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Pikmin Hero Captain Olimar Joins The Smash Bros. Roster On Wii U And 3DS

Posted by Damien McFerran

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Captain Olimar and his gang of loyal Pikmin have joined the ranks of the new Smash Bros. title, which is currently in development for the Wii U and 3DS.

Judging from the screens shown below — taken from the Wii U version — Olimar can hurl his plant-like soldiers at enemies, just like he does in the Pikmin game series.

[via vg247.com, smashbros.com]

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MadAdam81

#2

MadAdam81 said:

Would be cool if Kirby could steal abilities from Olimar as well as from Pikmin,,,

Charizord

#3

Charizord said:

Yes! I was so scared that they will put in the new characters from Pikmin 3 instead of Olimar. I don't think my excitement meter can go any further.

GamerZack87

#7

GamerZack87 said:

Nice! I wonder who else will be making a comeback. Will we see Red...I mean "Pokémon Trainer"? He was one of the characters I liked in Brawl. :)

Hunter-D

#8

Hunter-D said:

This is a nice way to do a character return!

Kirby is hungry for some HD Pikmin...
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Kyloctopus

#9

Kyloctopus said:

Too be honest, I never liked Olimar. Plucking those Pikmins are really annoying. But this is good news either way.

Bulbousaur

#10

Bulbousaur said:

On the Smash Bros website, there is now an awkward place in the bottom-right of the roster... Very unlikely, but maybe another character will be revealed quite soon?

Anyway, Olimar is awesome! Maybe if they don't make him a clone, one of the new captains can have the flying and rock Pikmin (and maybe Bulbmin)? The new types of Pikmin aren't in any of the Olimar screenshots so far.

AlexSora89

#12

AlexSora89 said:

Good... but honestly, the ones I'd personally really like to come back are Sonic, Pokémon Trainer, Luigi... aww, screw that, just about most of the SSBB roster. Except, maybe, for a few characters like Wolf, R.O.B. and Lucario.

realar

#13

realar said:

Yay! The awesome Hocotatian! One of my fave SSBB characters is back! Here's hoping for skins of other Pikmin characters.

Peach64

#14

Peach64 said:

Great news! I thought the new announcements so far were kinda lame but this is back to the right track. I really don't get why they put the AC villager in when that's a completely customisable character and will look different to everyone. Put Tom Nook in there instead!

Aaronzord

#17

Aaronzord said:

@AlexSora89 Totally...Sonic and Pokémon Trainer were two of my favourites in Brawl.

I don't really expect ROB, Wolf and Lucario to be back either. Nintendo seem to have gone cold on Star Fox, so I could see them reducing the characters down to just Fox (and maybe Falco). I think Lucario will be replaced with Zoroark. ROB was just a random choice anyway.

I'm not too fussed about Olimar to be honest...but I'm starting a playthrough of the first two Pikmin games very soon, so my opinion may change by the time SSB is released!

Fazermint

#18

Fazermint said:

Facepalm*

First of all, Olimar is not a new addition to the character roster. Second, he sucks (IMO). Guess I'll end up using the same 4-5 characters just like with Brawl. Honestly I'm not that psyched for this game, I'm only getting it because all my friends will so I can join them online.

ThetaRobo

#19

ThetaRobo said:

@Fazermint Face.Plant. Get the joke? Plus I don't think anybody would really care to hear you justify your purchase. Buy the game if you want to.

Fazermint

#20

Fazermint said:

@ThetaRobo I'm not stupid, I just not exited about having one of the worst characters to ever enter the series to return. And forgive me for feeling free to comment, next time I'll ask for your opinion. >.>

Araknie

#23

Araknie said:

Did you know gaming:

Olimar is actually playable in the multiplayer of Pikmin 3.

jedisquidward

#25

jedisquidward said:

I hope you guys at Nintendolife don't report this game's secret characters. I don't think they should be spoiled.

The-Chosen-one

#27

The-Chosen-one said:

really rob? he was one of the characters i really did not like, also jigglypuff and mr game&watch. :S those characters can leave in my opinion.

DestinyMan

#30

DestinyMan said:

This is cool; I didn't expect to get a returning character. Hopefully this means that the bulk of the character roster will be updated a little quicker, at least for returning characters?

