Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Pyra/Mythra coverage live blog

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate creator, Masahiro Sakurai, has shared information regarding the latest downloadable fighter set, Pyra & Mythra. Here is a recap of everything in the presentation:

- Sakurai had to record this presentation at his home

- The stage included in this fighter pack is "Cloud Sea of Alrest"

- Different characters, primarily Drivers and their Blades, from Xenoblade 2 appear in the background of the stage.

- Sakurai considered having Rex fight alongside Pyra / Mythra, but having Pyra and Mythra be able to switch between each other was already pushing the limits of the game.

- Pyra and Mythra can change into one another by using the Down Special attack.

- On the character select screen, a player can choose to start as either Pyra or Mythra by pressing the Y button.

- Pyra specializes in power, and Mythra specializes in speed.

- Mythra has "Foresight," an ability that will slow her opponents down when she successfully dodges an attack.

- Most other moves between the characters are the same, but Pyra's moves are a bit slower in exchange for having more power and reach.

- In some cases, such as with their Up Smash attack, Mythra's Up Smash hits multiple times, while Pyra's Up Smash only hits once.

- Pyra's Neutral Special is Flame Nova, a powerful attack that can hit opponents on either side of her.

- Mythra's Neutral Special is Lightning Buster, a long-reaching attack.

- Pyra's Side Special is Blazing End, an attack where she temporarily throws her sword forward. The attack acts as a projectile, but it leaves Pyra open to counterattacks when used. She is also unable to use other attacks when the move is used in the air.

- Mythra's Side Special is Photon Edge, an attack that allows Mythra to dash to side while slicing opponents. It works well as a recovery move.

- Pyra's Up Special is Prominence Revolt. It is primarily a recovery move that aids in recovering vertically, but it has great launch power if it can hit an opponent.

- Myhthra's Up Special is Ray of Punishment. It is another recovery move, but energy blasts, known as Chroma Dust, can be shot if the player holds down the B button while recovering.

- The Down Special move of both characters is Swap. This move allows Pyra and Mythra to freely switch between one another, and slight invincibility is granted when either one uses the move.

- Pyra's Final Smash is Burning Sword, and Mythra's Final Smash is Sacred Arrow. Burning Sword is meant for KOs while Sacred Arrow is meant for damage.

- Sakurai says he likes Pyra better.

- Rex appears in the battle start animation for both characters, and he appears in their victory animations and taunts.

- Kirby's copy ability will change based on whether he inhales Pyra or Mythra.

- A total of 16 songs are available when purchasing the Pyra / Mythra fighter pack.

- These 16 songs can also be played in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's other Xenoblade stage, Gaur Plain.

- A special spirit board based on Xenoblade 2 will become available once Pyra / Mythra are purchased.

- Special art for some of the Spirits were custom-made for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Spirit Board.

- Following an update, if Rex's Spirit reaches Level 99, he'll transform into a new, Master Driver form Spirit.

- The Mii costumes for this presentation are Monster Hunter Equipment, Rathalos Equipment, Felyne, and Arthur (from Ghosts 'n' Goblins).

- Pyra / Mythra will be available later today, alongside the new Mii costumes.

- Sakurai reveals that he did not write the script to the reveal trailer for Pyra / Mythra.

- Monolith Soft was in charge of the reveal trailer.

- Sakurai reveals that he has official Pyra and Mythra figures for modeling and animation reference.

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Pokemon Brawl" tournament kicks off March 5th, 2021, Version 11.0 coming soon

The Pokemon celebration continues

Two bits of news for Smash Bros. Ultimate fans to keep track of going forward. First up, a Pokemon Brawl tournament is kicking off on March 5th, 2021, and runs for 3 days. This tournament features Pokemon-related fighters, stages, and items. This event is being held in honor of the Pokemon 25th anniversary, and the more you win, the better Spirits you'll get.

Along with that, Nintendo has announced that Smash Bros. Ultimate will be updated to Version 11.0 in the near future. No official date was given, but that info should be coming soon.

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Mr. Sakurai Presents: Pyra/Mythra" presentation airing March. 4th, 2021

Shulk won't be the only Xenoblade character in Smash for much longer!

Want to learn more about Pyra/Mythra's appearance in Smash Bros. Ultimate? March 4th, 2021 brings us a video presentation from Mr. Sakurai himself, and he'll be running through everything the duo Xenoblade Chronicles 2 characters have to offer at 6AM PT / 9AM ET. The live-stream will be roughly 35 minutes long, and Nintendo has assured that there will be no future fighter announcements. We are bound to get our next round of Mii costumes though, so make sure to stay tuned.

Cowboy Bebop intro remade with Smash Bros. Ultimate characters

3, 2, 1, let's jam!

Cowboy Bebop has one of the most iconic and stylish openings in all of anime, which is why it still so beloved all these years after its release. Any excuse to talk about that intro is more than welcome, and today we have the perfect reason to.

As you can see above, a group of people have come together to recreate the timeless intro using Smash Bros. Ultimate characters. Everything from the music to timing is pretty spot on. Hell, this version of the intro is enjoyable in and of itself! Still though, comparing it to the original anime intro makes it that much better.

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Bravely Default II" Spirit Board event starts Feb. 26th, 2021

Game recognize game

The next Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event runs for 5 days, and it starts on Feb. 26th, 2021. This Spirit Board event is in honor of Bravely Default II coming to Switch. Be on the lookout for two brand-new Spirits tied to Bravely Default II during the event!

Take another look at Pyra and Mythra in Smash Bros. Ultimate with a new batch of screens

Quite the duo!

Last week's Nintendo Direct included another Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal, showing us that Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 are heading our way. The duo is out sometime in March, but we don't have an exact date yet. While we wait for that, why not check out some new screens? Have a look at the latest batch here.

Secrets and hidden details in Pyra & Mythra's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal trailer

A smashing analysis!

Pyra and Mythra have been revealed as Challenger Pack #9 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and their trailer is filled with references to Xenoblade Chronicles 2! We break out the old Analysis Machine to see what secrets and hidden details we can find, including more details on their movesets and the new stage!

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Pyra and Mythra" official art revealed

Pyra and Mythra were revealed for Smash Bros. Ultimate earlier today, and they're being added to the game in March. To celebrate the announcement, a special illustration from the original game's character designer Masatsugu Saito was shared. Check it out in all its glory above.

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Body to Body" Tournament set for Feb. 19th, 2021

A spirited fight

The next Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament has been revealed, and it runs for 3 days starting Feb. 19th, 2021. This tournament allows for fighters with "deadly tricks" at their disposal. The more battles you win, the better spirits you'll get.

Masahiro Sakurai teases that information regarding Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will appear in tomorrow's Nintendo Direct presentation

Nintendo has just confirmed that a 50-minute Nintendo Direct will air tomorrow, February 17th. Fans have already begun speculating what information will be revealed in the presentation, and Masahiro Sakurai has teased that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate information will be shown at some point. So at the very least, the audience can now safely confirm that at least a small portion of this 50-minute presentation will be dedicated to showcasing a new Smash fighter!


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