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Massive Pokémon Reveals Occur During Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct

Posted by Andrew Karklins

Greninja and Charizard Join the Expanding Roster

Today's Nintendo Direct devoted exclusively to the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS revealed a ton of information relating to game modes, online play, and characters. One of the most exciting new additions, for me at least, was the tremendous amount of Pokémon-related content confirmed to be part of the newest iteration of the franchise.

Perhaps the most exciting news wasn't revealed until the final minutes of the broadcast. Greninja, the final evolution of Froakie from the most recent Pokémon titles X & Y will be joining the Super Smash Bros. roster on both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions. Also, the fan favourite Charizard — the final evolution of Charmander from the original Pokémon Red and Blue titles — is returning as well, this time as a member of the roster. Charizard will also be rocking the Charizardite X, allowing it to Mega Evolve as its final smash.

It was also confirmed how other Pokémon would be incorporated into the Super Smash Bros. experience, beside those included in the roster (Lucario, Pikachu, Greninja, and Charizard). Poké Balls are once again returning in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. A new addition however is the introduction of Master Balls. Only rare and legendary Pokémon will emerge from Master Balls, such as Xerneas, Arceus, Deoxys, Palkia, Entei, Victini, Kyurem and Keldeo.

Some of the other Pokémon confirmed to be appearing in the newest iteration of Super Smash Bros. include Eevee, Metagross, Fennekin, Meloetta, Gogoat, Electrode, Meowth and Staryu. These Pokémon will all appear via the normal Poké Ball.

It was also noted that Lucario would also feature a new final smash, incorporating Mega Evolution from Pokémon X & Y.

Are you excited for all the new features announced in today’s Nintendo Direct? Let us know in the comments below.

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Megumi said:

Wait, Mega Lucario replaces the old Final? :c I loved that beam attack. (I forget what its called, lol)



Azooooz said:

Greninja was my starter Pokémon in Pokémon X, so I'm very happy that it made the cut.



Handy_Man said:

I main Charizard in Project M, where he's by himself (along with Squirtle and Ivysaur), and I never thought he would appear to be by himself on any other Super Smash Bros. game. I'm extremely excited that he's flying solo in Smash 4, and I'll definitely main him again!



jpfan1989 said:

For a moment I thought it was going to be Mewtwo.. disappoint. .. well this confirms no pokemon trainer but is there a chance we may still see Squirtle and Ivysaur?



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

Usually its 4 playable characters per franchise with exceptions (Dr Mario from the Dr Mario series, Yoshi from Yoshi and DK from DK etc.) so this maybe all the Playable Pokemon we're getting.

Before you point out Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser and Roselina from Super Mario series......both Luigi and Peach did star lead in their own games. XD



Retro_on_theGo said:

That was amazing. This is such a good year to be a pokemon fan!! Greninja is my favorite starter from XY. I was freaking out when they announced him. Totally random! Sakurai must have really loved him!



rjejr said:

I honestly don't know who Grenjina is, I thought it was either MewTwo or Lucario, but my Pokemon obsessed kids said this was a better choice than either of those 2. I don't believe them, but at least they seem excited about it. My 9yr old was ecstatic pretty much the whole time. My oldest birthday is Sept, and since he knows Nintendo probably means Sept when they say "summer" he has his birthday present picked out.

I just dont' know why Nintendo would put so many Pokemon in Smash, a game that would sell well w/o a single Pokemon in it, rather than make a fighting game on Wii U, w/ toys. It's like Nintendo is opposed to making money, or selling any Wii U.

SSB on 3DS. Cant wait to see the japan numbers on that.



Dpullam said:

I'll definitely have a ton of fun beating up Charizard. He looks like a giant orange punching bag!



Funny_Moblin said:

Wait, so Zero Suit Samus is a character separate from Samus to choose on the character selection screen?



mystman12 said:

I am so glad Greninja will be playable! I've been wanting him as a character ever since I played Pokemon X! He might replace Luigi as my main...



