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Palutena joins Smash Bros. roster

Kid Icarus' goddess joins the battle

The goddess Palutena from Kid Icarus is the next new challenger to join Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.

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A trailer shown during Nintendo's E3 Digital Event on Tuesday introduces Palutena, starting with a brief animated short. Cutting into gameplay footage from the Wii U version, the trailer demonstrates Palutena's attacks.

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Abilities like Harmony Light, Warp, and Rocket Jump give Palutena powerful area-controlling tactics, while Counter and Angelic Missile make her a strong contender at close range.

Confirmed returning playable characters include Ike, King Dedede, Luigi, Captain Olimar, Sonic, Princess Peach, Toon Link and Diddy Kong.

Making Smash Bros debuts in the upcoming games are Mega Man and Animal Crossing's Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Rosalina and Luma from Super Mario Galaxy, and Punch-Out hero Little Mac.

The Nintendo 3DS edition of Super Smash Bros. is scheduled to release in October, and the Wii U version is slated for the holiday season.