Why Sephiroth is in Super Smash Bros Ultimate

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Final Fantasy VII (and, crucially, FF7 Remake) villain Sephiroth is the newest character to be added to the Super Smash Bros roster as part of the Fighters Pass Vol 2 DLC.


While many fans in the West might be disappointed that their particular favourite character (such as Crash Bandicoot, Waluigi, or, uh, Goku) didn't get the slot, it does make a fair amount of sense that Sephiroth be added to the game at this point.


The Fighters Pass Vol 2 selection already has a Nintendo character (Min Min from ARMS) and a Western character (Steve from Minecraft) so it does feel like the right time for a third-party Japanese-developed game character to be added, for the sake of balance,


What Japanese game series has more international clout than Final Fantasy? Indeed, Sephiroth's inclusion in many ways mirrors that of Joker from Persona 5, who was also announced at the Game Awards - both are iconic characters from Japanese games, and both are well known around the world because their franchises have global appeal.


So of all the Final Fantasy characters available, why Sephiroth? Well, Masahiro Sakurai has made it clear that a LOT of requests for FF characters in Smash centre around Cloud and Final Fantasy VII. Plus, the most recent Final Fantasy game to debut on modern consoles is Final Fantasy VII Remake.


This being the case, it makes sense to put Sephiroth, essentially the Darth Vader character of Final Fantasy VII Remake, into Smash. Especially if you've already got Cloud Strife, who's basically the Luke Skywalker of the series.


No prizes for guessing who the Biggs and Wedge of the Final Fantasy series


Anyways, all of this is distracting from the REAL question that needs to be asked, which is: between this reveal and the Minecraft is Sakurai being so hard on poor Mario? He's not having a very easy time in Smash at the


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