‘Like it or not, it’s not up to me if another sword fighter enters the game’
If you count both variants (a la Sheik and Zelda), Smash Ultimate Just two more sword users with the addition of Pyra and Mythra.
This follows several other sword users in both Fighters Passes, including the most recent addition of Sephiroth. So what’s up? Well, the father of the series, Masahiro Sakurai, says you can’t blame him.
Speaking to Washa Live (via Nintendo Everything) this week, Sakurai had a few brief things to say about Smash UltimateDLC options, but they also had their hands a bit tied by how much they could craft. When asked why there are so many sword fighters (a question he gets often), Sakurai explains, laughing, “Like it or not, it’s not up to me whether another sword fighter enters the game.”
When pressed again, saying that the player base often groans when another sword user is announced, Sakurai keeps telling him, “Well, even if it’s another sword fighter, it will be fine as long as we balance them correctly.” He also claims that sword fighters are “easy to implement,” especially compared to incredibly intricate characters like Steve.
But outside of that quick recap, Sakurai says that she can’t really expand beyond that, and that if she “goes a little further, [he] you will get something from Nintendo. “An ear, it seems! Sakurai is very careful about what he says in situations like this, but he has made it clear on several occasions that he is not in charge of who is chosen.
Washa Live [YouTube via Nintendo Everything]