What you need to know
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fifth game in the multiplayer competitive fighting game franchise.
- The game features characters from a wide spectrum of video games across publishers.
- The final DLC character was revealed by the game's creator, Masahiro Sakurai.
Everything announced in the final Mr. Sakurai Presents
First, Mii Fighter costumes made an appearance. The Mii Costumes this time around will be themed around Octolings from the Splatoon series. The featured costume pieces were an Octoling wig and Judd wig. A full costume resembling Doomguy from the DOOM series will be available with the Splatoon wigs for $0.75 each.
Finally, the moment fans were waiting for — the final DLC character. In an unexpected twist, Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series makes his debut in the Super Smash Bros. series.
Sakurai describes the character's inclusion as a "huge undertaking", but after the many requests from the Smash Bros. ballot, they couldn't resist. His character will have both English and Japanese voice options, and is lighter than even Isabelle and Link in weight. As for alternate costumes, Sora's look will change to ones based on his clothing in Kingdom Hearts I, II, III and Dream Drop Distance.
Five Spirits have been added to the single player World of Light Campaign, from Kingdom Hearts I, II, III, Dream Drop Distance, and Timeless River. Sora's fighting style uses a three-hit combo as a base, resembling his fighting style from the original game. The new Kingdom Hearts-themed stage is Hollow Bastion, which can be played in regular or Omega form.
Here is the full list of Sora's moves:
|Move type||Move name||Header Cell - Column 2|
|Neutral attack||3-Hit Combo||Row 0 - Cell 2|
|Side tilt attack||3-Hit Combo||Row 1 - Cell 2|
|Neutral air attack||3-Hit Combo||Row 2 - Cell 2|
|Forward air attack||3-Hit Combo||Row 3 - Cell 2|
|Up tilt attack||Keyblade spin||Row 4 - Cell 2|
|Down tilt attack||Keyblade sweep||Row 5 - Cell 2|
|Side Smash attack||Keyblade swing||Row 6 - Cell 2|
|Up Smash attack||Keyblade flash||Row 7 - Cell 2|
|Down Smash attack||Keyblade stab||Row 8 - Cell 2|
|Back air attack||Keyblade back swing||Row 9 - Cell 2|
|Up air attack||Keyblade backflip||Row 10 - Cell 2|
|Down air attack||Hurricane Blast||Row 11 - Cell 2|
|Neutral special||Magic — Firaga, Thundara, Blizzaga||Row 12 - Cell 2|
|Side special||Sonic Blade||Row 13 - Cell 2|
|Up special||Aerial Sweep||Row 14 - Cell 2|
|Down special||Counterattack||Row 15 - Cell 2|
|Final Smash||Sealing the Keyhole||Row 16 - Cell 2|
Nine songs are included with Sora's character:
- Night of Fate
- Destiny's Force
- Shrouding Dark Cloud
- Hand in Hand
- Blast Away! -Gummi Ship II-
- Hollow Bastion
- Scherzo Di Notte
- Fragments of Sorrow
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory players will also receive "Dearly Beloved - Swing Version" as a bonus track.
For those asking, "But what about Kirby?", Nintendo released screenshots of the beloved pink puffball's appearance after inhaling Sora in a match. Kirby dons Sora's signature spiky hair, with elemental magic moves at his disposal.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate remains one of the best online multiplayer games available on the Nintendo Switch, and while the end of the DLC campaign is a bittersweet farewell for fans, the game provides more than enough content for hours of entertainment with 86 fighters from a wide variety of game franchises to choose from.
Sora comes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Challenger Pack #11, which is part of the second Fighter's Pass on October 18, 2021. He can also be purchased individually for $5.99 USD.
While most of iMore's Smash Bros. character predictions didn't end up materializing, one of our staff members did predict Sora as the final character. Many fans were secretly hoping for Waluigi to be announced, as a nod to WarioWare: Get It Together!. Still, it begs the question: What's next for Smash Bros.? Sakurai didn't mention anything in this presentation, but it's safe to assume that he will take a well-deserved break, even just for a little while.
Settle all of your problems in Smash.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is, as the title suggests, the definitive game in the Super Smash Bros. series. Join the amazing cast from tons of different video game franchises and watch as they use their unique fighting moves to come out on top. From a robust multiplayer system to a lengthy single-player campaign, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a must-have for any Nintendo Switch owner.
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Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.