Treese On Games: Smash Bros. Wii U Bundle, Reviews & More!

The Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Bundle retails for $99.99.
The Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Bundle retails for $99.99.

Treese On Games is a Sunday column where Tyler Treese takes a look back at all of the week’s gaming news and gives his thoughts.

While Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is less than a week away I can’t help but be excited with every tiny bit of news that comes out about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The box-art for the previously announced Bundle (which includes the Gamecube controller adapter and a controller) has been released and it looks great. Since i’m a sucker for anything resembling a Collector’s Edition I pre-ordered myself a copy of the bundle. The bundle, unlike the Amiibo one we covered a few weeks ago, is a decent deal as you pay $10 less than if you had bought everything included in the bundle separately.

Is anyone else going to spend the extra money for the bundle? The Smash Bros. branded controller was a big selling point for me although i’d rather it be another Pro controller. At least now I can have four-player matches on my Wii U.

  • The review embargo for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is up and while I won’t be reviewing the title that doesn’t mean there aren’t reviews worth reading. The game has received a lot of praise this week including a great review by Jose Otero over at IGN. Some other reviews that I really enjoyed and are worth reading are Bryan Rose’s review for Nintendo World Report and Dan Ryckert’s review over at Giant Bomb.
  • Earlier this week we wrote about evidence of DLC being within Super Smash Bros. for 3DS’ code. While most users on the site, including myself, were excited by this we did have a few that were upset by the news. I find this absolutely baffling. If you like Smash Bros. why wouldn’t you want more content down the line? More stages and characters would certainly keep the game fresh and relevant.
  • I finally started Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. While i’m only about fifteen minutes into the game (it has been a hectic week) I am enjoying it. Its a gorgeous game visually and the sprite-work is all fantastic. It looks great on both the Wii U GamePad and even stretched out on the TV screen. The little touches like Mario humming along to the music while in the shower really stand-out. The combat is what I have come to expect out of the series and it feels natural in the first installment. The plot device being that the Princess has had her voice stolen is interesting and I can’t wait to see where the game goes with it. Also please be aware that I will not be marking spoilers as I go through the game so it might be best to skip this part of the column in future weeks if you don’t want anything spoiled.
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS releases next week which means the community can start playing against each other. In next week’s column i’ll give out my information so you guys can battle alongside and against me. Since the game comes out on Friday which is before the column will be up be sure to message me on twitter if you want to battle before then. Good luck to all because Little Mac plays to win.
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Nookling
Nookling
September 28, 2014 1:34 PM

I am stoked for Smash community nights! And I agree, why wouldn’t somebody want DLC?! We have already seen the game is complete. The only thing this DLC would do is add more content to the game. More for us to enjoy.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 28, 2014 1:40 PM
Reply to  Nookling

Yup. I understand why some people have complaints about DLC, I certainly have some myself, but Nintendo has – for the most part – handled DLC with a lot of grace and have done it in the right way.

Kirbylover490
September 28, 2014 1:47 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

When they actually do DLC, that is.

Sup
Sup
September 28, 2014 1:47 PM

The Smash Bundle with the controller is pretty much true, but lower the the price to 65 bucks and I’m sold. As for the DLC thing, Sakurai wouldn’t ignore this as Nintendo done this in the past and it makes successful content like the upcoming MK8 DLC. Honestly I would go for Melee and Brawl packs: Like, Melee Pack: Roy and Ice Climbers. Brawl Pack: Lucas and Squritle. And Tyler, have you have heard of the linking the 3DS version will give exclusive characters leak/Tower Of Smash? If you don’t know what’s I am talking about, GX has a discussion… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 28, 2014 2:00 PM
Reply to  Sup

They would be practically giving away the adapter and controller for $65. That isn’t realistic pricing.

Haven’t heard about the leak but i’ll watch the GameXplain video soon. Thank you for the heads-up.

Thanks for reading!

Boo3DSmashBoo
Boo3DSmashBoo
September 28, 2014 1:48 PM

I enjoy reading the reviews that came up (Gamexplain, IGN, Giant Bomb, etc.) and I agreen in most of the things they said, but the thing that surprises me more is that IGN didn’t like Smash Run, but anyway some of them also didn’t like controls too much, I think they’ll like them better after they get used to it, I personally love the controlls because were the ones I used in Brawl (Wii Classic Controller). In the DLC I want Isaac, but I’ll be ok if there’s just a few stages, I think that at least it’s guaranteed. Unfortunately… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 28, 2014 1:58 PM
Reply to  Boo3DSmashBoo

I really didn’t like Smash Run when I played it at E3 but i’ll give it a chance in the final version.

