New details emerge for upcoming DLC to Super Smash Bros., including Cloud's combat and stage mechanics, and the addition of characters Bayonetta and Corrin.
In the Super Smash Bros. livestream today, series director Masahiro Sakurai announced new details on upcoming DLC fighter Cloud, as well as two upcoming fighters: Bayonetta, and Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates.
Nintendo has been quiet about the outcome of the Super Smash Bros. ballot which allowed players to nominate their choices for upcoming DLC characters for the game. Today, however, they announced that Bayonetta was the clear-cut choice for the game, as she was ranked as the #1 most requested character by Europeans, and one of the top five for North American users of the ballot. Bayonetta will feature a special fighting style based on her in-game combos and Witch Time ability, which will slow down other characters when in-range. In addition, Super Smash Bros. will also receive an Umbral Clock Tower stage based off the Bayonetta game.
In addition, joining the ever-burgeoning cast of Fire Emblem characters is Corrin, who will be playable as both a male and female character, like the Wii Fit Trainer and Fire Emblem's Robin. Corrin continues the tradition of recent and upcoming Fire Emblem characters being added to the Super Smash Bros. roster, like Roy back in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Corrin's attacks are influenced by his dragon blood characteristics, which should allow for some unique attacks.
Finally, Sakurai released new details on Final Fantasy VII's Cloud, his fighting style, and stage. As shown in the Cloud Super Smash Bros. announcement teaser, Cloud will be able to make use of Limit Breaks. Limit Breaks will function in a very similar manner to the way they did in Final Fantasy VII's, as the attacks will only be unlocked once Cloud has received or dealt a set amount of damage. In addition, the Final Fantasy VII Midgar Stage will feature actual summons. All players will be able to pick up dropped Materia in order to execute iconic summon attacks, unleashing massive attacks from Ifrit, Bahamut, Odin and others. Only the summoner themselves will be untouched by the attack, though it remains unclear if they will harm allies in team fights.
As with all prior fighters, the three newcomers can be unlocked for the 3DS, Wii U, or both for a reduced price. Cloud and the Midgar Stage will be available for $5.99 for a single system, or $6.99 for both the 3DS and Wii U versions. Bayonetta and Corrin are set to arrive in February of 2016, with Bayonetta and her stage costing $5.99 for a single system or $6.99 for both, and Corrin costing $4.99 or $5.99 for both, as he lacks a new stage. As with all Super Smash Bros. fighters, fans can expect Amiibo figures of these new DLC fighters in the future.
Masahiro Sakurai, his team, and Nintendo have really outdone themselves with this reveal. Super Smash Bros. has upheld an example for all other developers and games to attempt to follow, bringing the characters, stages, and costumes that gamers wanted to see in the game. Considering the game's already massive roster of characters and stages, Super Smash Bros. manages to deliver a complete experience without spending another cent on the title, yet their downloadable characters create an even fuller experience that most gamers have been pleased by.
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Super Smash Bros. is out now for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.