Sephiroth revealed as Smash Ultimate DLC fighter 8 at The Game Awards - Dexerto

Sephiroth revealed as Smash Ultimate DLC fighter 8 at The Game Awards

Published: 11/Dec/2020 0:15 Updated: 11/Dec/2020 1:27

by Michael Gwilliam


Nintendo has finally announced the next Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter at The Game Awards with the reveal that Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7 will be joining the roster.

The gaming world was hit with the shocking reveal that the Final Fantasy antagonist of Sephiroth would be the game’s next DLC fighter coming in December.

The reveal kicked off TGA accompanied the One Winged Angel theme and even showcased some of the new fighter’s gameplay that included counters, projectiles and Smash attacks. So far, he looks to have very strong reach with his sword attacks, so it will be interesting to see how his whole kit functions.

Amusingly, the trailer even managed to replicate the climatic ending to Final Fantasy Advent Children when Cloud faces off against Sephiroth.

Although no release date was announced, Mr. Sakurai will hold a special ‘How to use Sephiroth’ program on December 18 at 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST / 11 PM BST.  The Game Awards trailer ended with “December” suggesting the fighter should release soon after.

Smash Ultimate Director Masahiro Sakurai tweeted that the fighter “will be delivered within the year,” but that further details would be coming at a future date.

Sephiroth is the second Final Fantasy fighter to be added to Smash, with the first being Cloud who debuted back on the Wii U in Smash 4.

While the announcement of Sephiroth made a lot of noise at TGA, for fans of Kingdom Hearts’ Sora, this may be the reveal that completely ends any chance of him coming to Smash. It’s unlikely that Square Enix would get two fighters in the same pass with both coming so close together.

This isn’t the first time a fighter has been revealed at The Game Awards. Back in 2018, Nintendo shocked the world by revealing Persona’s Joker as the game’s first DLC.

Smash just got a little bit edgier.

While there wasn’t an announcement in 2019, which left some fans upset, it’s clear that Nintendo really felt the impact of 2018’s reveal and decided to recreate some of that hype.

With Fighter 8 now revealed, there are three more characters to come in Fighters Pass Volume 2. Only time will tell what the future holds for Smash given how big these last couple of announcements have been.


Pokemon Sword & Shield community stunned by Detective Pikachu easter egg

Published: 18/Jan/2021 23:29 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 23:34

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield player went viral after posting a Detective Pikachu easter egg that had slipped past many Gen 8 Trainers for over a year.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the debut of Sword & Shield in 2019. The Nintendo Switch title introduced players to new features such as the Wild Area and Dynamaxing.

Despite releasing over a year ago, players are still discovering secrets in the Galar region. Players of the RPG were surprised when they missed a Detective Pikachu easter egg that was right under their noses.

Detective Pikachu promotional image screenshot.
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The popular spin-off game is mentioned in Sword & Shield.

Pokemon’s Sword & Shield’s Detective Pikachu easter egg

Early into the Gen 8 title, players make their way to the seaside town of Hulbury to face off against Water Gym Leader Nessa. According to a viral post online, there is more to see in the small village.

The neat easter egg was posted on the r/PokemonSwordAndShield subreddit by user ‘aSuspiciousPanda’ who posted a screenshot of an NPC talking about Detective Pikachu.

The image shows the player’s protagonist standing in front of the Hulbury Pokemon Center when a character walking through town says “I hear there’s a Pokemon that’s a great detective!”

First time seeing this easter egg! from PokemonSwordAndShield

While the easter egg is pretty minor, many in the community were stunned that they had never seen the reference in the RPG before. “I have never seen this,” a fan replied. One user exclaimed, “Whoa, never noticed this either! Nice find.” Another agreed and said, “I love this!”

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield players reacting to Detective Pikachu Easter Egg.

Although Sword & Shield came out over a year ago, surprisingly a lot of fans had never seen the NPC before. According to several users, supposedly the character says different texts depending on the day. So it makes sense why many have never stumbled upon the dialogue until now.

While not the most earth-shattering secret, it does make one wonder how many more references are actually hidden throughout the Nintendo Switch title. If nothing else, the viral post just makes us want the sequel to Detective Pikachu even more. Only time will tell when the adorable Electric-type will be sleuthing once again.