In today’s Nintendo Direct, five new playable characters were unveiled for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. 4, including the Zelda franchise’s own Sheik. More news is coming on exactly what was covered in the Nintendo Direct, but first we want to give you an overview of the one thing that everybody cares about the most: the character reveals!

Sheik

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Fan-favorite Sheik is returning for Super Smash Bros. 4, her (or his?) third appearance in the franchise. Sheik and Zelda now appear to be two separate characters, with both having brand new Down B (or Down Special) moves, which used to be the way Zelda would transform into Sheik and vice versa. Now that they are in all likelihood two separate characters, how will this affect their move sets and the overall balance of the two characters?

Zero Suit Samus

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Zero Suit Samus was also announced as a returning character in Super Smash Bros. 4, her second appearance in the franchise to date. Rather than emerging from Samus’s armor after her Final Smash attack, Zero Suit Samus is now her own character, with a brand new pair of jet boots to go along with it. During the Direct, Sakurai tried to tell us that Zero Suit Samus wasn’t going to appear in the game, only to mention moments later, “nah, I’m only kidding”. Oh Sakurai, you troll. We still love you though. 

Yoshi

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Many thought that after the release of Yoshi’s New Island for the 3DS back in March, Yoshi would be unveiled as a playable character in Smash 4. It came a little later than expected, but Yoshi is now confirmed to make his fourth appearance in the Smash Bros. franchise, one of the few characters who has appeared in each game in the series. Will Yoshi have any new tricks up his sleeve this time?

Charizard

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Charizard is returning to the Smash Bros. series and this time as his own character, not merely a Pokeball of the Pokemon Trainer. As a fan favorite in the Pokemon franchise and the final evolution of Charmander (one of the original starters from Pokemon Red/Blue) many will be pleased to see his return. Although not much was revealed about Charizard, aside from a reveal trailer at the end of the Direct, more details on the character are sure to surface in the (hopefully near) future.

Greninja

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Today’s Nintendo Direct decided to leave it’s most surprising reveal for last, and that was the inclusion of Pokemon X/Y‘s Greninja, the final evolution of one of the Kalos Region’s starting Pokemon, Froakie. Greninja is a water and dark-type Pokemon in Pokemon X/Y, and while almost nothing was revealed about the character (similar to Charizard) aside from its introduction, Greninja is a fantastic addition to the Smash universe and a very pleasant surprise. You can view his and Charizard’s reveal trailer below.

With these five additions to the Super Smash Bros. 4 roster, the official challenger list has risen to 29 playable characters. Who else would you like to see jump into the action?

You can also view additional screenshots and artwork of Sheik, Zero Suit Samus, Yoshi, Charizard, and Greninja on the Super Smash Bros. official website.

  • Zansouki

    Don’t know how to feel about Sheik and Zelda being separate characters…sure, its good that this means at least one new move for each one, it still feels weird to me since they are in essence the same person.
    It also feels like Sakurai is trying to fill in character slots by separating Zelda and Sheik, and Samus and Zero Suit Samus.

    • JaidynReiman

      I disagree, in fact in the past Sakurai seemed to count alternates as separate characters and they take about the same development time regardless. They were separated likely due to 3DS limitations, because barely anyone ever wanted to switch between the two instead only picking one, and to balance them out and make all of them stronger as a whole by adding more moves.

      • CEObrainz

        That seems about right, it also allows characters such and Zelda and Sheik to have new moves instead of that transformation. I don’t think they are separated due to limitations but rather to give each character a unique slot (not being labeled under the same person…a.k.a ZSS).

        • Morgan

          I mained as Zelda, and I feel that this gives them a chance to truly balance the characters. Very excited here with Zelda, Sheik, and ZSS.

          • CEObrainz

            I mained Sheik out of the two and hated when I accidentally transformed to Zelda. It will be weird though knowing I can’t do that anymore, but Its a welcome change.

          • Ixbran

            Same, though I did change to sheik on occasion, it’ll be odd not being able to change anymore.

            Though I am excited for the Phantom being a new move, it should be fun to use.

    • CaptainGintoki

      I agree about having them as separate characters, but as long as they get cool new moves and final smashes then I don’t mind.

