New and Returning Characters Announced for Super Smash Bros.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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During the special Direct for Super Smash Bros., a handful of returning characters were announced, along with a brand new one. However, what was interesting is that the returning characters now play slightly differently to how they did before, with some pretty interesting surprises.

So, who made it into the roster?

Zero Suit Samus

Super Smash Bros.—Zero Suit Samus

Zero Suit Samus is now a completely separate character from Samus. You no longer have to access the blond-haired bounty hunter through her Final Smash. Not only is she now her own independent lady, but she’s also been improved in many ways. She is now stronger, more agile, and comes equipped with rocket boots. Handy.

Super Smash Bros.—Zero Suit Samus

Zero Suit Samus using her new rocket boots.


Super Smash Bros.—Sheik

Just like Zero Suit Samus, Sheik is also a separate character, no longer tied to Zelda. She has also been given a boost in terms of speed, strength, and new moves—including mini-bombs. Nice. But what about Zelda’s Down Special move? Well, it seems she can now summon a magical knight from out of her undercarriage…

Super Smash Bros.—Sheik

Sheik’s got some new toys to play with: bombs!

Super Smash Bros.—Zelda

Behold! Zelda’s new special move.


Super Smash Bros.—Yoshi Intro

Finally, the mean, green dinosaur is back. (Some of us were getting worried.) Yoshi has also been given some improvements. One of them is that he now stands more upright than he did before, which is nice.

Super Smash Bros.—Yoshi

Yoshi’s finally back! Huzzah!


Super Smash Bros.—Charizard

It appears the fire-wielding Pokémon is going it alone this time, without the likes of Squirtle and Ivysaur to back him up&mdsah;certainly a curveball from Sakurai. Do you like this new direction for the old-school Pokémon?

Super Smash Bros.—Charizard

Charizard seems to be going it alone.


Super Smash Bros.—Greninja

Now comes the newcomer, Greninja. The evolved version of Froakie makes its debut in Super Smash Bros. and looks to be a beast when it comes to speed and evasive attacks—definitely a surprising addition to the roster. And if Jigglypuff returns, it will give the Pokémon franchise a total of five representatives so far.

Super Smash Bros.—Greninja

Greninja joins the fray.

Check out the debut trailer for Greninja, as well as Charizard’s solo debut, below:

So what do you make of the updated roster? Surprised? Disappointed? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out our full recap of the Super Smash Bros. Direct.


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  • MusubiKazesaru

    I like it but I’ll be upset if Sheik makes it and Ganondorf (reworked) doesn’t. Greninja is an awesome addition, much more so than solo Charizard (whom I imagined got some move changes)

  • Raymond

    Wow…Mario was running pretty damn fast in that video. LOL

  • Josh S.

    I would like to point out I am the one who Rawky was talking about when he was talking about Yoshi, lol. Also – I really want reworked Ganondorf! Figure that Brawl had around 36 characters, so I still am holding out hope for Ness, Ganondorf and Wario. Also – custom moves!!!

  • Vinicius

    My reaction to all the charachters:
    Zero Suit Samus: NIce, one of my favorite charachters is back, unfortunatelly she still has that awful “beauty mark” from other M.
    Sheik: Good to see sheik back, I liked transforming mid fight so I could play with a totally different moveset, but if this removes the lag Brawl had when changing charachters, I’m okay with it, sheik also got to new attacks so I’m excited to play as her. Zelda new Down+B is also great, but it seemed a little to slow.
    Yoshi: never been a big fan, but at least this will shut those that kept spamming forums about the “fact” that he was not comming back.
    Charizard: I always preferend Squirtle.
    Greninja:asdoigfasdoigusrnbgosegi0uwrgoiuwo´hsdiufsodfuoisdosdioghsdiogfiosdhgiosdnoifghsgoisHGOISgiHS. This was awesome.

    • “Charizard: I always preferend Squirtle”

      Sheik was tied to Zelda, and now Sheik and Zelda are separate characters.

      Zero Suit Samus was tied to Samus, and now ZSS and Samus are separate characters.

      Charizard, Squirtle and Ivysaur were tied toghether, and now Charizard is a separate character. So guess who will likely be announced as new characters in the future. 😉

    • Vinicius

      Yeah, but Sakurai said that some charachters would be cut from the last game, and since we already have Greninja it would be redundant for him to be in the game.

  • Goose

    Samus just gets hotter and hotter every subsequent game.

  • MIDNA RETURNS! MIDNA RETURNS! I was not quite interested in the next SSB but this announcement (and other announcements too) makes me want it. Great job Sakurai and BigN!

    As for the new characters, one thing worries me: Captain Falcon has not been being announced yet. 5 new characters were announced and Captain Falcon, one of the most famous SSB characters, is not one of them. I fear that Little Mac IS currently replacing Captain Falcon (and its famous Falcon Punch!) in the roster. Such thing would be the death-knell of Captain Falcon and the whole F-Zero license.

    It is practically the same thing for the Starfox IP but Fox Mc Cloud was among the first announced characters. I do not think that both Falco Lombardi and Wolf O’Donell will be in the next SSB, which would be terrible for the Starfox licence.