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When is Kazuya coming to Smash Bros?

Kazuya Mishima, a Tekken legend will make its Super Smash Bros Ultimate debut on June 29, 2021. Republic WorldSmash Kazuya release date for Nintendo Switch and other details you must know

For all the talk of "Fortnite" and its so-called metaverse of character crossovers, it is Nintendo and its "Smash Bros." fighting game series that has created the industry's biggest team of rivals.

The big picture: For "Smash," Nintendo flexes its strength as a successful video game company to rope in collaborators and occasional competitors in the service of making its own $60 game increasingly successful.

Epic's approach with "Fortnite" is to wedge a wide array of pop culture icons — from gaming, movies, sports, music, etc. — into a format that is ostensibly a 100-player shootout but can be used as a social space.

Between the lines: "Super Smash Bros." launched on the Nintendo 64 in 1999 as a fighting game featuring many of Nintendo's most famous characters, but it has morphed into a corporate barrier-breaking rumble.

Big companies are Nintendo's favored partners, but it has also worked with indies.

“Smash” is now also the medium’s biggest library of gaming music, thanks to aggressive additions of songs from the game’s many franchises. 

What’s next: Smash Bros. producer Masahiro Sakurai said Monday that Nintendo’s efforts to add downloadable characters to “Ultimate” will end later this year with one final character.

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The extraordinary heat wave that's stifling the Pacific Northwest reached its peak in many areas on Monday. Seattle smashed its all-time high-temperature record, set just the day before, by 4°F.

Why it matters: After two days of oppressive heat and little relief at night, the extreme weather event, boosted by global warming, is moving into a more dangerous phase.

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Sakurai Says Smash Bros. Ultimate's Next DLC Fighter Really Will Be The Last One

Nintendo Life 29 June, 2021 - 01:19pm

"it'll be available this year as planned"

The character roster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate technically should have stopped expanding a while ago, but in September 2019 Nintendo announced it would keep going with a second fighter pass.

So far it's given us Min Min from ARMS, Steve and Alex from Minecraft, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII, Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and now Kazuya from Tekken. That brings us to the very last slot in Fighters Pass Volume 2.

During the latest "Mr. Sakurai Presents" - showcasing Kazuya, the game's director briefly touched on this next fighter at the very end of the broadcast. While it's still a while away, he's made it clear that this time around, it really will be the last fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He also reaffirmed it would be arriving this year:

"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.

"But finally, the next DLC fighter will be the last one. There won't be any more after that. It'll be a while before that announcement, but it'll be available this year as planned, so please be patient. It seems like the team will have to complete this project at home, right up until the end. Until then, we hope you enjoy playing as Kazuya Mishima."


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Comments (89)

One, Please, oh please don't end it here, It would be great if they could just do one more.

Two: I Just don't want it to be a first party, or if it is, a good one.

Joel from the last of us.

RIP Vidyabros. Hope you guys get a life.

I am glad this is the last one, this man deserves to rest.

Not that it's my dream character, but it would be cool to finish it off with master hand. The character we all dreamed of playing as since the first one, and there was even a taste of it in the story. Finish the smash journey with an original smash character.

That is perfectly fine, there is no need for any more characters imo, give the man a vacation, he deserves it, and maybe we will see something new from him in the future.

Or E.T. from the Atari 2600 game.

@Davzilla You know, I was just thinking that earnestly, even before I reached the comments! 😃 Great minds think alike!

I'm kinda leaning to the sentimental side of the fan suggestions and would like it to be a Sakurai stand-in. The guy's looking on retirement. He's made this series to be his life's work as he says and its payoff has clearly shown. If Harada can sneak himself into Tekken and Soul Calibur every now and then, I don't see this being too big an ask.

But that's not the fun suggestion that fans will debate is so stupid to even suggest, so I dunno. The Dragon from Adventure to really throw the retro crowd a king-sized bone.

@Snatcher How about Tabuu? It would fit the bill? Either him or some other surprise nobody asked for or expected.

It's been nearly three years now, it had to stop at some point.

