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When is Kazuya coming to Smash Bros?

Kazuya will be released in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on June 29, 2021. This was announced during the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Mr. Sakurai Presents "Kazuya" livestream, in which Game Director Masahiro Sakurai went in-depth on Kazuya and his abilities in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. ShacknewsSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Kazuya release date

The latest Mr. Sakurai Presents video went live today and in traditional Mr. Sakurai fashion, it featured the game's director, Masahiro Sakurai, breaking down the moveset, character presentation, and inspiration for the latest fighter joining the game's roster.

However, as is tradition, Sakurai also revealed the latest Mii Fighter costumes coming to the game and that's where it was announced that both Dante and Dovakhiin would be added to the game as costumes. They will cost 75 cents and will be available for purchase starting tomorrow.

Shantae and Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia were revealed as Mii Fighter costumes as well, as you can see in the trailer above. Sometimes, songs associated with these costumes will be released and available for purchase to use in the game. Despite songs for Lloyd, Dante, and Dovakhiin playing in the trailer, only Shantae will have a song available for purchase.

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Now, these rumors weren't necessarily based in any concrete evidence, but some in the Smash Bros. community had long speculated Dante's arrival to the game. Alas, his arrival as a Mii Fighter costume essentially knocks him out of the running to become an actual fighter in the game.

Who that final fighter is, though, remains unknown. Kazuya was just revealed during Nintendo's E3 2021 Direct so it will likely be at least a few months until we learn who's rounding out the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster.

While waiting for that announcement, check out today's news that Tekken's Kazuya will hit the game tomorrow and then check out the full Nintendo E3 2021 Direct where Kazuya was officially revealed. Check out this quick showcase of Kazuya's moveset after that.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tekken Kazuya Mishima release date announced

Polygon 29 June, 2021 - 06:59am

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He’ll be included as part of Ultimate’s Challenger Pack 10, which costs $5.99, and as part of the game’s Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which costs $24.99. Sakurai said that Kazuya will be the penultimate fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Just one more still-to-be-announced fighter remains.

Joining Kazuya on Tuesday will be a batch of new Mii Fighter costumes, including Devil May Cry’s Dante, The Elder Scrolls’ Dragonborn, Tales of Symphonia’s Lloyd, and Shantae from the Shantae series.

Kazuya Mishima was announced in June as the fifth fighter coming in the Nintendo Switch game’s Fighters Pass Vol. 2. He’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s 81st playable character (not including Echo Fighters).

Kazuya joins recently added characters Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7, Min Min from Arms, and Steve/Alex from Minecraft. The most recent additions to the roster, Pyra and Mythra, were released in March.

Nintendo has one more character to reveal for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before Dec. 31, 2021 to complete the game’s second Fighters Pass DLC. The first Fighters Pass added Joker from Persona 5, Hero from the Dragon Quest series, Banjo and Kazooie, Terry from Fatal Fury/The King of Fighters, and Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses to Ultimate as paid content.

Update: Here is Kirby as Kazuya (and Devil Kazuya) in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate:

Min Min amiibo Tease Confirms Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 Figures

Nintendo Life 29 June, 2021 - 06:59am

Nintendo has today confirmed the existence of a Min Min amiibo as part of the continued Super Smash Bros. line of figures. Sadly, we'll have to wait a while before we can get our hands on it.

In today's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation, which confirmed that Kazuya would be joining the roster from 29th June, series director Masahiro Sakurai gave us our first look at Min Min's amiibo, noting that it'll arrive in 2022.

Naturally, the existence of a Min Min amiibo confirms that the Smash series of figures will continue into the second Fighters Pass DLC pack – all amiibo from the base game and Fighters Pass Vol. 1 have now been released, so we only have the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 characters to go.

If you're wanting to keep track of every amiibo figure released so far – across the Smash series and indeed every series – make sure to bookmark our handy guide.

