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Take off your armor and go top tier! Zero Suit Samus breakdown covers kill moves, combos, neutral game, and more for Super Smash Bros. 3DS

For some more traditional fighting game players, making the adjustment over to the newest iteration of Smash has been taxing. If you're one of those people, and you're picking up Zero Suit Samus, worry no more.

Smash and Grab has released an excellent video detailing the character's best pokes, combos, and at what percentage to start thinking about kill moves. Even better, the instructional should only take about three minutes out of your day, so you can whip out your 3DS and start collecting those bounties.

Check out the video below to learn the ins and outs of one of the game's more highly ranked fighters.

High-level Mii Brawler, Charizard, Villager, Little Mac and Diddy Kong play from Osaka's 'Sumabato' Smash 4 Battle Road tournament

This past Saturday, on October 25, the SHI-Gaming group of streamers and tournament organizers held another Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS offline tourney, this time in the Suminodo neighbourhood in Japan's Osaka prefecture.

A total of 177 participants showed up for this first-to-2, 2-stock double-elimination tournament, which was christened the 0th Smash 4 Battle Road tourney as this was the first time the SHI-G group had done the event in Osaka. This was meant as a test run for future tournaments.

Nevertheless, many of Osaka's strongest Super Smash Bros. 3DS players signed up for this test run, and as a result we're getting to see some very interesting high-level matches featuring characters like Charizard and Mii Brawler -- customizable moves and Mii Fighter characters were allowed in this tournament.

Mario's F.L.U.D.D. is good for edge-guarding, but better for stage recovery - Super Smash Bros. 3DS highlights video

Like Mega Man's Leaf Shield, Mario's F.L.U.D.D. seemed like one of the most useless moves for Nintendo's portly plumber -- it doesn't do any damage, and serves only to push your opponents further away from the stage. You have other moves for that purpose (aerial attacks, the cape, etc), and they actually deal damage.

But that's only because we were using it wrong. As Brawl Karter demonstrates in this Mario Smash 4 highlights video, when used in conjunction with the cape, Mario's F.L.U.D.D. special move can be fairly effective at preventing your opponent from making a stage recovery.

Where the move truly shines, however, is when Mario is knocked pretty far away from the stage. Some of you may have realized this already (I had not), but in such situations, unleashing the F.L.U.D.D.'s water pumps can actually propel Mario towards the center of the stage far better than any of his other moves could.

All of that Mario tech, and more (spike setups, funny moments) can be seen in this highlights video embedded below.

Four giant pills send R.O.B. to his doom, and who knew cape could K.O.? Dr. Mario has some sick combos in SSB 3DS

VGBC|GimR is beginning a new Super Smash Bros. 4 combo showcase series that is set to push the boundaries of the game's combo system.

We are happy to present to you the first episode in this series, featuring everyone's favorite MD, Dr. Mario in Super Smash Bros. 3DS.

GimR performs a series of combos starting off with a few basic sequences that everyone can pick up with ease, and transitions into more complex chains. There is even a portion of this video that utilizes some of the custom special moves Dr. Mario has available in the game.

Just wait until you see the giant pill that acts much like Dhalsim's Ultra 1 in Ultra Street Fighter 4. Oh, I forgot to mention: he doesn't just land one of those, but actually links together 4 in a row and ends with Mario's spinning attack to finish off poor, defenseless R.O.B.

Check out VGBootCamp's fresh Super Smash Bros. 3DS combo video below.

Nintendo issues v1.0.3 patch for Super Smash Bros. 3DS, contains balance changes 'for a more pleasant gaming experience'

Nintendo has released a new Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS update patch today, downloadable for free on the 3DS's e-Shop.

The new patch, which upgrades the game to Ver. 1.0.3, hides the percentage chart in Conquest Mode for a Conquest that's currently on-going, and also makes some adjustments to the game to balance it and make for a more pleasant gaming experience.

The details of those adjustments were not officially announced. But since the patch hit earlier today, the Smash Bros. community have been hard at work trying to unearth what those balance changes might be, if any, and here are some of the minute changes they have found thus far.

Bowser Jr. and Mr. Game and Watch show us their moves for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Wii U in these newly released action stills

Only a little over three weeks until we can finally get our hands on Super Smash Bros. Wii U.

The graphics in this new game continue to impress... unless you're Mr. Game and Watch... but he's a man of many talents and impresses us in other ways like with his cooking skills, deep sea diving abilities or his power to morph into a giant octopus and kill you.

Bravo Game and Watch, we eagerly await your arrival. In the meantime we'll have to settle for these stills. There are more, like the giant octopus one, after the jump.

Mega Man's Leaf Shield is one of the cheapest moves in Super Smash Bros. 3DS; these videos show you why

This is something that I'm sure anyone who's spent even a modicum amount of time learning to play Mega Man in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS would have thought: his Leaf Shield special move has got to be one of the most useless moves in the game.

Leaf Shield not only does a ridiculously low amount of damage (although to be fair, most of Mega Man's moves do not do a whole lot of damage, unless you manage to land one of these combos), but when you have it activated, you actually lose access to most of Mega Man's move set. How is that helpful?

When the game was out, some Mega Man players have found that activating Leaf Shield before going for a grab gives you a tad bit more damage when you've successfully landed the grapple -- about 22% damage on average. But that was about as much use as anyone could muster for the longest time.

