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'Super Smash Bros 4' Wii U and 3DS release date updates posted at E3 2014

'Super Smash Bros 4' Wii U and 3DS
'Super Smash Bros 4' Wii U and 3DS
Photo courtesy of Nintendo, used with permission

Nintendo posted new updates in regards to the launch plans of "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U and 3DS during E3 2014. According to a report from Complex on June 11, the publisher disclosed that the handheld game won't be hitting the summer launch window as previously announced. Instead, it will be coming out on Oct. 3 in the North American region.

"Super Smash Bros 4" for 3DS comes with several features not present in the console version. For example, a new Smash Run mode, where players can earn power-ups prior to a match, will be exclusive to the handheld. Players can also customize the outlines of the characters that appear in the portable game. The feature is used so that players can distinguish their characters from the background.

Nintendo also narrowed down the "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U release date window. After announcing a winter launch time frame previously, the publisher stated at E3 2014 that the console version is now slated to arrive sometime during the holiday season. It appears that the company is positioning the title as the big must-have game for Christmas.

The "Super Smash Bros" series is prominently a console experience as "Super Smash Bros 4" for 3DS is the first portable installment. Nintendo will also be providing multiple control options for "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U, including those for players who prefer using the Gamecube controller. Aside from the visual and gameplay differences, both upcoming versions also include different stages along with slight variations to the assist trophies and pocket monster summons.

The handheld game is priced at $39.99, $20 less than the high-definition console release. Nintendo did confirm in the past that some character data could be transferred between the two. You can find an image featuring some of the fighters from the video game with the photo near the top of this article (courtesy of the official Facebook site of the series).