Three Days until we get to have Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS here in the West! :D Today’s spotlight focuses on the Monado wielding swordsman from the little game that proved it could, Shulk!
A lot of people aren’t familiar with Xenoblade Chronicles. There’s a good reason for that. It barely made it to North America! It’s one of the three games that was apart of the fan campaign, Project Rainfall, which resulted in us getting Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower. Shulk’s introduction as a Newcomer in Super Smash Bros. 4 proves that even games that BARELY make it to an international release can be represented in the Super Smash Bros. games. Unlike Roy, who was included in Melee to promote Fire Emblem 6, Shulk is the first character to come from a video game that barely made it’s way outside of Japan and Europe. The limited release of the game is why not many people know about Shulk. The game was only sold at GameStop and not many copies were even made. Due to the success of the game, however, we are getting a NEW 3DS remake of the game. As for how Shulk may fight in Smash 4, well, that’s yet to be really seen. He uses his Monado in his fighting in ways similar to Xenoblade Chronicles’ combat system. Many people speculated that he would get included and he was even amongst the ESRB leaked video and images. He was announced later that week by Nintendo. Also, their title to his reveal trailer, “Guess we don’t have a choice,” not only refers to a quote Shulk says in the game, but it may also be a cheeky little comment from Nintendo about the ESRB leak.