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Princess Zelda joins Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

Princess Zelda joins Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

There sure are a lot of princesses in the upcoming Super Smash Bros game for Wii U and 3DS. Princess Zelda has now joined the confirmed roster for the upcoming brawler. Oddly, there's no sign of Sheik, which has us thinking that'll be another reveal to come later on.

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Rosalina and Luma join Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

Rosalina and Luma join Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

A new challenger has entered the Super Smash Bros arena. Rosalina and Luma from Super Mario Galaxy will smash opponents in the upcoming fighter for Wii U and 3DS.

Rosalina and Luma can be seen dishing out punishment in new screenshots and a new trailer, in which the galactic maiden can be seen using her star children as weapons, sort of a step further than Peach's Toad-related attacks.

Watch: Rosalina and Luma kick galactic butt »

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Fire Emblem's Marth joins Smash Bros cast

Fire Emblem's Marth joins Smash Bros cast

When Super Smash Bros Melee released in 2001, it included two sword-fighters that most American gamers were not familiar with. Since Fire Emblem was an obscure Japanese strategy RPG series at the time, players didn't really know who this "Marth" guy was. The series has gained some recognition since then, though, so of course he's coming back for the Wii U and 3DS iteration of Super Smash Bros.

Read more: Marth makes Peach's heart flutter »

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Toon Link joins Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

Toon Link joins Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

With The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD out now, it makes sense that they would bring the toonier side of Link to the upcoming Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. He's but the latest addition to the roster so far.

See: Toon Link in action »

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Princess Peach joins Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

Princess Peach joins Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

"Let's just get the Mario characters out of the way." That's what Nintendo must be thinking with its character reveals for Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. Last month, the company announced Luigi as a playable character. With today's addition of Princess Peach to the roster, the upcoming fighting game is now home to four characters from the Marioverse.

Just in case you haven't been keeping track, you may want to check out the full roster so far.

See: Princess Peach on 3DS »

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Luigi joins Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

Luigi joins Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

Here's the least shocking character reveal for Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS so far: Luigi. Given Luigi's presence in every Smash game so far, his inclusion seemed guaranteed. Also, it is "the Year of Luigi" after all.

Just in case you haven't been keeping track, you may want to check out the full roster so far.

See: Pilotwings also coming to Smash »

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Weekend Confirmed 175 - Saints Row: The Third, Disney Infinity

Weekend Confirmed 175 - Saints Row: The Third, Disney Infinity

Jeff Cannata is still in the outback, learning to play the didgeridoo. That leaves host Garnett Lee back at the homestead with The Escapist's Andrea Rene and Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and Ozzie Mejia to continue bringing you the best in games. This week, Garnett discovers Saints Row: The Third for the first time and he tells you why he's not completely enthused by it. Talk shifts to the upcoming Super Smash Bros. and Nintendo's bizarre aversion to YouTube, before Andrea talks about some of the big games on-hand at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The show ends with a big discussion about the Xbox One's recent policy announcements before sending you into the weekend with a new round of Finishing Moves.

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Smash Bros for Wii U & 3DS won't include a story mode

Smash Bros for Wii U & 3DS won't include a story mode

We understand when characters don't necessarily return in fighting game sequels. The roster does have to stay fluid, after all. However, here's a rather surprising feature being cut for the upcoming Smash Bros game for Wii U and 3DS: cutscenes.

Game director Masahiro Sakurai told Japanese magazine Famitsu that the upcoming game will not include a story mode or cutscenes. And the reason is quite surprising.

Read more: The internet is to blame »

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Captain Olimar joins Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

Captain Olimar joins Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

Do you smell that? That's the delicious scent of synergy. With Nintendo prepping the release of a new Pikmin game, the first in nearly a decade, it seemed inevitable that the franchise would dig its way into the upcoming Smash Bros game for Wii U and 3DS.

Captain Olimar and his Pikmin army join the roster, which now has 13 confirmed characters. Olimar isn't new to the series, however, as he returns from Brawl on Wii.

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Smash Bros director apologizes in advance for cut characters

Smash Bros director apologizes in advance for cut characters

The roster for the upcoming Smash Bros game for Wii U and 3DS includes many familiar faces. However, don't expect every character from previous games to return. Director Masahiro Sakurai is apologizing to fans in advance about potentially lost characters. "We're going to put in as many characters as we can, we really want to do that, because it's good for the fans and good for all of us," he said. "But in the event that we do have to cut some characters, I'd like to apologize in advance to those fans."

Read more: 'We don't have time' »

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Smash Bros for Wii U & 3DS: the roster so far

Smash Bros for Wii U & 3DS: the roster so far

Last updated 4/8/2014.

Nintendo has no shortage of characters to choose from for its upcoming Smash Bros game for Wii U and 3DS. At E3, the company focused on the new characters being added to the fourth Smash Bros game: the hilarious Wii Fit Trainer, Capcom mascot Mega Man, and the Villager from Animal Crossing.

However, there are a number of other returning characters from previous games. By perusing all the screnshots and videos released thus far, here's who we've discovered:

See: All the characters in action »

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Why Smash Bros for Wii U won't support GamePad features

Why Smash Bros for Wii U won't support GamePad features

While Nintendo is wont to add arbitrary features to its games to showcase its unique hardware, that won't be the case with its upcoming Super Smash Bros game for Wii U. Why? Because it could potentially give a player an advantage over another.

"The idea with Smash Bros., you have four players come together, and it's a fair playing field," director Masahiro Sakurai explained. "The idea of having one person with this special controller and special features that are only available to the gamepad player flies in the face of that. Right now, we're not adding any additional [GamePad] functionality at all."

Read more: Making a game for people 'on equal footing' »

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Wii Fit Trainer joins Smash Bros line-up on Wii U and 3DS

Wii Fit Trainer joins Smash Bros line-up on Wii U and 3DS

At the end of their press-only gathering, Nintendo decided to hold a "one more thing" surprise. Promising more info on a long-awaited series, the audience held their breath as a screen from Wii Fit was shown.

Nintendo was trolling us, apparently. The camera zooms out, showing Mario and Link trying to follow along with the female trainer's instructions. And then: the surprise. Wii Fit Trainer will be the next character to join the Smash Bros roster.

Read more: 'Her moves are very fitness-based' »

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Smash Bros. to arrive 2014, adding Mega Man

Smash Bros. to arrive 2014, adding Mega Man

The new Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS will launch in 2014, Nintendo announced today during its E3 presentation. And a new character has been introduced to the roster: Mega Man will be joining the fight.

The game was announced back in 2011, and is being developed by Namco Bandai. Smash Bros director Masahiro Sakurai said that the team didn't want to lose focus by adding non-Nintendo characters "willy nilly" to the game, so they must have given some thought to adding Capcom's Mega Man.

Watch: Super Smash Bros. in action

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Smash Bros director wants to 'narrow' focus on non-Nintendo characters

Smash Bros director wants to 'narrow' focus on non-Nintendo characters

While Sony has been aggressively pursuing third-party support for its upcoming PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, Nintendo may be considering to go the opposite route for the next Smash Bros. The addition of Snake and Sonic to the roster in Brawl was heralded by fans, but Smash Bros director Masahiro Sakurai notes that he doesn't want to focus on adding too many non-Nintendo characters.

"I think Snake and Sonic joining were fantastic. It made many fans happy, and it broadened the Smash Bros arena," he said. "However, introducing more non-Nintendo characters willy-nilly will lose the focus of the game, so I also recognize the need to narrow it down."

Read more: But what about Namco Bandai? »

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