After spending some time with the 3DS version of the game, we finally got a chance to check out the older-brother version of the game in the Wii U.

Nintendo had the game set up with the option to use GameCube controllers, and it made me feel immediately at home with the game. I went with new fighter the Wii Fit trainer after spending some time with new characters Mega Man and Little Mac yesterday.

I took to her immediately. Her moves are mostly traditional, with a third jump wrapping her in hula hoops as she floats upwards. After getting my bearings and trying out the traditional tap and A button moves, I found the option to throw a soccer ball at my competitors, and stayed just out of the line of fire in order to pummel everyone from a safe distance. I focused mostly on Benjamin Reeves, who was playing as Greninja.

We were playing on the Mega Man stage, where the gigantic yellow robot seen in trailers for the game drops down and gets in the way. I got particularly frustrated with the giant robot when he blocked my attempts to hit a smash ball and unlock a final smash. The smash ball seemed to be moving particularly fast – faster than I remember.

I ultimately grabbed first place with the Wii Fit Trainer, so I definitely plan on using her more. She had one special attack I couldn’t quite figure out to use; she takes a yoga pose and a red aura glows around her. My assumption is it is used to deflect lasers and projectiles, but I never got a chance to test my theory.

After winning with the Wii Fit Trainer, I took Greninja for a spin at Little Mac’s stage. I was surprised to learn the ropes surrounding the ring were springy and I could use them to jump high into the air. Above the stage, there was a lighting rig, which offered another level for fighting, but it collapsed over the course of the match.

Greninja is undoubtedly a stand-in for Mewtwo, but he does seem to move a little bit faster. I came in second place using him, so I think I am going to stick with the Wii Fit trainer for awhile.

Super Smash Bros. on Wii U is set for release this holiday.