  • Jesús Manuel Rueda Camacho

    i just can’t stop watching the Charizard and Greninja introduction video, it’s so awesome.
    i picked Froakie as a starter, and seeing his final form as a playable character is just so incredible

    • CEObrainz

      Yep, I didn’t expect that reveal at all, but I’m glad they did it.

      • Morgan

        Loved the way it was done. Just perfect.

        • CEObrainz

          Hopefully they are still many cinematic clips in the game that we’ve yet to see. I know we won’t have a Subspace Emissary like Brawl but something else instead would still be cool.

    • The Doctor

      Wow. I didn’t even know that Greninja was a Pokemon until you said that. I started playing Pokemon in 2000, and I’ve beat the Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn regions countless times, but Pokemon just isn’t the same it used to be after they started making DS games. Sinnoh was okay, but I don’t even want to play X & Y.

      • Jesús Manuel Rueda Camacho

        i don’t like some stuff in the newer games (generation 4 was kinda boring in my opinion), but that doesn’t stop me from playing the games. i like any kind of games, good or bad

        • The Doctor

          I have two gameboy colors, a link cable, and Pkmn Red, Blue, and Yellow. This summer break I’m going to catch all 151 Pokemon (using the Nugget Bridge glitch to get Mew).

          The only Pokemon games I’ve played recently are the rom hacks. Light Platinum and Ash Gray are my favorites.

          • Jesús Manuel Rueda Camacho

            good luck on catching the original 151 😀

          • The Doctor

            Besides the ones in the Safari Zone, it shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve actually caught them all before, just not in one game.

          • Jesús Manuel Rueda Camacho

            only game i’ve caught them all was in SoulSilver, with the help of some friends trading some legendary pkmn with me.

            in Black i caught all of em, except Keldeo and Genesect. and in Ruby i only was missing Celebi, Jirachi and Magby, but i lost my cartridge

    • Morgan

      It was very epic. Greninja. I’m shocked but so happy. Glad the Pokemon Trainer is gone and we get full-blown Charizard and mega evolutions.

      • Jesús Manuel Rueda Camacho

        PKMN Trainer was kinda boring for me to use, but i liked his part in the Subspace Emissary

  • DRKirby

    Actually Zelda (Which is twilight Princess Zelda) and Sheik (who was never added to TP due to story issues) are not the same as Sheik was only in OOT. So it sorta makes sense them being separate characters. (Similar to them doing Link and Toon Link or even child Link and adult Link or Mario and Dr Mario..) They have always had alternates for every character. I can see Sheik as a character you get through DLC or later in the game.

    • JaidynReiman

      No, I don’t think that’s the case. I’m pretty sure that Zelda and Link are just Smash Zelda and Link, not based on a specific version of Zelda/Link from the series. They’re based on Zelda and Link in general, which should be noted as TP Zelda (or even the original Zelda) never used Farore’s Wind, Din’s Fire, or Nayru’s Love, and TP Zelda definitely doesn’t summon a phantom.

      • CEObrainz

        Move-sets are usually generated from the history of the character and model designs usually come from the latest game. In this case (being a unique example), both Zelda and Link are modeled somewhat after Brawl (which was modeled off TP). Shiek’s model came from designs for her for TP if I’m not mistaken, Hyrule Historia documents this I think.

        • JaidynReiman

          Sheik’s design is based on a potential concept design for Sheik in TP, but regardless, the TP designs are still basically just a more stylized/detailed version of OOT’s. If they were going to keep using designs from the latest game, they’d be based off of Skyward Sword (not that’d change Link much).

          • CEObrainz

            Hopefully the other skins are more versions of Link, similar to all the texture hacks you can use with Brawl.

            TP in general was a more detailed version of OOT, from it’s over-world to it’s themes and the way it generally presented itself.

          • JaidynReiman

            I’d love to see alternate versions of Link and Zelda. Having an alt of Link wouldn’t change much unless they gave him the starting outfits of other versions of Link, but it would be cool seeing SS or LTTP style Zelda as alts.

          • CEObrainz

            And we still need to have Dark Link, perhaps even adding the Magic Armour from TP and Link’s “Casual Clothes” from SS.

