Smash Bros. 4 will support two modes of matchmade online multiplayer across its Wii U and 3DS versions.
Nintendo revealed that players will be able to compete in "For Fun" and "For Glory" matches online in a Smash Bros-themed Nintendo Direct Tuesday.
"For Fun" matches take place on random levels with items enabled. "For Glory" matches disable all items and take place only on Final Destination - though nearly every stage will include a Final Destination version for competitive play.
Groups of friends playing together can customize all of the rules and settings as much as they like. Series creator Masahiro Sakurai recommended players use a wired connection for Wii U multiplayer.
Sakurai said that Smash Bros. will not use a direct ranking system for online battles, though it will still use behind-the-scenes matchmaking to keep players of similar skill playing together.
Players will be rated based on their "Global Smash Power," a number which directly indicates how many players that person has matched. All online matches will be played with Nintendo Network ID.
In addition to these modes, Sakurai also detailed a new loot-em-up mode called Smash Run. This will see up to four players run through one sprawling area, collecting stat-boosting items to aid them in a super-powered final battle.
Nintendo used its Tuesday Direct to announce that Smash Bros. 4 will release first on Nintendo 3DS this summer (winter in Australia), followed by the Wii U version in Winter.
The company also teased the ability for players to add their own nuances to fighters with new 'custom move sets', usable in local play and online multiplayer with friends.
Several characters will make their Smash Bros. debut in the fourth installment, including Charizard, Greninja, separate characters for Sheik and Zero Suit Samus, the Animal Crossing Villager, Mega Man, Wii Fit Trainer, Punch-Out's Little Mac and Rosalina and Luma from Super Mario Galaxy.