The Hero releases in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today

The latest addition to the Smash Roster gets an unexpected release date.

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Before it even launched, the team behind Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had already announced five DLC fighter packs. These packs contain stages, music, and more playable characters to add to Ultimate’s extensive roster. At E3 2019, Nintendo announced via direct that The Hero from the Dragon Quest series would be joining the fight as the third DLC character. Players will be able to play as the protagonists from DQ III, DQ IV, DQ VIII, and DQ XI. Today, Nintendo held a direct that went into full detail on the new fighter, including his release date. 

The Hero release date

Players will be able to get their hands on The Hero in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today, July 30. This came as a surprise announcement at the end of the direct. With the original reveal only stating that The Hero would be out this summer, many were anticipating a late August/September drop. Another key piece of information that came out during today’s direct is that the release of The Hero will coincide with the launch of patch 4.0. Both The Hero and the latest patch should be rolling out throughout the day. Owners of the Ultimate fighter pass will be able to download The Hero and jump right in. Other players will be able to purchase the pack for $5.99. 

The Hero’s DLC pack includes a new stage titled Yggdrasil’s Altar, themed around the iconic location from Dragon Quest XI. The pack also features a handful of new music collected from multiple entries in the Dragon Quest Series. Lastly, the pack will unlock the latest fighter, The Hero, who holds the highest number of special moves out of any character in the game. For the full direct, check out the video above. Let us know what you think of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s latest fighter down below.

Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. Donovan is currently studying broadcast journalism at Bowie State University with hopes to join the Shacknews team full time after graduation. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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