Apr 8th, 2014


In today’s Nintendo Direct that focused on Super Smash Brothers, game director Masahiro Sakurai outlined some changes that would be coming to veteran fighters of the series.


  • Every character who used to change forms no longer does so
  • Many characters have been powered up, and players are encouraged to try them all


  • Samus no longer transforms into Zero Suit Samus after using the zero laser

Zero Suit Samus

  • Zero Suit Samus is now her own character
  • New jet boots add power and speed to the character, helping balance her out


  • No longer transforms into Sheik
  • She has a new down-special move that summons a phantom, a ghostly knight from the DS Zelda games
  • This new move can be used either offensively or defensively


  • No longer transforms into Zelda
  • Moves have been powered up
  • New side-special attack: “Burst Grenade”, in which Sheik throws a grenade that explodes once a pin is pulled
  • New down-special  attack: “Bouncing Fish”, which is an acrobatic kick technique that uses the heel of the foot


  • New technique “Hammer Flip”. Press and hold the hammer attack button to charge up the hammer. If hammer flip is charged too long, Kirby will start taking damage
  • New final smash: “Ultra Sword”, which has kirby dealing lightning fast attacks to enemies who are trapped by the move, similar to Ike’s old final smash

King DeeDeeDee

  • Now throws gordos instead of Waddle Dees
  • Can toss and grab gordos in quick succession


  • The effects of Lucario’s aura are now more noticeable and more powerful than in Brawl
  • Lucario’s aura attacks do even more damage the more damage Lucario has taken
  • Powering up too much can cause overcompensation
  • Lucario can now mega-evolve, though the method isn’t stated
  • When mega-evolved, Lucario’s aura attacks always do max damage

Pikmin and Olimar

  • Olimar can now only have 3 Pikmin following him at a time
  • Pikmin are always plucked in this order: Red > Yellow > Blue > White > Purple
  • It’s much easier to keep track of pikmin due to their reduced number, but management becomes harder
  • Olimar’s new recovery move is “Winged Pikmin”, which summons flying pikmin to carry olimar to safety. The more pikmin olimar has with him when using this move, the less distance the flying pikmin can cover


  • Pit can no longer glide
  • Pit’s moves have been powered up, and he has been given new abilities (not all were named)
  • Instead of being able to fly freely, Pit’s new recovery move has him flying in a straight line, similar to Fox and Falco’s recovery moves
  • New final smash: “Three Sacred Treasures”. This final smash shows pit shooting multiple projectiles at enemies and calling down huge beams of light to do damage.


  • Charizard is now his own character
  • Charizard can mega-evolve, but nothing besides a color change was detailed


That’s it! Those are all the changes to returning fighters that were mentioned. What are some of your favorites? Some of your least favorites?

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  • as an Olimar main, I’m super disappointed in Olimar’s nerf

    • Mario

      But I’ll get over it.

    • J_Joestar

      not a complete nerf, at least predetermined order is better in a competitive standpoint than random.

      • I suppose, but I want my six pikmin back! That severly limits what Olimar can do.

    • Zach Cruz

      I feel the same way… 3 pikmin only wtf…. 6 or even 5 is fine.. seeing how in Pikmin games you usually carry more than 50 at a time..

      • yeah, really… It’s just so limiting. Maybe they return faster, but I doubt it

        • Zach Cruz

          Either that or powerup the pikmin or make it so they dont die as quick.

          • eh, their death speed was pretty good, but maybe in light of this nerf, i’d say sure

  • I need Ness. Where’s Ness?

    • DragonSilths

      Wherever Jigglypuff and Captain Falcon are.

      • I dont actually give a crap about Jigglypuff, despite being one of the original 12.

        • Sdudyoy

          Honestly I’ve never understood why Jigglypuff was in the games in the first place, what She can do Kirby can do better, the only reason they keep her is because she was in the original game.

          • Michael Zarpas

            that is so false jigglypuff was waaaaaaay better in the air plus, REST!!! nuff said

          • DragonSilths

            Jigglypuff can sing! Its a nice twist in Smash Bros, Jigglypuff is one of my favorites, as for Kirby while I love the little guy, he was originally a Boo…so Jigglypuff is more original lol.

          • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

            No he wasn’t Kirby was never a Boo. Kirby was a test model HAL used when they was working on a gameboy game. They liked the character and decided to keep it.

          • DragonSilths


          • Fierce-Deity Link

            it’s a toss up usually.. in bros kirby was much better and in melee jiggs is vastly superior.. and in brawl kirby is a notch better…

          • 20xx

            Because she’s ridiculously popular in Japan.

  • ZeldaFanzzzz


    I literally broke down in tears when I saw Megaman’s final smash…sniff…sniff. THANK YOU MASAHIRO SAKURAI!!! THANK YOU!!!!

    • Sdudyoy

      As a person who has never played a Megaman game before I have no idea how there are many Megamans, It’s weird, but looks cool!

      • Alternate continuities.


        Like Zelda,Megaman have different time-lines or alternate universes
        Classic Megaman and MMX are robots from the same world but in a different time period
        Megaman EXE and Vaulnut are from two completely different worlds all together.

    • The Clockwork Being

      More love to Megaman in in 49 minutes than Capcom has shown in 10 years

      • J_Joestar

        at least Voltnutt finally made it on to the 3DS in some form…


        Hell ,this final smash alone is more love than what Capcom has show in 10 years

        • ETMew2348

          wow the @The Clockwork Being said that first -.-

    • Shane Michaels
      • Shane Michaels



      I like how Megaman Valnut is waaaay in the back . Is it me or does it seems like nobody likes him,He’s the only version of Megaman with personality.IMO

  • ActivesiN

    Pits new smash is so much better than before

    • Sdudyoy

      I couldn’t agree more.

  • Tra Allen

    noooooo squirtleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :((

    • MerryBlind .

      Sad really… I thought he was the most fun of the trio.

      • Josiah Parsons

        True, but Greninja looks even funner.

  • LevenThumps

    I really like all of these changes, and I’m looking forward to seeing how different the old characters are (hoping for a few more Changes in Final Smashes)

  • Fierce-Deity Link

    im super damn glad he is tweaking the characters… i have hopes that captain falcon’s knee is much better now.. it was super nerfed in brawl.. also, i hope they change his neutral air, his up smash and his foward smash..

  • Assassinated23

    Does this mean Kirby will no longer have the copy ability? Would that be considered a transformation?

    • Drowrin

      I don’t think that really counts as a transformation (hopefully), because the main point of Kirby as a character is his ability to copy abilities.


    I hope Kirby’s final smash depends on what ability he has.
    Examples: Mario Kirby= Monster Flame
    Link Kirby=Ultra Sword
    Dededee Kirby=Grand Hammer
    Picka Kirby= Flare Beam
    Also, he needs his default FS to be Supernova

    • majora :D

      I don’t think so, but hell it is a good idea

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  • Sam

    You misspelled Dedede.

  • The move changes are very sweet imo. My biggest surprise was that Charizard becomes a playable char <3 instead of a assist trophy. Greninja was a surprise but not completely unexpected, I had a feeling about something similair the moment my Froaky evolved in Greninja in Pokemon X, I actually though he could very well fit in smash brothers, so yes not completely unexpected.

    Biggest dissapointment was Zero Suit Samus, not because she's a whole new character now but more the design they chose for her, I bet that was Bandai-Namco's call, Dead or Alive anyone? imo her boobies (I'll say it politely) are to big, doesn't fit the Samus I love so much. Nonetheless I still think the new style she has now could make her one of my favorite playable characters though.

  • TehEngineer

    Where’s Squritle