Super Smash Bros. Screenshots And Video Show Off Sonic

By Ishaan . October 1, 2013 . 7:45am


Sonic will be returning as a playable character in the new Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo announced this morning. The first video and screenshots for the character are now available, too. You can view a brief clip of Sonic above, and screenshots of the game featuring him below.



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  • Nanaki

    Oh snap.

  • Kind of wish they used “Sonic Boom” instead of Sonic Heroes theme for the trailer but fuck it. LET’S GO SONIC!

    • Christopher Nunes

      I hope they give him more kill moves, in Brawl he was lacking and was item dependent and Final Smash, honestly as he racks up damage fast but compare to most characters he is lacking and it does longer for him to defeat a character without items.

      PS: Your Avatar of the green-haired girl in the police outfit… who is she?

      • British_Otaku

        Probably Kiruko from the Novice Policewoman Kiruko manga which ran in Shonen Jump for a few volumes but got cancelled.

        Here is a link:

        It talks about Assassination Classroom (same magazine – 5 volumes ongoing, outselling and ranking various established series like Toriko or Gintama, but let’s be humble and say that it’s good and I’m glad it’s doing well), but also has some fanart of Kiruko.

        Since it ended fast, I guess I can’t see it’s a bad idea to go and read it.


        • J_Joestar

          well they had a new chapter of it on Jump Live, don’t know if it is just a 1 shot extra chapter though.

          • British_Otaku

            It’s implied to be a serialisation in the colour page of that chapter, now that I’ve looked for it though only one chapter seems to be translated despite the original one being done in late August. I don’t think Jump Live is less frequent than monthly.

            It’s good to see it continuing as Kaette Kita! Shinmai Fukei Kiruko-san in a less competitive front I guess, even if it will get less spotlight till it hits a major break of some sort like an anime…

    • Rafael Budzinski

      …with the perfect “You Can Do Anything”, why choosing “Sonic Boom”? 8D

      • As far as themes go Sonic Boom always got me hype as hell. Also I forgot about that song, that would have been a great choice too. Honestly almost any other Sonic theme would be better than Sonic Heroes one.

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    While I really only used Sonic as a troll character in Brawl it’s nice to see him back.
    The big question now is will there be another 3rd Party character or will they keep it as Mega Man and Sonic?

    • anthony apduhan

      We should call Snake or Simon Belmont or Klonoa or Pacman or Lloyd Irving. 1 Konami rep and 1 Namdai rep playable is enough.

      • I really want it to be Klonoa. :’D
        But I know he has no chance of joining. vnv

        • Hound

          Regardless of whether he has a chance or not, Klonoa is arguably Namco’s most profound mascot character outside of Pacman and could easily have a stage & move set that’d fit Smash perfectly.

          He’s a grappler with one-use Kirby abilities that lives in a world with its own language that seems to have Eastern European influences, which is kind of funny and unusual.

          Anything to revive Klonoa outside of that web comic Namco introduced last year would be lovely.

          • I agree that he’s their most profound mascot other than Pacman – and he’d be an easy fit – but the problem is Bamco is kind of acting like he doesn’t exist, and that’s why I feel he has no chance and any kind of Klonoa inclusion is unlikely.

            Even though he started out on the PS, he had a nice little life on Ninty consoles too and he’d be very at home in Smash (and it’d be really cool to have two dream related characters~!). I really, really want there to be Klonoa, but I don’t feel that it’s likely. But maybe Sakurai is our true hope here.

          • Hound

            Oh. You’re basing it on gut feelings.


            Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were interested in testing the market for Klonoa. In smash, I don’t know. But he’d fit perfectly.

          • Yeah~. And I remember the announcement of the comic (the other main, resident Klonoa fan here and I discussed it). ♥
            Still isn’t enough given the recently (mostly) ignored anniversary. . .

            He would definitely fit, and if they were looking to continue the Klonoa revival, remaking 2 (or just making a new title) for Wii U would work out to throw him in Smash and gain more attention.

            But that’s too practical for Bamco, so it’s likely not to happen.

  • J_Joestar
    • FirstaLasto

      didnt bitf make this joke like 5 years ago?

  • ImminentBread

    Interesting details on his gloves, there. It almost looks like he has human fingernails in the screenshot with Megaman.

    • Shady Shariest

      …Cannot be unseen…

  • Kayhil Dimas

    Hell yes, sonics one of my all time favorite characters and together with megaman only makes it that more awesome. Now if we can get pacman or klanoa we’ll have come full circle.

