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'Super Smash Bros.' director talks Greninja's special moves

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The Pokémon Greninja was a surprise addition to the “Super Smash Bros.” roster last week for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Director Masahiro Sakurai discussed some of the character’s special moves in an update on Monday.

“Greninja's sophisticated moves are extremely fun to use once you get used to how it controls,” Sakurai wrote on Miiverse. The post was accompanied by a new image of the character ready to pounce before the director followed up with an explanation of one of Greninja’s moves.

“The side special attack Shadow Sneak is a move that makes Greninja suddenly disappear and ambush opponents,” Sakurai explained. “If you press and hold the button, Greninja will move a greater distance. Another unique feature is you can move Greninja around freely while charging up.”

The other Pokémon character joining Greninja is Charizard who is now a stand-alone playable character whereas it was controlled by the Pokémon trainer in “Super Smash Bros. Brawl”. Lucario is also back as well and will feature an enhanced Auro mechanic this time around.

Other new characters include Zero Suit Samus, who has been split from the Varia Suit Samus and now operates as a stand-alone character with her own special moves. Sheik has been split from Princess Zelda as well to be her own playable character instead of an alternate form. They join previously announced all new characters Little Mac, MegaMan, Rosaline and Luma, the Villager from “Animal Crossing” and the Wii Fit Trainers.

Despite the addition of new playable Pokémon characters, summoning Pokémon with Pokéballs to help in a match will not only remain but is being upgraded. Players will now be able to call in Legendary Pokémon such as Arceus if they manage to obtain a Master Pokéballs.

“Super Smash Bros.” will land on the Nintendo 3DS first sometime this summer. The Wii U release of the fighting game will not happen until later this winter.