The City of Light has been added to the stage roster on the upcoming 3DS version of Super Smash Bros.! This morning, Masahiro Sakurai posted a screenshot of a nighttime cityscape with Prism Tower illuminated in the center. This is the first new Pokemon-themed stage we've seen, but so far it has not been confirmed to be selectable in the Wii U version. From Sakurai’s caption for the post, Lumiose City seems to be similar to previous Smash Bros. stages such as Delfino Plaza in that its battleground is not static, and the stage will take players to the top of Prism Tower. Each of the five plazas in the city is brightly illuminated, so it’s possible that the fight can be taken to other places in the city as well (A back-alley brawl, perhaps?).
This isn’t the first exciting news we've gotten regarding Pokemon in the new Super Smash Bros. games. Two screenshots posted by Sakurai have confirmed that both Xerneas and Palkia will be appearing for the first time as Pokemon released to fight beside you by the Poke Ball item in the Wii U version of the game. Pikachu, a core Smash Bros. fighter since the original game in 1999, was naturally confirmed to be returning to the fray by the announcement trailers, and more recently Lucario has been announced as a returning fighter. This isn’t a huge surprise, because it just so happens that the Brawl veteran received a new form in X and Y that would be perfect for an updated Final Smash move.
During the continuing development of the games, Sakurai makes frequent posts to the series’ Miiverse community, giving fans exciting glimpses of awesome things to come. I hope to see you all fighting in the streets of Lumiose some time in 2014, and I can only hope they get the big city’s pesky camera situation sorted out.