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!



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


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. 



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 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.



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.