Super Smash Bros. game director Masahiro Sakurai has announced the adorable Riki from Xenoblade Chronicles will be an assist trophy in the upcoming brawler. In the creator’s daily Miiverse post, Riki appears next to Shulk in a new screenshot – shown above – with his trusty weapon, Biter. The orange-coloured Nepon also has three signature moves to deal including Happy Happy, Freezinate, and Yoink, along with a few others left as a surprise for both Xenoblade and Smash fans.
Along with posing as an assist trophy, Riki will also be a part of Shulk’s final smash within a chained attack as seen in Shulk’s announcement trailer last week. And for those who aren’t familiar with Riki, Sakurai mentions his personality is akin to The Legend of Zelda’s Tingle, though Riki’s more likely to make interesting sounds of his own than Tingle’s “Kooloo-limpah!” The director then goes onto tease Tingle’s appearance for Super Smash Bros which has yet to be confirmed. Here’s what Sakurai said on Miiverse:
“The legendary hero Riki appears as an Assist Trophy and in Shulk’s Final Smash!! As an Assist Trophy, he uses many arts like Happy Happy, Freezinate, and Yoink! He sounds a bit like Tingle…but don’t worry, Tingle will make an appearance too.
“By the way, a cursor will appear above Assist Trophies and Pokémon to indicate which fighter is its ally. Now you can tell right off the bat who it belongs to!!”
Xenoblade Chronicles’ character Shulk was announced as playable in Super Smash Bros 3DS and Wii U today, and starred in a brand new trailer. But after the character’s announcement, the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai made sure to upload his daily Miiverse post, showing Shulk immersed in the battle. In a series of screenshots presented by the director, Shulk readies his sword against enemies with the Gaur Plain stage from Xenoblade Chronicles as the backdrop.
Not only did Sakurai show the upcoming brawler’s fans screenshots of Shulk in his prime, but he also detailed his moveset for the game. The Xenoblade protagonist wields a sword named the Monado which can slash enemies with a full-force beam when activated. Plus, it even has the ability to change Shulk’s features and abilities during battle. Check out what Sakurai said in full below, along with a brief description of his moves. And if you’ve still not had your fill of Smash Bros news today, remember to check out Shulk’s awesome screenshots on the official website, here.
“From Xenoblade Chronicles, Shulk joins the battle!! He’s not the type of character that would usually appear in the Smash Bros. series, but we worked really hard to make it happen. We’re very happy with how he turned out. This stage is Gaur Plain.”
“Shulk’s sword, the Monado, slashes enemies with a beam when activated, so it can strike from long range. What really makes this weapon unique is that when the Monado Arts are activated, it can change Shulk’s features and abilities! Emerge victorious in battle by changing your abilities strategically!!
“[List of Monado Arts]
翔 (Jump): higher jumps, lower defense.
疾 (Speed): faster movement, weaker attacks.
盾(Shield): higher defense, slower movement.
斬(Buster): stronger attacks, weaker launch ability.
撃(Smash): Stronger launch ability, weaker attacks, lower defense against launching.”
We heard earlier today that the acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles is being ported to the new Nintendo 3DS system, but how does it stack up against the original Wii version? Thankfully, YouTube has you covered on this one. You can check out the comparison of the two versions in the video embedded above.
GameStop is currently selling pre-owned copies of Xenoblade Chronicles for $39.99 – down from $69.99. Additionally, if you use the promo code CAG16, you can get the role-playing game for $33.59. A few months ago, used copies of the game were being sold for $89.99, so you might want to jump on this deal if you haven’t yet played the Wii epic. Check out our Xenoblade Chronicles review here.
US retail chain GameStop has acquired a number of copies of the critically acclaimed Japanese RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles. However, the retailer is selling the game pre-owned for a staggering $90. There are apparently a number of coupons floating around online that should take the pricing down a little. Would you pay $90 for Xenoblade Chronicles?
American retailers Best Buy and Walmart have both listed Xenoblade for Wii U. Could this mean that Xenoblade Chronicles is being remade for Nintendo’s first HD console? Perhaps not, as the game’s only released last year in North America. But it is, however, probably referring to Monolith Soft’s first Wii U game, which is code-named ‘X.’ Let’s hope this means that the studio’s upcoming Wii U role-playing game will be released sooner rather than later.
The fantastic Wii-exclusive from developer Monolith Soft, Xenoblade Chronicles, is IGN‘s choice for best Wii U/Wii game of 2012. The action role-playing game released 2010 in Japan, 2011 in Europe, and 2012 in North America.
Other nominees for IGN’s best Nintendo home console game of 2012 include Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and The Last Story.
While the Wii U had a few rather impressive launch titles (most notably New Super Mario Bros. U), it was actually the Wii and one of its very last pieces of software that stole the show in 2012. What Xenoblade Chronicles accomplished with the limited hardware at hand was an absolutely stunning achievement, providing a deep and engrossing RPG experience for a system that was severely lacking in the genre during its six year tenure. From the touching story to the memorable characters to the game’s fresh take on RPG combat, Xenoblade Chronicles is an absolutely exquisite adventure from beginning to end. Chances are you won’t even care that the game is not in HD when you’re tromping through the detailed and gorgeously varied landscapes it offers. Even if you’ve already made the jump to Wii U, this is a game that no one should miss out on–and that’s why it’s our choice for the best Nintendo home console game of the year.