The latest Nintendo direct finally went live and revealed who Smash Ultimate’s fifth DLC character will be. There was a lot of speculation leading up to this announcement with Dante from Devil May Cry being the favorite, but it’s ended up being a rather safe pick from Nintendo. Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ protagonist Byleth has joined the fight!
Both the male and female versions of Byleth will be playable in Challenger Pack 5. Their movesets, much like many other Fire Emblem fighters, focus on low mobility, technical but strong finishers and smart counter usage. Their kits have impressive horizontal reach at the cost of vertical movement.
As usual, this pack brings with it a brand new stage. Called Garreg Mach Monastery, this stage takes place in Three Houses’ hub of the same name. Specifically, it recreates the Marketplace, Reception Hall, Bridge, and Cathedral with the stage cycling through each area.
Byleth Probably Wasn’t the Answer
By all accounts, Byleth is a safe play given his status in a new Nintendo favorite. However, many fans are disappointed given this was supposed to be the finale for the first character pack. Instead of Dante, Master Chief, or Sora, we’ve ended up with yet another Fire Emblem swordfighter. For reference, Byleth is the eighth Fire Emblem character to be added to Smash.
The announcement as a whole felt a little odd. There was a whole segment where Sakurai pretty much just read the Fire Emblem wiki to us, explaining what a tactics game is. Also, he spent a good five minutes pretty much advertising Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Needless to say, this felt like a troll for many fans.
To be fair, the Byleth DLC itself looks high quality and I myself think its a fair choice. Sure, it might not be as hype as what people were hoping for but it makes an awful lot of sense in the grand scheme of things. Fire Emblem; Three Houses is a historic title that deserves representation in Smash, even if it doesn’t please everyone. Finally, six more DLC fighters were announced to be in the works so we have plenty to look forward to.