List of Super Smash Bros. 4 character trailers

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The opening cinematic of character trailers for Super Smash Bros. 4.

All newcomers and third-party characters, as well as a few veterans, in Super Smash Bros. 4 were officially announced with trailers. These trailers consist of original animation, done predominantly with CGI, as well as gameplay clips that demonstrate a character's moveset. Each trailer begins with the sound of a sword being unsheathed and an animation of a fiery Smash logo blazing toward the camera. At some point in each trailer, the relevant character strikes a pose on a splash screen alongside their name and an introductory catchphrase, pun, or statement (e.g., "Palutena Alights!" or "Roy Seals the Deal!").

All character trailers are viewable in the Movies submenu in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, except those of Sonic, Mii Fighters, and DLC characters. Duck Hunt must be unlocked in order to view its trailer. Newcomers also have character posters, many of which directly reference their respective characters' trailers.

Below is a complete, chronological list and synopsis of all 21 character trailers in SSB4.

Main animated trailers[edit]

These trailers were made to present all the newcomers for the base game.

Most of them share a single art style, featuring computer-generated animation by Digital Media Lab Inc. and Digital Frontier Inc. Exceptions are Little Mac's trailer (animated in a comic book-like style), Palutena and Dark Pit's (animated by Shaft Inc. in the style of the promotional anime short Palutena's Revolting Dinner), and Lucina and Robin's (animated by anima inc. in the style of the Fire Emblem: Awakening's cutscenes).

Villager[edit]

E3 2013 reveal trailer.

Villager's trailer debuted at E3 2013 as Super Smash Bros. 4's first trailer. It begins with Villager in an Animal Crossing town, finding a letter in his mailbox. After he opens the letter, he excitedly runs through the town while the animal citizens look on with surprise. The open envelope drifts to the ground and catches Tom Nook's eye before the camera focuses on the letter's wax seal, which depicts the Super Smash Bros. logo. The trailer then shows clips of Mario, Link, Samus, Kirby, Pit, Fox, Donkey Kong, and Pikachu in their respective series' settings before they appear in a misty abyss and jump into the top screen on a Nintendo 3DS. A series of gameplay clips follows, revealing Bowser and a multitude of new playable stages in the process. Another clip shows Mario leaping from a then-unknown location and back into the abyss from before. Mario shifts from his 3DS design to his higher quality Wii U one and lands on another Battlefield alongside the other characters. More new stages appear as the trailer shows gameplay from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The video then cuts to Mario and Bowser fighting in the Super Smash Bros. version of Boxing Ring (which was not confirmed to be a Punch-Out!! stage until Little Mac's reveal), whereupon Bowser knocks Mario into a corner of the ring. Before Mario can retaliate, Villager appears and catches him with a bug net. The camera zooms in on Villager, with a caption announcing, "Villager Comes to Town!" Following that, the trailer shows several clips of Villager using various tools from the Animal Crossing series to fight. Stills of all known characters trail by before the trailer concludes with the two games' logos.

Mega Man[edit]

"Mega Man Joins the Battle!" trailer.

Mega Man's trailer, simply titled "Mega Man Joins the Battle!", begins with a blaring siren and a "New challenger approaching!" sign. It then cuts to a canyon in the dead of night. Mario, Link, Kirby, and Donkey Kong glance up at the silhouette of a humanoid with spiky hair, who gazes down at them from atop a cliff. A helmet forms around the figure's head as a series of lights illuminate its features. The figure, Mega Man, leaps into the air and teleports out of the canyon. He reappears in an area similar to the stage intro screen from Mega Man 2 and strikes a pose. The text, "Mega Man Joins the Battle!" appears. Several gameplay clips follow, which demonstrate Mega Man's animations, moveset, and unique KO explosion. This section also provides a brief look at the Wily Castle stage. The trailer then transitions back to the canyon. Mega Man, heavily damaged, accesses his Variable Weapon System and summons two Metal Blades, which he hurls at his assailants. Additional gameplay footage follows, in which Mega Man utilizes numerous attacks based on powers he could obtain from fallen bosses in his home series. The trailer ends with Mega Man using his down smash, Flame Blast, to create two pillars of fire and propel his opponents away. A brief clip of Mega Man fighting the Yellow Devil on Wily Castle serves as a stinger.


Wii Fit Trainer[edit]

"Wii Fit Trainer Joins the Battle!" trailer.

