Nintendo recently pulled a big surprise for its fighting video game “Super Smash Bros 4” on 3DS and Wii U gaming platforms when instead of characters that were rumored to be coming to the game, it was somebody else who showed up.
It was a good surprise for gamers to say the least as the next playable character to have arrived on “Super Smash Bros 4” is the cult-favorite Ultima Weapon-wielding Cloud Strife from the role-playing game “Final Fantasy VII,” notes the Vine Report.
Cloud Strife was never in the radar of gamers nor was he part of the rumors and speculations regarding the next DLC character on “Super Smash Bros 4.”
After the game’s Fighter Ballot ended on October 3, seven possible playable characters made it into the rumors mills including Dixie Kong and King R. Rool from “Donkey Kong Country,” Isaac from “Golden Sun,” Inkling from “Splatoon,” Ridley from “Metroid,” Shovel Knight from “Shovel Knight,” and Professor Layton from “Professor Layton.”
Welcoming the sweet surprise
Gamers, however, welcomed the sweet surprise that they got from Nintendo as Cloud Strife is more popular than any of those seven characters previously mentioned to be coming to the game.
Nintendo made the disclosure about Cloud Strife when it featured a trailer of “Super Smash Bros 4” during the recent Nintendo Direct event that showed the “Final Fantasy VII” protagonist getting into action on the popular fighting video game, details the Christian Today.
The video footage is aptly titled “Cloud Storms into Battle” and showed how ready Cloud Strife is in his battle with anybody at “Super Smash Bros 4.” The clip showed the spiky-haired mercenary / hero demonstrating his power in a battle against every playable character in the roster of “Super Smash Bros 4.”
In the short clip, Cloud Strife was also shown giving every character in “Super Smash Bros 4” a beatdown using his signature Odin Summon move along with his impressive edge breaks on every opponent.
Won the vote?
While Nintendo has yet to make a statement to confirm whether it was Cloud Strife who topped the Fighter Ballot for “Super Smash Bros 4,” the hints seem to indicate so.
According to reports, Cloud Strife was elected by fans to appear in the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game.
But it is also not the first time for Cloud Strife to crossover in another video game. He was also featured in “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children,” “Kingdom Hearts,” and “Dissidia.” He has also appeared in many “Final Fantasy” spinoff video games including “Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII,” “Dirge of Cerbeus – Final Fantasy VII,” “Chocobo Racing,” and “Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring.”
In addition, there are also reports that Cloud Strife is just the first of a litany of characters set to grace “Super Smash Bros 4” as a playable character via DLC. And accordingly, Nintendo will reveal more about its roster plans on “Super Smash Bros 4” in the next Nintendo Direct event scheduled this December.
The Fighter Ballot asked fans to vote for the character whom they would like to see included in the popular fighting game. Following the official release of “Super Smash Bros 4” on Nintendo Wii U and 3DS in April, Game Director Masahiro Sakurai initiated the Fighter Ballot during the subsequent Nintendo Direct event.
In addition to legacy characters like Mewtwo from “Pokemon” and Lucas from “Mother 3,” “Super Smash Bros 4” gamers could actually see in theory anyone they want to be the next challenger they want to see in the game through the Fighter Ballot.
The release of Roy from “Fire Emblem” and Ryu from “Street Fighter” as the third and fourth character DLCs to “Super Smash Bros 4” in June were not ballot-related.
At the end of the Fighter Ballot, the surprising yet loudest character to have been making the rounds on the rumor mill is that of Shovel Knight from the same game title.