Update: It would appear that the character will be arriving later today in North America, while the European release will technically fall into tomorrow, 31st July, due to time zone differences. This adds up with the recent Twitter blunder from Nintendo of Europe.

Original Article: Dragon Quest's The Hero will be playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate later today, Nintendo has confirmed.

The announcement comes from a video presentation hosted by none other than series director, Masahiro Sakurai, which also gives us an in-depth look at the how the fighter will play in-game. Along with the release of Hero later today, a free software update will also be available which adds an in-game online tourney mode, a “Very Easy” setting in the single-player Adventure mode, and the ability to predict the winner in Spectate mode, among other features.


If you're hoping to get your hands on the character yourself, The Hero is available in a standalone Challenger Pack for £5.39 / $5.99 or as part of the Season Pass which grants you access to all five DLC characters (including the already-available Joker and upcoming Banjo-Kazooie). The Fighters Pass costs £22.49 / $24.99.

In the meantime, we've put together a gallery of all The Hero's alternate costumes and Dragon Quest Mii Fighter outfits, and also a more detailed look at the game's Version 4.0.0 update.

Do you have the Fighters Pass already? Will you be giving The Hero a try in-game? Let us know with a comment below.