In other Smash-related news, the latest set of Mii Fighter costumes for Ultimate was also revealed – it includes the likes of Devil May Cry's Dante and Skyrim's Dragonborn.

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As an ARMS fan, I've been looking forward to the Min Min amiibo for a long time now!

I wish Nintendo would put more energy into the Amiibo section.

I'll admit it.. I want the Sephiroth amiibo, so Im stoked about this news.

I really need to cut it out with the amiibo collecting, but just a few more, and I'll be able to ease off the gas... I swear...

They keep updating ultimate to the point I doubt we'll get a new smash bros for YEARS.

I'm surprised Steve isn't ready yet

"Confirms"? We knew these were coming one way or the other.

Definitely need to get this, love MinMin, but I really wish they had gone easy on that pure resin or whatever there to hold her ... maybe they should choose more vertical poses instead of such horizontal ones that don't find the amiibo "stand".

This means my main Steve is getting his amiibo revealed with the last character. And I can already tell the scalpers will decide to go crazy on the Steve amiibo.

Nice. Who needs savings anyway right? I'll just eat some cardboard sandwiches later no problem.

Her dragon arm looks a little weird, but that's probably to be expected. I wonder why they showed off only Min Min though. Ah well, looking forward to getting all of the Smash amiibo finally!

And here comes the Scalpers. They need to do better and let that want one get one at MSRP.

Keen to grab her. Gonna be a painful wait for pyra and mythra tho.

Buying all six of the new monster hunter amiibo was bad enough, but to have them announce the skyward sword amiibo, the metroid dread amiibo and now wave two amiibo?! It doesn't help that I love Arms, especially Min Min, and as a huge xenoblade fanatic you can bet that I'll be picking up mythra/pyra. Good times. Good times.

Fighter #76 out of probably 82 (maybe 83) final fighters. But I do think Steve/Alex and Pyra/Mythra will be seperate Amiibo releases.

A freaking Kazuya and Sephiroth amiibo

I haven't bought Amiibo in a couple of years, but I will buy Min-Min. Bring on ARMS 2, Nintendo!!

@Bentendo1609 Pyra/Mythra will almost certainly get their own separate amiibo. Steve (if/when it happens) will more than likely just be a singular amiibo, no real need for Alex to get one.

@SwitchForce One of the main reasons I don't buy Amiibo. Most of the ones I thought I'd like are too expensive for me to justify it. However I am happy for all you Amiibo collectors out there who have something new and exciting to look forward to.

Still waiting for Robin, Pikachu, & Byleth Player 2 amiibo that will never happen.

Min-min was one I was waiting for but that big stand, whilst at least themed, is just messy. I'll never understand why they don't just either do a new pose for the amiibo, or take the amiibo into account when creating the in-game pose?

I can't wait for the Pyra Mythra Amiibo! 😃

These are a massive pain to collect but man once you get them it's such a joy.

@DarkTron Why? If it were me, I’d sell a variation/pair for the game that is vastly, vastly more popular.

@SwitchForce just out of curiosity what is your proposed solution for how “they should do better”?

I’d like a solution too.

Looks pretty sharp. The stand doesn’t bother me too much.

That means Steve will get an amiibo too right? It'll be fun to see it!

They had to stop right before steve

Nobody's mentioning that Masahiro Sakurai said there won't be a Kazuya Amiibo? That was such a bummer.

@Desrever At this point, you can consider amiibo an unusual purchase. They release so few each year they might as well be viewed as seasonal gifts. Like how I plan to buy every G&W Nintendo releases, knowing full well they’ll stop after two or three.

"Amiibo are coming to an end" they said...

Still making Amiibos but they aren't used the latest game (Mario Golf Duper Rush). Annoying.

@Chowdaire maybe that's why the Fighters Pass 2 Wave will be on 2022. To give spacing between amiibo releases. If they released Smash amiibo around the release of Metroid Dread, I'd completely ignore them in favor of the Dread duo.

