For anyone that missed it, there was a plethora of news to come from theÂ Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct. A newcomer from the Pokemon franchise, Greninja, managed to garner a significant amount of attention, but there were a handful of veteran fighters confirmed as well. One of these now officially included characters, however, originally made his debut in the original Nintendo 64 version of Super Smash Bros., and fans were beginning to wonder if he may have been axed.
Today, however, Super Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai put any fears about the fighter’s return to rest and announced that the beloved dinosaur that debuted in the Super Mario franchise, Yoshi, will be reprising his role as a playable combatant. It appears that the boot-wearing reptile will retain a large number of his iconic moves, but there are some significant changes in store for the character.
First and foremost, Yoshi has been completely remodelled in order to better reflect his appearances in more recent games. Gone is the hunched over,Â Super Mario World design that Yoshi initially debuted in the Smash Bros. series with, and instead the combatant has been given much more upright posture that affords the fighter slightly different abilities. Whether downward flutter kicking enemies or hurling eggs at unsuspecting baddies, there’s a lot that looks familiar about the iconic green dinosaur, but the aforementioned changes have been implemented to make the fighter much stronger according to Sakurai.
Changing the character’s look actually began occurring in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but the Wii U and 3DS versions seem to have completed those design changes. Now that the fighter looks more akin to his appearance in Yoshi’s New Island or numerous Mario sports iterations, it’ll be interesting to see if Yoshi will be able to climb up the tournament scene ladder and become a top-tier option.
What do you think of Yoshi’s new look for Super Smash Bros.? Are you happy he’s finally been confirmed?
Super Smash Bros. will hit the 3DS in Summer 2014, while the Wii U version will launch in Winter 2014.
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