Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have some new, yet familiar, faces later this year. During their 2019 Direct at E3, Nintendo announced that the Hero, of Dragon Quest fame, and Banjo-Kazooie will be the upcoming DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Both characters are from well-known series, and make great additions to Super Smash Bros. Let’s take a look at both characters as they prepare for their Smash Bros. debut.
The Hero is the protagonist of Dragon Quest XI. The young hero, also known as the Luminary, is the reincarnation of a hero who once saved the world. Dragon Quest XI follows the Hero as he travels throughout Erdrea and fulfills his destiny.
Hero, along with other heroes of the Dragon Quest series, will be playable characters in Ultimate. The others include the heroes of Dragon Quest III, IV, and VIII. They will be the alternates for the Hero of Dragon Quest XI rather than having alternate colors for the Hero. The addition of the Hero helps set up the release of Dragon Quest XI.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is set to release on the Switch on September 27th. If that’s too long for fans to wait, the Hero will be a playable character on Smash Bros. Ultimate later this summer. The Hero was a pleasant surprise, but the next announcement was a total shock.
The duo surprised fans as they appeared in a trailer with Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and King K. Rool lounging around. The characters are startled by something. As they go to check it out, they see a mysterious figure. But it is the dog and duck from Duck Hunt. Then, as you are confused (and maybe disappointed) the bear and breegull duo appear.
Banjo-Kazooie made their debut in 1998 in a game with the same name. The game was followed by a sequel called Banjo-Tooie in 2000. Both games were released on the Nintendo 64. The duo has had other games such as Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge, and Banjo-Pilot. Nuts & Bolts was released in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and the other two were released in 2003 and 2005, respectively, for the Game Boy Advanced.
As a fan, I am excited for Banjo-Kazooie’s debut. Their games on the Nintendo 64 were two of my favorite games as a kid. The duo is a great fit for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and I cannot wait to use them.
The Hero is set to join Smash Bros. in the summer and Banjo-Kazooie is set for the fall. Both are great additions and make an already great game even better. Now, I’m curious to see who will be next.
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