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Pit Ascends!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.

But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighters: Pit and Dark Pit.

Who Are They?

Although his game is called Kid Icarus, this good little angel boy is named Pit. As games, the original Kid Icarus on NES and its Game Boy sequel aren’t that great. They’re like mash-ups of Mario and Zelda and Metroid but somehow worse than all three. That said, between its weird sense of humor, cool Greek-inspired look, and long hiatus until Kid Icarus: Uprising on 3DS, the series is a cult classic for Nintendo fans.

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Smash History

When Pit first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl he sported a radical new anime redesign that made you forget how retro his original game was. And Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai must have become so enamored with this version of the character that he then directed Kid Icarus: Uprising, which first featured Pit’s antihero rival Dark Pit (inspired by a Brawl costume). Pit’s changes in Uprising subsequently flowed back into Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS, like the decision to include Dark Pit as a full-fledged Echo Fighter.

What Looks New in Ultimate?

Pit is a lovable but bland little simpleton in his games, so I guess it only makes sense for him to be a good but not spectacular character in Smash. Even giving him showy new weapons taken from Uprising didn’t give him much of a competitive edge. In Ultimate, Pit seems improved but basically unchanged. And Dark Pit is largely the same but the consensus is his faster and stronger but less agile arrows are a bad trade-off.

Our Hopes?

What we really want is an HD remake of Kid Icarus: Uprising for Switch as more people need to experience Sakurai’s bonkers, huge in scope, Metal Gear-esque script about the nature of gods and their relationship to humanity. But as for Pit and Dark Pit in Smash Ultimate? We’re pretty much good.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.

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