Last night, Fighter #72 arrived in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the form of the Heroes from Square Enix’s Dragon Quest series. Hailed as a cultural phenomenon in Japan and in the industry as the granddaddy of many RPG staples, it was only a matter of time before this franchise would cross over into the gaming pantheon that is Smash. The Hero brings with him his own gimmick that sets him apart from other challengers; this is the case with most new fighters introduced in Smash, but Hero’s luck-based mechanic might be seen as more broken than those of his peers.

While the Belmonts have absurd reach, the Street Fighters possess unique button-mapped combos. Little Mac is the undisputed king of boxing while Sonic the Hedgehog, true to his name, zips about as the fastest fighter. In his case, the Hero’s main draw is MP management and luck. Players have to juggle keeping an edge on their foes while keeping in mind their limited magic.

Luck of the draw

The luck factor is where players are heavily divided on, due to two factors. On the first, Hero’s luck can shine through via a random Critical Hit effect, which significantly amplifies his Smash attacks. However, the Critical Hit is more inoffensive compared to his down special, Command Selection, which effectively makes Hero stand out as the fighter with the highest number of special moves.

hero luck

While it only gives Hero between four options at a time, Command Selection can heavily affect the tide of battle. It can grant Hero a variety of buffs, special moves that can freeze opponents or put them to sleep, or potentially instant-kill other fighters. Of course, this all depends on whether or not Command Selection rolls the ideal spells, let alone you landing them. Your enemy certainly isn’t going to just let you have your way if it can be helped!

Load the nerf gun?

Unfortunately, it is the very potential Command Selection has that is making players wary. Some in the competitive scene are even debating whether or not Hero should be banned outright! Admittedly, this does bring back memories of the uproar that followed Bayonetta and her dominating air-game when she first came to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U via DLC.

Naturally, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will still receive updates for the foreseeable future. Even with Hero out in the wild, the roster will continue to see nerfs, buffs, and adjustments to balance the playing field. I’ve yet to really dive deep with the four Heroes’ moves seeing as Nintendo only launched the character last night. By my first impressions, I love how Hero sets himself apart from the other fighters. What only appeared as a Link and Robin hybrid on the surface turned out to be so much more!

That “so much more” might lean on “too much” for some, but what about you? Is Hero settling himself nicely as a possible new main? Between III, IV, VIII, and XI, which protagonist is your favorite? Are you considering checking out Dragon Quest XI once it launches on September 27 for the Nintendo Switch? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

Jeffrey McDonell
Rare import from Canada, lover of all things video game music and remixes, desk jockey by day, and Nintendo Enthusiast by night. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube, with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood.


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