For a brief moment during today's Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS focused Nintendo Direct it sounded like both Sheik and Zero Suit Samus were being cut. Rather than have one character with two facets, each incomplete in some way, why not let each stand on their own? Instead of cutting half of each character in order to allow normal Samus and Zelda to flourish, however, Namco Bandai is making Zero Suit Samus and Sheik their own standalone fighters too.
Yes, now Zelda can use her magical abilities to attack and defend herself and Shiek can use her stealthiness and ninja skills without depending on each other. Sheik is Sheik and Zelda is Zelda. Samus' Super Smash ability will no longer shatter her armor, allowing her to continue fighting decked out in all her heavy armor. Zero Suit Samus will now be free to shoot and slide around as she pleases without having to worry about getting armored up again. Samus is Samus and Zero Suit Samus is, well, this is all kind of confusing.
Super Smash Bros. will be released on Nintendo 3DS this summer with the Wii U release following up during the winter later this year. Both games will feature exactly the same roster of fighters, but will have different levels and perhaps different game modes. With the addition of Sheik and Zero Suit Samus, as well as today's other announced characters Yoshi, Charizard and Greninja, the full roster now totals 29.