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Zelda revealed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS - artwork and screen shots

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • December 26, 2013 at 12:35 a.m. PST
Zelda was revealed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS on Christmas day. She was unveiled to celebrate the launch of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds in Japan.

The game's director, Masahiro Sakurai, noted that "It's great to see so many female characters this time around."

Below you'll find her official artwork and a handful of screen shots. Hit the jump to view them all.


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Submitted by GodotLaserFace, Hazelnut1112, Caseywoodard2000, Macombo_John, MightyAfro and SmokeRulz.

Comments

7o70n1 said on December 26, 2013 at 12:38 a.m.

Hope that game is sick

#1
Strider_Hien said on December 26, 2013 at 12:41 a.m.

Catalyst,you hard working mang....I don't know what time it is where you guys are.But here it's 4:30am....X_X.You need your rest...Your wife and kid will appreciate it.Zelda looking regal...

#2
Existent said on December 26, 2013 at 12:48 a.m.

Why does Smash Bros. still show up when I have it filtered? I don't think it happens with any other game.

#3
MetroidDread said on December 26, 2013 at 12:52 a.m.

Is it just me or did they make Zelda REALLY cute for this game?
Her model looks great.
But does her skin look too pale for Zelda?

#4
BlightedAgent said on December 26, 2013 at 12:57 a.m.

She is my main in Brawl and I am excited for her return. I want Nintendo and Namco to make her a tournament worthy character as she was pretty much ass in Brawl. I love how she looks in the game.

#5
Topaz said on December 26, 2013 at 1:03 a.m.

Very pleased, and hopefully she'll finally be a VIABLE character this time, especially if she's finally been separated from Sheik. That duality is the reason she was a hamstrung character, too versatile to be allowed to be good. Also glad they didn't go with her cutsified Skyward Sword version. She's as regal as ever.

#6
Catalyst said on December 26, 2013 at 1:04 a.m.

I also have this one listed as a "top story", as most character reveals fall into that category as well, that's why you're seeing it even with the filter enabled.

#7
Lainensis said on December 26, 2013 at 1:07 a.m.

I hope skyward sword Zelda is an alt!

#8
courte said on December 26, 2013 at 1:11 a.m.

i've gotta say this is such a difficult announcement pattern to even attempt to figure out. is this confirming the phantom hourglass knight as an assist or is she getting a revised moveset? because i love revised movesets, but if it's heading in that direction, consider me thrown. no actual pics of her moves, that sly dog.

i've passed the five signs of dealing with death so all i have left to say is this; looks great and i can't wait but i guess i just will.

#9
ArturoA9790 said on December 26, 2013 at 1:21 a.m.

Lame, TP Zelda. Would have been better if it was SS Zelda.

#10
Ninjanuity said on December 26, 2013 at 1:28 a.m.

SS Zelda was lame, kinda like the game itself. TP Zelda was at least badass.

#11
PurplePonyJotaro said on December 26, 2013 at 1:34 a.m.

Now I'm motivated.

#12
MightyAfro said on December 26, 2013 at 1:38 a.m.

Toilet Paper Zelda? Don't remember seeing her...

#13
Check895 said on December 26, 2013 at 1:44 a.m.

Where is Tetra / TWW Zelda ?
She's more of a fighter than TP Zelda.
TP Zelda is just whining and faking death the whole time during the game.

#14
Sunforged_One said on December 26, 2013 at 1:49 a.m.

Cool. Hope her smash-attacks are as good as in Brawl :D
Her recovery should be better though.

#15
Smorgasboard said on December 26, 2013 at 1:53 a.m.

Mario vs Zelda then

#16
boulderabuser said on December 26, 2013 at 1:56 a.m.

TBH Tetra and TP/SS Zelda height aren't the same.

So what I'm seeing is Zelda is Jelly because Link is with Peach, Zelda Slapping DK, Zelda watching Link while he's asleep, and Rosalina putting something in Zelda's behind.

#17
Paradonyx said on December 26, 2013 at 2:17 a.m.

Is that Spirit Tracks Zelda as an assist trophy? Cool!

#18
suicidali said on December 26, 2013 at 2:18 a.m.

