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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.


4 Xbox characters who would make great Smash Ultimate fighters

Published: 24/Oct/2020 0:13

by Michael Gwilliam


With Minecraft Steve and Banjo-Kazooie now in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, it’s clear that Microsoft has a pretty good relationship with Nintendo. This begs the question: who else could we see from Xbox make the jump to Smash?

Nowadays, it seems like no character, regardless of whether they’re from an M-rated series or not is off limits for Nintendo’s flagship fighter.

The only criteria that Smash creator Sakurai has is that the character must be from a video game, which is why the likes of Goku or Iron Man haven’t received an invitation to Smash.

That all said, here are four Xbox character we want to see join Smash Ultimate at some point in the future.

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Conker could be a great Smash addition.


Rare’s anthropomorphic squirrel first made his debut in Diddy Kong Racing on the N64 and went on to star in a couple Nintendo games before Microsoft acquired the developer.

Due to Conker’s history on Nintendo, he seems like a good fit for a future Smash character, especially considering the options available for a moveset.

Conker’s Bad Fur day has the character make use of guns, chainsaws and flamethrowers meaning that his arsenal would be packed in the event he got the green light for a Smash game.

An Elder Scrolls rep would be great in Smash.


Even though Microsoft just bought Bethesda, having an Elder Scrolls rep would be a massive moment for fans of both series and why not opt for Skyrim at that point?

Players could make use of the Dragon Shout as unique abilities while still being prime for melee combat through an assortment of swords and other items.

Nintendo even has some Zelda-themed items within the Switch version of Skyrim so this crossover into Smash could make a lot of sense.

Marcus Fenix from Gears of War
Marcus could be a heavyweight DLC.

Marcus Fenix

The Gears of War protagonist may not be as iconic as the last two names on this list, but he would definitely be a colorful addition to the Smash roster.

With his chainsaws, guns and close-range kill options, Fenix would have a lot of tools at his disposal.

The most unique part is that he could end up being the first heavyweight DLC fighter and completely buck recent trends.

Many fans have wanted Doomslayer/Doomguy in Smash.

Master Chief / Doomguy

We’re going to put both of these two characters together as it’s super unlikely we ever end up getting both.

Master Chief and Doomguy would bring in some great FPS representation mixed in with their sci-fi theme.

Microsoft and Doom’s devs seem pretty keen about wanting these two in Smash, so even getting both to round out Fighters Pass Volume 2 would be a historic moment in gaming history.