Masahiro Sakurai has revealed more details in regards to the latest character to be announced in "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U. According to a report from Mii Gamer on Aug. 18, the series creator disclosed that Nightmare Wizard will be appearing as an assist trophy for the home console version of the crossover fighting game. The character came from the "Kirby" video games, some of which were directed by Masahiro Sakurai.
When summoned, the Nightmare Wizard will first turn off all light sources on the stage, leaving it and the fighters in complete darkness. The assist trophy also has some kind of reversal effects although the series creator did not clarify how exactly it is going to impact the participants. However, he did suggest that players should pay close attention to the assist trophy before the light is switch off to get a hint at what to do next.
Although "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U includes a lot of franchises from Nintendo, Masahiro Sakurai appears to have a preference on including characters, items and stages from video games he previously worked on. Aside from the "Kirby" series, the 2012 Nintendo 3DS title, "Kid Icarus: Uprising," was also incorporated heavily in the upcoming game with Palutena and Pit as playable characters along with other surprises.
The Nightmare Wizard emerged as a final boss in the various installments of the "Kirby" series. Although the latest "Super Smash Bros" installment adds the idea of a stage boss as a new element, the role of the new character is only limited to being an assist trophy. Even so, it appears that the evil magician will still have an heavy influence on the match.
Nintendo has been quiet in regards to providing a more specific "Super Smash Bros 4" for Wii U release date, which is expected to occur sometime during this holiday season. The publisher did confirm that the 3DS version is set for release on Oct. 3 in several major regions. You can find a screen featuring the Nightmare Wizard in the Wii U iteration from the official "Super Smash Bros" page near the top of this article.