Dec 18th, 2013

Earlier in today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced the latest character for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games. This time it’s fan favorites Rosalina and Luma from Super Mario Galaxy; who already have their own page on the Official Super Smash Bros. website.

Her moveset appears to take inspirations from both Olimar and the Ice Climbers. Much like Olimar plucks Pikmin, she summons Lumas to enhance her attacks. The Lumas are then semi-autonomous but follow Rosalina’s movements like Nana of the Ice Climbers follows Popo. They also, like Pikmin can be destroyed by other character’s attacks and can even be used to guard Rosalina and take hits for her. Three different colors of Luma have been shown with her thus far: yellow, red and green; it’s unknown how or if the Luma’s colors fit into gameplay.

Most of her non-Luma based attacks seem to revolve around her magical powers, with her physical attacks and jump being highlighted with a sparkly after effect. She also seems to pick up characters and items with magic, as in one point in the trailer she appears to be carrying a cowering Luigi without physically touching him, and in another she picks up and flings Fox by simply flicking her wand. She’s also shown attracting several items to her at one point in the trailer before grabbing a shell and tossing it at Marth. She’s even shown redirecting Mario’s FLUDD’s water spray.

This isn’t her first outing as a playable character this year, as she was available an unlockable secret fifth character in Super Mario 3D World. In that game she has a unique spin attack, like the one from the Super Mario Galaxy games, and her characteristics include being able to jump as high as Luigi but at the same time being slower than the other characters. It’s unknown at this time how or if her Super Mario 3D World incarnation will influence her Super Smash Bros. one.

So what do you think of this? Are you excited for Rosalina’s inclusion into the game? Let us know in the comments!

  • Renata Elbert

    Love it that you can play her in SM3DW and SSB

  • Super Buu

    Nice but I really hope they stop putting in Mario characters and rather put in characters from series not yet represented in Smash. Xenoblade comes to mind, Custom Robo comes to mind. EDIT: I said Nintendo characters when I meant Mario characters. Dammit!

    • I’d love to see a Custom Robo character represented in Smash Bros! That was pretty much my favorite game for the GameCube and still one of my favorite games of all time.

      Seeing a Xenoblade character would be pretty awesome as well!

      • SmashFinale

        Well there was the assist trophy of Ray MK III in Brawl, but i can see why people would want a playable Custom Robo character.

    • Pikachief

      I can’t believe I forgot about Custom Robo! I rented that game but I had sooo much fun with it.

    • NintenScience

    • Inzanoflex

      talking about custom robo, what about sin a punishment, golden sun, punch out , and match rider, even proyect zero.

    • Squid

      Mario being the mascot makes sense. A lot of them are great for the game, but the only one I can see next before cutting the Mario representatives off is Bowser Jr. (And Geno if you consider him one) (And unless if they release another likable character). Metroid doesn’t have any representatives with Ridley being a stage hazard. Zelda has interesting ones like Ghirahim, Tetra (I don’t like the idea of adding other versions of characters but I just like her as a character) Vaati, Skull Kid and more. The most Kirby can get is one of the three buddies as an assist trophy and Magolor or Waddle Dee (spear waddle dee). Mother isn’t a very well known series all over the Nintendo fan base being that we didn’t get one or three, though the Masked Man would be the best candidate. Retro characters would have to be some clever forgotten character, maybe the bubble bobble. Kid icarus has Pit, so no dark pit unless if it’s a costume, and Magnus would be best. Pokemon can add Zoroark, keep Lucario and add back Mewtwo with the mega evolutions becoming a thing, of course jiggly can stay too. Donkey kong can add Dixie, and ONLY Dixie, I swear if I see Cranky I’ll strangle someone. From other games, I can see Chibi Robo, a Monita in the Nintendo land stage that will probably happen (not a character of course) and mii (hopefully not)

  • A_7

    i Love how distinctive and original her move set is <3
    Soooo excitted for this GAME!! Cant wait

    • You are going to be more excited when they show my trailer

      • NintenScience


  • Ducked

    I won’t complain, I don’t expect any big name characters until closer to E3

  • cThreep

    Some of her moves remind me of Zelda’s moves in SSB Melee.