Glad it's coming to an end at last, hopefully Sakurai gets a good restful retreat after this. Whoever the final Smash fighter is, at least it'll end Smash Ultimate for good until the next game.

@SkullDragr E.T. is not a videogame character so it won't be that.

Boney. The count of dogs in Smash's roster is ludicrously low.

I'm glad it will be his LAST ONE. I'm tired of hearing all the fans on repeat. "Nooooo not Dante!" "Why another sword figher!" "Please just add Goku!" "Maybe Master Chief?" "How come my favorite franchise of all time didn't make it?"

@Ghost_of_Hasashi It was clearly a joke. Same as my pong ball joke.

But seriously, I think it will be Bo Jackson from Tecmo Bowl.

Honestly, I'm glad that he flat out said it. I would have been happy to see more, but I'm also content with what we have. The fact that he's getting it out of the way now means people have plenty of time to deal with how they feel about that before the last fighter does get announced. It's finally almost time that he gets to rest.

@YoshiAngemon I was thinking about that too, what if they did a smash original?

I think Ultimate should be the last title in the series. I can't think of anything that can top this game's magnitude of content. I don't think he'll retire though, as he's only 50 (will be 51 in August), but he should take a break.

Well since this is my favorite franchise I'll always just be wanting more and more but 3 years in it makes sense to take a break and then start working on the next installment. I want fixes to the mechanics more than I want a 3rd DLC pass right now, the air dodge punishment and the extreme buffering are really annoying for me but I've still had a blast and played just about every day since launch.

@KingBowser It makes too much money for them to ever stop. All they have to do is trim some fat and make room for more new characters and deeper mechanics and it will easily be enough for another buy in. Honestly they could just sell Ultimate Deluxe as a 4K HDR remaster with a couple bonus characters for the Switch 2 and it would sell millions.

I would love to see Morrigan Aensland from Darkstalkers as the final DLC character but I feel like she might be too revealing for Sakurai.

@Clod I actually think that's the best option. If it's a first party character, those wanting a third party character will complain. Same goes for third party for those wanting a first party. Let alone either of those options would need to be highly requested. Sakurai being represented as the final fighter I don't think will be as disappointing. I think many more would understand and respect the choice.

I honestly kinda want botw's champions

NO! 100 characters or bust! Unacceptable, Sakurai!

I think that Nintendo's going to end with a first party character. The final announcement has to be huge, so I'm hoping for someone we'd never expect such as: Duck Hunt, Piranha Plant.

@the4seer I get what you're saying, but I wouldn't call Duck Hunt or Piranha Plant "huge".

I hope they nail it with the last character. No one wants another ****storm like when people thought Byleth was the last character to get in Smash.

I want master chief just to fight while the halo theme plays. I wish they would have added break the targets as well before ending DLC.

@the4seer Frisk from Undertale is the last fighter, mark my words. Sans is the ONLY mii with a bonus track that doesn't have a spirit. Toby Fox is friends with Sakurai, and Sans made fans freak out. Toby has done music on some nintendo titles, plus Undertale is HUGE in japan.

Groose - The best video game character ever! Literally I would lose my mind if he was the next dlc character, and it would make my smash petition good for something. Groose fans unite!

Didn't he say after the first wave of DLC characters that that would be it? And then he made more anyways? Sakurai has put so much heart and soul into the game that I hope he means it this time. He's overworked himself before and I hope he'll take some time to rest. Or slow down at least.

Then I'll be ordering the mural in all its glory!

I can already sense a great amount of disappointment generated from that final Fighter. I highly doubt there is going to be a Fighter that'll cater to the majority of fans.

A first-party character would be the worst idea possible. Ever since the Byleth Incident, my greatest fear was that the final fighter would be coming from Nintendo. Even as a Zelda fan, I really do not want to see Impa come into Smash, as the ship has sailed for her to join.

Hope Sakurai adds himself as a character, even if it's a joke Mii Fighter outfit.

Hmmm, maybe a Kirby character? Since he basically started his career with Kirby, it would be pretty awesome for him to close this off with some classic Kirby.

