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New 'Smash Bros' characters and NFC support announced

Nintendo's president is ready for battle!
Nintendo's president is ready for battle!
Photo courtesy of Nintendo, used with permission

Nintendo held their special E3 Direct earlier this afternoon, and released a bit more information regarding the next installment in the Super Smash Brothers franchise. Today's presentation finally revealed how NFC figures will be used in the game, while also giving us a look at a brand new character that had been rumored for some time. The 3DS version has finally been given a release date, October 3rd, while the Wii U version is still expected to launch during 2014's holiday season.

The presentation began with the confirmation of something that had been rumored since before Brawl's release back in 2008. Reggie Fils-Aime and Satoru Iwata battled it out with their Mii characters, something that is an entirely new option this time around. Players will be able to choose between three classes of Mii Fighters, and can further customize their avatar with four out of 12 possible moves. The three classes include fighters, which excel at hand-to-hand combat, Swordfighters and Gunners, which come equipped with armcannons.

As for the NFC figures, players will be able to purchase figurines based on the game's roster for use within the title. These toys, referred to as amiibos, will become more powerful and learn various tactics as they continue to fight. Players can fight with or against them, or sit back while multiple amiibos fight each other. The fact that the game sends data to the figurine means players can take them to a friend's home, stats intact. We don't currently know how much these toys will cost, or if they will come individually or in bundles.

Bill Trinen confirmed during Nintendo's post-show that an add-on is being prepared for the 3DS that will allow amiibos to work with handheld titles next year. Besides Smash Bros., games like Mario Kart 8 will also utilize these new add-ons.

Nintendo ended today's show with a look at a new playable fighter. The animated trailer featured Pit and Link fighting, when suddenly the match was interrupted by Lady Palutena from the Kid Icarus franchise. We haven't seen much of her fighting style yet, but it's nice to see one of Nintendo's smaller franchises receive a second rep.