After promising to reveal a new fighter for the monstrously anticipated Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U today, Nintendo didn’t just reveal one personality, but three! This brings the total number of confirmed fighters for both games to thirty-six.
Robin, Lucina and Captain Falcon are the latest characters to join Nintendo’s highly beloved crossover franchise for their newest installments, which now also include third-party brawlers, Mega Man and Pac-Man, along with the return of Sonic the Hedgehog as a playable fighter.
Robin and Lucina both hail from Fire Emblem: Awakening on the Nintendo 3DS, and are naturally both joining Super Smash Bros. for the first time.
Robin is the player’s avatar in Fire Emblem: Awakening, who can be renamed and have their appearance customized. Both male and female variants of Robin are also said to be featured in the new Super Smash Bros. games, in reference to the option of toggling the character’s gender in Fire Emblem: Awakening as well. The character will be based in magic and projectile fighting, much like their capabilities in Fire Emblem: Awakening.
Lucina meanwhile is the daughter of the Fire Emblem: Awakening protagonist, Chrom, and even initially disguises herself as another Fire Emblem protagonist and Super Smash Bros. regular, Marth in the game. She is apparently a descendant of Marth, along with Chrom, and as such, her moveset bears a resemblance to Marth’s in the new Super Smash Bros. games.
Sadly, Nintendo confirmed shortly after these reveals that Chrom will not be among the playable fighters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS nor Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. This could simply be because there are already a hefty amount of Fire Emblem characters in the new games, with returning Fire Emblem heroes, Marth and Ike previously confirmed to be among the roster of both titles. Nonetheless, it’s unfortunate for fans of Chrom’s character.
Lastly, Captain Falcon should be a familiar face to Super Smash Bros. fans at this point, as the character has been a fan-favourite fighter that has been present in every series entry since the original Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64. He is one of the most frequently recurring racers in the F-Zero series, and has a moveset balancing powerful, reflexive attacks at the cost of more rigid movement.
Interestingly, it was also just confirmed that not only are third-party fighters going to again be in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, but certain third-party trophies depicting characters that aren’t playable fighters will be featured in the new games as well. Nintendo showed off an example, a trophy of Ubisoft’s Rayman, which Ubisoft themselves contributed the full 3D model of. It initially led to speculation that Rayman would be an additional third-party fighter, but this doesn’t appear to be the case.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will release first, on October 3rd of this year. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will arrive later, just before the year is up, likely in late November or early December.
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