|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
|Developer: Sora Ltd., Namco Bandai Games|
|System(s): Wii U|
|ROM size: 12GB|
|Number of players: 1-8|
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the fourth in a series of fighting games featuring Nintendo characters. It was released alongside a 3DS version, which marks the first time the series is available on a handheld system. Sonic the Hedgehog returns as a veteran character in this update, and is joined by newcomer third-party guests Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, Cloud Strife, and Bayonetta. This game also supports amiibo, including the Sonic amiibo.
On October 1st, 2013, it was announced on a Nintendo Direct that Sonic the Hedgehog would return as a playable character in the game. Unlike in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Sonic is immediately available from the start.
In addition, there is a new stage in the Wii U version based on Windy Hill from Sonic Lost World. Shadow the Hedgehog reprises his role as an Assist Trophy, slowing down time with Chaos Control for everyone except the player who summoned him.
On February 3rd, 2016, Mii Fighter costumes based on Tails and Knuckles were released as part of the final wave of paid DLC alongside fellow Sega character Bayonetta. The Tails costume is compatible with Mii Gunners, while the Knuckles costume is compatible with Mii Brawlers.
Sonic retains almost all of the moves he had in Brawl, and like every other non-DLC character in the game, he now has multiple variations of his special moves that the player can choose to use when playing matches with customization turned on. His special moves are as follows:
His Final Smash turns him into Super Sonic for around 15 seconds. While in this form, he can fly in all directions at very high speeds. If he collides against a character, they receive damage and knockback. The downside to this is that to cause maximum damage, the player should make Sonic fly very fast, which is very hard to control.
Other moves worth mentioning are as follows:
Competitively, Sonic is considered to have improved since his appearance in Brawl. While he has had a slight nerf to his recovery, he generally has less trouble KOing with most of his attacks, and a lot of them have become more useful. He has consistently placed high on tier lists as a result.
Trophies (or Figures in Japan) are collectible items that represent various characters, items, and other elements from the many games released by Nintendo and in the case of Brawl onwards, from third-party franchises such as Sonic the Hedgehog as well. These collectibles are optional and appear as figurines on a golden stand, providing some information about the collectible displayed. The trophies available are different in both the 3DS and Wii U versions, with the Wii U version having fewer Sonic trophies than the 3DS version. Usually the are also given two games, their primary debut game with no console associated and their Nintendo debut game. Exceptions are Knuckles' bizarre twin mention of classics (Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles) and the Animals of Windy Hill's lack of mention of the classics.
|Sonic the Hedgehog|| NA: The main star of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He's an easygoing hedgehog who blows past the competition with his speed. Seriously, on the ground he's faster than anyone else in Smash Bros. Use this to your advantage, avoiding blows while landing lightning-fast attacks.
PAL: A certain hedgehog from a certain series you just might have heard of. Unlike most hedgehogs, he's incredibly fast. Like most hedgehogs, however, he can't swim. He's by far the fastest runner of all the fighters, so take advantage of that by making sure no one gets the chance to hit him. (Just try not to end up in the water.)
Unlock: Complete Classic Mode on any difficulty as Sonic.
|Sonic (Alt.)|| NA: Sonic's up special Spring Jump lets him reach great heights by jumping on a spring, becoming invincible for a moment. He can't use any other specials during the jump, but he can attack or dodge. This move's great for returning from a long launch. Other fighters can use the spring, though!
PAL: Sonic's Spring Jump up special lets you bounce to great heights and briefly makes you invincible at the start. You can't use other specials while in the air, but you can use normal attacks, dodge and so on. It's great for getting both back to the stage and out of tough spots, but just remember that everyone else can use the spring too!
|Super Sonic|| The Chaos Emeralds are said to hold enough power to control the whole world. It's that power that turns Sonic into Super Sonic. He turns a glorious golden color and can fly at nearly the speed of light. In his Final Smash, this high-speed flight damages anyone who gets in its way and can even launch them!
Unlock: Complete All-Star Mode on any difficulty as Sonic.
|Shadow the Hedgehog|| NA: Engineered to be the ultimate life-form by the brilliant Professor Gerald Robotnik, this black hedgehog appears very much like Sonic. He has a dark side, however. In Smash Bros., he uses Chaos Control to warp space-time, slowing every fighter down except the player who summoned him.
PAL: A black hedgehog created by Professor Gerald Robotnik to be the Ultimate Lifeform. Though he looks a lot like Sonic, he's ruthless and will do anything to achieve his goals. In this game, he uses Chaos Control to warp time and space, slowing down everything around whoever summoned him.
Unlock: Clear the Event "All-Star Battle: Secret" on Hard difficulty.
|Fauna of Windy Hill Zone|| Windy Hill, a plain on the floating Lost Hex continent, is the first area in Sonic Lost World. It has giant windmills and mysterious caves and is home to a wide variety of animals...that Dr. Eggman has gone and used as a power source for his robot collection. Typical... Just destroy the robots and set those animals free.
|Dr. Eggman|| NA: Dr. Eggman knows a great deal about robots, which is neat. He also knows how to turn animals INTO robots, which isn't so neat. You'd think a man with an IQ of 300 would stop going up against Sonic, but he keeps on trying, all to build a world around his Eggman Empire.
