The Confirmed Stages For Super Smash Bros.
When Nintendo announced the next Super Smash Bros. during E3 2013, a lot of the buzz centered on the announcement of Mega Man, Animal Crossing's Villager, and the Wii Fit Trainer as playable characters. The multiple videos that Nintendo released for the upcoming Wii U and 3DS games also quietly revealed several new stages. We've scoured through the videos released so far and have compiled a list of the stages that you'll be fighting on in the Wii U and 3DS versions of the next Super Smash Bros.
Battlefield - Wii U
At first glance this arena looks like something from Kid Icarus or The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but the classic layout of the thee platforms means that this stage is most likely the Wii U version of the recurring Battlefield arena. Introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the next iteration of the Battlefield stage includes the same day/night cycle as its predecessor in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Smashville - Animal Crossing
Also returning from Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the Animal Crossing-themed stage called Smashville. The new version of the level shows more of the village at once and also rotates to show the town from Animal Crossing: City Folk.
Skyloft - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
In a move that we guessed would happen a while back with our Smash Bros. wish list, Nintendo has included Link's hometown from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. While the hovering platforms are ideal for ring-outs, it's odd to see that the Link model for the next Super Smash Bros. more closely resembles his darker look from Twilight Princess. Maybe the character model is a hint of where Nintendo is taking the art of the next Zelda for Wii U.
This stage that resembles the Final Destination design from previous entries is decorated with generic Smash Bros. logos, but it could be an homage to the boxing ring from the Punch-Out series. The giant screen in the background showing the match is also similar to previous Pokemon Gym stages.
Dr. Wily's Fortress - Mega Man Series
In the past, third-party characters like Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog have had one stage from their respective world. In the next Super Smash Bros., Mega Man has Dr. Wily's Fortress. The videos show a varying erratic track drawn out for a moving platform to follow that adds a dynamic element to the new stage.
"The Yoga Studio" - Wii Fit
Hidden away at the tail end of a video is a glimpse of the stage based on Wii Fit that goes along with the Wii Fit Trainer as a playable character. A dancing Wii Fit board can be seen on the left, and we'd be surprised if the stage didn't force players to mimic certain exercises similar to the WarioWare level from Brawl.
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Battlefield - 3DS
While it's unclear how much stage overlap there will be between the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros., a different take on Battlefield (one of the most-played and simple stages in the series) will also be in the 3DS version.
Gerudo Valley - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The release of Ocarina of Time on the 3DS has made this new stage a 3DS-exclusive. Based on the desert town from the classic N64 game, all we know for sure about this new stage is that it will feature a fantastic soundtrack.
"Overworld" - The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
The inclusion of this stage from the DS-exclusive means that Nintendo is pulling from its full history of handhelds for stages and not just the 3DS. Don't be surprised if the train cars decouple and fly off the screen similar to the cars in previous F-Zero levels. The inclusion of Toon Link as an NPC in this stage lowers the chances that he will appear as a playable character, but never say never.
"Living Room" - Nintendogs
Nintendogs appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but only as an assist trophy. This time around they have their own stage, although its not clear how the pets interact with the players in the level.
"Donkey Kong Island" - Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
The first trailer for Super Smash Bros. shows a glimpse of a stage that includes ruins and a forest. Since this is in the 3DS version of the game, the best guess at this point is that it is based on the 3DS port of Donkey Kong Country Returns.
Arena Ferox - Fire Emblem: Awakening
Not much of this stage is shown in the videos, but internet sleuths have recognized the surrounding arena as an environment from Fire Emblem: Awakening. The wooden structures are new, but you can see the comparison shot with the location in Fire Emblem by clicking here.
"Mario Island" - Super Mario 3D Land
This one is a little confusing, the geography looks similar to Pilotwings but the spiky pillars and platforms are unmistakably Mario. The green platforms on the track are very similar to those featured in Super Mario 3D Land, so we're guessing that the music and other aspects of the environment will be themed around that game.
"Mushroom Kingdom" - New Super Mario Bros. 2
The image above appears only on the game's official website and shows Peach's castle in the distance. Odds are this level is based on the New Mario series rather than Super Mario 3D Land, but there is always the chance (based on that arrow guiding players on the left) that this is a screenshot from the career mode. If this is from the successor to Brawl's Subspace Emissary mode, it is nice to see that it will support at least two-player co-op.
You can visit the official site for Super Smash Bros. for the occasional updates and new screenshots to find out where else you'll be fighting in 2014 when the game is released. So what stages would you like to see make a return and what new additions from Nintendo's archives would make for a great place to fight your friends? Let us know in the comments below.