I used to think that the inclusion of Xenoblade characters in the next Smash Bros. titles would be just too good to become true, given the game’s obscurity in comparison to the other big Nintendo franchises. But once again in their recent winning streak of fan-pleasing surprises, Nintendo has made another amazing announcement: Xenoblade protagonist Shulk is officially playable in Super Smash Bros.!

As ever, the latest character reveal trailer is an exciting watch. Using the power of the Monado (that sleek red sword you see our latest challenger wielding), Shulk foresees an incoming assault from Link and Marth using a vision of the near future, giving him the upper hand.

In the gameplay footage that follows the cinematic, we see that this foresight ability can actually be used in combat. It looks it will act as a strong counter move, as well as the theme of his awesome Final Smash. Shulk’s Monado also gives him boosts to his boosts to his jumps and speed, as well as a shield and a various array of punishing melee attacks.

Gaur Plain, that beautiful green landscape from Xenoblade, is now a stage in both the Wii U and 3DS versions. It looks like it has a full day/night cycle, and has an incredible view of the Mechonis in the background.


Personally, I don’t know how much hype I can contain until Super Smash Bros. for 3DS‘ release next month. If you didn’t play the original Xenoblade — and you really should — you may be interested in the upcoming New 3DS port, which will be one of the first titles to utilise the full power of the new system. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go fire up the game’s sweet soundtrack in anticipation.