Wii Fit Trainer's trailer, simply titled "Wii Fit Trainer Joins the Battle!", opens on gameplay footage from Wii Fit. The camera pans out to reveal that the footage is actually displayed on a television screen, with Mario, Link, and Kirby struggling to follow its instructions. When a white hand taps Mario on the shoulder, the three characters turn to discover Wii Fit Trainer. She abruptly strikes a yoga pose, which sends the trio soaring and knocks the television askew. The trailer then cuts to a number of clips in which Wii Fit Trainer uses multiple yoga poses to attack her foes, even using a barrage of them in her Final Smash. At the end of the trailer, she stretches and provides a thumbs-up to the camera. The Wii Balance Board bounces up and down behind her as the text, "Wii Fit Trainer Weighs In!" appears.

Rosalina & Luma[edit]

"Comet Observatory" trailer.

Rosalina & Luma's trailer, titled "Comet Observatory", opens on Kirby soaring the cosmos on his signature Warp Star. He flies toward Rainbow Road, where a race is underway. Mario and Donkey Kong, the leaders in the race, attempt to overtake each other before Kirby whizzes by and causes them to spin out. Kirby crosses the finish line and flies back into space. The camera cuts to a distant Launch Star, which propels a glowing, cyan orb toward Kirby. When it speeds past him, he loses control of his Warp Star, crashes into Rainbow Road, and comes to a skidding halt. A second ball of light splits off from the first and drifts toward the track, where it reveals itself as a Luma. The Luma pokes Kirby, who sits up and looks around in confusion. The racers, Mario, Donkey Kong, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser, arrive before the two can exchange a high five. Donkey Kong pokes Kirby out of curiosity. The cyan light returns and illuminates the group. This causes the Luma to squeak, bounce toward the light's source, hop upward, and land in the arms of Rosalina. The following splash art reads, "Rosalina & Luma Launch Into Battle!" A selection of gameplay footage follows, in which Rosalina uses Luma to supplement her attacks and block damage. The trailer ends with a brief clip of Kirby and Luma dancing and finally exchanging a high five.

Little Mac[edit]

"Champion of the Ring" trailer.

Little Mac's trailer, titled "Champion of the Ring", begins in a gym. A figure in a pink hoodie performs various training exercises while a coach shouts advice and encouragement. The training montage ends with the figure delivering an uppercut to Sandbag and knocking it through a window. The figure sheds his hoodie and strikes a pose, his identity revealed as Little Mac. The corresponding splash art quips, "Little Mac Punches In!" The background transitions to Battlefield. Samus stares down at Little Mac, seemingly unimpressed by his height. (This is a reference to Little Mac's Assist Trophy profile from the Smash Bros. DOJO!! website). Samus compares their heights by running a hand between the tops of their heads, lightly tapping Little Mac's in the process. Little Mac's Power Meter appears at the bottom of the screen, rapidly filling up to maximum as his face reddens. He throws a KO Uppercut and sends Samus flying. The trailer shifts to in-game footage, which illustrates Mac's powerful attacks, quick ground speed, and poor air mobility. Doc Louis shouts advice throughout. Little Mac briefly transforms into the colossal Giga Mac before throwing another KO Uppercut that defeats Mega Man and Bowser on the Boxing Ring. A short stinger shows Little Mac and Doc Louis enjoying some chocolate bars as Samus rolls past them in her Morph Ball form.

Charizard and Greninja[edit]

"Challenger from the Shadows" trailer.

Greninja's trailer, titled "Challenger From the Shadows", opens with a series of Poké Balls soaring through the sky. They land at the foot of a cliff and release multiple Pokémon from Smash 4. The camera pans up to reveal Pikachu at the top of the cliff, with Charizard immediately behind it. Charizard's caption proclaims, "Charizard Fires It Up!" This is the only instance of a base-game veteran whose splash art differs from their in-game render. Charizard launches itself into the sky before slamming down in front of Mario. The plumber narrowly avoids the attack and lands in front of Link, Samus, Kirby, and Olimar. Elsewhere, a silhouetted figure readies an attack. Mario rushes toward Charizard while the other fighters hurl projectiles at it. Charizard evades the projectiles with ease. The silhouette continues to charge its watery, four-pointed attack. Mario and Charizard leap toward each other, but the attack intercepts them before they can exchange blows. The two fighters look toward the attack's source and see the figure hanging from a tree branch, upside down. It flips itself upright and reveals itself as Greninja. The following splash art reads, "Greninja Makes a Splash!" Greninja uses Hydro Pump to blast itself out of the shot, at which point the trailer transitions into gameplay footage. This footage shows both Greininja and Charizard in action, as well as Charizard's and Lucario's new Final Smashes. It concludes with Greninja using its own Final Smash on Mario.

