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Super Smash Bros. Footage Revealed, Mega Man Introduced as a New Challenger

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Yes, Mega Man

Today's E3 Nintendo Direct featured plenty of footage of games not previously seen, with the most hyped arguably being the new Super Smash Bros. Most encouraging was the fact that the trailer showed a lot of gameplay footage alongside CGI flourishes, with plenty of favourites duking it out.

The footage showed both the 3DS and Wii U version, starting with the handheld iteration. In a clever touch, the portable's visuals are adopting an appealing cel-shaded look, with the transition to Wii U then adopting a far more detailed style similar to its Wii predecessor. Most footage was then on the Wii U, with arenas glimpsed covering various franchises, and the fighting looking largely familiar with what we've seen before.

The big reveal was saved for the end, with Mega Man being confirmed as a new challenger. He looks like a modern version of the character from the 'classic' series best known on NES, and quickly moved from a standard blaster to incorporate special moves from defeated Robot Masters, which is sure to delight fans of the franchise.

It was a blast of Smash Bros. madness, which was simply given a 2014 date, and undoubtedly a tantalising first glimpse — let us know what you thought in the comments below, with the main trailer followed by the Blue Bomber's appearance.

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Yasume said:

The game looks EXACTLY like Brawl. Mega Man is a pretty cool addition, but it could easily have been DLC in Brawl.



element187 said:

Awesome.. I love how every game shown off today looks like an animated painting. I love these art styles. My body is Reggie for all of these games.



SparkOfSpirit said:

@Yasume No it really doesn't and no he couldn't since Brawl had no DLC ability.

Mega Man is an excellent addition. Just bring back Sonic and I'm good for third party characters!



rjejr said:

I thought the 3DS version - cell-shaded with the horrible black outline - was making fun of PSASBR, it looked just like it. WiiU version was much better.

Too bad my stream was a stuttering slide-show, couldn't really enjoy it. Hoping it's somewhere like Gametrailers later. Or the Wii.

For those thinking this was a 2013 release, I don't think that was ever realistic.



Einherjar said:

i...simply have no words...none at all...ill be back after i stand in the corner for a cpouple of minutes, crying some fanboy tears of happyness



LasermasterA said:

Make some of the previous assist trophies playable! There were some characters' potential was not tapped into!



Whopper744 said:

hmm...looks like I have to get started on the MegaMan franchise...where is a good, not too crazy hard place to start?



Marks said:

I know someone's going to be very happy about Mega Man...
I saw a glimpse of gameplay and it looks nice. The Animal Crossing Villager scared me a little, though.



Emaan said:


I couldn't handle my excitement when I saw this
Mega Man it's good to have you back!

Animal Crossing villager? Huh?


Thank you Ninty



Skeet102 said:

lksdajgjoiuewqjrmlmwqjcwkrjfkluwequrhkmgqewrrriug!??!!!? passes out from excitement



retro_player_22 said:

Yes Mega Man is here, now we just need Pac-Man, Bomberman, Simon Belmont, Lloyd Irvin, and the return of Snake and Sonic.



3DGamerDude said:

Wah! Where's Waluigi? Eh, no matter. This game will be fan-stinkin'-tastic with or without Waluigi!



XavandSo said:

I cried tears of joy when I saw the Smash logo at the beginning of the trailer and cried through out the trailer. I, I, I.... Then wet myself when Mega Man popped up. I'm not embarrassed to say it. Because; Smash Bros.



MeWario said:

Man that reveal was glorious! I was giddy watching Megaman appear, he is a more then welcome addition!



jpfan1989 said:

Didn't see the animal crossing guy coming that's kind of meh but im not going to criticize, I made that mistake with olimar.
I noticed a change in Pit's move set, this pleases me.

3DS stylized graphics look like poopydoopy but ill get over it.

Megaman! OMG I was shouting Yes! at the top of my lungs, in the past I voted for the removal of all 3rd Party fighters but I am all over this!



Trikeboy said:

Remember guys, there is a second Nintendo event today and a Pokemon Direct. We might get more info then.



