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Nintendo opened up its E3 2021 Direct by announcing the newest DLC fighter that would join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Kazuya Mishima from Tekken will join Smash Ultimate as the fifth character in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 and the 11th DLC character overall.
The Direct did not confirm when Kazuya would make his way into Smash Ultimate. However, director Masahiro Sakurai revealed that he would provide more details about the character in another livestream. This “Mr. Sakurai Presents” showcase will begin at 10 a.m. ET on June 28. At that time, Sakurai will likely confirm Kazuya’s release date, along with more specifics about how the character will play.
Kazuya has become the latest character from a third party fighting game series to make his way into Nintendo’s premier platform fighter. He joins the likes of Ryu and Ken Masters from Street Fighter, as well as Terry Bogard from The King of Fighters and Fatal Fury.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 15, 2021
More about Kazuya Mishima in Smash Ultimate
Kazuya Mishima comes from the Tekken franchise, where he is one of the series’ major antagonists. He has appeared as a playable character in almost every Tekken game. Unsurprisingly, his fighting style in Smash Ultimate pulls from many of his attacks and combos in the Tekken games.
In addition, an alternate version of Kazuya, known as Devil Kazuya, will appear in Smash Ultimate. Kazuya notably switches to his Devil form to perform his final smash, along with a handful of other attacks. It is currently unclear whether Devil Kazuya will function as a comeback mechanic or if his appearance is merely an aesthetic change.
Kazuya is the penultimate character in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2. With only one more character left to be revealed, Smash Ultimate will presumably come to the end of its DLC cycle soon.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.