Back at E3 2013, it was revealed that the female Wii Fit Trainer would be a playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. It looks like she'll be in good company; series producer Masahiro Sakurai sent a post to Miiverse earlier today, indicating that her male counterpart would indeed be joining the chaotic mishmash of styles and franchises that is Super Smash Bros.

The capacity in which the male trainer will feature isn't yet known, but we're going to stick our neck on the line and say he's almost certainly going to act as a 'costume swap' for the female Wii Fit Trainer. In the screenshot, we can see that both characters are performing the exact same jump, which seems to suggest an identical moveset for both characters.

Hopefully, this isn't another case of two very similar characters taking up slots on the roster. Super Smash Bros. Brawl featured three Star Fox characters who were essentially just model swaps - Fox, Falco and Wolf. Of course, it's possible that the male trainer could be nothing more than an assist trophy, but this seems unlikely.

What do you think of this latest reveal? Can you see yourself playing as the male Wii Fit Trainer? Do you like gender equality? If you answered yes, you are an awesome person.

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