Until now, that is. As it turns out, we've got it all wrong. When used for edge-guarding, Leaf Shield can easily be one of the cheapest attacks in the entire game, as the two videos below show. In the second video, witness as a Mega Man player beats his opponent with a clean 2-0 score by mostly using only Leaf Shield and grab -- that's how godlike the move is.

8-player Smash Bros. gameplay - controller configurations, gameplay settings and more

If you're like most people, you were fairly jazzed when you heard about the 8-player option for the new Smash Bros. game on Wii U, but you probably wondered how it'd work.

The answers are not too far removed from what you'd assume, but here's the rundown.

• Only Time and Stocks rules can be used in 8-player mode.
• Team battles support up to 4 teams.

The following controller configurations can be used.
• Wii U GamePad (max 1)
• Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus (max 7)
• Wii U Pro Controller (max 7)
• Nintendo GameCube controller (max 8)
• Nintendo 3DS system (max 8, must have 3DS version of game)

It's worth noting that each GameCube controller adapter takes two USB slots, so if you hook two adapters in — it will take all four of the Wii U's USB slots.

After the break, you'll find 8-player gameplay footage and a nifty video preview from Polygon which explores some of the newly announced features.

Nintendo releases Super Smash Bros. Wii U's opening cinematic

With Super Smash Bros. Wii U hitting stores in a little under a month, Nintendo continues to share clips and information about the upcoming title.

Today, the company has released the opening cinematic for the Wii U version. This is the video that you can expect to see whenever you boot up the game.

You can check it out after the jump.

Mewtwo revealed as playable for owners of both Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS, will be added as free DLC in Spring 2015

It has been officially announced that Mewtwo is set to appear as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS.

He will be given out to those who own both copies of the game, and can be obtained by way of free download.


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Mewtwo will drop in Spring of 2015.

Super Smash Wii U will support 5, 6, and even 8 player battles; Ridley to appear in Metroid themed stage, participates in match

During the Nintendo Direct broadcast, it was announced that Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U will feature the option to play matches with more than four players, a series first.

The broadcast showed 5 and 6 characters battling on screen simultaneously.

Additionally, a new mode is set to appear in the console version that will allow up to 8 players competing at once. This will be a special mode, and can not be played online.

To compensate for the increased number of players, Nintendo has revealed that there will also be selectable stages that are much larger than the standard back-drops.

Updated: Nintendo Direct - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 50-fact extravaganza archive

Updated: A YouTube upload of the stream archive has been added to this story.

Earlier:A special edition of the Nintendo Direct stream is taking place today that will focus mainly on Super Smash Bros. Wii U.

If you're looking to get new information on the upcoming Smash title, Nintendo promises that this broadcast will reveal 50 facts about the console version of the game.

You can catch the live stream below, and the show will begin shortly.

A single use of Jigglypuff's Rollout, alone, can cause shield break in Super Smash Bros. 3DS; seeing is believing [Video]

We've known ever since the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS demo came out that attacks in this game do a lot of shield degradation when blocked. In a lot of situations two attacks may even be enough to cause a shield break.

But can a single attack actually do enough shield degradation to cause shield break? As it turns out, yes -- Jigglypuff's Rollout can.

Although normally Rollout stops Jigglypuff in his tracks after the move lands a hit on the opponent, if blocked, it may be possible to cause multiple hits to happen in quick succession -- leading to a shield break -- as you'll see in this video below.

We're not entirely sure what's happening, or how it's performed; the Japanese Smash player who posted this video did not share his tech.

Can you figure it out?

Zero breaks down his own match vs. Diddy Kong - tips on how to deal with banana/side+B mix-ups in Super Smash Bros. 3DS

Diddy Kong has been winning quite a few Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS lately. Most recently, Gonzalo 'CT|ZeRo' Barrios found himself having to square off against Firehouse's Diddy Kong in the winners' finals of a Chile Super Smash Bros. 3DS tournament that he entered, which had over 100 entrants including some of the top players in Smash.

After the tournament, CT|ZeRo has very kindly put together a match analysis video of the set between himself and Firehouse Diddy Kong. If you've been wondering about how to deal with Diddy Kong's traps -- like his banana or side+B mix-up -- then you definitely want to check out this match analysis to gleam some tips on the match-up.

Mega Man's got combos: Offset the Super Fighting Robot's low damage output with these nifty tricks in Super Smash Bros. 3DS

Mega Man was one of the first characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS that I really enjoyed playing with. Out of the five characters playable in the Smash 4 demo that was put out prior to the game's release, Capcom's super fighting robot had been my go-to guy for combating mighty CPU Lv. 9s.

I especially loved the way his pellet attacks worked as an action-starter of some sort, similar to Ryu's fireballs in Street Fighter, and I used it mainly to force the CPU opponents to block so that I could go for a grab into a combo.

But then the game came out. And I realized how incredibly low Mega Man's damage output was. I switched to playing a different character (Link) soon afterwards.

But YouTube user Dezmu didn't give up on Mega Man. Together with Kuroudo and MDSmashVids, they've found some great tech for the Capcom guest character, that you can use to do a decent chunk of damage. My personal favorite: when used as an item the Metal Blade can be used to cancel your dash approach, allowing you to combo into Mega Man's up A for that meaty uppercut.

Don't give up, Mega Man fans! Watch this video, hold out hope, and maybe one day Capcom will see the light! keep on fighting for everlasting peace!


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