Staff WriterFans of Nintendo both old and new will appreciate yesterday's announcement from the gaming giant: Little Mac, the bite-sized, heavy-hitting protagonist from the Punch-Out!! series of video games is set to enter the fray in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. On February 13th, 2014, a short trailer showcasing Little Mac's appearance and abilities was posted to the official Smash Bros. website. In it, Mac is depicted as a fast-moving and hard-hitting character, able to juke in his signature way and even counter attacks from opposing players. Little Mac retains some of his own Punch-Out!-inspired gameplay quirks in his Smash Bros. debut as well: a “K.O. meter” is displayed above his damage percentage, which fills with each successful attack made, depleting when Mac takes a hit himself. Filling the K.O. meter will increase the potency of Mac's punches – there also appears to be potential for completing a 'one-hit knockout' when the meter is at its fullest (likely based on Mac's trademark move: the 'Star Uppercut'). Little Mac's 'Final Smash' was also revealed, wherein the half-pint young boxer beefs up and transforms into a savage and hulking brute, likely capable of dishing out serious damage while taking very little himself. Having been absent from the popular fighting game series for its first three iterations, Little Mac's inclusion in the latest title has been met with waves of support of adulation from the gaming community. Of the newest combatants added to the Smash Bros. stable, Little Mac may be the most anticipated. Having appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an 'Assist Trophy' and nothing else, fans have been clamoring to see Mac become a playable character for years. Other brand new inclusions currently announced are Rosalina & Luma, characters from the stellar Super Mario Galaxy series; Villager, the unnamed young protagonist from the Animal Crossing series; and perhaps most unexpected: Wii Fit Trainer, who is, you guessed it, the titular trainer from the Nintendo's Wii Fit exercise video game. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U is set for release in 2014, and will have cross-platform play between the two gaming devices.
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