Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai shares memories on each of the fighter reveal videos through the years, Part 2 is out now

Nintendo is now looking back at Super Smash Bros. fighter reveals with Masahiro Sakurai. Read on below to learn more:

Take a look back at Super Smash Bros. fighter reveals with Masahiro Sakurai! – Part 2

Now that the final fighter has been released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch, we’re taking a look back over the new fighter reveal trailers.

Part 1: Reveal videos from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Part 2: Reveal videos from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In the first part, we looked at the reveal videos for fighters that joined the battle in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. This time, let’s reminisce over the fighter reveal videos for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with comments from Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai!

Masahiro Sakurai:

I’m the director of the Super Smash Bros. series, Masahiro Sakurai.

The Super Smash Bros. series is a project where we undertake collaborations you can’t see anywhere else. We wanted to use that opportunity and create nice content that people could enjoy, and that’s why we started making the fighter reveal videos.

It was a lot of work to make the videos while working on the game at the same time, but there were always big reactions from fans, so it was worth the effort. In this article, I’ll give some brief commentary as we go, so I hope you’ll enjoy looking back over all these videos.

Please take this opportunity to reflect on the history of Super Smash Bros. by watching the scenes where each new fighter first appeared. You may have seen some of the videos before, but they are well worth another look!

Check out part one for the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U fighter reveal videos!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 
Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch!

This is the start of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate videos!

This video was created with the intention to announce the game in a Nintendo Direct. Because of that there’s no reveal video for Inkling, but the Smash symbol with the cross in the circle appearing in Inkling’s eye was met with a tremendous reaction. And then to find out that it’s coming in less than a year!

 
A Piercing Screech

This is the first fighter reveal video for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game.
We might have made this first one the most serious of them all. I wanted to make the part where Ridley takes down Mega Man and Mario a bit more intense… However, we wanted to balance the scene, and so we made it very carefully, with many discussions with the international teams.

 
 
Vampire Killer

Vampire Killer is the name of Simon and Richter’s whip. This was a rather high production video, with a detailed art style overall, lots of guest characters, and even a brief glimpse of Dracula’s Castle. Richter comes to save Simon just in the nick of time, but unfortunately Luigi wasn’t so lucky…

The Rivals

We knew that there was a lot of demand for King K. Rool to join Super Smash Bros., so we decided to tease the viewers, making them think he was coming, before revealing it was a fake – and then showing that he is actually coming. King Dedede appears because, as with the other reveal videos, we were trying to mix in fighters from other series, to give a feeling of it being a collaboration.

 
A hard worker’s dream

The scene is straight from the Animal Crossing™ series, so there are no guest appearances from other fighters…

The team didn’t have any experience in making Animal Crossing footage, so we did some research and recreated it in CG.  It was made by Digital Frontier, as usual. I feel like we got pretty close, with the movements, camera angles and also the textures. What do you think?

 
Fighting Fire with Fire

We mixed together two reveals: the Echo Fighter Ken, and new fighter Incineroar. It’s literally a clash of fire against fire. It’s difficult to make a CG video with an Echo Fighter alone, so I’m glad we were able to do this. It also fit perfectly for a battle in the ring. Don’t you think both the CG part and in-game part are really dynamic? 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC

Piranha Plant joins the battle!

The Piranha Plant reveal was an additional video for the early purchase bonus. So, there isn’t a CG part, only the in-game part. Piranha Plant isn’t included in the Fighter Pass, so you need to buy them separately. At the time, people were saying that they never expected Piranha Plant to join the battle.

 
The Masked Rebel

This was the announcement video that revealed Joker as a fully fledged fighter.
The actual announcement was made with “Take Your Heart”.
It was made with the concept of Joker sneaking into The Game Awards 2018 to steal a Super Smash Bros. invitation, so there were two sets of dialogue: one for The Game Awards, and one for the web version.
The animated parts were made by Domerica, who also worked on the cutscenes in Joker’s original game.

