Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the 5th installment of the Super Smash Bros. series, the other being the 3DS version. It was first announced at E3 2011. It is playable for the Wii U and it was first released in North America on November 21, 2014[1].

Differences from the 3DS version

  • Certain stages that are in the 3DS version of the game aren't in the Wii U version. These stages include levels from Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS games such as 3D Land, Golden Plains, Paper Mario, and Spirit Tracks.
  • In addition, the Wii U has exclusive stages of its own such as the Mario Galaxy stage.
  • Smash Run is not available in the Wii U version of this game. Instead, it was replaced with Smash Tour which parodies the Mario Party series.
  • This game features a total of 8 playable characters at a time.
  • Event Matches are present in the Wii U version of this game.
  • Certain characters, such as Jigglypuff and Ness, are starters in the Wii U version where, in the 3DS version, they are unlockable characters.
  • Classic Mode is much different between the Wii U version and the 3DS version. In the Wii U version, the player has a certain rival character and must battle a horde of other characters before fighting Master Hand himself (or Crazy Hand or both on higher difficulties).
  • Master Fortress is exclusive to the Wii U version, while there is nothing to replace it on the 3DS.
  • On the Wii U disc, there is artwork of characters and even the Master Croe forms, unlike the 3DS version.





  • The Ice Climbers were originally intended to be in the Wii U version of the game. However, developers wanted the character roster to be the same as the 3DS version of the game.
  • This is the second Nintendo game to feature a total of eight playable human characters at one time. The first game to do this is Mario Party 7.
  • This is the first game to make use of the amiibo.

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