Published on January 17th, 2020 | by Alex Novus
BYLETH FROM FIRE EMBLEM: THREE HOUSES JOINS THE ROSTER OF SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE
Combat class is in session! Byleth, the renowned mercenary and professor from the Fire Emblem series, is ready to teach Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players a lesson in battle. In a video released today, Masahiro Sakurai, the director of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, unveiled for the first time the battle-hardened Fire Emblem character in action, who will enter the arena on 29th January as the game’s newest fighter. Mr Sakurai demonstrated Byleth’s unique ranged play style, and revealed the Garreg Mach Monastery stage and 11 new music tracks from the Fire Emblem series, all coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch later this month. Meanwhile the Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Cindered Shadows DLC arrives on 13th February as part of the Fire Emblem: Three Houses Expansion Pass.
The new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate content will be available to players who own the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass or purchase Challenger Pack 5 separately.* In addition to Byleth’s reveal, new details were announced for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which will include six more fighters currently under development. By pre-purchasing Fighters Pass Vol. 2, players will get access to six more yet-to-be-announced Challenger Packs as they release. Each pack includes one new fighter, one stage and multiple music tracks. Those who purchase Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will also receive an exclusive costume for Mii Swordfighter: The Ancient Soldier Gear from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
To view the video in its entirety, visit the Nintendo AU YouTube channel.
Also announced during the live stream, fans of Fire Emblem: Three Houses should prepare to meet the Officers Academy’s secret fourth house, the Ashen Wolves, when the Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Cindered Shadows DLC arrives on 13th February as part of the Fire Emblem: Three Houses Expansion Pass.
Byleth joins the ranks as the 80th video game character included as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which features the biggest crossover of video game characters in history. Drawing upon Byleth’s chivalric exploits in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, their inclusion in the roster will change the tide of every battle they appear in, with clever strategic choices motivating each defensive posture and offensive attack in their move set. With the Sword of the Creator and three other Heroes’ Relics at hand, prevailing in combat will often come down to selecting the right moments to hold ground or advance.
Byleth’s accompanying stage, the Garreg Mach Monastery, also features a variety of cameos from popular characters in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, including Edelgard from the Black Eagles, Claude from the Golden Deer and Dimitri from the Blue Lions.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also receive a new Spirit Board, which features Spirits of most of the cameo guest characters from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, along with a new classic mode route, “A Heroic Legacy,” which highlights classic Fire Emblem stages throughout the series’ storied history.
Additionally, a new Mii Fighter costume inspired by the run-and-gun indie game Cuphead will be available for purchase on 29th January. Players who purchase the Cuphead Mii Fighter costume will also receive a new music track, Floral Fury, which was originally featured in the game’s classic Cagney Carnation boss battle.
Finally, two fighters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have amiibo figures available for purchase at select retailers beginning on 17th Jan: Samus’s mysterious doppelganger, Dark Samus, and Simon Belmont’s whip-wielding echo fighter, Richter.
Additional new fighters, stages and music will also be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate through the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Players can also continue to purchase the current Fighters Pass for AUD$32.50 or NZD$42.50 to gain access to the first five Challenger Packs. Playable fighters Joker, Hero, Banjo & Kazooie and Terry Bogard are all available now, with Byleth joining on 29th January. For only AUD$7.80 or NZD$10.20, players can also purchase each of the Challenger Packs individually.
For more information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, visit https://www.smashbros.com/en_AU/. And for more information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC, visit https://smashbros.nintendo.com.au/buy/dlc/.