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Nintendo released their final round of additional fighters for their immensely popular Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016.

Bayonetta, the main character of the Bayonetta series and winner of the Smash Ballot, and Corrin, the main protagonist and avatar character of the newly released (releasing on February 19, 2016 in the U.S.) Fire Emblem: Fates found their newest battlefield to be among video game legends.
Upon first glance it is easy to see the amount of detail Masahiro Sakurai and co. put into these fabulous fighters. Each character is rendered true to form in Smash Bros. style while maintaining their designs from their original games.

Corrin follows the path of Robin, the Fire Emblem: Awakening avatar fighter, by allowing players to choose between male and female versions of the character. While one may first view Corrin as just another Fire Emblem fighter, they are anything but ordinary. What makes Corrin especially unique is their ability to transform into a dragon, which is implemented beautifully within game. As a combo goes on, the character phases in and out of their human and dragon forms. This is as wonderful to watch as it is to play.

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Bayonetta maintains a variety of her signature moves from both of her hit games. Those who have played either Bayonetta or Bayonetta 2 will see the striking similarities between her classic attacks and her Super Smash Bros. moves. Nearly all of her attacks can be used to create a long running combo that can be prolonged with her trusty side arms by holding down the A button. This is done in a way that will be instantly familiar to Bayonetta fans.What’s especially satisfying is pulling off her signature Witch Time ability, which allows her to dodge an enemy attack and then slow down time. Following this technique with a smash attack is one of many fantastic finishing moves Bayonetta has at her disposal.DrearyIllInchworm

Now that all of the additional characters have been released, players can really dive into the game and find out who fits their play style best. While this may be the end of Nintendo’s planned DLC, it is only the beginning of this installment of Super Smash Bros. There are plenty of matches to be held and scores to be settled among friends, family, and competitors.

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Nintendo has yet to release all of their supported amiibo for Super Smash Bros. Roy, Ryu, and the Famicom version of R.O.B. will be released in the U.S. on March 18th, 2016. The release dates of Cloud, Bayonetta, and Corrin have yet to be confirmed.

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Written by Austyn Roney

Austyn James Roney is a broadcast journalism student at the University of North Texas. He has had a passion for video games ever since he was five-years-old. His first video game console was the Nintendo 64 bundled with the original Super Smash Bros. The game that really opened his eyes to the wonderful world of gaming was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The idea of amiibo instantly fascinated him whenever they were first introduced during E3 in 2014. His first amiibo was Link, and thus began his journey to collect them all!

2 Comments on "The Heart of a Dragon and The Soul of a Witch"

  1. Clark Garcia says:

    I often do well with faster, small damage fighters; with the exception of Wii Fit Trainer and Robin (my current main). Corrin is unique in their own fighting style that might not create long combos but can rack up damage quite quickly, and almost every attack of theirs is powerful! They may end up succeeding Robin as my main.

    On Bayonetta, she is immensely fun but definitely not the easiest character to pick up at first for new players. A bit slow to start, but incredibly high potential for 0-death combos and witch time/bat within shenanigans. As a combo fighter true to her games’ origins, I feel she resonates well with my playing style, but I will definitely need to get some more practice in with her. After some time, she may end up being under Robin as my 3rd main.

    Either way, Corrin and Bayonetta do require some skill to be able to play, as do many characters in Smash 4. However, these two are an excellent addition to the roster, and after a few hours of playing with them; I’m confident that they will be a staple in my “arsenal”!

    • Josue Ponce says:

      Agreed! They’re both very technical characters, especially Bayonetta! It feels great when playing with her, especially when managing to combine attacks, making sick combos!

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