TreonsRealm said:

I love their inclusion but at this point, Nintendo should build a Super Smash Bros. spin-off focused entirely around the Pokemon universe. Just think of the possibilities in terms of stages and roster. Since it takes like 6-7 years to develop Smash, it would make the PERFECT "in-between" title to release while a new Smash is made. It would also be a perfect title to draw in players who think regular Pokemon titles are too kiddie. Also, I bet it could become a good addition to the tournament scene. Since Pokemon is a single universe, developers could focus on balance and build a game that is accessible yet finely tuned for the pros (the same way the original Street Fighter II did it). Make it happen Nintendo!



AkinaChan said:

I remember people in the stream freaking out thinking Mewtwo would be confirmed because of how Greninja looked in the shadows before the reveal. Even I thought that! This is definately a surprise, and I can't wait to try this character out :3



ZurrrrBlattTron said:

@rjejr haha me and my cousin watched it and he flipped over charizard while I was like mehh but I flipped for greninja Sakurai did a great job i feel more hyped then ever im buying the 3ds when the 3ds version comes and then I'm buying the Wii u along with the Wii u version for Christmas



NintyMan said:

Despite not choosing Froakie in Pokemon X, I'm familiar with Greninja and I admit he does look seriously cool in Smash. Charizard looks really good too, though, and he's part of my X team, so he is a possibility for one of my new Smash mains! I love that his final smash is Mega Charizard X!



Funny_Moblin said:

What the--What even is that fuzzy toy that Greninja throws in one of the images on the official Smash Bros. website!??



2Sang said:

Why are people happy about this frog who are above the age of 7? Also, I hope squirtle makes the cut too, but Ivysaur looks like he just fell off the face of the earth. Too bad, too because all 3 pokemon trainer pokemon were cool



ZurrrrBlattTron said:

@funny_moblin I don't think sheik and Zero suit samus bring saparate characters is going to really affect the number of the characters they were always separate characters to begin with



TreonsRealm said:

@Funny_Moblin - It would only be milking if it became a yearly thing and didn't fit. I'm talking about a "PokeSmash" in between regular Smash titles which would be like 1 every 3-5 years at max. Also, the Pokemon universe is already based around fighting and the Smash games prove that they work as fighters (just look at the tournament scene with characters like Pikachu). I am completely against milking a franchise (cough- EA, Activision, UbiSoft -cough) but I am all for a spin-off that would work and make complete sense. Fans want new games from Nintendo and this is a proven option that would do quite well. Also, I think Nintendo would be able to restrain themselves and not get out of hand with it. Hell, they've only done 8 Mario Karts in over 20 years and 5 Smash Bros. in 15 years. Despite what the Haters say, Nintendo doesn't go the route of something like Assassin's Creed which has released over 10 games since 2007 which is just plain pathetic.



Funny_Moblin said:

@TreonsRealm Alright, I see what you're saying. Fair point. It's just that I think that even a Pokemon Smash Bros. will take the focus away from what the series truly is.



ChuJelly said:

I kind of screamed a little when Greninja was announced. Greninja and his pre-evos have been my favorite Pokémon since X and Y's release, and I am absolutely ECSTATIC to be able to kick everyone's butt with him. So now, both my #1 favorite Pokémon and many of my favorite Nintendo characters are playable in the same game. This is FAR more than I could ever ask for



LordFamicom said:

Greninja is my favorite Pokemon! I'm happy that he's a playable character. Charizard was put in for fan service.



ZurrrrBlattTron said:

@funny_moblin no you was right in a sense, had Sakurai chose to kept Squirtle and ivysaur along with charizard we'd be looking at seven playable Pokemon (Assuming jiggly is in) and in that case it would had been a waste of space as we don't need that many Pokemon characters xD as for the gameplay if you look at greninjas trailer you could see more of melee on the ground with more of brawl in the air (but less floatier) I think he took the best of those games and put it together and it looks great



Funny_Moblin said:

@sinconlol Yeah, lol. It would overflow with Pokemon between the playable character and all the Pokeballs--foof! I think you're right about the gameplay. Even though I want it to be as close to Melee as possible, I appreciate him trying to balance it out. I just wish he would gives the option to play completely like Melee, or completely like Brawl. But I can't really jugde, I guess I will need to play it to truly see how it turns out.