Palutena[edit]

"Goddess of Light" trailer.

Palutena's trailer, labeled "Goddess of Light", begins in the animated art style of Kid Icarus: Uprising, in which Palutena watches and comments on a duel between Link and Pit. Neither side can land a hit in on the other, but even then, Link seems to have the upper hand, able to use his assortment of weapons and items to control the blow of the battle. After a fierce kick to the stomach sends the angel flying, Link readies the Gale Boomerang to finish Pit off, but the item is stopped with a flash of light. The goddess of light herself now stands in front of Pit, using a horizontal force field to block the shot. As Pit stares in awe, wondering what Palutena herself is doing here, she activates his Power of Flight and sends him soaring off; she states she's here "for a little divine intervention", a comment proclaims that "Palutena alights!" before Link stands in front of the goddess. The trailer then jumps to gameplay, in which the duel between hero and goddess is resolved, and Palutena and Pit exchange banter before Palutena shows off a large number of powers available for her to use on demand, culminating in a display of her Final Smash before commenting the vast numbers of heroes across multiple dimensions, and praising them for being worthy enough to fight each other. In the stinger for the trailer, Dark Pit arrives and taunts Palutena. While he was eventually revealed as a newcomer, he was not confirmed to be playable until the game released, and thus he does not have splash art like the rest of the newcomers. This is by far the longest reveal trailer with 3 minutes long excluding the moveset presentations.

Pac-Man[edit]

"Red, Blue, Yellow" trailer.

Pac-Man's trailer, titled "Red, Blue, Yellow", opens with a shot of Mario fighting Link on Battlefield. As he launches an attack, the camera zooms in on Mario's hat, filling the screen with red; the camera then zooms back out to display the red as a diagonal streak across the screen. Another scene interrupts, showing Sonic darting through Windy Hill Zone before leaping off a spring and Mega Man attacking Greninja on Wily Castle. Like Mario and his hat, the camera zooms in on Mega Man's helmet. A corresponding shade of blue fills the screen and turns into a diagonal slant underneath the red from before. Suddenly, a yellow line comes between both of them and fills the screen before shrinking to a perfect circle. The circle opens up and makes a "waka" sound; the circle is, in all actuality, the original form of Pac-Man. After a caption stating that "Pac-Man hungers for battle!", the trailer shifts to Pac-Man taking on another signature design, that from the Pac-Man World series of games, and follows up with a series of gameplay videos in which Pac-Man fights using both acrobatics and characters and objects from past Namco games. After a brief clip of the Pac-Land stage, the trailer shifts to the Pac-Maze stage, played on a 3DS, being the only newcomer trailer to show its character in the 3DS version.. The trailer concludes in Mario, Sonic, and Mega Man chasing Pac-Mac before being chased by him in his classic 8-bit form used in his Final Smash and leaping towards the screen. A stinger follows with Mr. Game & Watch walking on screen next to Pac-Man and ringing his bell, while "1980" is written above the two, the year they were both made. In the corner, the tops of Mario and Donkey Kong's heads appear, with "1981" written above, referencing that both Pac-Man and Mr. Game & Watch are both the oldest characters in the entire Smash series (though Mr. Game & Watch is even older than Pac-Man by about a month).

Lucina and Robin[edit]

"By Book, Blade, and Crest of Flame" trailer.

