Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS is great so long as you own a 3DS XL, and 2.8 million gamers are already on board, but the fact is that the handheld version feels a little like a stopgap before the Wii U edition arrives. Boasting crisp visuals and the legendary single-screen play we crave from the franchise, along with Amiibo figurines and GameCube controller compatibility via a new adaptor, we've been clamouring for this long-awaited brawler ever since the Wii U launched.
Nintendo has finally confirmed that it's out on December 5th here in Europe, available solus or in a bundle with the GameCube controller adapter. They'll even be manufacturing a new run of wired GameCube controllers to go with it!
Here's a picture of that SSB-branded Gamecube controller:
And the adaptor...
... and the Amiibo figurines.
Interestingly, this first wave of NFC-enabled figurines will launch a week prior to the game itself, even though the 3DS doesn't natively support near-field communications. Next year's "New 3DS" model will, though.
So there you have it, as far as press-released information goes, but a more interesting question remains.
Will you be buying it?
We want to hear from Wii U owners such as ourselves who bought the console years ago, alongside those who have remained sat on the fence, sustained by happy memories of Melee and Project M. Has Super Smash Bros been on your wishlist for months? Will it finally tip you over the edge into a Wii U purchase? If not, what will? And what about Amiibo?
Let us know in the comments, unless you're accessing the site on Google Chrome (sorry for the bug - we can't do anything about it!), in which case you can tweet at us @Dealspwn. I'll be taking a closer look at Nintendo's performance, releases and key decisions throughout the year soon -- and personally speaking, this could be absolutely huge for them. Christmas is looking slightly lacklustre in terms of local multiplayer funtimes beyond LBP 3, and even big exciting AAA games (that aren't on Xbox One), so Super Smash Bros could well find itself in the clear here and generating some much-needed revenue for Nintendo's lovely yet still underperforming console.