At any rate; I'm happy to see Olimar back. I used him somewhat well in Brawl. His Pikmin 3 stage looks pretty bright and detailed as well.

rastamadeus

#32

rastamadeus said:

@Aaronzord R.O.B. is a nailed on certainty to be back as not only is he one of the best characters but he's also an oddball Nintendo history character, and Smash is all about oddball Nintendo-isms and Nintendo history.

TeeJay

#33

TeeJay said:

Ugh. I found Olimar highly annoying, both to use and to fight against. But great for fans, I guess.

@rastamadeus .....Are you being serious right now? I didn't agree with a single thing you said. O_o

HeatBombastic

#34

HeatBombastic said:

@Fazermint First, Nintendolife never said he's "new". Secondly, Olimar doesn't suck, his stats tier is much higher than Mario's strategically. Lastly, if people are being "cheap" then counter it by using "skill".

Buduski

#37

Buduski said:

I just wish Sakurai-san wasn't limiting the character roster of the Wii U version just because of the limited capabilities of the 3ds, don't get me wrong I love my 3ds but this game is one of the games I've been waiting for a while and I just want the Wii U version to be as epic as possible with all of it's HD glory.

sinalefa

#38

sinalefa said:

@rastamadeus

When i read your comment it came to me that masterhand should wear the power glove, even if mattel made the thing. Talking bout oddball nintendo history!

Icefreak45

#40

Icefreak45 said:

Yess! I love Olimar, great to see him back. I'm the only one in my house who even touches him but it usually ends in a win for me ;)

rjejr

#46

rjejr said:

He's a great guy, but one of our least used characters in Brawl. He deserves to be back for having a new game, even if he isn't featured in it, but he'll rarely be used in our house.

ROB deserves a return for his emotion filled pivotal role in Subspace Emissary. (If I'm remembering it correctly.)

yojo

#47

yojo said:

@Fazermint sorry to burst your buble, but as far as the teir list goes olimar is usually in 2nd-4th place as the best charecter (and is always in the teir below the one meta knjght singke handedly has)

Whopper744

#48

Whopper744 said:

Cool! I was hoping for another character reveal soon, and I'm cool with this one! Building up the Pikmin 3 hype!

Whopper744

#50

Whopper744 said:

What a minute, the white Pikmin are only in 2, right? They won't be in 3? I wish they would update the character a bit for 3....unless of course maybe that's the plan for bringing in one of the new captains as well.

Doge

#53

Doge said:

YEAHHHHHHH i dunno if you guys think so but in SSBB he was one of my star characters

RR529

#54

RR529 said:

Not a big Olimar fan (mostly because I never played Pikmin), but I suppose this is good nonetheless.

Darknyht

#58

Darknyht said:

Alexandra Roivas needs to join the fray with Rune Power and Sanity effects to mess with the other players.

erv

#59

erv said:

Great news. I love the differences in characters and olimar certainly stands out :)

Clayfrd

#60

Clayfrd said:

Very excited about this. I look forward to more screenshots and details about his moveset in the future.

SphericalCrusher

#61

SphericalCrusher said:

Awesome! I wouldn't say I am surprised, but I was expecting they would announce maybe a "Pikmin Master" type character, which rotates between the three in the new game instead of Olimar. They could still do that though!

LeVideoGamer

#62

LeVideoGamer said:

I do like Olimar, but I expected him to return so it's not that big a deal. I'm hoping that he will be able to use the new Rock and Winged Pikmin from Pikmin 3 in some way.

I'm hoping that all characters from Brawl return, except Toon Link, Lucario, R.O.B., Ike, Snake, Lucas, Wolf and Mr Game & Watch. I'd love it if they ditched Jigglypuff as well, but that's not gonna happen.

Yellowgerbil

#63

Yellowgerbil said:

YES! This just made my day. :-) I think they will put louie and president as skins and also have alph with brittany and the captain having rock and winged instead of white's and purple.

jpfan1989

#67

jpfan1989 said:

@Fazermint "them's fighting words partner!" I for one am happy to see Olimar's return as he is in my opinion one of the best characters.

