Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans have had a lot on their plates lately, with the game regularly releasing new DLC fighters since it launched in 2018. Even now, despite a worldwide pandemic, the game has brought fans some of the series’ most requested characters to date just months apart from each other, including Steve from Minecraft and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7. However, there are some characters fans still wish were in the platform fighter.
Just one month ahead of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s release, it was revealed that Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 would be added to the game as a Mii Costume, due to how new Rex’s game was when Ultimate was well into development. While fans mourned this loss, many were excited to see Pyra and Mythra join Smash just last week as the fourth character in Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Now, Smash director Masahiro Sakurai has elaborated more on why Rex didn’t make it in.
During the recent Mr. Sakurai Presents “Pyra/Mythra” video detailing the new character, Sakurai mentioned he originally would have liked to include Pyra and Rex as a “duo” character like Ice Climbers. Today, in his latest column published in Japanese video game magazine Famitsu, Sakurai explained that implementing Rex and Pyra that way was deemed “impossible” by the development team, despite their efforts.
The Smash director explains that from the get-go, he imagined Rex and Pyra working together as a duo character, with both characters fighting as one alongside each other. However, out of all the characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pyra and Rex’s designs are by far the most detailed, Sakurai notes. When comparing the characters to Ice Climbers, Sakurai mentioned how those who characters are virtually identical, not causing nearly as much stress on processing power as two unique characters fighting as a pair might.
The director mentioned that although he and the development team tried a variety of strategies to get Rex and Pyra fighting together, he had no choice but to shelve Rex for the time being. Of course, it seems fans are still happy regardless of the situation, as competitive players now argue that Pyra/Mythra, Mythra in particular, seems to be one of the game’s best fighters so far.
Of course, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn’t done rolling out fighters just yet, as two more are slated to release as part of the game’s Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Fans have speculated that anyone from Crash Bandicoot to Master Chief could make it into the game at this point, but for now only time will tell.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now for Nintendo Switch.