Sakurai has posted an image of the Skull Kid on his Miiverse page, confirming his appearance in the new Super Smash Bros. game. However, Sakurai made it clear that the Skull Kid will appear as an Assist Trophy, and not as a playable character. His post reads:
“Pic of the day. Here’s a new Assist Trophy–the Skull Kid! I repeat, it’s an Assist Trophy, not a new fighter. The characters announced on the website are the fighters!”
It’s pretty cool that Skull Kid will be making his way into the new Smash Bros. game, even if only as an Assist Trophy! Perhaps this will open the doors for more characters from the Zelda series to make their way into the game, either as playable characters or in other ways, such as Assist Trophies.