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Will The Release Dates for Super Smash Bros. Help or Hurt Wii U Sales?

The biggest con to a late Wii U release of Super Smash Bros. is that fans may be worried about a potential game delay. Nintendo has a reputation for big game delays while coming into the HD era.

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Delsin_Rowe1235d ago

It will hurts sales since 3DS version is coming early this summer selling records, while WiiU version is coming Oct or Nov which many of Nintendo fan already have 3DS version that many not going to bother. They should have release the WiiU version first so they could have sold good but instead they doing the opposite.

admiralvic1235d ago

"It will hurts sales since 3DS version is coming early"

Nah. I think people who typically ask this question or make comments like yours forget the main aspects that make SSB popular in the first place. For many it's the local co-op matches, which just simply work better on a home console. This is for obvious reasons, such as better controllers, more practical (1 system + 1 game + 4 controllers vs 4 systems and up to 4 copies of the game), exciting (you can crowd around a 32"+ TV and gawk / get in on the fun, where as with the portable version you need to look over someones shoulder to see a screen thats up to 5" in size), better graphics, likely better / most stable online and more.

In a lot of ways the 3DS version is basically the appetizer and the Wii U version is the Entrée. It's simply designed to get people excited for the Wii U version and make the people who really want to play SSB on the go a chance to do it.

Delsin_Rowe1235d ago

You forgot that SSB is on the go now so there no need to have fun at home with your friends but now you can anywhere, there no limit. I am saying That since there a huge fan base 3DS than WiiU and there have been good games coming out on the WiiU but it doesn't have the same sales as the 3DS. Even if SSB look better on the WiiU, and play better but it's not always about the graphics, I can't say the WiiU tablet controller would be comfortable but you have to understand time have change, 3DS is doing better even if the graphics doesn't look like WiiU and SSB 3DS look beautiful. If you check 3DS sell globally with WiiU, 3DS stand on top beating PS3, X360, Vita so because having that high of sell SSB 3DS will do to good that it will affect people buying on the WiiU because a lot of people won't buy the game again on the WiiU or spend 250$ to play again on a console. I am not hating since I love Nintendo for creating my childhood Pokemon show series and game series, the game The Legend of Zelda series.

admiralvic1235d ago

"You forgot that SSB is on the go now so there no need to have fun at home with your friends but now you can anywhere, there no limit."

I didn't forget it, I just don't think thats important to most or at least not to the point where buying the 3DS version makes the Wii U version irrelevant.

"Even if SSB look better on the WiiU, and play better but it's not always about the graphics, I can't say the WiiU tablet controller would be comfortable but you have to understand time have change, 3DS is doing better even if the graphics doesn't look like WiiU and SSB 3DS look beautiful. If you check 3DS sell globally with WiiU, 3DS stand on top beating PS3, X360, Vita so because having that high of sell SSB 3DS will do to good that it will affect people buying on the WiiU because a lot of people won't buy the game again on the WiiU or spend 250$ to play again on a console."

But this is completely irrelevant to the matter at hand, since this argument could be applied to them releasing at the same time and you could tweak it to say people won't spend XYZ dollars just to play SSB early and it would all still apply.

Anyway, I could keep explaining the same points again and again, but I firmly believe that most people looking for a Wii U have been waiting for this and Mario Kart 8, that both of these games sell amazingly well for the party / local co-op aspects of them and that the 3DS version won't cannibalize sales of the Wii U version.

mikeslemonade1235d ago

You're lacking common sense if you don't think that a later release of the WiiU version as opposed to day and date with the DS version will not hurt the potential sales of the WiiU version.

saviin1235d ago

All good points but I would never play anything competitive on the 3ds. The controls are terrible if you have big hands and I probably would throw it out the window from frustration, my portable is for rpgs and puzzle games, even platformers seem awkward. So I doubt if I will even get the 3ds version no matter when it comes out.

Chrischi19881235d ago

No, it will definitely help. Funny that some say other are lacking common sense, but what they dont know is, that the game offers real local multiplayer with many of your friends, with just 1 copy and 1 console. Both games are not, unlike what most uninformed here think, the exact same game. With this, they try to bring 3DS owners to buy a Wii U. They want that people play the 3DS version, get addicted to it and basically have to have the real FULL VERSION. With this, they are basically teasing a broad audience to actually think about getting the console. It is a very smart move, but I did not expect from haters, who dont know anything about the game, to know any better or at least try to not see the bad in everything, but not the good in anything.

