Nintendo certainly took the time to announce the release date for the last undated major console release of the year, but our long wait is finally over. The game officially known as Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U will be coming to North America on November 21, just in time for the Christmas sale on Black Friday, November 27. Europe will get the game on December 5, followed by Australia and Japan on December 6.
For the record, only four of the 58 Nintendo-published games on the Wii or Wii U had their release date announced less than 46 days before their final release (there are currently 45 days until November 21), which means that Nintendo was almost just waited as long as possible to confirm the release date. At release, crush fans will have waited 1,263 days since then Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U was first publicly announced on June 7, 2011, by far the largest gap in Nintendo history.
The release date announcement follows the release of the 3DS version of the game over the weekend in Europe and North America, and that first portable crush is already a great success. Nintendo announced sales of more than 2.8 million units worldwide. To put that number in context, Nintendo had sold just over three million Wii U hardware units in America as of June 30, and bestseller mario kart 8 reached two million worldwide sales on the Wii U after about a month on sale.
Nintendo hasn’t broken down how Smash Bros.3DS sales shuffled by region, but Japanese tracking company Media Create notes that the game sold 1.37 million units in its first three weeks on sale, suggesting healthy launch numbers in the West in the US. weekend.
Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U launches alongside the first set of 12 Amiibo figures, allowing players to store and transfer character data via near-field communication technology. Those $12.99 figures only work with Smash Bros. at launch, but they will eventually work with mario kart 8 and future Nintendo titles such as Mario Party 10 And Yoshi’s Wooly World. Six more Amiibo figures are scheduled for a December release.
The previously announced Gamecube controller adapter for Wii U will also hit North American stores on November 21 for $19.99 or as part of a bundle that includes the game and a crushlogo-sporting Gamecube controller for $99.99 (the controller alone is available for $29.99). Nintendo also announced the title of the 3D puzzle platformer Captain Toad’s treasure hunter will hit North American stores on December 5.