Another new Assist Trophy has been revealed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS, along with a technical change to Pikachu’s “Thunder” attack. Apart from those, even more details will be revealed next week, with a new Nintendo Direct broadcast on April 8.
Earlier this week, Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai posted new photos on Miiverse for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS. The first photo indicates a new gameplay change regarding Pikachu’s Down-B “Thunder” move. In previous games, Thunder would shock enemies, then send them flying; if the enemy was in the direct path of the lightning bolt, Thunder would briefly trap the enemy, then launch them at a shorter distance. The attack will still be present in the new Smash Bros. games, but it will now function as a Meteor Smash attack. As shown in the above picture, Pikachu throws Bowser vertically, then attacks with Thunder (launching Bowser back into the ground), to then initiate one more combo attack.
Along with the Pikachu update, Sakurai revealed yet another new Assist Trophy. While there’s no description for what her assist ability will be, Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be an available Trophy for both versions of the upcoming brawler.
A new Smash Bros.-focused Nintendo Direct will air on Tuesday, April 8, though Nintendo has not given any hints as to what announcements or reveals will be made. Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will both be available sometime in 2014.