Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed a new assist trophy for the upcoming Wii U and 3DS game. Perhaps known only to avid import players and Japanese gamers, the Sablé Prince from Game Boy title Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru will make a special appearance in the brawler’s release later this year.
Released in 1992, Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru may be an awkward mouthful to non-native speakers, however its direct translation “The Frog for Whom the Bell Tolls” features word play derived from the Hemingway novel of a similar title. Though the action RPG was only released in Japan, an English fan translation surfaced in 2011 to honour the game’s unique story.
Along with the image above, Sakurai has also displayed the Sablé Prince in trophy form. Due to events in the original story, the prince can shape-shift into a snake or a frog, so it’s wise to keep an extra eye on this slithering foe at all times. Here’s what the director said on Miiverse:
“In this Smash Bros. installment, this little guy is also making an appearance! I…don’t know his name, but he’s the Prince of the Sablé Kingdom. He’s from the Game Boy game Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (translated as The Frog For Whom the Bell Tolls), which was only released in Japan.
“Here’s the trophy of the Sablé Prince. He transforms into a snake or a frog, and unloads multiple attacks on any opponent he catches. Keep attacking your foes when they’re trapped in his dust cloud.”