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‘Fire Emblem: Awakening’ stars slash their way into ‘Super Smash Bros.’ cast

Popular Fire Emblem heroes Marth and Ike have already been revealed as playable characters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros., reprising their roles from the previous Super Smash Bros. Brawl. With 2 mainstay representatives for the Fire Emblem series locked in place, one might think that Nintendo was finished adding playable characters from that franchise, right?

Fire: Emblem Awakening invades Smash Bros.
Nintendo, Yusuke Kozaki


Today, Nintendo released a trailer detailing the addition of 3 playable characters. Two of them, Lucina and Robin, are newcomers to the Smash franchise and are—you guessed it—straight from Fire Emblem. Specifically, they’re from the most recent edition of the series, Fire Emblem: Awakening on the 3DS.

Lucina is a descendent of Marth’s bloodline and wields the Falchion, a divine dragon-slaying blade bound to the hero king’s lineage. Based on the trailer’s gameplay footage, her moveset is remarkably similar to Marth’s, notably her Side+B and Up+B. Of course it makes sense, but hopefully Lucina has additional tricks up her sleeve to differentiate her from her ancient ancestor.

On the other hand, Robin is much more interesting gameplay-wise. Robin is the default name of the player-created, customizable protagonist in Fire Emblem: Awakening, which is why a male and female version is both selectable. Robin is a master tactician, skilled in the ways of the sword and of magic. As the trailer portrays, his magical tomes are powerful, but limited in use, just as they are in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Even so, he won’t be rendered powerless without them. He has access to a Levin Sword, a weapon naturally imbued with electrical magic. It’s refreshing to see Nintendo taking Robin in a more magic-oriented direction, since every other playable Fire Emblem character has been entirely focused on their swordplay.

Lucina and Robin are great additions, but where is the true protagonist of Fire Emblem: Awakening, Chrom? To avoid a Fire Emblem overload it appears he will not be a playable character. Still, he has a prominent place in the game—as part of Robin’s Final Smash, where the pair double-teams the enemy in a furious storm of steel and elements.

Last but not least is the triumphant return of the fan favorite, Captain Falcon. After all, a Smash game would just feel strangely empty without the fabulous F-Zero Grand Prix racer yelling out “Falcon Punch!” every now and then.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launches this October 3rd. The console version is still set for a tentative date of holiday 2014, so Wii U fans have a bit of anxious waiting to do before it’s their time to tip the scales.

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