Apr 8th, 2014

This week’s Nintendo Direct revealed a slew of new information about the new Smash Bros games, including an announcement of two new characters to the series: Charizard and Greninja! Both come from the Pokemon series and are two of the most popular starters from their respective regions.


Charizard (who I have to admit, is my favorite Pokemon of all time) has actually been in the series before, as a member of the Pokemon Trainer’s team in Brawl, along with being able to be summoned from a Poke Ball in Melee and the original. It seems this time it’s struck out on his own though, ditching his trainer and team to fight solo. Most of it’s moves seem to come from it’s stint with Pokemon Trainer in Brawl, although it seems to have a few new ones  as well. Also it seems Charizard will be able to transform into Mega Charizard in this game, probably via it’s final Smash.


Greninja is a completely new addition to the series having only been introduced in Pokemon games in X and Y as the final evolution of starter Pokemon Froakie. As a Water/Dark type ninja Pokemon it seems to fight using speed, trickery and water blasts; utilizing it’s Water Shuriken and Substitute moves in battle to confound and defeat opponents. It’s Final Smash seems to be similar to Ike’s, drawing the immobilized opponent into the air before dealing several strikes and hitting with a powerful finishing blow.

So, what do you think of these new characters? Are they what you were hoping for? Which one do you think you’ll be playing with more? As for me, Charizard just became my new main!

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  • Hobo

    Was there for the announcement! I’m so happy, even if I prefer Chesnaught. We basically know that Mewtwo is gone though… Best Nintendo Direct EVAR!!! We love you Sakurai, keep it up!

    • EDKMN

      YES!! I knew I wasn’t the only one who chose Chespin instead of Froakie!!

      • Blue Hernandez

        I also chose Chespin over Froakie! He’s wayyy cooler!

    • Nintendo Dragon

      I think this confirms him back even more than before

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  • Bruno Poeys Lacerda

    Charizard is definitely my all time fav Pokémon and he’s already my main fighter. Well, he can share the spot with Link.

  • Sdudyoy

    Now, I wonder what Grass starter they will use, I really want Sceptile to be in the game.

    • If they did that then they would have chosen all three of my favorite starter Pokemon. Yet I feel as though if they were going to announce another Pokemon they would have done so in this Nintendo Direct in order to keep with the theme.

      • Sdudyoy

        Yeah, I can be hopeful though!

    • I want Torterra. Realistically, we might get serperior

      • Swampert Master

        If it was like that, then all my favorite starters of each type would be in.

        Fingers crossed!

        • which starter do you want? I mentioned two 😛

          • Blue Hernandez

            They should use something no one would expect… MAGIKARP!

          • crocodileman94

            Even if they tried to balance him, he would just end up being the new Meta Knight.

          • Swampert Master

            Well, for fire, yes pretty easily Charizard. For water, it is pretty obvious by just looking at my profile icon although Greninja does come in second. For grass, it probably would be Torterra as that was the only Grass Starter I have ever played with, only because I knew Turtwig would evolve into a ground type Pokémon, easily my favorite type.

          • turtwig was just so adorable :3

      • MujuraNoKamen

        I think Sceptile is the most realistic, I’d be happy whatever grass starter they pick but we’ve already got a Gen 1 starter (Charizard), and gen 6 (Greninja). Meganium and Torterra would be great but 4-legged characters in Smash Bros? Would that work? Serperior would be cool but what moves would it have if i can’t punch/kick/jump?
        And let’s face it Gen 3 needs some love in Smash Bros.

        EDIT: I forgot, Ivysaur (4 legs) was in Brawl and that worked OK but I still think Sceptile is best 🙂

        • Nintendo Dragon

          Pikachu has four legs lol

          • MujuraNoKamen

            true, I should have said the really bulky ones always on 4 legs, they’d be too slow.

        • I would say sceptile, but him and the other pokemon look a bit similar. kinda like a grass cross between charizard and greninja. so i think they’d go for someone more unique

    • Hinaru

      To be honest I was shock when i saw greninja in smash. Im kind of sad if we don’t see Squirtle or ivysaur in the game cause they were my main. But out of 6 gen starter really any starter could have been worthly to fight in smash. Delphox with her magic stick, she could have been cast spell or throwing weapons like Zelda. Chesnaught with his sheld and beening fighting type especially. And i now wonder if Jigglypuff will return especially if she now fairy which add more moveset. I kind of wanted an eeveealution in there like slyeveon with he moonblast as her final and her arms to grab and fight characters with. But greninja looks awesome and can’t wait to play as him.

  • Nick Petlock

    This…No Words….

  • Fierce-Deity Link

    tbh, i didn’t want charizard to return.. i’m not really a fan of pokemon and i feel there are a lot already.. same could be said for the mario verse, but they get special treatment hue hue.. but seriously though.. the greninja dude looks cool.. charizard is meh.. hopefully, jigglypuff is the last pokemon confirmed

    • triplegamer3K .

      Jiggly puff is probably going to make it.she was one of the original 8,so it’s pretty much a guarantee.

