Final Smashes and Footstool Jumping make a return, while the "tripping" mechanic has been removed. Both games have the same roster of playable characters in order to keep them consistent.
The pace of battles has also been stated to be in between Super Smash Bros. The movesets and animations of some returning characters were changed more significantly than during the transition from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with many returning characters having completely new moves, and major alterations (such as Pit).
Events are arranged in a grid, however, and the path forward reveals itself when the player completes a given event. The Wii U version's Classic Mode operates in a different manner from that of the 3DS version.
As many as seven opponents may be fought in a single stage.Aesthetically, the games are much more stylized and visually intense than previous entries, with the overall colors being bolder and brighter and many elements having been redone to stand out more.The Wii U version does not make much use of the Game Pad's touch screen during gameplay.Up to three items can be equipped at a time, and some items provide additional side effects to the fighter.A new game mode known as 8-Player Smash is also available.
However, in addition to Off-TV Play, the Wii U Game Pad can display in-battle stats, such as damage percentages.