Charizard and Greninja are Confirmed for Super Smash Bros.

Following the confirmation of a release window for Super Smash Bros., Nintendo has revealed the latest playable fighters for the game – Charizard and Greninja. While you can find the reveal trailer above, we’ve compiled some information about both character reveals below.

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While Charizard made an appearance in the previous game, he was under the control of the Pokemon Trainer, who had to swap between three different Pokemon, in order to fully maximize their attack power.

Charizard also seems to be able to unlock his mega evolution, although the method of which it’s unlocked is not clear.

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Also confirmed in the Nintendo Direct was Greninja, the final evolution of Froakie, one of the starter Pokemon from Pokemon X and Y.

Naturally, Greninja seems like a heavily melee oriented character, and has lots of aggressive moves that will allow you to harass your opponents. He also has lots of teleporting moves, because he’s a ninja, of course.

Nintendo confirmed several returning characters with Zero Suit Samus, Sheik, and Yoshi.

You can find the entire press release below, since there’s just way too much content for me to paraphrase:

  • Silky-smooth 3D: Most game-play elements of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game will run at 60 frames per second, all in stereoscopic 3D.
  • “Smash Run”: Exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is a new mode called “Smash Run.” In this mode, four players have five minutes to enter a dungeon and explore the surroundings, fight enemies and obtain power-ups to enhance their fighters. Once the five minutes are up, all four fighters enter a battle arena using their newly equipped items and power-ups. Enemies encountered in the Smash Run mode are from a wide range of game series. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems and games are required for multiplayer modes.
  • New challenger!: Greninja, the awesome final evolution of Froakie from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, joins the roster as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
  • Oldies but goodies: Many of the classic characters from past Super Smash Bros. games that are returning in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS have new powers and abilities. Four characters that have appeared in previous games, but had yet to be announced before this Nintendo Direct, include:
    • Zero Suit Samus: That’s right, Zero Suit Samus is back, but this time she is her own fully playable character, separate from suited Samus. In the new game, she is given jet boots to make her even more powerful.
    • Sheik: As with Zero Suit Samus, Sheik is another character that appeared in previous Super Smash Bros. games, but will be a unique playable character for the first time in the new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. Sheik has new moves like Burst Grenade and Bouncing Fish.
    • Yoshi: In previous games, Yoshi stood on two legs and hunched over, as if Mario were going to jump on top of him at any moment. This new version of Yoshi stands completely upright, making him an even stronger fighter.
    • Charizard: After appearing from a Poké Ball in Super Smash Bros. Melee and becoming playable by using Pokémon Trainer in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, this fire-breathing Pokémon is now a selectable character.
  • Online play: Both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. will offer online multiplayer game play with other players on the same platform. Players with broadband Internet access can battle it out with anyone else who is online and also has the game.
    • When playing with random players online, two modes are available: “For Fun” and “For Glory.” In “For Glory,” only Final Destination stage variations are available. There are no platforms, elevated areas or items in this mode. It is a nice, clean battle between characters. In “For Fun,” all stages are picked randomly and all items and power-ups are available.
    • When playing with friends, full customization is available – players can set the rules, stages and items however they want.
  • Variety of stages: While the cast of playable characters is the same in both versions of the new games, the stages where the battles take place are vastly different, depending on which system a player chooses. The Wii U stages are primarily based on past home console games, while the Nintendo 3DS stages draw from hand-held games for inspiration.
    • Boss characters, such as the Yellow Devil in Dr. Wily’s Base, will make appearances in some stages. When bosses appear, fighters will have to battle the boss, as well as one another. The boss can even be used in strategic ways to damage other fighters.
    • Almost all the stages in both versions of the game will have a “Final Destination form,” an alternate form of each stage that is inspired by the relatively simple layout of the much-loved Final Destination stage.

Here are some of the confirmed stages so far:

  • 3DS Stages:
    • Reset Bomb Forest
    • 3D Land
    • Spirit Train
    • Gerudo Valley
    • Arena Ferox
    • Tortimer Island
    • Living Room
    • Prism Tower
    • Rainbow Road
    • Find Mii
    • Balloon Fight
    • Jungle Japes
  • Wii U Stages:
    • Mario Galaxy
    • Pyrosphere
    • Town and City
    • Boxing Ring
    • Pilot Wings
    • Skyloft
    • Windy Hill
    • Garden of Hope
    • Wii Fit Studio
    • Palutena’s Temple
    • Halberd
  • Items, trophies and Pokémon: Items, assist trophies and Poké Balls all return in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. New to the games are Master Balls, special Poké Balls that contain Legendary Pokémon like Arceus and Xerneas.
  • Here are some of the items that have been confirmed:
    • Beam Sword
    • Bumper
    • Smart Bomb
    • Motion-Sensor Bomb
    • POW Block
    • Beetle
    • Fire Bar
    • Back Shield
    • Bombchu
    • Fairy Bottle
    • Ore Club
    • X Bomb
    • Hocotate Bomb
    • Rocket Belt
    • Steel Diver
  • Here are some of the assist trophies that have been confirmed:
    • Andross
    • Devil
    • Knuckle Joe
    • Saki Amamiya
    • Lyn
    • Nintendog
    • Waluigi
    • Dr. Wright
    • Skull Kid
    • Mother Brain
    • Midna
    • Ashley
    • Dark Samus
    • Chain Chomp
    • Isabelle
    • Elec Man
    • Color TV-Game 15
  • Here are some of the Pokemon who are confirmed to be in the game:
    • Meowth
    • Electrode
    • Eevee
    • Staryu
    • Metagross
    • Fennekin
    • Meloetta
    • Gogoat
    • Entei
    • Deoxys
    • Palkia
    • Kyurem
    • Victini
    • Keldeo
    • Xerneas
  • Get connected: There will be elements in Super Smash Bros. that link both versions of the games. More details about this will be revealed at a later date.
  • Custom moves: In a series first, players can now customize move sets when playing locally or online with friends. More information about this feature will be announced in the future.

Also confirmed today was the release window for both versions of the game, with the 3DS version coming this summer, and the Wii U version coming this winter.

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