for the, sadly, even more underwhelming Smash Tour game mode. It presents itself really well through amazing graphics and music, but also through fluid, fast gameplay, but the lack of an adventure mode really makes this game lacks something. that said, go out and buy this game if you have a Wii U right now!

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2014

The Nintendo 64's wires hung in the air. 'It's going in the garbage!' my Dad bellowed, grip loosening on the newly bought console

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Gamestyle
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 8, 2015

A great celebration of Nintendo's history in one, super fun fighting game.

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Eurogamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 27, 2014

The result is almost certainly the definitive version of Smash. Not all of it works, but plenty does, leaving us with a fine solo game and a wonderfully, wilfully chaotic multiplayer brawler. Smash is still too unrefined to be the choice of the Nintendo connoisseur, perhaps, but as long as you don't take it too seriously, it is riotously good fun.

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Giant Bomb
Nov 20, 2014

Nintendo's all-stars assemble once again, resulting in one of the best reasons to own a Wii U (and eight GameCube controllers).

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Kill Screen
80 / 100
80 / 100
Nov 20, 2014

Super Smash Bros. finds more tricks to play on Wii U

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We Got This Covered
Nov 19, 2014

With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Nintendo and BANDAI NAMCO have created another tour de force mascot fighter.

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Daily Dot
Nov 22, 2014

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is a bit of a flawed masterpiece. The core fighting game is the best it has ever been, expertly balancing approachability for newcomers and intricate depth for hardcore fans. If the core Smash Bros. experience is all you are after, then the Wii U's iteration is a no-brainer.

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