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Zelda Unveiled as New Smash Bros. Challenger

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The legendary Princess is back

It seems that even the festive season doesn't stop Masahiro Sakurai and his team from bringing us more Super Smash Bros. goodness. The official website for the game is once again causing buzz with the unveiling of a new challenger, and it's the return of another favourite.

Zelda has been revealed this time, once again sporting her Twilight Princess look. You can see all of the new screens below, and they're looking rather awesome.

Are you pleased to see Zelda return, and will she be one of your go-to characters in the roster?


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Blaarg said:

Is the darknut in the third picture an assist trophy ? I don't follow that much the screenshots...



Dark-Luigi said:

Didn't really play as her much, but still pleased she's back nonetheless.

Tsk Tsk, Peach is stealing Zelda's man! XD



AlexSora89 said:

Even better, it's a Phantom from the DS games. I don't know if it's an alternate outfit, a new attack, or an assist trophy, but still, we might well wet our pants in excitement now.



Sandro89 said:

Finally. After those lame character reveals like Peach and Rosaline we finally get our real princess back. She looks beautiful in hd.



NintyMan said:

I had a strong feeling she would be revealed today because of the Japanese release of A Link Between Worlds. She looks great, and as expected she has more of a Twilight Princess look. I doubted she would have the Skyward Sword one. Her eyes are quite piercing and both her and Link look intense in HD, making me think Ganondorf will look pretty scary once he's revealed.

I have no idea about that Phantom, so we'll just have to wait for Sakurai to explain that in a future Pic of the Day as early as tomorrow unless he confirms Zelda's Shiek transformation is back.

I love the priceless toothy grin on Donkey Kong's face. "Cool, more ladies!"



Mk_II said:

She's looking very very good in HD... please bring it on ASAP, Nintendo!



Chris720 said:

Kind of obvious that she would be in, but good to know none-the-less. I wonder who will be next to join the roster.



19Robb92 said:

I hate that they're just copy/pasting SSBB characters. Extremely boring. Haven't felt excited for any veteran yet. It just feels like Brawl.



CaviarMeths said:

My main! Lack of Sheik pics makes me Concernicus though.

Also, Pic #841 of Peach being a hussie.

Skyward Sword alt costume would be nifty!



GoldenMarth51 said:

Talk about a coincidence.... I finally finished skyward sword for the first time an hour ago.... Amazing game



rbmoura85 said:

@Mk_II and look at Link's hair ...if he looks like that in smash bros , just imagine how hes going to be in zelda U...



AlexSora89 said:

Maybe, but I doubt that'd be the case, what with this being the TP Zelda instead of the PH/ST Zelda. Not only they sport greatly different appearances, they even come from different timelines.

Remember, Sheik was confirmed later in Brawl's development while Zelda was announced relatively soon.



Azooooz said:

I hope that they balance the character roster with newcomers, rather than bringing characters from previous smash bros.



Fazermint said:

It would be ridiculous if Zelda couldn't change into Sheik, given the fact that Zelda is terribad.
This game doesn't really feel like a new smash bros. It feels like what Brawl should have been (i.e. I'm hoping for more fluent movements and responsive controls).
I don't get the fuss about returning characters. Reveal some new characters that come from games related to battle, not from farming or exercise.



GoldenMarth51 said:

But she looks good in HD.. so i dont mind... hope everybody is balanced... cause i wanna kick donkey with bowser XD



ednice said:

Why can't it be the Zelda from Skyward Sword?
Also Donkey Kong looks terrible(that fur texture), in fact most of the characters don't look that good.



GoldenMarth51 said:

Sure... Ill give it a try. My place is always filled with people wanting to play smash bros. Guess ill surprise them with Project M



Caryslan said:

@Fazermint I care about returning characters, but I'm more interested in seeing if some of the characters that are on the bubble like Ike, Wolf, Lucario, ROB, and the Ice Climbers will make it back in. It's awesome that Peach, Luigi, and Zelda all came back, but there was never any doubt they would make it Smash 4.

