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5 things you missed in Kazuya's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcement

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 15, 2021 at 7:38 p.m. PDT • Comments: 9

Following today's announcement that Kazuya Mishima will be the next character to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster, we now have three of the pillars of old-school fighters in one game together alongside Street Fighter's Ryu and Ken plus Fatal Fury's Terry Bogard.

With how absolutely dense Kazuya's trailer is, we've put together a list of five interesting details you likely missed during your first viewings.

We're not going to cover some of the more obvious aspects like the fact that the Rage mechanic from the more recent Tekkens is in Smash in some capacity though there will be some talk of his Devil form.

There's also going to be some facts about designs shown, the Mishima Dojo stage and moveset to dig into.

We ourselves still have a ton of questions about how the Tekken representative will play, so we're not going to have all of the answers here about that.

Let's kick this off with the way Kazuya is dressed.

Kazuya's default costume doesn't pull from the first Tekken nor 7

It's really cool to see that Kazuya's business attire from Tekken 7 will be making its way into Smash Ultimate as an alternate costume, but that's not where his default look comes from.

Like some of the other characters who've been around for decades, you may expect Masahiro Sakurai's team to pull from the original Tekken except that's not it either.

Instead, it appears as though the developers are pulling from a design that first showed up in Tekken 5.

Though the've been included in games since, those purple fire pants weren't a thing until the fifth mainline entry.

Tekken 4's is close, but it has a different design on the pants while his look in the first two games had pure white pants that were ripped at the bottom.

Kazuya himself probably doesn't care what he's wearing though so long as he gets to punch people in the face.

Devil Kazuya is wearing clothes, but not all of the time

Throughout the Tekken series, Kazuya almost always loses his clothing (including his gloves) during his Devil transformations. Smash is changing that up a bit though.

When he uses his Devil powers in Ultimate, the Mishima Zaibatsu successor retains those articles of clothing... most of the time.

Some may think it's a bit of censorship to cover up Kazuya's bare booty, but it's more likely because he only changes forms for only a second in Smash — so it'd be kinda weird if he constantly burst his clothes off only to have them back again.

The pants do come off, however, for his Final Smash where he goes into the full power Devil transformation seen in Tekken 7's story mode.

Kazuya is also shown to be able to momentarily use the Devil Gene powers in that game as well without losing his shirt, although his appearance here might best resemble Tekken Tag Tournament 2 hidden transformation.

Kazuya's Devil aura grows the more times he tosses people off of the cliff

The running gag throughout Kazuya's reveal trailer is his habit of tossing foes from a cliffside like his father taught him as a child, and old habits die hard I guess.

One nice detail though is that the purple Devil aura around him gets more intense the more people he tosses off, culminating in his transformation after chucking Marth.

This may be a hint as to how his Devil powers mechanic will activate in Super Smash Bros., though we'll get more into that at a later date.

The Mishima Dojo may be the first enclosed stage in Smash Ultimate

Kazuya's stage is ripped straight out of Tekken 7 with the Mishima Dojo, and it looks to be taking a few pages out of Terry's book.

We get to see in the trailer that the wall-break KO mechanic appears to be back from the King of Fighters arena though there might be another difference that sets it apart.

There's not direct confirmation in the trailer, but it looks like the dojo may also feature an actual ceiling over the stage as well, which is something we've never really seen before in the game.

Yes, there's partial ceilings on some stages, however, there isn't one that covers the full thing to create a solid box to fight in like we are straight out of Tekken.

Kazuya has 3 times the amount of attacks of a standard Smash character

After the trailer, Sakurai showcased a number of moves Kazuya will be able to dish out upon his arrival, and if you're like me, you were probably surprised at how long that went on for.

From my counting, there was about 30 named attacks in that part alone, and that doesn't really even cover his Devil transformation variants.

Typically, most Smash characters only have around 11 or 12 usable moves, so this will likely leave Mr. Mishima with the record of the most available attacks.

Other traditional fighting game characters like Ryu and Ken break this limit too by holding or tapping buttons though we don't know how that'll exactly play out for Kazuya.

He's also shown to have some interesting effects on those attacks like a kick that causes the opponent to trip rather than fall down and his crouch dash, which can actually low profile attacks.

That's all we have for Kazuya today, so let us know in the comments if there's any other small details you enjoyed from his reveal. We'll learn everything there is to know about the protagonist turned antagonist on June 28.

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