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'Super Smash Bros. 4' costume and placeholder Wii U release date discussed

'Super Smash Bros. 4'
'Super Smash Bros. 4'
Photo courtesy of Nintendo, used with permission

A new and somewhat controversial costume has been revealed for the upcoming "Super Smash Bros. 4" for Wii U and 3DS. According to a report from Attack of the Fan Boy on Aug. 19, Masahiro Sakurai revealed that Zero Suit Samus is going to be outfitted in some skimpy clothing. The series creator disclosed that the costume was created by a female designer on the development team and came from the ending of "Metroid: Zero Mission," which was first released in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance.

The reveal may raise some eyebrows as there have been a lot of controversies recently surrounding how women are represented in video games. For example, a few members from the gaming community were not happy after Ubisoft revealed that females were harder to animate when explanation why there was no playable female characters in "Assassin's Creed Unity." For "Super Smash Bros. 4" for Wii U and 3DS, it seems like the new costume for Zero Suit Samus is designed to show some skin.

In related news, Wii U Daily reported that Amazon has listed a bundle for the console version of the video game. In addition to a copy of the software product, the package also comes with a Gamecube controller along with an adaptor. Although the online retailer provided a Dec. 31 release date, it is most likely a placeholder. Most video games are not released on a Wednesday, especially not when the date falls on the last day of the year where everyone is celebrating the start of a new year.

The official word in regards to the "Super Smash Bros. 4" for Wii U release date is that it should be set for sometime during this holiday season. The console version should come out sometime between the release of the 3DS title, which will launch on Oct. 3, and the end of this year. A screenshot featuring the new costume for Zero Suit Samus from the official "Super Smash Bros" Facebook page can be found near the top of this article.