Gobelee said:

@Joshers744 Mega Man X would be great, but if you want the true Mega Man experience you have to be ready for a bit of a challenge. The original series for NES is available on every system on the planet, start with #1 and work your way up!



WaveBoy said:

Man! I didn't see ANY of the Brawl footage except a 2 second static pose of mega man that i caught by suprise which lead me to mini jump off my chair and say "ooo! ooo!"lol That streaming was just awful, especially during the brawl unviel. I need to watch ALL of the footage all over again. Anyways, got my wish!



GearsOfWarU said:

I've Never had the oportunity to play a Smash Bros. Game as I never owned a GameCube or Wii instead Had and Xbox & X360 ... But this looks Amazing can't wait to join in on the fun... what a great title to start... Fave Fighters look like Mega Man, Pit , Samus



aaronsullivan said:

That 3D Mega Man is EXACTLY how he should look in a new 3D re-imagining. He looks like an exciting new character if you hadn't had previous experience with him and he is immediately recognizable to those who do. Love the geek moment where they show him fighting Samus. Hand-blaster FIGHT!

It's interesting because Smash Bros. launched the new Kid Icarus reboot. Hmm...



aaronsullivan said:

Also, the 3DS stylized graphics are a great move. You have to SEE the fighters while you play on that dinky screen and if you zoom in to close it would be a huge disadvantage. It looks good. It's not "cel shaded" either, btw, it's just a inky black outline, the textures are all there.



aaronsullivan said:

There is a 99.9% chance that Metroid will be on the Wii U. Miyamoto acknowledged it by hinting that the controls and viewpoint are going to be in the direction of Metroid Blast (which is perfect).

I completely agree about Kid Icarus, but the guy who does that is the Smash Bros. guy and he's busy until some time in 2014. I can only hope that there are people getting it going on the Wii U before he gets involved.



aaronsullivan said:

@Fingeldor You missed the best part of that video, then. It will be online later. The live stuff was kicking out early for people. Edit: Oh, I see, the youtube video is missing the reveal! Bummer!



Classicgamer said:

GAH. THIS IS EPIC. I'd love to Amaterasu from Okami and more Kid Icarus characters...oh! And Quote and Curly from Cave Story! Oh! Oh! And Ghirahim from Skyward Sword..Groose too.<3



Pinkkitty said:

So happy about this This has made my day
Also, the stream screwed up on me the second the trailer started playing, so I spent the next 5 minutes frantically looking for another place to watch XD



SparkOfSpirit said:

The only third party characters I've ever wanted are Sonic, Mega Man, Simon Belmont, and Crono.

So if Sonic returns (and I'm sure he will) my picks are half way there!



Morpheel said:

I saw nothing of megaman in the video, but the Villager is even better! Way to go Nintendo!



Classicgamer said:

Thanks, @Pinkkitty I think should be Smash Universe like the fake box art that keeps popping up all over the Net. Good thing Pokemon X & Y is coming out this year, keep ourselves busy fro Smash4,right?



TheSonicdude97 said:

I hope they bring Sonic into this one!!~ (And probably Knuckles, Tails, or even Eggman since they have Bowser and such)



dumedum said:

I wonder if they'll reveal characters one at a time. They only revealed the very small core, the Villager and Mega Man. There are like 50 more.



Oscarsome said:

It looks promising, but I didn't find anything that made me truly excited. It reminds me too much of Brawl...some of the stages are similar. And then Samus is doing what looks like her final smash from Brawl? I sure hope everyone gets new final smashes.

Ehh, I'll need more trailers and info. But I'm sure they can't go wrong. Online is where this game will truly shine.



Stark_Nebula said:

The game looks good, but I fear we'll have another Brawl moment - the game will be amazing until you go to Melee and back. Remember how much of a deal Melee was? I'm glad to see Mega Man included, as well as the Animal Crossing Villager. I just hope they don't F up the Event matches and Classic mode again.



LordessMeep said:

Aside from the obvious Smash hype, this video just makes me think that a Wii U Animal Crossing would be amazing.

