E3 2014: Pac-Man Confirmed for New Wii U/3DS Super Smash Bros. [Update]

The yellow chomper is the latest confirmed character for this year's game.

UPDATE: Official trailer and assets are now live! You can view a gallery of the new images below.

The original story appears below.

Tonight during a special Super Smash Bros. event at E3, Nintendo officially announced that Pac-Man will be a playable character in this year's Super Smash Bros. game for Wii U and 3DS. This announcement comes on the same day that Nintendo revealed another new fighter for the game: Lady Palutena.

Some of his attacks including eating dots and throwing fruit. He can even transform into the "pizza" character style you see above for certain attacks. A trailer played during the event also showed Mr. Game & Watch, suggesting he might also appear in the game.

It was not a late decision to add Pac-Man to the mix, as game director Masahiro Sakurai explained during the presentation that the yellow chomper was planned to appear in the game from the onset of development.

Also during the presentation, Sakurai said the game's Mii Fighters can be customized however you want. He said you could design Mii Fighters to look like Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, actor Elijah Wood, or Abraham Lincoln.

In addition, Sakurai confirmed that the characters you create will transfer between the Wii U and 3DS versions of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game.

The presentation tonight also touched on Amiibo support for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game. All you need to do is tap your character on the GamePad and it will appear in the Wii U game. Your character will level up every time you use it, reaching a top level of 50.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS was recently delayed, and will now launch on October 3. The Wii U version launches this holiday. During a Q&A session that followed, one fan asked Sakurai why the Wii U version is coming months after the 3DS iteration. He explained that the scope of the console version of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game means it needs more time for debugging.

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Discussion

109 comments
VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Woohoo!

I'm not a huge pac-man fan but it just feels appropriate to have him in there with mario and sonic.

xdude85
xdude85

I just hope Snake is going to be back.

apenlul
apenlul

where is bayonetta!!

masterman626
masterman626

This Is how you make a game. None of these announced fighters are DLC way to go Nintendo for keeping with honest gaming practices.

jus3moore
jus3moore

Hey what about New Generation of Pac-Man from Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures?

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

The Falcon Punch has been a staple of Smash Brothers since it launched. Wouldn't be the same without it. 

fester420
fester420

I would be so excited for the character reveals if it wasn't for the fact that they haven't announced Captain Falcon yet.  If Captain Falcon is not in this game then I am not buying it.

YouEnjoyMyFluff
YouEnjoyMyFluff

So... there are already 33 characters.  total going to be 35?

YouEnjoyMyFluff
YouEnjoyMyFluff

we need King K Rool, Griham from Skyward Sword, New Gannondorf, Ridley, Tails and Big Boss

aquoon_0nly
aquoon_0nly

i know the more the better but pac-man is like a old school kirby, eating things, with round design...idk, i thing he isnt gonna add much to the game, there are better options.

windscar26
windscar26

Not that I have a problem with this, but I would have preferred Klonoa much better.

vadagar1
vadagar1

i miss the days when pack man used to eat stuff

Foppe
Foppe

Not really unexpected, he was in that Mario Kart Arcade game as well.

cboye18
cboye18

Do hope game and watch is in; i hated him in the beginning in Melee but i started to like his unpredictable moves.

PyreofKoL
PyreofKoL

Not the Namco character I was hoping for. So much for Lloyd or Kratos.

wookie560
wookie560

Pac Man makes more sense in this game than he does in Street Fighter x Tekken

virtualskill
virtualskill

Well...Mr Game & Watch and that stupid Nintendo Robot thing both felt out of place so this isn't really any worse.

lunar1122
lunar1122

this gets more and more stupid

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I changed my mind - I'm sold!

I even heard Bosconian & Galaxian in there! Looks like a love letter to old Namco stand ups.

But seriously, Master Chief - he's a gaming icon too!

darkfiercelink
darkfiercelink

still waiting for lucas,ness,c.falcon,snaket o be reveal maybe bring back roy and mewtwo as well

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

lol the end is great! I miss Mr. Game and Watch though. 

Mraou
Mraou

VIDEO GAME ICONS!

ohyde123
ohyde123

Can't nintendo take a break already? i get it you save e3 geez.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Nintendo/Microsoft - put down the gloves and bring us Master Chief!!!

YouEnjoyMyFluff
YouEnjoyMyFluff

AND banjo Kazooie would put this game over da top.  make it a must buy

windscar26
windscar26

@aquoon_0nly they're similar in shape,  but pacman is taller and has completely different moves...

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Wrong - it was his own game.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

And yet Peach as a fighter makes perfect sense?

You can drop your silly over analyzing, it's just a game.

Poodger
Poodger

@BrokenChaos666 He is a PERFECT fit. The whole point is to mash up a bunch of characters that would normally not be seen anywhere near each other.

sanchango
sanchango

@darkfiercelink ness, and captain falcon are guaranteed to be in! They're pat of the original 12! Not sure about lucas and snake, and I have my doubts on roy and mewtwo

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

@Sevenizz The Halo series has never released a game on a Nintendo system so Master Chief is not allowed in Super Smash Bros., sorry to burst your bubble.

el_marto2003
el_marto2003

@Sevenizz I think most people would rather see banjo-kazooie if you're talking about a MS-owned character

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@Sevenizz They got Solid Snake in there. But I think MC would need something more than a gun. He'd need some attacking skills and I don't think he's ever been in a situation where he does more than pistol whip someone. 

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Omg, Conker!!! He was in a Nintendo game too!

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

@el_marto2003 Yeah despite that Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, Joanna Dark, Battletoads and Orchid, Jago, Sabrewulf and Fulgore are owned by Microsoft, they've appeared in games released on Nintendo systems and I've always imagined them in a Super Smash Bros. game, so that is why they should be the next ones to be confirmed in the next Super Smash Bros. after Pac-Man has been confirmed.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

@bunchanumbers @Sevenizz well, pacman didn't throw galaga bees at people, or punched and kicked for that matter.


not that chief will ever happen, and he's not iconic enough to warrant a third party spot.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Plasma grenades? Swords?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Pac Man was in a Mario Kart? Which one?

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@BrunoBRS @bunchanumbers @Sevenizz yeah I also realized that Samus wasn't exactly dropkicking things in Metroid either. Sure I think MS should call Nintendo. Although I think that Marcus Fenix would be pretty interesting too.