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Rosalina And Luma Work Their Magic On The Super Smash Bros. Roster

Posted by Damien McFerran

The gang is getting bigger

It has been revealed during today's Nintendo Direct that Rosalina and Luma will be adding their strength to the Super Smash Bros. line-up on Wii U and 3DS.

The announcement came in a rather cheeky video which began with Kirby racing through the Rainbow Road circuit with Kart-riding Mario and Donkey Kong, leading some to speculate that it was a confirmation that the pink puff-ball would be appearing in Mario Kart 8.

However, the video soon switched to pugilistic matters, with Rosalina and her star-shaped pal taking centre stage. You can watch the footage below. Afterwards, be sure to let us know what you think about these new additions to the Smash Bros. roster by posting a comment.

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ikki5

#1

ikki5 said:

Sweet. My Girlfriend will just want to play her the whole time :P

now, the other thing about that, I wonder if that means there will be a Rainbow Road stage as well....

element187

#4

element187 said:

Well. Nintendo did say this direct is only involving games coming out through spring. So should we expect smash for spring?

Seems like that german Nintendo employee may have been right and Nintendo only tried to deny it to protect this info

sinalefa

#6

sinalefa said:

My favorite part of the Direct.

@element187

Some games only had a placeholder 2014 release date in the direct, so not necessarily only Spring games.

HyperSonicEXE

#8

HyperSonicEXE said:

I
Can't
Breathe

That Air Ride homage, that Rainbow Road, that Kirby, that Kirby dancing with Luma, the stars on her dress, her playstyle, HER!

I'm so excited I'm still twitching!!!

ShadowFox254

#9

ShadowFox254 said:

Not sure how should I feel with Rosalina in Smash Bros. But hey, least we got more female characters. :P

DestinyMan

#10

DestinyMan said:

I admit, I was somewhat skeptical of her inclusion when people starting hyping about her when the Super Mario Galaxy stage was revealed. Now that she is confirmed, I feel very happy. I love Rosalina and she's going to be one of my mains now. Between her, Bowser, Jr., and Toad, I would have chosen Rosalina as the fifth Mario character anyday. So happy to see her be playable in more games!

And for a while I thought Kirby was going to be playable in Mario Kart 8. That trailer is going to be classic!

rjejr

#12

rjejr said:

That was a great video. I thought it was Kirby Return to Dreamland 2 - why does 3DS still seem to get so many good games? Then Kart. Then a really good looking SSB. The gameplay was almost on par with the cutscenes. I still cant tell if there was any gameplwy in that MK8 video. I mean MK8 looked awesome, but it all looked prerendered, not live. Rosalina speaks for herself. Is there an HD version in the eShop yet?

MrWalkieTalkie

#13

MrWalkieTalkie said:

That trailer kept tricking me!
First I thought it was a new Kirby game for Wii U.
Then I thought it was a new Kirby Air Ride.
Then I thought Kirby would become a special bonus character for Mario Kart 8
And then I had no idea what to think when Luma showed up.
And BAM! Rosalina joins the battle!

Expa0

#14

Expa0 said:

I really don't think we should've had another Mario character, they have other more interesting franchises that have characters that deserve to get in too.

Stubborn_Monkey

#16

Stubborn_Monkey said:

A stellar announcement. She comes from across the universe, to play among the stars... and beat the living hell out of them.

Also, love how DK pokes Kirby when he sees him.

Specters

#17

Specters said:

loved when DK poked Kirby haha too funny. Really was excited for Kirby in Mario Kart 8. Maybe he'll be a not so secret unlockable.

Remisio

#20

Remisio said:

I've watched this video so many times already. I was confused at first during the direct, I thought: "huh, but didn't he say it was a game we knew about?" Then I thought it was a new Kirby game, air ride actually sat in my mind for a few seconds before I saw rainbow road and immediately thought it was MK8 (which I must admit I wasn't too excited about since I had been hoping for smash) and then it was smash a Rosalina... Suffice it to say... I didn't expect any of it.

Discipledoctor

#22

Discipledoctor said:

Two things.

First, that totally had me pumped for a new Air Ride. My brothers and I still play the original when we meet up.

Second, @Of-Folsense, if Layton gets in then this will be the best video game ever made. Ever.

Doma

#23

Doma said:

I have no idea why this character (Rosalina) exists/has a fanbase.