Robin and Lucina's trailer, titled "By Book, Blade, and Crest of Flame", begins with a wounded Chrom lying on the ground while his daughter, Lucina, is facing off against Captain Falcon (a caption adds that "Lucina wakes her blade?!"). Lucina then looks upon her wounded father and then focuses back on Captain Falcon, boldly proclaiming "For my father!" She then rushes at him with her Falchion and attempts to slash him, but Falcon proceeds to dodge it. Captain Falcon attempts to punch Lucina, but she dodges it. Captain Falcon then backflips to regain his ground. Lucina then proceeds to directly charge at Falcon with Falchion, but he proceeds to block the attack, and he overpowers Lucina by kicking the hilt of her sword. As her blade drops to the floor and Captain Falcon prepares to deliver a Falcon Punch, he is suddenly interrupted by several blasts of Elwind. Both fighters then glance up at the source of the attack, which is an unknown hooded figure. Once the figure descends to the ground, he assures Lucina, "It's going to be alright," whereupon the figure lifts his hood and readies a jagged electrical sword; the figure is thus confirmed to be Robin, with an accompanying caption that "Robin brings the thunder!" Some gameplay clips of him are shown as he and Lucina discuss the various types of spells and swords he has at his disposal and the importance of using them wisely, and then Lucina responds that she will join the fight alongside Robin, showing off some of her moves in gameplay, before they both comment on how they are facing the Hero-King himself and the radiant hero of legend. The trailer moves to a stinger which cuts to Chrom, who laments losing his chance to be worthy enough of being in Smash. Another clip then follows of him assisting Robin in his Final Smash, Pair Up. The trailer ends with a brief clip showing footage of the female Robin.

Shulk[edit]

"Looks like we don't have a choice!" trailer.

Shulk's trailer is titled "Looks like we don't have a choice!" (NTSC)/"Now it's Shulk time" (PAL), the former title referencing a quote when Shulk encounters a strong monster in Xenoblade Chronicles, and the latter referencing one of his taunts. It opens with Bowser running around Gaur Plain, who comes to a stop and roars. He is quickly distracted by a butterfly fluttering past, and turns around to search for it. Behind some nearby grass is Shulk, who readies the Monado before leaping into the air and attacking Bowser from behind with a Back Slash, sending him flying into the distance. He turns and addresses the camera with an enthusiastic "I'm really feeling it!" as a caption denotes that "Shulk foresees a fight!". The scene is quickly broken by a vision where he sees himself being attacked and knocked away by Link and Marth. Quickly reacting and turning around, Shulk manages to change the future by barely dodging the combined slashes from his foes, and he exchanges several parried sword strikes before jumping and sliding away. He then announces "Now it's Shulk time!" and prepares the Monado once again for a further conflict, with his five Monado Arts scrolling slowly through the spectrum of colors before stopping on the Smash Art; with a final flourish and a shout of "This is the Monado's Power!", the trailer then shifts to gameplay footage of Shulk in action and a number of moves, taking extra time to show off the Monado Arts that can affect Shulk's physical properties, alongside the remainder of his special moves and differing effects based on how they're used before summoning Dunban and Riki for a Chain Attack that ends the trailer. A stinger then follows, in which Shulk encounters Metal Face taunting him.

Bowser Jr.[edit]

"The Future King" trailer.

Bowser Jr.'s trailer, titled "The Future King" (NTSC)/"The Future of Evil" (PAL), opens in a canyon similar to those used in Challenger from the Shadows and Mega Man Joins the Battle. It starts off with an unknown figure gliding above the ground in a small floating vehicle with a smiling face on it. It makes a sharp turn and as a cannon emerges from the vehicle's mouth, a massive cannonball is fired, stopping just barely in front of a gathering of heroes that consists of Mario, Link, Samus, Kirby, Mega Man, and Rosalina & Luma (the only character trailer to feature SSB4 newcomers in the CGI portion). The cannon retracts, and in its place, the vehicle, charging at the others, releases a wrecking ball on a chain that the band of six once again narrowly dodge. Mario glances at the vehicle's driver, still swinging the ball and chain and darts towards it; the vehicle, in response, adopts a menacing grimace and arms itself with a pair of drills. The two collide and Mario puts up a shield, but the drills slowly whittle it until it shatters, knocking Mario back. Finally, the kart springs out a pair of wheels from its undercarriage and charges forward, running over Mario, sending him flying before doing the same to Mega Man. With some proper lighting, the figure, Bowser Jr., is seen pumping a fist in the air and cheering; the accompanying caption dictates that "Bowser Jr. clowns the competition!" The trailer then cuts to Bowser Jr. still in the Junior Clown Car, now with gameplay footage showing off the remainder of the menagerie of weapons hidden in it; of note is a move wherein he ejects himself out of the Clown Car and can pummel midair foes with a hammer, and his Final Smash, Shadow Mario Paint where he transforms into Shadow Mario and paints a massive X on the stage that knocks about foes who touch it before bursting. As the trailer continues, Mario gets back upright, but as he recovers, he gapes in fear, seeing Bowser Jr. on the clifftop, chortling as a series of figures appear behind him. Roy, Iggy, Lemmy, Ludwig, Larry, Wendy, and Morton, the seven Koopalings, all arrive to accompany Bowser Jr., all of who have their own clown cars. The eight villains and the six heroes stare each other down before launching into battle. In the finale of the trailer, a series of videos show Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings working in tandem to attack numerous foes, culminating in a group shot of the eight engaging in antics with one another on Big Battlefield and a parting clip of Bowser Jr. using his own clown car.