 
Heroic Encounter

Hero was announced at E3 2019, along with Banjo & Kazooie.

Some time had passed from the release of the game, so you can see Dharkon here too. The part where all the different Heroes appear is really moving! This video also ran as an advert in some cinemas before the Dragon Quest™ movie in Japan.

Best Friends

With the Banjo & Kazooie reveal video, we were aiming for what’s called in Japanese comedy terms a “tendon” (in English, a “call back”), where we repeat the same joke again. In this case, we followed the King K. Rool video. The ending is, of course, inspired by the defeat of Gruntilda in the original game.

 
The Legendary Wolf

This is Terry Bogard’s reveal video, which anyone familiar with the NEO GEO™ system will surely not be able to watch without grinning.

This is an in-house production from the BANDAI NAMCO Studios’ Super Smash Bros. team.

A lot of the pixel art is new, but we tried to make the feel of the pixels and the method for zooming in and out close to that of the NEO GEO system.

 
The Ashen Demon

This isn’t a character who smiles a lot in the original game, so we gave Byleth a really happy scene here…
This video was made by the staff from the original game, Fire Emblem: Three Houses™. The animated part was created by Sanzigen, and the in-game part with dialogue was made by Koei Tecmo. The two companies are connected by basically just one highway, but there would always be traffic jams whenever we needed to have a meeting.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses rated TEEN by the ESRB.

Ramen Time!

The reason Captain Falcon and Kirby are there is just because we thought it would work well.

It’s in a drawn style, close to Little Mac’s reveal video, but actually it’s mainly CG. I think it brings more variation, including the screen effects.

We were careful to refer to the ramen restaurant where Min Min works while we were making it.

 
A New Seed!

It was memorable how Twitter reacted at the time we released this video.

Compared to other fighters, it doesn’t fit to make Steve do things, so we went with a surreal, funny approach, with an emphasis on space.

The publisher’s stance was that both Steve and Alex are important, so for the in-game part we used both of them equally.

 
One-Winged Angel

The FINAL FANTASY movie released in 2005 had a huge impact.

For the reveal of Sephiroth joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we created a high production video with the aim of achieving something close to that impact.

As a result, there was an extremely large reaction, and the video is something you can really enjoy.

It’s also the debut of Cloud’s additional Final Smash, Omnislash Ver. 5.

One day, Pyra just disappeared
 

The CG part of the Pyra/Mythra reveal video is the only one where I didn’t write the plot. The cutscenes in the original game, Xenoblade Chronicles 2™ **, were really good, so we asked the developers, Monolith Soft, to take care of this video, including the planning. It was longer than I expected, but it fuses really well with the original game, and I think it worked out.

The Iron Fist of Darkness

Dropping his parents off a cliff would be right at the top of the list of things Kazuya would do!
There’s a lot for the in-game part, so we aimed for the CG part to be simple and straightforward. It’s pretty close to the art style of the original game, including things like the textures. For the in-game part, we worked to make it feel like the original games at the beginning.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The Last Key

This is the last fighter to be revealed, so we went back to the beginning and made it a finale. Creating that many fighters in CG would have been a lot of work! Instead, we made the background black and plain, but I think this is the best way. The in-game part also came out really well. I think it’s a fitting end.

I’ve mentioned in an interview elsewhere about how I actually wrote two plots, but this is the way we chose to go.

 

We hope you enjoyed looking back on all of these reveal videos, alongside the comments from Mr. Sakurai.

Through the Super Smash Bros. series, there have been reveals for so many new fighters. It was thanks to all of your support that we were able to add all these fighters and release these videos.

We hope you will continue to enjoy the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, now with the full roster of fighters revealed!

Learn more about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the official site.

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Take a look back at Super Smash Bros. fighter reveals with Masahiro Sakurai! – Part 1

It‘s been just over three years since the release of the game for the Nintendo Switch™ system – and, since the release of the final fighter, Sora, in October 2021, we can say “everyone is here”!

