Lucina Wakes Her Blade!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge Not just in terms of hype and importance and potential sales, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, almost a thousand songs, and too many Pokémon and items and Watch Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game really big boy.
But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of their fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Crush all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the previous four games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new fighters and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We're excited, but we're also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we're creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today's fighters: Marth and Lucina.
Who Are They?
Fire Emblem, like fellow JRPG franchise Final Fantasy, often changes casts and settings, only featuring loose thematic ties between games. However, as the star of the first entry in the series Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Prince Marth is the de facto classic star of the series, arguably its most recognizable hero lord. His legendary status is even a plot point in later games. In Fire Emblem: Awakening, Lucina dresses herself as "Marth" before revealing her time-travel-powered true identity.
Marth has one of the more fascinating Smash Bros. stories For starters, his elegant sword-based moveset made him one of the few secret characters in Melee that were wholly original. But even more shocking, at the time Fire Emblem had never been released in America. Unless you were the most hardcore Nintendo fan fan, you had no idea who Marth was even! This created such fascination around the series that in 2003 Nintendo capitalized by finally releasing Fire Emblem in the West where it is now a popular key franchise. Smash is not just a big game. It lifts up other games.
What Looks New in Ultimate?
People liked Marth not just because of his mystery but also because he's consistently one of the best characters in the game. And he seems pretty similar in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The key to success with Marth is spacing yourself away from your opponent properly as the tip of his Falchion sword does the most damage. As in Smash Wii U / 3DS you can also use Echo Fighter Lucina whose parallel Falchion does the same damage no matter where you hit. New in Ultimate is a passable, optional English Marth vocal dub.
Marth was my main character back in the Melee days, before I fell victim to Ganondorf's awful charms. And I used Lucina a lot in Smash Wii U / 3DS. So if they end up being great still, and that seems to be the case, then I'll definitely check them out Smash Ultimate. My biggest hope is that no more Fire Emblem characters get introduced who basically have Marth's moveset, which describes the majority of them already in the game.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that are not Smash Bros.., because those definitely exist.