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randomass1711235d ago

I would probably agree with Delsin if not for the time gap between releases. The 3DS version is coming out so much earlier than the Wii U version that people will play the heck out of it and probably have enough later on for when there is hype for the Wii U version. The Wii U version also has exclusive levels and modes, so there is incentive to have both. Finally, for anyone who is into tournaments and local multiplayer, people are going to lean toward the version that has TV input.

ICANPLAYGAMES21235d ago

Well, I probably will end up getting both versions. I like the idea of getting the game earlier on the 3DS (so I can get to grips with the game), and then get the big console version later and give the 3DS version to my kids.

wonderfulmonkeyman1235d ago (Edited 1235d ago )

Nah, selling in winter, closer to the holidays, will make it sell better, not worse.
There's going to be differences in stages and music, the wii u version is sure to get its own unique mode like the 3ds is, and to top that all off, smash bros on the wii u can hook up to wired internet, which the 3ds cannot do.
Know what that means?
More stability for online matches, and no need for friend codes due to the nnid system.
All of that will make it the more popular version for online play as well as for tournament play, especially since the wii u version will have more controller options, too.

The wii u version will be the bigger seller in the end, just you watch.
Its the most logical conclusion.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1235d ago (Edited 1235d ago )

right like SSB first entry on handheld will hurt a fourth entry on console.

It the same with Pokemon and Mario Kart.
Smash and Mario Kart better on console
Pokemon better on Handheld

Errefus1235d ago

I agree and disagree, i think the game will sell fine on both consoles. Nintendo should have releases the wii u version first but it seems they decided to make smash bros their big Winter Game of 2014, which makes me worried since i guess we wont be seeing more first party software till next year. But the 3DS being out first will help in a way to attract people who does not own a wii u.

saviin1235d ago

Wow good point I never thought of that if there banking on ssb this christmas what are they going to release from june on. I really hope the push out some of games they have been showing off for the last two years.

Fanboyssuck271235d ago

Why would anyone get smash brothers on 3ds when u can get a Wii u version with better graphics on a bigger screen and a multiple of controllers.

if anything it wud hurt 3ds sales as the weaker version.

3-4-51235d ago

When has releasing a game around Christmas EVER BEEN A BAD THING ?

This title is beyond dumb.

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eaise1235d ago

There have been so many articles on this.
And most people here on n4g have come to the realization that the 3DS version coming out first won't hurt Wii U sales. It will either help or not affect the sales of the Wii U version

Th3o1235d ago

why on earth would it hurt it?

I don't understand are articles purposely posing rhetorical questions or just dumb question titles?

I see no discussion here that can be anything other than NO.

Guys remember when Last of Us hurt PS3?

Pfft. Hits Nothing more.

admiralvic1235d ago

"why on earth would it hurt it? "

The 3DS version is releasing before the Wii U version, so many wonder if that, combined with the lower price and larger install base will negatively impact peoples desire to buy a Wii U for this one game. It isn't the most logical argument, though it's not completely without logic either, so I guess it's better than the standard fare. However, it touches on a lot of concepts game journalists need to work on, such as the average person buying a system for only 1 game, that people will only buy 1 version of a game (ignores everything we've seen with HD collections, cross-buy and the like) and of course, ignoring the nature of the product in question (MK / SSB are both games with a strong local co-op / vs elements).

"I don't understand are articles purposely posing rhetorical questions or just dumb question titles? "

Typically sites do this because it's the best way to title the article and it looks more professional than "why I think the 3DS version of SSB will impact Wii U sales".

Th3o1235d ago

This game generally attracts a niche audience. I see it selling much more on 3Ds than Wii.U but there will always be those hardcore fans that will keep the nIntendo system a live like we've seen in the past.

This is not a system Seller.

Mario Kart and Mario games are though (though I'ms uprised how little the new mario 3D world caught on, I thought it was fantastic).

I almost bought a wii.u

admiralvic1235d ago

"This game generally attracts a niche audience."

Stopped reading there. If you think a game, which its last version sold 10 million plus copies, is in any way a niche audience, then I don't see the point in discussing anything with you.

wonderfulmonkeyman1235d ago

10m sold and hype levels through the roof = a niche game, now?
By that logic, every popular game ever is niche.
Think before you speak, or zip your lip.

Chrischi19881235d ago

Funny, how people, just because they dont like or have played nintendo games for a longer time, actually think they know about the caliber such a game has...

Fullmetalevolust1235d ago

It won't hurt the 3ds sales, that's for sure.
That's the probably the angle Nintendo is going for, more 3ds owners than there are WiiU owners, so it'll be a sure hit on the handheld, while WiiU owners who already have it on 3ds will buy a copy for their console to play with friends and family.
MarioK8 and SSB might just bring in the casuals and increase the WiiU sales. Just around the Xmas/Black friday, thanksgiving deals.

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