If someone like Ike is going to come back, I would love to see them announced. Show off some of the lesser known veterans like Mr. Game and Watch and Ness.

Zelda is the first veteran in awhile that looks like she's gotten some new stuff added to her gameplay. Luigi and Peach were good reveals, but they were pointless since there was never any doubt they were coming back.

I wish Ike or Wolf would get shown off soon if they are coming back....



crazyj2312 said:

The color of the Darknaught suggests its the Zelda-possesed one from Spirit Tracks so I think its an attack and not a trophy. Which would be pretty cool to see



Hunter-D said:

Don't think that's an Assist Trophy. The Dark Nut/Phantom looks like a new special move for Zelda.

Sorry if I overlooked anything, I've been quite ill recently and the medication is making me drowsy.



GoldenMarth51 said:

Thats cool... I liked Spirit Tracks and having Zelda use a phantom is awesome for a new move........ maybe



BertoFlyingFox said:

That second to last picture is hilarious....I really hope she still turns into Sheik because that was one of my favorite characters to control.



Goginho said:

Woow, the 3DS screenshot looks so good, especially Link. And hey it's Navi ..and what is happening on that one screenshot, it looks like her shoulder armor is falling apart.



lividd3ad said:

@GoldenMarth51 The Skyward Sword Zelda didn't do a lot of fighting. It's a lot easier to implement TP Zelda because in that game she's depicted as a lot stronger (and also actively fights Ganondorf).



Warbeard said:

Euh! When are they going away from that uber-boring incarnation? Skyward Sword, or even WW looks much more interesting in my opinion



MrWalkieTalkie said:

Was hoping they would go more along the lines with the super cute and full of personality Skyward Sword model. Not a big fan of the serious and silent Twilight Princess one.



DarkNinja9 said:

is it just me or in the first pic she looks really pale like? and in the second its like too pinkish o.O other then that the others seem ok



TingLz said:

Donkey Kong seems to be enjoying himself far too much. I guess that pic will be the next Smash meme



GamerFromJump said:

1. Serious Zelda is serious.
2. "Zelda! You can't do that! It's not your timeline! You'll create a Time Paradox!"

5. Takes some stones to b*tch-slap a big gorilla...
6. Magical wedgie! (alternatively, a hundred Rule34 works were just born.)

9. Link better be getting ready to attack, or he gets the same treatment as DK...



nomeacuerdo said:

Well I would've thought that they would choose the Skyward Sword version. Hopefully it will be as an alt. costume.



Jayvir said:

She definitely looks a lot less innocent than what she did previously, especially compared to the Skyward Sword look. She really looks like she's gonna kick some donkey. I really wish they'd make Tetra and the other Zeldas as skins. Same with Link. Just make Toon Link an alternate skin and save the roster slots.



Yorumi said:

@Fazermint zelda is actually quite strong in her own right. She has a lot of power while still maintaining high mobility and her attacks cover a pretty sizable area. I almost never touch shiek when I'm playing zelda, she's one of my mains when I'm playing real serious matches and am aiming for doing my best.



Spanjard said:

I'm glad she is not the one from skyward, I mean, she can't fight. Besides, don't we have enough blondes XD



Trikeboy said:

Wow, I love her character model. Also, I hope the possessed Phantom her final smash.



RetroRider said:

Though not a fan of her, I still don't mind Zelda in the roster. And those are some hilarious pics! xD



EarthboundBenjy said:

To be annoying and pedantic, I think there are more characters with brown hair than blonde.

Lucas, Link, Peach, Rosalina and Samus are blonde, while Mario, Luigi, Wario, Pit, Snake, Popo, Nana, Red, Olimar, Captain Falcon, Mega Man, and arguably Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and Fox are all brown-haired.

Meanwhile, Ganon, Roy and Bowser are redheads.



Rezalack said:

Wow, she looks better than expected. The use of the phantom/golem from Spirit Tracks makes it that much more interesting. I think that was a really cool mechanic in that game and I'm glad to see it get more recognition.