Duck Hunt[edit]

"One Dog, One Bird, One Zapper" trailer.

Duck Hunt's trailer, titled "One Dog, One Bird, One Zapper" (NTSC)/"An Unlikely Team" (PAL), begins with a round of the classic Duck Hunt game, starting with the cinematic of the dog sniffing out some ducks and leaping into the grass. An unseen player shoots down a duck, which the dog grabs and shows the player; they fail to shoot the second one, though, and the dog breaks into its infamous laugh. The screen darkens and the camera zooms in on the dog, who glances to the side and sees the 8-bit versions of Mario, Link, Pit, Donkey Kong, Samus, and Bowser all confront it. Mario gestures at the dog, and, in a burst of light, the entire scene is rendered using modern-day graphics as Mario leaps near the grass; his five companions all join him, ready for the dog in the rustling grass. The same dog lunges from the grass and a duck, presumably the one that the player failed to shoot down earlier, land on its back, the Duck Hunt Duo soon faces the screen as the duck lets out a quack. A caption that states that "Duck Hunt takes aim!" startles the pair before the trailer turns into a series of videos in which the dog and duck taunt, strike, and move to the beat of the background music; the trailer also demonstrates how Duck Hunt fights, with both the dog and the duck landing blows, some of their special moves, such as summoning a Wild Gunman to work as a shield and fire shots at opponents, and a smash attack that pauses the video in its tracks as the player from before readies the NES Zapper and lets off a trail of shots. The trailer proceeds as normally, with the dog, duck, and player all unleashing attacks upon a series of foes, including a snippet that takes place on the dog and duck's signature hunting ground, before culminating in the dog releasing a horde of birds on Mario, Yoshi, and Villager that trap the three in the midst of a barrage by the Wild Gunmen. The trailer ends with a stinger in which the dog and duck high five each other and the dog laughs at the player aiding them in their smash attacks. Duck Hunt must be unlocked to view this trailer in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

DLC trailers[edit]

These trailers were made to reveal all of the fighters that would be available as DLC.

Unlike the trailers for the base game, these focus on both newcomers and veterans alike. None of them feature original animation, using only gameplay footage instead, albeit sometimes visually altered. The trailer for Corrin also reuses CG animation by anima inc. that was produced for Fire Emblem Fates.

Mewtwo[edit]

"Mewtwo Strikes Back!" trailer.

Mewtwo's trailer, titled "Mewtwo Strikes Back!", is named after the first Pokémon movie. It starts on a black background while the sound of a heartbeat can be heard. Soon, a monochrome eye opens and jitters around the screen as the heartbeat steadily grows faster. The eye turns purple as the lights rise, revealing Mewtwo. The caption proclaims "Mewtwo Strikes Back!". The remainder of the trailer is gameplay footage highlighting Mewtwo's various moves. One segment references Mewtwo Strikes Back, showing Mewtwo next to Mew in reference to the Mew Duo. Another segment makes reference to the sixteenth Pokémon movie, where a different Mewtwo can been seen encountering Genesect, the latter serving as the movie's antagonist. Ness also holds a Master Ball while slowly walking towards what resembles a shiny Mewtwo. Mewtwo Mega Evolves into Mega Mewtwo Y to unleash its Final Smash, Psystrike. The trailer ends with Mewtwo taunting with Pikachu crawling backwards towards Mewtwo.

Lucas[edit]

"Lucas Comes Out of Nowhere!" trailer.