Boo3DSmashBoo
Boo3DSmashBoo
September 28, 2014 4:20 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

Everybody has their opinion, some like some don’t.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 28, 2014 4:31 PM
Reply to  Boo3DSmashBoo

Its just a lot of work just to get to another multiplayer match. Especially when Smash Run isn’t particularly fun. Its basically Subspace Emissary but without the pay-off of neat boss-fights, cutscenes and worlds.

RafalRib
RafalRib
September 28, 2014 2:08 PM

1- Loved the reviews! Except the games radar one (65/100)! JUST BECAUSE OF THE LOCAL PLAY!!!! PLEASE THE GAME HAS MUCH MORE CONTENT THAN THE MULTIPLAYER! WHO CARES ABOUT IT WHEN YOU GOT ONLINE! 2- I want Stages DLC for the 3DS at least! They got less stages in the game as i imagined! And i hope DLCs with characters too! πŸ™‚ 3- SuperStar Saga is a great game! But have you played Mario e Luigi: Bowser’s Inside story for the DS? THAT WAS THE BEST MARIO E LUIGI GAME FOR ME: A GREAT STORYLINE AND THE ADDICTING MUSIC! (THE… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 28, 2014 2:11 PM
Reply to  RafalRib

Yeah I beat Bowser’s Inside Story. Fun game.

Mother4Eternity
Mother4Eternity
September 28, 2014 2:46 PM

We’ll mister Tyler treese I’ve never really seen your reviews up until now , but I just have to say 1. You do a pretty good job at reviewing things , nice work πŸ™‚ 2. DLC would be a great idea for smash bros , in my opinion they should add more stages because they seemed to give certain series a retro stage for them while the other version has a new stage for example 3ds version – Wario ware inc. ( retro ) Wii U version – Gamer ( new ) 3. Yeah I like the mario and Luigi… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 28, 2014 2:57 PM

I do a decent amount of reviews over at 8-Worlds covering Nintendo games. Lots of eShop reviews lately:
http://www.8worldsnews.com/author/tylertreese/

Also I love the idea of a Warioware stage since WarioWare is probably my favorite Nintendo series.

Looking forward to battling you.

Thanks for reading, duder!

Mother4Eternity
Mother4Eternity
September 28, 2014 4:30 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

Your welcome. By the way tyler treese is that you in your profile pic?

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 28, 2014 4:32 PM

Yes.

My Disqis is connected to my Twitter account (which is typically a picture of myself for networking reasons).

Mother4Eternity
Mother4Eternity
September 28, 2014 4:35 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

So wait … Your an adult woah mind blown , your like the first adult I’ve seen hear on MPL :O

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 28, 2014 4:38 PM

I’m 22. I might be an adult by age but my hobbies are akin to a 10 year old.

ImpaDude
September 28, 2014 4:50 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

XD

Mother4Eternity
Mother4Eternity
September 28, 2014 5:03 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

Cool I like adults like that , when I’m an adult I wanna be just like that ( and by that I mean playing nintendo games and still have a wife πŸ™‚ ) so I guess that would make me a man child , you too πŸ™‚

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
September 29, 2014 6:27 AM

M4E, I think your tongue is just a smidge too loose. πŸ˜›

Mother4Eternity
Mother4Eternity
September 29, 2014 6:38 AM

What do you mean ….. ?

Sea Slug and Wagashi
Sea Slug and Wagashi
September 29, 2014 6:47 AM

XD Well one thing’s for sure, you win the award for most innocent and un-suspecting. XD

Mister Sushi
Mister Sushi
September 29, 2014 7:52 AM

LOL you could say that again

Person McPerson
Person McPerson
September 29, 2014 3:11 PM

um… vipsoccermaster is 25.

Vipsoccermaster
Vipsoccermaster
September 28, 2014 3:39 PM

Smash Wii U Bundle: While I have both versions pre-ordered and paid off, I probably need to alter my pre-order a bit for the Smash Wii U Bundle, since I seem to only have the standard game pre-ordered only. Reviews: I don’t really read reviews all that much, but some I do enjoy reading from GameXplain and Nintendo Life. Sometimes GoNintendo, too. I don’t mind if a reviewer gives a game a bad score, that’s not going to affect my decision. Just enjoy the game. Smash 3DS DLC: Some people do not like DLC because it’s content that should have… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 28, 2014 4:02 PM

“because it’s content that should have been in the game in the first place” that isn’t always true. Nor would I say its an inherently greedy practice.

I would also say that Nintendo isn’t always an exception, the DLC for Fire Emblem Awakening got ridiculously pricey.

Vipsoccermaster
Vipsoccermaster
September 28, 2014 5:00 PM
Reply to  Tyler Treese

Yeah, I know it’s not always true, some people just don’t like it.