Gioku said:

The look on Rosalina's face is too much for me!
I'm laughing so hard!



aaronsullivan said:

This game is just a must have. I haven't pushed the earlier ones on my kids because they didn't know as many characters early on and a beat em up is just too intense for my 4-year-old. We are so getting this one though.

@sinalefa @Jayvir
Zelda really has a huge variety of incarnations now. Would love at least a nod to Skyward Sword and Wind Waker. This is the best that the Twilight Princess Zelda as ever looked, but she is SUCH a minor character in that game.



Vee_Flames said:

1. DK - Yooohoooho!
Zelda - ACK! Watch where you're going, you big ape!

2. Rosalina - Sorry Zelds, but they can't reveal 2 princesses in a row in short intervals and get away with it...

3. Link - Any trouble, Peach?
Peach - Oh, I'm fine, thanks!



NintyMan said:

I liked Donkey Kong's face so much, I made a new avatar out of it! What do you think?



AVahne said:

Huh... Guess it's easier for them to just import old Wii models and tweaking them slightly. These will probably be the Smash Bros. games with the least amount of effort and development time. It'll likely still play well though, and I hope Sakurai gets a nice long break after this.



Morpheel said:

Hopefully they will update her attacks so she uses her actual abilities in combat instead of OoT Link's.

The phantom Zelda in one pic gives me hope.



KingofSaiyans said:

I feel the Phantom is a new attack for Zelda. If you look at the position of her hands it looks like she's giving some kind of command



KingofSaiyans said:


The 6th picture, the one right below the pic with Rosalina in it hints that Sheik is still in it. If I'm not mistaken Zelda does that same pose either right before she turns into sheik or right after



Morpheel said:

To be honest, I hope Sheik becomes just attacks instead of another form.

The Phantom gives me an idea, this Zelda could summon her various forms from the various games to attack with her.



PokemonManiac said:

The facial expressions in this game are amazing! I love all the detail that the team are putting in.



Fazermint said:

@Yorumi I was thinking about Melee when I wrote that. In Brawl, the character movement is so slow that many good characters lost their edge. Then it probably doesn't matter what form you're in. Hell, it hardly matters what character you choose.



Funny_Moblin said:

@19Robb92 You seem like you would change something just for the sake of change. They kept most of the Brawl looks because they would look worse if they changed it.



Rafie said:

Stop hating on Peach you guys. It ain't her fault Link decided to follow her.

That Rosalina pic for the win. It's like Zelda was running after her and Rosie just side stepped and put her foot out for Zelda to trip. LOL Lovely!!!!



Funny_Moblin said:

Guys, imagine tomorrow we get a pic of the day, and this is what Sakurai writes:

"Pic of the day. This is the options menu. You can choose a button that toggles two gameplay options. One plays like Melee, and the other plays like Brawl."



JimLad said:

Hell yeah, my favourite character from Smash Bros. Mostly because of Sheik.



Caryslan said:

I liked Twilight Princess alot more than Skyward Sword, so I'm glad they decided to keep Zelda's look from that game. I think Twilight Princess Zelda is the best looking one out of all her appearances.

With that said, maybe the Skyward Sword version of Zelda will show up as an alt costume for the fans of that game.

But given I did not like Skyward Sword, I'm so happy Zelda and Link have kept their Twilight Princess appearance.



Funny_Moblin said:

@Caryslan I really liked Skyward Sword, but I believe that it could've been better. It's just that most of the focus was put on motion controls (the best part of the game).



evanescent_hero said:

Melee was done in just over a year (thirteen months). This one has already been almost two years in development. So no, it won't be the one with the least effort and development time.



Benjelo said:

Does anyone else notice that link looks way younger in the 4th pic than in all the others?