I didn't doubt she's make a return, but still it's great to see her back in action.

I like that screenshot with Rosalina, it's nice to see her have an expression that isn't "srs bzns" or severely pissed.

#19
FoxHound24 said on December 26, 2013 at 2:31 a.m.

Seems she's been separated from Sheik. Hope Sheik is in as another character too. I used HIM a lot before. Yes, HIM, because even though its is Zelda as a man, if you didn't know Zelda was under a spell since Ganon took over the world. This spell had her believe she was a boy in order to hide from Ganon. So the CHARACTER Shiek, is a dude.

#20
Paradonyx said on December 26, 2013 at 2:33 a.m.

Did you visit Wikipedia before coming here? Wow.

#21
MarthFE said on December 26, 2013 at 2:50 a.m.

Finally someone who knows sheik's dealio. 100%, oddly slim, overly flexible man. And I'm being serious... Only thing girly about him was his star scream.

Either way I'm not a fan of either character, though Zelda was fun to play sometimes. I can pass. Still for fans of either character I'm hoping Zelda and sheik can be their own character now.

#22
Paine said on December 26, 2013 at 3:24 a.m.

Zelda? No one saw this coming...

#23
Silver_ArrowSan said on December 26, 2013 at 3:29 a.m.

lol that DK picture.

#24
Sanox said on December 26, 2013 at 3:49 a.m.

cool shiek as a seperate character then

#25
RedWolfster said on December 26, 2013 at 4:31 a.m.

is Zelda doing the sailor moon pose? Also it looks like they toned down her angry face that she throws around quite often in the smash games to a more cute look

#26
Mecha_G said on December 26, 2013 at 4:35 a.m.

No Sheik? This'll be weird.

#27
NyuBomber said on December 26, 2013 at 4:46 a.m.

That DK picture...

Expand Dong, indeed.

#28
Echo01 said on December 26, 2013 at 5:07 a.m.

Shiek confirmed.

#29
Capturinggod200 said on December 26, 2013 at 5:22 a.m.

Sheik She will be revealed lated yes I said She you have got to be blind to see those curves and chest bindings in Brawl and Snake's codecs (aka Nintendo) explained Zelda uses magic to change her skin and eye color there was no mention of gender change screw the manga and Ruto's mistake.

#30
Capturinggod200 said on December 26, 2013 at 5:25 a.m.

Sheik will come later because Sakurai sees transformation characters as separate characters and when Brawl era Zelda was released separate from Sheik so it appears history is repeating itself.

#31
lordrockman said on December 26, 2013 at 5:41 a.m.

this is a combination of PH Zelda/ST zelda and albw zelda if the pic plus the message point at it right!

#32
BlackRain said on December 26, 2013 at 5:44 a.m.

Rosalina... what are you doing to Zelda?! O.o

These screenshots are so weird every time...

#33
swordsman09 said on December 26, 2013 at 6:18 a.m.

Is Spirit Tracks Zelda the new down B? That would be pretty cool. Maybe Zelda has a completely new moveset in general although I doubt that's the case.

Also, what stage is #5 on?

#34
JIHADJOE said on December 26, 2013 at 6:23 a.m.

@4
I imagine being kept in a dungeon for a while will turn anyone pale and white, and it does sort of apply to most Nintendo princesses. =)

#35
streetfighterjoe said on December 26, 2013 at 6:29 a.m.

I'm not saying this game is bad, but I'm not going to buy the same game over and over again

#36
SoftShocks said on December 26, 2013 at 6:36 a.m.

That rosalina and Zelda screenshot though.

#37
Mike said on December 26, 2013 at 6:47 a.m.

Wi...With lady parts?

#38
Hiya_tiger said on December 26, 2013 at 7:01 a.m.

Sheik would still have lady parts, therefore still a woman.

and I hope sheik will be playable in the Wii U version.

#39
Hayabusa_San said on December 26, 2013 at 7:16 a.m.

OMFG! She looks gorgeous! And i have to agree about the angry expression drop in favor of a more neutral expression on her face. You know she is serious, but also not freaking mad or angry. I like that...