      • Fierce-Deity Link

        i meant that i hope jiggs is the last pokemon added.. and not another one like the ever so popular mewtwo : P

        • triplegamer3K .

          Say what you want,but mewtwo kicked serious ass in melee.

          • Fierce-Deity Link

            he was a crappy character in melee.. only had a good recovery.. aside from tht he was bad.. so many better characters to use competitively

  • Sacrontine

    No more pokemons

  • Sacrontine

    Enough already

  • eli

    there’s yoshi!

  • Squid

    Very pleasant surprise, people, there were 6 Pokemon last game, 4 now, (5 assuming jiggly will return.) so please don’t complain,

  • Vriska Serket

    come oooooooon!

    • Vriska Serket

      This too

  • Wooopigsooie

    Hey, does anyone know the stage at 2:06?

    • sup3rnoah

      it kind of looks like one of the elite 4 rooms in x/y. theres a pokeball in the center if you stop and look.

      • sup3rnoah

        or maybe a new pokemon stadium of sorts. i don’t know.

      • Wooopigsooie

        Yeah you’re right. I never noticed the pokeball.

  • Wooopigsooie

    As awesome as this, part of me can’t help but thinking that Charizard could have just as easily been Ridley… but exciting stuff nonetheless!

    • ETeach

      Here’s hoping for a recolor.

    • Josiah Parsons

      Actually, Ridley is gonna show up as a Boss!

      • Wooopigsooie

        Yeah, he was teased as a stage hazard for the new Merroid stage… but he would have been a boss to play with if you know what I mean!

  • howling_wolf1334:[

    Naaa!!! That toonyninja will fall at my double edge Sword!!!

  • Ryushi

    I love the look of Greninja, but the fact he can string together attacks so easily (or so it looks) he just looks too damn good. I feel bad I haven’t played X/Y yet. 🙁

  • J_Joestar

    making it really hard to choose who i want to main >_<

  • bluSPECTRE

    Greninja looks like he’s gonna be an even match for Zero Suite Samus.

    • Mario

      And Sheik.

      • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

        and Yoshi

  • SP-937-215

    No Mr. Mime? Man fuck this game.

    • readypembroke

      Thankfully it isn’t Jynx!!

  • C.S. Bailey

    Not what I was expecting at all! /these two games are going to eat a lot of my time when they release.

  • WiiUltra

    Where the f*** is Mew Two?!

    • Zanzama

      In Timbuktu cause his fanclub got on his nerves


    Say it with me guys

  • jjbredesen

    Damn i missed the direct, but i am here now!

    Fuck yeah Charizard is great and greninja is a awsome suprise now incase nobody noticed there is still no Captain Falcon………..F-Zero U confirmed!

  • Froakiefan8

    Greninja, I desired for you to be in this game since I discovered you, but I thought it was impossible to see that happen, but now, my dream came true. Greninja will be my new main!!!!

    • Mario

      We’re a lucky bunch.

  • alex toschi

    I guess I’m the only one who is annoyed by this. Really Greninja? Out of all the possible characters in Nintendo’s rich history of characters they choose one not even a year old? Greninja is probably my least favorite looking final evolution of any starter in Pokemon, his sharp polygon features on his head make him look hardly anything like his prevous evolutions, and it just looks lazily made to me. Simon Belmont from Castlevania( Konami would totally allow this), Ridley from Metroid, Chrom from Fire Emblem, Isaac form Golden Sun, hell even KK Slider from Animal Crossings! So many other good characters could have made the cut.

  • WarioForever

    Greninja? Which pokemon is that? Never heard of him. In other words, Nintendo give us the characters we care for!

    • Mario

      Read one of my comments here.

    • Akatosh

      Over 12 million Nintendo fans know who Greninja is. You have no right to pretend Nintendo fans don’t want a 6th gen pokemon.

  • Scott Duperree

    No offense to more hardcore pokemon fans than me. I did my pokemon dues in the first and second generations. I was excited to hear about Charizard, but who the heck is Greninja?

    • Mario

      He’s the third evolution of froakie, one of the starter pokemons from generation 6.

  • I was very pleasantly surprised seeing Charizard becoming a playable character. Greninja not so much, great addition nonetheless but I had a feeling for something similair when I saw his 3rd evolution in pokemon X the first time, the thought crossed my mind more then once.

  • Logan Wayman

    Greninja in the end of the trailer was like”Time to end this! RAGNAROK!”

  • reindeerpowerdrums

    Serperior should be in the new smash bros because a completely limbless (except for vine arms) serpent character would be interesting and unique. He would be much better than yet another two legged pokemon fighter just there to tease us with
    ruby sapphire remakes.

  • Nick Petlock

    I think Zoroark would be a cool addition. Find a way to make use of the illusion ability, like copying one of the other opponent’s appearance. Plus Night Daze would be awesome to see

  • Linskarmo

    Awesome!! Greninja is easily one of my favorite Pokémon from X! I’ll definitely use him a lot. 😀