Greninja in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS

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.

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