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Ike returns for new Smash Bros.

Fire Emblem’s Ike is ready to appear in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS after a recent announcement. It seems that Sakurai is very comfortable with Brawl’s cast of characters and intends to use a lot of them that we initially assumed would be cut.

Ike came alongside Marth as Fire Emblem reps for Brawl, taking Roy’s place. Everyone was sure he would be replaced this time with a Fire Emblem: Awakening character such as Chrom or Lucina, but apparently this is not so.

Ike also starred in 2005’s Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance for Gamecube and in 2007’s Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn for Wii. He was also included in 2013’s Fire Emblem: Awakening for 3DS as downloadable content.

Ike’s new design shows him wearing armor and different color clothes, a la Radiant Dawn.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is set to release Winter 2014, while the 3DS version is ready for Summer the same year. Nintendo has said the Wii U version will use NFC technology like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, with for information on that coming soon. Expect more Smash Bros. news at E3.

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