Lucas's trailer, titled "Lucas Comes Out of Nowhere!", begins with scenes of Ness being beaten up by Mario, Little Mac, Wario, Marth, Villager, Robin, and Donkey Kong in rapid succession, culminating in Ness being sent flying by Bowser. As Ness lies helplessly on the ground, Bowser roars and charges for another attack. The screen cut to black and silence for a few seconds, before a new voice cries "PK Fire!" The screen cuts back to Bowser being hit with the flames and knocked away. The defender's shoes slide back to a halt and then move to a casual standing position. As a groggy Ness rises, we see the defender is Lucas, who leaps away. The caption declares "Lucas Comes Out of Nowhere!" (a reference to Mother 3's Nowhere Islands, where Lucas is from, specifically the Tazmily Islands). Gameplay footage demonstrates Lucas's moves, as well as several snippets recreating moments from Mother 3: One scene references the endgame fight against the Masked Man, represented by Lucas' new gray costume holding a Beam Sword and his standard costume wearing a Franklin Badge. Another scene references Lucas with his twin brother Claus and the family dog Boney, the latter of which is represented by a brown costume Duck Hunt. Lastly, one scene references Lucas with Boney and his father Flint, represented by Duck Hunt and Wild Gunman respectively.

Roy[edit]

"Roy Seals the Deal!" trailer.

Roy's trailer, titled "Roy Seals the Deal!", begins with all four Fire Emblem characters (Marth, Ike, Robin, and Lucina) battling each other on Coliseum before they're about to collide with each other. The screen then goes black for a few seconds before a familiar voice says "Don't forget about me!" in Japanese. A very short cinematic scene then shows someone jumping out flames and landing on the same stage that the fighters were on. That person is then revealed to be Roy. The caption announces that "Roy Seals the Deal!" as he says "I've returned at last!" in Japanese. The splash art states "Roy Seals the Deal," referencing his sword, the Sword of Seals, also known as the Binding Blade, and possibly a joke on how he has to be paid for. The trailer then cuts to Roy Koopa taunting, to which Roy knocks away and taunts afterwards, referencing the fact that they share the same name. The gameplay footage is then shown. One segment in Roy's trailer involves him performing his down taunt before a Superspicy Curry referencing "The Ultimate Curry", one of the winning photos of the Melee "Camera Mode Contest." After doing his Final Smash, Critical Hit, Roy says "守るべきもののために、負けられない!", which translates to "For those I must protect…I cannot lose!"

Ryu[edit]

"Here comes a new challenger! RYU." trailer.

Ryu's trailer, titled "Here comes a new challenger! RYU.", begins with Ryu declaring (in the form of on-screen text) "I'm looking for a challenge." The opening segment of the trailer is based on the opening screen from Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers before unleashing a Hadoken on the screen. He then enters the battlefield and says, "So this is Smash..." Mario then appears to fight him, which Ryu accepts. One scene in his trailer shows him using the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku and Shoryuken while being pushed by Mario's F.L.U.D.D. This references Ryu's ending in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (SNES) where he trains by continually performing Shoryukens under a waterfall. The trailer ends with Ryu declaring "You must defeat my Shoryuken to stand a chance", a correct translation of his win quote in Street Fighter II, which was famously mistranslated in that game as "You must defeat Sheng Long (a mistranslation of "Shoryuken") to stand a chance". A stinger at the end of the trailer shows a Mii Brawler wearing the Heihachi outfit clashing with Ryu, referencing the Capcom-Namco crossover game Street Fighter X Tekken.

Cloud[edit]

"Cloud Storms into Battle!" trailer.

Cloud's trailer, titled "Cloud Storms into Battle!", begins with a starry sky (referencing the opening animation to Final Fantasy VII), leading to the Super Smash Bros. 4 logo, followed by an "X" (to signify the crossover), and then showing the Final Fantasy VII logo, all while playing Final Fantasy VII's opening music. The trailer then cuts to Cloud on Midgar, showing him at different angles, before finally showing him fully; he then says "Never thought I’d see the day..."

The trailer then goes on to show off his moveset, as well as his alternate costume based on Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, before fading to black; it then cuts to Cloud charging a Limit Break, while saying "Limits are meant to be broken!". The trailer then shows his moveset with the added Limit Break, and then showing off the stage hazards on Midgar, before cutting to a fight between him and Ike, with Cloud finishing him off with Omnislash. The trailer ends with a remix of the victory theme from Final Fantasy VII, while also showing off the Chocobo Mii Fighter hat.