Good thing they're releasing Smash Bros in 2014... I get some time to save up for the game. I'm still in the process of scraping together enough cash for Pokemon X, LttP2, Ace Attorney 5 and Bravely Default... and that's not even counting the money I need to import a Wii U. D:

That said, I look forward to the full roster. Hopefully Fire Emblem characters make an apperance!



nothankyou said:

It looks great so far. Hopefully they make a commitment to making it a fast, balanced fighter as well as having as many modes as Brawl.



LasermasterA said:

@Classicgamer Yea! I would like Isaac to be playable instead of Matthew because the former is more likeable AND he is more of the series representative.
It would be cool if they implemented something for his latent Mars star powers or something. Could be a great Golden Sun 4 hint Both costumes though. His old style and maybe unlockable new looks or vice versa.

Djinns and Summons in the game could add a lot of diversity but I doubt Nintendo would give Golden Sun such a prominent role. I will be happy if they just make Isaac playable and some other character as well if possible!



Mewtwo21 said:

they should have chosen way better music to at least make the trailer more exciting.



AVahne said:

I'd rather them just stick with Megaman, Sonic, and Snake. It's a Nintendo fighter, not a 3rd party mash up like Playstation All-Stars.



6ch6ris6 said:

seeing the introduction with animal crossing and the villager in the game made me laugh SO HARD !!!



NintyMan said:

I'm very pleased with Mega Man; he makes complete sense considering his games have been on Nintendo consoles since the beginning and he was the most acceptable third-party character known. Also, that boxing ring stage makes me think of Little Mac.

The Animal Crossing Villager will be funny to fight with, although I thought Tom Nook would be playable. Whatever; this is amazing news! It's too bad that the Direct starting messing up and kept my sister and I from seeing, but thankfully we caught the trailers on Youtube.

A new art style is a smart choice for the 3DS version too. I knew they would change it up somehow, so that was cool. 2014 being a window for launch also delights me, considering six years have divided the releases of most of the Smash Bros. games. There were six years between Melee and Brawl, and now there'll be six years between Brawl and this.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@Yasume JUST BECAUSE you said that:

Bowser's colour scheme is noticeably washed out when you look at the Brawl picture (second link). He has much better colouring in the first pic (from this upcoming Smash Bros. release).

@Lasermaster123 Personally, I'd prefer having Felix as the representative. In my opinion, Isaac is too much of a goody-two shoes and we have plenty of those already in the roster.

Not to mention Felix had his own unique Psynergy (which TECHNICALLY Isaac could learn but never proven) Sand which could be used for some odd fighting styles. He'd probably have a more brutal style as well something that isn't quite so common in the current roster.



AVahne said:

But yeah, game looks great so far! 3DS version does look like it's much further along than the Wii U version. It actually looks like the 3DS uses Brawl's assets with some improvements and with an SSF4-style black outline. The Wii U version still looks pretty early, so I can see the game looking MUCH better once it's closer to launch.



GamecubeMan said:

I love this art style. I wont go as far as to say it looks like Brawl's art style. It looks more polished and cartoony; I like it.



LasermasterA said:

It would surely be a pleasant surprise.

Felix was the main character of the 2nd game but in the end they made Isaac the series representative. I also feel that in the 2nd game, Isaac's nature had changed quite a bit and he had become quite the hothead. He clearly told Karst and Agatio to scram off and was ready to take on the Proxians when they started talking about Saturos' death. He has the same moveset as Felix so he can be aggressive as well, in Golden Sun 2.

Also he has the Mars star power which adds loads of twist to the equation making him more powerful than Felix, 2nd after Alex only. Finally, Isaac made an appearance in GS 3, not Felix.

P.S. My profile pic is Isaac so I would support him right?



TheHeroOfLegend said:

Hope they announce more characters and a Namco Bandai character also. This trailer shows an incomplete list to me.



