“It’s not my problem.”
Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was chock full of all kinds of information about new and upcoming titles for the 3DS and Wii U. The most surprising of these announcements was that Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII will be the next DLC character to appear in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.
For the younger viewers out there, Final Fantasy VII is heralded as one of the greatest RPG games of all time. Featuring a great story, a memorable cast of characters, and fantastic gameplay elements, this game set the bar for all RPGs to come after it. For many, it served as the gateway to a whole new style of gaming, and put the company Square Enix on the map of console developers. Cloud was the main character in this title, known for his aloofness and insensitivity. His most memorable trait comes in the form of his gigantic sword which makes all other weapons look like butter knives.
The biggest reason that it was surprising to see Cloud make an appearance was because Final Fantasy VII was originally planned to release on the Nintendo 64, but was instead shifted to the Playstation 1. A couple decades will do a lot to heal old wounds.
Many entries in the Final Fantasy franchise have started to release on Nintendo consoles, specifically spin-offs, as well as the Bravely Default series which was also published by Square. It could’ve been one of those “you scratch our back, we scratch yours” kind of scenarios.
Another reason Cloud could’ve got in the game is because Super Smash Bros. has placed an emphasis on including all kinds of icons in gaming. We have Pac-Man, Mario, Sonic, even Ryu from Street Fighter. Cloud is easily the number one icon in RPG gaming history, so it makes sense that he’s the one who would get the spot. However, this move may only appeal to older gamers who are familiar with him and Final Fantasy VII.
We also got a brief glimpse of Cloud’s moveset. He seems to have some powerful attacks like Ike, but also seems very quick on his feet. His limit breaker mechanic will also have some kind of effect on his fighting style, but it’s unclear how exactly it will work. His final smash is the omnislash, which originated in his home title, and it works almost identical to Ike’s Great Aether and Greninja’s Night Slash.
Along with Cloud, we are getting a new stage based on FF7. The layout is pretty basic, having not much different from Battlefield, but the main difference is that different summons (such as Ifrit and Odin) will show up throughout the fight to wreak havoc on the stage. It’s safe to say that the stage will come bundled with Cloud, in a similar way to how they handled Ryu.
It is currently unclear when Cloud will be made available to download, but Nintendo announced a special Super Smash Bros. broadcast coming next month, so it’s safe to say we’ll get a definitive release date by then if not before.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Cloud is a good addition to the Smash roster? Who else would you like to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below!