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'Super Smash Bros' Wii U Release Date is December 5 2014

07/10/2014 13:50 BST | Updated 07/10/2014 13:59 BST

Nintendo has announced that Super Smash Bros for the Wii U will arrive in the UK on 5 December.

The game will launch two weeks after the US launch on 21st November.

Nintendo had previously been oddly reluctant to confirm the launch day for the Wii U version - possibly so as not to distract from the 3DS edition of the game, which they has now sold more than 2.8 million copies worldwide.

Nintendo said the Wii U version will come in two bundles, which includes one set with an adapter to use up to four old-school Gamecube controllers with the game.

The other bundle will include a Mario 'Amiibo' figure, the first of Nintendo's new line of NFC-enabled digital toys.

The toys will function in a similar way to Activision's 'Skylanders' and Disney Infinity, bringing new features and characters to several titles and allowing players to download information back into the character.

Nintendo said the first line of Amiibo will be released on November 28th, with the figures including Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth.

The second wave will include Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit and Captain Falcon and will arrive on 19th December (just) in time for Christmas.

Nintendo explained - though details of how the figures work remain unclear even now - that the figures will bring fans "closer to the games they love":

Each amiibo uses NFC technology to interact with compatible games in unique new ways, providing fresh gameplay experiences and a great value for consumers. Players simply need to tap them to the NFC touchpoint on the Wii U GamePad to activate them, and some figures offer compatibility across multiple games – no additional equipment is required. Fans can buy and collect amiibo, to bring them closer to the games and characters they love. More amiibo will be launched throughout 2015.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will support amiibo from launch on 5th December, while other titles for which future amiibo support is planned include Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World for Wii U, with more to come. A software update may be necessary to use amiibo functionality for these and other amiibo compatible games in the future.