An exciting day, as promised! We’re able to confirm two Newcomers and a Veteran fighter, as well as de-confirm a suspected character.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, head on over to the official Super Smash Bros site or YouTube and see the reveal trailer for Fire Emblem: Awakening‘s Lucina and Robin (The player avatar) as well as the returning Captain Falcon.
As usual with these release videos, gameplay footage and details are sparse. We can’t say much about Falcon just yet. We know from still that many of his familiar moves will return. Falcon’s side-b seems to be about as effective as ever (IE, not very) as we see Robin easily dodge roll and that the whiffed uppercut has significant end lag.
Robin has an interesting mix of sword and tome attacks (a welcome change for the now doubled Fire Emblem cast). He seems to go through Thunder, ElThunder and ArcThunder in sequence, all of which are increasingly strong straight shots. This would appear to play into the tomes only being “used so many times”. Expect this to be his neutral-B special. We also see him perform ElWind and ArcFire. ElWind appears to happen twice, so it may be his Up-B recovery. ArcFire may be side or down-b, as it appears to be another projectile at a different trajectory. Last, we see Nosferatu which has the potential to leech damage and recover for Robin. Once he discards his tomes, we see him utilize his sword which can be seen both in a straight and a jagged form. Tomes pictured have been red, yellow and purple. They seem to just match with ArcFire, the Thunder series and Nosferatu likely changing as Robin cycles moves. I’ve been using the male pronoun “he” here but as in Fire Emblem: Awakening you can opt for a female Robin costume, complete with her own set of voice clips.
Lucina on the other hand, appears to be wildly similar to Marth, using his Up-B and his Dancing Blade side-B as well as Counter. She has a character page on the main Smash Bros site so we know she’s not simply a Marth skin or alternate costume. A common early theory is that she will be Smash For’s Roy equivalent – A moveset clone with different properties. This goes completely against Sakurai’s early statement that they aimed to not have clones in the game, so we’ll need to take it with a grain of salt and wait until hands are put on the moveset.
Chrom is de-confirmed, as he is a part of Robin’s Final Smash which appears to be a cinematic beatdown akin to Ike’s Great Aether.
This is quite an announcement – I don’t think anyone was expecting two newcomers and a returning veteran. According to Sakurai, we’re nearing the end of the “new character” videos they’ve prepared. With Captain Falcon confirmed, we’re still waiting on Ness and Jigglypuff of the original 12, not to mention several Brawl characters. Depending on the reveals in the next couple months (Remember, the 3DS version comes out October 3rd), there may be a lot of disappointed fans who enjoy their Brawl mains.
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