Nintendo revealed over 50 facts about the latest version of its fighting franchise, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. While many of these bits of information are rather small, a few reveal just what will make the game worthy of a purchase after the recently released Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.
Here are the five most exciting revelations:
1. Find some more friends: While the franchise has always capped fights in the past at four players, the Wii U version of Smash will allow for up to eight players to fight together at once, with stages larger than any previous Smash games. If you thought Smash was hectic before, eight players will ensure all-out chaos.
2. Presenting: Smash Bros., the board game: Smash for Wii U will include an exclusive mode called Smash Tour, a board game in which players collect fighters and power-ups—and steal some from their opponents. At the end of the game, players use whatever they’ve amassed in a final battle. For when traditional fights just aren’t enough, Smash Tour adds a bit of randomization to the process.
3. Don’t like the included stages? Build your own: Smash will include a stage builder that takes advantage of the Wii U’s functionality. Using the Wii U’s GamePad tablet controller, players can easily draw, drag, and drop platforms and items to create their own battlefields.These stages will also be shareable online, so your insane creations don’t have to live on one Wii U.
4. There are more fighters to come: Nintendo normally locks in a number of fighters and leaves the game’s initial roster as is. However, Nintendo will be offering the Pokemon Mewtwo as a downloadable fighter for those who own Smash for both Wii U and 3DS. While this doesn’t guarantee more fighters in the future, it hints that Nintendo is open to the idea of expanding the game even further down the line.
5. A museum into Nintendo’s past: Nintendo is introducing a more robust version of the mode called Masterpieces, in which players can quickly boot up classic Nintendo games like Super Mario World and Metroid. The game limits the amount of time you can play, but it’s a smart way to show younger audiences the rich history of Nintendo’s franchises. It’s also a brilliant marketing move—if you enjoy the game, Smash presents the option of purchasing the full, classic title.
Find out the other almost 50 facts in the latest Nintendo Direct below, and preview all the Nintendo-flavored insanity in store for the game’s launch on Nov. 21.