  • CEObrainz

    I’m liking what they did with the separate characters, also ZSS looks like my new main for this Smash (alongside Marth), will have to wait until I get my hands on the 3DS version first.

    • JaidynReiman

      So far I still have not found a character I want to main more than Marth at this point. I’ll try all the new characters, but I’ve never been a Pokemon fan really and I’ve never been too into ZSS/Sheik (ZSS more than Samus, but not much).

      If Dixie Kong or Isaac get in, then I may change my mind. A fan favorite choice of mine has already been relegated to an Assist (I guess it was a bit of a long shot, but I thought Lyn would make a great playable character).

      • CEObrainz

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Marth player from day one. But Zero Suit will be my secondary unless Sakurai can convince me that Chrom will be better.

        • JaidynReiman

          I’m still not convinced they’re going to add Chrom. My personal favorite choice was deconfirmed (Lyn), but I think either the Avatar or Grima would be a better choice than Chrom, for a number of reasons.

          I can’t see Chrom being much different from Ike or Marth. I can’t see them dropping Ike because he is unique, he’s the second-most recurring main character in the series, and he’s still popular. Chrom would also be yet another blue-haired main Lord from the Fire Emblem series, even if he did get a unique moveset.

          Yeah, they dropped Roy, but under far different circumstances. Avatar/Grima would be a more unique character moveset-wise than Chrom would be.

          • CEObrainz

            Well Roy and Ike were added in Melee and Brawl because they were the newest Lord at the time, Chrom would logically follow suit.

            I thought Roy was dropped due to time constraints and the need to get rid of clone characters.

            I personally would like Ike back as he was part of my team of mains, but I welcome any FE character that doesn’t play like Marth.

            Also, here’s hoping that Lucina is a skin for Marth. That would cement my “color” whenever I play.

          • JaidynReiman

            I’d love Lucina as an alt for Marth. I still think I’d prefer Avatar/Grima due to being a mage knight rather than a physical fighter, its a way to actually represent the Fire Emblem magic triangle rather than just… swords…

            Oh, on that note, I think that if Ike’s back it’d be great if he’s based on Radiant Dawn instead and perhaps can switch between using Ragnell and an Axe, that’d be a great way to vary him a bit more.

            I mainly don’t want Chrom because I’m tired of Fire Emblem being represented only by the latest main sword user. There’s other aspects of Fire Emblem I’d really like them to show off as well.

            Technically Roy wasn’t the newest Lord at the time, his game wasn’t even out yet. Either way, he was really only added to Smash to promote his upcoming game. He’s also the only character added to Smash before his video game debut elsewhere.

          • CEObrainz

            I can understand that with not wanting Chrom in the game, I think it would still be nice to see him though. Ike’s design from Radiant Dawn would be really nice and if possible 3 Lords are better than 2.

            Whilst Roy’s game wasn’t out yet, it does have a connection to the release date of Melee as Ike’s game does with Brawl. I doubt we will see another FE game before Smash 4 releases, seeing as the 3DS version releases in Summer and both versions have the same characters. So with that logic Awakening is where we get a new character from, not to mention it’s the game that boosted the popularity of the series a lot.

  • The Doctor

    Charizard ans ZSS were two of my best characters, but I never got good with Ivysaur or Samus. Finally! They’re on their own!

  • CaptainGintoki

    I gotta say, this has really raised my expectations! Although Sheik separate from Zelda feels weird… was this done to give Zelda and Sheik more moves or is this trying to establish Sheik as her own separate character? If so this raises a lot of questions and her face looks way more intimidating than in the past games. Also I have mixed feelings about Greninja. If he had been in a trio with a trainer then I might not be feeling so mixed.

    • Morgan

      I think Zelda and Sheik being separate gives them both one new move and gives them the chance to balance the characters more.

  • True Hylian Hero

    I am not fond of this. If they really wanted do add a new Down+B move to Zelda and her Sheik counterpart, couldn’t they assign a new button combination to the old move? Remember that there are players, like myself, who like changing forms in battle, because, you see, it’s one of the things that makes Zelda/Sheik an interesting character to play as. Why take that uniqueness away? It’s not like it broke the character, or something.

  • Volldegine

    There’s only one SSB character leaving a hole in my heart currently..
    Captain Falcon, anyone?

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