The final Smash Direct presentation took place earlier today, December 15 at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT. Masahiro Sakurai delivered his last Direct presentation for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. As it has been more than a year since the release of the game on both Nintendo 3DS and then Wii U, the game has seen several updates, balances, and DLC in the form of Mii Fighter outfits and new characters for the roster.
The final presentation was chock-full of new information, and when it was finished, it seemed as if it flew by much quicker than the timed 33-minute video.
The first new character revealed was immediately after the presentation began, with the opening cinematic that showed Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates as the newest challenger to enter the fray. Corrin is, of course, coming from a game that has still not launched in the West, but has been available in Japan for quite some time. With many of the unique movesets and features with this character, be sure to check out the video below for the trailer and details. Corrin is expected to be available February 2016 and will sell for 3DS: $4.99/Wii U: $4.99; 3DS/Wii U: $5.99 in the US.
The second new character revealed today was Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, and he has a plethora of unique moves. Again, for a full breakdown of his moveset be sure to watch the video below. In addition to the new character, there is also a new stage, Midgar, to battle it out on. Midgar, of course, is a stage from Final Fantasy VII that has special attributes unique to it such as new assists called Summon Materia that affect the environment as opposed to directly attacking the fighters. These effects are called by the names Ifrit, Ramuh, Odin, Leviathan, and Bahamut ZERO. Cloud Strife is to become available today, and their pricing is to be 3DS: $5.99/Wii U: $5.99; 3DS/Wii U: $6.99.
Sakurai-san then announced several Mii Fighter Costumes such as a Chocobo hat, a Geno gunner from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, both thanks to the great relationship with Square Enix. Also, there are Bionic Armor, a Takamaru Sword Fighter costume, Ashley from Wario Ware as a Sword Fighter, Gil from The Tower of Druaga as a Sword Fighter, and from Sonic the Hedgehog are Tails (as a Gunner) and Knuckles (as a Brawler). Also, there are several Mii Fighter costumes/characters available to download from the official Smash Bros. website via QR codes.
Sakurai-san then announced that the last new fighter for Super Smash Bros. trailer was coming, and the anticipation was palpable. As soon as it started the trailer showed a generic fight between Pit, Bowser, and Samus Aran. After the battle Pit is warned by Palutena not to get comfortable because a new challenger was approaching. Immediately after the “secret” character said, “Ahh, another angel…I must have missed one!” and that still shot of the moon for a few seconds, I shouted “Bayonetta!!!” That’s when she appeared on screen. My hype level went completely through the roof! There was the addition of a new stage (Umbra clock tower) from the original Bayonetta. There are also the unique aspects of play with Bayonetta’s moveset as she employs her Umbra summons, the bullet arts, Witch Time, taunts, and the ability to create combination moves. Nintendo is looking for a February release for Bayonetta in Smash, as well.
As has been stated before, all fighters will have an amiibo figure, Sakurai-san shared that amiibo development is confirmed for all announced characters! (Cloud, Corrin, Bayonetta)
To see the the Smash Direct, watch below:
So, with all of these announcements and updates, Sakurai-san concluded the Direct, and with it, all additional DLC for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. Since its release, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS has continually delivered additional content that many have truly enjoyed, and others have deemed unnecessary. However, no matter what, all of that content was optional, and had appeal to someone who welcomed it with enthusiasm. This content will be the same, and honestly, I believe the Direct was one of the very best in the entire series.
Did you enjoy this Direct presentation? How well do you think Nintendo did in getting the information out to us? Were you surprised by the announcements or had spoilers gotten to you?
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!