Check out the Super Smash Bros. fighter reveal videos. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U!


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Just over three years have passed since the game was released on the Nintendo Switch™ console – and since the release of the last fighter, Sora, in October 2021, we can say “everyone is here”!

Each new fighter for the Super Smash Bros Ultimate game or previous games in the series, Super Smash Bros.™ for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros.™ for Wii U, was announced with a reveal trailer. Join the Super Smash Bros. Series Director. Masahiro Sakurai for a trip down memory lane as he shares his thoughts on each of the fighter reveal videos!

Masahiro Sakurai:

I’m Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai.

The Super Smash Bros. series. is a project where we undertake collaborations that you cannot see anywhere else. We wanted to use this opportunity and create enjoyable content that people could enjoy, and that’s why we started making fighter reveal videos.

It was a lot of work to make the videos while working on the game at the same time, but there were always big reactions from the fans, so it was worth it. In this article, I’m going to give some quick comments as I go, so I hope you enjoy watching all of these videos again.

Please take this opportunity to reflect on the history of Super Smash Bros. looking at the scenes where each new fighter first appeared.

You may have already seen some of the videos, but they are well worth another look!

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Super Smash Bros. – Trailer 1 (Nintendo 3DS / Wii U)

Super Smash Bros games. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U were announced at E3 2013. Strictly speaking, this is not a fighter reveal video. However, when the new fighter, Villager, appears, he has the classic “Villager Comes to Town” part. The video was produced by Digital Media Lab. They’ve been in about half of the Super Smash Bros. videos. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Mega Man joins the battle!

This is the first official fighter reveal video. That said, the announcement happened on the same day as Trailer 1. Considering this is the first video, it turned out pretty well! This was made by Digital Frontier. They went on to work on numerous reveal videos, leading up to the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The Wii Fit trainer joins the battle!

This was also released almost the same day as Trailer 1. It was shown as a surprise during E3 2013. This trick to make it look like it would be a new Wii release Fit before revealing the surprise is one that we would continue to use a number of times. Getting Mario to raise his hands above his head was a little tricky to pull off.

Observatory of comets

This reveal video is kind of like a race, with Kirby Air Ride versus Mario Kart. It kinda has the feeling of a fight outside the ring.

The mysterious sparkle in Rosalina’s eyes is an extension of things she does in the Super Smash Bros. series. It’s inspired by how Rosalina is an alien, with her background being a bit different.

Ring Champion

For this one, we tried to change the style, to make it look like it came from a comic book. It was partly just to save budget, but it has a good pace and gives a good impression of Little Mac’s strict training attitude, so I think it worked well. The arcade machine at the start is inspired by the original Punch-Out!! arcade game. Even back then, Nintendo used two screens extensively.

Shadow Challenger

This is a simultaneous reveal of Charizard, who was already in the Super Smash Bros. game. Brawl, and new fighter, Greninja.

The main challenge was figuring out how to show off all those Pokemon at the start. The video is fast and dynamic – that’s because I was trying to post fighter reveal videos quickly, at a fast pace. The people who made the video even told me that I wanted it twice as fast as I needed!

goddess of light

Several companies made animated videos as part of the promotion of Kid Icarus: Uprising. We asked Shaft, who made the Palutena video, to do another animation for it. She talks a lot in the game, because that’s also what she is in Kid Icarus: Uprising.

Dark Pit appears at the end, but at the time of the announcement it was still a secret that you would be able to use him as a fighter.

Red, Blue, Yellow

Pac-Man was the new fighter announced as a surprise during an E3 2014 roundtable. This isn’t a normal CG movie – it was made primarily as an in-house production by the Super Smash Bros. team. from BANDAI NAMCO studios. I will never forget the cheers when the mouth opened on that yellow circle.

Per pound, blade and crest of flame

I realized something. I love stories when help comes at the right time. I’m also a fan of people popping up from high places. Robin’s reveal video is full of that stuff. We asked Anima to make this video, to match the game cutscenes in the Fire Emblem™: Awakening game.

Looks like we have no choice!

We are still thinking carefully about when the video will be revealed when fans will realize what it is. In this video, fans will realize from the first scene that this is Gaur Plain and Shulk will join the battle. I thought it would be fine that way.

This video is also notable for having so many references to things that appear in the original and in the Super Smash Bros. series, like visions, changing Monado Arts, and Metal Face.

The future of evil

Bowser Jr. is normally a cute (or maybe unlovable?) character. But for this reveal video, we presented him in a cool way, with a real villain role. I also love the feeling of desperation and the two sides clashing at the end. However, because of this, we had to refine all seven Koopalings to CG, and the video cost more to make than expected.

An unlikely team

The early Duck Hunt game footage is not from an original Nintendo Entertainment System™ console, but from something new we’ve created. I like the feel of the rhythm in the first part of the game section, which overlaps with the music. The light gun accessory that appears in the video is the NES Zapper™, the light gun accessory for the NES. The concept of Duck Hunt Duo’s Smash attack is that the shots come from outside the screen, so I’m glad we can explain that here.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U DLC

Mewtwo Strikes Back!

Now we move on to Super Smash Bros. fighters. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U DLC. For DLC fighters we didn’t make CG videos, they are all made in game with some extra work.

Mewtwo had already been announced elsewhere, so we made this first one rather simple. Mewtwo was also an early purchase bonus.

Lucas comes out of nowhere!

It starts with Ness getting attacked, then Lucas comes to the rescue. We did this because I wanted to do the reverse of what happened in the Subspace Emissary mode in the Super Smash Bros game. Brawl. The scenes of Ness getting beat up are a bit long, but that’s because of the length of the music they had to be matched with. We worked hard on each video to match them to the music.

Roy seals the deal!

Roy was popular, so there was a strong feeling that his inclusion would be welcome. It was his first appearance since Super Smash Bros. Melee, and his fighting style has changed a lot from back then.

There’s no CG part, or any other story, and it’s almost just a reveal video of Roy beating people up. But as a result of that, we were able to include a lot of different references, and I think that worked well.

Here is a new competitor! RYU.

It’s obvious to those who know him, but this foreground is based on the opening of Super Street Fighter II™ Turbo*. The phrase “I’m looking for a challenge” is the slogan of the original Street Fighter II advertisement in Japan. It was a perfect fit for both Ryu and a reveal video. There’s a lot of movement, but for the video we prioritized movement, like in the original game.

Cloud Storms into battle!

Cloud’s revelation was shocking, even thinking about it now. We took an unusual amount of time with the opening part, making it silent and still, reminiscent of the opening of the original game. In order for there to be something new, regardless of the fighter couple, there were a lot of references included, like stages, and that made it a bit longer than other DLC videos.

Corrin chooses to break!

We used the CG film from the original game and added a reference to the Super Smash Bros. series. Corrin has his back to the camera, and the Branch of Fate options have been redone for this video. We brought in the voice actors for Ryoma, Xander, Sakura, and Elise, which allowed us to include plenty of conversation in the in-game playthrough. Overall, it’s full of witty commentary.

Bayonetta gets mean!

The latest character from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U was Bayonetta. As in the original game, we focused on a confrontation between angels and witches. I still get chills hearing Bayonetta’s voice with the moon on the screen. Pit and Palutena’s voice clips were also new recordings for it.

At the time, we didn’t have any “Fighting With” videos to talk about how to use the fighters, so there are explanations of his moves as well.

We hope you enjoyed watching all those reveal videos back, along with Mr. Sakurai’s comments.

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