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Sakurai finally reveals Sora from Kingdom Hearts as the last DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Sora Smash Bros
Sora Smash Bros (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

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.

Masahiro Sakurai announced the final DLC fighter coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today, in a stand-alone presentation following the late September Nintendo Direct.

Everything announced in the final Mr. Sakurai Presents

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Mii Fighters

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Mii Fighters (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

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.

Sora Smash Bros Ultimate Announcement

Sora Smash Bros Ultimate Announcement (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

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.

Sora Smash Bros Ultimate Costumes

Sora Smash Bros Ultimate Costumes (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

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 typeMove name
Neutral attack3-Hit Combo
Side tilt attack3-Hit Combo
Neutral air attack3-Hit Combo
Forward air attack3-Hit Combo
Up tilt attackKeyblade spin
Down tilt attackKeyblade sweep
Side Smash attackKeyblade swing
Up Smash attackKeyblade flash
Down Smash attackKeyblade stab
Back air attackKeyblade back swing
Up air attackKeyblade backflip
Down air attackHurricane Blast
Neutral specialMagic — Firaga, Thundara, Blizzaga
Side specialSonic Blade
Up specialAerial Sweep
Down specialCounterattack
Final SmashSealing the Keyhole

Nine songs are included with Sora's character:

  1. Night of Fate
  2. Destiny's Force
  3. Shrouding Dark Cloud
  4. Hand in Hand
  5. Blast Away! -Gummi Ship II-
  6. Hollow Bastion
  7. Scherzo Di Notte
  8. Fragments of Sorrow
  9. Destati

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.

Smash Bros Sora Kirby

Smash Bros Sora Kirby (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

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.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Sora Price

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Sora Price (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

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.

Nadine Dornieden
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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.