Nintendo announces new characters, launch windows, online functionality and a new play mode.

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New details for Nintendo's upcoming Super Smash Bros. video games for the Wii U and 3DS have come to light.

According to series creator Masahiro Sakurai, the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is planned for release this summer, with the Wii U version expected to come out near the end of the year. Both games will be available in at traditional retailers and as a digital download via the Nintendo eShop.

Furthermore, Greninja, a Pokémon from the Pokémon X/Y games, has been announced as a new playable character. That brings the current roster to 29 playable fighters, which include Yoshi (Super Mario World), Zero Suit Samus (Metroid: Other M), Charizard (Pokémon Red), Sheik (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) and series-standard characters such as Mario and Donkey Kong.

"New Super Smash Bros. games are a major event for video game fans everywhere, and present an experience that only Nintendo can offer," Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt said. "Fans have two launches to look forward to this year, and they will want to get in plenty of practice with the Nintendo 3DS version so that they can be prepared for the launch of the Wii U game later in the year."

With the new Super Smash Bros. games comes a new play mode exclusively for the 3DS version. Called "Smash Run", four players have five minutes to enter a dungeon and explore the surroundings, fight enemies and obtain power-ups to enhance their fighters. Once the five minutes are up, all four fighters enter a battle arena using their newly equipped items and power-ups. Enemies encountered in the Smash Run mode are from a wide range of game series. It should be noted that multiple Nintendo 3DS systems and games are required for multiplayer modes.

Furthermore, online play will be supported on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game. This means that gamers can play online multiplayer game matches with other players on the same platform.

New stages, items and trophies were also unveiled.

While the cast of playable characters is the same in both versions of the new games, the stages where the battles take place are vastly different and depend on which system a player chooses. The Wii U stages are primarily based on past home console games, while the Nintendo 3DS stages draw from hand-held games for inspiration. Also, boss characters (such as the Yellow Devil in Dr. Wily's Base) will make appearances in some stages. When bosses appear, fighters will have to battle the boss, as well as one another. The boss can even be used in strategic ways to damage other fighters.

New items within the games include Master Balls, which are special Poké Balls that contain Legendary Pokémon like Arceus and Xerneas.

There is no current ESRB rating information for Super Smash Bros. on either platform.

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