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Nintendo announces 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U' release date

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS is out in the wild, but its release date had been known for several months before it released last Friday, Oct. 3. Its Wii U counterpart, however, has notoriously been waiting in limbo, with no planned release other than “Holiday 2014.”

In light of the handheld Smash Bros selling so well—it sold more than 2.8 million copies worldwide in its first weekend—Nintendo finally revealed when Wii U owners can expect the Nintendo brawler to debut.

Nintendo announced today that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will release on Friday, Nov. 21. Nintendo has taken to debuting games on Fridays or Sundays rather than the traditional Tuesdays on which most games release. This launch date is no different, and it allows the game to sidestep the already-packed Nov. 18.

While Nintendo still hasn’t revealed everything about the game, its most notable inclusion is a throwback—the game will support Nintendo Gamecube controllers, a favorite for many players from when Super Smash Bros. Melee was released.

The new fighting game will also mark the debut of Nintendo’s Amiibo figures, a series of action figures modeled after Nintendo’s most famous characters. The statues are more than just something nice to look at for collectors, though—they’ll interact with Smash Bros., allowing players to customize fighters and save them on software embedded in the figure.

The figures available on Nov. 21 will include Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager (from Animal Crossing), Pikachu, Kirby, and Marth (from Fire Emblem), who are all fighters in Smash Bros. A second wave of figures will launch in December, likely just in time for some last-minute holiday gift purchases. These figures will eventually work with other Nintendo titles, including Mario Kart 8 and Mario Party 10.

Nintendo finished outlining its holiday season plans by revealing the release date for Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker. An offshoot of last year’s fantastic Super Mario 3D WorldTreasure Tracker will release on Dec. 5. The game puts players in control of the Mushroom Kingdom’s most adorable hero as he navigates a series of puzzles on the hunt for treasure. And, when he’s spent his whole life living in the shadow of Princess Peach’s giant castle, it only makes sense for Toad to want the glamorous lifestyle for himself.