A New Challenger Approaches: Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife Joins Super Smash Bros.

Holy crap. The latest Nintendo Direct just dropped a megaton bombshell: Cloud Strife, the iconic hero of Final Fantasy VII, has been revealed as a new playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U!

The news is both exciting and baffling at the same time. I mean, it’s Cloud, so that’s awesome. (Unless, of course, you’re part of the camp in Final Fantasy fandom that considers Cloud and FF7 totally overrated.) But at the same time Smash Bros. seems like an odd pairing considering Cloud and FF7 are from the PlayStation era and have no connection to Nintendo history. Sure, Cloud has appeared on Nintendo platforms in spin-off games like Theatrhythm and some of the portable Kingdom Hearts, but those are just minor appearances. In no way is he a Nintendo icon.

So again, kind of a weird choice. Or maybe this is Nintendo’s way of hinting at another upcoming bombshell. Oh I don’t know, maybe something like the Final Fantasy VII remake coming to Wii U and/or NX?

But that’s all speculation. Let’s get back to what’s real and confirmed: Cloud will be joining the cast of Super Smash Bros. via DLC. Nintendo has not said when the DLC will release or how much it will cost, but another “special video presentation” is scheduled to explain more sometime in December. Stay tuned, Smash bros!

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