Last week’s Nintendo Direct revealed not only the revamps of Sheik, Yoshi, Zero Suit Samus, and Charizard in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, but an entirely new fighter for the next Smash installments – Greninja from the recent generation of Pokemon games. Representing Pokemon X and Y, the ninja frog is the focus of today’s official Smash Bros. update.

“Pic of the day. Here’s a very, very new fighter in the upcoming Smash games, Greninja. Greninja’s sophisticated moves are extremely fun to use once you get used to how it controls!”

From the looks of the Nintendo Direct, this was already more than obvious. Greninja’s quick attacks, teleports, Substitute counter, and Pikachu-like recovery are likely enough to make it a force to be reckoned with and a lot of fun to play with. Hopefully any apparent technical barrier won’t keep new players from picking up as a character. Even his Water Shuriken projectile looks like a blast to try out!

Sakurai continued to post in the comments on Greninja’s moves.

The side special attack Shadow Sneak is a move that makes Greninja suddenly disappear and ambush opponents. If you press and hold the button, Greninja will move a greater distance. Another unique feature is you can move Greninja around freely while charging up.

Now that sounds lethal! Shadow Sneak sounds a bit like Metaknight’s down special attack, Dimensional Cape, though Greninja will be able to charge up the move and can move will doing so. Smart players will likely find ways to use this tool without looking too predictable. Charge up too long and opponents may already be ready with a reversal.

With two starter Pokemon, plus Pikachu and Lucario already announced, who else do you think will be added to the roster to represent the monster-catching franchise? Will a grass-type starter square off against the fire and water types? Will Mewtwo return to Smash once again? And where’s Jigglypuff? Sound off in the comments on today’s updates and what other Pokemon should join Smash for Wii U and 3DS!

 

Written by Dakota Lasky

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