2Sang said:

SO Happy for this. If it wasn't for this trailer, nintendo would have been in dead last behind EA and Konami



AVahne said:

Though actually I can see how you can think that it looks like Brawl. I believe the game only started development probably early last year or around the middle. So far it seems like they just imported assets from Brawl for the 3DS and Wii U versions to use as a base. It's still early, so the Wii U version may very well look far better than what we see now once it's closer to release. The 3DS version on the other hand looks ready from a visual standpoint in my opinion, but perhaps they'll try squeezing out just a bit more between now and release.
It's surprising that they already have something to show for this game.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@Lasermaster123 Not sure why you brought power into this since it wouldn't be noticeable anyways unless they both showed up in the roster. After playing the first 2 games it just feels like Felix is a much more fleshed out character than Isaac. Isaac just feels blank as a character. I guess it's just personal preference though, since I don't like blank characters (in RPGs) unless I created them from the ground up.



nomeacuerdo said:

Am I the only one who's wondering why they didn't show Little Mac? Anyway, Mega Man is a cool addition, hope this is the prelude of a Nintendo exclusive franchise.



LasermasterA said:

There can be a more variety of moves with his fire power set. Also I feel he would represent the series better as he was the poster boy in Golden Sun 1, pretty major in Golden Sun 2 and the wise father like figure in Golden Sun 3 (with his face still representing the series pasted on as Matthew). He has appeared more and thus be a more logical choice I would say. His personality was fleshed out more in Golden Sun 2 and 3 while Felix mostly in Golden Sun 1.

Marth has appeared the most in Fire Emblem, thus he usually represents his series. Similarly I think Isaac should be there in stead of Golden Sun. Also I prefer him

I wouldn't mind Felix if Isaac was present as well. Maybe then we can duke it out on SSB4 online



Mk_II said:

@ngamer155 im sure there will be more characters announced, piece-meal and in due time. That will keep everyone hyped until the launch



Haywired said:

As much as I like Mega Man (and Snake, etc), I still can't get comfortable with non-Nintendo characters in Smash Bros. I know I'm being way too much of a purist, but for me, Smash Bros. should be the Nintendo universe only. I guess this is where the franchise is going though, so it seems imo Melee was/will be the last pure Smash Bros.



themac2001 said:

like 3ds one because it looks very okami + 3d modes and wii u is pure awesome!

@Classicgamer, yeah i hope Fairy orbitars!!

Also supposed to be doing home work

Screw you school, you can wait!!



Varia01 said:

Mega Man sounds like a pretty cool character. I wouldn't doubt it! I haven't played much Mega Man, but I need to start doing so. HYPE!!!



themac2001 said:

Hey, guys.
since mega man was in ssf2 maybe nintendo took inspiration from mcleod and brought him in.

but hey, we all knew it was going to happen



WaveBoy said:

Can i get a My wish has come true! They outdid themselves whith Mega Man's grand entrance/cut scene.the greatest part of the directio period.



Classicgamer said:

@SonicOfChaos The first blade would be cool too. I wouldn't mind seeing him use the Great Sacred Treasures as a FinalSmash and pwning the hell out of everyone. And throw a few characters from Kid Icarus in there too. Oh the Eggplant Wizard! Everyone turns to eggplants and becomes useless! MWHAHAHAH!!



Varia01 said:

WHOA AWESOME!!! Though I couldn't find something to do with Mega Man... This looks great! Was one of those courses Sanctuary Falls, from SONIC?!? HYPE!!!



Varia01 said:

My bro showed me Mega Man on his 3DS, and that was just great. He has great powers and is pretty cool! More HYPE!!!



ILikeRead said:

i think megaman was there just to build more excitement than it should because it didnt show the other new challengers. megaman is a great edition, but think of namco also.



FriedSquid said:


Would you just look at the Villager? He's killing everyone left and right and he just smiles.

The whole time.



armoredghor said:

@Fingeldor it's only the whole video I guess; maybe on @WaveBoy There's a full video on youtube; the one on facebook is only half. @Joshers744 I would recommend starting with 2. Megaman2 is the icon for the series. Be ready for a challenge; I recommend starting with 2, flashman stage, and play on 3ds so you can create a restore point anywhere. The game is hard for people like me with not a ton of 2d experience. Megaman 1 is on a curve too with the first robot master you choose usually being the toughest. Good luck!

