ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

So following last week's long awaited Super Smash Bros. themed Nintendo Direct we're now a little bit more in the know regarding the character roster for the upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game.

Fire Emblem characters have featured amongst the Super Smash ranks for a while now, Marth and Roy first appeared as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee way back in 2001, now joined by Ike, Robin and Lucina for the Wii U and 3DS version.

And now Bayonetta and Corrin have been revealed to be the last two entrants in the game's roster; the former the star of her own games and the latter the Avatar (playable character) in the upcoming instalment in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Fates, which is due to release in North America in February 19th 2016

In all honesty Corrin's a pretty neat character, who else do you know who can turn into a freaking dragon? But the Super Smash Bros. fanbase haven't been best pleased with this inclusion, with many complaining that there's already too many Fire Emblem franchise characters included in the game.

There's many different series represented in Super Smash, the two most popular being Pokemon and Mario, and if the fifty-eight playable characters in Super Smash Bros., Mario has eight and Pokemon has six. Fire Emblem, which is a fairly small franchise in terms of popularity, also has six characters represented (two of which make up the seven DLC characters available for the game); a number which some fans think is a little too much.

In Corrin's case it's entirely possible that this is a marketing ploy, introducing the character ahead of the Fire Emblem Fates release date in February.

Fire Emblem Fates, Nohr (left) vs Hoshido (right)
Fire Emblem Fates, Nohr (left) vs Hoshido (right)

The first in the series to release in two versions, Birthright and Conquest, Fire Emblem Fates takes players to the kingdoms of Hoshido and Nohr; two states at war with each other because they worship different deities (dragon deities, for added badassery). Which version you play decides which side you take in the war; Birthright for Hoshido, Conquest for Nohr.

Whilst it would be false to say that Fire Emblem has always been a big draw for Nintendo, the last game in the series, Fire Emblem Awakening, was massively popular - still ranking among one of the most played games on the 3DS.

Fire Emblem Awakening
Fire Emblem Awakening

Awakening is credited with enticing new players to the series due to its playability, and so it's likely that Nintendo may now be using the already popular Super Smash Bros. as a hook to draw yet more players into the turn based strategy series.

Whilst some fans may be disappointed that Fire Emblem is taking up character slots which could be used for other iconic characters, particularly given that the newest addition is one who we won't be introduced to in the West for another couple months, for now the Super Smash Bros. character roster has been put to bed.

Nintendo has confirmed that Bayonetta, Corrin and Final Fantasy's Cloud will be the last three DLC characters included for the Wii U/3DS Super Smash Bros., so until the next game in the series comes around it looks like our final Smash roster is complete.

Do YOU think there's too many Fire Emblem characters in Super Smash Bros? Tell us in the comments below!


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