And damn Sakurai, you like to play with this characters when you do pictures for the reveals. The Link/Peach one was hilarious, but the close-ups to Zelda's face are pretty awesome!

I'm really happy one of my mains is back ^^

#40
BlackRain said on December 26, 2013 at 8:04 a.m.

Funny, cause this is what casual gamers say about every fighting game, especially Street Fighter. Think that’s wrong? Then think about your comment once more.

#41
GirlsOfGaming said on December 26, 2013 at 8:08 a.m.

The game's director, Masahiro Sakurai, noted that "It's great to see so many female characters this time around."

OH, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

#42
peroxcide said on December 26, 2013 at 8:13 a.m.

@36 no way your on this website & haven't bought a fighting game more than once... NO WAY!!! & as for sheik being a man or woman.... WHO CARES ITS FU#KING ZELDA!! The fact that a tranny can change their physical appearance doesn't make them any more or less then what they were before surgery. "Not saying Zelda's a tranny just making a logical point using that example."

#43
takeo007 said on December 26, 2013 at 8:15 a.m.

then don't buy ultra

#44
euphoria12 said on December 26, 2013 at 8:24 a.m.

I hope Hilda from link between worlds is an alternate color palette

#45
jme said on December 26, 2013 at 8:26 a.m.

Human form Midna please!!!

#46
Ermapume said on December 26, 2013 at 8:44 a.m.

Thought they would use Skyward Sword Zelda this time around but the more Twilight Princess approach isn't unwelcome in my book.

#47
Mr_Rik0 said on December 26, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.

With mixed Zelda games for Link and Zelda's design I really want Ganondorf to return in OoT art

#48
SmokeRulz said on December 26, 2013 at 8:47 a.m.

We all know she's still gonna be able to turn into Sheik, so I dunno why he's not bothering showing it. But who cares, Zelda. <3 And a Darknut Assist Trophy, it looks like.

I love how Sakurai is pointing out all the girls they're adding. That's cool. Make sure to add villains, too. Brawl only had 3 dedicated villains, and 3 almost-villains.

Also: Shot #5 is in the Skyloft stage.

#49
GakoTheChef said on December 26, 2013 at 8:48 a.m.

SHEIK PLS!

#50
drillbit777 said on December 26, 2013 at 9:03 a.m.

Awesome, Zelda was one of my mains in Melee but I wonder why they used the twilight princess look again instead of Skyward Sword? I don't mind but it is kinda weird

#51
MugenLord said on December 26, 2013 at 9:20 a.m.

This Zelda looks more battle ready than Skyward Sword Zelda.

#52
HyperViperNZ said on December 26, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.

Now we wait for Sheik to be announced as a completely new character.

#53
Yarott said on December 26, 2013 at 9:43 a.m.

While the Darknut Armor looks a lot like an Assist Trophy (it is really one of the most logical conclusions ever), what if that is one of her new moves? I mean, haven't any of you learned that Sakurai NEVER makes logical/sensical choices?

#54
SmokeRulz said on December 26, 2013 at 9:49 a.m.

They appear to have gone a similar route with Link, in such that her design is based off of Twilight Princess, but uses a brighter color scheme sort of like Skyward Sword. I like this. It makes them feel a bit more unique to SSB4 instead of just "let's just copy the last Zelda that came out." I'm sure when they reveal her Sheik form, it'll be based off of the Brawl design, which was a "what-if Sheik was in TP" look, but perhaps it will have a brighter color scheme and a few design tweaks.

Also: I really don't think the Phantom (not a Darknut as I said before, my mistake) is a move of hers. It doesn't fit her style. I think it's an Assist Trophy and they just posed her next to it stylishly. This would make like 3 Trophies they've revealed so far. I like it.

#55
Ninjanuity said on December 26, 2013 at 11:43 a.m.

The body is quite obviously a female if you look at Brawl's model, where she has breasts. Even Sheik's trophy refers to her as a female in that game.

#56
Doomed2laugh said on December 26, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

Yes Zelda is in

#57
x_Who_Is_Alpha said on December 26, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.

How in the world is TP Zelda badass? Gets stuck in castle first part of the game, disappears 2nd part, gets controlled by ganon on the last part.

