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Banjo-Kazooie and the Dragon Quest Hero Coming to ‘Smash Ultimate’

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The bear and bird are home, and they brought a Luminary with them.

The biggest crossover in gaming history just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Seriously, it’s like, defying time and space at this point. Whoever the last DLC character is, they might end up collapsing reality. And it’d be awesome.

During their E3 Direct yesterday, Nintendo revealed the next two characters coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as DLC. The first, revealed near the beginning of the Direct, is the Hero of the Dragon Quest series, specifically the Luminary from Dragon Quest XI. You can, however, play as Heroes from other Dragon Quest entries via character skins. Since none of these guys have canon names (except maybe The Guv from Dragon Quest VIII), they are collectively known as “Hero.” The Hero can use a bevy of the series’ signature spells, and is armed with various swords and shields. For his Final Smash, every other Dragon Quest Hero appears in one spot to deliver a single, overwhelming blow.

At the end of the Direct, a second character was revealed, one that fans have been clamoring for for quite a while: Banjo and Kazooie, the bear/bird duo from the Nintendo 64 age loaned out with Microsoft’s blessing. Banjo and Kazooie’s designs have been completely reworked (which is a relief, because if they used the Nuts and Bolts designs, I would’ve cried), but most of their old moveset is intact. Banjo handles the basic brawling, while Kazooie provides her signature abilities like egg-spitting, the Wonderwing shield, and more. For their Final Smash, they summon the mighty Jinjonator, the Jinjo deity that aided them in their first battle against Gruntilda the Witch.

As with Joker, the Hero and Banjo-Kazooie will release with new sets of music and accompanying stages, with the Hero circling the World Tree Yggdrasil and Banjo-Kazooie taking the fight to the top of Spiral Mountain. The Hero will release some time in the Summer, and Banjo-Kazooie will release some time this coming Fall.

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