In addition to the Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS release windows, five new characters, and a bevy of other information being revealed during today's Nintendo Direct, there was one more feature I wanted to cover. I'm talking of course about the two games' online modes, which we can now confirm will indeed be online and in both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game. Thank goodness. Introducing the "For Fun" and "For Glory" matchmaking modes.
"For Fun" and "For Glory" are the two main online multiplayer modes in Super Smash Bros. on both Wii U and 3DS:
- "For Fun" is just like it sounds -- it's all for fun. Losses won't be recorded in this game mode, though wins will to help with matchmaking and as a general statistic. As for gameplay, all maps will be open in "For Fun" as well as all items, smash battles, and it's meant to be where players go to have a good time.
- "For Glory" will be the de facto place to go for competitive Super Smash Bros. players. All maps will be "Final Destination", though it sounds like on the Wii U and 3DS "Final Destination" can take on the theme of any other map in the game. No items will be allowed, taking out the randomness of what drops and where. Also, one on one battles are possible, which we can assume means that matchmaking will allow battles to start without a full room. Finally, both wins and losses will be recorded. It was made clear that there are no rankings in "For Glory" mode, but matchmaking will still pair players based on their wins, losses and experience.
Finally, and this was a big surprise reveal today, but the 3DS will have its own exclusive multiplayer mode named "Smash Run":
- "Smash Run": "Exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is a new mode called "Smash Run."In this mode, four players have five minutes to enter a dungeon and explore the surroundings, fight enemies and obtain power-ups to enhance their fighters. Once the five minutes are up, all four fighters enter a battle arena using their newly equipped items and power-ups. Enemies encountered in the Smash Run mode are from a wide range of game series. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems and games are required for multiplayer modes."
It's unclear, however, whether or not "Smash Run" will be part of the online matchmaking system on the 3DS, as Nintendo seems to make it clear that only the "For Fun" and "For Glory" modes are designed for online play. Perhaps "Smash Run" is intended to be local Wi-Fi only? I certainly hope now.
Still, it's outstanding to hear that Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS will both have online matchmaking day one, including both a casual mode of play and a competitive mode. Keep in mind this is on top of the already robust 4-player local multiplayer that the franchise has featured in the past.