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Dragon Quest producer says getting Hero in Smash was ‘nearly impossible’

Published: 3/Jan/2020 22:38

by Michael Gwilliam


Dragon Quest’s Hero was the third out of five fighters released as part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Pass, and as it turns out, Nintendo did the unthinkable by getting him in the game.

In an interview with Nintendo Dream magazine, Dragon Quest XI producer Hokuto Okamoto and directors Takeshi Uchikawa and Masato Yagi discussed how the company approached adding Hero to the game, and had some kind words for series creator Masahiro Sakurai.

According to translations done by Robert Sephazon, Okamoto couldn’t believe that Hero would be included in Smash Bros.

NintendoDragon Quest’s Hero was Smash Ultimate’s third DLC fighter.

“It’s nearly impossible for Dragon Quest characters to appear in other companies’ games,” he revealed. “We discussed many ideas, including what we’re doing with DQXI S, such as making each color a Hero of past games. Mr. Sakurai accepted both Nintendo’s direction as well as Square Enix branding, and then got on board. It was a very exciting experience.”

Not only that, but Nintendo made sure that the fighter met their expectations. “We received a special request for feedback,” Uchikawa revealed, and stated he was very impressed with the Dragon Quest stage Yggdrasil’s Altar.

“I was impressed at the scale of everything. It fully incorporated various series staples, such as the command selection,” he added, referencing Hero’s special command tool part of his kit which allows him to use powerful spells.

NintendoThe Yggdrasil’s Altar stage came with Hero as downloadable content.

Yagi went on to state that when he saw Sakurai demo the fighter, he was impressed with the fighter’s movement and actions.

“It’s spectacular what Mr. Sakurai can find to include,” Uchikawa remarked. “Dragon Quest has never really done such a major cross-over with other franchises. Seeing Hero throw a Poké Ball? That’s a radical image to imagine.”

With Hero’s inclusion in Smash, it’s clear that Nintendo is up to the challenge of making the ‘impossible’ happen. It will be interesting to see what additional characters the company can work with as DLC fighter 5 is on the way, and even more coming after that.

NintendoHero’s kit is one of the most dynamic in franchise history.

The final fighter as part of the original Fighter Pass is scheduled to release no later than February 29, 2020 and that is looking likely to be a placeholder date.

Signs have pointed to a Nintendo Direct happening in January and with it, the reveal of the newest fighter to the game. With speculation running wild, it may even end up being yet another Dragon Quest character.


Smash Ultimate pro Tweek unveils new 9.0.2 fighter tier list

Published: 30/Nov/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Ultimate pro Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey has revealed his newest tier list for patch 9.0.2, and it includes some pretty surprising fighter placements.

Tweek has been one of the top Smash players for quite some time and has been known to change up his characters, making him one of the biggest threats in any tournament.

While global health issues have shut down most LAN events in 2020, the TSM star still practices and shocks fans with highlight-reel plays on social media platforms and Twitch.

On November 29, the 22-year-old uploaded his newest tier list. While he admitted to not have given it “much effort”, the list still contains his general thoughts. So it’s likely that some fighters could probably be switched around ahead of others while remaining on the same tier.

Joker with Arsene in Smash.
Joker takes the top spot on Tweek’s tier list.

First and foremost, the Smash star gave the top slot on the whole roster to Joker, who remains an elite fighter despite some nerfs to Arsene.

Even though no one has achieved the same level of success on Joker as the world’s top player Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez, the Persona character’s kit remains strong in the right hands. Not to mention that Arsene is one of the biggest threats and arguably the best passive ability in the game.

Just after Joker is Pikachu, who consistently remains a top tier in almost every Smash title. Thanks to his insane recovery and small hitbox, fighting a good Pikachu can be like trying to have a lightsaber duel with Yoda.

Surprisingly, Tweek placed Mario above Peach, Zero Suit Samus, and even one of his mains in Wario. It’s really unclear exactly why he feels this way, especially with Peach main Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris being just behind MKLeo in the PGR.

Hopefully, he ends up making a more detailed video with his thoughts so he can dig into why Mario is ahead of some of the game’s most elite characters.

Going a bit further down the list, Tweek has both of the game’s newest fighters with Steve and MinMin in B-tier. Steve has been a bit underwhelming since release, but no one has really risen up the ranks with the Minecraft fighter yet. Meanwhile, MinMin may be a major sleeper, but her weakness to close-quarters brawls may be holding her back.

Min Min grabs the ledge
Min Min is stuck in B-tier for now.

Finally, the C-Tier is as you’d expect: Little Mac, Ganondorf, and Dr Mario round out the bottom three and for good reason: they all seriously lack recoveries. Hopefully, the next time there is a big balance update, those fighters get some quality buffs to their recoveries so they move up a tier or two.

It’s unlikely that we see another balance update until a new fighter is released. With The Game Awards on December 10, one could very well be announced there and released soon thereafter. Until then, however, expect patch 9.0.2 to remain the current meta for a bit, especially if no new fighter is revealed before the end of the year.