  • Allec Ribeiro

    I was hoping for Retro Sonic since we got Retro Mega Man, but this one is ok too.

  • Kaihedgie


  • GuyAlpha

    My jaw dropped and I can’t close it.

  • Cool and all but where is Chrom?

    • British_Otaku

      More worried about Marth (FE Original Gangster) and Ike (Fights for his friends in two great games)… We already have two well characterised blue haired swordsmen from the franchise.

      • icantstandthisindecision

        I can see them swapping out Marth and Ike for Chrom and Lucina, but that’s a long shot. I think it’ll either be Marth and Chrom or Lucina and Ike.

        • British_Otaku

          It’s a little rough there. I think Lucina seems more interesting as a character than Chrom but Chrom and undefined avatar character are the leads… >_>

          • icantstandthisindecision

            Chrom and Lucina are the lords, though; Nintendo has only ever included the Lords in SSB games. And I just think Lucina has more to offer than Marth– she’d blend Marth’s look and playstyle with Chrom’s.

    • MaverickD

      Chances are they’ll probably use Marth and Chrom as the new FE characters.

      • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

        Ike not getting cut he represents western FE fans since he is the main character of the first FE console game in the west.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Awesome that he’s back, though I was hoping they’d maybe change up his moveset to add Wisp abilities rather than sticking with basic kicking moves. Though granted nothing’s absolutely final yet and there was that thing from Sakurai about being able to alter character moves in this game.

  • Shadowman

    YES!!! Him and Mega-man are gonna be awesome!!

  • icantstandthisindecision

    Is it just me or is the fact that they used Sonic Heroes for his theme making anyone else think they’ll add in another Sonic character? I’d LOVE Amy, Tails, or Knuckles… but odds are it’ll be Shadow, Tails, Knuckles, or as a long shot, Amy. I just don’t want any more clones. /stares at Shadow.

    Also. They should reveal Zelda next, and then get on with the new characters. WANT MOAR NEWBIES.

    • Anime10121

      Probably only using the Sonic Heroes theme since they used Sonic Adventure 2’s in Brawl and Heroes came after Brawl.

      Though nothing will ever be Adventure 2’s Live and Learn! That tune was straight hype!

      • icantstandthisindecision

        I dunno. I’m not entirely convinced of that; Nintendo doesn’t really do things like that, to my knowledge, so I’m definitely thinking that they have another reason. Nothing will ever really top Live and Learn– especially for a Sonic theme song.

        • Anime10121

          I’m just thinking that since Sakurai had said previously that he didnt want to “fill the roster with guest characters”, that having more than one guest character from a single franchise (no matter how synonymous that franchise is with Nintendo) would be kinda pushing it.

          But yeah, Live and Learn is right up there with Sonic Boom as the ultimate Sonic themes!

          • icantstandthisindecision

            You said it, though; Sonic is a Nintendo Staple now, even if it’s through a third party publisher. I could just be hopeful, but as popular a franchise as Sonic DOES remain, and as Mario’s biggest rival, I expect to see Tails. At least.

          • Anime10121

            It would be nice :)

      • Live and Learn… great music!

      • British_Otaku

        All of the songs are going to be in this game, so I have no idea why people are focusing so much on which song was chosen for a trailer which lasts under a minute.

        I’m hoping that some of the new songs from Sonic and the Black Knight (the entire soundtrack deserves a mention, but Knight of the Wind was a great main theme by Crush40 again) and Sonic Lost World make it in.

        EDIT: Or they could let us pick our own music like a few Wii games did and Xbox 360 games do.

        • Anime10121

          True, in Brawl there was a LARGE variety of Sonic themes to pick from, so one would hope that SSBWiiU would do the same.

          Never got the chance to actually listen to much of SatBK’s ost because the game sucked SO bad (to me) that I couldnt make it through the first few stages. And I havent heard enough of SLW’s ost to judge it yet. But yeah, hopefully they give us variety again.

          • British_Otaku

            I may be considered a ridiculous fanboy for saying this, but I think Black Knight and Secret Rings are two of the stronger titles we got last generation.

            With Black Knight, being worthy of praise for using it’s soundtrack better, having more conventional controls and movement (though most bosses are bad), more straight forward leveling and letting us play as Knuckles, Shadow and Blaze in a 3D game without the gameplay changing beyond a few interesting abilities like 2D games (DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW RARE THIS IS?!).

