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Sakurai says glitches are the reason Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U have separate release dates

It is no secret that the upcoming Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U will be released at separate times this year: the 3DS version on October 3rd, and the Wii U version this holiday season. Many may be wondering why both games won't be released simultaneously, and luckily, Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai answered that question in his latest, semi-weekly column in Weekly Famitsu magazine.

According to Sakurai, the 3DS version of the game is currently in the debugging process -- a process in which a team of people test out the game in order to find any glitches for the programmers to fix. The Smash creator states that the debugging is done both in-house and overseas, and several hundred people are brought on to help check for bugs. From what Sakurai says, this process is incredibly grueling, and one of the main reasons both games are being released on different days.

"Debugging alone becomes a huge project. So much so that one of the biggest reasons for the separate release dates for the 3DS and Wii U versions was so that we could shift the debugging periods."

Pac-Man's Side+B can be used as air recovery move; move set and Meta Knight's Customizable Specials in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS detailed

This week's issue of Famitsu magazine has the in-depth details to Pac-Man's special moves in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS, and the good folks over at Kantopia have once again taken it upon themselves to translate all the juicy info for fans looking forward to the Nintendo party-slash-fighting game.

Between Famitsu's move list and the E3 character reveal trailer, it is now possible to piece together tricks and fight tactics for use with Pac-Man in the actual game.

For instance, Famitsu reveals that Pac-Man's Side+B special move allows him to travel in a straight line towards whichever direction you're currently holding the analog stick in -- similar to Pikachu's Quick Attack -- which means it can serve as an additional air recovery move, on top of Pac-Man's Up+B.

Other than Pac-Man's move list, this week's Famitsu also shed details on some of Meta Knight's customizable special moves, as well as on a few of the game's stages.

Zero Suit Samus shows some skin in her new Super Smash Bros. alternate costume, Assist Trophy makes players fight in the dark

New images of Super Smash Bros. have been released by Nintendo, including an alternate costume for Zero Suit Samus. While certain websites have already cried controversy with her Zero Suit, this latest outfit shows her battling it out in more casual wear.

Before people start making any calls, it should be noted that these costumes are not a new design for Samus. Both blue and red alternates are based on Metroid Fusion and Metroid Zero Mission respectively.

In other news, an Assist Trophy was also revealed to make combatants duke it out in the dark.

Below are the screenshots recently shared by Nintendo.

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First Attack tournament results, battle logs and stream archive featuring Justin Wong, PR Balrog, ChrisG, Mike Ross, Flocker, NuckleDu and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, the tournament First Attack is taking place in Cidra, Puerto Rico. Expected attendants include EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR Balrog, GG|NYChrisG, Twitch|Mike Ross, RG|Flocker, bTri|NuckleDu, MOR|Rico Suave, CEO|CJ Truth, Combofiend, BananaKen and more.

The event will feature competition in Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma and Project M.

You can find the live stream below.

Wild mechanic in new Super Smash Bros. gives extra stock or +1 to KO score, more screenshots

Masahiro Sakurai, creator of the Super Smash Bros. series, continues his Pic of the Day series -- a weekly event in which he uploads select screenshots of the upcoming Wii U and 3DS Smash titles. In a recent "Pic" Sakurai featured an image of a new item that can be used in-game: The Namco Special Flag.

According to the developer, this particular item has the ability to grant the user with an extra stock or +1 to their KO score, depending on which game mode you are playing. Below you will find what Sakurai wrote.

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Pic of the day. If you manage to raise this Special Flag for long enough, an additional KO count will be added to your score in a time match, or you'll get an extra stock for a stock match. When this appears on the stage, the fight for the flag becomes a fierce battle of tactics, which makes things pretty interesting.

From Sakurai's message, it seems that raising the flag fully may take a bit of time, making it so that the item can not be abused. We'll just have to wait for footage of it in action before we can make that judgement, however.

Buff Pikachu, Super-thin Sonic, Bowser the Ring Referee - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS fighters recreated in WWE Create-A-Wrestler mode

There's still a good two months to go before Super Smash Bros. for 3DS drops. The wait is even longer if you're looking forward to the Wii U version instead.

So what do you do if you can no longer stand the anticipation anymore? For YouTube user madagascarsan, he's decided to take matters into his own hands, and create his own version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS to tide him over until the game's actual release.

By taking advantage of the Create-A-Wrestler (CAW) mode in a WWE game.

Check out the images and video below.

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Crazy combo beats Bowser in 7 seconds, Super Wavedash used to perfection, and more: Incredible Super Smash Bros. Melee Samus TAS run

We were recently pointed in the direction of a stupendous Super Smash Bros. Melee TAS run that features the main Metroid heroine herself -- Samus.

This play-through fully completes Adventure Mode with Ms. Aran, and although this video was created late last year, it is still an absolute marvel to behold.

Using tool-assistance, the on-screen Samus is capable of performing incredibly advanced techniques and devastating attacks with precision. You'll immediately notice the top-notch use of Samus' Super Wavedash, a technique that allows her to zip across the stage by dropping one of her bombs and hitting left or right at the perfect time.