Leonn said:

I like the announcements, however, Leon from RE4 would be nice. I also really really really want Mii characters in it, you know, maybe with being able to choose between some preset fighting styles, sword, spear, Axe, etc. It'd be awesome, oh and professor Layton would be great too, but whatever lol



Gold said:

Sakurai's an interesting person when it comes to character reveals.... I was screaming at my TV Mewtwo when I saw the sphere.



Whopper744 said:

I'm a big Long time Ninteneo fan, but had no idea what a geninja was. Personally, I am hoping that's all the Pokemon. Can't avoid Jiggly puff



Emaan said:

Very interesting choices. So I guess Pokemon Trainer won't be coming back.

Greninja, my starter from Pokemon X YESS

I got all excited to see Mewtwo though, and that never happened



lippe_flamarion said:

Wow, was not expecting this! Hope it still has Jigglypuff, and now I'm hoping for a grass starter as well!



ReshiramZekrom said:

The fact that it's just Charizard and not Ivysaur amd Squirtle thrown together again to make Pokémon Trainer Red disappoints me. Seems like they're just trying to appeal to genwunners again, like what it seemed they did with making Charizard and Mewtwo the only ones with dual Mega Evolutions.



SakuraHaruka said:

I wanted to Meloetta as part of the roster, but well, at least, "she" will be in the game in the battles. ^.^



Gridatttack said:

Genwunners are suffering. Let them rage :3

Greninja is an awesome addition, and is what new smash games hype are: new characters. You got the past games to play as mewtwo if you are expecting it to appear :>
Also for some reason, I keep seeing greninja as in shiny color. I hope they include his shiny coloration as an alternate color.



SecondServing said:

I'm over Mewtwo, I have no desire to play as that lame Pokémon after I get my hands on Greninja and Charizard!



Megatonwhale said:

Some great reveals but was anyone else disappointed when the Dk Country Kremlings walking around in Smash Run didn't result in a King K.Rool reveal?



Bolt_Strike said:

Greninja strikes me as somewhat of an odd choice, mainly because it doesn't quite have the popularity that most veterans do. Pikachu, Charizard, Mewtwo, and Lucario are all insanely popular, and recognizable even to people who don't know the series that well. Greninja though? It's not really any more popular than any of the other dozens of starters we've had over the years. But I guess if we really need a 6th gen rep, it's about as good as we're going to get (I don't think any of the 6th gen Pokemon even come close to the level of popularity that the others do).

Also, where was it confirmed that Mega Evolution is achieved through Mega Evolution? Not that I doubt it, that makes the most sense, but they didn't say anything about how it works in the Direct, just that Mega Lucario and Mega Charizard X were in the game.



LtAldoRaine said:

I'm OK with Charizard if he is a stand alone character. I like the concept of the Pokémon Trainer,but I rather have a well-rounded, actually decent character than 3 average characters. If it leaves room for other fighters, even better. And any excuse to get that kick-ass Mega Charizard X in the game is fine by me.



Gorlokk said:

Oh this was so good. Made my day when I saw it, couldn't even believe it. I was hoping that the Pokemon trainer would use Gen VI Starters (Chespin, Braixen, and Greninja), but wow, just Greninja is fine with me! He's my favorite X/Y Pokemon (aside from Heliolisk).



CaveDweller said:

@Bolt_Strike Do you honestly think Lucario would be as popular recognisable if it wasn't for Brawl? He was popular, but I'd argue not AS popular as you'd expect to appear as a new SSB character. But rather he made a good Gen 4 representative becaus he was the first Gen 4 pokemon to be revealed



Bolt_Strike said:

@CaveDweller Lucario was heavily marketed before Brawl was even released though. Hell, it even got a movie before it was even available in the games. Greninja though, hasn't really been promoted more than any other starter (until now of course) so it doesn't make as much sense to include it. It serves as a mascot for the current generation, but that's about it really, it's not on the same level as Pikachu, Charizard, and company.



Sensei_Sendai said:

@Bolt_Strike I believe it's because it's more or less the Pokemon everyone attached to in X and Y and said, "This Pokemon is awesome guys." Plus it's the most recognizable "Ninja" Nintendo has bar perhaps Sheik.

On another note. As of yesterday's lineup that makes 28/35 characters (or 26 if Zero Suit and Sheik don't count). It seems like two of the three main Nintendo series have their representation quite heavily now,
Mario: Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Peach, Rosalina & Luma, Yoshi
PKMN: Lucario, Pikachu, Greninja, Charizard.

