Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Wii U, Great Fray Smash Brothers for Wii U) is one of two games in the Super Smash Bros. series released as part of the Super Smash Bros. 4 pair, and the home console counterpart to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Although most gameplay elements are shared between the two versions, there are several elements which distinguish the two.
The game is playable on the Wii U with a variety of controller options, including the Wii U GamePad, the Wii U Pro Controller, the GameCube controller via an adapter, and a Nintendo 3DS that is running the 3DS version or a special app.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was officially released on November 21, 2014 in the Americas, and was followed by Europe on November 28, 2014, Australia and New Zealand on November 29, 2014, and Japan on December 6, 2014.
The opening movie for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is composed of footage from both gameplay and the various character introduction trailers shown since the game's reveal, barring the trailer for Duck Hunt.
The playable roster is the same between both versions of SSB4.
Bold denotes unlockable characters in both versions. Bolded italics denote characters that are unlockable in the 3DS version, but default in the Wii U version.
The two versions of SSB4 have separate sets of available stages; only 12 stages appear in both the Wii U and 3DS versions. The Wii U version's stages are more heavily based on home console games. The Wii U version features a total of 55 stages (46 excluding DLC), consisting of 34 new stages and 21 familiar ones. The following stages are available in the Wii U version:
Bold denotes unlockable stages.
Features of the Wii U version
A demo of the Wii U version is available at retail stores with a Wii U kiosk. It features the entire starting roster of characters and stages, but like its 3DS counterpart, is locked to two minute time matches with items on.