At least in Ocarina she was sheik, and in WW she was Tetra. I'm hoping next game she gets another cool role or is a playable character.

#58
Otter_of_Death said on December 26, 2013 at 12:57 p.m.

Glad to see my main's back. :)

It seems they took away the sharper features of Zelda's face. She does look cuter, but that elvish vibe is lost. It's a step back, IMO. There was just something wise and majestic about her before. It's not like there was a shortage of cute in this game to begin with.

#59
ArkticDark said on December 26, 2013 at 1:12 p.m.

Whether or not Zelda was under a spell to act like a boy. Sheik cannot hide his Vagina! So.... no it isn't a him no matter what you say.

#60
MightyAfro said on December 26, 2013 at 1:49 p.m.

Heh. Dominatrix Rosalina.... I like this side of her!

#61
ShadowGeno said on December 26, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.

Whoa she's got some nice upgrades ...

#62
GodotLaserFace said on December 26, 2013 at 2:59 p.m.

Skull Kid is gonna be an assist trophy too. https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/A...

#63
hazelnut1112 said on December 26, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.

Really love Zelda doing that Jojo pose.

#64
Marthmario said on December 26, 2013 at 5:19 p.m.

SO MANY CHARACTERS TO MAIN

#65
Hotdiddykong said on December 26, 2013 at 5:23 p.m.

You guys notice that other picture with the Dark Nut!?

IS IT A NEW MOVE!? A FINAL SMASH!? AN ASSIST TROPHY!?

#66
NumeroGaijin said on December 26, 2013 at 5:38 p.m.

Zelda has always been viable. She has a few holes but with some good defense you can topple the likes of any in the cast regardless of speed. I hope she has more tricks this time around.

#67
Hotdiddykong said on December 26, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.

Twilight Princess designs have more detail in them, which help the game's HD, and frankly they were already great for smash, Skyward Sword is more simplified in its designs

#68
marcushamster said on December 26, 2013 at 9:58 p.m.

I sense the return of taunt matches in this copy/paste game...
Fantastic

#69
MarthFE said on December 27, 2013 at 2:02 a.m.

Play ocarina of time before you finalize your decision. Sheik is only ever referred to as a dude, the point of the magic is to make Zelda a dude, and the art is clearly that of a dude... Even nintendo's own players guide says sheik is a dude... Did I mention sheiks a dude?

When it comes down to it, there's no TRUE way to know if Zelda slapped a big magical willy on there, it all comes down to perception... And that character, is perceived as a dude

#70
HyperViperNZ said on December 27, 2013 at 5:41 p.m.

Sheik is a male but only due to Zeldas magic to transform into a male. The games refer to Sheik as a young boy and "him".

#71
KCereal said on December 27, 2013 at 11:08 p.m.

Aaaaand.....no expand dong jokes. Shame on you guys. #Kappa

#72
emc said on December 28, 2013 at 4:12 p.m.

So either that knight is single player content that was used just for this screen shot, or is a move set of zeldas. Very interested in how she and sheik turn out.

#73
Ninjanuity said on December 28, 2013 at 6:12 p.m.

I have played Ocarina of Time, jackass.

Of course people call her a guy in-game. SHE'S HIDING FROM GANON. She's disguising herself as guy and keeps a secret from everyone to maintain a low profile. Not even the other sages know Sheik is Zelda. If she was truly a guy, she would have no need to cover her feminine face. With a slender body like hers, showing her face would surely arouse suspicion. Saying Sheik is female in a player guide will be considered spoiler because the game recognizes the character of Sheik as a male. Just because the game characters believe a character is one gender, doesn't mean it is necessarily the case.

If you look at female Olympic swimmers body, you'll see Sheik shares the exact same physique. If she was truly disguising herself as a guy, she wasn't doing an especially good job of it. Her Brawl trophy calls her female, which while not officially said so by Miyamoto, at least shows Sakurai believes her to be a female and treats her as one in the game.

#74
Broshadian said on January 3, 2014 at 4:14 a.m.

So a girl that thinks she's a guy is a guy? Gotcha, thanks.

#75
FreeHUGz said on January 4, 2014 at 8:39 a.m.

It makes me want to #tableflip

#76


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