Doma

#68

Doma said:

Expected this obviously. He was always one of the more lame characters in Brawl though, so... big deal.

MasterWario

#73

MasterWario said:

Hooray! I was worried he'd be cut out of the game; now I worry no longer!
Hey I just noticed they added the whistle to him.

Knuckles

#75

Knuckles said:

Neat, never going to play as him, only for Classic/Adventure/Allstar Trophies.
Can Sakurai please confirm Sonic?

CrazyMetroid

#76

CrazyMetroid said:

Oh great, one of the worst and useless character from Brawl returns....Great job guys! Could have added someone else, but nope!

Doma

#77

Doma said:

@Reploid I don't hate him or anything, just his move-set wasn't very good, imo. Plus, i find him kinda forgettable as a character (i was never a massive fan of the Pikmin games, but i did like 2).

Jukilum

#78

Jukilum said:

So much hate for ROB. I actually use him a lot. I won't be heartbroken if he doesn't come back, but I hope he will.

Ernest_The_Crab

#80

Ernest_The_Crab said:

@Fazermint @Doma Define how he "sucks". If you mean by how strong he is you'd be wrong since he's listed in the second highest tier for Brawl. Now if you mean as a character (in terms of being memorable) that would be subjective.

I would assume you guys means the latter especially if you actually pay attention to competitive play.

Doma

#82

Doma said:

@Ernest_The_Crab Everybody has their preferences man, i never said he sucked. Of course there'd be people who like/use him well, but he wasn't an interesting character for me to use (as i just said; didn't care for his move-set or memorability as character).

And no, i've never once paid any attention to tier lists in Smash Bros. games. Who you're good with depends almost entirely on the you, the player. Not some predetermined stat. Although, i did clearly notice how some characters were nerfed in Brawl - like Ganondorf, he was reduced to pure garbage.

MeloMan

#83

MeloMan said:

Cool, glad he's back. I'm sure he'll be nerfed on certain things about him, but definitely a fav of mine.

Luigifan141

#84

Luigifan141 said:

@Neferupitou Luigi probably won't be revealed until the game releases, since he's been a hidden character in all three games. Other hidden characters, such as Captain Falcon, Ness, Jigglypuff, Marth, Ganondorf, and Lucario, will probably also get revealed after the game gets released.

Ernest_The_Crab

#85

Ernest_The_Crab said:

@Doma The "sucks" part referred more to the other person I replied to. Personally, I didn't find him too interesting either.

However, there's a reason why tiers exist despite the thinking that it depends on how "good" someone is at a character. There's a very good reason why Metaknight is banned in pretty much every serious tournament of Brawl.

AVahne

#86

AVahne said:

Game is going to be fun, but I hope that by the time it comes out, that it doesn't look like Brawl 1.5 visually.
Seems like I agree with those who aren't impressed by the game now; I shouldn't have expected much of anything from only 1 year of development.

Doma

#87

Doma said:

@Ernest_The_Crab Yeah, i saw how people like to abuse using Metaknight. Personally, i hated him (Reason 1: i just dislike using any of the miniature dudes really. Reason 2: his almost instant movement was so cheap)

Blue_Yoshi

#88

Blue_Yoshi said:

I'm so glad he got picked to come back. When Melee came out I was hoping that Olimar would be in the next Smash Bros. so naturally I chose him as my first fighter against my friends.........and lost. I like him but he just seemed to be too weak though he does have unique attacks. They definitely had to bring him back to advertise Pikmin 3 despite him not actually being a main character in that game. I hope he gets Rock and Winged Pikmin to use this time around.

drumsandperc92

#91

drumsandperc92 said:

@Koto Thank you.
I'm with you, mostly disappointed by the graphics. I'm glad to hear the gameplay will be refined but I honestly expected that. I also expected the announced characters thus far (sans Mega Man but that's not shocking) and the details on modes and such that we've heard.
But it seems this Smash is seriously being rushed out the gate by Nintendo. God knows the Wii U needs a saving grace, but at what cost? It's been only a year of development and they are already showing off screens. I'd rather have waited till next E3 for an announcement, with a holiday 2014 release in order for them to really polish the game before showing it off. I feel like what we are seeing is what we will get.
They definitely used the same engine and many of the same models/animations as in Brawl, it looks nearly identical just HD.
I don't even agree with some of the few changes they made - Mario's more simplistic look works but I've always loved the more detailed take on Mario in the smash games. Link is a mish-mash of TP and SS Link, there are things about him that look like both. I'd rather Nintendo just gone with one or the other. SS Link would look great in HD, but TP Link could've looked like he did in the Zelda HD Tech demo! OR if they waited to show it off till next year, they could've potentially used the NEW Link from the new Wii U Zelda.
Look at how incredible Melee looks to the original. How awesome Brawl looked compared to Melee...and at least it was a slightly different look!
This has rushed written all over it, and it's really too bad, because the singular smash title on each system is always one of the most polished, graphically impressive, and incredibly fun games to own on a Nintendo system.

MixMasterMudkip

#92

MixMasterMudkip said:

I didnt use Olimar much in Brawl. But after playing Pikmin i understand him. Hes a very strategic fighter. Much like in Pikmin rushing into battle with him will lead to defeat. I think thats why people dont like him all to much, but im happy. I definintly want to use him more this time around. And
hopefully the Rock and Winged Pikmin are part of his arsenal. If they arnt oh well, but i dont want to see a one of the new captians with them. Theyed all just be clones. No thanks. And for those thinking purple and white pikmin arnt in 3 they are. I dont think they have been officially announced but they have been in game footage. Don't believe me? One of Gamexplain's analysis videos on the game pointed it out. I dont remember which one though.

Azikira

#93

Azikira said:

I found that Olimar and Rob were some of my least favorite characters in Brawl, but it's good he's here because a lot of gamers enjoyed his Pikmin-hurling antics!

Captain_Toad

#94

Captain_Toad said:

He's one of my favorite characters in brawl and I'm finding some people saying that he sucks.
Prepare to be proven wrong as soon as I get this game.

Solxd7

#95

Solxd7 said:

I'm glad he is back, not that I'm great with Olimar, but he was a challenge when you faced someone who is good as him.

@The-Chosen-one
Hopefully it will be someone like Chrom, but I can see Magnus replacing Ike.

Mecha_Boo

#98

Mecha_Boo said:

@Fazermint well as i'm sure you very well know they are balancing out the character roster this time to make all characters fight equal. so before you keep hating on Olimar think of what might be. Even some people in brawl were very good at using him. Maybe you just were not good playing as him?

allav866

#102

allav866 said:

I expected this. Pikmin gets a lot of love from Nintendo, having a fair number of cameos in games and system transfers. I hope Rock and Flying Pikmin can join, especially the latter, since the throwing mechanic could work differently for it. Also, I like how Olimar now has a whistle attached to his helmet!

Marr_the_Great

#103

Marr_the_Great said:

I am unsure as to exactly why anyone is questioning the decision of including any of the characters announced so far. Super Smash Bros. has great potential to showcase great Nintendo properties and that should be a major part of the focus of the development team.

Not to say that the game is simply an ad, I have owned every Smash Bros. so far and will probably get this one too, the games are super fun, for sure.

But really, the announced characters all make perfect sense from that perspective: Pikmin 3 is coming out, Captain Olimar is the face of PIkmin - New Animal crossing, add the villager (though I and my wife lament that they chose him instead of K.K. Slider) - WiiFit is a huge franchise for Nintendo - And finally, the fans wanted Mega Man all along. (And maybe they got a big sack of money from Capcom, who knows.)

If they include Sutte Hukkun THEN I will be scratching my head.

sinalefa

#104

sinalefa said:

@drumsandperc92

How is this game being rushed? They haven't even given a date beyond a very vague "2014" and then again Smash Bros is famous for its delays, particularly Brawl. Wasn't that a launch title for Wii?

Henmii

#105

Henmii said:

Doesn't surprise me much that Olimar is in it, but nice news anyway!

But I have one big request for the Nintendolife staff: Soon Sakurai will start to reveal the new characters, items, stages etc! I hope you guys won't spoil it on this site! Just post "new Super smash brothers update" as the title, and people who want to get spoiled can click on it! Thanks in advance!!

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