Photo: The Semi-Complete Guide to the Smash Bros 2014 Character Stable: Part 3

The new kids on the block, and some old favorites too!

Before I begin, I have to admit that I’ve never played a Fire Emblem game, and my familiarity with them is marginal at best. I don’t think I’m the only one: I’ve met a lot of people who had no idea who Ike and Marth were before playing Smash Bros. So forgive me if I slip up on a fact regarding the next two characters.


8. Robin

This character is the default version of the customizable player character in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Since their debut trailer featured male Robin, I’m just going to assume, as with the Trainer and Villager, the gender shown will be the default, with the other as an alternate. Robin is a swordsman and magic-user, and his primary attacks seem to involve elemental magic. The trick with Robin is that his sword and magic spells can only be used at certain times before he has to fall back on his underpowered back-ups. Using him means knowing when to attack and when to save your specials for later.


9. Lucina

A warrior princess from an alternate timeline, Lucina was introduced losing to Captain Falcon. Despite this inauspicious start, she quickly joins Robin in the fight. Scuttlebutt has it that she’ll essentially be a clone of Marth, whom she disguised herself as in her home game. Her sword abilities will be like his without being distance-sensitive (Marth was best if you hit enemies a particular distance with the end of the sword). She should prove to be an easier character to use, but time will tell if that’s enough to distinguish her.


10, 11, &12: Sheik, Zero Suit Samus, and Charizard

One of the downsides to this new game is that characters cannot transform on stage anymore, so no longer will you have the Pokémon Trainer able to switch between three Pokémon. This also robs Samus and Zelda of some of their unique abilities. I’ll reserve judgment on whether or not these deconstructed characters will be good additions to the roster. I hope, in the case of Sheik and Zero Suit Samus, that neither they nor the characters they evolved from will be lesser by the separation.


13. You (or, rather, Mii)

I’ve saved the most dubious for last. You can now enter the stage alongside your favorite video character in the form of your Mii avatar. That is, you can in offline mode or local multiplayer. I’m guessing this is so we don’t have any offensive Miis running around the Smash competitive circles. But I think, in the limited capacity they’ll be available; they should be a fun addition to the roster. They can be Gunners, ranged fighters with high-tech weaponry; Swordfighters, who combine throwing weapons with their sword for close combat; and Brawlers, who prefer a short-range melee approach. Whatever their benefits or shortcomings, the Miis look like the greatest individual source of fun in the new Smash Bros.

I'm the daughter of a veteran who spent my childhood in Killeen. As of 2013, I have a degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. I'm a critic of books, films, television, and video games. Find me on Twitter: @rachel_knows

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