Oh and I think each version will have exclusive levels; I didn't see a single level in both versions. 3ds edition had the spirit tracks train and nintendogs level and wii u had the arena and others. That leads me to believe they're making handheld references on 3ds and console levels on wii U. Characters might even be exclusive too but there's nothing to backup that.



AJere said:

The Arena Stage in the WiiU version leads me to believe that the game will include Little Mac as Nintendo's Classic character for the game. But that would mean excluding Ice Climbers. The Balloon fighter item lets me know that they will probably not make it as a playable character.

This trailer was the best thing I saw in the direct earlier. Loved it!



Rafie said:

There's nothing else to say here.

My Nintendo ID is Rafie82. Ya'll already know what it is. Add me so we can get down when it drops! Also if ya'll want some comp in the new Mario Kart!



BakaKnight said:

I'm glad for the guy at BrawlInTheFamily, now he can keep use megaman in his comics without having to find some excuse XD

Anyway the trailer looked great, I really can't wait to discover all the details and especially how it will feel to play Smash portable on 3DS



ThomasBW84 said:

I've now added the Mega Man part of the trailer, as in the madness and aftermath I didn't realise it wasn't there. Enjoy!



Kaze_Memaryu said:

This... was kinda lacking. I seriously expected better characters. The AC Villager was a nice surprise, but MegaMan totally wasn't, yet both fail to impress me...



Jaz007 said:

Looks great, I want confirmation that Snake is returning though, he was on of the best characters in Brawl.



WarioPower said:

So excited for this!! The 3d version looked good, but I'm stoked about the Wii U version. Megaman was a great addition!



defrb said:

I knew mega man is immortal, no matter what they say,..
Mega man is holy ^^



zip said:

Anyone noticed Link is left-handed again? It seems he is only right-handed in skyward sword because you play with a wiimote and most people are right-handed. In actuallity Link is left-handed.



Williaint said:

I was EXTREMELY excited when they revealed Megaman. I thought "oh, the villager... nice..." Then they revealed Megaman And I was jumping for joy (literally, I got out of my seat and jumped!). This is great, not only for me, but for the millions who wanted Megaman in Brawl. People have made claims (more likely idle claims) they'd buy a Wii U if Megaman was in Smash bros.
BTW, what/who is Megaman shooting at the end, there?
Well, it isn't you!
I hope, in this Smash Bros. They use Character Suits (costumes), for different types of characters. For instance: Mario/Doctor mario have a similar traits, so you'd stack them in one Character, in the selection screen. Instead of a brand new character, you'd get a 'Dr. Mario Costume' with different attributes. This would work well With "Starfox" team (wouldn't you rather be Peppy, than Starwolf?), Link, Wario (WALUIGI!), and even "Sonic" (however, tails can fly/glide, and Knuckles can glide). They sort of did this, in Brawl, with different colours/hats, but it could be built upon (I hated Biker-wario, so I always changed his clothes). This Creates just as much — if not more — replay-ability, than just getting more characters.
I hope The Smash Bros. page is updated, with relatively frequent news... like in previous games. Time to bookmark the page .



The_Ninja said:

Getting new tab in july and the tab gives me 50 euro cashback.
I'll keep that until the game gets released and then buy it directly!



Buduski said:

Counting down the seconds until I can own this beautiful masterpiece, seen the trailers like 10 times!



FJOJR said:

11 characters known so far. I'm hoping for the return of Snake, Sonic and of course the manliest of all men, Captain Falcon.



Detective_TeeJay said:

...Okay, got that out of my system. Now I've been watching that one Megaman trailer on the eShop ALL DAY. I was really hoping it would be a downloadable trailer...



Classicgamer said:

If you guies didn't see it already..



