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This Week in Super Smash Bros.

07/18/14 - Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire Emblem

by Clay Johnson - July 19, 2014, 12:05 am PDT

Sakurai bestows Fire Emblem characters galore, the official return of Captain Falcon, cats, and more!

Welcome to This Week in Super Smash Bros., our weekly recap of the various updates, images, and information regarding the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for Wii U and 3DS. Here's a look at what the game's creator, Masahiro Sakurai, shared with us this week, along with his comments.

Monday, 07/14/14: Rayman (New trophy)

In order to make Rayman's trophy, we asked Ubisoft to share their references. We were expecting to receive 2D drawing references for Rayman, but to our surprise, they sent us data of a brand new 3D model that they rendered for this game!! And that was how this trophy was created. It takes a lot of work creating each model, so it's wonderful that the creators contributed their own efforts!!

Robin & Captain Falcon (New & returning fighters)

Robin, the avatar in Fire Emblem Awakening, joins the battle!! As a master of tomes and the Levin sword, Robin's not like any other swordfighter. You can also select Robin's gender when you play.

And welcome back, Captain Falcon!! When are you ever getting a new game of your own?

Character reveal video & illustration

In case you missed it, here's the character reveal video.

And here's an illustration celebrating the newcomers! This was drawn by Yusuke Kozaki, the illustrator for Fire Emblem Awakening. The character reveal movie was created by anima, which also worked on the movie sequences for the original game. We've really jumped into the world of "Awakening."

Tuesday, 07/15/14: Lucina (New fighter)

Along with Robin, Lucina joins the battle!! Her physical ablilites are identical to Marth's--it must be in her DNA. 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.


Wednesday, 07/16/14: Robin (New mechanics)

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! 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. When the Levin sword is unavailable, Robin fights using the bronze sword.

The way Robin launches Arcfire is kind of crazy—he or she calls down a bolt of flame from above, then launches a pillar of fire! By the way, Robin’s tome changes with each special attack.

Thursday, 07/17/14: Living Room (New 3DS stage features)

We have Nintendogs plus cats! How could we forget them? Just FYI, there are about five dog breeds in this game. This was me, reporting from the 3DS-exclusive stage, Living Room.

Friday, 07/18/14: Screen & Star K.O.s

Here's a Screen K.O. shot. There are also patterns where players will disappear into the sky for Star K.O.s, but as a match's time limit approaches, those K.O.s will not occur anymore.

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Talkback

MASBNovember 21, 2013

Good job Curtis.  :) Looks like this will be a great addition to the site.

MataataNovember 22, 2013

Also in the news this week, Luigi gets nosey.

http://i.imgur.com/4C2wdGz.jpg

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterNovember 23, 2013

I like this week ending review for these pictures. It will allow me to dissect and predict Sakuria's actions in one convenient spot.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 08, 2013

As a huge fan of Majora's Mask I'm a little disappointed that Skull Kid isn't a playable character. In a similar fashion to Pokémon trainer, it might have been cool to see Skull Kid utilise the three transformations from Majora's Mask and to have them act as fighting stances.

Ah well. I'm just grateful that A Link Between Worlds and now Smash are acknowledging the existence of Majora's Mask. It gives me some hope that we'll eventually get that 3DS remake, and eventually a direct sequel (although I highly doubt the latter).

LucarioDecember 08, 2013

Need Lucario, Zoroark and Magnus (from Kid Icarus)

Bman87301December 21, 2013

"Princess Rosalina & Lum"? First off, it's Luma. Secondly, Rosalina has never been established as being a princess.

oohhboyHong Hang Ho, Staff AlumnusJanuary 03, 2014

Rosalina is a Galactic Queen. A hell of a classy one too.

superyoshi128November 14, 2014

Give me a break. Classy? You do know they're not real right?

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