Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game director Masahiro Sakurai delivered some good news for Xenoblade fans on Thursday morning: New fighters Pyra and Mythra are dropping today for the Nintendo Switch fighting game. But Monster Hunter fans got a punch in the gut, because Sakurai also showed off new Mii Fighter costumes based on Monster Hunter. To many fans, that rules out (or “de-confirms”) the possibility that a dedicated Monster Hunter-themed fighter will come to Ultimate.
Fans reacted similarly when a Mii Fighter costume based on Geno from Super Mario RPG was added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But Geno has always been something of a long shot for inclusion in the core Smash Bros. roster. Monster Hunter? That’s certainly more popular today.
Sakurai said the addition of new Mii Fighter costumes based on Monster Hunter — which consists of the Rathalos Armor and Helm, and the Hunter Armor and Helm for the Swordfighter class, as well as a Felyne hat — are timed with the imminent release of Monster Hunter Rise. Capcom will bring that game to Nintendo Switch on March 26.
But with just two more characters coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the game’s Fighters Pass Vol. 2, fans aren’t hopeful that they’ll get a stand-alone Monster Hunter fighter on the game’s roster.
Smash Bros. fans also shouldn’t expect Arthur from the Ghosts ’n Goblins series to show up as the next DLC fighter, based on the unspoken rules of who’s ruled out from getting a Smash invitation. Arthur got a Mii Fighter costume on Thursday, too, timed with the recent release of Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection on Switch.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s new Mii Fighter costumes are available for purchase for 75 cents each. Pyra and Mythra can be purchased as part of Challenger Pack 9 for $5.99, and are included as part of the $29.99 Fighters Pass Vol. 2.