Is she Peach's long lost twin or something? I did play Galaxy but skipped the filler parts, sorry.

Kosmo

#25

Kosmo said:

She looks superb to play, very tactical. I'm looking forward to see her true potential in battle.

Icefreak45

#27

Icefreak45 said:

What a pleasant surprise :D! I usually like to play as the princesses (Peach is my go to) and Rosalina looks like she will fit right along with my team. Getting more and more hopeful for Nintendo's future in 2014.

jeb_leeds

#28

jeb_leeds said:

Wow.. looks to be a leetle OP!! Looks fun to play as though and an exciting new character. Please bring Lucas back soon :(

element187

#29

element187 said:

@sinalefa when Nintendo announced the direct yesterday they said the direct will inform us about games coming out in spring 2014.... So everything in that direct was centered around items coming out in spring, correct? Like the direct they announced back in October, they announced the direct will involve titles coming out in the fall..... Well they showed off that amazing SM3dW trailer, Zelda LBW and informed us of DK moving to February.

Ninty always hints what they are going to talk about the day before. Yesterday was games coming out in spring will be in the direct.

link3710

#30

link3710 said:

@Doma The spaceship hub in Galaxy was her ship. She's not related to peach or daisy. She was also in Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D World.

Knux

#31

Knux said:

Good, I'm glad Nintendo added a Mario series character that I actually wanted instead of Waluigi.

shonenjump86

#34

shonenjump86 said:

The Pegi 12, and Smash symbol in the beginning of the video made it pretty clear that it was Smash Bros. it was nice, and added a new female character. Also it looked liked there was a boxing stage in that video, hope that means Little Mac will be in the game.

Goginho

#35

Goginho said:

Now THOSE are visuals I like (looking at the screenshot), not this unfitting, attempt at uber-realisitc, Brawl-styleed look ..in a cartoony Nintendo franchise.

Undead_terror

#36

Undead_terror said:

That's cool I guess, just wished that Majora's mask would pop up like a jumpscare at the end of one of these trailers with him laughing...but he is a assist :'(

michael148th

#37

michael148th said:

This trailer today made me feel like a kid today!!! I'm very happy to know i will be able to play as her XD

KingDunsparce

#38

KingDunsparce said:

Darn it. I was on my phone going on to Club Nintendo so I completely missed the Smash logo. I got so excited for Kirby Air Ride 2. :(

ElsaGamer

#39

ElsaGamer said:

Yay! Happy to say this is another character that I had called, and also happy to see more female characters. Muahaha everything is going according to plan!
But seriously, I'm a little unsure about her gameplay. It looks neat, I just don't completely understand it. Is she like a mix between Ice Climbers and Olimar style?

sinalefa

#40

sinalefa said:

@element187

The direct may focus on Spring games, but it does not mean each and every game shown will be released in Spring. Like when they say a Direct will focus on 3DS games and show the occasional Wii U game or the other way around.

Sean_Aaron

#41

Sean_Aaron said:

Echoing others it's nice to see another female character and Rosalina's story was the best thing about Super Mario Galaxy. If Nintendo redoes that in HD for Wii U I would pick it up in a heartbeat!

IRNBRU115

#42

IRNBRU115 said:

Will next year be the year of Rosalina? And galaxy 3 announced at e3? A man can dream.

mamp

#44

mamp said:

She looks interesting in the way she plays. Also if there is no new Kirby's Air Ride or Kirby on MK 8 Sakurai is officially one of the greatest trolls ever.

DerpSandwich

#47

DerpSandwich said:

I was a lot more excited when I thought Kirby would be in Marko Kart. I'm actually still confused as to why the video went the way it did.

I mean come on, why is it Mario Kart and not Nintendo Kart or Super Kart Bros. or something? Think of all the crazy items and courses they could introduce!

Jellitoe

#49

Jellitoe said:

Meh, not very exciting. Nothing against female characters, just don't feel this character add much to the line up.

Caryslan

#50

Caryslan said:

@jpfan1989 Mario and Pokemon are Nintendo's biggest IPs, they deserve to have the most reps. And the core Mario series only has five reps, which is smaller than Pokemon for example. The spinoff series do add to that total, but they are considered their own seperate universes in Smash. Rosalina is the first new "Core" Mario character since Melee.

