Another retailer, HMV, has provided a possible release date regarding "Super Smash Bros. 4" for Wii U. According to a report from Air Herald on Aug. 17, the online shopping website revealed that the console version of the latest video game from the crossover fighting series is expected to ship on Nov. 28. The release date is somewhat interesting considering that it is on Black Friday in North America. Most video games are released weeks or months before the big shopping holiday.
Air Herald also speculated on why Nintendo has not yet officially announced the release date for "Super Smash Bros. 4" for Wii. The website believes that the company is trying to encourage fans to purchase "Super Smash Bros. 4" for 3DS first, perhaps in an attempt to maximize the product's earning potential. The handheld game is coming out before the console release as it is launching in less than two months on Oct. 3.
The two versions share some common features as both have the same set of playable characters. The gameplay should remain the same on the different platforms as well. Nintendo is also differentiating the two in terms of items, stages and visual styles.
Furthermore, "Super Smash Bros. 4" for Wii U supports several accessories not found in the 3DS iteration. Players can use a Gamecube controller adapter and the new Amiibo interactive figurines with the home console release. The series originated on consoles, so a majority of the fan base should favor the Wii U game over the 3DS one. As a result, Nintendo could be trying to push the handheld game out first so that it won't get overlooked.
Sora is developing the two versions with help from Bandai Namco Games, the company behind various other fighting games such as "Dragon Ball," "Naruto," "Soul Calibur" and "Tekken." The aforementioned Nintendo is going to publish and distribute the video games. You can find a screen from "Super Smash Bros. 4" for Wii U near the top side of this article (via the franchise's official page on Facebook).