Cloud's reveal trailer references moments and characters from the Final Fantasy series, primarily Final Fantasy VII:

  • The starry sky in the opening is a reenactment of the original opening to Final Fantasy VII, which even includes the original accompanying music, "Opening - Bombing Mission".
  • The trailer contains a "blurring" screen transition to the battle phase in which Cloud faces off against Kirby, Samus, and Charizard, with Cloud situated opposite of the other three combatants. These instances reference Random Encounters, battle sequences that are often seen in the Final Fantasy series. The screen transition itself is one that is observed during gameplay of Final Fantasy VII along with the accompanying battle theme "Let the Battles Begin!".
  • Zelda lying on her knees near Cloud laying on his back is a reference to a scene in Final Fantasy VII, where Cloud falls from the Sector 5 Reactor down into the church and is found by Aerith the Flower Girl, with Pikmin representing flowers in the church. The Lip's Stick that Zelda is holding resembles the flowers that Aerith sells.
  • Cloud grabbing Wario and throwing him off his bike before making off with it himself references the segment when Cloud commandeers the Hardy Daytona motorcycle to escape from Shinra Headquarters. In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Cloud himself has the motorcycle Fenrir, to fit with his "Lone Wolf" motif.
  • Cloud being dizzy on The King of Red Lions is a reference to motion sickness Cloud suffers in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.
  • The Sablé Prince turning into a frog next to Cloud is a reference to the recurring Toad spell, which transforms its targets into harmless frogs.
  • Odin's appearance after Cloud uses his casting animation is a reference to the ability to summon monsters in Final Fantasy VII.
  • Cloud fighting Ike towards the end is a reference to the final battle in Cloud's mind between him and Sephiroth.
  • The segment in which Chocobos appeared references Chocobo Woods, a location in Final Fantasy III where Chocobos and the Fat Chocobo can be found, and Smells Like Chocobos is a recurring quote in the series which references the fact that Fat Chocobo can only be summoned in places that "Smell like Chocobos" in Chocobo Woods.
    • The fact that the Chocobos are on Gaur Plain may be a reference to the Chocobo Farm from Final Fantasy VII, which is located in the grasslands outside Midgar.

Square Enix's copyright information can be seen added in at the end of the trailer. This detail, as well as the opening shot of the fiery Smash symbol, was not shown in the Nintendo Direct.

Corrin[edit]

"Corrin Chooses to Smash!" trailer.

Corrin's trailer, titled "Corrin Chooses to Smash!", opens with the cutscene of the central plot divergence of Fire Emblem Fates, where Corrin must choose to side with Hoshido ("Birthright"), Nohr ("Conquest"), or neither ("Revelation"). In this cutscene, his family in Hoshido is represented by Ryoma, Sakura, Takumi, and Hinoka, while his family in Nohr is represented by Xander, Elise, Camilla, and Leo. These characters' voice clips differ from the original games', and Corrin additionally speaks after each family has said their piece. Corrin is presented with the three options from Fates, but a fourth option appears labeled "Join the battle in Smash", which he immediately selects. Once Corrin makes his choice, the trailer then cuts to Corrin on Battlefield.

Corrin, as well as his little sisters and kingly older brothers, provide commentary while the trailer proceeds to show Corrin's mixture of swordplay with Omega Yato and attacks using Dragon Fang transformations. The trailer also reveals the female Corrin as a costume. At the end when showing off his Final Smash, Torrential Roar, Corrin verbally reaffirms his decision, declaring that his path is "to fight the legendary heroes of Smash".

Bayonetta[edit]

"Bayonetta Gets Wicked!" trailer.

Bayonetta's trailer, titled "Bayonetta Gets Wicked!", opens with Pit defeating Samus and Bowser on Battlefield, declaring "Two down!" Palutena, however, warns him that a challenger is approaching. The camera pans to the large moon behind Battlefield; Bayonetta's voice is heard saying "Oh, another angel? Must've missed one." She then appears from Bat Within in front of the moon and lands on the stage, saying "Let's dance, boy."

The trailer itself shows off Bayonetta's moveset in depth, showing her combo-based gameplay, her Bullet Arts, her special moves, and her Wicked Weaves smash attacks. The trailer has Bayonetta, Pit, Palutena, and Dark Pit narrating throughout, with many references to Bayonetta's games and her battles against angels. The trailer also shows off Bayonetta's access to costumes based on both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, and her stage, Umbra Clock Tower.