I'd love something that makes no sense, like the great deku tree, a shiny magikarp, or the grave digger from Ocarina with a chicken on his shoulder.

I still think that the final character is gonna be a big fan favorite that many have asked for, so I’m going with three. Waluigi (that’s right), master chief, or crash bandicoot. For those of you asking”why not sora?” No, just a strict no to sora, he’s one of those characters I hate because of the fans, which means he ain’t making it on the list. I just pray it’s one of those three, or we’ll get a Pokémon (which I would find hype personally) but the amount of outrage if one were to happen would be hilarious. In summary I just feel the last dlc will be a “let’s try to break the internet...AGAIN!” character and I just hope to god it ain’t first party.

@SkullDragr Best character ever!

Man...was kinda hoping for one more pass with just 3 last characters...but I get it. Dude needs a break...well, it was an amazing ride while it lasted

*smh... he doesn't know how to rest. Will probably start development of the next smash

Honestly, keeping a roster of 80 as balanced as Smash Bros is is quite a feat, and every one makes it a little bit harder. I don't even know where the series can go from here. If the next iteration starts with 80 characters, what can they do to keep it interesting? If it starts with fewer it will be a letdown.

I daresay Sakurai may have actually looked "Ultimate" up in the dictionary before naming this entry. (Hint: It doesn't just mean "really good.")

The reveal is Sakurai lighting a cigarette and walking away from the explosion in slow motion.

I'm positive it will be Nahobino from the new SMT V, Nintendo will help their old pal ATLUS rank up the sales of an IP which the mainline SMTs are almost exclusive to the Nintendo platforms.

Unpopular opinion here but I would reduce duplicates such as marth/Lucina or mario/Dr Mario or Link(s). Create a quality roster of characters that are wholly unique. Then smash can become a service like Fortnite seasonal content or they can focus on a sub space mode to differentiate.

I wonder if smash bros could thrive as a 3D arena brawler akin to powerstone?

I think it would be cool if for the final smash character reveal, it starts with Mario and Luigi fighting Wario. Wario is getting attacked mercilessly and just as he’s about to get KO’d, we see a purple flash. The camera slowly scrolls up and reveals Waluigi. He and Wario laugh and are ready to take out Mario and Luigi.

Suddenly, out of nowhere a voice calls out “HOLD IT!” The camera zooms to… “Phoenix Wright objects.” Then the video shows off Phoenix Wright’s moves and he uses his Final Smash to KO Waluigi. Not gonna happen, but it would be a fun thing to watch.

At this point, Goku in smash would be the Ultimate send off. One last broken rule, one last F-U to the haters, and one last highly requested character.

I think it would be hilarious. Even if you don't like the idea you gotta admit ge would make for a fun asf moveset

@Nookingtons who's that

Really hoping it's a Smash original character from the game's past, like Tabuu, Primid, Master Core, Wireframes, whatever. A Smash original character would be more of a perfect endcap than any of the "most highly requested" characters could dream of being.

How about the EMMI from Dread? Nintendo sometimes does cross promotion things like that, iirc

It's gonna be Mario from the 90s movie.

We all know it was coming to an end sooner or later. The last character will be the big talk no doubt when announced. Could be something amazing or very disappointing. Can’t wait to see who it is. My pick… Rabbid Peach 😂

I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be something else past Fighters Pass 2 - not necessarily a character, but the Nintendo of Australia URL string thing is likely not a mistake since it's sandwiched between 2 occupied URL slots

There's conspicuously enough space on the DLC Spirit Board screen to fit a 12th board (since there's space above the Persona board), but I still won't hold my breath. Hopefully the final reveal breaks Smash tradition for last reveals and is actually something major and neat

@Monzerol Magolor.

1. He has the most recurring appearances for a modern-era Kirby character.

2. He's the last original character made for the Kirby franchise during Sakurai's tenure there before he left HAL Labs to head Sora, LTD, for that career book-end effect.

3. Two variations of his boss fight theme are already available in Ultimate as selectable music for Kirby and original stages.

4. He has already shown the potential for having a wide and varied moveset, thanks to Kirby: Star Allies and Kirby Fighters.