  • majora :D

    Does this means that Ice Climbers wont be in SSB4? Fuck yeah!

  • mappy4ever

    She is starting to appear in all major games, I am thinking she will soon become a permanent cast of mario games.
    She was in Mario 3D World, Super Smash, New Mario Kart, Mario Party Island tour.

    • Squid

      I don’t see why not, she has a fan base and I prefer her to be more likable over Waluigi

      • WolfgangAmadeusMozart

        Waluigi was just added in Mario Tennis so Luigi could have his own “evil” counterpart, like Wario is to Mario. It has been a tradition since then to include him as a playable character alongside Wario in spin-offs, like Mario Party, Mario Kart, sport games, etc., but he never played an important role in the series other than that, unlike Wario who first appeared as a bad guy in Mario Land 2 and later had his own series of games like Wario Land and Warioware, and Rosalina who plays a key role in Super Mario Galaxy. Furthermore, Rosalina has a fairly well-developped backstory unlike Waluigi who has had little character development so far. This is why I think Rosalina makes more sense as a playable character and that Waluigi is better off as an assist trophy, but it’s just me.

    • QuizmasterBos

      I think she already is. She hasn’t missed any major Mario titles, save for NSMBU.

      And I don’t mind that fact at all. I hope to see her in the next big Mario game.

    • WolfgangAmadeusMozart

      She was playable in Mario Kart Wii, her first appearance as a playable character, as well as Mario Kart 7.

  • SmashFinale

    From now on im going to be more assertive on my character predictions. I was on another forum saying that she has a good chance of being in this game and it happened. I even said the same thing about Mega Man and Sonic so here are two character predictions from myself personally.

    First one, Magnus from Kid Icarus Uprising. Sakurai did make that game after all and all the other characters from that game just won’t fit. Even Dark Pit.

    Second one isn’t exactly a prediction but more of a theory(?). This one involves Pokemon. My theory is that Sakurai is a fanboy. A HUGE fanboy. So which pokemon will make it in? Well… Let’s not say which Pokemon but more along the lines of a Trainer. Now i don’t mean Pokemon Trainer Red like last time. At first i thought Pokemon Trainer Gold or Black or X then it dawned on me. “What if instead of doing that, he uses a Pokemon Crime Boss, a Pokemon Champion, or an Elite Four member?” It’s a longshot but sounds like something Sakurai would do.

    Those are my two predictions so far so until next newcomer reveal, I won’t be making anymore predictions. See ya.

    • Michael Nillo

      I’m going to have to predict that Mewtwo and Lucario both have a fair shot in the game with their new megas. Heck, maybe both neither will appear and Blaziken might! If they do bring back Jigglypuff, I hope they give her some fairy moves. I can see play rough as a legitimate final smash

    • Pikachief

      He is a fanboy but he also does like to add characters that will have the broadest appeal, so I see him only adding the most well known characters of every series, no sides, and if there’s a more popular version of 2 similar choices, he’ll pick that.

  • LevenThumps

    I know it’s another Mario character, and we have a lot of Mario characters already, but Rosalina’s moveset looks very unique and separates her from the other characters. I do hope other franchises will get represented as well.

  • Mendoza Manuel

    So much potential…Ice climbers have it coming

  • Chompy

    If Metaknight does not exist in this game, I could see a top tier contender. She seems to be floaty, which can be a good thing, but her air movement is awfully slow. It makes wonder if Luna takes the hit, would Rosalinas percentage remain the same? Judging from her moveset and playstyle, I could see her more of a campy style. Similar to how players use Falco and Snake.

    I’m still waiting for the day the the Mii gets announced as a fighter, in which I could very well see.

  • NintenScience


  • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

    Welcome to The Super Smash Bros Rosalina and Luma

  • Sdudyoy

    At first I was thinking “A new Kirby racing game?” then I was thinking “Kirby in Mario Kart 8?” and then I was thinking “Super Kirby galaxy?” Then when Rosalina came I knew it was Smash bros.

    • LoBo_UK

      I actually think Nintendo were being really clever with the start of that video , I got a feeling kirby will be one of the unlockable characters in MK8 , all the clues were there .