            It’s cheap enough that you could pick up and give it a second chance. The soundtrack is really amazing.

            Molten Mine:

            Blacksmith’s Theme (cues to an earlier Tails’ theme):

          • It’s refreshing to see someone else think and say this. I loved both titles, Secret Rings especially. Both were solid titles with smooth gameplay experiences (except for the violin minigame in Secret Rings).

            I still haven’t finished either, but I enjoy them a lot and don’t understand some of the disdain for them.

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      Tails could help Sonic do aerial combat using the plane or holding Sonic’s arms like in Sonic 3 and Generations’ boss fights. That would be a good nostalgia punch

      • icantstandthisindecision

        Yeah, it really would. I agree with that. I grew up playing Sonic 2 and 3 because of my parents, so those two will always have a place in my heart.

    • Kaihedgie

      Shadow has enough of his own powers to separate him from Sonic. Plus, he’s physically stronger than he is.

      • icantstandthisindecision

        That doesn’t change the fact that, ultimately, Shadow is still a clone of Sonic. A LOT of his moves would remain speed based, and Chaos Control would likely be relegated to his final smash. At least the other three characters – along with characters like Silver or Blaze or even Rouge and Omega – would undoubtedly have their very own moveset.

        • Kaihedgie

          Actually, no it wouldn’t.

          Shadow’s fighting style in the games has always been centered around the use of Chaos Energy. He doesn’t spam Spin attacks the way Sonic does and considering Chaos Control is his signature attack, it’ll end up being his B-Up move than a Final Smash, especially when he too has a Super form, and even in that form, he continues to make extensive use of his Chaos Powers.

          They can literally rip Shadow’s movelist from Sonic Battle if they wanted to and in that game, all he ever did use was Chaos attacks:

          Chaos Burst, Chaos Magic, Chaos Nightmare, and Roaming Chaos.

          Or even use his powers from Sonic 06 such as Chaos Boost and Chaos Lance.

          • icantstandthisindecision

            You seem to be conveniently forgetting that, apart from his special move in versus mode in the original two games that Shadow appeared in, he was basically as Sonic clone. He had the spin dash, he ran fast, he jumped on top of enemies to destroy them. And then when you got in to versus mode and you got the chance to use your special, in both Sonic Adventure 2 Battle AND Sonic Heroes, he used Chaos Control. No where else in those two games did he use it, apart from cut scenes.

            The super form– even WITH chaos control aside– would be, yet again, just ripping off Sonic. So I don’t see your point there.

            I entirely doubt that NINTENDO will focus on moves that were in a game that is considered out of canon entirely, not to mention being on a platform that IS NOT a Nintendo machine.

            I do, however, have to begrudgingly give you Sonic battle though I still don’t think that it would be taken into consideration.

          • Kaihedgie

            You seem to also be conveniently forgetting every other game Sonic appeared in after Sonic Heroes where his abilities and playstyle was largely expanded on to make him a completely different character from Sonic.

            Still forgetting Sonic Battle in which he doesn’t even have a Spin Attack and instead relied solely on variations of Chaos Control. His own game’s extensive use of weaponry and vehicles as well as his Chaos Powers. Sonic 06 making him rely on Chaos Energy and being more centered on destruction than speed, etc etc.

          • icantstandthisindecision

            You say that I’m forgetting Sonic Battle, which is something that I conceded to you? I couldn’t say you were wrong about that, because you’re not. As far as Shadow’s own game though I imagine they’re likely going to ignore that in it’s entirety, because of the inherently mature nature of the game and the heavy use of firearms. I’m also not sure that it’s canon; I have to look that up.

          • Kaihedgie

            It is canon. It’s even treated as one of the main entries. Nintendo has its own history of mature games as well as being far more lenient with other companies porting their games to their systems. Hell, Sega’s House of the Dead: Overkill used to be a Wii exclusive.

          • icantstandthisindecision

            I didn’t damn it outright, like I had Sonic 06 (which becomes noncanon in the game itself), I just wasn’t sure whether it was treated as such or not. I realize now that it is. That being said, I still don’t think that Shadow has much to offer when it comes to being a unique character in the Super Smash brother franchise– not like Amy and Knuckles do with their physical attributes and not like Tails does with both his tails and his flying.

          • Kaihedgie


            In Sonic Battle, Shadow spent the majority of fighting warping from all over the place and acted like a zoning character. You’re paying more attention to the fact that he has all of Sonic’s Spin attacks and none of the numerous techniques he developed himself. Various projectiles, buffs and shields produced by his mastery over Chaos energy. You can literally put Shadow in the game without even giving him a Spin Jump animation. He could easily be the Golbez of this game.