5. He's cute and round, at least in his first form, which allows differentation from the humanoid fighters dominating the DLC roster while at the same time using the Kirby/Meta Knight/Jigglypuff skeleton for relative ease of development.

I wish, but they already produced a mii costume for Travis, so he's out.

@Kiwi_Unlimited It is going to be another pokemon then. Arceus, to hype the upcoming game.

Waluigi and I would play again, a lot

The pressure is definitely gonna be on to deliver a final character that is satisfying enough, even if it's not on everyone's personal wish list. Regardless of who it is though, Sakurai and the rest of the Smash crew definitely deserve a proper break.

And we are in a position where we don't really need another new Smash game for probably the next decade. Nintendo could very well get away with dropping a random content/balance update every few years, and I'd be content.

GOOMBA from mushroom Kingdom. ''Will be ready to get STUMPED''

@Narrator1 Magolor made his first appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land in 2010. Sakurai left HAL after the completion of Kirby Air Ride, which I believe was in like 2003.

Time for a new username lol

I know people probably mean well, but if I were Sakurai, I think I would be a little offended by how much everyone feels sorry for him. The amount of overworking he's done in the past is concerning, but I really think that's just because he's a perfectionist and he puts that kind of a workload on himself. Think about it: Nintendo delayed New Horizons by a year so the Animal Crossing developers wouldn't have to suffer an unreasonable amount of crunch. Do you really think it's Nintendo forcing him to slave away? They might be a flawed company, but I don't think Nintendo is so unethical they're running a sweatshop and standing over him with a whip. If they were that authoritarian, he wouldn't be able to get by with all the jokes about company management that he makes in his Sakurai Presents videos.

I'm absolutely appreciative for all Sakurai has given us in terms of Smash content, but treating him like a delicate flower just seems a little patronizing. He's even gone on record in the past to say making DLC fighters has been far less strenuous than developing the whole game. I don't understand why there has to be this ultimatum where either Sakurai is miserable but we keep getting DLC characters or Sakurai takes a vacation and then never works on Smash again. He could take a break and leave Smash on a one-year hiatus, and then he could come back and make more content down the road or something. The hype would absolutely still be there.

People take vacations, but then it's right back to work for most of us. Sakurai isn't any different. Has he profited off Smash enough and made a large enough mark in the gaming space that he could retire now and never have to lift a finger again? In all likelihood, yes. But he said in his recent Famitsu column that isn't on his radar righr now, and we should respect that decision. Sakurai seems to me like the kind of person who would get very antsy when he isn't working on something productive. This is why I think Reggie came out of retirement so quickly; having too much time on one's hands can be difficult to manage. At best it gets boring, and at worst, it's hard on the nerves. Some people are only happy when they're hard at work.

So yeah, I sincerely hope this isn't the end for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and I don't think that's selfish of me to say so. If Sakurai never touches the series again and my dreams of getting Crash and Rayman into the game are dead, I have to admit I'll be very disappointed, but he will still be my favorite game developer of all time, regardless. I just don't see him doing that though, because Sakurai is a man who loves gaming with a passion, and he's acknowledged how privileged he's been to work with all these beloved franchises. If making Smash wasn't at least somewhat fun and exciting for him, I don't think he would do it. With everything else on his plate, why would he take the time to post daily Twitter screenshots and celebrate anniversary milestones if it wasn't important to him?

This isn't targeted at anyone specifically, but I've seen it in comments here and especially on Twitter where anyone who hopes Sakurai will keep making Smash content is labeled as selfish and ungrateful and that they don't want the "poor" man to ever rest. You wouldn't tell Picasso to stop painting or Beethoven to stop composing or Michael Jordan to stop shooting hoops if they love doing what they're talented at and have no mind to quit. To do so is a bit insulting to their legacy, don't you think?

@SkullDragr I always dream for either Bo or Mike Tyson it would just be so mind bending and a great call back to the NES. Obviously it won't happen but maybe on some other level of the tower...

I really appreciate Sakurais hard's kinda sad that the presentations with him are coming to an end. I always enjoyed seeing him be so passionate about the games he loves.