At this point I'm wanting,

  • Ness
    Chrom OR Lucina


Chubblings said:

I was happy when Greninja was announced, I used to wreak havoc with teams for a while, not to mention he has such a good design.
Greninja-Protean-Mystic Water
-Ice Beam
-Dark Pulse



SMW said:

I don't know much about Pokemon, but I do know that I'd like to play as Charizard!



SphericalCrusher said:

I am very happy about this! I was halfway expecting the Pokemon Trainer to pop-up and bring out a grass-type also, but that's okay. I am glad to see more standalone Pokemon. I honestly would be happy for maybe one more as well... maybe Mew Two. (Actually thought Greninja was Mew Two before he popped out) And I know we have a fire type in Charizard, but man I would have loved to see Blaziken in the game.



duffmman said:

I'm actually a little disappointed in the removal of transforming characters: Zelda/Sheik, Samus/ZSS, and the Pokemon Trainer. Its great that Sheik and ZSS are separate characters, but only having Charizard is really sad to me. The PKMN trainer was a favorite of mine, with the ability to switch between a lightweight, medium, and heavyweight. Plus I love squirtle, and Ivysaur had really great moves. The game loses a little bit of its uniqueness in my personal opinion by not having transforming characters. And now my dreams of a transforming Young (masks) Link from Majora's Mask have been squashed (would have been Young Link transforming between the three forms of Deku Link, Goran Link, and Zora LInk, with Fierce Diety Link obviously being the final smash).



duffmman said:

@SphericalCrusher I don't know if Mewtwo is going to appear (I really hope he does), but I'd say chances are very great that Jigglypuff is returning (would be kinda crazy for one to have been there from the start to disappear after 3 games).



TheSonicdude97 said:

(My OPINION, it's fine if you don't agree!) Now though this may sound kind of negative, I am pretty ticked about this choice. No, not Charizard, he's hardcore and a classic favorite. The addition of Greninja is what has me baffled. Who even asked for it? There are SO MANY other characters (from Pokemon or another series) that people are just pleading for, and they go ahead and add one that nobody (or few) would have really asked to be included. In terms of being chosen out of the Pokemon series only, there are much more varities of Pokemon that could have had a spot in here, like some classic and well known ones with an already large, devoted following. Precisely, Mewtwo, which I still hope can be added in. Maybe its just the company's choice to add in a new character like Greninja to appeal to the newcomer audience, but I gotta say that it's a poor choice to go in with the "new" and just wasting a character spot like that.



Bolt_Strike said:

@duffmman Honestly, the only reason I could see Jigglypuff returning is to promote Fairy type. Despite being from the original, Jigglypuff isn't really as relevant or popular as it was in 1st gen (in fact, I think the only thing justifying its relevance as a mascot is its appearance in the anime, but it hasn't had a major role in years). I think it's stupid to leave a particular character in forever unless they continually remain relevant, such as the main characters from Nintendo's major franchises (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Link, Zelda, Pikachu, Yoshi, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Wario will almost certainly appear in every game, whereas I can see characters like Fox, Falco, Ness, and Captain Falcon being cut at some point if their franchises eventually die).



DarkKirby said:

Greninja isn't Gardevoir but at least it's not yet another Gen 1 Pokemon to pander to genwunners.

I think it's fair to say nobody expected Greninja. And I don't hate Greninja, if you're wondering, I personally want at least 1 playable Pokemon from each gen as an avid Pokemon fan myself.



duffmman said:

@Bolt_Strike I have to disagree. While the releveance of Jigglypuff has gone by the wayside, the same could easily be argued about Charizard and moreso for Lucario. Mewtwo is easily far more relevant than Lucario, yet I'm not expecting his return despite how much more I'd prefer to see him in the game over Lucario. That coupled with the fact that Lucario's moveset is very similar to Mewtwo's. Meanwhile there is no other character with a moveset remotely similar to Jigglypuff's. As it is, every character that first appeared in the very first game has been carried across to the two released sequels that came after it, I see no reason why that trend wont continue. Now do I care personally if Jigglypuff returns? No, not at all, but if I were a betting man, whether I like it or not, Jigglypuff will be back.



