by Joshua Russo
Nintendo held it’s final Super Smash Bros. presentation for the 3DS and Wii U earlier today. The thirty minute video was packed with new charactersm costumes and release date information.
Immediately the presentation started with a clip featuring characters from the new Fire Emblem: Fates 3DS games. The default character, Corrin, is the then revealed as one of the new fighters, and is shown slashing beloved Nintendo characters with a rather gnarly sword. Because Corrin can be either male or female in the new Fire Emblem, the same is true in Super Smash Bros.. Corrin will be available to download in February of 2016 and will cost $4.99 on 3DS and Wii U each, or $5.99 if purchase as a bundle for both games.
The director of the Super Smash Bros. series Masahiro Sakurai appears in the video to give more details on why Corrin was chosen for the game, and what moves Corrin brings to the brawl.
Sakurai then went into detail about how Cloud from Final Fantasy VII was one of the most requested characters for Smash, and that he would be available “soon”. It was also revealed that Cloud would come with a new stage, Midgar. The stage will have summon materia appear during battles that will allow players use summons like Ifrit, Odin and Leviathan that create hazardous conditions. Sakurai then announced that Cloud would be available later today at $5.99 for 3DS and Wii U, or $6.99 for a bundle for both games.
Mii fighter costumes took center stage from here on out, featuring Chocobo Hat, Geno, Bionic Armor, Takamaru, Ashley, Gil, Knuckles and Tails.
Lastly, the final new challenger was revealed to be Bayonetta from…Bayonetta. Sakurai claims that Bayonetta was the number one worldwide choice in the fan ballot for the next Smash fighter (I demand a recount). Bayonetta’s moveset seems primarily effective for aerial fighting. The Umbra Clock Tower is the stage that comes with the purchase of Bayonetta.
Lastly, Sakurai thanked the developers of each of the characters who have appeared in Super Smash Bros., as well as the fans who have enjoyed the games.