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Masahiro Sakurai Teases New Super Smash Bros. Stage With Palutena Image

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Statue hints at Kid Icarus stage on Wii U

Masahiro Sakurai continues to increase his daily picture to tease ratio for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. titles on Wii U and 3DS, with yesterday bringing a new item reveal; the Director's Room on Miiverse shows all, and we'll summarise as always early next week. Occasionally his posts tip over from being a neat feature to something particularly interesting, like a new stage.

Today's post, below, shows a status of Palutena overlooking an arena.

Intriguingly, this screen is for the Wii U version, and likely shows a previously unseen stage. It only adds to rumours that Palutena will be playable — yes, we're very aware of them — that have circulated via supposedly "leaked" 3DS screens. The legitimacy of the images are debatable, but it's certainly not beyond possibility that Palutena will eventually be a playable character; we shall see.

This does point to a Kid Icarus-themed stage on the Wii U, though, which should cause some fun speculation as each version of the game is planned to have unique stages; this seems very different from the Kid Icarus: Uprising-style stage already shown on multiple occasions for 3DS.

Oh, Sakurai-san, you tease.


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Pit-Stain said:

So that confirms a new stage. Remember guys, this is just a statue, so that doesn't mean Palutena can't be playable.



SideScreamer said:

I've said it before, but once Sakurai has had a break after the Smash Bros release, he should develop a new Kid Icarus. Uprising was fantastic. Easily one of the best games from Nintendo in years.



GuSolarFlare said:

@Pit-Stain and there's a 3DS stage with Toon Link(the one on the train) and that didn't stop him from being playable.

I wonder what this might mean... we had Mr.Game&Watch in melee and he didn't get a game(or anyting important at all) but the oposite was also true for Pit when he was in Brawl...



NintyMan said:

It's been a while since we've seen a new stage, with the last time being Rainbow Road on Christmas Eve. This appears to be a generic Kid Icarus stage perhaps inspired by the original, because the stages on the Wii U version are supposed to be mostly from home-console games. I repeat, "mostly" because I remember someone saying that Sakurai had said that not all of the stages would be based on home-console games, so maybe Kid Icarus Uprising is an exception. I can't confirm that myself unless someone can provide a link to Sakurai's quote, but it should be interesting to see the rest of the stage.

Also, I'm sick of seeing people call Sakurai a troll just because he's teasing new stages or characters. Do we call the Zelda folks trolls for constantly teasing a Majora's Mask remake? I don't think so. I imagine Sakurai gets tempted to mess around with ungrateful "fans" on Miiverse who keep whining at him even though he has to work on not one, but two huge Super Smash Bros. games while probably still smarting from his arm injury. Those of us who offer support sometimes get crowded out because of the whining. Sakurai knows full-well what he's doing.

And as Pit-Stain pointed out, the Palutena statue doesn't confirm or de-confirm her. It's just a statue. I find it curious, however, that this pic appears exactly one week after the alleged Palutena leak. I don't think Sakurai lives in a cocoon; he probably knows what's buzzing on the internet and Miiverse from listening from his people who have the time to be surfing the web.

@Kyloctopus: I wouldn't be saying that when we're only seeing one part of it. It's just a sneak peek after all.



GuSolarFlare said:

I think this stage can also be there because of Brawl... I mean Brawl is a home console game, it had a Kid Icarus stage(if I remember well) so it could as well be a link to the previous smash bros instead of a hint to Palutena being playable or to a new Kid Icarus game.



sinalefa said:

I don't get the wings. Palutena has no wings, and they don't look as part of the statue. But cool stage.



Kolzig said:

Please be a hint that Kid Icarus: Uprising is being planned for release in European 3DS eShop soon.



Maelstrom said:

But this is a wii U stage. Wasn't it said that handheld games would have stages in the 3ds version, but not in the wii U version? This means there will either be a playable Palutena or a Kid Icarus game for the wii U



GuSolarFlare said:

@Maelstrom not exactly. it can just be a general Kid Icarus Stage. Sakurai said there would be specific stages but Pit serves Palutena and is in the game so this might as well be the reason behind the stage.



ZurrrrBlattTron said:

It's hard to tell but if you look at the face of the statue and compare it to the leaks it's identical, my final verdict is that palutena is definitely in and I'm hoping that she's playable with rosalina we saw a peak of her stage, her stage then she got revealed. I think he might do the same here



larry_koopa said:

I really like how Nintendo is constantly trickling out info on this game with screen shots every couple of days. I think it's a neat way to hype up the game and to sustain interest. I much prefer this to getting info on a game once and then not hearing about it for months on end (Yarn Yoshi anybody??)

I kind of wish that Nintendo would give Mario Kart 8 the same type of treatment that they're giving Smash Bros.



AlexSora89 said:

As long as every franchise gets a representative stage in each version of the game, I'm fine.



64supermario said:

If the rumors are true, I bet she'll appear if you don't play as her, but if you do it turns into this statue.



LtAldoRaine said:

Kind of wish we would have a Uprising based stage for the Wii U,but,alas,we can't. I really hate this,why not just make different stages for each version? It doesn't necessarily have to be "oh,it's the console version,so it can only have stages based on console games" .

