Super Smash Bros Ultimate has added a new character to the fight: Byleth of Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Fire Emblem, you say? I don't know that from somewhere? Arguably, the strategy / military tactics / soap opera video game series is already overrepresented in Smash Bros Ultimate, with characters such as Marth, Roy, Ike, Robin, Lucina and Corrin. But apparently that was not enough.
Three Houses only came out in 2019, which makes it a relatively recent character to present in the game. Some fans (including ourselves) are a bit upset about not getting something that more players can identify with, but Fire Emblem fans will certainly look for it.
The interesting thing about Byleth is that you can choose a male or female version of the character; Sakurai tells us in the video that they have slightly different names in Japanese, but "in English they share the same name."
We knew that the final fighter would be released "by February 2020", according to the Smash Bros website, but now we know that Byleth will arrive on January 28, which is earlier than we expected.
The live broadcast was presented by Masahiro Sakurai, director of the Super Smash Bros series game, which he created in 1999.
The fighter joins the ranks of other DLC characters from Smash Bros Ultimate, which have so far included Piranha Plant, Joker from Persona 5, Banjo-Kazooie, the Hero of the Dragon Quest franchise and Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury.
Players can download the fighter digitally individually or as part of Fighters Pass, which provides access to all DLC characters as they land in the game.
The trailer is very funny, since Byleth first appears with a sword weapon and is mockingly asked if there are no longer "too many swordsmen." (There are many). You will also have the opportunity to use other weapons such as an ax, a spear or a bow to vary things on the battlefield.
While that concludes the five initial characters for the Smash Bros Ultimate Combat Pass, we know there will be much more on the way, with the fervor of the fans around each additional character that keeps the game constantly selling since its launch, and there are much more than Nintendo can resort to its own or third party franchises.
Will we ever see Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon or the brutal Doomguy marine? Given the soft choice that Byleth represents, we certainly hope so.