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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate "Mr. Sakurai Presents ???" - blog recap

All aboard the hype train!

Momentarily, Masahiro Sakurai will be providing all the details on the fifth and final character in the first DLC Fighters Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Who will be joining Joker, Hero, Banjo, and Terry? Watch the official live-stream above or read the live-blog below for all the latest Smash information!

- Character has been kept under wraps at Nintendo. Very few people know who it is

- Challenger Pack 5 is Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses

- Female Byleth will also be joining the battle

- Releasing January 28th, 2020

- Sakurai discusses the history of the Fire Emblem series

- Explanation of who Byleth is

- Sakurai played Fire Emblem: Three Houses before the games release. He did the same for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (beating the game in 2 days)

- The "Sakurai Presents" video was recorded 2 months in advance of the live stream

- Byleth's moveset gets an in-depth overview

- Character color variations shown off

- New stage revealed "Garreg Mach Monastery"

- Stage areas are Marketplace, Reception Hall, Bridge and Cathedral

- Guest stage appearances by Dedue, Dimitri, Ingrid, the gatekeeper (Blue Lion House), Edelgard, Dorothea, Petra (Black Eagle House), Claude, Hilda, Lorenz (Golden Deer House), Seteth, Rhea, and Flayn (Cathedral)

- Song collection includes 11 new tracks (remixes of the Japanese and English main themes)

- Fire Emblem Three Houses spirits revealed

- New Classic Mode route for Byleth

- Mii costumes revealed: Altair (Sword Fighter), Rabbids (Hat), X from Mega Man X (Gunner), MegaMan.EXE (Gunner)

- Cuphead (Gunner) includes music track!

- Dark Samus and Richter Amiibo shown

- Fighters Pass 2 revealed, with 6 additional DLC fighters!

- Pre-purchase available on January 28th, future DLC already decided

- Bonus "The Ancient Soldier" costume (Mii Swordfighter) from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild free for purchasing Fighters Pass 2

- Sakurai not sure if Smash is "just a fighting game", but rather a "celebration of gaming"

- Sakurai will not be taking a break, and will continue developing new fighters

12 blank Switch software SKUs have been added to GameStop's system

Direct imminent?

Why is something that's so minor always so exciting?! GameStop has added 12 more blank SKUs to their system, implying that some unrevealed games will likely be available for pre-order in the near future. Updates like this usually happen when a Direct presentation is imminent, and it's certainly not unusual for Nintendo to host one in January. Hopefully something is announced within the next couple of weeks.

Nintendo Direct announced for February 13th at 2 p.m. PT


Dragon Quest XI - 3DS-exclusive features revealed, new details


The following information comes from the recent Dragon Quest XI Direct and was translated courtesy of Gematsu:

  • The Nintendo Switch version has yet to have a specific release date.
  • You'll be able to travel to previous Dragon Quest worlds.
  • In 2D mode, there are secret locations called “Hidden Spots” that you can find.
  • In 3D mode, there are symbol-based encounters. By using the A button, you can perform a preemptive attack.
  • 2D mode uses random encounters.
  • The bottom screen displays the map. You can switch between the full map and the area map.
  • There is a “Travel Memories” feature that lets you look back on events in 2D and 3D modes.
  • The circle pad is used for 3D screen movement, while the d-pad is used for 2D screen movement.
  • The 3DS version uses “StreetPass” functionality.
  • The main element of StreetPass sees players interacting with a race known as the Yocchi.
  • The Yocchi will request that you rescue the Yocchi in critical situations that you encounter along your journey.
  • The key to rescuing Yocchi is a dungeon called the “Labyrinth Beyond Time.”
  • You can form a party of up to eight Yocchi from among the Yocchi you gather, and send them off into the dungeon.
  • In the dungeon, you can choose whether to control the Yocchi directly or proceed automatically. Choosing the latter means both movement and battles are automatic.
  • There are treasure chests and you can obtain items in the dungeon.
  • The abilities of each Yocchi differ, and various types exist from weak to strong. They will not return if they’re killed by the enemy. You can gather Yocchi in the field or from other players through StreetPass.
  • By defeating the “Gate Keeper” awaiting at the end of the dungeon, you will obtain an “Adventure Log Password.”
  • By giving the Adventure Log Password to the Yocchi elder, you can go the worlds of past Dragon Quest games.(In the Nintendo Direct, we see the player visit the worlds of Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest V.)
  • There are problems occurring in the worlds of past Dragon Quest games, and resolving them has something to do with saving the Yocchi.

Nintendo Direct scheduled for September 1st


Nintendo Direct announced for November 12th at 2 PM PT


NoE joins the Nintendo Direct train, presentation starts 17:00 CET/16:00 GMT

NoA announces Nintendo Direct for tomorrow at 8AM PT/11AM ET

Visit www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct tomorrow, November 13 at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET for a Nintendo Direct with new details and information about previously announced Nintendo 3DS software launching through early 2014.

Chotto Nintendo Direct - Daigasso! Band Brothers P


- Vocaloid Iwata is introducing us to the game, haha! Moving over to Polygon Iwata.
- Control options in this music game include button play and using the touchscreen as guitar or drums. Introducing us to various instruments.
- The game can be enjoyed over local and online play. In multiplayer, up to 10 people can join the party.
- A song can have a max 10 instruments, but also another slew of Vocaloid artists to give it all more color.
- Like previously mentioned, you can make a vocaloid singer to represent yourself in the venture. This will allow you to simulate singing and play another special touchscreen version.
- The SD card can save up to 3000 songs and you use tomatoes to download additional songs. You get 100 free with your copy and for additional ones, you have to pay it seems.
- Just like the previous game, there are radio studios which you can listen to fav or popular songs in the online community. Genres now as well.
- 2000 songs from the Daigasso! Band Brothers DX version will be available to download from day one.
- Up to January 31, it is possible to import songs you have created from the Band Brothers Deluxe version, which was released on the Nintendo DS. Does require some information though.
- Songs and their performances can be uploaded to YouTube, so that people with portable devices can look at them.
- Circling through the four featured artists and they are giving their thoughts on joining forces with Nintendo. They seem excited about it.

Visit the official website for more details and music samples of the highlighted songs!

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