The final fighter in the first wave of Super Smash Bros Ultimate has been revealed in today's Nintendo Direct. Players will be able to play as Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses on January 28.
Eight Fire Emblem characters, now.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the 17th entry in the Fire Emblem series, according to Sakurai. In the game, Byleth becomes a professor in one of three academic houses and guides the students through their lives at school. Five years after a shocking incident, Byleth and his chosen house go to war against the other two houses as old friends become enemies.
In Smash, Byleth is a slower character who excels at ranged combat and uses the Heroe's Relics from Three Houses. They are the whip/sword hybrid known as the Sword of the Creator, the Celtic weapon Areadhar, the ax Aymr, and the bow Failnaught. Each of the Relics are linked to the four directional inputs used for attacking. Like Robin and Corrin, Byleth comes with a male and female model. There are also models based off of the house leaders, the mysterious Sothis, and something in the story that Sakurai didn't want to spoil for those who haven't played it. Byleth's stage, Garreg Mach Monastery, plays like a mix of the Delfino Plaza and Castle Siege stages. It cycles through several different areas, each with different obstacles and cameos from Three Houses. Finally, a wide variety of new songs will be added to existing Fire Emblem stages.
If you get Byleth for your game, you can also expect to see some new features. First off, a new Spirit Board will feature a variety of other popular characters from the Fire Emblem games. Byleth's Classic Mode route, "A Heroic Legacy," highlights classic Fire Emblem stages and characters, and it's hinted that the final boss will have a special twist.
Also arriving with Byleth are some new amiibos and Mii Fighter costumes. Dark Samus and Richter Belmont will be available for purchase as amiibos on January 17. As for Mii Fighter's outfits, each one costs $0.75 and comes with a new costume. They are:
- Altair from Assassin's Creed for the Mii Swordfighter
- A Rabbid hat from the Rayman/Rabbids games.
- A Mega Man X helmet from Mega Man X.
- MegaMan.EXE from Mega Man Battle Network.
- Cuphead from Cuphead for the Mii Gunner. This costume also comes with the music track 'Floral Fury.'
Byleth's addition marks the end of the first Fighter's Pass for Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC. The other fighters in that pass are Joker from Persona 5, the Hero from the Dragon Quest series, Banjo and Kazooie from Banjo-Kazooie, and Terry from Fatal Fury. There's also Piranha Plant, who is a special early buyer bonus who can now be purchased as DLC. There's another fighter pack coming down the line with six more characters, so your favorite character still has a chance to get in! It'll be available for pre-purchase on January 28, and it'll be packed with an Ancient Soldier costume for Mii Swordfighter.
What are your thoughts on the addition of Byleth? Are you pleased with this choice, or do you feel like we have too many Fire Emblem characters already? Let us know in the comments below!