"Super Smash Bros." is back with a new installment for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and it's making a few changes.
According to this Nintendo Direct video presentation below, which went live Tuesday, the two different versions of the game will have the same roster, but each will have different stages for battling. The release dates will also be different: The 3DS version will hit stores in summer 2014, and the Wii U version will drop in winter 2014.
Nintendo did not explain why each game gets its own release date, but some speculate that Wii U sales will suffer greatly because fans will already have beaten the game on the more popular 3DS.
But the most exciting part of the announcement is the roster, which includes four new playable characters, as you can see below. Four other characters -- including Charizard and Sheik -- also got an update for this latest installment, becoming their own playable characters, as opposed to being a "form" of a different character. For those unfamiliar with the game, in previous versions, you could play one character that could shift into a different "form" in battle -- meaning Zelda, for example, could change into "Sheik," a different version of herself. In this new version, these forms get their own playable characters.
Regardless of the changes, the title is certain to be Nintendo's biggest hit of the year, so check out the whole announcement in the video above, then check out the updated roster below:
NEW! Wii Fit Trainer
In perhaps the most unexpected addition to the roster, you can now play as either the male or female Wii Fit trainer in "Super Smash Bros." for Wii U and 3DS.
NEW! Rosalina and Luma
This duo is taking a break from "Super Mario 3D World" to join the "Super Smash Bros." roster as a dainty, but formidable foe.
NEW! Mega Man
Mega Man makes his "Super Smash Bros." debut in this latest installment of the series, making him the third non-Nintendo character to appear in the games.
There's a new Villager in town, and we gotta say, we're not so sure we want to mess with this guy. Seems a little off.
Greninja joins Charizard, Pikachu and Lucario as the latest Pokemon representative in the "Super Smash Bros." roster.
NEW! Little Mac
We can only hope that Little Mac brings his "PUNCH-OUT!!" trainer, Jerome "Doc" Louis, to "Super Smash Bros." as well. He gives the best pep talks.
He's mean, he's green and he's standing up straight! Yoshi is ditching his hunched stance from the original "Super Smash Bros." and walking tall for the Wii U/3DS version.
Charizard is also now his own separate character, since characters can no longer change during matches.
Sheik returns as her own playable character in the latest installment of "Super Smash Bros."
UPDATED! Zero Suit Samus
Samus is completely stepping out of that constrictive armor to show off her high-heeled Zero Suit and preppy ponytail as her own separate playable character.
Um, obviously everyone's favorite Italian plumber is back and ready for action.
Of COURSE Luigi wouldn't miss an opportunity to battle the more-popular Mario. It's what brothers are for.
Also returning: Donkey Kong. Still a little overdressed for a brawl (wouldn't a tie get in your way?), but we appreciate a dude with style.
Rescuing? Who said anything about needing rescuing? Princess Peach sure as heck didn't.
Never one to be left out of a fight, Diddy Kong is also returning to the "Super Smash Bros." roster.
He may be the more childish of the two Links in this roster, but that's just how he tricks his enemies into a false sense of security.
Don't let that dopey grin fool you; that mallet packs a punch.
The "Fire Emblem" character looks like a formidable foe. Want proof? Just check that scowl.
She may be a kind and benevolent ruler in Hyrule, but don't expect that sort of altruism in this game.
One of the original representatives from the Pokemon roster returns to fight another day in "Super Smash Bros."
Grown-up Link is back in action in the latest installment of "Super Smash Bros." for Wii U and 3DS.
She may lose the ability to transform into Zero Suit Samus, but she does regain the Zero Laser as her Final Smash, so maybe it's an even trade.
Another from of original roster, Kirby once again graces "Super Smash Bros." with his presence in the Wii U/3DS version.
The Star Fox leader returns "Super Smash Bros." for the Wii U/3DS versions.
The cuddliest of the Pokemon warriors in the "Super Smash Bros." crew is also returning for the latest installment.
Also among the returning "Super Smash Bros." veterans is Mario-foe Bowser.
Pikmin and Olimar
Olimar only gets to bring 3 Pikmin to the fight now, unlike the previous 5, so to be fair, he alternates by color. Taking turns is nice, kids.
The "Kid Icarus" rep has been updated to fit the "Kid Icarus: Uprising" weapons for his latest appearance in the "Super Smash Bros." franchise.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post said Yoshi stood on four feet in older versions of the game; the character actually stood on two feet. The post also referenced the character Marth from "Fire Emblem Awakening," but the character used in the new "Super Smash Bros." bears more of a resemblance to Marth from "Fire Emblem."