Nintendo has finally announced that the Wii U version of the latest Super Smash Bros. game will be available in North America on Nov. 21, Europe on Dec. 5 and Australia on Dec. 6.
The release dates were announced along with a declaration by Nintendo that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has sold 2.8 million copies worldwide following its release in North America and Europe earlier last week.
Nintendo coupled its announcement with the promise of a simultaneous release of a number bonus materials including the Nintendo Gamecube adapter, which will allow players to connect GC or Wavebird controllers to the Wii U console, and a new Super Smash Bros. emblazoned GC controller which will be sold in a bundle along with Super Smash Bros. Wii U and a Gamecube adapter.
Nintendo is also launching its Amiibo line of compatible figurines for the Wii U on the same day of the game’s release in North America. Europe will receive their Amiibos ahead of the Wii U game on November 28. The figures have a suggested price of $13 each, while the new Super Smash Bros. game itself will be priced at $60.
Given the Wii U’s rocky status compared to the release of other eighth generation gaming consoles the release of Super Smash Bros. Wii U will be a highly defining moment for the console’s future. Given Nintendo’s success with the 3DS version of the game, similar success can be inferred for the Wii U version. However, given the slow sales start of Nintendo’s latest console only time will tell if Super Smash Bros. Wii U will be the “killer app” that makes the Wii U worth buying in the eyes of the gaming community.