ColdingLight said:

Noooooooo... What the Hell is this?!....Ughhh >< I was so certain that we would get the Skyward Sword Zelda model and she could transform in to Tetra, but were getting the Twilight Princess Zelda model again???...Oh come on Sakurai... I mean, does it not make sense to have the most recent main stream Zelda in SSB4? AKA Skyward Sword Zelda? I mean, it was on the Wii. I know people are going to say to me that Twilight Princess was also on the Wii. Yes, but that was a lazy mirrored port. -- It was more intended for the Gamecube and not the Wii.... "Sigh'...I'm starting to fear for the game... I mean, it has failed to WOW me at all... I mean, Wii Fit Trainer and Rosalina/Luma were very pleasant surprises but no true wows... Very concerning...



AVahne said:


Didn't know Melee only had a dev time of 13 months. If they started this Smash a few months after Kid Icarus Uprising, then around 2 years should be right.
Makes me wonder how long Mario Kart 8 was in development; the difference in visual quality between that and Smash Bros. is pretty jarring. (Though that might be mostly texture and lighting quality).



NintyMan said:

Honestly, I had doubts about seeing Skyward Sword Zelda. As Benjelo mentioned, she didn't do much fighting, but maybe she could be an alternate costume? I would like that, as well as a Hilda costume.



19Robb92 said:

Not at all. Both Toon Zelda and SS Zelda are better designs IMO, and they would both fit in better using the artstyle of this game (which is a lot more colorful than SSBB). Re-using the SSBB model seems lazy to me, there are better and more interesting choices when it comes to her design.



Shambo said:

Oh this makes me hope for a renewed Sheik transformation, a Skyward Sword Zelda skin, and most of all: a Wolf Link/Midna transformation for Link!



JaxonH said:


That's probably because they already have the characters perfected. You know what they say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". The transition to HD really makes a difference though.



Caryslan said:

Am I the only one who liked the Twilight Princess Zelda over the Wind Waker and Skyward Sword Zelda? I thought TP Zelda is her best desgin, and is the best one for a game like Smash Bros. I mean, Skyward Sword Zelda could still get in as an alt costume, all is not lost.

Personally, I did not like Skyward Sword anyway. I think going for the Twiilight Princess Zelda is the best thing they could have done short of bringing back OOT's Zelda as a playable character.



Funny_Moblin said:

@19Robb92 Maybe, but the problem is that their art-style wouldn't fit with every other character in in the game. Even Toon Link's art-style is changed from cartoony to more realistic to fit with every other character in the game.



Doma said:

The doll faces are off-putting. Staring blankly into random space isn't a good look.



AugustusOxy said:

That only leaves like, what, seven more characters to be revealed...

This game better have character DLC or my excitement level is plummeting fast.



JuanitoShet said:

She looks excellent, as all characters do so far. That's what HD will do to a character!

I'm as puzzled as anyone is as to why they're using the Twilight Princess Zelda. Some people have stated that it's due to time constraints & easy porting, but I don't know. Maybe they DO have some trick up their sleeve with this.

But like others have also said, here's to hoping that we get alternative costumes! I'd love to play as other Zeldas. And I'm also a monster with Sheik, so I hope that characters makes a return too. :B



retro_player_22 said:

Hopefully the next few characters they reveal are Little Mac, Isaac, Shulk, and Saki. It's hard for me to accept some of these returning characters when there are still other Nintendo IPs that still needs a character representative.



DarkKirby said:


That's not a Darknut, it's a Phantom, from Phatom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.

In Spirit Tracks, (Toon) Zelda has the ability to posses and control Phantoms which are animated but empty armor.

I can only hope the Phantom ISN'T an Assist Trophy and Zelda has new attacks, and isn't "just that character you pick to use Shiek". In fact, I hope Shiek is no longer part of her moveset and if the move set is still in the game given to another character like Impa or something.



DarkKirby said:

Bad news for people hoping, however unlikely as no other returning character has had any move set changes at all, that the Phantom might be a new attack for Zelda.

People analyzing the pictures have picked out that Zelda is performing the same "commanding" pose in one of the other screen shots without the Phantom.


Now, as the developer, the Phantom could have simply been removed from the picture for the screenshot, but it's looking even less likely than before that Zelda might have even 1 new attack despite her bottom tier status in previous games.

