Dragon Quest’s Hero Joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nearly two months after Nintendo revealed the Hero from the Dragon Quest series would be joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster at E3 2019, he has finally joined the fight. On Tuesday, July 30, Nintendo revealed that the heavily rumored fighter would be joining the battle by the end of the day when Masahiro Sakurai demoed the character in a low-budget “livestream” style video.

Hero wields a sword and a shield that can block projectiles. He is an incredibly unique character due to the fact that he can cast 30 different spells to assist him in battle. The Hero is also very unique in the sense that instead of just changing color schemes for the protagonist in Dragon Quest XI, you can choose to play as the protagonists from Dragon Quest III, Dragon Quest IV, and Dragon Quest VIII.

Upon release, Hero has already become a very controversial character. Many argue he is overpowered due to the sheer amount of spells and RNG he has in battle. Others say that his slower speed and weak ariel moves make up for the fact that he has such a large amount of spells at his disposal. Only time will tell what kind of adjustments will need to be made to Hero to make him a more balanced character if any need to be made at all. 

In addition to the Hero being added to the game as part of Challenger Pack 2, Nintendo also rolled out update version 4.0, which added a new Dragon Quest-themed stage called Yggdrasil’s Altar and new Mii Fighter costumes. You’ll need purchase those separately or get them as part of the Fighter’s Pass.

Version 4.0 also adds a new online tournament mode to the game as well as event tournaments which will be held periodically in the future. A predictions feature has also been added to spectator mode in online which allows players to trade in points you receive from making predictions to purchase in-game items. The update also upgraded the video editor feature by enabling players to insert screenshots into their timelines, a “very easy” difficulty in the Adventure mode, as well as a timer to the final smash meter.

The Hero is the second out of a total of five paid DLC fighters that Nintendo plans to add to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The first was Joker from Persona 5, and the next will be Microsoft and Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie, which is set to release sometime this fall.

What do you think of the Hero in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Let us know in the comments!

Published by Nick Forsythe

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