A couple of weeks ago, we reported that an audio file found in Super Smash Bros. hinted at the possibility of an 8-player mode. It was unclear if the feature would be for the Nintendo 3DS version or if it would be for the Wii U version. Well it turns out that the feature is for the Wii U version of the game.
We suppose this makes sense given that the Wii U is a more powerful piece of hardware that could support that many players, not to mention playing it on a small screen like the 3DS could prove to be pretty troublesome. This was confirmed in a Nintendo Direct Video in which the company revealed that the 8-player mode would be a special mode.
“In a major first for the franchise, a special mode lets eight players fight simultaneously in local multiplayer. This option appears only in the Wii U version, and lets players compete on even larger stages to accommodate all the characters.” Now before you get too excited, Nintendo also mentioned that the feature would only be available on certain stages, and will not be available in online mode.