Nintendo and Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai aren't clear exactly on what Ashley's role will be in the upcoming fighter, but she will make an appearance.

She's a little too obscure to be a playable character, and when new playable fighters are shown on the official Super Smash Bros. website, they are usually introduced as such. Much like the recently revealed Skull Kid, Ashley will likely appear as an assist trophy.

Update: In a follow-up to the original Miiverse post (you must be logged in to see it) Sakurai confirms that Ashley is an assist trophy. Thanks to Clay Kinson for the tip!

In the accompanying Miiverse post that appears alongside every daily Super Smash Bros. image, Sakurai says, "Who's the girl next door, living in the haunted mansion? You'd better learn my name because it's…," which is a reference to Ashley's theme song which you can see below.

Ashley first appeared in WarioWare: Touched! for the DS as one of the characters offering micro games to the player, and subsequently made appearances in Smooth Moves, D.I.Y., and most recently Game & Wario.

Recently King Dedede was confirmed for a return to Super Smash Bros. as well as Princess Zelda, which you can see here. For more reveals, check out a new look at Dr. Wily's Castle, the Skull KidMarthSonic, a redesigned Ray Gun, the 3DS Mii Plaza, and the male Wii Fit trainer.

[Source: Super Smash Bros., Miiverse]