A new character has been officially announced in regards to the upcoming "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U and 3DS. According to a report from Just Push Start on Aug. 31, Nintendo revealed that Shulk from "Xenoblade Chronicles" is going to be playable in the crossover fighting game. The individual, along with several fighters, got leaked in advance due to someone having early access to the portable version.
Adding Shulk to the "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U and 3DS is one of many announcements that Nintendo made during the recent Nintendo Direct episode. The publisher also announced the New 3DS, which is a more powerful system compared to the original 3DS. The new model also comes with a right analog nub in addition to adding two extra shoulder buttons.
The aforementioned "Xenoblade Chronicles" is being ported to the New 3DS as well. Furthermore, the role-playing game will only work on the new model as the older 3DS models wouldn't be powerful enough. Nintendo has not yet confirmed if New 3DS and "Xenoblade Chronicles" would be released in North America although the same two products have already been announced for Japan.
Despite the limited release in the west for the first game, Nintendo appears to be invested in the "Xenobalde" series. Along with the New 3DS port, the publisher is planning to release a sequel for the Wii U under the title of "Xenoblade Chronicles X." The new installment is expected to arrive sometime next year.
To ease the wait, fans can play as Shulk in "Super Smash Bros 4" for 3DS, which is the first of the two versions to be coming out with a launch date of Oct. 3. The official "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U release date has not yet been announced but the console version is expected to come out by the end of this holiday season. A screen showing Shulk in the upcoming crossover fighting game from the official Facebook page of the franchise can be seen near the top of this article.