The latest update to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is now here, and it finally brought the game’s tournament mode, which was promised nearly nine months ago. One of our biggest surprises with the update, however, is that this Tournament Mode isn’t like what we’ve ever seen in the past—this time around, it’s only available online.
This is one of the subjects we discuss on
this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. You can check out the discussion video above to hear our full thoughts on the merits and disappointments of this change, or keep reading for a brief (albeit less fun) summary.
There’s a lot of value in an online tournament mode—I don’t think any of us at Gamnesia would have expected the latest
Super Smash Bros. to restrict its tournament mode to local multiplayer gatherings in this day of online gaming. It’s a great development for people who can’t play in the same physical space, and of course it’s an excellent move for online communities. Heck, you can bet we at Gamnesia are going to have a great time competing with you readers and listeners during some of our Community Nights.
At the same time, however, it’s disappointing that an online system has completely supplanted the older tournament modes. There’s still great value in getting several friends together and making an event out of competing with each other and even computer players to see who can come out on top. The local tournament modes in past
Smash games were perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy its offerings as a local multiplayer party game. To see that abandoned isn’t heretical, but it certainly is disappointing (especially considering how long the wait has been for any sort of tournament structure to come to the latest Smash).
Surely not everyone minds that the local tourney option is no more, but I’m sure we can all agree that its return would be warmly applauded.
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