Super Smash Bros. is all about intricate touches for the fans - from Mega Man's Mega Buster making the classic sound effect, to the Luigi's Mansion stage being a replica of the original. Now, for fans of the Pokémon anime, Nintendo has announced that Greninja's Final Smash will be updated, with him transforming into "Ash-Greninja." Sadly, no actual footage of the Final Smash in action was provided in Greninja's character trailer.
The Water/Dark-type Pokémon Greninja sneaks its way into battle! True to its name, Greninja has abilities such as sticking on walls, using a log as a substitute, and throwing a Water Shuriken. For its updated Final Smash, it becomes Ash-Greninja! pic.twitter.com/fTarnfZKVe— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) October 12, 2018
Ash-Greninja is a special form Greninja takes, and was first seen in the Pokémon anime, during the XY adaption. As you can guess, the name comes from Greninja's trainer, Ask Ketchum. Through a special bond, Greninja takes a slightly different, more powerful form. Although not the same as Mega Evolution, it is a similar idea. (Ash-Greninja's power seems to be on par with Mega Evolution, as he was able to defeat Mega Sceptile in the anime.) The most interesting thing about Ash-Greninja is that Ask Ketchum and Greninja become one - meaning that whatever hurts Greninja in this form also affects Ash.
It is surprising that Nintendo did not include footage or even a picture of Ash-Greninja from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Because of this, we do not even know if the Final Smash itself will be the same as in the previous game, or if it has changed also. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, Greninja's Final Smash features the Pokémon attacking the characters in ninja-like fashion next to a background of the moon. Will his Final Smash in Ultimate be the same, just with his appearance changing to Ash-Greninja? Perhaps, but based on the wording, it seems like Nintendo wants you to see and appreciate Ash-Greninja. During the original Final Smash, you can really only see the silhouettes of Greninja and any character caught in the Final Smash. So, it is largely possible that Greninja will be getting a new Final Smash altogether.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a little under two months away, and it's looking like it will be one of the biggest games of the year. With so many stages and an incredibly large character roster, there's going to be a lot of playing on release day, and years to come. There are still details yet to be unveiled, such as the mysterious mode seen in Nintendo's August Smash Bros. Direct. In theory, there should be at least one more Direct before launch, to announce any more newcomers and the mysterious mode.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released on December 7th.