I never bothered with any of the DLC content from Fire Emblem: Awakening, except the one where it was free for a limited time back in February 2013. Same way I dealt with for PokΓ©mon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity.

MKKINGZ 2
MKKINGZ 2
September 28, 2014 5:41 PM

Im getting the wiiu game bundle with the controller

Luigiguy567
Luigiguy567
September 28, 2014 6:57 PM

Smash Wii U Bundle: I needed a fourth Gamecube controller anyways. Plus, I get $10 off.

Reviews: The only reviews I check are those from GameXplain and Metacritic. And even if they gave Smash 3DS a bad review I probably would’ve bought it to try it out myself.

Smash 3DS DLC: I’d love Smash DLC, it’s almost 100% certain, too. I don’t have any preferences for stages, although I would like Mewtwo, Dixie Kong, Issac, and Ridley.

Release: Already preordered the game.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 29, 2014 7:28 AM
Reply to  Luigiguy567

Just make sure you read some of the reviews that Metacritic lists instead of just looking at a number. Numbers can be deceiving. Like I recently reviewed Arrow Time U which I think I gave a 6X/100 but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. That isn’t a bad score. I see a lot of people dismiss any game that isn’t like 85%+ which is ridiculous.

TheMarioMario64
TheMarioMario64
September 28, 2014 7:26 PM
8B1T
8B1T
September 28, 2014 8:04 PM

Totally overlooking Tower of Smash and the stages leaks are we? :p

TheMarioMario64
TheMarioMario64
September 29, 2014 4:41 AM
Reply to  8B1T

Well I didn’t put the link to those leaks because I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of those leaks.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 29, 2014 6:09 PM
Reply to  8B1T

That leak sounds pretty fake to me.

I doubt there are 50 stages but I hope i’m wrong.

TheMarioMario64
TheMarioMario64
September 29, 2014 6:28 PM
Reply to  8B1T

Also, I just realized that what is on the second link ties onto the stages leak. It said on the bandana dee part, that they are on Mt. Dedede, and it said “He appears on a large new stage with green plains and tan structures in the background”, which I’m guessing is Cookie Country. And for the Ridley part, it said that the stage was Tourian. These 3 stages were in the stages leak.

KNOWMYPINGAS
KNOWMYPINGAS
September 29, 2014 6:17 AM

I WANT IT TO BE TRUE T_T

MagiKooper
MagiKooper
September 29, 2014 1:01 AM

Glad you’re enjoying Superstar Saga. πŸ™‚

Actually there are allot references in Bowser Inside Story and Dream Team that you wouldn’t get unless you played this game, and a bit of Partners in Time. πŸ˜›

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 29, 2014 6:08 PM
Reply to  MagiKooper

Yeah, I picked up on a few of the references (like I knew who the main villain was on this game and about the BeanBean Kingdom) but it’ll be nice to get more context. Thanks for reading!

TwoDreamy Luigi
TwoDreamy Luigi
September 29, 2014 2:13 PM

Smash 4 Wii U Bundle: I’m not sure if I can get it because I have a reservation card (from Target) for the Wii U & 3DS version. But I will say this, I will do anything to get the Gamecube adapter by any means necessary. Reviews: I’ve only seen the 3DS version reviewed by GameXplain. I did hear what Andre said that the online was sometimes chugging through battles. He also said that it varies depending on your location. I hope the online is reasonably stable. At least I can play the game anywhere I want. Smash 4 DLC:… Read more »

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 29, 2014 6:11 PM

Well you can get the Gamecube Adapter for 20 dollars once its out.

Looking forward to playing Smash Bros. with you. I don’t really have a main, I find Smash Bros. a lot more fun when switching characters.

KinopioToad
KinopioToad
September 29, 2014 2:48 PM

Hey, when will they start selling the GC Controller + Adapter by itself? (Also, now they can add compatibility with GCN games/Virtual Console!)

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 29, 2014 6:07 PM
Reply to  KinopioToad

They are selling them by themselves. 30 for controller, 20 for adapter. Sure they’ll come out when Smash Bros. does.

Nintega Dario
September 29, 2014 4:20 PM

Come on, even the Wii is cheaper, $70.00, than the Super Smash Bros bundle.

Tyler Treese
Tyler Treese
September 29, 2014 6:06 PM
Reply to  Nintega Dario

Okay? Bundle still isn’t a bad deal if you do the math.

8B1T
8B1T
September 29, 2014 7:43 PM
Reply to  Nintega Dario

…and who’s going to get a last gen console? πŸ˜›

Dominos
Dominos
September 30, 2014 1:51 AM

Super Star Saga to me was Mario RPG 2, it was THAT good. enjoy!

Even a certain character from Mario RPG makes a cameo!