The newest showcase on Super Smash Brothers Ultimate’s next upcoming DLC fighter has been showcased in full. Following the announcement from The Game Awards last week, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7 is making his way into the melee with Cloud. Showing off his final boss status and attitude, series creator Masahiro Sakurai did his best to give an indepth look at the one-winged angel. Unlike other presentations during this pandemic, Mr. Sakurai returns to a studio with some of his team following virus guidelines of course. Showcasing some of the new changes and updates with Sephiroth and Mii Costumes being added, the series director takes a special look into what’s coming later today for Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
First showcased are some of the new Mii costumes coming to Smash include the other party members from Final Fantasy 7, a chocobo hat, and Geno from Super Mario RPG. While confirming the possibility of the fan-favorite Square character not coming as a fighter, it’s still nice to see them acknowledge his existence with a costume. Of course, the main attraction is Sephiroth and he certainly brings the luster of another Final Fantasy character. Of course, utilizing his iconic huge sword, he also features powerful sorcery by being able to use magic as well. Being able to cast gigaflare with his neutral special and inflict damage over time with Shadowflare.
Taking in some of the great elements from not only Final Fantasy, the inspiration from Square Enix’s Dissidia series is quite clear as well. His comeback mechanic has an interesting gimmick to his damage and speed. When playing at a stock advantage, the winged form takes longer to appear and much quicker if Sephiroth is playing at a disadvantage. However, this mechanic is removed whenever Sephiroth gets knocked out or lands a KO himself. Leveling the playing field a bit more, it still positions Sephiroth in a very powerful position during any period in a match.
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His final smash is also extremely unique by inflicting various effects on the characters caught in the meteor. With Sephiroth comes the new stage as well which references the finale of Final fantasy 7 taking place in the Northern Cave map that recreates the ending of the original. There’s even more Final Fantasy music with a different variety of songs like the opening bombing mission track, Jenova, and 2 variations of One-Winged Angel which is Sephiroth’s theme after all. Comprising 9 tracks in all, it adds a nice niche to the Final Fantasy 7 genre that previously only had 2. The character will release officially on Tuesday, December 22 with a special challenge featuring him as a boss. If you purchase the fighters pass, it will also unlock an early playable version if you can beat him on any difficulty. The update is scheduled to release later today after the presentation at 3 PM PDT.