Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai revealed in a livestream Thursday the Nintendo Switch brawler’s new fighter with a sweet anime intro — Fire Emblem: Three Houses protagonist Byleth. You’ll be able to play male or female versions, and they’ll be available on Jan. 28 in the US (Jan. 29 in Europe).
Thursday’s livestream lasted 35 minutes, which gave Sakurai plenty of time to display all of Byleth’s abilities. He noted that the new fighter doesn’t have great throws but is more of a “distance demon.”
Their directional special moves all use different weapons — Sword of the Creator, Areadbhar, Aymr and Failnaught — and they team up with Sothis for their Final Smash: the intense-sounding Progenitor God Ruptured Heaven.
Along with Byleth, we’re getting Garreg Mach Monastery — the main location from Fire Emblem: Three Houses — as a new stage. It’ll include marketplace, reception, bridge and cathedral areas, with cameos from characters of the Blue Lion, Black Eagle and Golden Deer Houses.
Previous downloadable content, or DLC, characters, like Persona 5’s Joker, Dragon Quest 11’s Hero, Banjo-Kazooie and Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard were added to the game very shortly after these livestreams.
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Each extra Smash Bros. fighter costs $6 and comes with a new stage and music, or you can get Joker, Hero, Banjo-Kazooie, Terry and Byleth a little cheaper in a $25 Fighters Pass bundle.
Sakurai revealed that Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will include six more unrevealed characters and stages. It’ll be available Jan. 28, but he didn’t mention pricing ($30 seems like a safe bet though). We’ll see all the characters by the end of 2021, according to a note in the livestream. The director also said they’ve already been selected, so there’s no point hounding him about your favorite on Twitter.
You’re rolling the dice on the characters in this second season pass, but it also comes with an exclusive Mii Swordfighter costume: the cool Ancient Soldier gear from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Maybe that’ll help with the wait for the sequel.
Also Jan. 28, we’re getting a bunch of new Mii Fighter costumes — from Assassin’s Creed (specifically, original hero Altaïr), Rabbids, Mega Man X, Mega Man: Battle Network and Cuphead. Each of those costs 75 cents, and the Cuphead one includes a rather excellent extra song.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is getting some DLC of its own on Feb. 13. The Cindered Shadows DLC is about the Officers Academy’s secret fourth house, the Ashen Wolves. It’s part of that game’s $25 expansion pass.
First published Jan. 14.
Update, Jan. 16: Adds details from livestream.