Every new fighter for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game or the previous games in the series, Super Smash Bros.™ for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros.™ for Wii U, was announced with a reveal trailer. Join Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai for a trip down memory lane as he shares his comments on each of the fighter reveal videos!

Masahiro Sakurai:

I’m the director of the Super Smash Bros. series, Masahiro Sakurai.

The Super Smash Bros. series is a project where we undertake collaborations you can’t see anywhere else. We wanted to use that opportunity and create nice content that people could enjoy, and that’s why we started making the fighter reveal videos.

It was a lot of work to make the videos while working on the game at the same time, but there were always big reactions from fans, so it was worth the effort. In this article, I’ll give some brief commentary as we go, so I hope you’ll enjoy looking back over all these videos.

Please take this opportunity to reflect on the history of Super Smash Bros. by watching the scenes where each new fighter first appeared.

You may have seen some of the videos before, but they are well worth another look!

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Super Smash Bros. – Trailer 1 (Nintendo 3DS/Wii U)

The Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U games were announced at E3 2013. Strictly speaking, this isn’t a fighter reveal video. However, when the new fighter, Villager, appears it does have the classic “Villager Comes to Town” part. The video was made by Digital Media Lab. They were involved in around half of the videos for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.


Play Video

Mega Man Joins the Battle!

This is the first official fighter reveal video. That said, the announcement was the same day as Trailer 1. Considering it’s the first video, it came together well! This was made by Digital Frontier. They worked on many reveal videos after this, until the release of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game.


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Wii Fit Trainer Joins the Battle!

This was also released on almost the same day as Trailer 1. It was shown as a surprise during E3 2013. This trick of making it look like it would be a new version of Wii Fit before revealing the surprise is one that we would continue to use a number of times. Getting Mario holding his hands up over his head was kind of tricky to pull off.


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Comet Observatory

This reveal video is kind of like a race, with Kirby Air Ride vs. Mario Kart. It kind of has the feeling of a fight outside the ring.

The mysterious sparkle in Rosalina’s eye is an extension of the things that she does within the Super Smash Bros. series. It’s inspired by how Rosalina is an alien, with her background being a bit different.


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Champion of the Ring

For this one we tried changing the style, to make it seem like it’s from a comic book. It was partly just to save budget, but it has good pacing and gives a good impression of Little Mac’s strict training attitude, so I think it worked well. The arcade machine at the beginning is inspired by the original Punch-Out!! arcade game. Even back then, Nintendo used two screens a lot.


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Challenger From the Shadows

This is a simultaneous reveal of Charizard, who was already in the Super Smash Bros. Brawl game, and the new fighter, Greninja.

The key challenge was how to show all of those Pokémon at the beginning. The video is fast and dynamic – this is because I was trying to release fighter reveal videos quickly, at a fast pace. The people who made the video even told me that I wanted it twice as fast as it needed to be!


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Goddess of Light

We had a number of companies make animated videos as part of the promotion for Kid Icarus: Uprising. We asked Shaft, who made the Palutena video, to make another animation for this. She talks a lot in the in-game part, because that’s what she’s like in Kid Icarus: Uprising too.

Dark Pit appears at the end, but at the time of the announcement it was still a secret that you would be able to use him as a fighter.


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Red, Blue, Yellow

Pac-Man was the new fighter announced as a surprise at an E3 2014 roundtable event. This isn’t a normal CG movie – it was made mainly as an in-house production by the BANDAI NAMCO Studios’ Super Smash Bros. team. I’ll never forget the cheers when the mouth opened on that yellow circle.


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By Book, Blade, and Crest of Flame

I realized something. I really like it in stories when help comes at just the right time. I’m also a fan of people appearing from high places. Robin’s reveal video is packed with this kind of thing. We asked Anima to make this video, to match the in-game cutscenes in the Fire Emblem™: Awakening game.