          • icantstandthisindecision

            Apart from the fact that Golbez wasn’t really similar to anyone else in the Dissidia games? You can’t be serious in thinking that if Nintendo included Shadow in a Super Smash Bros. game they wouldn’t make him like Luigi is to Mario, or like Toon Link is to Link– pretty much the same character with mainly aesthetic and balance differences. If they included Daisy they would probably do the very same thing with her and Peach. I’m not actively ignoring the fact that Shadow has used other fighting styles– I’m CONSIDERING it. There’s also the fact that Shadow having Chaos Control implies he has a chaos emerald, and Sonic’s Final Smash implies HE has them all.

          • Kaihedgie

            Shadow can perform Chaos Control without an Emerald.

          • icantstandthisindecision

            That, quite literally, makes no sense.


            But I’m not at all saying you’re wrong, just stating it makes no sense.

          • Kaihedgie

            How does it not make sense?

          • icantstandthisindecision

            Because being able to naturally use Chaos Control would mean that, literally, Shadow would have to be infused with a sliver or the power of the Chaos Emeralds. Having gone over his wiki page, nowhere is that stated to happen; he is, however, part of Black Doom. So if Chaos Control weren’t something tied specifically to the emeralds– if they only enhanced it’s power– it would make a lot more sense. That isn’t the case, as we’ve seen Sonic and others use Chaos Control as well.

          • British_Otaku

            I’m hopping in without reading the whole argument, even bothering to play Shadow the Hedgehog or Dissidia but… what does canon matter here?

            Link can double jump.

            Captain Falcon’s entire moveset is made up.
            Ganondorf’s moveset was thrown away to copy Falcon.

            Someone has nothing to offer to Smash Bros? They will figure something out and ignore the rules of the original games if they feel like it, given that Shadow has already been distinguished in games for over a decade and even in a fighting game (Sonic Battle), he has a lot of potential whether Nintendo will use it or not.

            Shadow would use Chaos Control whether or not he has an emerald, or there will be more than 7 at a time and no one will care.

            And all of that said, I’m hoping for the Genesis bunch before Shadow and such. At best, we will probably get a few more Sonic assist trophies…

          • icantstandthisindecision

            I’ll admit that I’m just a canon stickler, so this whole discussion was founded on that. I’ve even conceded my argument a few times– and I will do so, here, too. I can entirely say I didn’t know that in the slightest about Falcon.

          • British_Otaku

            In short, Captain Falcon was only shown outside of his machine with a gun chasing bounties in the booklet for the SNES game.

            He never did a Falcon Punch/Kick/Knee even if the anime may convince you otherwise ( ). It’s all Smash Bros, Smash Bros inspired the anime for a racing video game series older than Mario Kart. He never left his machine in a video game, till story cutscenes in a game released after Melee and all of the gameplay is still high speed racing.

            Canon doesn’t mean much for crossovers. You can save your stickler status for when SEGA make a video game and I know they don’t really care at this point.

          • Kaihedgie

            Sonic gets away with it because of the fact that he has transformed so many times, Chaos Energy is in fact lingering in his body. It’s also the reason why, with a fake Chaos Emerald that he was able to produce Chaos Control.

            Even without the Emeralds however, Shadow was able to produce a large amount of Chaos Energy himself by removing his inhibitor rings.

    • Amy would be oddly fun simply based on the raw number of Hammer Time jokes I could make while playing. Also, the hammer in general.

      • icantstandthisindecision

        That’s exaaaaaaactly why I’ve always advocated for Amy in the New SSB to a friend of mine. She is literally THE Sonic character most suited to this; her, and Knuckles.

        • British_Otaku

          I would like to see Amy be playable and fun like in Sonic Advance 1 and 3, but there isn’t a chance that at least in the first 30 minutes of the announcement that I won’t be grovelling if Tails isn’t in already. >_>

          Oh and have you played Sonic Battle by any chance?

          • icantstandthisindecision

            Briefly, though I hope to eventually play it more at some point.

            And yeah, Tails is the natural choice for the second Sonic character to get in because of popularity and everything. I’d be very surprised, realistically, if we get a second Sonic character and it ISN’T Tails.

  • Methinks snake will return

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    The Villager won’t be able to match Sonic’s speed…. right?

