Classic JRPG and Smash Bros. fans don't have to wait much longer. The protagonists of various Dragon Quest games arrive in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today, alongside a new stage and music selection.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai took the lead in a pre-recorded livestream posted this morning, running through the abilities and variations of the Hero. He's available either through the Fighters Pass or individually, as its own Challenger Pack. Several Mii Fighter costumes and the Ver. 4.0 patch update arrive today as well.
Announced during Nintendo's E3 2019 stream, the Hero is a catch-all for the various leads of several Dragon Quest games, including classics like Dragon Quest 3, 4, and 8, as well as the most recent Dragon Quest 11, which is coming to the Nintendo Switch in September. Playing as each iteration of the Hero seems to be largely cosmetic, but the voice actor and Critical Hit animation changes for each one, giving you some room for personalization.
The Hero has a lot of tools in his kit, revolving around their MP bar and magic spells. MP either passively ticks up or recovers from attacks, while each spell consumes varying amounts of MP. Neutral, side, and up B are Frizz, Zap, and Whoosh respectively, letting you either use quick hits for low-level versions of spells or charge up for more powerful effects.
Hero's down-B special opens a literal command menu, letting the player choose from a number of random spells including Oomph, Psyche Up, Magic Burst, Snooze, and more. He packs a lot of punch and has some interesting properties on his attacks, like being able to deflect projectiles with certain moves, so he'll definitely be one to watch for on the competitive stage.
Don't expect to see him on the competitive scene too soon, however. The next major Ultimate tournament is this coming Sunday, when Smash headlines the fighting game tournament after setting a series record for entrants. The patch is already locked down for the tournament, so the Hero won't be appearing. Regardless, you can check out the new character, as well as the new features included in Ver. 4.0 like online tourneys and an improved spectator mode when the patch goes live today.