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New third-party 'Super Smash Bros. 4' for Wii U character potentially confirmed

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Update: Nintendo has released the following statement to Examiner, clarifying the Rayman situation: "In the recent interview in Canada about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Rayman was mentioned, and this was referring to the previously announced Rayman trophy in the game."

Original Story: A new third-party "Super Smash Bros. 4" for Wii U and 3DS character may have been confirmed. According to a report from Gamer Headlines on Aug. 2, Matt Ryan may have unintentionally let slipped that Rayman could be playable in the sequel. The employee from the Canadian branch casually mentioned the mascot of Ubisoft in a video showing off a gameplay scenario.

Nintendo previously announced that Rayman is going to be appearing in "Super Smash Bros. 4" for Wii U and 3DS. However, he has only been confirmed as a collectible trophy so far. Ubisoft sent a fully-rendered 3D model of the armless and legless mascot to the development teams when asked by Nintendo.

If the aforementioned comment is true, then Rayman is going to join a short list of third-party characters that have appeared in the crossover fighting series. In "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" for the Wii, Konami Digital Entertainment's Solid Snake and Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog joined the roster. The latter is also returning in the upcoming game. The publisher also announced that Capcom's Mega Man and Namco Bandai Games' Pac-Man are being added as playable characters in the new entry as well.

A majority of the roster revealed so far still comes from Nintendo franchises. The first-party selection includes a lot of familiar faces such as Donkey Kong, Link and Mario. There are also a few obscure choices, including the recently-announced Lucina and Robin from "Fire Emblem Awakening." The complete list of playable characters is going to be revealed later this month in a new issue of the Japanese Coro Coro magazine.

"Super Smash Bros. 4" for 3DS is just two months away from release as it will be coming out on Oct. 3. The Wii U game is being released a little later with a launch window set for sometime during the winter of 2014. A screenshot showing off a collectible trophy of Rayman can be seen near the top of this article (courtesy of the Facebook website of the franchise).

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