I see no problem with 5 Mario reps. It was very likely we were going to get a new Mario rep, and she was one of the better choices.

ACK

#51

ACK said:

Safe to say, my wife and daughter are going to go buck-wild playing as Rosalina and Luma. (The little one will likely pretend she's controlling the Luma until she gets up to speeding on Smasjin' like her older bro.).

Brilliantly conceived. Love the mechanics. Captures her elegance and companionship wonderfully.

GalacticMario28

#53

GalacticMario28 said:

I did not see that coming. Wow. It's amazing how Rosalina manages to be elegant even when in the midst of battle.

Williaint

#56

Williaint said:

Honestly, who didn't see this coming? She is in every other Mario-based game, these days.

I love the intros that Sakurai (I doubt it's actually him, but probably under his instruction) makes. At first I thought it was for Mario Kart. Then Kirby came flying in, I thought: "Oh, Kirby in Mario Kart... that's kinda Smashing up the series; I guess Pac-man was in one game... Super Mario Kart AllStars?"
Then I saw that star-baby, and thought "Isn't that Rosalina's 'Toad?'" And about that time I realized it was a Smash Bros. trailer, not a Mario Kart one.

Bulbousaur

#57

Bulbousaur said:

I wonder what the different colours of Lumas in the trailer are all about. Do they have different properties like the Pikmin with Olimar, or are they just purely aesthetic. Either way, Rosalina is a great addition to the Smash 4 roster!

Austroid

#60

Austroid said:

All I could think was "I knew it!" Glad to have a worthwhile character make the roster!

Melkaticox

#61

Melkaticox said:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6...SEVEN MARIO CHARACTERS (including DK)?! Is Sakurai insane?!
Was it too hard to turn Rosalina into an alternate skin for Peach? Just add Little Mac and Takamaru to these games already!

Martymar16

#62

Martymar16 said:

Great trailer but I'm hoping to see Zelda now since she didn't been release yet and Sheik or Ima, more villains like Ghrhiam, Demise and Ganoldorf. For the Mario Brother rivals are wario, waluigi, bowser j.r and king boo.

JtotheY

#63

JtotheY said:

With the first Smash Bros. trailer I thought Animal Crossing was coming to Wii U, with this one I thought Kirby was gonna be in Mario Kart 8.. If Kirby IS getting in MK8, I'm calling Animal Crossing for late next year. (ok maybe 2015)

JtotheY

#64

JtotheY said:

@Melkaticox her playstyle is a lot different from Peach's, using Luma as 'second character' gives her some Ice Climber style. I'm digging it.

Caryslan

#65

Caryslan said:

@Melkaticox I consider Donkey Kong, Wario, and even Yoshi their own seperate universes. They have ties to Mario, but Nintendo pretty much treats them as seperate series outside of crossovers in Party, Sport, or Kart racing games.

Plus, Pokemon and Mario deserve the number of rep. They are Nintendo's largest IPs.

MixMasterMudkip

#67

MixMasterMudkip said:

I'm pretty much positive she is my new main. My favorite Mario character, and fits my play style. But that trailer! It could have so many meanings! Why was Kirby so prominent? Kirby's Air Ride? Kirby in Mario Kart 8? RAINBOW ROAD STAGE!?!?!?!? Was it Sakurai picking favorites or not? Also, did the music begin to sound a bit Star Foxy when Kirby fell off the star to anyone else too?

Gioku

#68

Gioku said:

Rosalina is one of my favorite Nintendo characters!!!
Any game that gives me a chance to play as her is a good game!!! :D :D :D

Gorlokk

#69

Gorlokk said:

AWESOME! I ALWAYS WANTED A QUARTER OF THE ROSTER TO BE MARIO CHARACTERS! PSH, WHO NEEDS OTHER CHARACTERS?!

R_Champ

#72

R_Champ said:

@Gioku

I agree with this statement. I understand haters saying there are too many Mario reps in Smash Bros., but I think Rosalina is a completely worthwhile exception especially with how awesome her move set looks.

Also, I'm now calling 2014 the year of Rosalina. She was in SM3DW and now in Smash, and Kart. Heck, Nintendo is even hinting Mario Galaxy 3...Year of Rosalina: 2014.

