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During Thursday’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct, fans got their first look at the last DLC character to be released in the Fighters Pass Vol. 1. Byleth, the professor blessed by a goddess, has joined the ranks of their fellow Fire Emblem series characters already in the game. Some Smash fans felt that at seven characters the series was starting to feel a little overrepresented, and their online reactions are reflecting it. Even series director Masahiro Sakurai poked fun at the addition of another sword-using character in the game, the goddess Sothis from Fire Emblem: Three Houses making a sly quip to the very vocal Smash community’s disdain for characters with swords.
None of that was able to stop Sakurai from introducing Byleth to the game. And after a year of unique fighters including Joker from Persona 5 and the bear-bird combo of Banjo & Kazooie, fans took to the internet to let everyone know exactly how they felt with their hottest of takes.
Nintendo fans: "We got many 3rd party characters as DLC, we want NINTENDO characters!"
Sakurai: "OK, Byleth from Fire Emblem Three Houses for Nintendo Switch family of systems"
Nintendo fans: "wait no…" pic.twitter.com/RnNSvFAF04
— Nirbion (@Nirbion) January 16, 2020
It’s like this one tweet wrapped up how everyone felt.
— B L O ✘ U S (commissions full) (@Bloxus) January 16, 2020
After eight characters they’re not wrong.
The most important takeaway from Byleth's trailer is that there's a mailbox in Byleth's head pic.twitter.com/m5GV8uWC47
— Justin @ Post-NTWEWY Elation (@PrinceOfPufftop) January 17, 2020
This… is actually a really good point.
R.I.P. PlayStation All-Stars. We hardly knew you.
— ✦ Nickolai Boulton ✦ (@NickolaiBoulton) January 16, 2020
Really this sticker should be on every game.
Smash Twitter after seeing Byleth pic.twitter.com/kx0pbhNhTZ
— ♫Marbels♫ (@Marbelsodas) January 16, 2020
Fun fact: you can now play an eight-person free-for-all match with only Fire Emblem fighters.
— june 天 #FREEMVC2 (@juneybee03) January 16, 2020
This is probably the best take on the whole Nintendo Direct video.
god holy shit look at the sheer difference in the reaction from the crowd to Byleths reveal at Nintendo NY compared to every other dlc fighter reveal pic.twitter.com/aMtlrYEUZI
— Supine Protoplasmic invertebrate Jellies (@WendySnowRadish) January 17, 2020
This video basically sums up the difference in enthusiasm levels between the Byleth reveal and the reveal of every other DLC character.
Byleth headed to a Switch near you
Byleth will be released Jan. 28, and regardless of how you feel about the addition of another sword-wielding Fire Emblem character, they are sure to shake up the game. Did you make your own hilarious hot take reaction for Byleth making the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster and want to share? Share it with us in the comments if so. We might share it in another roundup! Make sure to stay tuned to Daily Esports for more Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news and content.
Ryan Hay is a writer and content creator currently living in New York. Video games, anime, and Magic: The Gathering have all been strong passions in his life and being able to share those passions with others is his motivation for writing. You can find him on Twitter where he complains about losing on MTG Arena a lot.