On topic: I'm not a Min Min main, but I might her amiibo just to have the amiibo of a Nintendo DLC character that's not a sword user, aside from Banjo-Kazooie (which despite being with Microsoft, I consider them Nintendo characters based on their original copyright).

I've been wanting ARMS amiibo for years now, as both an avid fan of both ARMS and amiibo. I'm so glad we're finally getting at least one.

I do wish, however, they would've found a way to keep her ARMS wider spread. They did a great job with the Simon Belmont amiibo's whip design, but you can very clearly see where they filled in the inside of Min Min's canonically hollow arm in order to keep it stucturally sound. Other than that little gripe, I'm actually glad we haven't gotten an ARMS amiibo until now because holy MOLY the detailing on Min Min looks fan*tas*tic.

If I can't get my hands on one of these I will be very sad.

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This Is What Kirby's New Tekken Form Looks Like In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo Life 29 June, 2021 - 06:59am

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During the latest presentation for the new Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighter Kazuya, game director Masahiro Sakurai revealed what his own creation Kirby looks like when he uses his copy ability on the famous Tekken character.

In case you did miss our mention of it the first time around, here's Sakurai's brief explanation along with a look. The following screenshots are courtesy of the Nintendo Versus Twitter account:

"This is what Kirby's Copy Ability looks like. When firing Devil Blaster, he transforms into Devil Form."

Is this what you were expecting a Kazuya version of Kirby to look like? Share your thoughts down below and check out our full gallery of Kirby Smash transformations if you're interested to see the little guy in other guises.

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They even kept the Devil Gene red eye on his right eye like Kazuya

Kinda makes me wanna see kirby with a big King mask obscuring his entire body. In fact, just the king mask with arm and leg holes

Someone needs to update the family tree, with Devil Gene inheritance.

@tseliot Now I can't unsee it. Screw you guys, I'm goin home.

Weird that the first thing I noticed are the eyebrows.

He looks great, he even has the red eye and everything.

Looks like a really bad makeup job.

@RupeeClock So does Kirby have tribal tattoos like Jin or the giant scar on his tummy area like Kazuya lol

The only thing I can think of is Makiko Ohmoto's Kirby voice saying "This will be your burial ground"

I appreciate that he just gets little studded mittens for his arm stubs.

@YoungLink64 I'm lost, how does he look like Eric Cartman?

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What Smash Bros.' Latest Mii Fighters Mean For Future DLC Characters

Screen Rant 29 June, 2021 - 05:30am

Nintendo has had an interesting problem when it comes to releasing DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It's a game enjoyed by many, and each player may want something a bit different from it, which makes it hard to please everyone when new characters are added. Many of the DLC announcements come with negative feedback from fans, especially if it's somehow another Fire Emblem character being added. It's certainly hard to please everyone, but Mii Fighter costumes might feel more like a slap in the face to some fans rather than a fun addition to try out.

The new Mii fighters coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are Lloyd, Dragonborn, Shantae, and Dante. Some of these fan-favorite characters are names that Smash fans have been championing for awhile, hoping to see them added, but just like many Mii Fighter costume reveals in the past, these reskins just can't compare to an actual character. The Mii Fighter permutations have no unique moves or powers that make them feel like a part of the game. Becoming a Mii Fighter has also historically meant that the character will not be added to the game in future DLC, which can make their inclusion all the more disappointing.

One positive thing about this batch of Mii Fighters is the improvements to their designs. Knuckles and Tails released as odd mascots with human faces that did not overly seem to suit the characters upon which they were based, but newer releases like Bomberman and Creeper from Minecraft did away with the human face and stayed true to the original design. It's hard to get the Smash community to agree on everything most of the time, but Mii Fighters are generally viewed in a more negative light. With the coming end to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC pipeline, however, having these characters in the game even as costumes is perhaps better than never seeing them at all.

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