It’s official, folks, Punch Out!!‘s Little Mac has been unveiled as the 23rd playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for Wii U and 3DS. The puny pugilist made his series debut as an assist trophy in 2008′s Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but a trailer in today’s Nintendo Direct revealed that he’ll be given a much more significant role in the new games.
Not only does this trailer announce Little Mac’s return, it also gives us quick glimpses of some of his unique features. Perhaps the most notable is the Power Meter above his character portrait that, when charged, allows him to unleash an ultra-powerful Knockout Punch. The trailer also shows what appears to be Little Mac’s Final Smash: transforming into Giga Mac, a slower and stronger version of himself that appeared in Punch Out!! for Wii. The entire trailer is punctuated by tips and encouragement from Little Mac’s coach, Doc Louis. It’s not entirely clear whether all Mac’s fights will have this commentary, though that seems to be what this is hinting at.
It’s no surprise that we’re all pretty excited about this, but what do you think of this character reveal? Let us know in the comments down below, and be sure check back to Operation Rainfall for all your Smash Bros. coverage.