  • MetroidZero

    Just got home. AWESOME! 😀

  • Squid

    Her moves look like a lot of fun, I’m glad this was announced rather than Kirby in Mario kart lol.

  • Oliver Barraza

    Very excited to see Rosalina make it in! I was kind of expecting this, but it’s nice to finally see her, and she looks awesome!

  • TheBrainJemin

    She’s seems like a really unique character, but I’m still waiting for Pac-Man and Little Mac to be announced. Still, glad to see Rosalina made it!

  • NkoSekirei

    YES!!!!But they better bring back captain falcon,ganondorf and zero suit samus or they be some pissed off smash fans expecting their favorites to return

  • Joel

    Didn’t really expect that, but I’m pleased nonetheless. She is a popular character after all.

  • Xavier Lopez Chabelo

    I just have to say that she looks… OP as shit…

  • Xavier Lopez Chabelo

    Ok… I hope they stop adding Mario characters, because we need… I dont know, Fire Emblem, Zelda, F Zero….

    XENOBLADES!!!! characters!!

  • TaintedXGamer

    Peach, Wii fit trainer, Rosalina… SSB 2014 HERE I COME!

    • Squid

      Samus, you forgot Samus,

      • TaintedXGamer

        samus isn’t my list of chars that i plan to play as lol, my mains in brawl were Mr game and watch, peach, and lucario. sometimes, i used wario lol.

        • Michael Nillo

          Wario man…so…much…farting…lol
          I loved how ridiculous Wario man was XD

          • TaintedXGamer

            Yeah lol! untill Suddenly a Wario Challeger appears while i was online while using wario. Needless to say, i was Warioed Hard.

  • LopsidedPasta

    The animation of Kirby falling around 00:53 was adorable!

    • NkoSekirei

      lololol village kid cant even catch luma with that net thats just sad

      • NintenScience


      • LopsidedPasta

        What are you talking about? How does that have anything to do with Kirby falling?

        • NkoSekirei

          im talking about the part were village kid was trying to catch luma with his net and yes kirby falling was funny

  • LopsidedPasta

    Dude, Rosalina seems ridiculously OP. Then again, so does Mega Man. And The Villager. I really hope this game will be meticulously balanced.

    EDIT: Lol, why all the dislikes, guys?

    • NintenScience

      What is OP?

      • LopsidedPasta


        • It seems to be another troll invasion.

    • MetroidZero

      I agree with you, but it also seems that all the past characters/veterans have been buffed. Marth’s Sheild breaker, for example. Or Samus’s Charge Shot that moves faster and delivers more damage. So it kinda balances.

  • shoeses47

    Rosalina > Wii Fit Trainer and Villager combined

    • NintenScience


      • shoeses47

        Sorry, I just don’t like them. Just my opinion though.

    • TaintedXGamer

      looks like a hybrid of olimar and ice climbers, it even says so in the articles

  • ShinyLatios

    NONE OF YOU UNDERSTAND IT’S SUCH A BIG DEAL FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mario

    Ha! Take that people who said Rosalina wouldn’t be a playable in the game and would only appear as as an alternate skin for Peach! YOU GOT OWNED!!

  • ChallengerUPC

    This is one of the most beautiful game trailers I have ever seen.

  • Kevin Wickham

    YEAH!!!!!!!! CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Akatosh

    My all time favorite Mario character!

  • Poisideon Jackson

    they added 8 character slots..

  • Poisideon Jackson

    they added 8 new character slots…

  • Ian Settlemyer

    Rosalina is the first newcomer to be revealed since E3. But 4 newcomers just isn’t enough.

    • NintenScience

      But 4 newcomers just isn’t enough.

      So…will third-party video game characters appear as well?

  • Kinhas

    Cool character but dont understand all the hype she gets!
    Put songoku in it! That would sure be cool!

  • john

    Fuck yes! She’s looks so beautiful, especially in HD. Can’t wait to get my hands on this game now!

  • Erik

    Is it me or am I beginning to get a gut feeling that Yoshi will get axed in this game :(? I know i would expect him being the last character to come back just like it happened in Brawl. I could be very wrong about it though…