The trailer contains several references to the Bayonetta games:

  • Bayonetta posing in front of the moon in the beginning of her trailer references the style of various different artworks created when promoting her series.
  • Bayonetta's interactions with Pit references the fact she kills angels for a living.
    • Her interactions with Pit and Dark Pit in the end of her trailer references her interactions with Loki and Loptr, two characters who are light/dark halves of the other, much like Pit and Dark Pit.
  • When Palutena states that she thought Umbra witches were extinct, it is in reference to the Witch Hunts in the Bayonetta series.
    • Bayonetta's response to this, referring to Palutena as part of an "Endangered Species" references how she, in both of her games, kills off a god as the game's final boss.
  • Bayonetta telling Palutena to stop talking at the end of the trailer references how, in both of her games, Bayonetta will interrupt enemies who end up going on tangents while conversing with her.
  • Bayonetta's posing with the Chain Chomp references the creature's utility as a weapon in Bayonetta 2.
  • Bayonetta's line "If you need to learn how to talk to a lady, ask your mum", is a reference to Bayonetta director, Hideki Kamiya, who regularly uses the phrase "Ask your mom" to respond to questions he doesn't like on social media. It is also a taunt said by Bayonetta in Bayonetta 2.
  • The trailer concludes with Bayonetta KOing Pit and Dark Pit with Infernal Climax and declaring "Don't mess with a witch," which is a euphemized reference to her famous quote, "Don't fuck with a witch" which she declares upon defeating Bayonetta's penultimate boss.

Other trailers[edit]

Sonic[edit]

"Sonic Joins the Battle!" trailer

Sonic's trailer, simply titled "Sonic Joins the Battle!", begins with a fight between Mario and Mega Man on Battlefield. The two rush toward each other, but Sonic appears and launches them away with his down aerial. After a brief look at Sonic's new model, the trailer transitions into gameplay clips of him fighting against other Nintendo characters. It concludes with a glimpse of the Windy Hill Zone stage and another battle between Sonic, Mario, and Mega Man. Sonic was the first veteran to receive his own trailer, likely due to his status as a returning third-party character.

Mii Fighters[edit]

Reggie (Brawler) vs. Iwata (Swordfighter).

Mii Fighter's trailer begins with Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aimé in a black background. The pair stare each other down before Reggie lunges at Iwata, who swiftly kicks him away; before they begin exchanging rapid jabs, Iwata "absorbs" energy while striking a pose similar to a double hand chop, which is the pose made by presenters in Nintendo Direct when saying "direct." Following this, an over-the-top fistfight commences, culminating in Iwata pulling out a Wii U GamePad while Fils-Aimé does the same with a Classic Controller Pro and proceed to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, using Miis of themselves to continue their conflict; while Reggie's Mii is only equipped with a pair of gloves, Iwata's is armed with a longsword. The pair continue their duel, going from Battlefield's Ω Form to Palutena's Temple, as both men trade glances as the bout progresses; ultimately, Reggie ends up triumphant while Iwata shoots him a look before pulling out an amiibo of Mario and placing it on the GamePad. The resulting in-game Mario exacts revenge on Reggie, handling every move his Mii self throws with ease before launching a Forward smash that sends the real Reggie flying. As Iwata's Mii celebrates alongside the amiibo Mario, Masahiro Sakurai himself arrives and explains the history behind getting Miis ready for Super Smash Bros.; after he explains it didn't feel right during the lifetime of Super Smash Bros. Brawl to have Miis as playable fighters, he delivers some new video gameplay which shows off a number of Miis fighting official Nintendo characters. The Miis, he adds on, are grouped into three classes: Mii Brawlers who fight using hand-to-hand combat, Mii Swordfighters who use swords and other bladed tools to do battle, and Mii Gunners who come equipped with arm cannons and a variety of projectiles. In addition, Mii Fighters are special in that their special moves, rather than be modified versions of their standard specials, have all-new options to use for all four special move types. To demonstrate some of the possibilities of the Mii Fighters, Mii versions of actual character suggestions posted by Miiverse users, with captions such as "Lincoln gets sworn in!," "Elijah Wood like to battle!," and "Ice-T pours it on!" During this, Sakurai explains the reasoning behind adding Miis, stating that he gets countless amounts of requests and ideas for characters to join the roster, and concludes by saying that by using Miis, players can put their dream character into the roster. This trailer is not on the official Super Smash Bros. website, nor available for viewing in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

External links[edit]

Official Super Smash Bros. YouTube channel

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