Super Smash Bros., Nintendo's latest entry in the fighting franchise, will include two multiplayer modes — For Fun and For Glory — for players to choose from, director Masahiro Sakurai announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation today.
Both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game will include online multiplayer to allow players to try "whatever style" they want to play. The Wii U's online multiplayer will function like Super Smash Bros. Brawl's. However, the 3DS version "isn't going to be overshadowed," Sakurai said, and will offer online options as well for players with a stable connection.
When people are playing online with random players, they can choose from two different modes. In the For Fun mode, the stage will be randomly selected from the game's available options; the Final Destination stage is not included. In this mode, only wins will be recorded and all items have a chance of appearing. In the For Glory mode, players can only engage in one-on-on battles in Final Destination. There will be no items, and both wins and losses are recorded. According to Sakurai, players of this mode "probably spent a lot of time on Final Destination in previous titles."
"Almost all" stages now have Final Destination form, Sakurai added.
Nintendo is also attempting to cut down on players that cheat, drop out of matches too much or target an individual player. This means bans, Sakurai said. The more people abuse other players, the longer the ban. "I hope we can create an online environment where everyone can enjoy themselves," he said.
Online matches will no longer be anonymous, Sakurai explained. Online names will be linked to Nintendo Network IDs, enabling players to report cheaters and unsportsmanlike conduct. Baseless reporting of other players, however, can also warrant ban penalties.
Super Smash Bros., revealed at E3 2013, is expected to launch this year for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and will feature cross-platform play. The game's roster features popular characters such as Mario, Luigi, Link, Princess Zelda, Mega Man, Sonic and many more.