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Looks like we don’t have a choice!

We always think carefully about the point in the reveal video when fans will realize what it is. In this video, fans will realize from the very first scene that it’s Gaur Plain, and that Shulk will be joining the battle. I thought it would be good that way.

This video is also notable for having so many references to things that appear in the original and in the Super Smash Bros. series, like visions, changing Monado Arts, and Metal Face.


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The Future of Evil

Bowser Jr. is normally a cute (or maybe unlikeable?) character. But for this reveal video, we presented him in a cool way, with a proper villain role. I like the feeling of despair and the two sides clashing together at the end, too. However, because of this we had to refine all seven Koopalings in CG, and the video cost more to make than expected.


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An Unlikely Team

The game footage from Duck Hunt at the beginning isn’t from an original Nintendo Entertainment System™ console, but something new we made. I like the feel of the pacing in the first part of the in-game section, with it overlapping with the music. The light gun accessory that appears in the video is the NES Zapper™, the light gun accessory for the NES. The concept for Duck Hunt Duo’s Smash attack is that the shots are coming from outside of the screen, so I’m glad we could explain it here.


Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U DLC

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Mewtwo Strikes Back!

Now we are moving on to the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U DLC fighters. For the DLC fighters we didn’t make CG videos, they’re all made in-game with a bit extra work.

Mewtwo had already been announced elsewhere, so we made this first one rather straightforward. Mewtwo was also an early purchase bonus.


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Lucas Comes Out of Nowhere!

It starts off with Ness getting attacked, and then Lucas coming to the rescue. We did this because I wanted to do the reverse of what happened in the Subspace Emissary mode in the Super Smash Bros. Brawl game. The scenes of Ness getting beaten up go on a bit long, but this is because of the length of the music they had to be matched with. We put a lot of work in with each video in getting them to match with the music.


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Roy Seals the Deal!

Roy was popular, so there was a strong impression that his inclusion would be welcomed. This was his first appearance since the Super Smash Bros. Melee game, and his fighting style changed quite a lot compared to back then.

There’s no CG part, or any other story, and it’s almost just a reveal video of Roy beating people up. But as a result of this we could include lots of different references, and I think it worked out well.


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Here comes a new challenger! RYU.

It’s obvious to those who know it, but this first shot is based on the opening to Super Street Fighter II™ Turbo*. The phrase “I’m looking for a challenge” is the tagline from the original Street Fighter II advert in Japan. It was a perfect fit both for Ryu and for a reveal video. There are a lot of moves, but for the video we prioritized moving around a lot, like in the original game.


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Cloud Storms into Battle!

Cloud’s reveal was shocking, even looking back at it now. We took an unusual amount of time with the opening part, making it quiet and still, reminiscent of the opening of the original game. So that there would be something new no matter which fighter pairing it is, there were a lot of references included, like the stages, and this made it a bit longer than the other DLC videos.


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Corrin Chooses to Smash!

We used the CG movie from the original game and added in a reference to the Super Smash Bros. series Corrin with his back to the camera, and the Branch of Fate options, were made again for this video. We called in the voice actors for Ryoma, Xander, Sakura, and Elise, which meant we were able to include lots of conversation in the in-game part. Overall, it’s full of witty comments.


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Bayonetta Gets Wicked!

The final character for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U was Bayonetta. As in the original game, we’ve focused on a confrontation between angels and witches. I still get shivers hearing Bayonetta’s voice together with the moon onscreen. Pit and Palutena’s voice clips were new recordings for this, too.

Back then we didn’t have the “Battling with” videos to talk about how to use fighters, so there’s some explanation about her moves too.


We hope you enjoyed looking back on all of these reveal videos, alongside the comments from Mr Sakurai.

Find out more about the game at the official site.

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*Super Street Fighter II Turbo rated TEEN by the ESRB

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