LavaTwilight said:

**slow sarcastic clapping** well congratulations everyone... you finally got Mega Man in Smash Bros... well done



TheHunter said:

I love the look of the 3DS version, perhaps even more than the Wii U. The screenshots for Villager and Wii Fit Trainer on the website only show them being in the Wii U version though. I really hope they make it to the 3DS as well/



dinkelberg said:

Super Smash bros Wii u Locks awesome. i can se a clear difference in the graphics compartment and i hope more awesome charchers will be playable" i hope Mr Game and Watch Returns along with Marth and Mewtwo from Melee" much better than Lucario ever was. the graphics are wicked awesome hope they make the stages extremly awesome as always :



WaveBoy said:

That announcer is awesome! "Somewhere Woodman is crying a cryful tear in the forest" LOL These booth demo's seem fun, and with such a full of life zany announcer it makes the video above feel pretty retro!



alLabouTandroiD said:

Damn Nintendo, you truly got me thinking about getting this game although i'm not a huge fan of the series. Why the heck do i still like Mega Man.



shonenjump86 said:

Cool that Megaman will be in it. I still think there should be at least five 3rd party characters in this game. Bring back Sonic and Snake and throw in two new ones .



CoreyCannabis said:

Always though Simon Belmont should be in since he was such a big part of the NES days. His moves fit SSB perfectly too. But Mega Man? That's simply incredible! Looks amazing, too. This was a good day!



Balaclavab said:

I hope that 2014 release date spirals into a late 2015/early 2016 one, so that they have time to include LOTS of cool, new features, and it's not a watered-rehash like I find most of the first party Nintendo games are turning out to be these days......



GamerZack87 said:

Did anybody else notice that the arenas in the 3DS version trailer are mainly from handheld games, whereas the ones in the Wii U version trailer are mainly from console games?



piperrobbie said:

I don't know if it's been mentioned yet or not, but taking a look at the trailer again I can't help but wonder if that boxing/wrestling arena stage is maybe a hint toward Little Mac possibly being a playable character? O.o o.O



Capt_N said:

Man, those trailers were awesome! I just seen them just minutes ago. The only thing I really knew early this morning was MM in Smash, & the new title for Zelda. I know many will disagree, but I really hope of all weird characters that could be in Smash, somehow, Nintendo puts in a certain game master.



WaveBoy said:

Boxing ring = Little Mac.

Just imagine if King Hippo or even Bald Bull made it in the roster. I also have a teeny weeny little inkling that a smaller sized 'baby' ridley i guess you could say will make it in there! Bowser Jr or a few select koopa kids(possibly using the pokemon trainer character switching method) will probably make it there as well. And lets not forget Starfy!



JaxonH said:

Tears of joy. Literal tears of joy after seeing MegaMan's glorious intro during the trailer. And this wasn't even a game I was psyched for...



smashbrolink said:

Was I the only one that got CHILLS when the music started up after Megaman started activating his Robot Master powers?
I want that remix on my computer, ASAP!



CowLaunch said:

I think I've only seen Villager without the black outline, so in the Wii U version only?



piperrobbie said:

@WaveBoy I like the way you think! (^o^)/

Man it's going to feel like forever til this game comes out, but at least we will be getting lots of updates on it's progress



themac2001 said:

how would that work?
besides this villager is from new leaf
just cause u seen no 3ds footage doesn't mean he's not there
besides there will be the same no. of characters
and really, wii fit trainer?
that might be exclusive to wii u



GearsOfWarU said:

Thanks aaron ... man i don't have a 3DS ... I would do anything to be able to have a new Kid Icarus & Luigi Mansion game on my Wii U : ) ... Maybe Sakari would alow Platinum Games to Make a new Kid Icarus ... if not hopefully I will see one by 2015 ... I'd be happy with Port of Uprising from 3DS



gefflt said:

I have to admit I've never played any Animal Crossing or Mega Man game (even though I am an avid gamer) but they did a good job of making them look like they'd be fun to play with and great additions to the Smash series.



SkywardLink98 said:

Looks good. The 3DS version looks like it'll hold up against the Wii U version, so all my worries have been satisfied

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