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Dragon Quest’s HERO Joins Smash Bros. Ultimate

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by Evan Calderon,

Following the initial E3 2019 reveal, the Hero from Dragon Quest has joined Super Smash Bros. Ultimate along with some other features as part of the newest 4.0. update. This character hails from the iconic Japanese RPG franchise, and it’s latest installment will also be heading to Nintendo Switch this September. With Hero also comes new spirits, music, and a stage all representing the series.

The Hero itself is quite the unique character, boasting an unconventional playstyle heavily reliant on random elements. The Hero’s default appearance is that of the protagonist of the most recent title in the series, Dragon Quest 11 S. Hero also has alternate costumes that allow the protagonists of Dragon Quest 3, 4, and 8 to also be playable. When playing as Hero a command menu appears allowing the player to cast iconic spells from the Dragon Quest game. The selection of spells appears at random, which adds a new level of complexity to the character that is truly unique. Hero’s final smash brings in other legendary heroes from the series which will surely make fans of the series very nostalgic.

The stage that accompanies the Hero is Yggdrasil’s Altar from Dragon Quest 11 S, and is very grand in scope. You fly around on the platform while the world around you is constantly in sight. It certainly provides a good feel for just how big the world is. There are also chests that can appear granting items to those who can open it first. While on this stage music from the series can also be heard. Each Hero gets two song selections, meaning Dragon Quests 11, 3, 4, and 8 all have some music represented in the game. Lastly, spirits from the series are also available, along with a Classic Mode route.

The stage that accompanies the Hero is Yggdrasil’s Altar from Dragon Quest 11 S and is very grand in scope. You fly around on the platform while the world around you is constantly in sight. It certainly provides a good feel for just how big the world is. There are also chests that can appear granting items to those who can open it first. While on this stage music from the series can also be heard. Each Hero gets two song selections, meaning Dragon Quests 11, 3, 4, and 8 all have some music represented in the game. Lastly, spirits from the series are also available, along with a Classic Mode route.

Hero is the second DLC for Smash Bros. Ultimate, following Joker from Persona 5, and Microsoft’s Banjo & Kazooie will also be joining the game later this fall. The post-launch support for Smash Ultimate has been incredibly positive, with truly fun and unique DLC characters and modes. The remaining DLC characters have yet to be announced, but Joker and Hero seem to indicate that regardless of the character, exciting gameplay is never far when it comes to Smash Ultimate’s DLC. Hero is available for $5.99 individually or as part of the Fighters Pass ($25).