Update: A new video appears! Check it out at the bottom of the page to see the new character reveal!
A new Smash Bros. only comes around every so often, so we’d be remiss to not even mention it. Last week some dude at Nintendo said there would be a video of the new Smash Bros. during the E3 Nintendo Direct, so it wasn’t exactly a surprise, but we were greeted with some new faces!
As of this writing, Nintendo doesn’t have an official video of this part of the Nintendo Direct, so we will have to use a couple that were ripped from it. ANYWAY, this first one shows of one of the new characters and the visual style for the 3DS.
It looks like the 3DS version of the game will be cel shaded, at least as far as the characters are concerned. They still look nice, and the action looks just as fast as you’d expect.
For all the fans of digging and catching bugs out there, the first new character announced for this iteration of Smash Bros. is the Villager from Animal Crossing! With his shovel, axe, slingshot, and fishing pole, the Villager surely will have some fun moves. Did you notice that he just up and caught Samus’s energy beam and put it in his pocket?
Now we’re talking. If you have gotten this far in the text, you know that Megaman is the second confirmed new character in the game, and this video makes him look more awesome than he has ever looked. It would seem like he is a force to be reckoned with. And boy, you just gotta love Megaman music.
Like many of the other titles discussed during the Nintendo Direct, Smash Bros. will not be available until 2014.
“The total number of characters is the same as the Wii U version,” says Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Brothers. “But some of the stages will be completely different.” The 3DS will sport more stages based on handheld games like tLoZ: Spirit Tracks, while more home console stages will be on Wii U. The characters in the 3DS version sport the black outlines so they are easier to see on the smaller screen.
The video goes on to demonstrate some of the changes to character designs (Samus and Pit now look more like their most recent games) and the moves from the new characters. The Villager can grab projectiles from other players, put them in his pocket, and throw them back out. Regarding Megaman, Sakurai continues: “I’m not going to have just any character participate from other companies, but he’s definitely in a class of his own.” Megaman doesn’t punch much, opting instead to use the megabuster along with powers adopted from Megaman bosses.
Finally, the new character is: The Wii Fit Trainer! “…Pretty much no one imagined this character would join the battle.” You are right, Sakurai, on that one. The Trainer fights in a style that mimics exercise moves.