Monday, 8th September
This is what the view looks like within the Vault. Your Trophies collection will start off with one randomly selected trophy. In your Album, you can view pictures you've taken of fighters posing. Photos taken with the 3D Depth Slider on will take photos in stereoscopic 3D, and photos will be in 2D when they're taken with that feature turned off.
The first we officially see of the vault, and with that comes new details. Replays and Snapshots are in the 3DS version of the game. Compared to the Vault in Brawl
, there is no stage builder, chronicle, masterpieces or stickers (which are replaced by custom equipment). The sound test and records have been moved into the Vault, and the challenges section has been put onto the main menu.
Tuesday, 9th September
In Classic mode, a roller spins before every stage to determine your reward. Rewards in red are for customization, green ones are trophies, and yellow means precious gold. Of course, if you raise the intensity, the abundance of these rewards will increase quite a bit, too. You can be rewarded in every stage, so in that way this mode might be a little more generous compared to previous games in the series.
And here's the results screen. It shows what you gained in each stage, but you won't be rewarded until you clear it all. If you mess up in the middle, you can lose some of them too. The fighter icons are special attacks, and icons like the shield are equipment. The icons that say Mii on them are hats and clothes for Mii characters. Icons that show characters on a stand are trophies, of course, and the coins are gold you earned.
Classic Mode seems to be the most reliable method of gaining consistent rewards, partly due to this roller before each stage. Other good ways include Smash Run and the Trophy Rush minigame.
Wednesday, 10th September
Users in Japan, you can now download the demo for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS! You can pick among 5 fighters with which to play. The stage is Battlefield, and the rules are fixed. There will be a few items and assist trophies available too. You can battle via local wireless, so have fun battling with your friends. For users outside of Japan, stay tuned for more news about the demo for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Screen shot is from Japanese version.
The only mode available on the demo version is Smash, but I also left open a feature called Tips. Just remember to tap that button. You'll figure the rest out once you do.
The demo is still currently exclusive to Japanese 3DS systems. The Final Destination form of Battlefield is available in addition to its regular state, and activating this also turns off items, as if the user were playing For Glory mode online. Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager and Mega Man are the playable characters.
Thursday, 11th September
The hero from Pikmin 3, Alph joins the battle!! He has pretty much the same set skills as Olimar since he's basically just his variation. He can't use Rock Pikmin either.
They are different characters, so they each get their own title treatment on the character-selection screen. See? It says Alph.
Alph was first seen to be an alternative to Olimar in the retail demo of the 3DS version playable in sections of Japan last weekend. It featured a full set of alternates for all the available playable characters, and each of the Olimar and Alph models have four colour schemes each.
Friday, 12th September
This is the World Status you can see in Spectator mode. The game isn't released yet so the map looks pretty plain now, but I wonder what it'll look like once it's out? Also, this is where you can see all sorts of stats being tallied up. In Group play and Spectator mode, you can see characters you haven't unlocked yet, so watch out if you don't want to be spoiled.
Even if you don't want to be spoiled, it might be wise to select the Online option at least once before you start the game. Your Global Smash Power won't appear until the first time you connect to the internet. Not only that, but there could potentially be a patch available that can resolve potential issues, like the one being released now for the Japanese version of the game. For the package version, updates can be pre-downloaded to your system even before you purchase the game, so make sure you look out for them.
The patch spoken of is a new online mode called Conquest, and it releases on Monday. You can see details here
Posted exclusively on the Japanese Director's Room was a reminder for the NicoNico livestream airing at 7pm Japanese Time, which is... RIGHT NOW. The link supplied is below:
Also, added to the main Smash site yesterday was two new pieces of music. PAC-MAN (Club Mix)
and Kapp'n's Song
from Animal Crossing: New Leaf