Edit: I just came of with a theory, what if the Phantom in the picture, is in fact, ANOTHER Zelda, transformed, and the Phantom is replacing Shiek as Zelda's transformation? Zelda was able to possess and control Phantoms in Spirit Tracks, so it's not impossible.



Senario said:

Hmm my favorite zelda depictions exist in windwaker and then Skyward sword. Not too big on twilight princess.



LordJumpMad said:

People can say what they want about Zelda TP, but it did have the best Zelda.
Heck, she was even a boss battle, and she not a blonde dumb Nintendo bimbo with baby problem.



FineLerv said:

After all these character reveals (enough now to potentially be the final roster)... I'm totally hoping for DLC.



J-Manix98 said:

@DarkKirby Twilight Zelda Has ZERO relation to the Phantoms of Phantom Hourglass & Spirit tracks. But It's possible that Toon Zelda might be announced soon... Or maybe the Phantom is an assist trophy.



AlbertoC said:

I mainly use Zelda (without transforming). Welcome back.

This model of Zelda is gorgeous, and the HD update really did step up that fact.



DarkKirby said:


The entirety of Zelda's move set, using the Twilight model, is based on Ocarina's move set, who's attacks she doesn't have in the game she's from and are very roughly based on the Magic named after the Goddesses Link finds in the game. So I think it's fair to say canon accuracy is really low on the list of concerns for the developers.

That said, yes, Assist Trophy is currently the most widely believed theory, being that hardly any other returning character got even 1 new move, if any.



NaturalGus said:

So many unimpressive reveals. i could have sworn she was already a confirmed character. im still waiting for the cool NEWCOMER characters to be released. Rosalina is cool but villager looks as lame as jigglypuff. the wii fit trainer seems as cheap as mr game & watch, and megaman looks like an awesome addition. we need more ground breaking reveals along the lines of the mega man one. so far, the game seems yo be good, maybe as goos as brawl even, but i wont judge it before playing it. i just feel like either the game is just a brawl remix and not quite a new entry, or there is a WHOLE LOT theyre not showing us. So far 20 characters or so revealed, and still feels like an empty roster. must mean theres a hell of a lot more to the game than jist characters. maybe new modes new options new customization stuff or creations, or perhaps there is a 65 character roster or something crazy that will make it better than the previous smash.



TwilightOniAngel said:

she looks awesome in hd and great she is in her twilight princess look maybe her skyward sword look might be a costume which would be great and now i need midna to be in smash bros and im set for this game fingers crossed.



TwilightOniAngel said:

and great 5 females now add midna and it will be 6 but im still hoping for little mac to be in this game too he is better as a character than a assist trophy in my opinion.



Tsuchinoko said:

Finally! I'm so glad they went with the Twilight Princess Zelda. That look was so cool. The Skyward Zelda was cute, but I couldn't see that look really working in a fighting game.

I always thought that she and Samus were the tough girls of the Smash Brothers games.



MrZanctom said:

Zelda never was one of my favorites in Melee or Brawl, but still excited to see that the new SSB game is coming along quit nicely.



Henmii said:

Anyone else dissapointed that almost all the character-designs are old designs, designs used in Brawl? Wouldn't it have been cool if they used the Skyward sword design? So far this game only looks like a slightly updated (graphics) Brawl!

That she can summon a Phantom is cool though!



Nomad said:

@DestinyMan I'd like to see a Princess Hilda of Lorule costume for Zelda aswell.
I'd still like to see Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles added to the roster.



SCAR said:

I think the character detail and such looks pretty amazing. My favorite is the one that has Navi in it.

You can tell that there's some good lighting in the environments.



ultimate321 said:

@Henmii Actually I kind of like how its shaping up. It could be me but it seems to look better than at first. Or maybe I didnt pay attention enough but I think its looking wonderful.



Megajack said:

Glad it’s her Twilight Princess incarnation.
It might just be me, but because Nintendo has been using Twilight Princess incarnations rather than Skyward Sword, this leads me to believe Zelda U could actually be a direct follow up to Twilight Princess. It’d be strange if they were using the incarnations of a game from 2006, rather than incarnations from a game in 2011 unless they planned on using the 2006 incarnations/designs.



