Nintendo have announced that Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC character in Fighters Pass Vol. 2.
In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Pyra is the Aegis; a legendary Blade. Blades are living weapons who are joined to a living person, granting them their weapon and powers in battle. For those familiar with the plot of Xenoblade Chronicles 2; Pyra is also able to turn into another being called Mythra. While Pyra uses fire based attacks, Mythra uses light-based ones.
The move is surprising, as Rex had previously been announced as a Mii Fighter costume. Many fans feel that once a character appears as a Mii Fighter costume, it guarantees they will not be a playable character. While Rex and Pyra are intertwined in Xenoblade Chronicles 2; Rex is technically not in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The character also comes with a stage; appearing to be a stage that travels between the miniature titan Gramps (who Rex rides upon as he dives for salvage), and the fabled paradise of Elysium.
However, eagle-eyed fans have already noticed Pyra and Mythra are censored. The image of Mythra as one of the game’s many “Spirits” was previously censored by adding tights to her bare legs. Her cleavage was also covered up (thanks @NavyLian).
This would later become available as her alternate costume in Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country. However, Pyra’s Spirit image was not censored. It seems that this has happened once again, but this time Pyra has also been censored.
The small bit of leg between Pyra’s shorts and thigh-high boots has been covered by tights- which extend slightly up to the straps on her hips. Mythra’s full leg black tights also return. It should be noted the end of the trailer in the Nintendo Direct presentation itself included a disclaimer that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was a Teen rated game.
When details on DLC character Terry Bogard were discussed, so were the characters that would appear in the background of his stage. While 20 characters appear, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director and scenario writer Masahiro Sakurai mentioned that Mai Shiranui would not be one of them.
At the time he stated Super Smash Bros. Ultimate “is for good boys and girls of many different ages.” It is likely both Pyra and Mythra were censored as their bare legs would somehow raise the game’s age rating after the game was launched.
You can find the announcement trailer below.
Pyra and Mythra launch March 2021, and will also be part of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 along side Min Min from ARMS, Steve from Minecraft, and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now for Nintendo Switch. In case you missed it, you can find our thorough review for the game here (we highly recommend it!)