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!!”