The most recent official Smash Bros. trailer announced that Robin and Lucina (from the 3DS’ Fire Emblem Awakening) will be newcomers. The video also confirmed the return of Smash veteran, Captain Falcon, from the F-Zero series. The character reveal movie was created by Anima, who also animated the cutscenes for Fire Emblem Awakening.
The video starts off with Lucina protecting the fallen Chrom, from a powerful opponent: Captain Falcon. Right as Captain Falcon prepares his iconic Falcon Punch, Robin enters the stage and interrupts the attack, with what seems to be his Elwind spell.
In the video, Robin displays spells such as Thunder, Elthunder, Arcthunder, Thoron, Arcfire, Elwind, and Nosferatu. While Captain Falcon uses his fists and Lucina wields Falchion, Robin depends on his Levin sword. It appears that Robin’s Fnal Smash is a partnered attack with his Support, Chrom. You can also play as female Robin.
Screenshots of the characters have been displayed on Miiverse and the Smash Bros. website, Link also makes a few appearances in the screenshots and artwork. IGN has confirmed with Nintendo that Chrom will not be playable.
Lucina is from a future version of Fire Emblem Awakening’s world. She is the daughter of Prince Chrom, and a descendent of the Hero-King Marth. She fights expertly with her Falchion sword.
On Miiverse, Masahiro Sakurai explained Marth and Lucina’s similar fighting style. “Her physical ablilites are identical to Marth’s–it must be in her D.N.A,” he says. “However, where Marth’s power is concentrated in the tip of the sword, Lucina’s attack strength is balanced throughout the weapon, which might make her easier to control. She’s also a little bit shorter than Marth.”
He then went on to say in another post, “With the Wii Fit Trainers, the male and female Robins, the Villagers, and Little Mac, varying their appearances and voices works just like selecting alternate color variations. However, whenever there is even a small difference in abilities, that character gets an actual roster slot. That is why you can select Lucina individually.”
There are now four Fire Emblem heroes on the Smash Bros. roster, including Marth, Ike, Robin and Lucina.
It may not be visible while in battle, but Lucina has the Brand of the Exalt in her left eye; a marking all the Ylissian royalty share.
For more images of Lucina, check out her official Smash Bros. page.
In Fire Emblem Awakening, Robin is the character you play as. He/she has the position of Tactician in the Shepherds, Chrom’s vigilante group. Being able to manipulate magic as well as wield a sword, Robin is a very versatile fighter.
The illustration below was created by Yusuke Kozaki, who also did the artwork for Fire Emblem Awakening.
Sakurai explains why Robin can be seen fighting with a Bronze Sword at times. “The Levin sword and tomes are Robin’s life lines. The Levin sword can be activated by using smash attacks–you can even activate these moves in midair!” he says. “However, just like in the original game, the Levin sword can be used only a limited number of times before it breaks, at which point it takes some time to regenerate.”
It’s during this time, when the Levin Sword is unusable, that Robin wields the Bronze Sword.
Robin is the first Fire Emblem character in a Smash Bros. game to use magic. When Robin casts Arcfire, flames rain down from the sky and lash out in a pillar of fire. Robin’s tomes are changed whenever a special attack is used. Since the tomes have limited usage, the player must strategize.
Although Captain Falcon wasn’t the main focus of the reveal video, it did confirm his return to Smash Bros. Plenty of screenshots of him were posted on his Smash Bros. page.
It appears that Captain Falcon has the same Final Smash attack as he did in past Smash Bros. games. He drives his Blue Falcon vehicle from F-Zero, which he uses to run over his opponents, completely knocking them off the stage.