Just release the mural as a poster please!

Fair play Sakurai. Thanks for all the hard work. I reckon it'll be another Pokemon.

Good. He's one of those rare developers that love video games and work hard for them. He deserves it.

Master Chief has gotta make it in. Even the Arbiter, or both with one as an echo fighter

What I hope is that Sakurai gets to do something other than Smash once Ultimate's DLC is over. The man will have to go back to develop the next Smash game for the next Nintendo console sooner or later (the series is the too big to miss a generation), but sometimes I feel like he's wasting his talents just making Smash (even though it's evident that he puts lots of care when making each installment). Then again I don't know how he will feel about it... perhaps it'll be best to hope that he gets to do what he wants.

The kind of hype that surrounds Smash is sometimes annoying, but everyone fosters it - we always want some new character (even if it is only as a means to get new games for that character), and Nintendo also pulls spectacular new character reveals (and they also use Smash appearances as a promotional tool, most notably with Fire Emblem characters). It's more complicated than just "fans ask too much" or "Nintendo pushes this kind of stuff".

I'd be perfectly OK if the next Smash has no third-party characters, but that's complicated too; it'd probably generate less hype, be seen as something of a step back, and, as mentioned before, Smash is a bit of an advertising tool, and from the beginning it was marketed as a meeting of popular game characters - it's like it's in its nature to expand to include non-Nintendo characters.

So, Smash. Sometimes it feels like it has grown into something ugly, but, well, if it would disapear overnight, we'd probably miss it...

Never say never. (oops, just said it twice!) I'm sure it could be something he could return to if he ever chooses to.

Darn, was kinda hoping they'd aim for 💯

Surely its got to be Knuckles, everyone else has had a second Character so far, and it would (kinda) tie in with the 30th Anniversary

(My list in order of importance.)

The last fighter should be Sakurai himself

While I am still holding out hope for Doomguy, I agree that Sakurai himself would be the perfect cap.

I just realized, the game has representation from major fighting games, with the exception of Mortal Kombat. So Scorpion/Sub-Zero as a double entry?

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Super Smash Bros: How to Play as Kazuya

CBR - Comic Book Resources 29 June, 2021 - 10:15am

Starring as the protagonist or antagonist in various Tekken games, Kazuya uses a combination of powerful martial arts and a special "Devil Gene" to take on all comers in his attempts at world domination. This twin arsenal provided an easy direction for the game's developers to take when designing his moveset. Special attacks make use of Kazuya's Devil form, while his regular beatdown is pure martial arts. While some abstraction might be required for a total genre switch (like with Wii Fit Trainer), Kazuya is pulled directly from one of the most famous fighting games of all time. This means his moves can be direct translations of his Tekken attacks, transferring the aesthetic and feel of the character.

His Up Special is Devil Wings, a straightforward upwards dash that can be angled to the left or right. Unlike other Up Specials, Kazuya doesn't enter a falling state after using it, although he can't repeat it or use his Side Special until he touches down. It can also be combined with his regular short jump and special second jump, giving him a respectable amount of recovery for a melee fighter. His Down Special is Heaven's Door, which grabs an enemy in an upward leap before slamming them down into the earth. This can be used to pull both Kazuya and a foe down off of the stage but knocks out Kazuya first. As such, it's only a great finisher if the player controlling Kazuya is already winning.

Kazuya's normal attacks are hard-hitting but short-ranged, relying on getting in super-close. He also has an astonishing amount of variance in his moveset since he's programmed to treat each of the eight cardinal inputs on the joystick as a different combination for his attacks (in contrast to just the usual four). If that wasn't enough, he also has some variations resulting from shorter or longer or repeated presses of the attack button and command inputs from his original game. His Smash Attacks are a little more regular, with a heavy-hitting high-powered Side Smash, as well as an Up Smash and a Down Smash that both send the opponent into the air — perfect for starting combos. Overall, Kazuya has an absurd amount packed into his kit, from Specials to Rage to dozens of regular attacks. He's a character for fighting game enthusiasts eager to spend time mastering everything he has to offer.

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