PAL: Here is a man who immortalises animals in mechanical form because he just loves them so much! Wait. That's not quite right... Instead of using his talents for peaceful ventures, Dr. Eggman, a scientist with an IQ of 300, nurtures plans for Eggmanland to reach all four corners of the world. First poaching animals, now this? Terrible.
|Tails "Miles" Prower||This gentle-hearted little fox used to get bullied because of his two tails. Then one day he saw Sonic on West Side Island and decided to join him on his adventures. Now he's an expert mechanic and a partner Sonic can really rely on—he's come a long way since his timid, quiet beginnings!|
|Amy Rose|| NA: Amy has two favorite things in this world: Sonic...and soft-serve ice cream. She might not seem tough—what with her love of ice cream and addiction to fortune-telling— but don't be taken in! The business end of her Piko Piko Hammer will give anyone who underestimates her a massive headache.
PAL: Amy has two favourite things in this world: Sonic...and soft ice cream. She might not seem tough, what with her love of ice cream - not to mention her addiction to fortune-telling - but don't be taken in! The business end of her Piko Piko Hammer will make sure that underestimating her is a massive headache!
|Knuckles the Echidna||Knuckles the Echidna is the dedicated guardian of the Master Emerald, rarely leaving his post on the floating Angel Island. His serious, one-track-minded approach puts him at odds with his rival, Sonic, but the two somehow manage to be friends all the same.|
|Cream the Rabbit|| NA: Sidekick to Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit is a cute, hardworking friend. She has a Chao named Cheese, and they make a great team. She probably wants to cream the next person who makes a joke about their names, but I can't help but want a cream- cheese bagel when I talk about them...
PAL: You don't often see Cream without Cheese. (Excuse us, we're suddenly really hungry.) Actually, Cream is a lovely, hardworking little rabbit, and Cheese is her beloved pet Chao. They're the perfect, adorable little team, and not in the slightest bit edible.
|Chao|| NA: How can you resist the cute charm of these little guys? Don't you just want to hold them tight and protect them from the dangers of the world? Well, they'd like that too. Since ancient times, if they can't find a safe place to live, they find someone to look after them.
PAL: Aren't these little guys the cutest? You just want to hold them tight and make sure nothing happens to them. Well, that's how they've survived since...forever - if they can't find somewhere predator-free, they'll find somebody to look after them. Just like Cheese did with his owner, Cream!
|Blaze the Cat|| NA: A princess charged with guarding the Sol Emeralds, Blaze comes from another dimension. She used to be a bit of a withdrawn loner— it wasn't until she met Sonic and co. that she really opened up. She can brandish fire at will, and she can use the Sol Emeralds to change into Burning Blaze.
PAL: A princess from another dimension charged with guarding the Sol Emeralds. She used to be a bit of a withdrawn loner, and it wasn't until she met Sonic and Co. that she really opened up. She can wield the power of fire at will, and can even transform into Burning Blaze by using all seven of the Sol Emeralds.
|Jet the Hawk|| NA: Jet the Hawk, a.k.a. the Legendary Wind Master, has a lot of cool stuff going for him besides his name. He's amazing on his Extreme Gear, a flying skateboard. Unfortunately, he's no hero—he leads thieves called the Babylon Rogues, and he can't stand losing to Sonic in anything.
PAL: Being known as the Legendary Wing Master is pretty cool on its own, but to earn that title by being the greatest at riding flying skateboards called Extreme Gear? That's awesome! He's the cocky leader of the Babylon Rogues, a group of thieves, and he can't stand losing to Sonic.
|Silver the Hedgehog|| NA: Silver the Hedgehog comes from the future— from a world that seems to have been laid to waste. He manipulated space-time to travel to the present where he meets Sonic and friends, and now he's putting his telekinetic talents to use in an effort to save the future world he calls home.
PAL: Silver the Hedgehog comes from the future - from a world that seems to have been laid to waste. He manipulated space-time to come back to the present where he meets Sonic and friends, and now he's putting his telekinetic talents to use in an effort to save the future world he calls home.
|The Deadly Six|| NA: The tough and intelligent red leader Zavok! A feisty color to match her feisty personality, Zeena! A fan of the noms, Zomom! Sharp horns and a sharper tongue, Zazz! Braindishing both age and wisdom, Master Zik! And finally, the brooding spy, Zor! Give it up for the Deadly Six!
PAL: Zavok, the leader, has a sharp mind and tough fighting skills. Zeena is a cruel siren with a fierce temper. Zomom has a habit of eating everything in sight, and Zazz is crazy about brawling. The elderly Master Zik taught Zavok how to fight, and brooding Zor is the group's spy. Together they are the Zeadly Zix! Sorry, no - the Deadly Six.
Like in Brawl, this game has a large selection of over 400 music tracks which can be played in stages, and the player can adjust how likely each available song will play on each stage with the "My Music" feature. 14 of the songs in the game come from Sonic games, and all of them play on the Windy Hill stage. The only remix the Sonic series gets is the Angel Island Zone remix from Brawl; there are no new remixes made for this series, a trait shared with the Final Fantasy series. Most of the songs here are available from the start, while those listed in bold must be unlocked.