Super Smash Bros 4 News: Game to Feature Kid Icarus-Themed Stage

The upcoming Super Smash Bros 4 games for the 3DS and Wii U will feature a Kid-Icarus-themed stage.

The game's director Masahiro Sakurai added a new screenshot to the MiiVerse that displays this level earlier this week. See it here.

The new Super Smash Bros games were first announced at E3 in 2011. There is no word on an official release date, however, they are expected to launch before the end of this year. Both versions of the game will boast different trophies so players who purchase both will have some variety while play the two.

Super Smash Bros 4 on the Wii U will feature a revamped version of edge-hogging.

Sakurai released his pic of the day last week that revealed this technique previously found in past iterations of Smash Bros. It involves one player holding onto a ledge so that the other player who is trying to return to the stage after falling off cannot grab it. It will be slightly altered in the Wii U version.

"There are many changes being made to attack and defense options for grabbing ledges," said Sakurai. "In this picture Link is actually trumping Mario's grab."

Air time and accumulated damage will help to determine a player's period of invincibility while they are hanging on the edge and grab controls will no longer be affected by whether you have above or below 100 percent damage.

Sakurai also recently revealed a new character for Super Smash Bros 4 earlier this month confirming that King Dedede will return for the next installment of the series.

"Pic of the day. Celebrating the launch of Kirby: Triple Deluxe in Japan, King Dedede joins the battle!" he said. "Check out his evocative facial expressions on the official web site."

King Dedede gives some interesting and comical facial expressions when pain is inflicted on him or when he is gearing up for an attack. The King is Kirby's main antagonist and has been a part of the Kirby series since its inception on the original NES.