Finally, Sakurai can rest
The final character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Sora from Kingdom Hearts. Smash Bros. game director Masahiro Sakurai announced the last add-on character — the 82nd for the Switch fighting game — during his final “Mr. Sakurai Presents” presentation on Tuesday.
You can watch Sora’s reveal trailer, with a bit of gameplay, in the video above.
Sora is, of course, the protagonist of Square Enix’s popular Kingdom Hearts series. He wields the Keyblade, a sword-key melee weapon, to battle the evil Heartless alongside Disney allies Donald Duck and Goofy. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sora will sport a variety of looks, with costumes from the original Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts 2, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dread Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts 3, and the Timeless River world from KH2.
Sakurai described Sora as “relatively straightforward” to control, “meaning everyone should be able to enjoy playing as him.” Sora “excels at airborne fighting,” Sakurai said, and is “quite floaty” and “very light,” meaning Sora can easily be launched by opponents. Sora’s attacks are inspired by the original Kingdom Hearts, and he’ll come armed with three classic magic spells: Firaga, Thundaga, and Blizzaga.
Sakurai did not showcase Sora’s Final Smash, known as Sealing the Keyhole, saying that he wanted players to experience it for themselves.
Sora will be released on Oct. 18 in Challenger Pack 11, and he’ll round out Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s second Fighters Pass, which previously added Kazuya Mishima from Tekken, Min Min from Arms, Steve and Alex from Minecraft, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7, and Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Challenger Pack 11 will cost $5.99, and will be included as part of the $29.99 Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Challenger Pack 11 will also include a new stage for Sora (Hollow Bastion) and nine music tracks from Kingdom Hearts. (Switch owners who have a save file for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory will unlock an extra song.)
Sakurai confirmed in June, during a showcase for Kazuya, that the final character added as part of Fighters Pass Vol. 2 would indeed be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s last.
Nintendo announced Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in March 2018, teasing that veteran fighters like Mario and Link from The Legend of Zelda would square off against newcomers like the Inklings from Splatoon. Ultimate welcomed many new fighters to the game’s already massive roster, including Isabelle from Animal Crossing, Ridley from Metroid, and Incineroar from Pokémon. Post-launch DLC added even more, including Joker from Persona 5, Banjo & Kazooie, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7, and Terry from Fatal Fury.
Check out the full character breakdown below.