If you're a Smash Bros. fan, you'll definitely want to check this one out.

Limited edition Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL console bundle to be released in October

Nintendo of Europe announced this morning that a limited edition 3DS XL console bundle will hit stores on October 3. Coinciding with the release of Super Smash Bros. on 3DS, this special package includes a red and black, Smash-themed 3DS XL console and a pre-downloaded digital version of the upcoming game.

Currently, this awesome Smash Bros. bundle is only scheduled for a European release, and pricing information has not yet been divulged. Nintendo has not yet mentioned a North American release, but stateside Smash fans, including myself, will have our fingers crossed.

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What do you think of this Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL console? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo of Europe. Via IGN.

Meta Knight swoops back into battle in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

Back in 2006, when Super Smash Bros. Brawl received its first trailer, one of the most heavily showcased newcomers was none other than the anti-hero from the Kirby series, Meta Knight.

With the new game upcoming, though, Meta Knight has been nowhere to be seen during the massive pre-release hype, with pictures being uploaded daily (weekdays) on the official Super Smash Bros. site. Until now, that is.

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Today, the game's producer Masahiro Sakurai unveiled that Meta Knight flies right back into action, as many would expect. Don't underestimate him because of his size - his skill with a blade is peerless!

You can find more pictures after the jump.

Pre-orders for Super Smash Bros. Wii U Gamecube controller bundle now available

Back at E3 2014, Nintendo revealed that Super Smash Bros. Wii U would fully support the use of Gamecube controllers by way of an external adapter. During the expo, the company also announced that a special Smash Bros. bundle would be released this holiday season.

Well, Smash fans, rejoice; the Super Smash Bros. Gamecube controller bundle is now available for pre-order over on Amazon.

This particular package includes the Super Smash Bros. Wii U game, a special Gamecube-style controller decorated with the Smash Bros. logo, and an adapter that contains four separate controller ports. The bundle will run you $99.99 USD, and Amazon has a listed release date of December 31st, 2014, but that is very likely a placeholder.

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS, the upcoming title's handheld counterpart, will be officially released on October 3rd of this year. We can expect the Wii U version some time this Winter.

Source: Amazon. Mentioned by Paradonyx.

Nintendo has launched its Super Smash Bros. 3DS commercial in Japan

With the approaching release of the newest entry of Super Smash Bros. coming closer, Nintendo has started running a commercial in Japan for the game. This advertisement entirely focuses on only the 3DS version of the title.

Nintendo possibly felt the Wii U version's release was far enough off to justify an advertisement spot aimed specifically at 3DS consumers.

Check below to watch the Japanese commercial.

Smash 4: Palutena can reduce her weight to move faster, Rocket and Glider Jump; move sets for Rosalina & Luma, Little Mac, Wii Fit Trainer and Pit

The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine has a 4-page spread on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, and in it, Kid Icarus takes the spotlight as Famitsu details all 12 of Palutena's special moves (the regular version plus two additional variants per special move slot).

Pit's special moves in Smash 4 were also featured, but only details on the variants of one of his special move slots were available.

Between this latest issue of Famitsu magazine and the an older issue that provided the first details on Robin and Lucina's movesets, Famitsu has also went over the regular and customized special move sets for three other fighters: Rosalina & Luma, Little Mac, and Wii Fit Trainer.

And all of those juicy details have been translated and laid out neatly over the original magazine scans (which you can find below) by the Kantopia blog. Get a head start on your friends and competition by studying the characters' movesets through the images below.

Mario is stuck in the real world and late to the fight! Fan-made Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS trailer could easily pass as an official advert

A YouTube user by the name of Dean Wright recently generated a fan-made Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS trailer that just exudes creativity. Pitting a 3D model of Mario himself in real life, the world's most popular plumber rushes over to the Super Smash arena.

This trailer is so well done that it could easily fool anyone into thinking it's an official promotional video created by Nintendo.

Below are a few screenshots to get you started, but be sure to continue reading to check out the trailer.

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Nemo to face Filipino Champ in high-stakes UMvC3 exhibition at West Coast Warzone 4, event added as Capcom Pro Tour ranking event

West Coast Warzone returns with its fourth installment in the tournament series and with it will come some very nice surprises for the fighting game community.

First of all, BE|Nemo, one of Japan's best Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players, has been invited to compete at this year's West Coast Warzone. He has already accepted the invitation, and is set to go head-to-head with one of the US' best, Filipino Champ, in a high-stakes UMvC3 exhibition match.

The all-star bout will take place on finals day of the tournament (Sunday), and although the monetary details could not be shared at this time, this match-up may rival the classic MvC2 money match between GoldenBoyNeo and BT|Clockw0rk.

Rosalina bodies the competition, a battle in the animal kingdom, and Foxy boxing! Check out these awesome Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS screenshots

Tonight we have a fresh batch of Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS screenshots for you all to enjoy.

There are quite a few characters represented here, including Rosalina, Little Mac, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Wii Fit Trainer, Pit, and many more. Below are just a handful of the images, but be sure to check out more after the jump.

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