Gamecube5f said:

The one with Link and Peach is by far the best

love the dark Zelda, it's a fighting game after all....



FX29 said:

Well there have been rumors that Nintendo would be reusing the art-style. Obviously it's not confirmed, but I would love a direct sequel to Twilight Princess.



1337man1233 said:

@Blaarg i think its the phantom from spirit tracks and it looks like an attack but it could be an assist i dont really know enough about smash bros to know though



Jazzer94 said:

I like that the more Gritty style is being used for Zelda and to a lesser extent Link, I just preferred it over Skywards style still hoping for alternate costumes.



Melkaticox said:

@19Robb92 You make it sound like they just ported her SSBB model to SSBU. You obviously don't know what you're talking about.

Hm, maybe they'll update Zelda a bit and make her more...useful just so they can ditch Shiek. They did that with Peach, Bowser, Pit and...probably every character, really.



triforcepower73 said:

There's something about her that looks weird.... In pics 1, 4, 5, and 8 her expressions make her look like a Disney sorceress who is making the princess/prince place their trust in her and then turns out to be the bad guy, uh, girl I mean.



Jorzha said:

It should come as no surprise that Zelda will be in the game as a playable character, but I'm still glad to hear about this because she is one of my favorite from the other games. ^^



uglybunny said:

I'm not surprised but I am glad she's in!
I would love to see Tetra make an appearance in future!



StarDust4Ever said:

@pikasaiyan98 look at my avatar. I've been a fan of Rosalina since she first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy. Also she's my goto Kart racer. Sooo much classier than Peach at any rate. I just hope she's not too hard to unlock, and they give her some good signature moves. I am very exited to see Rosalina become a permanent staple in the Nintendo cannon rather than just a one-off character.



BAGBOY said:

ROB won't make the cut, since he was a gimmicky character based on an accessory that came with the NES, and we now have a new gimmick character: the wii fit trainer; and like rob, nobody wanted nor expected her/him on the new smash since he/she is based on a gimmicky accesory by nintendo.

I highly doubt snake will also make the cut, since sakurai stated that nintendo characters have the priority on smash bros, therefore, megaman was his replacement.

Ike will be replaced by Chrom, as everyone knows, same with lucario and his mysterious replacement.The similar case applies with the ice climbers and their recently shown replacement: Rosalina and Luma.

Ganondorf, yoshi, wario, diddy kong, jigglypuff,captain falcon, falco, meta knight and ness will all be coming back.

Lucas, king dedede, mr game and watch and the pokémon trainer are all in a bubble right now, nobody knows what to expect about them.

I really hope sakurai removes wolf as he was just another fox clone with little changes. and since the first time I saw him on the smash bros. brawl roster I thought he was just a lame excuse for a character.



sourapplejuice said:

I'm honestly not happy with Link or Zelda right now. Samus got an updated look from Metroid Other M and Pit has new items coming from Kid Ikarus: Uprising. There's a Skyward Sword stage in SSB4, but Link and Zelda keep their old designs. I understand there's a possibility of an alternate skyward sword costume, but at the moment it seems like a lazy development shortcut if you ask me.

At least her moveset shows a sign of improvement. Assuming she is summoning a phantom in the picture shown, then it seems like she has one awesomely strong attack in her arsenal.



The-Chosen-one said:

MM they really polishes the characters, compare this link with the link on the smashbros website which where the first picture then look at his face and clothes.
I really like it, they dont need to change link, i only want some more moves added for link, i would like the Dins fire attack from Ocarina of time, give link fire ice and light arrows etc.
I really love what they have done with zelda hats down



BAGBOY said:

@sourapplejuice I agree, their twilight princess appearances were great in super smash bros. brawl when the game recently came out, but skyward sword designs should have been much more appropiate this time around with super smash bros. 4. I really hope Sakurai won't let us down.



issyisboss said:

i think its great that TP zelda is being remade!!! ( P.S. doesn't she look pissed in all the photos? )

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