New pictures from Super Smash Bros. 4, set for a fall release date for the Nintendo 3DS and the winter for Wii U, show characters, moves, and stages.
Game director Masahiro Sakurai shares screenshots with fans, once every weekday.
His latest picture shows a Paper Mario stage for the first time in the Super Smash Bros series.
“It’s made of paper, so strong winds will blow it away,” he said.
He added that since the stage is paper, it transforms when it folds over and opens up again. This ship is the S.S. Flavion from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Another recent picture shows Takamaru, an assist trophy.
“I, Takamaru, have waited many years to appear in Super Smash Bros.!” Sakurai said.
“Link, Samus, Pit, and I debuted in the same year! Multidirectional Pinwheel Knife Rook Attack!! (FYI, I’m an Assist Trophy.)”
Sakurai also shared a picture recently of the menu for the 3DS version.
“The icons are even animated. The design concept may look similar if you’ve played other games I’ve worked on,” he said.
“But we had a hard time making this one because the bottom screen displays pictures matching each mode! This was quite a task for the UI (User Interface) designers, but they made it happen. Kudos to them! You can tap the screen to look up additional info like how to play–complete with diagrams.”
Another screenshot from Skaurai recently showed the Tomodachi Life stage for the 3DS version.
“The front walls of the apartments disappear so you can see the area within when a fighter overlaps with the room. The rooms are randomly placed and selected from among several types. Planting an X Bomb behind a wall might be an effective tactic,” he said.
“You might run into a Mii living in the room! The Mii characters are taken from the data in your 3DS system, so you could find your friends living in the apartments.”
And another recent photo shows the Great Fox from Star Fox: Assault.
“I wonder what missions it will conduct. It’ll probably have fighters running around on top of it without the pilot’s consent,” he said.
See a full confirmed character list below.
Wii Fit Trainer
Rosalina & Luma
Charizard (own character now)
Zero Suit Samus (own character now)
Sheik (own character now)
Pikmin & Olimar