Henry Gilbert from GamesRadar got a hands on look at Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's eight player mode. According to Henry, the mode is just as completely insane as it looks at first glance, but he think's that's a good thing. What usually seemed to happen with eight simultaneous smashers was that the players would split up into small groups to battle in different parts of the stage and then eventually everyone converges in the middle for a chaotic free-for-all fight...

This is a interesting debate, one which would seem to have a favorable sway to one side... depending on how you make your decision. Something from the Zelda series is involved in these two juggernauts. Smash Bros. literally includes Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf (among other items and trophies). It also isn't out for roughly another month. Bayonetta features costume sets, one of which is Link, and just came out today for Wii U (both the 1st and new 2nd game). By all accounts, Bayonetta 1/2 appear to be on pace for Game of the Year consideration...

PDP appears ready to expand their collection of custom GameCube style controllers with the upcoming release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The controllers are all officially licensed, which should inherent;y mean these are quality products. However, how good they are is really left up to the eye of the beholder. 3rd party controller options tend to often be chastised for poor build quality and sometimes poor design. I don't have enough experience to know in this case, but I still like the controllers visually as far as I can tell...

Surprising no one, Master Hand and Crazy Hand are returning in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. This was revealed in a recent video by GameXplain which you can watch above. From the footage, it appears that the pair will be bringing back most of their classic moves as well as a few that were not in Brawl. One of the flashier moves involves Master Hand throwing energy balls at Crazy Hand who bats them down towards the player at high speed. A similar move involves Crazy Hand lobbing the energy balls at Master Hand, who flicks them towards the player at a relatively slow speed...

Earlier today, Nintendo decided to finally release the opening cinematic for Super Smash Bros. Wii U, and it's completely amazing.

It follows the usual pattern that we've seen with the openings for Melee and Brawl, with various cinematic clips of nearly all the different characters, followed by tons of small scenes of battles, ending with a great montage of the characters.

Personally, I really like it; I've always enjoyed watching these, and the increased graphics of the Wii U definitely brought along...

If possible, try to quit playing Hyrule Warriors or Super Smash Bros. for a while and check out the Halloween 3DS Home Screen themes, now that they have been released in North America and Europe! That's right, if you didn't like the original Link Between Worlds theme, another Zelda-related item is now available alongside Animal Crossing and Black-Cat designs! We covered the Legend of Zelda theme already, but for those who are too lazy to click on the link, here's a quick recap...

Platinum Games talked about the recent costume additions to the just released Bayonetta 2 through a blog post. Within that post they gave us several concept art pieces (including several for the Link costume) and a slew of new details about the costumes in general. It's interesting knowing that they were actually afraid of doing things like making Link himself look sexy, despite the fact that Link really isn't in the game (as we said, it's a costume). Many of us are aware that it was Nintendo that told them to cut Bayonetta loose, because an unsexy costume wouldn't fit her personality...

Continuing the flow of news from yesterday's "50-Fact Extravaganza", some of the returning game modes are getting a nice boost this time around. The newest entry in the Super Smash series is all about bigger brawls with more people. Target Blast, Event Matches, and Special Brawls are all back and better than ever. One of the complaints that I had with Smash Bros for 3DS was that there was a lack of options to make fights more than just a quick match, so the return of the Special Brawls and Tournament Mode...

Note: More screenshots will be added throughout the day 

If the 60 screenshots uploaded yesterday weren't enough for you, we've got you covered.  Over two hundred new screenshots of the gorgeous Super Smash Bros. for Wii U have surfaced, and we've got them all right here for your viewing pleasure.  Everything from 8 player smash, to new modes, to unannounced stages (both returning and brand new) show up here, and hint at info beyond that which was explicitly stated in the Direct. 

The recent Super Smash Bros. livestream covered a large array of subjects, including the return of (updated) final smash trophies, and they look gorgeous. Just as in...