'Super Smash Bros 4' updates: New playable characters include Ryu, Bayonetta; 'Super Smash Bros 4' may be the last

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After the livestream announcement of Mashahiro Sakurai, director of “Super Smash Bros. 4” two days ago, fans finally discovered the new playable characters for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U consoles.

Prior to the event, fans already know that Cloud Strife from “Final Fantasy VII” is lined up to be added as a playable character to the consoles, following earlier announcement. Joining him are Ryu from “Street Fighter” and “Bayonetta” coming early next year. Ryu may not be a total surprise, as there were already rumors about his character coming to “Super Smash Bros 4.” However, fans did not see Bayonetta coming.

After the announcement, Nintendo of America posted on its Twitter account, “#Bayonetta comes to #SmashBros in Feb!” along with an illustration of the character from Eiji Funahashi (PlatinumGames) as well as the YouTube link pertaining to the details.

The news regarding Bayonetta received mixed responses from players. While some fans are happy and excited for the new character, others expressed dismay on Nintendo’s decision.

Of course, one of the factors that may have led to Nintendo’s choice was the online poll that it has rounded up earlier this year and concluded in October.

Nonetheless, once available in February, Bayonetta will be sporting both her original and “Bayonetta 2” costumes. Additionally, there will be an Umbra Clock tower stage for her.

The additional characters cost $5.99 per piece for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, but for those who prefer to get both characters, the DLC costs $6.99.

Meanwhile, “Super Smash Bros.” may also be nearing conclusion both for its DLCs as well as the game itself. Sakurai explained, “How much a character will please the players, how unique they are–there are a lot of factors that go into deciding a character’s inclusion. I don’t know whether Fire Emblem will have many more games in the future, but it’s not as if we have a stipulation that says, ‘We have to include the protagonist of the next Fire Emblem game.’ Moreover, we don’t even know if there’ll be another Smash game,” noted Crossmap.