Announced during the last Nintendo Direct from September, many tuned in to the presumed final edition of Mr. Sakurai Presents for who the last DLC fighter would be for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We now have our answer: Sora from Kingdom Hearts.
As a slight deviation from the norm, the presentation actually showcased the upcoming Mii Fighter costume arrangement before the reveal of the DLC fighter. Revealed were the Octoling and Judd from the Splatoon series, as well as Doom Slayer (to the dismay of many, I assume). All will be available as paid DLC packages on October 18th.
The final group of Mii Fighter costumes arrives 10/18 in Super #SmashBrosUltimate!
•Doom Slayer (Gunner) pic.twitter.com/v9SsEx9gpx
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 5, 2021
After the trailer, a detailed showcase began that detailed many aspects to Sora’s fighting style. Including his basic moveset, Final Smash, and variety of costumes, there’s a lot of detail that harkens back to his capabilities from the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Nine musical tracks from the franchise will be added to the game with his release, as well. Sora, like the Mii Costume additions, will be available on October 18th.
To those still collecting amiibo figures, amiibo versions of Steve and Alex from the Minecraft series will join Min Min from ARMS in Spring of 2022. Figures for the additional fighters in the second DLC pack were also heavily implied.
Near the endpoint, game director Masahiro Sakurai took the time to note some eye-popping statistics regarding the game. The total number of characters, stages, spirits, game franchises showcased, and more were provided. He even provided data on the total number of online and offline battles accumulated in the years since release. Spoiler: The numbers were in the billions.
One final announcement provided was that the Kingdom Hearts franchise would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Three titles specifically—Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix –, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and Kingdom Hearts III—will be coming to the console as cloud versions, as has since been confirmed. What hasn’t been confirmed is a release date, so fans will have to wait for official word later on.