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Sakurai discusses announcement of additional fighters, his 7-8 year long developmental work on Smash, and more

Masahiro Sakurai's newest column has been released! This time, focusing on the subject of additional DLC fighters being added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Check out the translated summary from PushDustIn and Nokoloc below!

- Like the Fighters Pass, Nintendo will be choosing the characters for additional DLC. Sakurai will make the final decision on if the character would work.

- Sakurai works on each character from it's concept to release, while the development team can work on fighter after fighter.

- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the only game Sakurai is actively working on, and all efforts are going into it.

- Sakurai will not be taking a long break.

- Managing the development of DLC is easier then the main release, but there is still a lot to make sure of.

- Development of Smash Ultimate began immediately after Smash Wii U/3DS.

- Sakurai has been actively working on the Smash series for 7~8 years.

- Sakurai still enjoys his job, and feels honored to get to work with many different game franchises. His knowledge of a large variety of games makes him perfect for the job.

- When discussing a specific character for Smash, gameplay is an important consideration.

- Producing characters and the new fighter announcement videos quickly isn't a bad thing.

- The magnitude of a game that is Smash Ultimate is unprecedented. With the game franchise collaborations including spirits, the many songs across many different series, and every fighter returning, Smash Ultimate is truly ultimate.

- If the Smash series continues after Ultimate, it would be impossible for this many characters to be represented again.

- Sakurai will continue to develop new fighters to please fans, continuing to push the roster number, if the opportunity for him to do so is there.

- Instead of thinking about the future of Smash, Sakurai is focused on his current work, which is still yet to be completed.

Random Time! - Nickelodeon storyboard artist shares a mock-up Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boxart


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Step on the Gas Spirits Event is now available


- 33rd Spirits Event will go live on August 16: “Step on the Gas!“. While it’s running, various Spirits with speed-boosting skills will appear on the Spirits Board, and beating them will allow you to earn more Gold than usual. Focus Spirits: Black Shadow (F-Zero series), Azura (Fire Emblem series), Super Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog series), Pink Gold Peach (Mario Kart series) (available until August 19)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Link (Link’s Awakening) and Owl Spirits in regular rotation


The Link (Link’s Awakening) and Owl Spirits will appear randomly in the store and on the Spirit Board. After being exclusive to events, the Spirits are now in the regular rotation.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Heroes vs Villains tournament now live


The first ever themed in-game tournament is now available for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The tourney puts heroes and villains against each other for a battle of wits. The further you advance in the tournament, the better Spirits you will be able to get. The battle ends on August 12.

Hero from the DRAGON QUEST Series Joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Today



REDMOND, Wash., July 30, 2019 – A Hero draws near! Starting later today, Hero from the DRAGON QUEST series enters the battle as a new playable fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game for the Nintendo Switch system. In a new video, Nintendo not only showcased the Hero in action, but also unveiled the Yggdrasil’s Altar stage and several orchestrated music tracks from classic DRAGON QUEST games coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. All of this new content will be available to players who own the Fighters Pass or purchase Challenger Pack 2 separately*. To view the video in its entirety, visit https://www.smashbros.com/en_US/.

“With the introduction of fan-favorite characters like Hero from the DRAGON QUEST series to the game’s expanding roster, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate continues to assemble the largest cast of iconic video game characters ever,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We love being able to engage Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans through a steady release of exciting downloadable content, and look forward to continuing to expand on players’ game experiences on Nintendo Switch beyond launch.”

Hero enters the arena equipped with a sword and shield, and wielding familiar DRAGON QUEST spells like “Frizz,” “Zap” and “Woosh.” The character comes with additional alternate character designs that represent the main characters from several games in the DRAGON QUEST series. He can take the form of the protagonists from DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, the latest DRAGON QUEST title coming to Nintendo Switch on Sept. 27; DRAGON QUEST III: The Seeds of SalvationDRAGON QUEST IV: Chapters of the Chosen; and DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. This is the first time ever that all four heroes from these DRAGON QUEST games are fighting together.

Players who own the Fighters Pass or purchase Challenger Pack 2 separately will also have access to a new stage, Yggdrasil’s Altar, which features the great mythical tree from many DRAGON QUEST games. The stage is full of moving platforms, which fly through different locales that DRAGON QUEST fans might recognize, and even features some familiar (slimy) faces in the background. Orchestrated music tracks from classic DRAGON QUEST titles will also be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate alongside Hero and the Yggdrasil’s Altar stage.

Along with the release of Hero later today, a free software update to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also be available, which adds an in-game online tourney mode**, a “Very Easy” setting in the single-player Adventure mode and the ability to predict the winner in Spectate mode, among other features.

