Super Smash Bros. 4 director Masahiro Sakurai finished the week off by sharing some interesting “pics of the day” with fans on Miiverse. Among them are screens revealing alternate skins for the Villager character, allowing players to pick between male and female Villagers while battling in the upcoming Wii U and 3DS games. The new skins include the different hair styles and outfit options the Animal Crossing series is known for, as well as unique faces to give each model their own personality.

Altogether, Smash Bros. 4 will have more playable female characters than any Smash game before it.


Next up is an Assist Trophy from way back in the Nintendo history books: the TV-Game 15. This was first shown in the Smash Direct video last month, but now Sakurai is sharing the attention to detail the team went into to recreate the 1977 feel of the original console.

Sakurai says in his post: “Normally, controllers for these types of games had knobs with variable resistors — these allowed the players to control in-game movement by how far they twisted the knobs. The TV-Game 15 used microswitches instead. We’ve worked a little too hard to reenact the behavior of the original, so the paddles always move in linear paths with the same, consistent speed. We pay attention to such peculiar details!”

Seeing old monochrome and pixel-based graphics beside the modern HD feel of the Wii U reminds me how far gaming has come in the last 40 years, and it’s an impressive sight. The games’ releases later this year can’t come soon enough.