Palutena's Guidance is a series of easter egg conversations in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The conversations are triggered when Pit performs his down taunt on Palutena's Temple without being attacked for at least five seconds of the animation. The conversations feature Pit consulting Palutena regarding the fighter he is facing in a given match. Palutena's Guidance can only happen once per match. It is currently unknown if any of the conversations from Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are reused in Ultimate.
They reference conversations between Pit and Palutena in Kid Icarus: Uprising, even reusing the same renders of the characters from that game. Viridi, another character from Uprising, joins them in some conversations, as do Dark Pit and Chrom in others. The discussions are light-hearted in nature, and often contain references to the character's respective franchises. Palutena's Guidance is triggered in the same fashion as the Codec Conversations had by Snake on Shadow Moses Island in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Metroid character conversations
- Viridi: Oh, look. There's Metroid.
- Pit: That's not a Metroid! That's Samus!
- Palutena: Just like Link isn't named Zelda.
- Viridi: And like Pit's name isn't Icarus!
- Pit: OK, this joke has officially run its course.
- Palutena: Moving on, then. Pit, you can reflect Samus's Charge Shot with your Guardian Orbitars. However, Samus can throw a storm of shots at you. If you use your Orbitars too often, she'll know what you're up to. So try to reflect strategically, as opposed to your...usual game plan.
This conversation references the misconception of some players new to Metroid that the name "Metroid" is shared with its protagonist. This confusion is shared with fans who interpret Link's name as Zelda since he is from The Legend of Zelda. Additionally, the Japanese version has Viridi comment on Pit's name not being Palutena per the franchise's name (パルテナの鏡, Mirror of Palutena). It is the second Metroid-related conversation involving Viridi. The first occurs in Uprising, in which Pit remarks that the Komaytos resemble Metroids, only for her to quickly shut him down as "this game universe and THAT game universe have nothing to do with each other", with her humming to cut him off also being taken from the first four notes of the Item Acquisition Fanfare.
- Pit: Who's that woman?
- Palutena: That's Zero Suit Samus. She usually wears heavy armor, but not in this incarnation. Even so, she's still pretty powerful.
- Pit: She has some pretty hurty-looking equipment. Getting kicked by those Jet Boots has gotta sting!
- Palutena: You have a good deal of "hurty-looking equipment" yourself, Pit.
- Pit: Yeah, and can you believe that there are some fighters that battle empty handed? Crazy!
- Palutena: It's all about discipline, not weaponry. Don't worry, though. When we get home, I'll enroll you in Palutena's Boot Camp. That'll fix you right up.
- Pit: Or I can just keep my weapons. Yeah, let's do that.
- Palutena: Anyway, Zero Suit Samus is a difficult target to hit. Keep your attack sure and ready.
- Pit: RIDLEY CONFIRMED!
- Palutena: Uh, yes, that's Ridley. Samus's archnemesis.
- Pit: I never thought I'd have to fight an alien space dragon in Smash...
- Viridi: Kirby's a space alien too, ya know! Jury's still out on him being a dragon, though.
- Palutena: Ridley may look like a mindless killing machine, but he's exceedingly intelligent. He's also the leader of the ruthless Space Pirates.
- Pit: So what's the story behind him and Samus?
- Palutena: Ridley killed Samus's parents when she was young.
- Pit: That's messed up!
- Palutena: Samus and Ridley first fought in the depths of Norfair on Planet Zebes. They crossed paths again when Ridley stole the Baby Metroid. Meta Ridley was made through genetic engineering and cybernetic enhancements. Omega Ridley is the one infused with Phazon... Neo-Ridley was born when an X parasite absorbed Ridley's genes. And yet another Ridley was created by cloning cells found on Samus's suit!
- Pit: You sure know a lot about Ridley. And none of it is about how to fight him!
- Viridi: There's also a robot version of Ridley. He built it himself which officially makes him a narcissist.
- Pit: Is that canon?
- Palutena: Canon or not, all of these Ridleys shared the same fate- they were all defeated by Samus.
- Pit: Not surprising. Samus is a beast!
- Palutena: So is Ridley. Mind the sharp barb on his tail.
Pit's "RIDLEY CONFIRMED!" comment references the enormous fan requests for Ridley's inclusion in Super Smash Bros. dating back to Melee. Ridley's various forms in the Metroid series are referenced here, mostly in release order, although no mention is made of Proteus Ridley.
Dark Samus's conversation has yet to be revealed.