Here's art for the new Pyra and Mythra Smash Ultimate DLC from the Xenoblade 2 character designer

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Masatsugu Saito

Just the other day, Sakurai and company shocked the world by announcing Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2as Smash Ultimate DLC.

I use “shocked” in every sense of the phrase, as it checks pretty much every box for discussion: anime-like characters, first-party Nintendo IP instead of something crazier like Sora from Kingdom Hearts. Not everyone is going to like every DLC pick (I’m a fan so far though).

To give players a bit of extra context into how much the team cared about this addition, the official Xenobladeaccount tweeted out art fromMasatsugu Saito, who worked on the character designs for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It’s to “commemorate” the duo for entering the arena, before they are due in “March.”

Naturally, Shulk had to be involved (as he was in the trailer). It’s great to see the Xenobladeuniverse having such a big impact on Smashas a whole. They’re like…a thing now, outside of Shulk’s representation and that prior single stage. With the recent re-release of the original game on Switch, the future of this series is looking bright.

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