Turns out Charizard's solo outing for the previous Super Smash Bros. title before Ultimate was merely the Pokémon acting out.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released more than a month ago but if you are anything like us, you are still hopelessly addicted to it. The game's adventure mode is incredibly detailed and extensive, and the roster of playable characters features more names and faces than any other game in the series.
In fact, Ultimate features every playable character that has ever existed in every iteration of the game. Pretty impressive for a series with multiple titles that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week. However, there is one character in particular whose role has changed and then switched back again for Ultimate. The fire-type Pokémon detached itself from its trainer for the last title but has returned to their side for Ultimate.
Those of you who played Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, otherwise known as Smash 4, will have used Charizard all by himself. Meanwhile, his Pokémon Trainer, along with Squirtle and Ivysaur, were nowhere to be seen. They have returned for Ultimate, but Charizard is once again under the command of its trainer.
So the question remains, what was all that about? Well, the official Pokémon UK website has shed a little light on the situation. While celebrating the presence of the Pokémon franchise on Ultimate, it posited the theory that Charizard disobeyed its trainer and ventured out on its own, much like Ash's Charizard did during the original Pokemon series. However, as Ash's Charizard did years ago, its Ultimate counterpart has calmed down and returned to its trainer's side.
Technically Ultimate's tagline of "Everyone is here!" still rings true, even if Charizard can no longer be used individually. Personally, we loved the addition of Pokémon Trainer on Brawl and felt a little let down when they didn't return for Smash 4. If you ask us, the more Pokémon the better when it comes to Smash, and with the trainer, you get three in one.