No more DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after second Fighters Pass, Sakurai confirms

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When is Kazuya coming out in Smash?

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

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s last character should belong to Nintendo

Digital Trends 28 June, 2021 - 04:35pm

With the reveal and addition of Tekken’s Kazuya to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there’s only one spot left for another fighter. If you’ve talked about the game within the past year, you’ve heard or seen debates over who the next fighter should be. Sora from Kingdom Hearts is a favorite, as was Super Mario RPG‘s Geno until he was revealed as a Mii Fighter costume. Waluigi is, naturally, requested quite often, but would simply be too powerful to go up against the other fighters.

Jokes aside, with one slot left in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s roster, you’re going to see a lot of arguments about who should get that final spot. I don’t have a specific contender, but what I believe is that the game’s list of DLC characters should end how it began, with a Nintendo character.

If the final Smash character were to be one of Nintendo’s own, that would shut out a majority of the characters that fans are hopeful for, but it’s about time to stop looking toward our own wants and think more about the context behind Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

A majority of the characters added to the game since its release are not from Nintendo-owned titles, and a decent handful of the game’s default fighters aren’t either. Nintendo, or more accurately, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game director Masahiro Sakurai, has made the game into a veritable video game melting pot. Regardless of how long you’ve been playing or what kind of games you like, you’ll almost definitely find a character you know in Smash. It’s an achievement that the series has seemingly been chasing for over two decades.

Before it was any of that though, Super Smash Bros. was a Nintendo game. It wasn’t somewhere that the newest, hottest characters would show up, or where developers and publishers could advertise their characters (though Nintendo is often guilty of that itself). To give the final slot to a character like Fortnite‘s Jonesy for instance feels like it would be hollow.

Call me old and out of touch, but Jonesy isn’t a beloved, iconic character. He’s not filled with the same history as so many other characters on the game’s roster. A character like Jonesy filling that last spot would scream “sellout” to me, like Nintendo was simply auctioning off spots to the highest bidder. Instead, these characters should resonate with players, make them think of some other gaming experience they had in the past, and leave them in awe that they’re reconnecting with a series or franchise again through Smash.

I couldn’t tell you who I think should fill that last spot on the roster. Nintendo’s library is massive, filled with characters that some people would love to see and others would hate to see. The last character has to be ceremonious, a real tribute to Nintendo and its games, something or someone who captures the company’s essence. Whether that’s Waluigi or Geno, or any number of other Nintendo characters, I can’t say.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Nintendo’s. It’s not Epic’s, not Square Enix’s, not Microsoft’s. Forget the hype or whatever character you’ve been hoping for, and consider how strange it would be to end a Smash game without another character from the company that started it all.

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Sakurai confirms next 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' fighter will be the last

NME 28 June, 2021 - 01:33pm

During a Nintendo live stream showcasing the latest addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that the next DLC fighter after Kazuya will be the last.

After showcasing Kazuya Mishima, the newest fighter coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sakurai confirmed that “the next DLC fighter will be the last one”, reiterating that “there won’t be any more after that.”

Sakurai mentions that the final DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be available later this year “as planned”, however asks fans to be patient as “the team will have to complete this project at home, right up until the end.”

Discussing the history behind the game, Sakurai said:

“Up until now, we’ve created all sorts of fighters and stages. Gathering all of these games, new and old, and compiling them into a single product is a task that has meant a lot to me.”

“Now that I think about it, it’s been close to 10 years since Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems was in development. I’ve been working on this for a long time. You could call it my life’s work.”

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate currently has 11 DLC fighters and includes fan favourites like Banjo & Kazooie, Sephiroth and Joker. The latest fighter, Kazuya – from the Tekken franchise – comes out tomorrow (June 29).

Ultimate currently has the largest roster of fighters ever maintained in a Super Smash Bros game, including a mix of old and new faces to the series.

In related news, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will receive multiple new Mii fighter costumes tomorrow – including Skyrim‘s Dragonborn, Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia, Wayforward’s Shantae, and also Dante from the Devil May Cry series.

These Mii fighter costumes will release alongside Kazuya this Tuesday (June 29).

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Next DLC Character Will Be the Game's Last

CBR - Comic Book Resources 28 June, 2021 - 12:59pm

The news comes from an in-depth look at the upcoming fighter Kazuya Mishima, from the Tekken series. With one more fighter on the way following Kazuya, Sakurai stated it will be the game's last. "Up until now, we've created all sorts of fighters and stages," he said. "Gathering all of these games, new and old, and compiling them into a single product is a task that has meant a lot to me. Now that I think about it, it's been close to 10 years since Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS was in development. I've been working on this for a long time. You could call it my life's work. But finally, the next DLC fighter will be the last one. There won't be any more after that."

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, released in December 2018, has seen the addition of eight DLC fighters following its launch, with its ninth arriving June 29. Production on the second Fighters Pass was heavily affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic, which saw the team continuing to work on the game from home offices. "It'll be a while before that announcement, but it'll be available this year as planned, so please be patient," continued Sakurai. "It seems like the team will have to complete this project at home, right up until the end."

At the video's conclusion, Sakurai announced and revealed several Mii Fighter costumes from other popular video game series: the Dovahkiin from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Dante from the Devil May Cry franchise, the eponymous heroine of Shantae and Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia. While the final DLC character of Fighter Pass 2 might be the game's last Fighter, there could still potentially be further Mii costumes on the way.

The final character has yet to be revealed, with fans hotly contesting who the last slot should go to. Many hope to see Wario companion Waluigi join the game's roster, having been left out of the series thus far. Other popular choices include a character from the Monster Hunter series, with the game already boasting representation through fan-favorite monster Rathalos, and another character from The Legend of Zelda, as the series turns 35 this year.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd. and published by Nintendo, is available now for the Nintendo Switch. Fighter Pass 1 in its entirety and Fighter pass 2, with Kazuya Mishima arriving June 29, are now available for purchase.

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