LuckyTJ

#76

LuckyTJ said:

At first I thought this was a new kirby air ride game. Then when i saw the karts i thought, "Kirby in MARIO KART?! Then when i saw Luma, "Luma in MARIO KART?!? Then i saw the beautiful hi def Rosalina. Then when i saw the smash bros text... am i dreaming?!

Kirk

#77

Kirk said:

Smash Bros is looking as solid as ever.

Not one of my favorite Nintendo characters but I totally understand Nintendo's desire to have more female protagonists in their games to appeal to the female audience.

Adam

#79

Adam said:

Sakurai could make a living off of making trailers. Yet another fun one.

Rosalina is a boring character, but she looks like a lot of fun to play in Smash thanks to Luma.

TobiasAmaranth

#80

TobiasAmaranth said:

Oh. Huh. Ice Climbers v2.0 essentially. No need for those two now. :P Tired of them anyway.

Now if only they would add Krystal from Starfox (instead of Wolf, or even Falco), then we'll be in better shape across the board.

A shame that even if they do, it won't be based on her Adventures combat style. Heh. Staff and magic.

SockoMario

#81

SockoMario said:

@Gorlokk
1st Smash Game: 2 Mario characters out of 12
Melee: 5 Mario characters out of 25
Brawl: 4 Mario characters out of 35
This game: 4 Mario characters out of 19 (so far)
Your comment is beyond invalided. ;)

JaxonH

#83

JaxonH said:

A glorious day if I do say so myself. First time in a long time I've seen pretty much every Nintendolifer unanimously excited and not a complaint in sight. New games were announced, previously announced games are looking better than ever, Wii U sales are up considerably (3rd week in a row Wii U and 3DS has dominated hardware sales in Japan), EDGE named Nintendo publisher of the year.... yes, this has been a wonderful day indeed.

I love to see my fellow gamers content- that's what it's all about!

UnseatingKDawg

#85

UnseatingKDawg said:

So... This would be the sixth Mario character added, following Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Peach, and Dr. Mario (and I do say Dr. Mario because his icon was the mushroom like the rest of them). And the sixth female playable character in the Smash Bros. series, following Samus, Peach, Zelda, Nana, and the Wii Fit Trainer.

Heck, color me excited. My sister and I were always fond of Rosalina. Her fighting style kinda reminds me of the Ice Climbers in a way.

Emaan

#87

Emaan said:

I'm not the only one who thought this was a new Kirby Air Ride or somehow Kirby was in Mario Kart or something before Rosalina showed up right?

The North American Direct didn't flash the Smash Bros. logo at the beginning so who knows :p

Anyways I'm pretty content with her being a new character. Seems fitting.

SockoMario

#89

SockoMario said:

@LuckyTJ There was five Mario characters in Melee: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and Dr. Mario. Not 4. And yes, I know that Wario doesn't count as a Mario character in Brawl.

MrL1193

#90

MrL1193 said:

Is it just me or does it seem like Rosalina is starting to take over Daisy's role as the "other princess" of the Mario series? It seems like Rosalina is getting inserted into just about every Mario sub-series now.

LavaTwilight

#91

LavaTwilight said:

It definitely shows the Smash Bros symbol at the start but it does get confusing after a while... does this mean though that there'll be a Rainbow Road stage in the new Smash Bros, not unlike the Mute City courses?

Wolf_Link

#94

Wolf_Link said:

Great addition, but personally I would have chosen Jr instead any day. He deserves it more than her. But more female fighters are welcomed. More importantly... Where's ma ridley and Isaac!!

realar

#95

realar said:

A fantastic intro to an impossibly elegant character well deserved to be in Smash Bros. I will remember fondly every intro of each new character until the game hits finally next year.

ZephyrTortera

#96

ZephyrTortera said:

@Doma BLASPHEMY!!!!!!!!! lol K, so Rosalina is the keeper of the comet observatory. She helpped Mario rescue Peach in the first Mario Galaxy.

ZephyrTortera

#97

ZephyrTortera said:

@Wolf_Link I have to disagree. Bowser Jr. is just some crazy little kid that is confused in who his mother is. Rosalina has been in a lot of games AND she's just cooler than Bowser Jr. IMO of course.

Fire_Flower

#101

Fire_Flower said:

Glad that she made it. I like her, and she also has a peculiar playstyle. I'll probably main her.

Teaqq2

#102

Teaqq2 said:

I'm so happy she's not a Peach clone! That's the reason I was iffy about her being in the game.

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