    • icantstandthisindecision

      At least not when Sonic’s in speed dash. His normal run looks a LOT more balanced.

    • Not unless you count… the “Pitfalls”.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething


    • British_Otaku

      I get the feeling he is going take more notes from his Colours powers than Sonic Battle unfortunately… >_> Sonic had a great moveset depending on who paired him with in Sonic Advance 3 as well.

      That said, I’ll be happy as long as he gets as little better in the game than he was in Brawl.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        yeah I had the same feeling he might have some moves from colors/lost world. In brawl “homing dash,spin-dash” lol

        • British_Otaku

          Given all of the states, forms and shields he has had, going for the Brawl Sonic again would be falling short… B + Down (Spin Dash). Good, just like the original games. B (Homing Attack). It’s pretty weak and ineffective but okay… B + Side (Another Spin Dash)…

          They need to change up his Side B, then he will already have something fresh, maybe sending air spin dashes to get him a bit of long range.

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    I think we heard Megaman’s voice in the trailer. This game could be the first one to give Megaman (regular Megaman, X already had Mark Gatha kicking asses) a proper English voice unlike the one MegaMan 8.

  • IsaacGravity

    Well, in comes my main.

  • TruSpindash

    I hoping that this time around they switch up his move set. It is no secret that Sonic was a last minute addition to brawl so hopefully they do something more with him now that they have more time.

  • MrJechgo

    And yet, Yoshi is still MIA… Nothing against Sonic, but I just think it’s odd that the original 8 playable characters from SSB 64 haven’t been all announced yet. They could have added Yoshi by the time the first trailer came out.

    • British_Otaku

      Wait for Yarn Yoshi to release or get another trailer, dude. Olimar got announced before Luigi. They are clearly doing targeted announcements timed next to big games.

      • Or near Yoshi’s New Island’s release.

      • J_Joestar

        makes me wonder if they will have a Pokemon character reveal some time this month.

        • British_Otaku

          I honestly expected Jigglypuff/Mewtwo/Lucario over Sonic to be announced in today’s Nintendo Direct especially as it is closer to release and I thought third parties were much lower on the line up to return even if it’s Sonic.

          Maybe they’ll take their time announcing them, Earthbound got a big release all over the place, a great chance to announce veteran Ness or the relatively new Lucas.

          • J_Joestar

            maybe it was announced early to soften the blow of the game’s (very minor) delay?

          • British_Otaku

            That’s something that only applies to the US and it’s as you say in brackets, a very minor delay. Everyone is getting the game in late October.

            I don’t think there is any connection between the delay and Sonic’s announcement now.

  • NightzeroAX

    Ok so we have have Megaman, Sonic is back now all we need is someone from Namco. (I hope to god its not something obvious like Pac-Man….)

    • Prinnydoom

      Yuri lowell? He’s quite popular…….more likely if it were a tales character it be lloyd.

  • Go2hell66

    Mighty No. 9 as playable character in smash bros. ?

    • TheExile285

      Oh man, Capcom would be so butt-hurt xD

    • Wake

      Heh. Not yet. This SSB is Mega Man’s last stand before Beck takes over.

  • Theob Vious Choice

    New final smash spoiled: Sonic Gyros, Sonic will summon a large amount of Gyros to fall from the heavens, but with the theme from Sonic Gyros playing; similar to Peach’s Final Smash in Brawl, only not.

  • CartmanKusanagi

    Both Sonic AND Mega Man?!

    ARGH! It’s going to be hard for me to choose my main now!

  • RisukuAozora

    Yessss, my main from Brawl returns… :3
    I’m no longer gonna be too slow!

  • Kornelious

    Sweet, We got Sonic and Megaman. NOW ANNOUNCE SHULK NINTENDO!!!

  • hazelnut1112

    Not surprised but still surprised and happy he is in the game. Megaman and Sonic in the same game is a wet dream come true. All we need is Game and Watch and I will have all my mains in this game.

  • Guest

    Seriously, who DIDN’T see this coming?

    • Prinnydoom

      Yo. I thought his time was done. Goodbye sonic.

  • Ixbran

    Love that they used the Sonic Hero’s theme in the trailer, one of my fav games. Also loving the small glimpses we get of his stage in this game. hopefully it’ll be better than the one he had in Brawl.

  • leingod

    Of all the character announcements they’ve made recently, this is the only one that wasn’t blatantly obvious :)

  • wahyudil

    Now what I need is my favorite fighter … snake …. where are you snakeee

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