When exactly will all these fan favorites be bursting through a blue background and onto your console?
As we enter into the middle of August, the release calendar for this holiday season's AAA blockbuster games is pretty much set, running from The Sims 4 on September 2 through to Far Cry 4 on November 18 (over a week before the all-important Black Friday hits on November 28). Practically every big-name game coming out this holiday season now has a specific, publicized North American release date within that timeframe, even if some of those dates may end up slipping intothe future.
And then there's the exhaustingly named Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which seems to be 2014's only major holiday title yet to lock in a specific release date (aside from Nintendo's official, amorphous "fourth quarter" release window). That's despite the fact that the Nintendo 3DS version of the same game has been set for an October 3 release. (We should note that a leak from HMV suggests the Wii U version is coming November 28, but that is not yet confirmed.)
Even though Nintendo has stressed how important Super Smash Bros. is to the Wii U's holiday comeback plans, the lack of a specific release date and Nintendo's long history of game delays has some worried that the game may end up being pushed into 2015 after all. Every day that goes by without a release date announcement makes it more likely that Nintendo has decided to give the developers additional time to finish polishing the game. And that would mean it's less likely the company will have time to roll out the production, supply chain, marketing, and retail channel preparations it needs to get Super Smash Bros. for Wii U into consumers' hands by the end of the year.