By purchasing the Fighters Pass, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players will get access to five Challenger Packs as they release. Each pack includes a new playable fighter, a new stage and music tracks. Joker from Persona 5 is available now, with Hero joining today and iconic characters Banjo & Kazooie coming this fall. Two additional characters, who have not yet been revealed, are also part of the robust Fighters Pass.

For more information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, visit https://www.smashbros.com/.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

*Full version of game required to use DLC. Sold separately.

**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – "Hero" presentation full coverage and summary


- When referring to each Hero, each one has a different name:

  •  - The Hero from Dragon Quest XI is named "Eleven"
  •  - The Hero from Dragon Quest III is named "Arusu"
  •  - The Hero from Dragon Quest IV is named "Solo"
  •  - The Hero from Dragon Quest VIII is named "Eight"

- Their altnernate costumes are based on other characters from the Dragon Quest series.

- This is the first time that the heroes from the Dragon Quest series are able to fight one another.

- Each Hero has a different voice actor:

  •  - Eleven is voiced by Mistuki Saiga
  •  - Arusu is voiced by Nobuyuki Hayama
  •  - Solo is voiced by Takeshi Kusao
  •  - Eight is voiced by Yuki Kaji

- This marks the first time that characters from Dragon Quest III, IV, and VIII have voices.

- The Hero can perform Critical Hits (attacks that deal more damage than usual) at random.

- The Hero's shield can be used to block projectiles when fighting. 

- The Hero's neutral special is the "Frizz Family" of spells: Frizz, Frizzle, and Kafrizz.

- Even if his moves are completely charged up, the Hero can't perform any moves if he is low on MP.

- The Hero's side special uses "Zap-type spells": Zap, Zapple, and Kazap.

- The Hero's up special uses the "Woosh-type spells": Woosh, Swoosh, and Kaswoosh.

- The Hero's down special is "Command Selection": 

  •  - "Oomph" raises the Hero's attack power altogether for a limited time.
  •  - "Psyche Up" raises the Hero's attack power until the Hero lands his next attack.
  •  - "Bounce" creates a shield that will reflect an opponent's projectiles.
  •  - "Heal" allows for the Hero's percentage to be reduced.
  •  - "Kacrackle Slash" is a move that can freeze opponents.
  •  - "Acceratle" will increase the Hero's speed.
  •  - "Kaboom" sets off an explosion.
  •  - "Snooze" puts opponents to sleep.
  •  - "Thwack" can potentially one-hit KO an opponent, but it only works if the opponent's damage is high.
  •  - "Zoom" can be used to recover from anywhere (but you may hit a ceiling).
  •  - "Kaclang" will allow the Hero to stay in place and become briefly invincible.
  •  - "Metal Slash" is a one-hit KO move that instantly defeats any metal opponent, including those using "Kaclang."
  •  - "Hocus Pocus" is a spell that performs a random effect.
  • - "Magic Burst" is an attack that uses all of the Hero's MP to create an explosion. The more MP the Hero has, the more damage it will do.
  • - "Kamikaze" will set off a giant explosion, but the Hero will be defeated in the process.

- Pressing "R" closes the Command window, and opening the window again will produce a different of spells. 


- The Hero's Final Smash is called "Gigaslash."

- The new Dragon Quest stage is called "Yggdrasil's Altar"

- Yggdrasil's Altar is based on a location in Dragon Quest XI S.

- The stage contains treasure chests; they can contain items and traps. 

- If the treasure chest is a trap, a player can fight it. If the player wins, then the player receives an item.

- Yggdrasil's Altar contains music from various Dragon Quest games. 

- Dragon Quest spirits will be added to the Smash's Spirit Board.

- The Hero's Classic Mode campaign is called "Hero Route."

- The Hero is available today, July 30th 2019.

- New Veronica, Erdrick, Martial Artist, and Slime Mii Outfits will be available.


- The Version 4.0 update for Smash will add the following changes:

  •  - There is now a time limit on the game's Final Smash Meter.
  •  - "Very Easy" will be added as a difficulty to the game's adventure mode.
  •  - "Points" can now be used to bet in the game's Spectate Mode. Any points earned can be redeemed for Spirits.
  •  - Online Tourney Mode will be added to the game.
  •  - Special Event Tourneys will be held from time to time.
  •  - Screenshots can now be added in the game's video editor feature.

 - Sakurai wants to remind players that the amiibo for Pokemon Trainer, Isabelle, and Pichu are now available.


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Spiritoon Spirits Event going live on July 12


- 30th Spirits Event will go live on July 12: “Spiritoon”. While it’s running, various Spirits from the Splatoon series will appear on the Spirits Board, and beating them will allow you to get more SP than usual. Focus Spirits: ??? (available until July 15)

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