Super Smash Bros. Ultimate New Fighter! The Hero from Dragon Quest Joins The Fight!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate New Fighter! The Hero from Dragon Quest Joins The Fight!

The “smash” hit for the Nintendo Switch, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, has been selected to be one of the titles to appear at EVO 2019 this weekend, and who isn’t excited?
Joining the Smash club as new, paid, DLC content is the main character of Dragon Quest, the aptly named “The Hero”, who first made an appearance at Nintendo Direct during E3 2019. Nintendo made the new fighter available for download on July 30th, at 10pm.

Like many other characters, the hero has a place on the official FIghter Introduction Page.

Sakurai’s Live Introduction

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

WIth the release of “Hero”, SSB director Masahiro Sakurai gifted fans with an introduction video about how to use the new fighter. Unlike a normal video with cuts, Sakurai said that they wanted to go for more of a livestream approach, even telling some lighthearted jokes during the video, which no doubt makes fans feel more in touch with the director who’s in charge of one of the most successful games in the world.

Four Playable Skins

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

The skins of Hero make appearances from different games across the era, from Dragon Quest III, IV, VIII, and the newest , Dragon Quest XI, each voiced by different voice actors!.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Mitsuki Saiga voices the Hero from XI, and while she also voices him in Dragon Quest XI, she gives the character a bit more oomph since the action here is different from the original game.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

The Hero from III is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama. Besides voicing Link in the original SSB and SSB Melee, he also voiced Hiei from “Yu Yu Hakusho”.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Dragon Quest IV’s Hero is voiced by Takeshi Kusao, who also voiced Trunks in Dragon Ball.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

VIII’s Hero is done by Yuki Kaji, saying that it was a dream come true to be able to voice a Dragon Quest Character in Smash Brothers.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

This is the first time for the heroes of III, IV, and VIII to have voices, so there’s no doubt that fans of the Dragon Quest series will be excited.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Although the fighter is named “Hero”, each of the characters have actual official names, with XI’s being ‘Eleven’, III’s is Erdrick, IV’s official name is ‘Solo’, and VIII’s hero being called ‘Eight’.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

The individual characters even have separate color palettes based on other characters in the series. True fans will definitely know the character just by the colors.

The Hero’s Basic Actions

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

The Hero moves pretty well, and he has an energetic feeling to him, giving justice to his title.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Attacking with the sword, protecting with his shield, like a true hero.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Of course, with The Hero’s projectiles, he can cancel out other projectile attacks.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

They’ve even included the infamous critical hit, plus their critical hit graphics from the Dragon Quest series.

THe Hero’s Special Technique

The Hero’s special spells and techniques that use up his magic gauge have also been included, allowing for a more dynamic play style.
The player can see how much mMP they have by looking at the bar above the Hero’s icon. With a max of 100, the player can fill the bar by landing hits.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

By pressing the B button, the player can release a Blase attack, but charge up the attack and you can take Blaze to Blazemore and even Blazemost.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Blaze is the only spell that can be charged.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Even if the attack is on the ready, it won’t execute if you don’t have enough MP.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Side B allows for the Zap spell, and charging it results in Zap going all the way up to Thordain.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Up B allows the player to execute a wind spell, Infernos. This launches the player into the air, with Infermost being the strogest version of the skill.
The spell can be used for recovery or getting enemies caught in an attack at a close range, and since the skill uses such a small amount of MP, it’s undoubtedly convenient.

Bringing back the Command Menu

All of the Hero’s special attacks can be selected with his command menu.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Pressing down B brings up the command menu.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Four spells and skills are displayed at random in the command menu, and when selected, MP decreases when the attack is executed.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

There’s “Thwack” which can one-hit KO opponents,

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

along with “Zoom”, which allows the player to recover from almost anywhere,

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

and then “Hocus Pocus,” where anything could happen. The command menu is full of spells and skills that Dragon Quest lovers will no doubt be familiar with and excited to use, so use the command menu as much as you can!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Should there be no spell or skill in the command menu that you want to use, you can always press the shield button to cancel the selection.
Opening the command menu again reshuffles the command options, so you’re bound to get what you need!

Final Smash: Gigaslash

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

The Hero’s Final Smash borrows from the original Dragon Quest games, being the final an d most powerful attack the protagonist learns.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Gigaslash borrows the power from past Dragon Quest heroes of the franchise, making for a pretty powerful Final Smash.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

With a wide and high attack range, this FInal Smash is bound to hit.

New Stage: Yggdrasil’s Altar

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

This new stage is from the world of Dragon Quest and is called “Yggdrasil’s Altar”, which is from Dragon Quest XI S and flies around different areas of the world while the fighters go against each other.

Players can see Cetacea and the Yocchi from DQXI, and the infamous Slime also make an appearance.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Treasure chests also make appearances on the stage at times.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Normally, treasure will be found in these chests, but if you’re unlucky, there’s also a possibility of it being a Mimic, so be cautious!
But, in classic JRPG fashion, if you take down the Mimic, you’re awarded with an item to use during the match!

New BGM and Spirit Board!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Although Yggdrasil’s Altar is based off of a location in Drgon Quest XI, there are tons of songs from other games in the Dragon Quest series that make an appearance!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

With the addition of a new Spirit Board…

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

also comes a new Classic Mode especially for the Hero!

New Mii Fighter Outfits!


To go along with the release of The Hero from Dragon Quest, Nintendo has released new outfits for Mii Fighters!
From DQXI comes a Veronica cameo, and Erdrick from the first Dragon Quest game makes an appearance through wearable armor for your Mii Fighter. From DQIII comes the Martial Artist, and Slime makes a small cameo through a wearable hat.
At $0.75 each, these are a steal!

Version 4.0 Release

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Along with all this newly released content, Nintendo will also be releasing Version 4.0 of SSB Ultimate.
4.0 Details:

  • Final Smash Meter Time Limit
  • Very Easy Mode added to Adventure Mode
  • Ability to predict the winner in Spectator Mode and exchange points for special items.
  • Online Tournament Mode
  • Add Screenshots to Edited Videos
  • Auto-Play For Shared Content

Many new changes and features are in store for Update 4.0!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

New amiibo figures are also set to be released, with Isabelle, Pokémon Trainer, and Pichu available for $15.99 each!

“The Hero” release date

The Hero was released on July 30th, so at the time of writing this article, the Hero is already available for download!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Users that own the Fighter Pass will be able to download the new fighter as soon as they update to Version 4.0.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”

Of course, all fighters are available by themselves for $5.99!
With this new character, EVO will definitely be an interesting sight!

For more details, check the Official Super Smash Bros. Site!

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