Oh well,they haven't shown the whole stage yet,so it might not be just a generic token Kid Icarus stage. Not holding my breath,though.



Undead_terror said:

WAIT, this could only mean one thing!
1 statue+1 arena+1 pole in between= Kid Icarus U confirmed
....oh my that was dumb and people over used this for half life 3 >:[



Frank90 said:

Guys maybe this isn't only a stage. It could be Palutena's entrace on Kid Icarus Stage. Look at the wings, they don't look like statue wings to me.



Kirbybrawl said:

all i know is all this palutena talk is getting a few people on miiverse to buy uprising. I kind of think sakurai and his staff planned the 3ds leak. All this free promotion is working for them



Grumblevolcano said:

@Diddy_kong Yes about Mario Kart 8, less content shown each time but more often would have been better. The amount of content shown so far I find more concerning, all we've got is 2 trailers and retro courses have barely been touched (only 3 announced out of a likely 16). Given it's releasing this Spring, you'd think more info would have been given either in the form of a 3rd trailer this month or screenshots



Kaze_Memaryu said:

Could prove to be interesting. Uprising had a boatload of events in every single stage, so I wouldn't wonder if the stage has some hazards like Hewdra, Twinbellows, Pandora and Great Reaper sweeping through it.



WingedSnagret said:

I'm going to ignore my raving inner fanboy for Palutena and just point this out:

The winged Palutena statue is from Uprising. You see it in the Ring of Chaos and Palutena's Temple chapters, with the latter also being where you fight the Goddess herself (sort of).



Gioku said:

@GuSilverFlame I like the name "Palutena Desfigurada"... if my knowledge of latin roots serves me, that translates to something like "Disfigured Palutena", hahaha.



Dolphin64 said:

@SideScreamer We could've had a new Starfox game if it wasn't for Uprising...Enough with the Kid Icarus' We need Metroid, Starfox and not to mention, a REAL Zelda.

Still want your Kid Icarus?



triforcepower73 said:

I wonder if it'll move anywhere. I hope there are a few moving stages in the final product of the game. So far it seems to just be more Final Destinations.



2Sang said:

That's cool that we're going to have 2 kid ic stages. I was hoping for a darker looking stage, but a stage nonetheless is cool. Also, things look good for Medusa right now.



AJWolfTill said:

It would be cool to have playable Palutena, the more female characters the better, it would be even cooler if there was a KI game in the works for Wii U, however it is quite likely that the rule about the stages only applies when the series has existed on both. Ice climbers aren't going to get different stages, and the fact that Pikmin isn't on 3ds doesn't mean there wont be a 3ds stage.



ZurrrrBlattTron said:

@TheTreePerson Uprising has nothing to do with Star Fox not having any NEW recent games (I'm counting out 64 3D) two separate teams and Kid Icarus, up until 2012 hasn't had a new game for 25 YEARS where as the most recent new Star Fox game was on the Nintendo DS



AJWolfTill said:

I certainly do, Uprising was the freshest thing Nintendo has produced since the original Pikmin. It also perfectly balances gameplay, humour and story in a dorky but loveable way,



AyeHaley said:

I was JUST thinking today how they should port Uprising and give it a second life on Wii U. Add dual control sticks support and you'll make lots of people happy. I would prefer playing it on an HDTV.



Blue_Yoshi said:

I really hope its not that crappy Pit Stage from Brawl I always hated that stage it was so obnoxious, besides is there even a Pit game in development for the Wii U? Because otherwise it should be on the 3DS version due to the stage mechanics between the two. This might mean that it is a dreded remastered stage, because Brawl was a console game therefore it could be inspired by its own stages.



B3ND3R said:

I'd love a sequel to Uprising on the Wii U or maybe even something completely different from it! I just want Kid Icarus on Wii U



MeloMan said:

If she's playable, what size will she be? I mean, as a goddess, she can be as big or small as she likes, but...



DirkaDirka said:

Wait, if Sakurai said that stages will be based off console games in the Wii U version, could this be hinting at a Kid Icarus game on Wii U?



AltDotNerd said:

When will we get an official title?! I'm sick of calling it "the next Smash Bros game".



TwilightAngel said:

two things might happen a new kid icarus game might come out for the wiiu i really hope or palutena might be playable i hope both of my ideas are true.



mamp said:

Why can't he just tell us if palutena is playable gosh sakurai at least don't troll us.



GearsOfWarU said:

Kid Icarus Rules !!!!! Please make a Kid Icarus U !!!!! Pit is my guy for Smash & Paulutena would be my girl .



Nomad said:

It would be great to see another character like Palutena, Madusa, Viridi or Hades represent Kid Icarus in Smash for Wii U/3DS.
@ GearsOfWarU everything you said. Demons Crest rules btw.



Dolphin64 said:

@AJWolfTill @siconlolz Did you know that they were planning to make a new, CANON Starfox game on the 3ds? They thought that a Kid Icarus game would be better.
Not hating or anything...Guess you know now that I really like Starfox.
In other terms it's good they finally made a KI game in over two decades, but beside Starfox there's Metroid and Zelda. This topic is getting old, let's close this conversation.

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