Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS is set to bring the brawling to both portable and home consoles for Nintendo this holiday, and this week’s incoming batch of new screenshots also showed that a returning favorite game mode from previous titles will be making its way back with some new updates.
All-Star Mode, the game mode where players battle a number of opponents while faced with a limited number of healing items and no “continue” option, will be returning to the latest iteration of Super Smash Bros. on both the Wii U and 3DS with a few new updates.
Sakurai mentioned alongside new screenshots that All-Star Mode will be available from the very beginning, where as in previous titles the game mode had to be unlocked in order to play. While All-Star Mode will be available from the beginning of the game, Sakurai also noted that the game mode will be “incomplete” until the player has unlocked all of the other characters, meaning players will only play against the characters that they have unlocked so far.
In addition to these slight changes, another added twist to All-Star Mode is that instead of characters being fought against in a random order like previous titles, characters in the mode will be fought by the date of their first appearance, making the mode an added “Nintendo History Lesson” in addition to being fun and challenging.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS releases on October 3rd, 2014, while Super Smash Bros. for Wii U arrives in Holiday 2014.