There was much speculation as to whether Xenoblade Chronicles’ Shulk was to be a playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3ds/Wii U. And as of yesterday, it has been finally officially confirmed in the video  “Looks like we don’t have a choice!“. Several images were posted by Super Smash Bros. creator Sakurai on the Miiverse as well as more photos on the official Super Smash Bros. website. Sakurai also left a few comments on these pictures, including Shulk’s available Monado Arts.

“Pic of the day. 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.”

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“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!!”

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“[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.”

Wielding the Monado, Shulk is sure to become a very interesting character in the Super Smash Bros. franchise and we can’t wait to see more of him.

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