Bolt_Strike said:

@duffmman Relevance is not the only factor here, there's also popularity. And the fact of the matter is that Pikachu, Charizard, Lucario, and Mewtwo have plenty of both, the first on that list being the very image of Pokemon itself, while the latter three are fan favorites and all got Mega Evolutions in XY. What does Jigglypuff have? It hasn't been popular since the OG anime, and arguably the only thing making it still relevant is that it got Fairy type.

That being said, I agree with the logic that Jigglypuff would be a better fit than Mewtwo FOR THIS GAME because it has a more unique fighting style, with Lucario and Greninja already revealed, Mewtwo would indeed be overkill. But in future games? Tougher to say, maybe Jigglypuff and Greninja won't be as popular in future generations and then you could cut them both and bring back Mewtwo (although I have a feeling that there could be a better representative among whatever 7th/8th gen Pokemon we have at that point, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it).



LoveSugoi said:

YASSS I love Gen 6 but if there's only going to be one representative I can't think of a better choice than Greninja. Was my starter and ended up one of my top faves for not only this gen but overall. So happy I get to team up with this adorkable bamf in this game too.



Henmii said:

Wasn't Charizard part of the "Pokemon trainer" in Brawl? If so, what happened to the Pokemon trainer?



Neightrix said:

@Azooooz Mewtwo isn't supposed to be slow, he's the original best pokemon, getting outsped by only Electrode and tieing with Jolteon and Aerodactyl. Even though there are faster ones now, he still ranks among the fastest.



Neightrix said:

My two cents:
I'm happy to see Charizard become an independent character. The main reason I didn't use him in Brawl was because he was tied to two others and you have to waste time switching and taking damage between lives. Ivysaur made no sense compared to Venusaur and Squirtle was just an inferior Diddy Kong. On top of that, Mega 'Zard X is my favorite mega from the new games, so if I get nothing else I wanted from this game at least I will have this!
Greninja is popular among people who have actually played X & Y and is easily the best new starter. He's fast and offensively oriented, so while he may catch Smash players off guard he actually makes a lot of sense on the roster.
The main argument against Mewtwo seems to be that he isn't popular. Not only would I say he IS popular but Lucario is NOT popular. Lucario was pushed on the pokemon franchise as a cool aura sensitive monster, which conceptually is indeed cool, but Lucario doesn't have much of a fan base among players of the actual pokemon games, at least not to the extent Mewtwo does. He's decent in competitive, but Mewtwo destroys him statistically and practically.
While I do think it's beginning to look bleak with no Mewtwo yet, I still have some hope. Mewtwo and Charizard were the only two pokemon in X & Y to get TWO mega evolutions, which suggests to me he's at least being thought about. While I will be sad if he doesn't make a return with a faster, better moveset I'm pleased to at least have 'Zard and ZSS.
Oh, and we still need Falco, Puff, Ganon, and Falcon. There is no excuse for them to not return. Fudge the character select screen, the moar characters the moar better! XD



duffmmann said:

@Bolt_Strike I have never perceived Lucario to be a popular pokemon character, especially not more popular than Mewtwo. Point is, the people choosing to include whichever 'mon they do in the game, probably don't care so much about which is the most popular 'mon and care more about what they think will have the best moveset for a Smash game.



Hortencio said:

Yes to Ganon! But this time, I will seriously eat my own shi...hat if he doesn't have his OWN moveset!! I'm sick of this Capt. Falcon hand-me-down BS, as it cheapens both of these fine gents! It got a little better in Brawl, but PLEASE Nintendo; this is and has been my only real complaint of Smash since Melee! Ganny is one of the most important villains in Nintendo lore, and in light of the de-transforming characters and custom set moves, there is no &^$**#@ reason why he shouldn't have his own moves. I am all for keeping them 'similar' (the B-forward choke move is just priceless...), but the man has a sword...he HAS A SWORD!!



Henmii said:


That's a pity! Not that "Pokemon trainer" added much (it was of course all about the Pokemon he summoned), but its still a pity. After all, Pokemon trainer is a big part of the Pokemon franchise since he/she's the one that explores and battles.

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