Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses was confirmed as the fifth fighter in the first Fighters Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and a whole lot of fans are upset.
So the reveal for the last character from the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate first character pack has come and gone and for better or worse, we’re getting yet another Fire Emblem character in Three Houses’ Byleth. The internet has been abuzz with negativity.
People have reacted with anger and, well, being the internet, memes. They have a character from a series that seems to have more characters in Smash than even Mario.
But hear me out, I think this makes sense.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses was the best-selling Fire Emblem game of all time. And speaking as someone who works in retail, I will vouch that I saw systems move for this exact game. I know a lot of people that have never even touched a Fire Emblem game and love Three Houses.
So given that this game has hit a wider audience than any other Fire Emblem title, wouldn’t it actually make sense for Byleth to be in there? I mean, if you think about it he/she is, by the numbers, the most recognizable Fire Emblem character.
Not only that but it’s clear they put a lot of work into the character to make it something different. You can see it in its preview video that it’s not doing anything on the Ray/Marth scale.
Personally, as someone who started back on the Game Boy Advance, I got to say that Byleth is my favorite protagonist of any Fire Emblem game, so I got kind of hyped to see the reveal. Their combat style looks really cool. Switching between weapons looks really fun and having the other costumes represent the various houses is such a nice touch.
We have about 80 or so characters in Smash Brothers. I wasn’t happy with Banjo Kazooie, but most of you were. Let me have this, please.
If you’re really unhappy with Byleth, there is some good news. Nintendo confirmed that a second batch of DLC fighters will be released, adding six more characters in the Fighter Pass Vol. 2.
Game director Masahiro Sakurai has apparently already decided who they will be but didn’t reveal them yet. They’ll all be released in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate by December 31, 2021.